Monthly Goals August/September 2013

Posted September 1, 2013 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 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.

August was a weird month. Let me go and prove it to you!

I Want to Read:
– Madam Fate by Marcia Douglas
– Namma by Kate Karko
– The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker
– Beyond Binary edited by Brit Mandelo
I Want to Write:
10000 words of fiction

I also had a private goal where I was going to read Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled, which I already read. I wound up abandoning The Anvil of the World, though, so it evens out? I read all the things this month and then added a couple more to the list! WHOOT! And writing, oh writing. My handy dandy spreadsheet tells me that I wrote a good 34,457 words this past month! GO ME! Onwards and upwards! I’m on schedule for finishing The Passage of Pearl before my tentatively picked deadline, but… September is…

Well, let’s just say that this September sees me with very little chance to sit down and relax as much as I need to. Not that it’d help much. I’ve been trying to relax all summer and it doesn’t seem to have helped, but we’ll just trudge along and do our best. September will be The Month Of The Chunkster and it’s when the dayjob (and life) picks up again, so we’ll see how I do with time management.

I Want to Read:
– River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
– Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
– The King’s Peace by Jo Walton
I Want to Write:
10000 words of fiction

Again, we’ll just see how it goes. I suspect I’ll struggle to pick up River of Stars because it’s the last new-to-me read by Guy Gavriel Kay and every fibre of my being is screaming “Noooooooooooooooooo” at the prospect of having no new books waiting for me to pick up when I finish it. I shall be sad. But! It is a chunkster and I would like to be out of paper chunksters before the end of the year. I my reading tends to speed up during the final months and if I have no more chunksters I may actually get my entire shortlist read this year. :O EXCITING! I am SO CLOSE. (Really, I have 13 books left. I can read 13 books in four months, surely. Especially when they’re relatively short…)

But we’ll see how it goes because September is going to be filled with scads and scads of busy-ness and Social Commitments. I have scaled down my word count accordingly. Most of the work will go into polishing the collection and getting the final short story for it written up and polished too. And then I shall be free not to think about covers and distribution and stuff for a while as I work on making a writing order and sort-of sticking to it (oh and getting my life sorted; that needs doing to).


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