Goals Summary 2018 – Wk 16

Blogland,

It’s that time again! Let’s talk about goals!

Last Week

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Edit chapters 10, 11, and 12 of The Steel Armada
  • Revise The Seasons per feedback
  • Finish reading Binti: The Night Masquerade
  • Review Madhu’s pages

How’d I do?

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Edit chapters 10, 11, and 12 of The Steel Armada
    • No. But, there was some good work done in this area. Turned out that, due to considerable rewrites, I had to do some major restructuring. Scenes moved around and caused a bunch of trouble. So chapter 9 had to get completely reworked (again) and I got a good chunk of 10 done. So… 1.5/3. I’ll take it.
  • Revise The Seasons per feedback
    • Done. I got a lovely personal rejection from PseudoPod earlier this month that had some quality suggestions for making The Seasons more effective. Per that feedback I added 100 words and discovered a new title for the piece: The Cost of Rain.
  • Finish reading Binti: The Night Masquerade
    • Yarp. I’ll have the review up sometime this week.
  • Review Madhu’s pages
    • Yep! Always do!

Weekly Word Count: 1,930

I also did a proof read and final tweak of Lifelike. I felt pretty good about how it turned out. This piece is one I’ve worked on for almost 7 years now (of and on) and it’s taken many, many forms. I believe this is the strongest it has ever been, and the strongest I can make it at this time. So, I sent it out for submission Saturday night.

Monday morning Fireside Fiction opened their submission window, so The Cost of Rain went out to them. I’m feeling quite writerly today with two short stories out for consideration. Got my Big Girl Writer Pants on. Woo!

april whiteboard

One of my goals for 2018 was to submit two separate short stories for submission. It’s not even May and I can cross this one off the list!

What’s Next?

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Edit 3 chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Write 500 words of Sanctuary
  • Research more short story markets
  • Review Madhu’s pages

I’ve got two book reviews to write and another announcement to share this week, so there will be no shortage of activity on the blog. I’ve been itching to get back to Santa Sarita these last couple weeks, so it’ll be quite nice to spend a little time with Reyes and Sara again as I work on chapter 3 of Sanctuary.

With two stories out for submission right now, I need to line up the next few magazines I can submit to if both are rejected this round. I’m only submitting to markets that pay the minimum professional rate ($0.06/word), but if I exhaust those options without success, I’ll start considering semi-pro markets. I will not submit to non-paying markets. I have my token publications, the feathers in my proverbial cap. I’m done with that.A Reminder of Horace Greeley's Past Record

Madhu is going to send her next round of pages to me this evening, so I have that to look forward to. She’s almost done with her rough draft which is awesome! She hasn’t been working on this project for very long at all but she’s been very diligent and hard-working, pumping out those pages.

Which leaves me with the glaring truth. I really, really need to hold myself more accountable with my editing goals. I need to get through this draft. I keep telling myself that this is the hardest one, this is the draft where all the big changes happen. Characters meld, disappear, and maybe even play bigger roles than anticipated. Worlds develop much further than I ever thought they would. Magic becomes less fantastical and more intrinsic to the story and world.

The fourth draft will iron out the wrinkles from this much more disruptive draft. And the fifth draft will make it the best book it can be.

That’s what I keep telling myself. I’m not sure if I believe it. And I’m not sure that it really matters if I do. The work has to get done, regardless. And I am stubborn enough to keep trudging through this process until I am satisfied with the end result.

So that’s the game plan for this week. Fairly relaxed, other than the editing. Hopefully that means I can get a lot of work done. Chapter 10 is an almost complete rewrite, but 11 and 12 aren’t. Maybe I can finally get through them.

I’ll be back a bunch this week with various posts, so keep an eye out!

 

BZ

 

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Goals Summary 2018 – Wk 14

Hi Bloggos,

This last week just flew by! Anniversary celebrations, good news announcements, and plenty of work to get done.

