Goal Update 8/8

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: Feeling like I’m closing in
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I got through all the notes I left for myself based on Matt’s notes, either writing new stuff or tweaking old stuff. And I’ve started typing all the changes in! Once I’m done with that, I’m gonna do one last read through and before I send it off to a copyeditor. (I don’t know what happened to the guy on the forums who was going to read this. I assume he just got busy, but since he was doing it for free, I’m not bothered.)

Why a copyeditor? Because even though I’m fantastic at finding typos (I even found one while doing this edit lol), this is gonna be the first novel by me that people see. And even though I know it’ll never be perfect, I want it to be damn close. And another set of eyes on this thing that I’ve spent WAAAYY too long staring at will be good for spotting any lingering problems.

Also, fun fact: I’m an idiot I got curious and did some digging in my files. And, uh, I found the original idea for this that I submitted as part of my final project for my first creative writing class (including the incredibly descriptive and stolen title! Sorry, Dan Brown.) And I’ve been completely wrong about how long I’ve been working on this.

Ignore my organization methods…

Proof positive, I started this adventure over 7 and a half years ago. *side-eyes Past Me*

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 17, 36 scenes in
  • Where I am: Lesson 17, 34 scenes in
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
Yes, I’m accounting for another week of this. Is work putting a damper on this? Kinda. I’m not a morning person, and most of the week I’m working the afternoon. It’s hard for me to wake up early to get stuff done before work, and if I want enough sleep, I can’t stay up until 2AM anymore either. Especially not Thursday night, since I work Friday morning.

But, I’m doing the best I can, the most I can, and I am hitting more easy scenes. There’s still one brand new scene, I think? And the rest will at least pull something from the existing draft. Not to mention the way the math works, the last week will leave me with a little wiggle room. So yeah, doing good so far.

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 28500 words
  • Where I am: 29003 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I managed to push through my “where the hell am I going with this” and got some pretty good stuff, I think. I hesitate to call it “writer’s block” because true writer’s block is due to more dire circumstances and much harder to overcome, and true writers don’t fling the term around looking for pity.

The majority of writers who claim to have writer’s block are actually using it as a way of claiming to be writers without ever having to go in and sit down at their computers to work.

How To Beat Writer’s Block, Holly Lisle

I’m grateful that I haven’t needed to buy that course yet. You’ll notice also that I met my weekly word count. 😉 (And yes, I absolutely am calling out Past Me today for being such a lazy, insufferable, pretentious asshole who definitely tossed out more than my fair share of “writer’s block”s as excuses to party during my first three years of college when I should have just been writing. Salty does not even begin to cover it. Seven freaking years, you little shit…)

Also, I kinda have an idea for the ending now, maybe? I don’t know if it’s any good, but it’s better than “and then they all died, the end”. So we’re getting somewhere, it seems.

Goal Update 8/1

So yesterday was my first day back at work. And I’m really glad it was only a half day, cause it kicked my ass. I’m so out of shape.

And now I’ll be working half days all week. So uh. I may just keep my schedule for all this and just see what happens.

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: Made a wrong turn in Albuquerque
  • On Target or Behind: Uhhh

How’s It Going:
I’m in the thick of overhauling Keziah and… it’s going better than I thought? Either that or I’m doing it wrong, I don’t know. Other than that, I have one more scene to add, and I’m not sure what to put in it. I mean, I know I need to have Madison and his dad in there, and things are not going well for either of them, and it’s also Thanksgiving, but I’m just not sure how I’m gonna do it yet.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 17, 30 scenes in
  • Where I am: Lesson 17, 23 scenes in
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
If I’d just powered through that one new scene on Tuesday… But I didn’t, so I ended up spending something like 5 hours on Thursday just trying to sort of catch up because I’m a garbage can.

Other than that, I feel like everything’s coming together well? I think I got the scenes in the right order at least, because they seem to just flow into each other really well. And I feel like I’m doing a decent job at making the reader question who the villain really is. Now if I could just knock out more scenes at a time…

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 27000 words
  • Where I am: 27495 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
I’m screwed.

