IY: Mah Plans – 01/12 and November Round Up

goal shooting goals from open clip artAnother cold.
You guys must be sick to death of hearing about how sniffly and snotty I am. That’s pretty much a feature in every post I write between June and February. Ah well. I’m ill. I’ll deal with it. I always do.

Last week

Today marks the first day of the last month of 2014. I always feel a little strange around this time of year. Today is no exception. Kinda excited, kinda frightened, on/off disappointed and giddy with pride.

cute cartoon penguine at a computer from OpenClipArtNobody ever said being a writer was easy! 😉 We are incredibly complex creatures, y’know!

Chase up final wrap around cover in correct dimensions and upload to CreateSpace
Done. Proof is on the way. I don’t care about the Angry Robot outcome, I can’t wait to hold that thing in my hands. It’s been nearly 17 years. I want to hold it!

Order proof copies of book
Yup. See above.

Design bookmark for prize winners and be ready to order (do NOT order until status is confirmed)
I made an active decision not to do this somewhere around Wednesday. It was the right choice. The giveaway is null and void, entrants have been contacted and apologised to. There was no need to pursue this goal. Maybe later, eh? Maybe.

November 2014 Goal Recap

I’m actually very pleased at how many of these goals I managed to achieve, even if I haven’t done what I was hoping to do with the results.

Produce all content for blog tour hosts
Done. Some good posts out there, a few of which may still be available to view. I’ll let you guys know as and when they pop up.

Finalise media kit for blog tour hosts and distribute
Sorted. First time I’ve ever written a press release (massive thanks to Richard Cox and Carol Leeming for their help with it). Who knows, I may still use it one day.

Ensure bookmark designs are ready for printing
Nope. As I said above, not necessary.

Ensure Silk Over Razor Blades file is ready for sale through Amazon
Yep. Could have hit ‘go’ a fortnight ago. *sigh*

Write one of my two stories for Fab Fables*
Not only have I written it, but I’ve started editing too. It will be ready soon. No doubt.

Goals for December 2014

Well… looking back at what I wanted to achieve this year the only thing left is the draft of On A Knife Point. Huh. Back in June that seemed like a great idea but since Raven did NaNoWriMo rather than me, that’s not going to happen now. I don’t want to spend December furiously drafting a novel. No way.

  1. Prepare to respond to emails from Angry Robot (send them the full MS if they want it or reschedule self publishing plans if they don’t)
  2. Coordinate editing for the authors of Caladria (ten stories to edit)
  3. Ensure my story for Fab Fables is ready to upload

That’s it. It’s going to be an easy, gentle month. I think I deserve it. There are sooo many things I’ve done this year and so much to be proud of, but I won’t be taking my foot off the pedal. Just easing up a smidge.

This Week

  1. Contact all authors involved with issues one and two of Fab Fables to remind them of the deadline for all stories (Dec 15)
  2. Finish first read of my story for Fab Fables in preparation for deep edits
  3. Outline second story for Fab Fables in preparation for drafting
  4. Pick my indie fantasy book for December and begin reading


I actually feel better. Calmer. Knowing what I want to do and how I intend to make sure I do it is a wonderful treat. It means I can rest up this evening, probably with a book, and know that, in a gentle way, I’m still working.new ileandra signature,

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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