#15kinMay Fourth Update

15kinmay LogoI suppose every week can’t be as good as the one I experienced a short while ago. Life is about ups and downs and swings and roundabouts so it’s natural that some days/weeks/months/years are better than others.

But I feel low. This challenge has given me a sharp wake up call as to what I can and can’t do and how realistic (or not, in some cases) my expectations of myself are. That’s a good thing. It’s important to know one’s limitations and in so doing, be able to plan one’s projects in a sensible way. I just wish I could have figured it out in a slightly different way. Meh.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. I should mention that I received a very pleasant surprise on Thursday that forms an excellent counterpoint to my current, blinding misery (yes, that’s a slight exaggeration, but I’m a writer. I’m allowed to do that).

I wrote a letter to Writer’s Forum last month. I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but it was the group task for the Phoenix Subs Club. I wrote several other things too, but this letter, that I pinged out on a whim in five minutes on a dark and manky Tuesday, has been published in their letters section! I’m so thrilled! In fact, when I read the pages on Thursday I was so stunned that I actually screamed aloud. Frightened Sprog2 half to death and then had to spend the next ten minutes calming him down. Sprog1 barely looked up from the TV, by the way.

The letter is published under my true name (which I never write here, though you can find it on Twitter and over at The Write Feeling) and is titled ‘Fair Weather Writer.’ If you’re interested in writing magazines, or if Writer’s Forum is a mag you read already, look me up. I’m in there and I’m sooooo happy!

Right. Digressions over, I suppose I should tell you how I’m doing with the challenge:
15k In May Wordcount

Funky thermometer kindly supplied by Fundraiser Insight

Oh. -_-
I should stop bloody whining; this looks a hell of a lot better than I thought it would. In fact, I’m nearly there. Heh, okay, I take it all back. :p

Okay guys, how are you all getting on? All well I hope! We’re nearly at the end; the finish line is in sight!
Alison Wells
Dee Kirkby
Lisa Redmond
Lynne Collins
Maria Smith
Rinelle Grey
Ruth Livingstone
Wayne Kelly

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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11 Responses to #15kinMay Fourth Update

  1. Well done you! The letter will give you a boost, and spur you on, it took you five minutes to bang out, and send, so why not aim for doing one a week? Its the perfect excuse to submit more.

    Regards the #15kinmay you have done really well, and yes, life does get in the way, and sometimes you can retrieve it, and sometimes you’ll fall short. But, you started, which means you’ll have more words than you did before. We’re nearing the end now. Its been good, and I’m planning June now.

    For me, having a plan is half the battle, otherwise I amble along with no real goal in my sights, and get nothing done.


    • That’s certainly something else I’ve learned from this. That I should have realised before. Real (SMART) goals are a great motivator and I get a hell of a lot more done when working towards them. NaNoWriMo should have told me that.

      And now you’re right, I have a lot more to be working with, submitting and editing than I did before, which means that no matter how many words I’ve written, I’ve done something good this month.

      Certainly agree with more letters too! Might do one later today. πŸ™‚


  2. rinellegrey says:

    You are nearly there! I’m sure you can make it no worries!

    Writing with kids at home is HARD. It’s not just a matter of discipline, sometimes they just need you, and you can’t put them second. So meeting any goals, or even coming close, is worthy of celebration!

    Congrats on getting the letter published too. How exciting.


    • Thanks very much. πŸ™‚

      I need to remember that as well as being ill myself the boys were ill too. And still are actually. Snotty noses, miserable faces and nostrils choked with crusty goo!

      I think I might crack open that bottle I’ve been keeping in the fridge. Celebrating success is something I forget to do more often than I should.


      • rinellegrey says:

        Kids being sick is either better or worse, depends on the kids and the illness. Sometimes, when my daughter’s sick, she’s happy to sit on the couch and watch TV. Other times, she wants to do all the things she normally does, but isn’t well enough, so she gets cranky. That’s not good if I’m sick too, or if I’m trying to get something done!


        • Aaah, not quite at the point that this pair can entertain themselves on the sofa yet. I wonder if that will work out better or worse for me when the time comes. O.o


  3. mrkelly2u says:

    What’s to feel down about?! You’re doing great. Ahead of me and you’ve had something published in a magazine. Give yourself a pat on the back, do a little victory dance and hi-five the postman!

    Use that momentum to cross the line in style. If I make it, it will be limping and wheezing, before falling over to be comforted by St John’s Ambulance.

    Kelly’s Eye – Writing, Music, Life


  4. Really, I can never understand writer’s obsessions with targets and deadlines. IMHO it’s great to have them as a guide, but write what you want when you want and don’t feel bad about missing targets, in fact – rejoice in ignoring them! Nobody cares how much you write, only about whether its any good – Jilly Cooper and Barbara Cartland, case in point.
    Life is what you write about, so live it first and write after.


    • You’re not the first person to say that and you certainly won’t be the last, Luke.

      For me, I guess it’s part of my competitive nature. Though I’m only really competitive with myself. I like to stretch and test and push myself, though the trick now is not to get distracted by that and enjoy writing as well. Sometimes I forget how!

      Thanks for joining the conversation. πŸ™‚


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