Goal Update 1/25

Some of you may have noticed I changed my site theme. If not… I changed my site theme. 😀

GOAL 1) PUBLISH SKOS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: Spent …several hours, at least
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I posted the four covers for one title on the forums and got some great feedback. Most of it was not positive, unfortunately. And I had to seriously contemplate what genre this thing really is.

At first I thought it was Paranormal/Urban Fantasy. I’m beginning to wonder if it’s not some subset of Horror. Or maybe Dark Humor…? Either way, I’m reworking most of the covers I’ve already done, and trying to really focus on what the cover is saying.

This is a lot more difficult than it looks.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum; 1 chapter/day
  • Where I planned to be: Through chapter 10
  • Where I am: Through chapter 12
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Great! I managed to squeeze in a couple extra chapters this week, leaving only four to go. I’m gonna try to get through them next week.

I’m still amazed at how clean this draft is. We’ll see if I change my mind on that later.

Goal Update 1/18

Goal 1) Publish SKoS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: Spent Idk I keep forgetting to actually count mins
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
After finally figuring out how to save as a PDF from Google Docs *facepalm* I threw my hat in the ring to have this content edited by Matt Turano (aka Holly Lisle’s husband/personal content editor). He has a few other people ahead of me in line, and he doesn’t rush these, but hopefully I hear back soon on when I can send it in. I’m excited!

I also got a few more covers mocked up. I think I’m gonna throw some of them on the forums soon to get some feedback.

Goal 2) Revise SYCU

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum; 1 chapter/day
  • Where I planned to be: Through chapter 7
  • Where I am: Through chapter 7
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I went through and counted. I have 16 chapters.

If my math is right (which… if you don’t know me, my math is questionable at best), if I do two chapters a day for three days, and just one for another three days, I can be done with this part by the end of the month. Alternately, I could just add three more days, likely the next two Wednesdays and next Saturday, at just one chapter a day.

Do I need to get it done by the end of the month? Not really. But I’ve got a long ways to go to on this, and if I want it ready for editing by the end of this year, time’s ticking down.

To be fair, this is definitely less messy than SKoS. Still some work to do (MC is currently reading a little like a psychopath, unfortunately), but I’m still really pleased with how good this came out in first draft.

As far as a new novel goes…

I’ve been thinking about it. I want to. I really do. The college cancelled one of my classes due to low registration numbers, so I’m only in two classes this semester. (Makes things difficult in the long run, but I can work with it.) This definitely frees me up to work on something new.

The question is, work on something new, or revive an old idea…

Goal Update 1/11

Goal 1) Publish SKoS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 30 mins
  • Where I am: Spent …so many mins
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I have four mockup covers for each of two titles so far. And it looks like I’m not gonna get any bites on the forum for a freebie edit so… professional edit it is. And as broke as I am… I’m leaning toward the expensive one. It’s my first novel, and I know it’s probably still not top-notch. But if I can make it salable, well. I will.

Goal 2) Revise SYCU

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum; 1 chapter/day
  • Where I planned to be: Through chapter 4
  • Where I am: Through chapter 4
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Measuring this by time doesn’t feel right, so I’m going by chapters now (because I… happen to have this one separated into chapters). No idea how many there are because I haven’t looked. I’m just kinda winging this one. (Ha. Haha, punny. Because this one’s about people who have wings.)

I continue to be fascinated by how good this is. And it’s not because I’m too close to it; I literally haven’t looked at it since the day I finished it. Six years ago. They don’t feel like my words anymore, even though I know better.

Maybe this will be easier than the first one after all.

Goal Update 1/4

Goal 1) Publish SKoS

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 10 mins (cause short week)
  • Where I am: Spent …many mins
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I’ve already done some testing on my titles in Holly’s forum, so I’m taking the top 7 and sketching out covers. I’ve found some photos on Scop.io I can probably use, but I may end up taking some of my own. (Writer, amateur photographer, what else can he do?) All that’s left to do now is start mocking up covers so I can get some opinions.

As for getting edits, I can use Holly’s forum to find folks who will do it for free, but I’m also looking into professional edits. One option is much cheaper than the other, but I know more about the more expensive one and I’m convinced of the quality. Not that I’m not convinced of the quality of the cheaper one, but I haven’t heard much about it. I’ll have to seriously weigh all my options.

