Mah Goals – wc 27/01

I had a mad day yesterday. Assessments with my Roller Derby team. I didn’t pass, but I did do a bunch of cool stuff that I’d never done before. That combined with working on existing skills has left me sore and delicate this morning. But happy. So very, very happy!

Happy Monday, friends. I hope you can all say the same about your Monday and your upcoming week. 🙂

Last Week

Finish my read of SORB and construct timeline/diagram to show series of events, as things are a little muddled in my head
Read through done! After letting my thoughts and comments simmer for a day or two I started the second pass; what I call ‘deep edits.’ This requires making good on the notes I made, changing things and rewritting sections. I remain fascinated at how clean that first draft is proving to be (probably because I’ve written the damn thing so many times before!). It means that I don’t need to change all that much in terms of the basic prose, but the detail, historical accuracy and filling in those plot holes I mentioned; I can focus on those instead. My last pass, before handing the text to beta readers will be transferring all my changes from the hard copy back into Scrivener, making the last few tweaks as I go. SO EXCITED!

Finalise what I plan to wear for the photoshoot
Yeeees… but the shoot has been bumped back to February. More my fault than anything else, but at least this way I should have some help with the boys and therefore a more relaxed shoot with Grace. Fingers crossed.

Start in depth research into aspects of ancient history relevant to SORB (no spoilers, but if you like Egyptians, you’ll like this!)
Cleopatra. Antony. The Roman Republic. The Battle of Waterloo. All important features in Silk Over Razor Blades and I know a hell of a lot more about them now than I did before. Who knew this level of research into real historical events was required for a novel featuring vampires. o.O

Draft in depth outline of WTRE (I know it’s FAR earlier than anticipated, but why wait if I can start writing sooner?)
Done. I even did an outlike for OAKE too. ^_^ I know, I know, working ahead of the game, but I got so excited over the idea of finishing the trilogy. I just kept writing and writing! Now I have full, clear ideas of exactly what each book is trying to achieve and where it’s going. Hell, the end of OAKE even leaves space for future books if you guys are interested enough to convince me to take it on. That fact, in of itself, is enough to put a HUGE smile on my face.

This Week

  • Complete ‘deep edits’ on at least 150 pages of SORB text
  • Continue reading my indie book for January (The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley).
  • Enter two of the competitions that close on 31 January (I haven’t talked about these with you guys, but meeting with my Subs Group has given me a nudge; I need to get back on that horse)
  • Start populating solo site with bare content to test functionality and layout

There. Writing goals sorted.

It’s nearly the end of the month guys! Can you believe it’s gone by so very fast?! Part of me wants to curl up in a corner and wait for the world to stop spinning (my boys are nearly two for crying out loud!) but the rest of me is so keen to do all these things I have planned and write all these novels that I can’t get through the days fast enough.

A very confusing blend of emotions there.

I hope you all have a fantastic week and I’ll catch you on Saturday for my weekend post. 🙂
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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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