So, Round Three is about over, but September still has ten days to go. So this is my midweek update on monthly goals – and I’ll have my end-of-round update on Thursday….because I like to use the last day of the round to the fullest.
My mantra for September is:
Keep It Simple.
I think that would be an easier mantra to achieve if our business hadn’t just entered a new growth phase, at the same time my son’s learning to drive, and I’m in a phase of personal growth, too…
I wonder if a clone would make things simpler, or if I’d find enough shinies to match whatever number of me I happen to have…?
Well, all silliness aside, on with the update.
Do you ever find your life getting more complicated just when you planned on simplicity?
How do/did you handle that?
Note: For simplicity, only those goals I engaged with are included in the update. Complete lists are below.
Round Three goals (updating 9/21)
- Story A Day September: Create one 333 word story for Trueborn; Solemates, and one 100-word TnT fan fiction drabble each day, to challenge prompts. Day 19/30 finished for both, Primary goal; on target for the month.
Excerpt from “Far Beyond Her Reach“:
It was well into the night, and the sky was clear. There would be Kaivelt’s firestars, and nay soon enough to please either of them, his ship would be another light in the sky.
And then he would come for her, and she would come to him, and the long, long sunrounds of waiting would finally have come to an ending.
Excerpt from “She Knows Everything” (standard disclaimer applies; I neither own nor profit from them):
“T’Pol, we’re friends. I can’t force you to talk, but I’m worried for you.”
The memory-coil again. Two men. Running. Chanting priest. Restraining hands.
And T’Pol knows. She knows everything.
“You have logical cause to worry, Jonathan.”
- Trueborn Series: Add 2,222 words/week to Trueborn: Foul Deeds Will Rise, until complete. 1,488/2,222 words. Secondary goal; on target for this week.
Excerpt from Foul Deeds Will Rise (Trueborn #2):
“You feel me at last, my Shentaa!” She had never thought to hear such jubilation in him again as he had had when she whelped a child of his blood. But it surged in him, and through him, to her – and Shentaa felt the first fleeting whispers of hope.
And, through the whispers, and his jubilation, she thought she might begin to See a path that would lead to the vengeance she craved.
- Story A Day September: Continue call for TnT word prompt lists. Plot as needed to achieve drafting goals. Minor plotting ongoing. Primary goal; good progress.
Explore Duotrope; compile list of 25 paying short story/novella markets. Choose 5 to research in greater depth. Added 3 contests from Writer’s Market 2018: 8/25 markets. Primary goal; modest progress.
Explore ten of the sites I have in my various email feeds; choose 3 for further exploration. Writer’s Market: 6 non-fiction/poetry markets; 11 /10 for Step 1. Okay, they didn’t all come from the mail, but the general purpose has been met. Secondary goal; stage 1/2 complete.
Blogging: Revise/maintain regular blogging schedule for September. Outline/draft working schedule for October/November. #weekendcoffeeshare and #ROW80 Sunday posted; WIPpet Wednesday /scheduled.. Tentatively rough scheduled October special project. Primary goal; solid progress.
October special features blogpost drafts: Revise, package, and schedule this project. Once I’ve got two weeks’ worth ready, announce the project with schedule (I do better at these things when I commit to a time frame). Made a tentative schedule for this project; simmering production schedule to revise and package posts. Secondary goal; modest progress.
Connecting: Visit at least 3 posters/week from every hop/challenge I participate in. Visit at least two other Story A Day posters/day, on average. Touch base with other social media platforms at least once weekly. 6/60 Story A Day visits complete; it’s a start. Played on Instagram. There may be somewhere short of 60 to read. Stretch goal; good early progress.
Chef Bluebeard’s Flavor Enhancement Sauces: Assist my Accomplice with his business 15 hours each week. 10/15 hours; worked market; worked on creating/researching marketing materials; applied for craft fair; downloaded UPC codes Jim purchased (a prelude to store sales). Primary goal; good progress.
Personal professional Development: Complete and post September Patreon offerings. Finish reading/exercises from Prosperity for Writers. Complete my writing business plan using this excellent article by Angela Ackerman as a guide. Finished Patreon post, with Scene One of a never-before-seen story; shared twice. Secondary goal; some progress.
Hometending: Complete 1.5 hours of hometending/week. .7/1.5 hours. Goal on target for this week.
Selftending: Spend time with my beloveds, friends, and myself; get at least 8 hours physical activity/week, (including finishing Baby Steps to 5K/ beginning Run 5K programs); meditate and journal 8x/week. Activity: 3.8 /8 hours. Meditate/journal: 4/8. Goal on target for this week.
Lifetending: Reading: The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran; and How to Write Short Stories and Use Them to Further Your Writing Career, by James Scott Bell. Listening; Jefferson and Hamilton by John Ferling; and Welcome to Night Vale September podcasts; and The Star Trek Chronology Project Episodes 311: TNG: Relics to 320: DS9: Past Prologue. HTWSSAUTTFYWC: 100%.Goal on target for the month.
Paying It Forward: Spend 3 hours/week on back business for local crit group (until caught up); and 3 hours/week on beta projects Spellfire’s Kiss and Stained Blood/ related material . 2/3 hours on betas; Stained Blood: Chapter 2 completed and sent to author. Goal on target for this week.