So here we are, past the 1/2-way point of 2013. Is the year half full or half empty? Who cares, it’s time for a quarterly update! What do we have to show for it? Well, I don’t know about you, but here’s what I’ve got:
CY13 Q2 Authorly Update
Looking back at my Q2 goals, I only had one that ended between April 1 and June 30, but there were a few from Q1 that hadn’t been finished.
Goal: Edit stories for volume 1 and get them to editor by end of February
Status: Didn’t make it for February, but I came back strong in Q2 and this one earned a big check mark for June.
Goal: Finish sketches for above stories by end of February
Status: See above.
Goal: Review beta feedback and final edit Camp Hollybrook for submission by end of March
Status: Another win for Q2, as this one was reviewed, edited, edited some more, rewritten quite a bit, edited one more time for good measure, and is off for submission. This one has entered the “waiting game” stage. It’s not as fun as it sounds.
Goal: Format and publish Volume 1 by end of April
There are also a few goals that were intended for later in the year but have moved up a bit:
Goal: Edit navy novel (2 edits and ready for beta) by end of October
Status: In process. I kept thinking about it and decided to move this one up since I’d love to have it wrapped by the end of the year. I’m getting close to the point where I will be looking for beta readers, so the timeline will really depend on them…and how much work needs doing based on feedback.
Goal: Select/edit stories for Volume 2 and get to editor by end of November
Status: Done and in the capable hands of the extraordinary Mr. Editor. I’m working on the cover and sketches right now. My goal is to have Volume 2 released in mid-July. Yes, I know that’s only a couple weeks off. I’m feeling confident right now. I may feel different in a couple weeks.
Goal: Finish sketches for above stories by end of November
Status: See above.
A new goal that crept in is to finish the first draft of Slaughter of the Chickens by the end of August. I think this is totally doable and I’m working on it right now. It wasn’t in the original goal list, but I had a really cool dream about a Rooster’s Day massacre (Father’s Day for chickens) and woke up absolutely needing to work on it. Thankfully, I keep a pen and paper by my bed for just such occasions. I learned that lesson long ago.
Well friends, that does it for Q2. Looking at my annual goal list, I’m actually ahead of things, so as long as I don’t completely slack, I’m on track for a good year. Of course, it’s now summer, and you know how much I hate hot weather…
I occasionally get random questions that I thought folks might find interesting or amusing. I figure when I’ve got a few I’ll add them to the end of a post, just for fun. For the record, yes they’re real questions, asked of me, by real people.
Q: Can’t you write something where no one dies?
A: I don’t think so, but I’m not ruling it out. It’s just so much fun!
Q: Where do you come up with this shit?
A: This may seem like a variation of the age-old “Where do you get your ideas?” question. However, it’s a direct result of a particularly grisly scene that I’ve written but not yet published. After reading it, a friend and trusted beta reader shook her head and asked “Where do you come up with this shit?” I actually have an answer for this one.
I have an outdoor cat. Do you? If you said no, then you probably don’t know what’s coming. If you said yes…well, this won’t surprise you. My cat is an absolute beast. She leaves “gifts” on the back step that don’t leave the memory very easily. Most recently, she ate a chipmunk’s head…skull and all…and then regurgitated on the carcass. Nice. I don’t think I’ll ever slaughter a chipmunk in a story (although there are a few chickens on the block right now), but sometimes it’s the details that really turn the stomach and sell the scene. Don’t worry, I tame things down before sending it out to the world. I’m not THAT much of a sicko…
Q: Didn’t you have a beard?
A: Sure, sometimes. What day is it?
Q: Did you really have a dream about Rooster’s Day?
A: Yes, yes I did.