IY: Mah Plans 02/03 & February 2015 Round Up

goal shooting goals from open clip artSoooooo… March.

I’d be more pleased about it but I currently can’t swallow and my head feels the size of a basketball. Hmpth! One day *wags finger* one day I will write one of these posts without mentioning how sick I feel! …but not this day.


Moving on.

Actions Last Week

Write 12.5k words of ‘On A Knife Point’
No. Juuuuuust no. Not unexpected, but somewhat disappointed. I think I managed 4.3k words before the week hammered me in the face with a mallet. My nose still hurts from that one. *sniffs*

Targets For February 2015

Complete draft of ‘Dead or Alive’
Hurray. Done. Stunned, but done. ^_^

Start draft of ‘On A Knife Point’ and complete at least a quarter of the whole word count (25k)
Eeeerm. 15.6k. Salvageable. Let’s just see what follows.

Query the availability of Karen Perkins and Dave Johnson as their help may be required following any additional edits I make on ‘Silk Over Razor Blades.’
Yep. It’s in hand. Karen is on board for the end of March and Dave is working on the cover now. Double thumbs up.

Send February’s newsletter to all subscribers and describe the changes to come
Done. Looking forward to when I drop back to quarterly newsletters. My brain needs it.

Changes To My Plans

Right. With all that in mind, let’s see what I need to do:

  • Publish ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ through Little Vamp Press by end of May
  • Edit ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ to completion
  • Publish ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ through Little Vamp Press by end of October
  • Draft ‘On A Knife Point’ (min 100k words)
  • Issue all remaining parts from the ‘Chapters of D’nai T’keyah’ novellette for newsletter subscribers (monthly), then switch to quarterly newsletters
  • Write 33-4k words of the new newsletter subscriber story (‘Dead or Alive’) featuring Michael Garran, Diavian Hatara, and Kailah Turner by mid February. Send two updates to subscribers in the two newsletters that will be issued once the schedule becomes quarterly
  • Edit ‘On A Knife Point’ to completion

Hmm. Pretty much as it was, though one item is knocked off the list. That’s good to see. ^_^

Targets for March 2015

  • Write 65k words of ‘On A Knife Point’
  • Complete fresh edits on ‘Silk Over Razor Blade’s courtesy of Angry Robot comments and send to Karen for formatting

Activities For The Week

Catch up. Recovery. Sleep. Dunno how this is going to work, but we’ll see how we do.

  • Write 4.5k words of ‘On A Knife Point’ (that’s 500 a day if my maths is right)
  • Highlight ‘Silk Over Razor Blades’ passages that need work


I’m behind. By a lot. And this week certainly isn’t going to help me catch it up. I’m sick. My boys are sick.

I don’t think I’m going to catch up the way I must to maintain my overall output, so come March end I’ll have to see what position I’m in. At this point it’s too soon to know how much I need to jiggle, but I know it’s going to happen.

Sorry I can’t be more specific than that.

If I keep getting sick like this then I’m not going to be able to keep up with this schedule meaning I’ll have to drop drafting ‘On A Knife Point’ to ensure I get ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ sorted this year.

Well… 29 days left of the month. Let’s see what happens.

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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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7 Responses to IY: Mah Plans 02/03 & February 2015 Round Up

  1. Wayne says:

    Yuk. Sounds like you’re having a hard time, Leah – and yet STILL managing to pump out words at a rate that would shame most other people.

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. Your output is impressive and it’s not worth becoming more ill in the pursuit of arbitrary goals. Get better, then hit it!

    Kelly’s Eye – Writing, Music, Life


    • Sage advice dude. Just wish it were so simple. I’m still learning how to relax and chill, which some would say is part of the sickness thing. Though, thankfully, my throat has eased up a little. 🙂


  2. I’m in agreement with Wayne, I think you’re pushing yourself to hear hun, and you need a proper rest and recovery plan. Yo have done so well with your writing, I honestly think you can take a few days away, and its not going to affect things too much…

    We care about you, and don’t want to see you run down and poorly. Listen to what your body is telling you. Take a break, then go back to your writing fit and well. X


    • Thank you. I do honest appreciate the concern and the reminder that people get where I’m coming from versus people caring for my health. Without spilling my emotional guts across the internet I can tell you that I’m learning how to do exactly that. But it’s slow going. That ‘old dog, new tricks’ thing? Apparently in things like this I’m a very (very!) old dog.

      But I have some relaxation time planned out for Friday and at least another day (ish) in bed. That should do me some favours. 🙂


  3. jmmcdowell says:

    I hope you and the boys will be better soon. But definitely put taking care of yourself first! You’ll make better progress on your goals if you’re refreshed and strong.


    • Thanks JM. This whole ‘looking after me’ thing is tougher than I anticipated, not because of writing, but mostly because folk around me need taking care of too! Thankfully my boys seem to be made of rubber… or something equally bouncy. They both leapt back to it today with big grins on their faces and huge smiles as I took them to nursery. ^_^


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