"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

11/1/10

The Month That Was (sorta): A Goals/Progress Update

(In case you're looking for it, today's Monday Manna post is right below this one, here)

October was, by far, the least "normal" month I've had in a while. I had no computer for 10 plus days. I received a pleasant (but quite unexpected) surprise. Not to mention the other things I'm not remembering.

But just because things didn't end up the way I expected doesn't mean I don't check out how I did on my goals for the month. So...here I go.

My October goals - direct from my October goals/progress post:
  1. Get the first 7,000 words of Handmaiden to a Princess ready for West Houston RWA's Emily contest- and submit it in the "Novel with Romantic Elements" category before the October 7 deadline.
  2. Get the first 1,000 words and back cover blurb of Handmaiden to a Princess ready for ACFW Ohio's Hook Me contest and submit before the October 31 deadline.
  3. Once I get Ailing Body Nourished Soul back from its edit, make the necessary fixes and get it off to to the agent assistant as soon as possible.
  4.  Write another 5k or more in Handmaiden to a Princess. (after the contest stuff is dealt with)
  5. Finish Plot and Structure, and read at least one NON-CRAFT book for pleasure (or at least start it)
  6. Post a minimum of three times a week to my blog (if I keep doing well, this will be understood, and OFF my goal list.)
  7. Enter the FaithWriters' Writing Challenge in October.
So, how'd I do? NOT so great. My motherboard died the evening of October 6 - which was EXACTLY when I was about to give my Emily entry its last read-through and send it off to the contest. By the time I had access to the file, the deadline had passed. Oh well. I DID, however, enter the Hook Me contest - almost a full week before the deadline (I learned my lesson - at least in the short-term!). I didn't enter the challenge this month, and though I did fairly well blogging the two weeks of the month that I WAS around, I had a full week and a half with no posts, so I'm counting that as a "uh-uh."

I haven't written another word of Handmaiden to A Princess, but I have done a bit of preliminary outlining (found out I need more structure than I thought I did!). And I DID finish Plot and Structure (see my opinion of it here) and have started my "book for pleasure:" Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer (LOVING it!). I think I'm halfway through.

But my big, exciting news is on item #3. The edit of Ailing Body, Nourished Soul has begun! We're about 1/4 of the way through, and I can SEE it getting better and better with each suggestion. SO glad I'm having it done.

And that, unsurprisingly, leads me to my new list of goals for November (the second-to-last month of the year. Can you believe it?)
  1. Keep up with fixes on my Ailing Body, Nourished Soul edit, with the hope of having it ready to submit to the agent's assistant as soon as humanly possible (can I dream of before December??)
  2. Finish outlining Handmaiden to a Princess and get, say, at least 5k words written
  3. Continue my reading habit (i.e. finish Blue Like Play Dough and at least start another book)
  4. Three blog posts minimum a week
  5. Enter the FaithWriters' Writing Challenge in November
So, there I go! Forward I move. Thanks so much for the prayers and support. It helps me more than you can possibly know.

 
Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence

3 comments:

  1. It's good to see you go through all of that - instead of getting stuck in one of those places - just want you to know I appreciate your joyfulness in all things.

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  2. You can do it! Glad you marked off at least a few things. Sometimes that's all we can do. :-)

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  3. I am tired just reading this! You are doing great!

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