Mah Goals – wc 10/02


Crap, we’re a third of the way into February already. How the hell did that happen?! -_- My life… my life is running away from me so fast; that’s kinda depressing. *sigh* So much to do and soooooooo little time.

Hope you all had a good week? I had a surprise visit from my mum yesterday and it was freaking awesome! Something as simple as popping down to a coffee shop while the boys had a nap was ten times better with her around. Is that cheesy? …nah.

Not skating yesterday and no game on Saturday (*sob*) but even if my social life when phut (!) my writing left went wheeeeeee!

I finished the deep edits on SORB. ^_^

print off from SORB edits

Hand written notes, coloured papers n junk… ROAR!

*cue fanfare, banners and merry dancing*

Very, very pleased about that and thrilled that the edits seem to have made a significant difference to word count. Looks like by the time I’m done with this draft, I’ll drop from something like 106k to 99k, which would be wonderful. Maybe more. Who knows?

What I do know, however, is that the story is a hell of a lot stronger as a result of these changes and I can keep making little tweaks as I switch it back to digital. By the time the file is back in Scivener I’ll be in a much better position to do a final read before sending it out to betas. SQUEE!

So yeah… that happened.

Last Week

Complete ‘deep edits’ on at least seven chapters of SORB text
As I mentioned above *points* it’s done. All the remaining chapters. Now just to get it back into a digital form. ^_^

Continue reading my indie book for January (The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley)
Done. Review written. That will be up for your viewing pleasure this Saturday. ^_^

Choose next indie book for my year of peer reviews
Done. In fact I’ve read it too (I told you it was a good week!). That review should be out on 1 March, so sit tight. If you’re curious about the book, then it was Fat Vampire by Johnny B Truant. That’s all I’m telling you at this point. :p

Start putting out the word for beta readers
I’ve made a list of people I’m going to ask, however I’m concious of how busy people are. Part of me feels guilty. The rest of me (probably the bit where Raven lives) just want sto shake me and say; ‘they’ll say no, if they can’t do it; just freakin ask!’ So… yeah… I guess I should be sending out emails this week. I want to be sending this file to folk by the end of the month so I can start the first draft of WTRE in March. Gotta keep the ball rolling!

Knowing all that, I guess I need to focus on the actual goals for February which involves preparing for betas. So…

This Week

  • Email/text/jump on the people in my ‘potential beta’ list and get some firm commitments
  • Continue to transfer SORB back to digital (at least half)

Tougher than it looks. The chapters I rewrote will need to be typed up into the Scrivener file and all the crappy sections taken out. And I’ll have to do some fact checking back along the way to double-check myself. o.O Yep. That will keep me busy.

Oh, of course, and don’t forget Valentine’s Day – ew.
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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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