Last Week

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Edit 1 chapter of The Steel Armada
  • Finish reading Saga
  • Read Binti: Home
  • Work on Sanctuary (500 words?)
  • Review Madhu’s pages

How’d I do?

  • Publish two blog posts
  • Edit 1 chapter of The Steel Armada
    • Barely. But YES! This chapter was really difficult for me, and was probably about 95% rewrites. These last few weeks have seen no editing because I wasn’t sure how to fix this one chapter, and now that it’s done I have a much clearer path for the chapters ahead!
  • Finish reading Saga
    • Yep! I didn’t expect volume 8 to end as it did, especially after the heartbreak of volume 7. I was pleasantly surprised.
  • Read Binti: Home
    • Yep! Finished it last night and will hopefully get the review done before I leave for the coast on Friday.
  • Work on Sanctuary (500 words?)
    • Yeppers! Got a good start on chapter 3 with 593 words.
  • Review Madhu’s pages
    • Chickity-check. This is the one thing I am super diligent about completing.

Weekly Word Count: 2,971

Overall, not too shabby. I would have liked to get Chapter 9 of The Steel Armada edited earlier on in the week, but I’ll take what I can get. I experienced a really rough “block” with this rewrite. It seemed that no matter how I approached it, I couldn’t come up with a solution. I do not like that feeling. I’m planning on posting an “Editing Check-in” of sorts once I finish revising Chapter 10, so I’ll talk more about my experiences then.

Graphic novels are a lifesaver when I really want to read, but don’t have time to commit to something big. Saga is always a delight, and right now I’m making my way through the Dresden Files comics. I love Harry, so seeing all my favorite characters in illustrations is wonderful.

Progress on Sanctuary is slow and steady, which is pretty much exactly what I want. I’m getting a sense for where the story is headed, and building up that backlog of chapters like I planned. Feels good.

Next Week?

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Edit Chapter 10 of The Steel Armada
  • Read Down Town and Wild Card (Dresden Files graphic novels)
  • Review Madhu’s pages
  • Have SO MUCH FUN at the OWC 2018 Writers Conference

binti homeI plan to post the Binti: Home review on Thursday or Friday morning before I leave for the coast. There’s no WiFi at the hotel so you won’t hear from me over the weekend at all. In fact, I’m planning on keeping my phone on airplane mode while I’m gone. Which just means I will have SO MUCH to talk about when I get back!

Hopefully I can use conference time/downtime to work on The Steel Armada. I’m still torn about which laptop to take. I have this dumb two laptop situation until Scrivener 3 becomes available on Windows. So while my PC has Draft 2 of TSA, all my edits are being done on my old-as-dirt MacBook because Scrivener 2 has Revision Mode. Since The Steel Armada is my main project right now, I’m thinking I’ll take the Mac. But, if I get inspired and want to work on From the Quorum or something new, I won’t have my “current” computer. Or the internet to use Google Drive.

Ugh. Can Scrivener 3 just be out already???

The Dresden Files graphic novels will fly by, and honestly I’ll probably have them done by tomorrow night. I’ll finish Madhu’s pages tomorrow night or Thursday, and then I’m just packing and prepping for the conference. Madhu and I are carpooling, so my Corolla gets a spa day in honor of our guest. I even built a playlist of Writer/Book themed songs for the drive!

agatha christie roomAnd then we’ll be at the coast, wining and dining with writer types and learning all the things! We’re sharing the Agatha Christie room, which has an amazing view, a fireplace, and a balcony! It’s going to be raining and windy the whole time, but that’s never stopped me from enjoying the beach.

I’ve got a handful of writing/book themed shirts for the weekend, I’ll bring minimal makeup since folks will be taking photos, and a notebook and a slew of pens will round it all out. Binti: The Night Masquerade will probably be my book for the weekend, though I might bring a backup in case I finish it too quickly.

Gotta be prepared!

Anyway, I’m basically bursting with all this excitement! I can’t wait to have this amazing weekend and get to tell you all about next week!

I’ll be back soon with the Binti: Home review.

Until then, Blogland,

 

BZ

 

 

 

The Recap – March 2018

Oh, Blogland! Where has this month gone? How is it April already? It most definitely still feels like winter here in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s getting old. You’d think with all this time indoors, I’d get some quality work done. You’d think…

What were My March Goals?

  • Edit 5 chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Finish Sanctified
  • Submit The Seasons
  • Prep Lifelike for submission
  • Keep reading

Drumroll, please…

  • Edit 5 chapters of The Steel Armada
    • Sigh. I didn’t make this goal. Barely. I did edit 4.5 chapters, but lacked the discipline to get it done this week in the face of other, more “interesting” projects. Literally everything is more interesting than editing to me at the moment. It’s disappointing, but it’s not the worst outcome. I still edited more than I really thought I would. Huzzah!
  • Finish Sanctfied
    • YES! I spent the better part of nine months, NINE MONTHS, writing that fic and to finally write the end of it and move on mentally was completely overwhelming. I got some really wonderful feedback from readers and I am looking forward to what comes next.
  • Submit The Seasons
    • Yep. Still waiting to hear back about it. I forgot how long the submission process can be. If it gets rejected, I’ll most likely find out in the next few days, if The Submission Grinder can be trusted. I’ll be sure to share the results here, regardless.
  • Prep Lifelike for submission
    • Sure did! This is the strongest this story has ever been, and I’m feeling good about it. I want to say it’s ‘done’, but I’m not 100% sure yet. I’m going to let it stew a bit more and revisit it. But, it’s really close.
  • Keep reading
    • Yarp. I read seven titles in March and posted four book reviews. I’ve read 19 titles this year so far, and am three books ahead of schedule on my Goodreads reading challenge. Feels good, man.

Total March Word Count: 15,985

Honorable Mentions?

Unrelated to official March goals, I read/edited the proofs for The Audient Void #5 this month, so keep an eye out for release announcements sometime in April. I also started writing the final installment of my giant Mass Effect Andromeda fanfiction series, Santa Sarita: The Patron Saint of a Third-Rate Smuggler. This last story, titled Sanctuary, will wrap up larger plot points I left dangling in Sanctified and hopefully give us all that happy ending we’re all craving for ME:A.

My word count for the month is pretty high, mostly because of about 7k words on Sanctuary in the last two weeks and finishing Sanctified earlier this month, but also because the rewrites on The Steel Armada are so extensive. I’ve been adding about 500 words per chapter, and that’s accounting for what’s been cut.

In other news, I still have awesome, wonderful, exciting news to share! However, I’m uncertain if I’m allowed to just yet. If I don’t get word by Wednesday, I’ll contact the powers that be and see what the deal is. I am bursting at the seems about this you guys! The silence is killing me!

The submission process is a lot less stressful than I remember. I mean, I’m anxious as all hell if I let myself think about it too much, but ultimately, once the story is sent, it’s out of my hands. No point wearing myself ragged over it. Hopefully April can just be full of all kinds of good news!

So, What’s Next?

  • Edit 4 chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Continue submitting short stories
  • Build a backlog of 5 chapters of Sanctuary
  • Keep reading

I don’t want to set any stricter goals than that this month. I want to get back into my reading stride, because it’s a little rocky at the moment. I started another playthrough of Andromeda, as research for my next fic. It’s a dumb excuse to play again, but I’m enjoying it, so I don’t want to guilt trip myself too much.

The writing on Sanctuary is… tumultuous. Some days it’s easy and it practically writes itself. Other days every single character seems bound and determined to fight me about every damn thing. Until I get deeper in and really get a grasp on the moving pieces, I think it’s going to be that way. So, I need to just buckle in and write when I feel like it, and see where this story takes me. Plus, I won’t start posting it until I have a healthy stack of chapters to share.

It is very likely that The Seasons will get rejected in the next few days. I need to start planning where I’m submitting it to next. I also need to appraise Lifelike later in the month, and start planning its submission journey. Exciting times, slow, but exciting!

I will edit four chapters this month. Four. One each week. That is not hard and I WILL do it.

See you all soon with a Weekly Goals Summary!

 

BZ

Goals Summary 2018 – Wk 12

Hi Blogland!

It’s that time again, let’s talk about goals! Last week’s goals were fairly straightforward, and mostly editing.

Last Week

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Edit 4 chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Finish reading Gunpowder Moon
  • Review Madhu’s pages

How’d I do?

  • Publish 2 blog posts
    • Technically, no. I published last week’s goal summary, but the Gunpowder Moon review didn’t post until yesterday morning. However, it did post, so I’m calling it a win.
  • Edit 4 Chapters of The Steel Armada
    • Ha ha ha. No. I did manage to get one and half chapters done! But there’s so much rewriting that this project is going to take longer than I originally anticipated. Plus, it takes a lot of energy just to get myself to sit down to work on this. It’s an uphill battle on all fronts.
  • Finish reading Gunpowder MoonGunpowder moon
  • Review Madhu’s pages
    • Yep. It’s the one thing I am at least somewhat diligent about.

Weekly Word Count: 4,130

Thoughts

This last week managed to feel productive, even if I didn’t do all the editing I wanted to. I went back and looked at how many chapters I’ve edited this month, and I’m on track to meet my goal for March. So, I’m going to chill out on the whole “beat myself up for not editing more” thing and maybe I’ll actually manage to get some work done.

Last week I talked about finishing Sanctified. That fic is posted and done, though I’m still getting comments on it that I need to reply to. As you can probably guess from my word count for this week, I am hard at work writing the sequel, and FINAL installment of the Santa Sarita series. This is one of my goals for the year, so I’m excited to work on it and get it done.

That being said, Sanctuary is not one of my main priorities right now. I’ll continue to write and outline, getting a sense for where I want to take these characters in my last adventure with them, but editing The Steel Armada and Lifelike are my biggest concerns right now.

I also finished proofreading the mock up of The Audient Void #5. There is some fantastic fiction and artwork in this issue folks, and I’m really pleased with how it’s turning out. Keep an eye out for release details!

And, I got some very exciting news that I am not currently able to share. Hopefully by next week’s Goals Summary I can tell you all about it!

What’s Next?

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Edit 1 chapter of The Steel Armada
  • Edit Lifelike
  • Read Binti
  • Review Madhu’s pages

I’m feeling good about this week’s goals. I can get one chapter edited, as much work as that one chapter will be. I melded two characters into one, so there is a TON of reworking and rewriting that has to get done. But I can do it.

I got feedback from my friend Matt on Lifelike, and his comments were very encouraging. I haven’t looked at the story since I sent it to him, so my eyes will be fresh and ready to finally call this story done. It’s haunted me for the better part of seven years. It will be strange not to have it lurking in my brain anymore.

I had to return Quietus because it’s over 500 pages and there was a hold on it. But, I’m going to put it back on hold and get it again soon. I definitely want to finish it. So, in the meantime I have five graphic novels to read by tomorrow (they’re due back to the library) and I’m starting Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti novellas. Binti.jpg

As for Madhu’s pages, I’m still very much enjoying her story so far. I need to buckle down and be a little more critical, but I don’t really see much “wrong” with it. At least not until I know how everything ends!

OH! I also will spend the bulk of Thursday working on a super secret project for my husband. Our 10 year anniversary is next Tuesday and I’m making his gift.

So, that’s what I’ve got going on this week. Since Binti is only 90 pages long, I’m hopeful I’ll have the review for you this week. Also, April 1st is Sunday, so I’ll be back with the March Recap and April goals.

Until then, Bloggos.

 

BZ

 

Goals Summary 2018 – Wk 10

Hello Blogland,

It’s another sunshine-y day in the Pacific Northwest, and a wonderful 65 degrees! The windows were down on all my drives today, Snow Patrol blaring and a smile on my face. I can’t ask for more than that.

What did I want to do last week?

  • Publish two book reviews
  • Review/submit The Seasons 
  • Write 1000 words on Sanctified chapter 34
  • Finish listening to The Scorpio Races
  • Edit 2 chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Review and return Madhu’s pages

The results are in!

  • Publish two book reviews
  • Review/submit The Seasons
    • Yep! The submission process has begun. I’ve received one rejection all ready, which I fully anticipated. Waiting to hear back from the most recent market, and I’m planning a post about the whole process sometime soon.
  • Write 1000 words on Sanctified chapter 34
    • Yarp. Knocked this one out early in the week, and I’m feeling really good about finishing it this week.
  • Finish Listening to The Scorpio Races
    • Totes done. I’m ready to talk all about it.
  • Edit two chapters of The Steel Armada
    • Barely. It was another close call this week. Chapter six required extensive cutting and rewriting, which then made me hesitant to tackle chapter seven. Luckily it required much less work than its predecessor, so I was able to tack it on to the end of my week.
  • Review and return Madhu’s pages
    • Done. Reading her book is always nice because she writes stories that are different that the ones I read and write. It’s a refreshing break from my other projects. And, let’s be real, I enjoy editing work that isn’t mine.

Weekly Word Count: 3,326

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my output last week. Getting stuff done and moving the year right along. Feels good, man.

What’s next?

  • Publish two book reviews
  • Another round of edits on Lifelike
  • Finish Sanctified chapter 34
  • Finish reading Gunpowder Moon
  • Edit two chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Review Madhu’s pages

Really, I’m just in a holding pattern of productivity. Which was the point of establishing all these goals. So, my plan is working! Hooray! I don’t expect to hear back about The Seasons for at least another three weeks, so I’ll want to keep myself busy so the nerves and doubt to make a comeback.

Also, this week is officially “mid-March” which means I could hear back about that writing conference any day now. Keeping busy will be the key to my sanity over the next two weeks.

It has been a little bit of a struggle to edit the two chapters of The Steel Armada each week. It’s difficult, especially because there is so. much. rewriting. Like, so much. I cut two scenes, totaling over 1,000 words, and still managed to add another 650 words to the chapter. But, it’s a good kind of challenging. I feel amazing when I complete a chapter, if more than a little exhausted. I’m going to stick to that goal for now, and if it proves too much to handle I can always drop it back down.

I’ll be back sometime mid-week to talk about The Scorpio Races, and if all goes well, again over the weekend to talk about Gunpowder Moon. My reading is slowing slightly, since Snow Patrol their new album(!!!!!!!!!!), so we’ll see if I can keep up with two book reviews a week.

Until later,

 

BZ

Goals Summary 2018 – Wk 9

It’s a rare bright and sunny morning here in the Pacific Northwest. If only it were warm enough to sit outside and enjoy it, but my poor, thin desert blood doesn’t find 42 degrees comfortable, no matter the sunshine. So, instead, let’s talk about goals!

What was I supposed to do?

  • Publish 2 book reviews
  • Finish Sanctified chapter 33
  • Finish reading Semiosis
  • Edit 2 chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Edit Lifelike

How’d I do?

