Goodness me, where is this year even going?! The end of Round 2 of ROW80 snuck up on me and took me completely by surprise, even though I had it in my diary from the beginning that it would finish up on June 20.
While laziness did pull me down somewhat in Round 2, I still feel it was a productive few months, writing-wise. I didn’t finish either of the outlines I planned to (Operation: Sugarplum and Friend of the Enemy), but I pantsed a fairly decent 7000 words of O:S and am somewhere between a third and halfway through the second draft of A More Complicated Fairytale.
I didn’t enter either of the short story competitions I had planned to, either, mostly because I couldn’t think of anything that pertained to either theme. I also dropped out of A Story a Day in May about halfway through the month, but I don’t feel too bad about that; most of the time I wasn’t writing short stories because I was working on my WIPs, and I think they’re a little more important. I do still want to find somewhere I can submit short stories, though, and write some on my own terms. Some of my Story a Day pieces may well get fleshed out into something.
Round 3 begins tomorrow, so I suppose it’s time that I list some goals. There are several things I’d like to see achieved by the end of this round. These include:
- Finish Draft 2 of AMCF and send to betas. The second draft is going to be at least 50% longer, looking at it now (it was only 22000 words to begin with, so that’s not as huge as it might sound at first), but if I get my act together, it can still be finished up by the end of the round.
- Write an outline for Operation: Sugarplum so that I can figure out where it’s going and pull it back off the shelf. I really need the full-length version of the original Nutcracker story, but I’ve been lazy.
- Write an outline for Friend of the Enemy.
- Investigate short story options as mentioned above, particularly if there are any Australian magazines, etc, that take submissions.
My week-to-week goals aren’t going to change much from the last couple of rounds, though. I still aim to write for a minimum of two hours a week, though I usually manage three or four. Better to aim small and over-achieve than the other way around. I have also signed up to be a sponsor for this round, so visiting my “team’s” posts is also a must. The last couple of rounds I’ve actually been really awful at supporting my fellow ROWers, so this will give me the push I need. In the interests of all my goals being measurable, I’ll add “spend an hour a week looking at short story options” to the list. If I find any places, I can then start working out what I’m going to write for them.
That’s about all I need for a goals post, right? It’s time I went to bed now, but I’ll be back here tomorrow for Music and Mirth Monday and on Wednesday for our first check-in and WIPpet Wednesday. See you then!