Goals Summary 2018 – Wk 18


It finally feels like spring here in the Pacific Northwest, which is to say that you never know that the hell you’ll step out and into. This weekend was mostly sunshine with temperatures in the high 60s, low 70s. This morning? 55 degrees, cloudy as heck and threatening rain. Keep a jacket with you folks, and if you live somewhere sunny, keep me in your thoughts.

Now then, what was I on about today? Ah, yes. Goals!

Last Week

  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Write 500 words/day on The Steel Armada
  • Finish chapter 3 of Sanctuary
  • Finish ma-sulevin Tumblr prompt
  • Get halfway through Blackfish City


  • Publish 2 blog posts
  • Write 500 words/day on The Steel Armada
    • Holy Moley, YES! More on that in a second.
  • Finish chapter 3 of Sanctuary
    • Nope. I got close, but am still about 500 words short of ending this chapter.
  • Finish ma-sulevin Tumblr prompt
    • Yep! Just a little fluffy drabble, 500 words or so. Which was the point.
  • Get halfway through Blackfish Cityblackfish city
    • Yes! I’m hopeful that I will finish it this week, it’s that good.

Weekly Word Count: 5,341

This week just flew by. This year is flying by! How is it May already? My blogging has been more consistent than ever, largely thanks to these weekly goals updates. At the beginning of the year I set a goal of 52 posts for the year. That meant I would post at least once a week.

With today’s post I am at 42 blog posts for the year. I’d say it’s very likely that I’ll be able to check off that goal very soon.

The rewrites on The Steel Armada are chugging right along. I wrote 4,474 words last week, which totals out to about 745 words a day. Now, it was Cinco de Mayo weekend, and there’s a local microbrew festival that weekend which we always go to. And Sundays are our tabletop board game day, so really, I only wrote 4/6 days.

It was a very productive four days. I’m hoping to keep that momentum up for the whole month, but we’ll see.

Sanctuary chapter three is well on its way. It’s lagging a little as I flounder to find a good cliffhanger ending, but it’s also the last chapter before the two main characters are reunited again, so things are about to heat up.

I had a tumblr prompt to see to this week, which was a nice little distraction from the bigger projects. Prompts are nice because I can usually write them in one sitting, they don’t require much editing, and then I share them to immediate fan responses. Basically, they’re little ego boosts.

Blackfish City is very good so far. It’s also very similar to how I want The Steel Armada to feel, so depending on how it ends I think I’ll buy it. I plan on having it done this week, so keep an eye out for that.

What Comes Next?

  • Publish two blog posts
  • Write 500 words/day on The Steel Armada
  • Finish Sanctuary chapter 3, start chapter 4
  • Write joufancyhuh tumblr prompt
  • Finish reading Blackfish City
  • Review Madhu’s pages

I’ve got the Cold Days book review left to write and depending on how quickly I finish Blackfish City, I could have that one up this week as well.

The Steel Armada has been going well, and I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon. I’ve got a really exciting chapter to write this week, with danger and intrigue galore!

Sanctuary is trucking along at a steady pace. Once I get chapter 5 done I’ll start posting it again, probably with an every-other week update schedule. It’ll be nice to get this out to the people waiting for it, and to finally get closer to “done” on this series.

I’ve got one more tumblr prompt for this week, which I am excited to write. The last piece this person requested was quite angsty and sad, so I’m looking forward to writing something humorous and light for her.

the plastic magician

Madhu and I are both knee deep in rewrites, but we’ve agreed to share our pages nonetheless. I look forward to reading what she’s got so far, and I am anxious as all get out to send her mine. I usually keep early drafts cloistered away for my eyes only, but I really want to get an impression on the changes I’ve made. So, I’m taking the plunge and sharing it with her before it’s all said and done. Yikes!

This week on the blog might be a touch quiet and book review oriented. Both reviews for Cold Days and Blackfish City will be up if I keep reading so quickly. Then I’ve got The Master Magician cued up just in time for the newest Charlie N. Holmberg book, The Plastic Magician which comes out next week! Only after both of those can I finally dig back into Quietus and then once that’s done I can read my first ARC (Advanced Reader Copy)!

Good grief. I’ve got a lot of books to get through.

Until later, Bloggos.




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


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.