Goal 2) Revise SYCU

  • My Goal: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • Where I planned to be: Spent at least 10 mins (cause short week)
  • Where I am: Spent ~20 mins
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I read the first chapter and uh… not only do I not remember writing any of this…

It’s REALLY good. At least as far as first draft goes. Maybe not the best beginning, but… I don’t have much bad to say about it. Nothing that jumped out at me as “this is a huge problem”. Mostly it’s just a little clunky in places. Easy fix. Later.

But for now, so far, so good.

New Year, New Goals

New me! I am resolutely refusing to call them resolutions. (See what I did there?) Because “New Year’s Resolutions” have never worked for me. But achievable goals?

That I can do. I’ve proved it, multiple times, these last few months.

Goal 1) SKoS (Insert Final Title Here)

  • My clear target is: Publish Some Kind of Savior (or whatever it ends up being titled)
  • My reachable deadline is: Oct 18, 2021
  • My working days are: Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun (for now)
  • My method of measuring progress: Steps completed (Title, cover, copy, edits, final formatting, upload)
  • My end goal: Publish!
  • My daily goal, and number of available days: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum (obviously if I’m waiting on editors, I just… have to do something else)
  • My leverage — WHY I need to do this: I want to finally see this book through to completion, and finally have it pay me, however little it may be.

Why the odd and incredibly lenient deadline? That’s when I turn 30. I seriously want to publish this thing before that. Hopefully it won’t be a close call. If things go well, I’m hoping it can even be before my 29th birthday.

Goal 2) SYCU

  • My clear target is: Revise Something You Can’t Understand (once again a working title, and not really a good one at that, but w/e)
  • My reachable deadline is: Dec 31, 2020
  • My working days are: Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun (for now)
  • My method of measuring progress: Lessons completed and/or pages
  • My end goal: Have a final typed-in draft
  • My daily goal, and number of available days: Spend at least 10 mins, 3 days/week minimum
  • My leverage — WHY I need to do this: I liked this idea when I created it, it’s been sitting for a while, and doing this is part of being an author.

This one… might be a crazy goal. I don’t know. (How many years did I sit on SKoS again?) But they say the first one is always the hardest. If that’s true, I’m willing to bet this one won’t be easier by much. It was a product of a painful NaNo attempt (that I won! But it was not an easy victory) back in… 2014? Holy shit, I can’t believe it was that long ago…

But I’ve learned a lot revising SKoS, I’ve learned a lot writing Krasnaya, and I’ve learned a lot through living life in the six years post college. (University? Technically I’m still in college. Whatever.) Baby steps gets shit done. Consistency gets shit done. I know that now.

What about a new novel?

I’ll uh. Get back to you on that.

No, seriously. Like I said, I’m still in college. Classes start up again on the 13th. I want to see what kind of workload I’m looking at before I go lumping on too many projects. And I still have to decide if I want to revive an old idea (and figure out how to do so) or start from scratch. From where I’m sitting, the latter option is far easier.

Here, how about I just say I’ll make a call by the end of January. There you go, goal number 3.

Goal Update 12/28

Goal 2) Some Kind of Savior

  • My Goal: 1 lesson per month, 10 pages per day for type-in
  • Where I planned to be: 120 pages typed in
  • Where I am: 120 pages typed in
  • On Target or Behind: Finished!

How’s It Going:

IT’S DONE! I did it: I finished my revision of this beast on time. This is huge. I’ve been working on this thing for… 6 years now? I don’t know how I feel about it, tbh.

I’m still gonna go back and do a little tweaking on the time. Minor stuff. Next is to really dig into mocking up covers, preparing it for release (!!!), and gear up for my next revision…

…And the next novel. I have a couple of old ideas I may try to liven up again. But if in doubt, thanks to Holly, now I know I can just whip out something new.

Goal Update 12/21

So what am I doing now that my HTWAN story (code name “Krasnaya”) is done? Absolutely nothing. Actually, I’ve been working on title/cover combos for SKoS.

“What, the book’s not going to be called Some Kind of Savior?” I heard someone ask. Or maybe it’s just in my head.

Maybe. Maybe not. I came up with that title spur of the moment when I was submitting the first couple of chapters to my creative writing class for critiques in spring of 2013. While I was still writing it. (Yeah, I know, bad idea. Live and learn. This is absolutely why the beginning was so borked.)

Is it a good title? I think so. Is it the right title or the best title? I don’t know. That’s why I’m experimenting with titles and covers to see what works best.

Goal 2) Some Kind of Savior

  • My Goal: 1 lesson per month, 10 pages per day for type-in
  • Where I planned to be: 90 pages typed in
  • Where I am: 101 pages typed in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going: