Well, as far as my writing and reading goals, I crushed them!
Other goals… not so much.
But that’s the nice thing about a shiny new month. I can do better!
My writing goals for March were to finish the rough draft for Against the Crown, write two new short stories, revise one of them, and hopefully submit that one.
I didn’t quite get far enough to submit, though I should be there by the end of the week. The story I’m currently titling Imaginary just needs to be gone through for edits, preferably by another pair of eyes. I brainstormed, wrote, and revised it during the month. It’s a little story at 1,700 words, but I’m pretty happy with it.
My second short, with my working title (NOT a final title) is Bad Imaginary, and was actually inspired by the same story sentence, but has a completely different outcome. Both stories have imaginary friends in them, but Imaginary has a good one, while Bad Imaginary has a bad one (shocking, I know. :-P). It’s also much longer with a bit over 3,800 words. As soon as I finish necessary edits on Imaginary, then I’ll start revision on Bad.
As for Against the Crown, I finished it at 106,317 words. It’ll now cool its heels in the hard drive until I reach a point where I’m ready to revise the thing. It will need a sequel somewhere down the line, because there’s more to the story to finish off what I wanted to tell, but it was turning into a beast of a project that I wasn’t feeling I would be able to handle much longer.
- Submit Imaginary
- Revise Bad Imaginary
- Submit Bad Imaginary
- Start edits on Sentinels of Mysera (gulp)
I’m expecting SOM will be a pretty long haul. I’m going to be taking it through Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel course, and also compare notes from various readers who’ve given me feedback on the story. Though I’m calling this an edit, it’s going to be walking the revision line a lot more than I want. It’s possible this project will take me the better part of the year to finish, but I’ll see how the first read-through goes. Also, if any of my five short stories sell, I may pause edits and write another so I can keep five out there at all time.
After I get through SOM, I’m planning on finally self-publishing it. Holly Lisle has a quote which goes something to the effect of, “Make it the best story you are capable of writing right now, then kick it out the door and work on the next.” I’ve been coddling SOM for so long, thinking one more revision will make it “perfect.” I’m over that, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that it will never be a perfect story, but I’ll never get the rest of the stories out there if I don’t finish this one. I’m going to get it as good as I’m capable of making it, and then move on with my career!
So that’s what we’re doing!
I’ll be going into where I’m at with the 2019 Reading Challenge in another post, but I’ve read 6 books for the challenge since my last update!