I got all of my characters in the same place, one of them seriously injured, and… now I don’t know where to go. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do after I finished up this scene and I’ve gotten nowhere. And now I have no idea what happens next.

I may have to dig through some of Holly’s other classes for the big guns.

Something Something Patience, Something Something Universe

Long story short, I’m getting my job back!

Which means I’m gonna have to re-calibrate… well, everything. And then do it all over again at the end of August when classes start up again. I expect some bumps in the road as far as my writing goes, and I’m gonna miss the extra crafting time, but I’m super excited to go back to work. And with the CARES Act bonus disappearing… literally next week, I’m going to appreciate a reasonable paycheck over the pittance I’d be getting from regular unemployment while desperately job hunting.

So uh. Woo!

Goal Update 7/25

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: I don’t even know anymore
  • On Target or Behind: What am I even doing

How’s It Going:
While this isn’t nearly as painful as revising SYCU right now, it’s still… tedious and annoying.

On the upside, I’ve gotten most of the kinks worked out, minus the Keziah overhaul. I’m still not sure how I want to go about doing that just yet. It involves the vast majority of the last half of the book so… yeah.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 17, 20 scenes in
  • Where I am: Lesson 17, 16 scenes in
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
Bad. I mean, the story’s going great, just.

Oh my god, there’s so much. So much new writing. I literally hit a spot with three new scenes in a row on Thursday, and I had to stop halfway through the second one. And like, I know I did this, I know I added a lot of stuff, it’s just having to actually connect the dots in writing is exhausting. I’m actually adding more new scenes in this one than I did in SKoS, including the stuff I’m adding now in edit.

Thankfully, most of the new scenes are near the beginning, so this should get easier as I go. But I’m definitely adding a fifth week, and maybe even a sixth if I have to. (I also cut a scene, if anyone was wondering about the math.)

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 25500 words
  • Where I am: 26098 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
This week has just been sucky all around, and I realize my word count doesn’t reflect that at all, but the actual writing part here isn’t what I mean. The writing has actually gone rather smoothly. Especially with some help from a friend who works on an ambulance. (Oh yes, I seriously hurt one of my characters. Gotta up the ante, yanno?)

What I mean is, I’m having a horrible time trying to figure out where this story is going. Nothing has come to me and it’s really bumming me out. Or maybe I was bummed before and that’s why I’m having trouble. I don’t know. I’ve just been really off this week and I don’t know why.

Goal Update 7/18

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: Blah
  • On Target or Behind: Pluh

How’s It Going:
Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

It’s slow, but it’s going.

GOAL 2) REVISE SYCU

  • My Goal: 2 Lessons per month/ 1 Lesson every 2 weeks (except L17 and L21, which get 4 weeks min)
  • Where I planned to be: Lesson 17, 13 scenes done
  • Where I am: Lesson 17, 7 scenes done
  • On Target or Behind: Behind

How’s It Going:
I did a dumb and forgot to work out how many scenes per day I should be doing before I started. Because I’m definitely giving myself at least four weeks for this. So with 51 scenes, I should be doing 4-5 scenes per day. Which I did not do. Whoops.

I may take an extra week or two for this one. There is a LOT of rewriting going on, and writing fresh words takes me… well, a lot of time. Most of the scenes I’ve already done are completely new. I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up writing half of the final story during this, because it’s a disaster. But I like where it’s going.

GOAL 3) SURVIVAL

  • My Goal: 500 WPD, 1500 WPW
  • Where I planned to be: 24000 words
  • Where I am: 24579 words
  • On Target or Behind: On Target

How’s It Going:
Almost to the midpoint, yay! (I got a little carried away this week… I should not enjoy tormenting these guys this much.) I should have just enough material to hit 25k, and then I’m gonna do the midpoint lesson from HTWAN.

Honesty hour here: I have no idea how this one will end. Like, none whatsoever. Not even an inkling, like I did with Krasnaya. Most of my ideas run out at the midpoint, and I only have some vague thoughts about afterward.

So this should be fun.