October Goals

September was busy round the goal department, and even busier outside of it.

  • Blogging, blogging, blogging! I’ve got guest blogs to write, and blogs for round here to promote Too Far Gone, and I probably don’t want to be doing that while I’m actually prepping for events! Great early career advice I received from Dave Gross (Thanks, Dave!)
  • Figure out what I’m going to read at the launch, and work out my intro.
  • Write a chapter of a collaborative novel I’m working on with Sandra Wickham
  • WiP Lock two more chapters, dammit.
  • Keep my short fiction out on submission.
  • Get that unsubmitted short story I’ve been plugging away at out the door.
  • Oh yeah, finish building my damned fence. (not really a writing goal, but it’ll steal writing time until its done)

Okay, that actually went better than expected. Only one box left unticked, and while I did manage another pass on that short story, I’m still not happy with it. I made some pretty significant cuts in a previous draft, and I don’t like the balance I’ve struck in the worldbuilding elements and where they’re revealed.

The Too Far Gone launch was amazing. I’ll post something about that soon. My entire weekend was pretty much recovery time from the awesome.

Wrote a couple of guest blogs that were planned, and knocked off a couple that showed up at the last minute, in addition to pre-writing a few for home base here. I’ve built up a bit of a buffer for myself. Not as much as I’d have liked, or as early as I’d have liked, but time and fences make fools of us all.

But:

FENCE. IS. DONE.

And it’s spectacular.

Finally fought through a couple of tricky chapters in the WiP and ended up satisfied enough with them to add them into the larger draft document. The next two chapters look like they’ll be easier going, now that I’ve sorted those other two. Here’s hoping.

I actually worked ahead and got two chapters done on the collaborative novel I’m working on with Sandra Wickham. Following the outline (Look, Sandra, I can do it!) showed that my next chapter didn’t hinge on what my co-author wrote, so unless she serves me a huge curveball, I’ve got that done. Depending on when the next chapter lands on my desk, I may try to write another one in October.

And for October:

  • Two more chapters locked on the WiP
  • Keep my short fiction out on submission.
  • More blogs to write!
  • Get that unsubmitted short story I’ve been plugging away at out the door.
  • My annual reread of Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October, one chapter a night, for the thirty-one nights of October. I started this personal tradition last year, and it’s a great excuse to revisit an old favourite.

Write on!

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