July Things, 2018

I haven’t written one of these in a few months — the last one was March — but it’s not that I haven’t been doing anything or keeping track of the things I’ve been working on. The main issue has been one of energy and brain space for blogging.

With that, let’s review the goings on over the last four months through the lens of the things I had planned for March.

Three Things for March, April, May, and June

  1. revise Song – the goals I had for March were to finish the prologue revision and revise two more chapters. I have since removed the prologue entirely, finished thematic revisions on two more themes, and begun a punch list read on the novel as a whole.

    In the alternate version of history where Song was all I was writing I would have finished this novel by now, but based on the read it is further along than I had feared.

  2. do actual crit work with the crit group – I provided feedback on a couple of pieces. My next thing is going to be to send the novel out to them.
  3. book some things for later in the year – did my retreat, booked WilWrite conference and the summer plans that needed to be made.

So if I had done all that in March, it would have been a solid 3/3. As it is, I would probably give it 1/3 for March, but 3/3 for the four month period because I also did the following:

  • read and cleaned up my 2016 NaNovel, Paragons – it’s got potential, certainly.
  • completed and submitted another short story for Boundary Shock Quarterly [link]
  • did some recording tests
  • visited my folks in Britain

… which has been a productive period, if not all that focussed.

Three Things for 2018

Half way through the year! Have I got half my annual goals completed?

  1. finish A Turquoise Song – obviously the April target is entirely blown, but I am optimistic that it will be done this quarter.
  2. submit my work – a goal in two parts:
    1. submit Song once it is done
    2. complete and submit short stories

    Second short story is submitted. I have a third to write this year and more to come.

  3. produce Livia as an audiobook – the audio recording tests I did on my retreat were very useful. My voice is stronger than it was at the beginning of the year, so I will have to start doing some serious recordings soon.

This looks 2018 is more or less on track, but “half done” might be a stretch.

Three Things for July

July is the quietest of our summer months so I have some stuff to get done.

  1. revise Song – specifically:
    1. finish punch list read
    2. apply punch list comments
  2. draft next short story – I have a rough outline already.
  3. make some Livia recording tests

I think it’s going to be a good month.

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