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July Things, 2019

Note: this post was written in the first couple of days of July, but I somehow omitted to post it then. So, three weeks late, here is my July goals update.

The late planning of June bit me pretty hard. Other (important but non-writing) projects took time from when I would usually expect to be writing…

Well, maybe the “usually” needs to change. That’s a topic for another time, though.

With that, let’s look at what I managed.

Three Things for June

The retreat was good, but I may have been pinning too many hopes on it.

  1. Song fourth draft — get one thematic element squared away.
    I made good progress on the thematic element I worked on, including an important insight about the main character’s story and how it should be brought out, but I did not complete the element as I had hoped.
  2. podcast — write and record one episode.
    This was absurdly optimistic. I did good work on the podcast, including a theme tune that I am quite proud of, but I only got one scene written and recorded. That took a whole day.
    I need to recalibrate my expectations on this one!
  3. short stories — finish the BSQ draft; write another story for independent submission.
    The BSQ draft is done. No other short story work.

If I round up, that looks like three half points, for a total of 1.5/3.

Three Things for 2019

The end of June means half the year is gone. Where am I on my annual goals?

  1. query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three sequential parts:
    1. prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make it good. Target was to have this done by the middle of the year — still working through my revision plan, but not with any great efficiency.
    2. prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.

      I had hoped to hit the Q2 finish so as to be able to query the agents I spoke to then before the next conference.

    3. query — get the book out there.
  2. short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
    1. several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly — next one is drafted. Revision next, and draft the second story.
    2. write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such — no new stories written. 0/2
  3. engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
    1. workshop application — abandoned.
    2. podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind.

      Early recording done. I am still not clear on the voice I’m using, but I have something.

    3. cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do.

      I’m planning on going to WilWriteConf again this year.

June was no better than May in a month which is rapidly descending into nothing much.

Three Things for July

On we go, then.

  1. Song fourth draft — goal continues to be to get one thematic element squared away.
  2. podcast — write and record one episode.
  3. short stories — refine the BSQ story; write another story for independent submission.

This doesn’t feel like it’s working at the moment. Something needs to change.

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June Things, 2019

My writing practice at the moment seems to be more about getting derailed than getting actual work done, or at least that is how it feels as I write this goals post a third of the way into June.

My projects are not where I want them to be, I know that.

Three Things for May

  1. Song fourth draft — continue revision. I did do some revision, although only for a couple of weeks of the month. Based on my metrics, I am about 1.7% into the revision. It doesn’t seem likely that I will get this finished in Q2. Still, I did do some revision, so I am calling this a win.
  2. podcast — figure out the elements of “T’ Stars Are Reet”. I’ve got a plot and more characters, and I know how fast I talk. Another win.
  3. short stories — write another story for independent submission. Now, this is a funny one — I didn’t write anything for independent submission, but I did get about half my next story for Boundary Shock Quarterly. I’m going to call this half a win.

Overall that’s 2½/3, which is a lot better than it felt. This kind of positive outcome justifies the process of goal tracking, for me, because I can get unexpectedly good news sometimes.

Three Things for 2019

May was better than I perceived on the local goals, but how did that map to the larger intentions?

  1. query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three sequential parts:
    1. prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make it good. Target was to have this done by the middle of the year — I did work on the revision, but not as much as I needed to. Still, at least it is a positive direction.

      I am formally abandoning the Q2 completion target, though.

    2. prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.
    3. query — get the book out there.
  2. short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
    1. several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly — next one is under way.
    2. write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such — no new stories being written, so cruising for another fail here.
  3. engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
    1. workshop application — abandoned.
    2. podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind.
      I have the first story for this, along with some characters.
    3. cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do.
      I’m planning on going to WilWrite again this year.

May was mixed. There was progress on overall goals but not as much as desired, and other things were advanced. I actually did more work in the month than I thought going in to this post, so I should take that as a positive, but I really want to be getting more done.

Even with the progress, I am not happy with where I am.

Three Things for June

I just need to get more done.

