"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen

6/1/10

Squeezing it in

Ever look ahead at your schedule and feel like you have NO clue how things are going to go? That's me just about every summer. How much time will I have to get stuff done? Will the kids being home, and/or at various outings/camps, etc., give me MORE or LESS time to get my online/writing stuff done? During the school year, I THINK I know what it's gonna be like - how much time I'll have (though, of course, I am often wrong LOL), but the summer is a huge question mark.

That being said, my perception of how this past month (which I now fondly call "May Madness" - who's with me?) would go was VERY off. How far?  Well, check out my goals for last month, directly from my blog post:
  • Write 8,000 words in my current WIP, Handmaiden to a Princess (guess I'd better take that 500 a day button off my blog for the time being, eh??)
  • Post to my blog a minimum of twice a week (with a TRUE goal of three times a week as the month goes on)
  • Enter the FaithWriters writing challenge ONCE this month (feeling like I need to write a bit more fiction that is NOT my novel!)

So, let's start with the good news. I did write and enter the Writing Challenge in May. Even made the top 40. And it may end up being something longer. So many unanswered questions there! I also posted it on my blog last week for Friday Fiction - check it out here if you haven't already.

On a similar note, I also wrote another bit of fiction during May (bonus! Writing NOT on the agenda). Got the inspiration from a very odd place, and it was fun work to get it written. Click here to read "Cori's Box" if you're interested.

I also met my goal of posting to my blog a minimum of twice a week. In fact, I posted to my blog EXACTLY twice a week every week but one, when I posted three times.

And then there's my WIP word count. My goal, as you see, was 8,000 words. That's just a touch more than 250 words a day. Seemed reasonable to me--at least at the beginning of the month. So, how about if we let the ticker tell the story itself?




2614 / 8000 words. 33% done!

Not so good, eh? I could justify it with lots of reasons/excuses if I wanted to, but I'm not gonna bother. I'm done with this looking back thing for now - time to move forward.

So, on THAT note, my goals for the month of June are to:
  • Write 4,500 words in my current work in progress, Handmaiden To a Princess (just for the interested, that averages out to 150 words a day, every day)
  • Post to my blog two to three times a week
  • Enter the Faithwriters' Writing Challenge once this month
  • Get back in the habit of reading others' blogs (I miss this, and know it is SO good for me - and encouraging for others!)
For those of you still reading (and those who just popped to the bottom LOL), I really appreciate your support, encouragement and prayers. You guys are such a huge part of what I DO get accomplished. Thanks - and see you soon!
     
    Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

    2 comments:

    1. Jo, I'd say you did very well for the mad month of May! So pat yourself of the back, girl.

      Good luck on your June goals. You can do it! :-)

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    2. I don't know where May went as well, but I know where June is headed...

      Out the door to a new house. Thus, my visits will be infrequent. I'm looking forward to getting settled into a new home, city, routine, etc. For the first summer in forever, I'm actually thrilled to have the kids home with me. School was a real buzzard for us this year.

      Thanks for stopping by. It was good to "hear" you again.

      peace~elaine

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