Hi everyone! I won’t be posting goals for the next few months while I am on hiatus from structured writing. I have some big things going on in the rest of my life (to be revealed at a later date) and I need some time and space to sort through the changes and restructure how I will be working on my writing projects in the future.
Thanks for your interest and support. I’ll be back soon.
It’s already time for another goal review and reset. June was a productive month; I published Light & Shadow, Tales of Blood & Light Book Five. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, head over to Amazon to get your copy!
Let me review my goals for June:
FINISH THE SEVENTH SYMPHONY REVISION Check! The sad news is the conclusion really needs a full rewrite, which is planned for next month.
ALASKA ESSAYS Check, ongoing.
THE EIGHTH OCTAVE REVISION Check! Got this done when I wasn’t sure it would happen.
My goals for July:
Work on Daughter of Fortune conclusion. It needs help!
Try something fun and different! I have a few stories in my head I want to start getting out.
Time keeps passing; I keep struggling to catch up. The good news is I managed to accomplish my May goals … mostly.
In May I set these goals:
THE SEVENTH SYMPHONY REVISION: I worked on this as much as time allowed, but there are still six chapters to go. Even so, I feel good about the massive rewriting we accomplished, so I’ll give myself a CHECK.
ALASKA ESSAYS: I definitely worked on these. There is definitely more work to do. I’ve hit a slower phase of my side of the work while the content editors do their revisions, but essays for me to review still trickle in. Someday I hope to announce that this book is ready to be published, and that will be a happy, happy day!
PUBLISH LIGHT AND SHADOW: CHECK–or at least, it’s up for pre-order here. Order it early and make an author happy. The actual publication date turned into June 5th, but I really couldn’t have squeezed it in by 5/31. The print version may take a tiny bit longer, but I’m ordering the proof tonight.
My goals for June are:
FINISH THE SEVENTH SYMPHONY REVISION Six chapters! I can do it!
ALASKA ESSAYS As the work comes in, I do it.
THE EIGHTH OCTAVE REVISION Tamara and I want to get this one ready to publish, hopefully before the end of the summer.
April was another busy month. I only gave myself a few goals but it quickly became clear I wasn’t going to achieve even those few. Next month, smaller bites.
In April I planned to:
FINISH DAUGHTER of FORTUNE REWRITE: this one keeps holding me up. I’m actually tabling this project until I can completely finish a few others. I’ve ben feeling like I’ve spread myself too thin.
ALASKA ESSAYS: I got through my second revision on the essays. They aren’t “done” yet, but my progress was consistent, and I got through what I hoped to get through. CHECK!
APPLY LIGHT & SHADOW feedback and prep for publishing in May! CHECK! I have the formatted version loaded up on my kindle for its final read through. Its publication date will be Thursday, May 31st!
THE SEVENTH SYMPHONY REVISION (this is co-writer work, but this will be the main bulk of my writing work this month, so I’m including it here.
ALASKA ESSAYS A never-ending story…
PUBLISH LIGHT AND SHADOW!
This morning I’m writing from Ashland, Oregon, where I’m visiting on a road-trip with my husband and my two dogs. We’re off to Bend next. I’m still spending a few hours each day on writing projects. I haven’t managed to take a single picture yet, otherwise I’d post one!
I thought I was being clever by keeping my March goals short and sweet, but even so, I struggled to meet them. Sometimes life just gets too busy and it’s hard to stay on top of everything. The big wrench in the works for March was my Alaska Essays project, which I had thought was nearly done, but then late in the game needed another revision. For a book of nearly 150,000 words, another revision is a big deal and quite a few hours of work. I guess that’s what I get for leaping to the conclusion that it might be done.
Anyway, my exact goals for March were:
FINISH DAUGHTER of FORTUNE REWRITE: No check. I made progress, but I did not finish. I guess it will roll over into April.
FORMATTING PROJECT- No check. This one got cancelled entirely.
FINISH ALASKA ESSAYS- No check. I did, however, make solid progress on a final and unexpected revision.
FINISH LIGHT AND SHADOW TWEAKS/READ THROUGH and SEND TO BETA READER(S) CHECK! At least I got one.
FINISH DAUGHTER of FORTUNE REWRITE: One could say the saga continues.
ALASKA ESSAYS: I like to think I’ve learned my lesson about using the word “finish.”
APPLY LIGHT & SHADOW feedback and prep for publishing in May!
Ugh, February. It’s such a short, difficult month. I’m glad to see it go, but sad that I did not perform very well on my goals. The good news is I got a puppy, which always makes everything better.
Shadow the border collie mix is a loyal, curious, utterly devoted little sweetheart. He is currently sitting in my lap as I write this blog post. He has good balance and a particular ability to insert himself into laps unexpectedly.
Last month I over ambitiously thought I could do all this despite the distraction of that adorable puppy face:
DAUGHTER of FORTUNE REWRITE- HALF-CHECK? I got about halfway through this revision. I’ll plod on through it next month.
FORMATTING PROJECT- QUARTER-CHECK? It’s coming in slowly, in bits and pieces. It will also roll over into next month.
ALASKA ESSAYS-CHECK! The draft is now out for review with the principle players. The deadline for final revisions is March 20th, which means the project really should be drawing to a close by the end of March!
LIGHT AND SHADOW TWEAKS-HALF-CHECK: I got about halfway through this one, too.
Next month I’ll be playing catch up on everything that I did not finish this month.
FINISH DAUGHTER of FORTUNE REWRITE
FINISH ALASKA ESSAYS
FINISH LIGHT AND SHADOW TWEAKS/READ THROUGH and SEND TO BEAT READER(S)
WIND WINGING or THE EIGHTH OCTAVE REVISION with Tamara- I don’t think we’ve decided which co-written book we’ll focus on next. NO CHECK: we started this, and only lasted about an hour before we realized what we really wanted to do was clean-up and finalize River Running for publishing. So that’s what we did instead.
DAUGHTER of FORTUNE REVISION-CHECK. I read through this and made a big master list of what to do on my big rewrite next month.
FORMATTING PROJECT- I have a formatting project booked for this month that I’ll need to fit around other activities. NO CHECK–the author wasn’t ready. Instead I formatted River Running for publication, and it’s quite beautiful.
ALASKA ESSAYS-CHECK. I have a master formatted document in hand, now I just need to deal with formatting and inserting the images, which is a big job.
NOTE: My editor was able to get me the line edits for Light & Shadow back throughout January, so in addition to the work above, I managed to swim through line edits for Light & Shadow in January–which is great, since I had planned that for a February goal.
DAUGHTER of FORTUNE REWRITE-I plan to make my way through the list of changes I made last month.
FORMATTING PROJECT- I expect the formatting project from last month will come in sometime this month.
ALASKA ESSAYS-My goal is to have them all finished with a master draft ready for review by the end of this month.
LIGHT AND SHADOW TWEAKS- I have a list of about eight bigger fixes that I need to address from the lines edits. Then I’ll grind out the ebook version and upload for a “flow read” on my kindle!