Of course, I am also writing these monthly goals from a third of the way through the month. I must scale expectations appropriately.

What might save this month is that I have my retreat coming up in two weeks. I expect I’ll get a ton done that weekend.

  1. Song fourth draft — I will get one thematic element squared away.
  2. podcast — write and record one episode.
  3. short stories — finish theBSQ draft; write another story for independent submission.

The thing that is suffering most in these priorities is this blog, as if you hadn’t already figured that one out. Still, I will get good fiction written.

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May Things, 2019

I had high hopes for April, but I forgot that I still had to finish the tax return and that ate far more energy and time than I had hoped. Then I was planning for my UK family visit, and actually travelling…

So, let’s see how bad things really were.

Three Things for March

  1. Song fourth draft — revision plan and actual revision.
    Finished the revision plan and did a good chunk of revision. I had signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo in April, but managed about a third of what I had intended. Still, it’s moving along and I have a lot of good answers to questions so I am going to call this achieved.
  2. workshop application — this is going nowhere. I am abandoning the application for this year. Maybe in 2020?
  3. short stories — write another story for independent submission.
    No work.
    Well, that’s kind of true. During work on the revision plan I discovered a whole new setting I want to write in which will probably be a productive place to develop stories for, but it’s not a story or anything yet. Definitely doesn’t count as anything like done.

That’s 1/3.

However, I have made progress on the podcast format question, which I will talk about a bit more in the annual goals update.

Three Things for 2019

That’s a third of the year gone. Have I finished a third of my annual goals?

  1. query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three sequential parts:
    1. prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make it good. Target is to have this done by the middle of the year.
      I have a revision plan which I like, and I’ve started working through the points in the plan. I am unlikely to hit the end of second quarter with these changes, but it’s going to be a much better book.
    2. prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.
    3. query — get the book out there.
  2. short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
    1. several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly — nothing more this month, although I need to get the next one under way soon.
    2. write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such — no new stories being written.
  3. engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
    1. workshop application — I had intended to apply for an intensive workshop, but the application has not gone… anywhere, really, so I am abandoning this goal.
    2. podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind.
      I think I have my format, though: an idea for a narrative fiction series set in Yorkshire and called “T’ Stars Are Reet”. More to come once it’s a bit closer to available.
    3. cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do.
      I’m planning on going to WilWrite again this year.

April was better than March in terms of energy, but wasn’t massively more productive in terms of output. Still, I feel better about it and while one goal is abandoned, I have made unexpected progress on a goal I hadn’t really thought about.

Three Things for May

There’s not a lot of steam in the boiler yet, but at least it’s heating up.

  1. Song fourth draft — continue revision. I have metrics for this, but I need to see how fast I move before setting a specific goal.
  2. podcast — figure out the elements of “T’ Stars Are Reet”, including such basic things as how many words I speak at when reading this kind of thing.
  3. short stories — write another story for independent submission.

To the word mines!

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April Things, 2019

March felt less incompetent than February, but I still felt like I was struggling. I have come to understand some of the reasons for this, but these are things I should be noticing as they happen rather than finally figuring it out weeks or months into the bout of ineffectiveness.

Let’s have a look at what I got done in this struggle.

Three Things for March

There was mention of a train, last time? I think it barely left the station, although at least the wheels are in the right place.

  1. short stories — finish the BSQ story.Completed. I am quite happy with the story in the end.
  2. Song fourth draft — revision plan.Really didn’t touch this in March.
  3. workshop application — cover letter or sample chapters.Worked on sample chapters up to the suggested word limit, although I found that the story hadn’t started yet. So, I find myself wondering about using a different book for this, not because I think the book I first chose was bad but because the story gets going a lot faster in the one I’m thinking of.

    So, I am going to call this half done.

1.5/3 is pretty decent — better than I expected, certainly.

There’s another blog post on the way about my creative problems in March.

Three Things for 2019

Time Marches on. How does this substandard month look when compared to my broader goals?

