Mah Goals – wc 13/01

Feels like ages since my last entry. Raven really has a big mouth when you let her loose.

Last week the blog was populated entirely with plans for 2014 and assessments of 2013. I’m blaming that for the fact that I’ve done very little since 31 December. Seems like without this list, I really do struggle to centre myself and know exactly what needs to be done. Pity, because there were a few days in which I could have achieved a fair amount because everything else was slow. Ho hum. I guess a rest is just as good (and necessary at times). Certainly I do feel recharged and ready to tackle the new year with passion and enthusiasm. Which is what it’s all about really.

Last Week

As I mentioned… not much done. Though I have managed to lay out some pretty decent plans for what’s coming up.

Goals for 2014

Unlike Raven, most of my goals are long, unwieldy beasts. She is the queen of the short story (and novella for that matter) while I lean towards novels. Nothing wrong with that, it just means that our goal lists are going to look very different for quite some time. That should keep things interesting.

  • Publish ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ (SORB) through Little Vamp Press
  • Write first draft of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge (WTRE)
  • Write first draft of ‘On A Knife Point (OAKP) – NB: SORB, WTRE and OAKP are the novel which make a single trilogy, tentatively named ‘Saar’s Legacy’
  • Have Clash of the Animal Kings (CoTAK) ready for external editing
  • Create and populate a fresh solo website (with static content) to run alongside this blog


January 2014 Goals

  • Start building static solo site
  • Start read through of SORB, not to edit, but to make notes about what should be edited when the time comes


This Week

  • Contact my lovely photographer about photoshoot for me and Raven
  • Finalise decisions about the website to come; hosting options, colour schemes and exact content
  • Gather together list of existing contacts and create a list for future projects
  • Start reading SORB (send to Kindle for portability) and dedicate a workbook to notes which will be made by chapter.

After leaving SORB for so long it feels almost wrong to look at it again. I’m actually quite scared. NaNoWriMo is such a mad rush, I feel that it’s impossible anything I wrote during that time is salvageable, let alone good. I’m hoping to prove myself wrong, but I’m also bracing myself for the blow of realising that the entire novel is drivel. *fingers crossed*

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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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2 Responses to Mah Goals – wc 13/01

  1. It doesn’t matter if you have ten pages of editing notes for your NaNo story. That’s ten pages of things you know you can get on with. πŸ™‚

    The thing is, when you’re ready, plunge into the editing and enjoy it for what it is – a chance to set things right, like some kind of mad time-traveller with a police call box.

    I think the thing which spurred me on with my editing charge earlier this year was that I had already divided my story up into chunks, so all I needed to do was go forth and conquer… erm, edit. Each part that I completed gave me the confidence and enthusiasm to keep going, but allowed me to take a breather when needed.

    Anyway, have fun with it. πŸ™‚


    • I think that’s partly why I’m looking forward to this so much. I’ve started reading now, just to make my initial notes and I’m buzzing! I remember so little of what I wrote that it’s almost like reading something new for the first time. I’m loving it. And, better than that, because I have a clearer idea of exactly where I want to be, I think the whole process will be smoother from start to finish.
      Tis going to be great! Especially when I start messing with things… just like a mad time-traveller in a police call box. πŸ˜‰ (freakin LOVE that show by the way)


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