  • Publish 2 book reviews
  • Finish Sanctified chapter 33
    • Done-diddly-un. I also posted chapter 32 and got a very tiny start on chapter 34, aka, the last chapter!
  • Finish Semiosis
    • I tried my damnedest to finish this book today, before I needed to publish this post. Unfortunately, I still have about 100 pages to go. It’s not really the kind of book you can just speed through. I’ll get it done in the next couple of days.
  • Edit 2 chapters of The Steel Armada
    • YEP! That was a concerted effort. Revising/rewriting two chapters in two days is not my idea of a good time. But it was damn productive. I’m really pleased with the progress and changes that I’m making so far.
  • Edit Lifelike
    • YES! This was another task I didn’t think I’d actually get done. But, I buckled down and made it happen, pretty much entirely because it had been a goal for February and I refused to neglect it. The white board proved itself extremely valuable, yet again. In Draft 4 I changed the narrator’s point of view and added a much needed line toward the end. It’s not done yet, but it’s definitely much closer.

Weekly Word Count: 4,284

What’s Next?

  • Publish two book reviews
  • Review/submit The Seasons 
  • Write 1000 words on Sanctified chapter 34
  • Finish listening to The Scorpio Races
  • Edit 2 chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Review and return Madhu’s pages

That’s a lot for one week. It’s ambitious, but I’ve got a bit of momentum behind me, and enough residual vitamin D coupled with a heavy dose of caffeine to convince myself it’s doable.

 

I’ve got reviews for Dark Deeds and Semiosis forthcoming, so keep an eye out for them. I’m really excited to talk about them both.

This last chapter of Sanctified has me… anxious. It’s a lot of action that ties up all the plot and creates the springboard for the final installment. Endings are always daunting, and to be perfectly honest, I’m reticent to say goodbye to this story. But, it’ll be good and I’ll get it done.

Scorpio racesFinishing The Scorpio Races won’t be hard. I am loving this audiobook, and constantly find excuses to sit in my car and just listen to it. I’m confident I’ll get it done.

Editing another two chapters of The Steel Armada is starting to feel par for the course. I know what changes I want to make, I know where they need to happen (for the most part), so I just have to sit down and make it so.Make-It-So

Madhu’s pages are a new addition to my weekly workload. I need to get better at incorporating them and getting them back to her on the schedule we agreed upon. That’s my goal for this week.

You might have noticed that I skipped my second bullet point. I’m terrified of it. Like, that squirming sensation in your guts afraid. I’m nervous and uncomfortable when I think about it, but I’m also beyond excited to start the submission process again. I expect I’ll have a lot to say on the subject in the coming weeks.

That’s the docket for Week 10. I’m calling Week 9 a success, and looking forward to the challenges ahead! I’ll see you all soon with the book review for Dark Deeds!

 

BZ

The Recap – February 2018

Hello Everyone,

I can’t believe February is over already! I think I feel this way each year, because it’s difficult for me to understand how missing a couple days of the month makes such a big difference. Two or three days should not make February feel like a blip on the radar of the year.

But, it does, and it makes working toward my goals that much more frantic.

What were the goals?

  • Edit four chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Finish Sanctified
  • Get Lifelike submission ready
  • Keep Reading

How’d I do?

  • Edit four chapters of The Steel Armada
    • Yes! I worked really hard to get two chapters edited on Tuesday and Wednesday, which means I finished 4 chapters in February and one in January. I’m feeling good about it.
  • Finish Sanctified
    • Nope. But, I’m close. Only a chapter and half left.
  • Get Lifelike submission ready
    • Yes? I’m not sure. I did another edit of it last night. I switched the POV from third to first person and added a much needed tweak to the ending, but I’m not sure if it’s ready for submission just yet. I like it, it’s headed in the right direction, but it needs fine tuning. I’m still calling this a win.
  • Keep reading
    • Yep! I read something like seven books in February, boosting my Reading Challenge and giving me plenty of fodder for book reviews.

Total February Word Count: 6,623

Any icing on the cake?

