IY: Mah Plans 11/05

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. ^_^

So you know, DSB had a wonderful time at the LARP and can’t wait to go back in July. I have had an incredible week off and I’ve enjoyed it so much that I almost don’t want to work any more. Dossing around and using Facebook and watching TV has been a right treat, rather than filling me evenings with scribbling.Football goal posts from OpenClipArt

Only problem with that is . . . I’ll be bored before long. And if I do that, I’ll no longer feel the warm glow at having struck things off my list of goals.

So . . . I’ll treasure the memory of a pleasant week to myself and get right back on with it.

Actions Last Week

Send three more book review/spotlight requests
Yes and no… yes, I sent some emails, no, they weren’t to people from my list of contacts. The people I spoke to were those who were originally to be hosts as part of my blog tour back in December. Some are still able to help, even if not the way they once were, and others cannot. Nonetheless, it was a productive collection of email conversations that I’ll be rounding off later tonight.

If running about in the woods can be considered relaxing, then yes I did that . . . or DSB did. But I didn’t do much work, which was the main point of this goal. No editing, no drafting, no marketing pushing or anything. So yes, done.

Read something . . . for fun ^_^
Yes actually. I’m reading ‘The Bullet Catchers Daughter‘ by Rod Duncan, a lovely gentleman under whom I studied with the Leicester Writing School. A funny, talented and intelligent man, this book is the first of his I’ve dipped into. And I’m enjoying it more than I anticipated. DSB and Wayne Kelly would have talked about this during their JuPod episode with Rod himself, and the fact that the novel was nominated for the Philip K Dick award back in April.
I have had my usual flutters of ‘Urk, someone else waaaaay better than I can hope to be’ but I’ve done my best to stamp that down and just enjoy the book. The Kindle tells me I’m 72% through – so far, so good!

Activities For The Week

Rest time is over. Back to the grindstone. I have a novel to edit and something like seven weeks to do it in. I’d better get on with it!

  • Create ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ cheat sheet for each important character, reminding me of their arc so I can refer to it constantly while editing.
  • Edit at least 10k words of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ – go direct to Scrivener
  • Send this month’s newsletter.


I’m going to start with those cheat sheets and keep them in hard copy because I think something that made SORB so difficult to edit was that I had plenty of other ideas swirling around, but they mostly related to future books. Now I have SORB swirling through my head when I should be thinking about ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge.’ So the cheat sheet will remind me how far along the overall arc each character will travel in this book and put me in good stead for editing ‘On A Knife Point’ later this year.

Also I haven’t really been including back ground bits and bobs like admin and marketing in these goals, but I need to start doing so in order to see if what I’m doing is making any different. I’m not sure of how to do that yet, but something will come up no doubt.

Meantime, I feel flustered as one side of my brain is telling me I have buckets of work to do, but the other, more organised side of my brain insists that everything is under control and that I’m worrying needlessly. I  have no idea which side to listen to!

I hope this is left over LARP brain and that come this time next week I’ll be back on form. Won’t know until then!

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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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9 Responses to IY: Mah Plans 11/05

  1. Wayne says:

    Well done for actually allowing yourself some rest and relaxation last week. Sometimes a trip away – especially an activity like LARP – can really help to recharge your batteries. Your cheat sheets for character sound useful – would be interested to see those some time. Blog post perhaps?

    Kelly’s Eye – Writing, Music, Life


    • Yeeeeah, I could arrange that. ^_^ It’s an idea I came up with at the LARP, funnily enough, since I was looking into potentially building a new character. It would work the same way as a lot of the sheets I used for my pen and paper DnD days.

      I’ll bring on along on Saturday assuming I get it all sorted by then. 🙂


  2. I echo Wayne’s words, what a great way to relax, it obviously made you happy, and now you feel rested and ready to resume. A bit of downtime is good for you.
    I’m also interested to hear more about cheat sheets, and look forward to hearing all about it.

    Good luck with your goals this week… 🙂


  3. Cheat sheets are a good idea. Sort of like a wiki entry for a given character but without all the fiddling with wiki code, right?

    If one side of you is saying there’s buckets of work to do and the other is saying that everything’s under control, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to draw up a list of the misc tasks just so you can check them off. It’s sort of like me and outlines – I never need one… right up to the point where I need one. 😉

    There’s no doubt that having time off is really invigorating. Here’s a random thought – what if you costume up at home when you feel like it? I know, it’s not the same as LARP, but for a little while you can put yourself in the shoes (literally, if you have them) of a character that you want to understand better. I think that’s a strength which you could tap, what do you think?


    • Hehee, dressing up LARP-wise would be comical. Funny though when I’m out doing a reading or appearing as me, I do ensure that I dress up. This weekend for, instance, I’ll be doing some readings from Silk Over Razor Blades and there are very specific things I wear. Just like Raven dresses a certain way. I’d never considered doing that ‘just because’ to see how it felt while writing.
      . . . maybe that’s something to consider! 😉

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  4. jmmcdowell says:

    Relaxation is an important part of staying healthy and creative, so kudos to you for taking that week! And the cheat sheets sound like a great idea. Keeping those characters and story elements straight when dealing with multiple manuscripts can be a massive headache!


    • Thanks JM. It’s part of why I love Scrivener so much. I should be able to write all the sheets and put them with the document itself so I can keep track of everything. We’ll see how that goes.


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