Mah Goals – wc 03/02

Oops. Hehee, not to make a habit of being late, but apologies. Wasn’t ready this morning but I’m here now.

Hope you’ve all had a good week! Mine has been a bit in and out and in and out, finishing up yesterday with me quivering on the sofa muttering ‘So frail… so frail….‘ in my most pathetic voice.

I’ve learned that I’ve been working just that little bit too hard and that my body, as well as my head can’t take it. I’m glad that I’ve noticed this before becoming ill or before breaking down like I did a few years back. It means I can make a few adjustments to my schedule (and my expectations of myself) to fit what I’m capable of.

I even went out on Saturday night. Without my notes, without my papers and just watched two films with a good buddy of mine. It made me realise how much I’ve neglected folk around me recently and that’s another reason why I’m slowing down. I spent the day with the boys today, actually with them, rather than just around them, and had such a wonderful time. They’re learning so much and demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of so many things. They recognise numbers now and can name them! How awesome is that… they’re not quite 21 months yet!

Anyway… that’s enough gushing about them.

Last Week

Complete ‘deep edits’ on at least 150 pages of SORB text
I haven’t counted it, but it’s certainly more than 150. I might have cracked the 200 pages mark but for the fact that I’m nearing the end now and this section gave me problems while I was drafting it. So it needs more care. Continuity, remaining true to character and holding onto my time line is even harder now so I’ve slowed right down. A shame, because I’m so keen to finish, but great, because with each page I do work on, I can feel the whole story grow stronger and tighter. By the time I transfer this back into a digital form I won’t be so scared of sending it to betas. And that is exciting.

Continue reading my indie book for January (The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley)
Yep. Nearly done actually; I’m at something like 84%. I won’t say anything else, because the temptation to start talking about it now is quite strong and that isn’t fair. You’ll need to sit tight and wait for my review when I post it some time this month.

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)
I entered one. The other… I thought about it then decided I’d prefer to enter that story elsewhere. Particularly since my focus isn’t on short story writing at the moment. I don’t want to tie it up in one competition when I know it has a better chance elsewhere. So that one is half done.

Start populating solo site with bare content to test functionality and layout
Nope. I just realised that this site has tied up the user name I was going to use, so I need to do some thinking. I have, however, chosen what I want it to look like and what I want the features to be. I guess I need to work harder on the detail.

In terms of what I wanted to achieve for the whole of January, I guess that means I’m working ahead of the game though:

Last Month Goals

Start building static solo site
Not really. But at least I know what I’ll be doing now.

Start read through of SORB, not to edit, but to make notes about what should be edited when the time comes
I finished the read through in good time. And started the edits that were meant to be in February. It seemed silly to wait when I was ready to keep going. So I’m well through that and again, almost done.

So that’s that. Now we’re in a new month and I need to think about where I want to be, adjusting to my new take-it-slightly-easier stance while still being realistic about where I want to be.

February 2014 Goals

  • Complete ‘deep edits’ on SORB and transfer back to digital. Have ready to send to betas by February 28
  • Obtain secure commitment of at least four betas
  • Read one indie novel, review it and post it to the blog

Right. That means, knowing what I have to do, I can say that this week I would like to do the following:

This Week

  • Complete ‘deep edits’ on at least seven chapters of SORB text
  • Continue reading my indie book for January (The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley)
  • Choose next indie book for my year of peer reviews
  • Start putting out the word for beta readers


Lovely jubbly. That should keep me busy for the week.

How are you guys getting on? I hope the verve and get-up-and-go of the new year is still with you and pushing you forward. Have you made any plans for the rest of year to meet your long term goals? Are you on track? If not, hey, do you have plans to put you back there? I’ll bet you’re all doing fine; I’d love to hear about it. 🙂
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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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