  1. query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three sequential parts:
    1. prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make it good. Target is to have this done by the middle of the year — more helpful feedback from my crit group, but I didn’t start working on the revision plan proper in March.
    2. prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.
    3. query — get the book out there.
  2. short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
    1. several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly — next story done and submitted.
    2. write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such — I did not submit a story anywhere else in March, so this is a miss. 0/4 so far.
  3. engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
    1. workshop application — I’m going to apply for an intensive workshop. More on that once it’s in hand, which it isn’t yet.
    2. podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind. This would be audio-only initially, although I am still searching for a good format.
    3. cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do.

The better things I was looking for in March didn’t really happen. I got stuff done, but not as much as I had planned.

I really hope the energy level goes up in April.

Three Things for April

The train might be on the rails but it needs a bit more movement.

  1. Song fourth draft — revision plan and actual revision.
  2. workshop application — stick with the original plan or switch stories? Cover letter.
  3. short stories — write another story for independent submission.

Off we go.

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March Things, 2019

It was about ten years ago when I started to realise how much more allergic to cats I was becoming. I had good days but they were the exception rather than the rule: I felt like I was swimming through congestion most of the time. Whole days and weeks would pass without a clear sense of having accomplished anything*.

Honestly, February felt a bit like that again.

I am in a much better place than I was when we still had cats roaming over our bed, or even last winter when I had the cold that never went away, but I have still felt rather loose and weak all month, even as I have been exercising more efficiently than ever.

So, as we go through this monthly things post (which only really covers a couple of weeks anyway), I expect a lot of “no work” remarks, because I feel like I consumed time rather than produced meaningful writing.

Three Things for February

I made this a short goal list because the post came so late in February. What of even those goals did I manage?

  1. Song fourth draft — prep for crit group feedback session. Completed. The feedback I got was very helpful and enthusiastic, and honestly that might be the thing that helps me most: I have been struggling to find my enthusiasm about anything, even Song. Hanging out with crit group folks brought it back.
  2. short stories — two things:
    1. finish draft of next BSQ story
    2. plan story for submission this quarter

    Neither of these saw any work.

  3. workshop application — write draft of cover letter. Didn’t do this, but did clean up a sample chapter.

Score 1.5/3 — that’s actually better than I expected.

… which was another hallmark of the Bad Cat Fuzz Time — I was always surprised when I looked at what I had got done. It was never “all of it”, but at least it was more than I had imagined.

Three Things for 2019

February was not productive, so obviously my 2019 goals won’t have moved on much. Let’s take an unflinching look.

  1. query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three sequential parts:
    1. prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make it good. Target is to have this done by the middle of the year. I have collected more feedback which will help here, but I don’t have a revision plan yet.
    2. prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.
    3. query — get the book out there.
  2. short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
    1. several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly — the first one is begun, but I Need to finish it.
    2. write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such.
  3. engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
    1. workshop application — I’m going to apply for an intensive workshop. More on that once it’s in hand, which it isn’t yet.
    2. podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind. This would be audio-only initially, although I am still searching for a good format.
    3. cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do.

Minor incremental progress only. Looking for better things in March.

Three Things for March

Time to get the train back on the rails.

  1. short stories — finish the BSQ story that is due in a few weeks. Hard deadline.
  2. Song fourth draft — revision plan is needed. Build that.
  3. workshop application — cover letter or sample chapters.

Trying to to keep things a bit punchier this month.

Now to punch harder.

[*] I was accomplishing things, really, but it was reactive rather than effective and I really had no clear awareness of how much I was getting done.

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February Things, 2019

I don’t like burnout. The worst thing about it is that I don’t see it coming: I am diagnosing January’s burnout in retrospect. In the moment it just felt like I was overwhelmed and tired, but in hindsight it is pretty obvious that I had taken on too much and wasn’t getting any of it done.

So this is not going to be a positive Things post, as should be obvious from the way I am not getting it done until two thirds of the way into the month.

Let’s lift up the rock and see what’s underneath.

Three Things for January

With the understanding that I basically didn’t do anything, what did I complete?

