You might have noticed that every now and then my weekly goals include things like reading peer blogs. I do this because I’m uncomfortably aware that for each of you that comes to visit me here, you’re all as busy as I am. If not more so. You have things to do, stories to write, lives to lead and yet you still take time out of your day to visit me. And you comment.
That means the world to me and I’m touched that so many of you come back week after week, post after post to support me. It keeps me going.
I want to do the same for you.
This isn’t intended to be a grovelly post about how busy I am or how hard it is to keep up. No, no. Yes, those things are true, but this post is more to acknowledge that I’m aware of what you’re doing for me. And I’m grateful for it. Going forward, I’m going to make more of an effort to swing by your blogs and see you, even if that means cutting back on my posts (like this one) for a bit.
Writing is so solitary, I don’t want to back myself into a corner and do myself out of friends who ‘get it’ just because I ‘don’t have time’ to stop in and see them.
So please, if you notice I haven’t been around your blog for a while, feel free to call me out on it. I’ll look guilty and then run straight over to see how you’re doing.
That’s a promise.And on that note, I suppose I should talk about goals.
Could have been far worse. In terms of draft productivity it wasn’t so great, but I got a hell of a lot of other stuff done. Let’s see:
Update the WTRE page of this blog to better reflect its current state.
Done. In truth, it didn’t mean much, but the excerpt there was mega-mega ooooooooooold. At least now it’s from the current draft and matches up with the existing sample of SORB.
Continue to write, on average, 1000 words per working day (this week that’s five days) on WTRE.
Only just. I think I nudged myself over the 5,000 mark while on the train back from Derby. Not great amazing, but it’s what I wanted to do. And it seems that I can’t manage my usual draft turnout when working on other things too. Who knew? I’m only human after all! :-p
Put together the last sections of this month’s newsletter and issue it to subscribers.
Done. My subscribers got their first freebie (woohoo!) and there will be more to come in upcoming months. Remember, if you want to get some of the free stuff (that probably won’t make it to this blog) you’ll need to sign up to the list. It’s only one email a month, on or around the 15th. When novels and short stories start to come out subscribers will get advanced reads, discount codes and other fun freebies. Join the fun; join the list!
Get at least one of my solo website freebies complete.
Done that too. It’s not one I was originally going to give away, but I feel this one is a better choice. So look forward to that when the site goes live.
I’ve also put together five others which are a combination of excerpts and opening chapters of novels and novellas. I’m really excited to share these with you and looking forward to the point that I hit ‘go’ on the site so you can see them.
Looking at what I hoped to achieve this month I guess there are two things I need to focus on:
- Work on WTRE: at least 1,000 words per working day (five days)
- Finalise the rest of the freebies for the solo site
Phew! That, with actually checking in on how you guys are getting on should be more than enough to keep me busy. Let’s see how I get on this week. 🙂