June/July 2013 Goals

Posted July 2, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments


Monthly Goals. The text 'monthly goals' underneath a scroll with a key on it. A look back at my goals of the month.

First up! Let’s look at my June goals.

I Want to Read:
– The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
– Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
– Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
– The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

I Want to Write:
12500 words of fiction

I managed to read two of the books I’d set out to read: Moving Pictures and The Last Unicorn. I did manage to read a handful of online material, but June has definitely been the worst reading month I’ve had all year. I read three books and… that’s it. I managed to talk about two of them, though! The less said about my experience with Moving Pictures the better. I was hoping to like that one a lot more than I actually did.

Wriing-wise, though, June has been amazing. I (re)wrote almost 52,000 words. O_O To be fair, a little under 10,000 of them were non-fiction, but since they were hard to write I felt that they deserved to count. Since July puts me past the half-year mark, I wanted to give an update on my inkingitout goal as well. The short version: ZOMG! I MADE IT YESTERDAY! I’ve gone from, like, 50K for the entire year in 2012 to 150K in half that time this year! OMG! WHAT IS THIS? I DON’T EVEN.

Again, to be fair, a good chunk of that total counts rewriting. It’s not 150K of absolutely new material. But! Honestly? I should have that at the end of the year all the same.

For July, my goals are fairly ambitious compared to the previous months.

I Want to Read:
– The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff
– Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire

I Want to Write:
31000 words of fiction

See? Ambitious. The reading isn’t all that ambitious, but I’ve signed up for Camp Nano this year and that’s my goal. If things keep up the way they did yesterday I will blast past that number because, um, I kind of… You know, got half of my total for the month written already? Stories that actively encourage banter as part of their structure are fantastic for your wordcounting needs is all I can say about that. I probably won’t be giving you daily updates and, in all honesty, I highly doubt I’ll be able to sustain yesterday’s rate. I’ve reached the part of the story where I hit snags. Plus, I’m working on two pieces. A new one (*cough* Finishing my MA thesis from two years ago *cough*) and one that needs to be completely rekeyed.

I hope I’ll get a chance to stay on top of some of my online reading as well. I’ve fallen thoroughly behind again. I’ve marked most of July as off-limits and as me-time because I feel like I do, truly, need to be a bit more assertive about my time needs.

I hope everyone’s set to have a wonderful summer! I look forward to seeing how far along Camp Nano will take me — it’d be great if I could get a rough draft all tied up before September — and getting my reading groove back. I also plan to try and work up to posting a little more often. I’ve been mulling over a post on my experiences as a woman, inspired by one of Genevieve Valentine’s posts, but I keep getting sidetracked by a detour about what the media tells women. (Specifically, what the media tells women who naturally look like the media tells us we should look and whether there are differences with what it tells women who don’t look like the media tells us we should.) I have no answers. I just have questions and phrasing that bothers me. I will let you guess at why the phrasing bothers me and invite you all to throw links my way if you have them. It’s not something I’ve seen crop up in any of the discussions I’ve read and I Fail at googling.

So that’s percolating and it’s scaring me a little and a post on that is also percolating because it’s not exactly like me. I want to try and talk about games a little more. (I have Thoughts on Remember Me, though I should probably get back to it.) I’m working hard to get my collection finished. Two or three more stories and then it’s up to the cover artist. Or the other way around depending on how much work the stories need. I’ve left them because they need the most work, you see.

Busy summer ahead is busy! That’s all not counting the bajillion daily life things I need to be focusing on and am trying to take a break from on doctor’s orders. That’ll pick up again in August at the latest. Murgh. Hopefully I can get loads of this sorted, though, so there’s slightly less looming when it all comes back.

For now! Camp Nano for me! Also setting up a set of templates for posts so I can start writing them a little more easily than I have been. >> So! For those times when I want to talk about books and games in detail etc: what information do you want me to include?