  1. Cinnamon Harmonies — no work. I will come back to this later in the year, April at the soonest. The trick here is going to be closing it out. No points this time though.
  2. Song fourth draft — I need to develop a revision plan, but I didn’t do that. This is probably the second most important thing I need to do this quarter. Marking this incomplete.
  3. blog — obviously not, although I have done more blogging than anything else. Half a point.
  4. workshop application — I have done some work on this, with thoughts on the cover letter and the sample I want to send. Calling this half done, although that might be generous.

What I have done this last few weeks is some wildly overdue card sorting. The Konmari spirit is upon me still, and clearing out cards to make space for other things is still pretty important to me.

Still overall, I am going to rate that two halves out of four, or 1/4 once the fractions are simplified.

Three Things for 2019

This is not the vigorous start to 2019 that I had hoped for, but this has not been vigorous month so that’s just where I am.

  1. query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three sequential parts:
    1. prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make it good. Target is to have this done by the middle of the year. No progress on this first part yet.
    2. prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.
    3. query — get the book out there.
  2. short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
    1. several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly — I have started in on the first of these.
    2. write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such.
  3. engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
    1. workshop application — I’m going to apply for an intensive workshop. More on that once it’s in hand, which it really isn’t yet.
    2. podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind. This would be audio-only initially, although I am still searching for a good format. No work this month beyond some sorting to make space.
    3. cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do. No progress on  doing so, however.

As I say, not a great start but I still think this is going to be a good year.

Three Things for February

Not that there’s much left of February, at this point, but…

These month goals are predicated on the truncated amount of time remaining in the month. That necessarily reduces the volume of work which can be completed, as well as the scope.

Still, there are real tasks that can still be accomplished towards my goals for the year.

  1. Song fourth draft — I’m expecting to receive more feedback on the 3rd draft from my crit group, so I need to prep some questions to help provide prompts for discussion.
  2. short stories — two things:
    1. finish draft of next BSQ story
    2. plan story for submission this quarter
  3. workshop application — write draft of cover letter.

Note that I am not putting in work on Cinnamon Harmonies this month. I plan to come back to that in April.

Alright*, let’s get back to it.

[*] US English convention is “all right” but I grew up with “alright”. For some reason I have suppressed that British usage for most of the time I have been writing seriously, even while I use other British usages without compunction or mercy: armoured trousers are are my speciality, for example.

I am reclaiming this part of my upbringing.

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January Things, 2019

2018 felt like a long year, and yet was it long enough for me to make progress on my goals? Well, let’s find out.

Three Things for December

When I set my December things I didn’t account for how exhausted I would be at the end of the year. Basically, I checked out for the last third of the month because I just needed a break from all of it.

With that caveat, let’s look at the things I said I would do and how much got done.

  1. Cinnamon Harmonies — my goal was to keep working on it, which I achieved up to a point, and I have 10,000 more words on it than I had at the end of November. I floundered on plot, though, so I have a necessary January goal to replan the story. Let’s call this another lesson in needing an outline before starting a draft.
  2. Song fourth draft — feedback was expected from the developmental editor. Feedback received, but not fully processed. The feedback is certainly valuable, I just haven’t grokked the implications or made the decisions I need to.
  3. blog — did barely any blogging in December. At least I got my health goals update written.
  4. office clean-up — some work, but not as substantial as I needed.

So, yeah. I’ll call that 2/4 overall, but I spent a lot of good time with my family which I needed, so it was a successful month even without the full panoply of completed creative goals.

Three Things for 2018

Obviously the December outcome isn’t going to move the needle on my 2018 goals much, but here is where things stand at the end of the year.

  1. finish A Turquoise Song — my decision to engage a developmental editor meant I could not finish this book in 2018, but I have been working on it consistently over the whole year so I count this as a success even if it is incomplete.
  2. submit my work — a goal in two parts:
    1. submit Song once it is done
    2. complete and submit short stories

    No change from November — my 2018 Boundary Shock Quarterly stories are done, and I did not query Song.

