I have a lot to catch you up on, I know.
I was supposed to write this over the weekend, but, being a holiday, it’s been busy. So considering that a lot of my ROW80 goals have to do with blogging and getting back into the swing of things here and on Twitter, I’m sort of starting off in a fail state. But rather than call it fail, we’ll just say it’s perfectly acceptable to wait until the first update day to state my goals.
But first I should answer the question some of you are asking and some of you have already heard. If I’d participated in round 2, my goal would have been to finish my draft of Heroes ‘Til Curfew. That did get done. Finally. The manuscript has been through a very quick round of crit with a few peeps and is now with Agent Jane for her to read. Once it was finally done and I was able to read it over, I really came to love what I’ve done with this story. Still, I’m really nervous about how it will be received. That’s just the way of things.
So here we are in round 3 and Kait came ’round a-hinting that she needed another sponsor. I didn’t think I did too well with round 1, didn’t participate in round 2, and really hadn’t given much thought to round 3 at all. But impulsively volunteered in the hopes that it would help me back into things with you guys.
So I guess my primary ROW80 goals have to do with blogging, Twitter, and perhaps even [cue evil music] Facebook. During the school year, I usually have the computer open all day and am sitting in front of it more often than not. During the summer, this is really not the case. My daughter requires a lot of attention and there are days I don’t open it at all or don’t do more than check my email. I’m here on my new laptop and still haven’t set up my email client so I’m still hardly checking that at all. (There are so many things I told myself I couldn’t do until AFTER the draft was finished that I now have a to-do list as long as my arm).
Social Media Goals
- Do the ROW80 updates twice a week.
- Do my sponsor duty and visit some ROW80 bloggers.
- Check in to Twitter at least once a day to reply to mentions.
That’s it for now. Baby steps. Later I want to get back to my blogging schedule, actually get back to interacting with my friends on Twitter, and make a habit of updating on my Facebook page at least a few times a week. But I’m not ready to jump right back in even though I feel kind of guilty about that.
- Continue to work the blueprint for book 3, working title Heroes Under Siege
This should have some kind of definite, measurable thing attached to it, but…not yet.
As I was finishing the draft, I started getting up at 5:30am when my husband leaves for work and getting at least a couple hours done before my daughter woke up. After finishing up the draft and the initial edits, I gave myself a little vacation. I need to readjust my sleep schedule and go back to doing that, but until I do, claiming I’m going to get up at that hour to get the work done is just setting myself up for badness. And if I don’t work while motor-mouth is unconscious, I can’t possibly claim I’ll get anything done that makes any sense. If I push it there will likely be some yelling and bad feelings all around. Yes, discipline is a problem for me in all areas.
However, the blueprint is going well and it’s the kind of thing that my brain works on while I’m not physically writing it down. The basics are there. I know what the plot is. I know what each act is basically about. I know my character arcs. I know, generally, how it ends. I am excited about this story.
So later I’d like to tweak my goals to be more measurable. I’d like to be working every a few hours every day. This round I’d like to finish up the blueprint, have a scene list ready to go, and deal with whatever edits come my way regarding Heroes ‘Til Curfew. I also haven’t given up the idea of writing that short piece that takes place at the end of Hush Money and I’ve got at least one other short I’d like to work on as well. And I need to do some work on my long-range plans for the series.
I know I’ve been away a long time and I’ve probably got a million things to tell you about. Likely I won’t remember what they are. If anyone wants to give me blog fodder by asking stuff in the comments (stuff that’s not about a release date for HTC because I can’t answer that now), do feel free.