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Jan 17, 2017:

Getting Back To It

2016 was a year, and I'm soooo glad it's over. Things are looking scary for 2017, but I still have writing stuff that doesn't change regardless of how the year goes. Last year sucked in that regard too: word count was abysmal, submissions dropped off until towards the end of the year, and so on. Taking care of a baby just sucks up the time you think you have. Well, grandbaby is back in the care of his mother (lots of reasons I'm not going to go into here), which means I need to get back to all the things.

Currently I'm working on a new series in Alden with CHOSEN, book 1 in the Uncrowned trilogy, and trying to sort out the plot of a new trilogy in the CHARMS world. SHADES OF GREY takes place on the opposite coast, but I'm having trouble sorting out the plot. Finally went back to the basics of my plot building, dumped my old outline attempt, and am trying to do a sketch outline to sort out the ending. Hoping the restart helps. I had similar issues with ASSASSIN'S and CHARMS, each for different reasons. ASSASSIN'S was a learning novel: I had trouble finding my way through to get to an ending. CHARMS actually needed a whole different plot entirely, as well as some other tinkering. I've kept the old idea and am hoping to work it into the series, but it just wasn't a good place to start Randi's story. Heck, even Randi, the main character, changed a lot from the original idea. Most of the story for SHADES works, I'm just having trouble tying it up at the end, which is something in the middle of the story itself that's not working.

TIRS is currently in the hands of alpha readers, and there's no rush on it unless CHOSEN gets picked up (and even then, not that big of a rush).

At the end of last year, I sent out both CHARMS and ASSASSIN'S to a bunch of agents looking for fantasy. So far, no bites, but still poking around. A check of the agents that I needed to wait on yesterday showed none of them were open yet, as were none of my top picks for small presses. What I need to start getting out again is my shorts. And along those lines, I probably should come up with some fresh short work. Shorts aren't my natural length, and not something I'm overly thrilled with working on, but I can do them, and with everything I have already published at least once (with a few exceptions), it's time to dive in again. I have some short story ideas I've been ignoring that I can dig up. But we'll see how that goes.

So, I've got plans and just need to put my nose to the grindstone. Heck, I had plans last year, but there was a lot of time issues. With the baby care now reduced to babysitting when mama works and reducing my workout time a bit, I've got a little extra time to actually get things done.

With all that in mind, my writing and reading goals this year are:
500 words a day (up from 250)
finish CHOSEN draft, possibly to a third revision
get SHADES replotted, outlined, and possibly to a 0 draft
read 45 books
get TIRS to submission ready (only if CHOSEN gets picked up)

Them's some decent goals. Now to accomplish some of that. ;)

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