  3. produce Livia as an audiobook — effectively abandoned. I made progress on some of the prerequisites (sorting out recording software, learning a bit about post-processing) but I struggled both with a mangled voice from an extended cold and an impossibly cluttered recording environment.I also realise that I am going to have to work very carefully around the other people in the house. My kids are not especially loud, but teenagers are not inherently quiet beings.

Score for the year, therefore, is 2/3, with the only true failure being the audiobook production.

Three Things for 2019

2019 feels like a watershed year already. Many things are likely to come to a conclusion, if not fruition.

Let’s get specific.

  1. query A Turquoise Song — a goal in three parts:
    1. prepare a fourth draft — incorporate feedback, make the book good. Target is to have this done by the middle of the year.
    2. prepare query letter — obviously the initial targets are the agents I talked to at the conference in 2017, but I also want to prepare for querying other agents.
    3. query — get the book out there. Minimum query count is three.
  2. short stories — I am finding my relationship to short stories becoming much less contentious, even fruitful!
    1. several stories to write for Boundary Shock Quarterly
    2. write and submit four stories to other markets. So that’s one a quarter, and I will mark it as such.
  3. engage with the writing community — this is a nebulous label for a group of related goals that don’t warrant a top level item to themselves.
    1. workshop application — I’m going to apply for an intensive workshop. More on that once it’s in hand.
    2. podcast — one of the things that came out of the inconclusive work on producing Livia as an audiobook was a desire to launch a podcast of some kind. This would be audio-only initially, although I am still searching for a good format.
    3. cons & confs — I need to be getting out there more. I just do.

Nothing here about the Livia audiobook. That’s not to say I won’t do work on it, but it will be a side project instead.

It’s going to be a good year, I think.

Three Things for January

December hangovers, 2019 enthusiasms.

  1. Cinnamon Harmonies — finish this draft. I will need to do some plotting first, but the end of the story is not that far away.
  2. Song fourth draft — process feedback received, develop revision plan.
  3. blog — restore regular blogging service.
  4. workshop application — applications will be open soon, so get ready.

Here’s to a substantial 2019!

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December Things, 2018

It’s the last month of the year and I feel like I am waking up after the long month of November. What exactly is going on again?

Three Things for November

  1. NaNoWriMo — made the words, if not the entire story yet.
  2. blog — I made some blog posts, admittedly mostly about NaNoWriMo but there were blog posts.
  3. office clean-up — didn’t really do anything here. Ugh.

Still, a firm 2/3.

I never wrote a blog post in November about health goals but I do want to post an update about that so a health-focussed update will be coming. It is good news, though.

The best thing about November was a regular write-in with some local authors. We are going to be continuing that in the new year, which I am quite excited about.

Three Things for 2018

Where am I on my goals as the year draws to a close?

  1. finish A Turquoise Song — I not only decided against querying this in November, but chose to engage a developmental editor to look at the pacing and other issues with the book. Basically, I feel like I need some advice on how to make the book function properly. I am expecting feedback in a little over a week, but once those comments come in I will be working on the fourth draft. I will call it a new draft, because I want to draw a distinction between how far I got on my own and where I went with guidance.
  2. submit my work — a goal in two parts:
    1. submit Song once it is done
    2. complete and submit short stories

    All my Boundary Shock Quarterly stories are done. I will not be querying Song this year.

  3. produce Livia as an audiobook — no new work, and this looks like an abandoned goal unless there is some extraordinary effort in December.

    I have no plans for such an effort.

I have made consistent progress on everything except the audiobook production. I would be happier if more things were actually complete, but having three stories out in the wild is pretty special.

Three Things for December

Finishing up 2018 in fine style, I hope.

  1. Cinnamon Harmonies — I don’t particularly expect to finish this in December, but I do want to keep working on it.
  2. Song fourth draft — I am nervous about the feedback I am going to receive, but I am looking forward to making the book better. This month will probably be more about ensuring that I understand the feedback I receive than necessarily applying all of it.
  3. blog — there are a few posts I have delayed. Catch up on those.
  4. office clean-up — I just need to clean that shit up. Not expecting to set aside an audio are of any type.

