IY: Mah Plans 01/02/16 & January 2016 Round Up


Aaaah, first of the month. That fresh feeling of knowing I have a full four weeks to get lots of shiny things done. Rawr.

Actions Over The Past Fortnight (& January Round Up)

checking off feedback~Complete an additional proof on Episode Four (Resistance) and upload
All done. The file is completed and ready on both Amazon and Smashwords ready for it’s release on February 15. That seemed like a bit of a rough ride, so I’m glad it’s done. Resistance is quite a heavy episode. ^_^

~Get Episode Five (Answers) ready for release and listed as a pre order
Also ready. I want to do another read on it as I may have found a problem (or I’m dreaming it, but I feel better if I check). Otherwise, Episode Five is also done and listed on Amazon and Smashwords.

~Draft the next three episodes of Dead And Alive, Season Two
Done. Finished the last of those three, which completes Season Two. I’m not totally happy with it, I have some words to edit later, and that’s the main thing. Seriously, I know Raven said this a week ago, but outlining and planning is the way to go! I know exactly where I want my characters to go, exactly what their motivations, challenges and victories are and exactly how long I want my episodes to be. This has made writing up the season the easiest thing I’ve written to date. And I’ve only been working on it for 15 minutes a day!

Changes To My Plans

Since my list is so stupidly long (!!!) I’ve taken out some of the nesting from my original list just to keep things a bit cleaner. If there are items from the nested lists that need updating, then I’ll included them. Otherwise, consider this the shortened version. Changes in red, new items will be in green and completed tasks struck out.

  • Release ‘On A Knife Point’ in paperback and digital forms and thus complete the ‘Saar’s Legacy’ trilogy
  • Complete the release of ‘Dead And Alive, Season One’
    • Release Episode Four (Resistance) on February 15
      • Complete an additional proofread on formatted document and upload
    • Release Episode Five (Answers) on April 15
      • Complete deep edits
        • Format
        • Amazon
        • Smashwords
      • List as pre order
      • Release
    • Release Episode Six (Crossroads) on June 15
  • Complete draft of ‘Dead And Alive, Season Two’
  • Submit ‘Clash of the Animal Kings’ to agents/small presses/open submission calls
  • Outline plans for my traditional fantasy serial (I suppose it’s Wheel of Time-esque), especially to figure out how many novels it will take to tell the tale and how I would release them if I chose to start writing in 2017.
  • Outline plans for a new series, following/featuring characters from ‘Dead And Alive’

Targets for February 2016

generic calendar with mountains from OpenClipArtRight. Well, if I really want to complete Saar’s Legacy by May/June time, I guess I really should get started on those deep edits. Looking back at the notes I made in December, I know I have a lot to get through, I just haven’t decided if I’ll be working in hard copy or digital. It’s a deep decision as it affects how I write, but I’ll spend sometime figuring that out before I start. Basically, I need to get a wiggle on.

  • Complete half the deep edits on ‘On A Knife Point’ (45,000 words ish)
  • Complete deep edits on Episode Six: Crossroads

Activities This Fortnight (complete by 14/2/16)

  • Work through a quarter of the ‘On A Knife Point’ deep edits, we’re talking about 22.5k words
  • Get Crossroads out of the way

Thoughts…

thinking boy, black and white, with questions marks around his head

Credit: ryanlerch at OpenClipArt

Yep. Time to get serious. I have so many other ideas whizzing in my head, I don’t want to sit on ‘Saar’s Legacy’ any longer. I know I’ve been putting it off because of excitement over ‘Dead And Alive’ but the time has come to get it done. It will be wonderful to see my first trilogy complete and it opens up all sorts of box set/compilation options that I’m keen to explore. But first, I need to get it done. So that is my focus this fortnight.

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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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