This is the first post of the year where I check against my goals for the year. I am following the calendar for Wiccan sabbats for these updates, which means generally a six week interval. The first sabbat of the calendar year is Imbolc on 02-Feb-2013 so it’s only four weeks since I set my goals, and this time I am writing these a day early to keep to my posting schedule.
So, here are my goals for the year and how things have progressed so far.
1. Finish Bluehammer
Last action: read the manuscript after 17th January.
I finished the read through on Wednesday evening – it took me nearly two weeks to read. Given its length, that is consistent with other NaNovels I have worked on.
As I noted in my earlier reading notes, it’s a mixed bag – the newer stuff is generally better, but there are elements of previous scene versions which I want to salvage. It needs a certain amount of work before I can hand it off to my wife for a first look, but my sense is that this needs a proper outline as much as Song did, even though the actual story is more complete.
Next action: typo and basic consistency edits.
Next action: develop a plan, similar to the one I have for Song.
2. Execute the Song plan
Last action: develop outline.
I completed the outline for Song just before I broke Bluehammer out of its rest state.
The rest of the plan reads:
To outline what I have To expand the outline of the first half into a complete story
- To work on that outline until the story is good.
- To plug in text I can use from Song 2011
- To write the new stuff needed to complete the outline
- (and the one I missed before) make submission materials – synopsis, pitch, hook, and all of that.
Next action: polish the outline.
3. Submit one novel.
Last action: finish a novel
I had been thinking that I would try to finish Bluehammer first, but Song is calling louder and I think stands a better chance of being finishable more quickly. Then I will need to work on submission materials.
Last action: to find some markets
No work on this.
4. Start looking for an agent.
Last action: research agents who represent science fiction.
No work on this.
5. Establish a daily writing practice.
Last action: write every day.
I have broadly achieved this – not every day has been making words, but I have been spending time with my stories and my characters most days for at least an hour.
Truth to tell, I have been a lot less successful at waking at five in the morning than I would like, but still spending the time to stay in touch with the books.
One bonus activity is that a friend who I used to have a writing circle with is back working down town, so we have reestablished the regular meetings to check in there. I’m very pleased about that and optimistic that it will help keep me on track.
Good progress on completing something, no progress on agency and submission. I will try to actually do something about those goals before the next update on Ostara (the spring equinox around 21-Mar-2013).
How are you doing against your goals?