Well, last week was a very long week. I was sick with a very sore throat. I ended up doing far more reading than writing because reading was easier to concentrate on (I read three books, plus finished another one I was part way through!) I’m not back to normal yet, but I am feeling a lot better now!
So yesterday I sat down to work on some writing. I got sidetracked by a friend who asked me to read over the beginnings of his story; I suggested a few edits and we talked about it for a bit before I went to work on my own stuff. 🙂
Rather than work on Sustainably North, or on something for bUneke Magazine like I have been doing, I actually worked on my story for the Make Your Way Anthology. The last time I did any work on the actual computer document (not background stuff in a notebook), I was still writing with the assumption that the guy was looking for the lady, not the other way around. So I had to spend some time swapping the two around before I could write anything new. Once that was done, I wrote out about 1,400 new words in the afternoon, and another 1000 in the evening. Here’s what the story’s flow chart looks like so far:
As you can see, I’ve fleshed out one side of the story (if you choose to see where the couple fought), but haven’t done anything with the other side (if you choose to investigate Amado’s house). Segments 16 and 21 both end this part of the story; they’ll be leading into the next chapter, so to speak (meeting with one of the character’s sister). The next thing I’ll be working on is how the story will flow if you choose to go to segment 9 (examining Amado’s house) instead. I want to get that part of the story up to the same point (deciding you need to meet with the sister); once that’s done I’ll continue on to the end.
I’m very happy with the amount of work I was able to put into this yesterday! I’m hoping to get a first draft done by next week. Wish me luck. 🙂
Just a quick note to say that I heard back from Zooscape about “A Friend from the Deep.” Unfortunately they rejected the story, but the editor said she enjoyed reading it – just that it wasn’t what they were looking for. So that is promising! 🙂
While cruising through the Duotrope listings, looking for another place to submit it, I came across Asymmetry, a website that publishes new stories every week. I read a few of the stories there (notably “I Came From the Deep” and “In the Time of the Birds“) and loved them; after reading them, I decided to try submitting “A Friend from the Deep” to them. We’ll see how it goes this time. 🙂
Happy 2019 everyone! Welcome back to another #WriteTuesday – the first one for the year! 🙂
Unfortunately this weekend I ended up getting sick. So I stayed home, drank a lot of tea, ate a lot of soup, and just generally tried to get better. It’s been slow going though – my throat has been sore and just hasn’t gotten better.
But in other news, over the weekend I heard back from Martian Migraine Press about “A Friend from the Deep.” Unfortunately it was rejected (which I was kind of expecting). So I looked through my list of saved markets on Duotrope and found a potential match for the piece in Zooscape. I sent “A Friend from the Deep” off to them and shall now resume waiting. I found myself obsessively checking my email that day to see if it got rejected by them, so I had to distract myself by going through some other emails, like the weekly ones Duotrope sends out; I found a few more markets that sound interesting, so once I get the story for the Make Your Way anthology done I’ll start working on stuff for them.
Yesterday afternoon I spent a lot of time reading the newest issue of bUneke Magazine (and scheduling tweets about it for @SustaintheNorth). This month’s magazine is full of some great articles about environmental issues plaguing our planet. It’s also got the first book review I wrote for them (I adapted one of the ones on Sustainably North) as well as my usual monthly column (which also happens to be a blog post adapted from Sustainably North). I actually sent the next two month’s articles for bUneke Magazine to the editor on the 2nd, so I’m now a little bit ahead for that! 😀
In the early evening I worked on next Monday’s post for Sustainably North. I decided to write about bUneke Magazine because I’m excited about the book review, plus Mary, the editor of bUneke Magazine, sent me pictures of that and my column. With that done, I’m going to turn away from bUneke stuff for the next few weeks, particularly on Sustainably North; I feel like the blog and its Twitter feed has gotten really caught up with the magazine, and I’d like to just focus on the blog alone for a little bit.
