Monday, June 24, 2019

Halfway Point

It's around that time of year when I check in with the goals I set for myself way back in January, just to see how I'm doing with them (Spoiler alert: not great).




1. Publish the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance Novel

In January, I was three months behind where I had wanted to be with this manuscript. Now I'm pleased to announce that I am currently seven months behind. So yeah, that could be going better. But I am making progress. Just...really slow progress. In the first two rounds of my edits, I managed to cut nearly 5000 words. I'm now in Round Three of my edits, otherwise known as the last round before I send this book to the beta readers. It is the most labor-intensive of the editing rounds, as it requires me to tackle a list of changes literally called "Editing Shit Deemed Too Difficult To Deal With Before Now." I always save the hardest for last. Because why make something easier when you can make it harder?

But what all this really means is that there's still time to enter my very exciting giveaway...

2. Publish Retail Rhapsody

While this project hasn't exactly fallen completely by the wayside, it is flirting dangerously with that line. I'm just so far behind with certain other projects. But progress has been made (I've seen a couple of the illustrations for it, and they are sooooo freaking awesome), and this book will eventually see the light of day.

3. Complete the first draft of Full Circle

I do occasionally work on this WIP, but it's supposed to be my third priority these days, so I'm not making a ton of progress. It's more like, "Oh, I have this idea so I want to scribble it down somewhere before I forget." Back in January, it felt like this WIP was in a state of limbo because the original plan was no longer working for either me or the story, so I set out to cobble together a new plan. Not sure how successful that has been, honestly, as there's still a big, gaping hole in the middle of the storyboard where I apparently have NO IDEA what will happen at all (darkness, and possibly some dragons, probably), but at least it exists?

I had hoped to tackle this WIP as part of July's Camp NaNoWriMo session, but I imagine I'll still be working on the romance novel edits. I don't think I should attempt to do both.

Or should I? What do you think?

4. Read 52 books

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Yeah, I'm not even close. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I struggle mightily to make myself read anything these days. According to Goodreads, I've only managed 20 books.

5. Log 1500 miles

The only goal on which I am doing well. I'm ahead by a good 50 miles. Apparently, I will do anything to avoid work. And that includes walk outside in Florida.



That's gonna do it for me today. How are you doing with your goals? Have you signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo? Have big summer plans that don't include writing and/or editing?

Thanks for stopping by...Be sure to tune in on Wednesday when Tara Tyler drops by to talk about worldbuilding!

22 comments:

  1. If you're willing to walk outside in heat and humidity, that's dedication. Or avoidance, one of the two.
    Focus on your top priorities and just keep at it.

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    1. Yeah. Definitely one of the two. ;)

      And yeah, there's nothing much to do other than just keep plugging away at it. It'll all get done eventually. Keeping my irritation at how long it takes to a manageable level may be the real challenge here.

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  2. Are you in a reading slump? Maybe go back and reread some stuff you liked. Wouldn't that count toward your goal? And there's always the upcoming IWSG Book Group book and discussion on Goodreads.

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    1. I feel like I am in a reading slump. I've been considering rereading some of my all-time favorite books, but I'm a little afraid that doing so in my current mindset will make them my favorite books no longer.

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  3. Congrats on the walking goal, and if it makes you feel any better, I've only read 13 books.

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    1. The only reason I have 20 is a collection of Sherlock graphic novels. Thank you, graphic novels!

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  4. I may have quit trying.
    I don't think I've written any fiction this year at all.
    Life is too much life.

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    1. Life really is too much life. And I don't even have kids. I salute those of you who do.

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  5. LOL - I love the way you describe edits.

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    1. Well, they take me so long to do I have to amuse myself somehow. :)

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  6. Boy, you must REALLY want to avoid work. I think you're doing pretty good at the halfway point. One of the reasons I hate making plans is because I always end up having to change them.

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    1. I really do want to avoid work. Of course, then I feel bad when I do avoid work, but chances are I was going to feel bad anyway, so maybe I shouldn't worry about it so much?

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  7. I did vote in your Twitter poll to do both, but...you may not want to listen to me. It may be smarter to do the 3rd round of edits and get that finally done. Full Circle will be there, waiting for you, afterward.

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    1. Yeah, at this point I've pretty much decided to table the Camp NaNo idea. Full Circle will still be there. All my projects will still be there because I can never finish any of them. :)

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  8. If it makes you feel any better on the reading front I have only read 13 books...or maybe it's 12. I can't remember and I don't feel like checking.

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    1. I almost didn't check my book total. I almost just went with "much lower than it's supposed to be" because it was less work than logging into Goodreads on my computer or going to find my tablet or phone. Not that I'm lazy or anything.

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  9. We're at week 26 of the year. At 20 books read, you're only technically 6 books behind. Which isn't much. Congrats on being nearly on track. (Close enough.)

    Dragons are always a good idea. Perhaps the book actually does need dragons ;)

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    1. I've been thinking the same thing. About the dragons, not the being nearly on track thing. That feels like too big a stretch. ;)

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  10. I hate it when the work won't flow. Mental constipation is the worst. I didn't set very clear goals this year. It's more like "just keep swimming" which I'm doing. I still write every day, but it's been too long since I finished something big and that's eating at me. But summer is my writing time--since teaching is my day job, summer is when I get to "just" be a writer. So, I'm hopeful of serious progress. I just had a retreat which jumpstarted me a bit.

    As for the reading slump, I usually head for graphic novels during those periods. They're shorter, and pictures draw me in when my concentration is low.

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. The vast majority of my 20 books have been graphic novels. Great minds think alike! :)

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  11. Oh, this post resonates with me so much. I know how you feel--from facing the edits to trying to figure out plot. At least you're getting your walking in. That's about all I can say for myself as well.

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  12. I'm with you on the editing. I tell myself it needs to be done, but I am so damn lazy. I think you are doing great. Just keep at it.

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