  • I published 10 blog posts in February
    • 3 weekly summaries, 5 book reviews, 1 monthly recap, and 1 craft discussion
  • Applied for a scholarship to the Oregon Writers Colony 2018 Annual Conference
    • I’m trying not to think too much about this, because I’m nervous and excited, but it’s constantly in the back of my mind. They’ll announce award recipients sometime in mid-March. Prepare yourselves for that post when it comes.Audient Void issue 4
  • The Audient Void #5
    • I’ve taken on more duties with AV, helping the graphic designer look through the proofs before he finalizes and prints. This is always exciting, because it means another issue is about to drop!
  • Sharing revisions of The Steel Armada
    • As of 2/26, Madhu and I are back to swapping pages for feedback. She’s working on something new, while I’m sending her the reworks of my novel, per her feedback from our previous swap.

March Goals

  • Edit five chapters of The Steel Armada
  • Finish Sanctified
  • Submit The Seasons
  • Continue prepping Lifelike for submission
  • Keep reading!

Thoughts

I’ve got a lot of them. They’re bouncing around my brain and keeping my anxiety up. Mainly, I’m anxious about submitting The Seasons. I haven’t submitted a piece of short fiction for publication since… 2014? And I’ve never submitted a piece of genre fiction.

Caladria logo
RIP, Caladria

Okay, yes, there was that stint with Caladria where I wrote a handful of Fantasy short stories and they were published. But that was more like a volunteer effort. They asked for writers to pump out content, and though I got some great experience writing on a deadline and feedback from editors, those stories are no longer available for purchase. They just sit in my “Caladria” file folder, collecting virtual dust.

So, this feels much more real and scary. I like The Seasons a lot. I think it’s strong. I think it’s ready. But, I just don’t know if it’s pro status. And that’s the real issue. I’m only submitting to professional markets. I want paid for my work. I don’t want resume padding and feathers in my cap. I want monetary proof that what I’m doing is worthwhile.

And so, I’m terrified.

I’m also anxious because I really want to go to this writing conference in April, and I’ll find out in a couple of weeks if I’ll be able to attend or not. I know the time will fly by, but until I know for certain whether I’ll be going or not, I’m on eggshells.

Lifelike is coming along nicely. I did some quality reworking on it last night. I actually let my husband read it, which is something I almost never do. He’s not a big reader, so his feedback isn’t critical or experienced, but he’s smart and can give a good sense of what works and what doesn’t in a story. At least, from a reader’s point of view. I’ve also sent the story back to my friend Matt, who read a previous version of it, to see what he thinks of the rework. I’m going to let it stew for the next few days and come back to it next week and see what it needs.

Other than that, I’m just reading and editing. The Steel Armada is coming along well enough. It’s a big job, and there’s some major changes that take a considerable amount of time and rewriting. Characters are getting cut/absorbed into other characters, everyone is getting fleshed out more. Backstories and motivations are becoming clearer, to me and to the reader. And holy-moly there’s so much world building! I’m worried about pacing a little, but I figure that’ll get sorted in the next draft. Right now I just need to get everything out on the page and really nail down what’s happening and why. I can clean up the mess later.

The good news is that I’m editing about 2 chapters a week. If I keep the pace up, I’ll have this draft of The Steel Armada done by June. And that is some exciting shit. If that does happen, I’ll let it sit for a month or so, and really focus on writing. I’ll either return to writing From the Quorum, or write a new short story, depends on how I feel in June.Oathbringer

As for reading, I’m doing well. I’m currently two books ahead of my target, and I’ve got four more in the pipeline. Hopefully I can keep up the pace and pad that Goodreads Reading Challenge before I finally crack open Oathbringer. 1,233 pages is no joke, and it’s going to take considerable time to get through it all. I don’t want to fall behind because of it, so I’m reading smaller titles and graphic novels for the time being.

So, that’s my thoughts/feelings/concerns etc., etc.,  about March. There’s a lot going on, but so far my efforts to piecemeal everything out into Monthly and Weekly goals is working. I’m getting shit done. And that’s really all that matters.

I’m off to work on Sanctified. I’ll be back over the weekend to share my review of The Stone Sky, so make sure you stay tuned!

 

BZ