Catch Up Blog: Mah Goals – wc 04/11



Not only did this seem quite appropriate because of the lateness of the post, but also because the last time I was walking through town I got stopped by three separate charity hawks while frantically trying to get home. If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase ‘charity hawk’ I only just came up with it, but I’m talking about those well meaning but FUCKING IRRITATING people with buckets and clip boards trying to take your money.

I have no problem with charities; I give to several, but picture this for a second:
I’m frowning, and talking on the phone. I have a push chair laden with bags, a full rucksack on my back and another two carrier bags swinging from the arm not holding the phone. I have two kids in said pushchair, one screaming his head off, the other desperately trying to unfasten the harness to make a break for freedom. And I physically dodge myself out of the way by a good three feet to avoid the clip board totting do-gooder.

All that happening and visible at a glance, and yet these people still approach me with ‘Can I have a moment of your time?’

NO YOU FUCKING CAN’T! DO I LOOK LIKE YOUR TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC? DO I LOOK LIKE I REALLY HAVE TIME TO STOP AND TALK TO YOU AND GIVE YOU MONEY THAT I DON’T BLOODY HAVE?!angry green monster with teeth - from OpenClipArt

Hmm.
Okay… apparently that was bothering me more than I thought.
Sorry.
/rant

So…! Today’s blog post, which should have been yesterday’s is about my goals. How did I do last week?

START NANOWRIMO!!!
Yep and at the time of writing about 7,334 words in. That makes me very happy. A few bumpy days and a rough patch in the second chapter, but caught up well enough to put the smile back on my face.

Change up author profiles at Amazon and Smashwords to better reflect my personas (at the moment they are kinda filler profiles copied straight from here. Not good enough, in my opinion, so they need more work)
Yep. However I’m still not completely happy with them. But they will do the trick until NaNoWriMo is over.

At least start draft of Phoenix short story
Done. I’ll take a brief break from NaNo in the week to get a bit more down, I think. I’d like to take it with me on Saturday.

Get other ‘Meeting Each Other’ outlines out of my head and on paper
I thought I had done that already. o.O But it’s definitely done now. Even sent the briefs to Grace so we can work on more cover photography. Very, very excited about that!

Complete two transcripts
One down. Which is more than I was expected to be able to do. Everyone was ill last week and I’m still not at my best. Hopefully with less outside stuff to do this week (I was out of the house two evenings in a row!) I’ll be able to do a bit more.

This week is all about NaNo. I want to get a bit of a head start because I get the feeling I’m going to need it. Not that there is lots going on this month, but going back to DnD last week and enjoying a run of Zombie Earth all served to remind me that there is life outside of my house and away from my computer screen. I want to do more. It’s healthy. So with that in mind, I need to learn how to balance my time better.

  • Keep up with the NaNo word count at least; 11,700 words
  • Some of those 11,700 can be my Phoenix Project, so get that drafted
  • Investigate more promotional ideas for ‘Vicki & Lara’

I think that’s it. I don’t want to over do it with my head full of cold and my limbs all sore. We’ll see how we go then bump things up again when I’m back to 97% (which is where I tend to rest these days).
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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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