Let’s get it done.

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November Things, 2018

Running a little late on this because staying on track with NaNoWriMo has been consuming most of a reduced pool of writing time. But, I want to review progress and see where I am.

Three Things for October

  1. revise Song — finished the punch list revisions and completed work on the third pass comments. Out to my crit group now for feedback.
    I’m very pleased to have this draft done.
  2. NaNoWriMo — two things:
    • prep for writing in November — did a good amount of prep but didn’t quite manage the full set of chapter outlines I was aiming for. I definitely had enough to start writing, though.
    • post a series of NaNoPreMo blog posts — done.
  3. setup audio recording area — no work on this. I mean, I did some more office tidying, but no progress on the booth.

That’s 2/3 for anyone’s money.

Again, I did not explicitly mention health goals. Those are at an interesting stage which I will, as usual, talk about in a later post, but in short I am reaching the point of considering how to maintain my positive outcomes. That’s something else I am pleased about.

October, in fact, was a splendid month.

Three Things for 2018

Where am I on my goals as the year draws to a close?

  1. finish A Turquoise Song — draft done. Now I just have to query it.
    Just.
  2. submit my work — a goal in two parts:
    1. submit Song once it is done
    2. complete and submit short stories

    Song is done so I need to submit that.
    I had an opportunity to refine my third Boundary Shock Quarterly story, which ate a little into other tasks but had a good outcome.

  3. produce Livia as an audiobook — no new work.

I feel like most of these goals are coming home. I am sad about the audio book progress, but I am getting word things done.

Three Things for November

NaNoWriMo is here.

  1. NaNoWriMo — make the words.
  2. blog — don’t forget to do blog things! *
  3. office clean-up — still a mess, still need space for an audio area.

To the word mines!

[*] narrator voice: He totally forgot to do blog things.

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October Things, 2018

September was a month for finishing things.

I am gearing up for November now, which meant clearing the decks to make space for that next writing project. Let’s see how that feeling of completion translated into things being done.

Three Things for September

  1. revise Song – incorporate outstanding punch list comments into third pass list, and fix another third of the third pass comments: did the comment incorporation, and fixed some of those. More significantly, I have a prioritised list of the outstanding work and a time frame to down tools on this draft.
  2. short stories
    • complete next short story: done. Expect to see this in January.
    • submit an existing story: not done. I’m putting this goal into abeyance for now.
  3. investigate self-pub options – I had a look at the BookBaby website and checked in on a couple of editing services. Not as rigorous as I had intended, but call it half done.
  4. setup audio recording area – did some office cleanup, but this did not translate into the recording area setup I intended. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about this goal at all since writing it.

So that’s one fully done and two halves for a total of 2/4.

Most disturbing is that two of the goals were basically forgotten, because I didn’t have them written down anywhere except in the September things post. So, need to make sure that my goals tracking file has the October goals in it so I am looking at the same things day to day as I say I am going to do here.

Also not mentioned is progress on my health goals, which has been substantial. I’ll write a separate blog post about that.

Three Things for 2018

Three quarters of the year gone. Are three quarters of my goals complete?

  1. finish A Turquoise Song – while the draft isn’t all that much more complete, my planning to complete the draft is significantly better structured. I will be finishing this draft by the end of October.
  2. submit my work – a goal in two parts:
    1. submit Song once it is done
    2. complete and submit short stories

    Third Boundary Shock Quarterly story submitted.

  3. produce Livia as an audiobook – no new work.

So no, three quarters of the goals are not done. Continuing progress, though.

Three Things for October

NaNoWriMo looms. Let’s get some things done.

  1. revise Song – work through prioritised list of comments, get the draft out for feedback at the end of the month.
  2. NaNoWriMo – two things:
    • prep for writing in November
    • post a series of NaNoPreMo blog posts
  3. setup audio recording area – I still need to sort out my office anyway. Build a recording booth in the process.

Best get wiggling.

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