So, the beginning of March happened. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, it definitely came in like a lion. We’re on day three without electricity, so I’m working off generator-powered Internet service while sitting near the kerosene heater that keeps at least part of the house above 50° F. We’re hoping the powers that be will get the felled tree across a major road (closing off one of our routes of egress) removed, power lines back up, and electricity restored by midweek. I’m ready for that ‘goes out like a lamb’ part of March. Of course there’s plenty of work to be done before then. More on that in a minute.
For now, let’s cast our memory back to those golden days of February when here at Chez Hunter there was electricity. Oh, and grandiose plans for accomplishing All. The. Things.
February Goals With Outcomes
1) Finish the damn website. Um, yeah. I’ve successfully spent another month ignoring the website, or at least, the technical aspects of it. I have rewritten copy for it, thought about what I want to present on the Books page, and kicked around different ideas for a bonus content page. You know, all the non-technical stuff. Not so much the technical stuff, which is the real problem.
2) Finish the (second/third/fourth) revision of book 1 of the Victorian Romance series. Done! Yesssss!!!!! Happy Dance! Onward and upward!
3) Turn over the VR novella to a professional editor. I have made a decision about editors and will be shipping off the novella and – BONUS – novel 1 to editors at the end of this coming week. Yes, editors plural, because I decided I need more data to determine my best-fit editor. I’ll have one provide a structural edit for the Novella, and the other provide one for Novel 1. I’m taking a different approach for Novel 2 by working with a developmental coach throughout the writing process, with the goal of moving right to the beta read/copy editing stage. All this is in service of finding my own best editing process (which sounds much nicer than saying I’m a flake who can’t make up her mind).
This is progress, people! Now it’s time to think about surviving March.
1) Finish the damn website. The punishment for not completing a necessary task one month is having that task continue to dog you the next month. And the one after that, and the one after that. To make this one more sticky, I’m laying down a gauntlet here on the blog. Sometime this month, in one of my Monday posts, I’ll provide a link to my brand-new, up-and-running website. If being able to cross it off my list isn’t enough to motivate me to get this done, maybe being beholden to all of you will do the trick.
2) Re-engage with my book coach to finish my Women’s Fiction manuscript. I’m not sure how much I’ve talked about this project recently, but this is the story I used while working through Lisa Cron’s Story Genius Workshop. Through an odd series of events, I recently worked on a pitch for this book, and generated some interest with contacts I already had through other channels. Long story short, if I can finish the book and get it through some beta readers/revision in the next few months, I can strike while the iron is hot. Or at least before it goes stone cold.
3) Complete the discovery phase of book 2 in the Victorian Romance series. Because I’ll be working with a developmental coach (editor) and doing some revisions along the way, I expect the first draft of this one to be pretty solid. If I have that solid first draft done in six months, I should have no problem meeting the planned January 2019 publishing date for book 2. I’ll have other projects in various phases during those six months, so it’s trickier than it sounds, but when I left my day job for good (fingers crossed!), it was with the caveat that I would channel more time and energy into my writing and my writing career. This is where the rubber meets the road.
As I said earlier, onward and upward, despite the crap March is already throwing my way! How about you? Any progress or lack thereof to report for February? Any big plans and goals for March?