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Quarterly Writing Check In

There’s only 3 months left in 2017 (when did that happen?) And with one of them taken up by Nanowrimo, I thought I should check in on where I stand with my 2017 writing goals.

  1. ALL FOR ONE–Not only did I finish writing and editing this book, but I also entered it in a contest, gave it a full developmental edit, and came in runner-up in #Shoreindie! I’m still working on giving it a final edit and polishing it up all nice and pretty for you guys, but as soon as there is something to share, I’ll let you know–of course, my mailing list gets all the info first, so don’t forget to sign up in the sidebar.
  2. The steampunk short–This didn’t happen. It was supposed to be for an anthology, but that has been placed on indefinite hold/cancelled for a variety of reasons. I’m sad it’s not happening, but I also had zero in the way of ideas and did not need the extra stress.
  3. THE FERRYMEN–This came out on September 5. Do you have your copy yet? It’s up in ebook and paperback, and like THE SPIDER’S WEB, it’s free with Kindle Unlimited.
  4. DRU FAUST AND THE DEVIL’S DUE–I finished releasing this serial on Wattpad in the first half of the year. Eventually, it will get reformatted and turned into a novella on Amazon, but I got distracted by a multitude of other projects. Look for it sometime in 2018 or 2019.
  5. MAGIC IN BEDLAM–Still working (very, very slowly) on the beta-reading process for this. I’m hoping to self publish it in late 2018 or early 2019, but we’ll see. It depends on the status of a couple of other projects.
  6. MAGIC IN THE JAZZ AGE–My intention was to finish writing and revising this book, possibly for Nanowrimo, but that’s not happening. I feel bad putting it off, but I have other projects going right now that are taking all my time and attention, and quite frankly are more marketable. Given the financial setbacks we’ve had this year, I need to follow the dollar signs.

You win some, you loose some. I am confident that items 4, 5, and 6 will get done–I am a little insane and have a production schedule for the next five years mapped out, and all of those items are on it (somehwere. Some are higher on the list than others).

With that in mind, I’m going to revise my goals for the last quarter of the year:

  1. Nanowrimo–the story I’ve chosen for this is The Gothic Lady’s Literary Society, and that’s all I’m prepared to tell you at the moment. I want to finish researching and outlining in October, and then write it in November and December (hitting 50,000 words before November 30, obviously).
  2. By the Grace–I started working on this YA thriller earlier in the summer, but had to put it on hold so I could work on editing ALL FOR ONE. I’ve gone back to it in the last couple of weeks, and hope to have it finished before I start on Nanowrimo.

So that’s 90ish days to finish 2 first drafts. I think that’s completely doable, but we’ll see…


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