May 2017 Writing Goals

“First of May, First of May
Brand new writing starts today.”

Okay, so that’s not the real lyrics but at least they are safe for work.

Before I get into my writing goals for the month, though, today is a very special day. Riley, my bestest buddy, turns 12 today. He’s one of two Boxers that we adopted from a shelter in November.

So, anyhow, on to my May writing goals.

I’d like to get my Elven Bard novel up to 30,000 words, which means adding 12,195 words to it. That’s doable, even with the rest of the insanity I’m planning, such as submitting a story (or maybe two) to an anthology.

The deadline is the first of June, and the length is 4000 to 6000 words, so I’m now up to needing to write about 18k next month, 24,000 if I do both.

I’m going to let Onyx Sun sit for the month before I go back at it again in June. I like to take a bit of a break in between editing sessions. (Yes, I finished round two during Camp.)

I want to finish the first round paper edits of Book 12 of The Academy of the Accord series. I’ve started it, and it’s an even bigger mess than I thought it was going to be. (I thought I had an alternative start to it, but I don’t, so if I take out the one that’s currently there I have absolutely nothing to go with. But if I leave it, I have to do a lot of rewriting to work in a character that I just sort of… dropped.  So, yeah. It might take me all month.

I’d also like to enter the changes to Book 5 of The Academy of the Accord.  And maybe make a Book 5.5… The jury is still out on whether that’s going to solve more headaches than it creates.

And then there’s the series concordance. I really need to find the three ring binder I started it in. I’m planning a bit of rearranging of things on my days off this week so maybe it will materialize during that so I can get back to work on it.

And I really really really want to set up my traveler’s notebook that is dedicated to writing stuff.

Inserts will include:

notes for current WiPs
notes for new ideas/stuff not started
stuff that’s in progress but not currently being worked on (I need to find a way to track way to track where each project is in the writing process.)

So, yeah. It’s going to be a busy month. I’m going to try to use my 750words to work on writing instead of brain dumping my day, although sometimes brain dumping helps clear the way for writing.

 

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