August Goals

How’d I do in July?

  • Keep my short stories on submission
  • Proofread the book I finished editing in June and submit the finished book to agents
  • First edit pass on the manuscript I finished in May
  • Write a chapter for An Excuse for Whiskey

Not as great as I’d hoped. A few things came up in August that required more time than I expected. Proofreading went well, I didn’t even find anything major that I wanted to change at the last minute (which is almost scarier than finding I want to make a change). It’s been so long since the last time I queried agents that I basically had to start researching from scratch. I have a top ten list I want to start with and we’ll go from there and see what happens.

We’ll see what happens when I’m done my query letter and synopsis, that is. Both of those have eaten up a lot of my time, because if I can’t nail those, it might not matter how good the manuscript is. Yay, pressure! I feel like I they’re close, but not quite ready to send (and my synopsis is still too long) so no queries went out. I really didn’t want to start editing the next draft until after I’d completely washed my hands of the previous one.

A cool thing I wasn’t expecting: I was asked to mentor a young fantasy writer as a part of ACI Manitoba’s Careers in the Arts Youth Mentorship program. Very exciting! It’s a big commitment, but I would’ve loved to have had access to these programs when I was younger, so I was happy to say yes. This’ll be my second time working with ACI, as I facilitated their teen program a few years ago.

And my goals for August:

  • Keep my short stories on submission
  • Query agents
  • First edit pass on my new manuscript
  • Prep for my panels at When Words Collide
  • Have fun at When Words Collide, regardless of Prix Aurora results
  • Write a chapter for An Excuse for Whiskey
  • Discuss Whiskey edits with Sandra Wickham at WWC

Stretch goals:

  • Finish revising a short story I’ve been noodling with and send it out

It’s going to be a bit tight to get through everything, but I’ve got some holidays. Of course I’ve also got an out of town convention in there and a weekend getaway too.

Write on!