April A2Z 2014 Roundup (& I Haz Planz – wc 01/05)

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May. First of the month. Maaaaaaaan this has been a long time coming. Not that I haven’t enjoyed April, but I’m stunned at how much effort it’s taken to get here. *wipes brow* But we did it. That’s what counts.

What an amazing month it’s been. Lots of lovely new blogs read, followed, liked and so forth while lots of new faces have appeared too. And of course all you regulars have stuck by me. Thanks for that. πŸ˜‰

This challenge, for me (and Ileandra, I suppose) has been a successful experiment. It’s show that we’re able to formulate a plan and stick to it, despite all the other things rushing around our heads at the same time. And, because the majority of our posts were written (slightly) in advance, we got a good headstart on our other projects too.
Those of you who follow the Twitter and/or Facebook would have had regular updates from myself and Illy about Slippers & Chains and Silk Over Razor Blades. Those of you on my mailing list would have even seen the fabulous new ‘smut with brains’ logo. Don’t worry… if you’re not on the list I’ll be unveiling it here at some point. Just letting the subscribers make a few tweaks with me first. πŸ˜‰

For those of you who were unable to follow the challenge day by day, this post has a quick list of all the post titles across the challenge, with a corresponding link. Hope it helps. I’ll even note if it was me or Ileandra who wrote it…. ’cause I’m nice like that.

A: Awesome! (IY)
C: ‘Cum’ vs ‘Come’ Is there Really A Difference? (RS)
D: Delegate, Bitches! (RS)
E: Egypt Is So Cool! (IY)
F: Fucking Bad Language (Teehee!) (RS)
G: Getting Old, The Big 30 (IY) – including a flash fiction competition, closing date 8 May 2014
H: Heaven Is A… (RS)
I: Interviews (IY)
J: Jokes And Humour In Erotica (RS)
K: Keeping It Real (RS)
L: Look At Me, Look At Me! (IY)
M: Music To Write To (IY)
N: Never Give Everything Away (RS)
O: Open Or Closed Door? (IY)
P: Photo Paraphernalia (RS)
Q: Questioning Yourself (IY)
R: Ronrey (RS)
S: Slippers & Chains Excerpt (RS)
T: Team Work (RS)
U: Usually Unusual (RS)
V: Vampires Can Do What? (IY)
W: WIP Excerpt (What I Took Away) (IY)
X: Xiblophobe (IY)
Y: Yes Sir, No Sir (RS)
Z: Zoning Out (IY)

There. Done. πŸ™‚

Now. Since that’s over (!) time to get back to normal and talk about goals.

During the course of April I sent Slippers & Chains out to betas. A small cluster of people who agreed to read it through and offer comments so I could make it as good as possible before querying.
Yesterday was the deadline and I’ve had back three wonderful sets of feedback. I’d like to thank Glen, Shelia and The Funk Master for taking the time to read those words and get them back to me in decent time. I’ll always be grateful for your perspectives, some of which are already making significant changes to my thoughts on the tale. ^_^
…the rest of you…? *taps watch* :p

Anyway, while I was giving my brain a rest I didn’t do any extra work. Ileandra had control (and still does) of Da Shared Brain to work on Silk Over Razor Blades so I’ve been enjoying my time off.

This Week

I’m not ill (touch wood) and next week is my (and by that I mean the Brain’s) actual birthday. There are a bunch of fun things plan, including two parties (WOO!), so I’d like to do some work in the meantime.

  1. Read through notes received from betas regarding Slippers & Chains. Don’t work them yet… just allow the comments to simmer.

  2. Decide on my next steps regarding the Meeting Each Other series (the last three books, print versions, extras, etc etc…)

  3. Write up my last book review. I’m sure there’s at least one I haven’t done yet…. And since it’s now May and my last posted review was March (February? …no March) I have some catching up to do.

That second one is particularly important because people have actually been buying the other three books.
*gasp* I know, right?
Here… check this out:

Screenshot of Facebook status re book sales.


Exactly. So I need to keep that ship sailing smoothly.

For now, however, I’m going to hand the reigns back to Ileandra so she can continuing editing. She wants SORB done by our birthday. Makes sense I guess… that means we actually be able to go out and have a drink that night!
Peace. x

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About Raven ShadowHawk

I take great pleasure in writing erotica and am merely one side of the proverbial coin. My other half, 'Ileandra Young' writes fantasy and the occasional comedy piece. My six-part series 'Meeting Each Other' is available in full, through Amazon and Smashwords while my debut novella 'Sugar Dust' is now re-released (!) available through Amazon via Little Vamp Press.
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3 Responses to April A2Z 2014 Roundup (& I Haz Planz – wc 01/05)

  1. Congrats on the sales. Let’s hope that you get some lovely reviews to go with them. πŸ™‚


  2. Pingback: Ileandra’s March Indie eBook Review: 7 Of 7 A Modern Day Fariy Tale | Writing: A Conversation Without Interruptions

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