Monday, July 30, 2012

Wrote a few scene cards with letters for character names. I hate it when two major characters have names that start with the same letter. Weird? Probably.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Day 7! Had to dig writing pad out from the Sorting Pile of Doom. I now have a barely legible back story for WIP's magic system. Tomorrow: scene cards

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Yesterday: a list of possible characters. Today: MCs and a love triangle. Oh, and some conspiracy for good measure

Friday, July 27, 2012

(2/2) think this sort of thing would at least help with all those pesky side characters in a novel length or series length work.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The good news is that I'm on day 3 of my second writing marathon. The bad news is that I'm having to post about it from my phone and only just figured out how.
The good news is that I'm on day 3 of my second writing marathon. The bad news is that I'm having to post about it from my phone and only just figured out how.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Marathon #2 Goals - and GO!

Marathon Rules:
20 minutes a night of writing, editing, or submitting. (reading does not count, formatting does)

Marathon Goals:
Fiction: 1 night a week of writeordie, writing flash or new material needed for editing longer stories.
Fiction 2: Have two stories out in submissions, constantly.
Fiction 3: Complete another round of editing of People of the Sea by the end of 90 days.
Reviews: 2 articles a month. That is either 1 book review and an interview, or two book reviews.
Beta Reading: A chapter a week.

Competing Life Goals:
Weekly homeschooling theme with 6 activities

The biggest difference between these goals and my last, unwritten goals is that I only have one big project to focus on, fiction wise, and I'm dedicated a night to writeordie. Every time I use , I love my progress, but these times are too few and far between. I am also formalizing my beta reading goals because although they don't count towards my 20 minutes a night, they're still important to me and I easily lose track of how many days it has been since I last heard from or got back to a fellow author.

And it begins... Now!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My Goal is to work on my Goals...

That Wednesday deadline for my goals went a little soft. I thought we'd be moved in by then and we're not. Today was also C's 3rd birthday, so not making the Wednesday deadline pretty much guaranteed that my goals wouldn't be ship shape before today.

Ah, well. I am happy to report that I've still be doing writing related things on my "break", mostly reading. Tonight I am working a little on YA reviews for sffwrtcht. My interview of Stephen Wallenfels, author of POD, came out on the 12th, and the next couple weeks are looking a little thin due to a gap of books that interested me. Quantum Coin just arrived in my mailbox, and I just finished Shadowfell, not to mention Splendors and Glooms, so there are plenty of reviews in the queue!

I do still feel that I need more defined goals for this next writing marathon, so I'll be throwing some wet bullet points and seeing which ones stick to the wall.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Last Day of Writing Marathon!

What did I do for my last day of my writing marathon last night? (Day 90!) I took notes on a new story idea and started reading a book I am already loving, to review later. It has been a successful 90 days, and now I am giving myself until Wednesday to slack off and come up with my game plan for my next 90 day marathon.  This time around, I only had one rule: 15 minutes of "writing," and that included almost anything related to writing, prose or fiction. I started with a handful of goals, some of which I met, like my goal to edit and submit work. Next time, I'll show you what my goals are from the get go. I may also add another rule or two. Any suggestions?

I'm excited about the move and about my next set of goals. Although I probably won't be done with arranging things in the house by Wednesday, I think these extra chores will be balanced out by the benefits of the new place, including the fact that there are no stairs. My knees have hurt since the baby was born almost a year ago, and pain drains a person's energy. Plus the computer will be better situated so that whoever is using it is not bothering other people.

The only downside? We won't have internet. Well, I'll have my data connection on my phone. That might mean I'm only posting in the blog once or twice a week. I'll still have a computer and may actually get more done.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Writing Marathon, Day 89!

Tomorrow is the last day of my goal to write every day for 90 days. So close! I have been flagging a little because we are moving soon and have to get the new place ready, plus pack. So, after tomorrow night I will take the weekend off. Once my break is over, I'll go another 90 days.

This past week I have been writing reviews, helping with the Pendragon Variety magazine, and beta reading. Tonight I got a rejection for "To Save Samantha". It's a difficult piece to find a home for because of the experimental qualities. I have half a mind to podcast it!

The rest of the night I am going to spend reading for upcoming reviews. The next month is looking pretty bleak for reviews. There weren't that many books I was interested in, and then, hello! The distractions mentioned above didn't help. My reading time has been spent packing.