Once upon a time I had the plan of making sure I had updates every week. Once upon a time I was on a reasonable good streak of getting those entries put in.
Then things fell apart.
I had a running joke in my bullet journal of me getting my entries typed up since the end of PPWC. Mostly because I’d promised to get the entries updated based on that. And those are coming. I’m getting them written up right after this one which means that after this post, and over the next several weeks, you’ll start seeing my recap posts.
But what I wanted to do here is give you a little overview of what I’ve been up to and what my plans going forward are going to be.
WHAT I HAVE ALREADY DONE
Colorado Gold Contest: I was on the fence about entering this contest. I was feeling a little down hearted after the Zebulon. I wasn’t planning on entering the same piece (like I said in my good bye post, Goddess Born has been put to bed for the foreseeable future) but because I’ve made a huge connection to Time Healer. I’m sad to see the same fate. I want to have some validation, even though I know that it’s never going to be validated completely by everyone.
What helped me with this decision was that I had a number of days off coming up right around when the contest deadline was coming up. So I glued my butt to a chair and wrote up my synopsis and cleaned up my first couple chapters so that it was ready.
And with a deep breath and a racing heart I pressed submit.
Work and family: As much I would like to say the last few months have been spent getting words to paper, it wasn’t happening. My mind was not on writing. My heart wasn’t in it at the time, even when I did try to sit down and write, so I devoted myself to getting work in a happy place and spent quality time with my family.
Plotting and Planning: Even though I was not getting any actual writing done I was spending a lot of time planning on what I wanted to do next.
WHERE I GO FROM HERE
CO Gold Conference: We’re slowly creeping up on conference and I love that things are slowly being released about the conference. There are a lot of great things that are planned for that conference and as a first time attendee of this conference I plan to take advantage of a lot of it. As I did with PPWC I plan to do some pre-conference posts and post-conference posts. Those will be some of the ones I’ll get written sooner than later.
Time Healer: During CO Gold I plan to devote a lot of my time learning skills and developing this story. There are a lot of planned workshops that I think are going to be highly beneficial to me making this book shine. I am also looking at doing a complete “do over” on the beginning of this book. The more I look at it I don’t like the first 20K words or so, I need to get more world building and more conflict and I have a good plan for it but I have to sit down and work it out.
Time Healer part 2: I have other stories in this universe planned and what I want to do is sit down and evaluate how well the work with what happened in book 1. Also, if I do do a major “do over” then I’ll need to evaluate those plans again.
Paranormal detective story: Seems cliché nowadays, but I have a plan for a story brewing in my head that just won’t let me sleep. I need to get it plotted out and maybe start getting some words down.
Adult Percy Jackson-esque book: I’ve quickly determined that I love my fantasy and I love my mythology. I actually have an awesome story (at least in my humble opinion) planned out that feels like a Percy Jackson style story, but with adults.
Juggling multiple stories: As you can see I have a bunch of ideas floating around. I am going to sit down and plan how I want to handle these things all together. Do I want to devote time to just one story at a time or can I juggle multiple things?
As you can see I have a good grasp on where I am going. Well, at least, it kinda looks like that on paper. A nice thing is that I am going to have a baby-free day to devote to writing. It won’t be perfect, but I hope to get a lot more done. I will still be working to get stuff done during non-baby free time but I know that I’ll get a lot more done when I am free.
How has your time been spent recently? What kind of projects are you working on?