Keeping Up Apperances (& Mah Plans – 21/07)

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.line break, swirling graphics, from openclipartAnd on that note, I suppose I should talk about goals.

Last week

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.

This Week

Looking at what I hoped to achieve this month I guess there are two things I need to focus on:

  1. Work on WTRE: at least 1,000 words per working day (five days)
  2. 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. 🙂

Laterz. x
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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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2 Responses to Keeping Up Apperances (& Mah Plans – 21/07)

  1. Well, there’s not much to catch up with, really. 🙂

    That being said, I have been trying something new for relaxing and getting into the right frame of mind for writing. It’s a bit of free software called Aura, which by default starts out with the sounds of a babbling brook, some bird song and occasionally some woodpeckers. It has a control panel (WinXP-looking, but it works) for changing the settings, summoning up rain and thunder. I haven’t experimented with expanding the sound set yet because it’s actually quite good as it is.

    Or maybe you already have some way of chilling out before getting started on some work, either way it would be interesting to hear from you. 🙂


    • Aura sounds cool! Never heard of it (I’ve been using YouTube ‘chill out’ videos) but I’ll have to give it a good. Sounds awesome.

      For the most part I just try to make sure that everything else I need to do is out of the way before I try to focus on writing (including the kids) I just can’t relax into what I need to do if the washing up isn’t done or if I’m hungry, or if there’s toys on the floor. So I do those things first (quickly) and then I feel freer to get things done.

      It sometimes means that I’m starting later than I intended or that I can’t do as much as I was hoping, but what I do manage to get done is often of a standard to prevent me pulling my hair out in frustration. 😉


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