After that, I went through some emails for a bit. But by that point I felt like I had been at the computer for way too long, so I went to go and read. So that’s been my week: relatively productive despite being sick. How has yours been? 🙂
Happy New Year’s! It’s that time of year again – time to look at the goals I set for myself last year and set new goals for this year. Last year, my goals were:
- Read 25 novels. Success! I read over 50 novel-length books this year! I didn’t read many long ones, but that’s okay. Having no pressure to read made it much more enjoyable over 2018.
- Write two polished short stories. Failure. I wrote one, but didn’t finish the second one. 😦
- Finish a bloody RPG! Failure. I didn’t really work on anything at all. 😦
For 2018 I was hoping to work towards freelancing more. Even though I wasn’t really successful with my goals, I think I was somewhat successful thanks to starting my other blog, Sustainably North. Thanks to Sustainably North, I was asked by bUneke Magazine to write a monthly column, which has been a lot of fun and tremendous experience. For my day job I also wrote 9 articles, 7 book reviews, and interviewed 12 authors for TBPL Off the Shelf, so that’s pretty good, too. Oh and I almost forgot that 2018 saw my first published short story, “A Harmony of Soil and Sand,” which was published in Menagerie de Mythique Anthology back in May. So while I didn’t exactly meet all of my goals, I still think 2018 was a pretty good year of writing for me! 🙂
Oh yeah, and I participated in my very first game jam back in January! That was fun, too! 🙂
For 2019 I’d like to do things a little differently, particularly in regards to my writing goals. This year I’d like to set smaller goals every month rather than big overarching goals. My thought is that way I can use the end of the month as a deadline, plus I’ll have more flexibility in case other unexpected projects come my way (like when that big freelance project came my way back in 2017). Plus if something takes longer than planned (like how the story I’m working on for the Make Your Way anthology got bogged down in worldbuilding), I can adjust my scheduled goals accordingly. So here are my goals for 2019 so far:
- Read 25 novel-length books. 25 books worked really well for me last year and I’d like to keep the same goal. Like I said, this took the pressure off of me and made reading more fun. This goal is the only one I’m naming that’s for the whole year.
- Finish the story for the Make Your Way anthology by January 31st. I think that’s a reasonable amount of time to get this story written (and hopefully submitted!)
I’m not going to talk about Sustainably North goals on here right now. At this point I’m kind of just carrying on, trying to get a weekly blog post written plus an article for bUneke Magazine. If that changes, I’ll let you know. 😉
This will be an interesting year – I really hope that setting smaller monthly goals (with deadlines) will work better for me!
So what about you? Have you set any goals for the upcoming year? 🙂
In the lead up to the holidays, I managed to read a few books (mostly nonfiction once again). But once I got a bit closer to the holidays I wasn’t reading as much. So here’s what I read:
- Make Your Own Rules Diet by Tara Stiles
- Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Restaurant Reviews, Articles, Memoir, Fiction and More… by Dianne Jacob
- The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business by Caitlin Friedman and Kimberly Yorio
The Make Your Own Rules Diet was something I picked up at work that sounded interesting. The other two books are nonfiction books I’ve had for YEARS. I read Will Write for Food to learn about writing a recipe for Sustainably North; I’m glad I finally read it because it was super interesting to learn about the passion that goes into food writing.
- Tyke & Dusty by Bill MacDonald
I don’t know if Tyke & Dusty is 100% fiction, or if you’d classify it as creative nonfiction because MacDonald writes the factual life stories of his two cats, but puts in what he thinks they were thinking and saying.
This month, I’m finding it a bit hard to pick my favourite book. Even though I didn’t rate it very well, I did enjoy reading the Make Your Own Rules Diet. The other two books, while good, were a bit harder to just sit down and read (they read a bit more like text books I guess). Tyke & Dusty was really well written too though, so I guess it’s a toss up between the two.
So what have you read over the last month? What was your favourite book?
There’s going to be no #WriteTuesday this week or next week because today is Christmas and next Tuesday is New Year’s Day (which is when I write about my goals for the year). So I decided to take a break from #WriteTuesday until the New Year.
But I’d like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
My Christmas message from a few years ago when I was in Florida over the Holidays. 🙂
I’ll get back to the weekly reports on what I’m up to in 2019! 😉