Goal Review and Upcoming Plans Apr/May 2015

Posted April 30, 2015 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.

April was a month of looking after myself and tackling a bajillion different things. Okay, not a bajillion, but a fair few. April was a month that started off with a funeral and I’m still not sure if I’ve quite found my feet again. April was also a month that saw a number of changes to the blog.

– I completely rethought how I’m tackling reviews. I have a plug-in for it that should hopefully make things easier to maintain for me. As a trade-off, it means cross-posted reviews on DW and LJ no longer include a summary and a book cover image. I’m still trying to work out how best to handle including some identifying information before the cut without repeating the whole thing, but this makes it so much easier for me to talk about books than before.

– I started up preparations for a webserial starting in May. I’m so excited! MAY IS TOMORROW. Sea Foam and Silence starts tomorrow! NEW WEBSERIAL TOMORROW! EEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

– I started up a Patreon account for anyone who wants to donate to the blog for either the fiction or the non-fiction content. I’m sorry if people feel I’m hammering on it! But right now it’s new and shiny. I promise I’ll mention it less often soon. (Do you want goals? Do I need goals? Not everyone needs goals. *anxious* Should I include goals and milestones? Discuss! Or, um, don’t, if you’d rather not, of course.)

– I copied over some of the information of my own books from Dovelet to here, so people should expect me to talk a little more often about the author side of my life on this blog, so you’ll get to learn about things like promos and exciting news nuggets here as well as there. I’ve been leery of this with some of the things that have happened between authors and readers in the past… years? Certainly in the past year. But it makes no sense to split everything up, I’d rather be transparent and combining things this way costs me fewer spoons. That means more goodies for all of us! YAY goodies!


I Want to Read:
Whatever I feel like.

I Want to Write:
Whatever I feel like.

And that’s exactly what I did with a net result that I got a lot more done than I was expecting to, even if most of it was on non-fiction posts that I wouldn’t have planned on writing so many of. Still, I was, um, veryproductive despite the emotional turmoil of losing a cousin and I got a fair amount of work related to writing done. Adminstrative work may not be particularly glamorous, but it’s still important. And I did get fiction written too! Let’s see…

I wrote… 5,254 words of fiction. Which is utterly abysmal by any stretch of the imagination for me. I also wrote 39,041 words of non-fiction (give or take) posts for the blog. To which I can only say ‘bloody hell’. It’s all the Pretty Guardian Sailormoon episodes that do it; they average around 1,333 words a piece at the moment and I watched a lot of PGSM compared to how much TV or film I usually watch.

I read about seven books in April, though admittedly most of them were novellas of some description rather than long books. Which brings me to May! In which things will return to mostly normal, ideally, and we’ll see how things go.

I Want to Read:
– The Girl who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente
– Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
– The Seventh Bride by T. Kingfisher

I Want to Write:
10,000 words of fiction

That’s relatively mild as far as things go, but we all know by now that I work best when I set my expectations very low. (Other people setting high expectations are largely fine. It’s just I can’t set high expectations for myself. Welcome to my odd brain!)

We’ll see how May goes. It’ll see upheaval in offline life, no doubt, because it’s just that time of year again. I need to go take care of all the things. I wish I could just say ‘sod it’, but alas that’s not really going to be a possibility for a while.