IY: Mah Plans 30/11/15 & November Round Up

This is one of the few nights that I’ve written my goal post as it goes out, rather than slightly ahead. Let’s just say it’s been a weird, unsettled, uneven and disrupted sort of week with all sorts of things going on with DSB which has made both Raven and I suffer in big ways. o.O

Still, it’s the end of the month and I figure rather than waiting for the first post of the next month, as I usually do, I’d work through my round up now.

Actions Over The Past Fortnight

~Complete draft of ‘Clash of the Animal Kinds (Mach II)
As you may have picked up from my NaNoWriMo posts, this was done quite a few days ago. I’m pleased and looking forward to going back and editing the thing. It’s going to be a much better story now that I know something about structure, arc and characterisation. That’s a wonderful thing to be able to say, given that I first wrote that novel five years ago during my first NaNoWriMo of 2010. ^_^

Complete formatting of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ for Kindle
Done this morning. I guess it slipped my mind just how long CreateSpace takes to send you proofs of their paperbacks so I ended up doing that first, so I can order it. I’ve not done so yet—just a few more tweaks required on the cover—but that was done well before the Kindle file. Ho hum. At least they’re both done now. Talk about a relief!

~Complete blurb for ‘Episode Three’ and list as pre-order
At laaaaaaaaaast! I really must do the other episodes in advance so I don’t have this problem. Blurbs are mega hard as they have to be enticing, without being spoilery. Quite a feat given that these episodes are so short and that the story all ties together as one. And the worst part? I found that I had already written a blurb and put it in the back of Date Night. -_- And that one was waaaaaaaaaay better than the one I put together this time around. *sigh* So now I’m using a combination of the two, pulling the best of both to make one ‘super blurb’. Yey me.

November Round Up

~Finalise ‘Dead And Alive, Episode Three’ cover art
Sorted. At last!

~List ‘Dead And Alive, Episode Three’ as a pre-order
Also done. Almost a fortnight later than I hoped, but done!

~Format ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ ready for Kindle and CreateSpace (Kindle first)

~Write and send Autumn newsletter complete with Dead and Alive Teasers and freebies
Check. And it was a fun newsletter too. If you’d like to receive this, once a quarter, sign up here for the next one and a selection of freebies. ^_^

~Complete draft of Clash of the Animal Kinds (Mach II) . . . yes, that is what I’m calling it. Whuuuuut?
^_^ Done. Feeling pretty proud too (see above).

Changes To My Plans

Right! It will be nice to see this list drop right down to the last few tasks. It’s been a long time coming, but . . . here we are! Completed tasks struck out, changes/clarifications in red and additional tasks in green:

  • Complete first draft of Clash of the Animal Kinds (Mach II) by end of November as per NaNoWriMo rules
  • Complete back end of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ by end of November (final proof and formatting)
    • List ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ for pre-order
  • Publish ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ through Little Vamp Press in digital form by December 29
  • Publish ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ through Little Vamp Press by end of January in paperback form
  • Start deep edits on ‘On A Knife Point’ on completion of Clash of the Animal Kings draft
  • Send one more newsletter to subscribers.
    • Include giveaway copy of ‘Episode Two’ and ‘Episode Three’ in next ad hoc newsletter
  • Publish Season One of ‘Dead And Alive’ episodically every two months (from August)

That last one, strictly speaking, shouldn’t be struck off yet, but since the pre-order for Episode Three is now live, that’s the goal largely complete. I don’t need to do anything more with it except watch it release.

Targets For December 2015

Can’t believe it’s the end of the year! I’m really looking forward to my round up where I look at everything I’ve done. I think I’m going to get a shock.

  • Complete half the deep edits on ‘On A Knife Point’ (45,000 words ish)
  • List the remaining ‘Dead And Alive’ episodes as pre-orders as far as Amazon and Smashwords will allow
  • Proof the physical copy of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ and release
  • Proof the digital copy of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ and release

Activities For This Fortnight (complete by 14/12/15)

  • blank calendar from OpenClipArtComplete digital read of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ (paperback file) and order proof from CreateSpace
  • Ensure final digital file of ‘Walking The Razor’s Edge’ for Kindle is uploaded to Amazon
  • Format ‘Target Beta: Episode Three’ for Smashwords
  • Ensure final digital file of ‘Target Beta: Episode Three’ is uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords
  • Finalise covers for episodes four and five of ‘Dead And Alive’
  • Read ‘On A Knife Point’ in it’s current form and make broad notes on editing


Another fortnight of bits and bobs. It seems a bit heavy, but it’s a lot of small jobs, rather than a huge amount of big ones. I’m confident this is possible.

What has been missed from all of these notes so far is the work I’m doing on ‘Dead And Alive, Season Two.’ I hesitate to include it in any of these goals as it’s non-essential for now, but in an effort to ‘write something every day’ I will be continuing to pick away at it. Not lots, you understand, but enough that it doesn’t drop out of my mind completely.

Not a bad idea, right?


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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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