Category: Goals

Goal Review November 2018

Posted November 30, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

 I Want to Read:
  • Hahahahahahahaha. It’s November.
I Want to Write:
  • Survive NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo has been survived! With a day to spare and then I promptly keeled over and did nothing but sleep all day on the last day. Surprisingly, I even managed to read 9 books! Also surprisingly that’s not actually the worst reading month I’ve had this year. (That’s last month where I read only 7. I mean, on average, I’ve still read 10 books per month, which was my goal, but still. I was one book short this month.)

I… find myself without a lot to say, though. Boohiss. But then that’s because next year I’m shaking up the way these monthly posts go. Oooooooh… For now it’s a surprise what they’ll look like! But they’ll be shiny and new.

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November 2018 Goals

Posted November 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • Hahahahahahahaha. It’s November.

I Want to Write:

  • Survive NaNoWriMo

It’s November, and that means NaNoWriMo time! I’ve never had as much free time for NaNoWriMo as I’ve had this month, so we’ll… see how it goes. My goal is twofold. Like most of the recent NaNoWriMo years, I’m rebelling. I know I can write 50K in a month and setting myself a longer goal has… somehow never managed to motivate me. So I always end up doing something different for NaNoWriMo. After all, the goal is to have fun writing above all else.

This month, I have two projects I want to work on:

  • editing RibbonDancer
  • writing DemiPrincess 2&3 in a rough draft

And yes I do mean DemiPrincess 2 and 3. Unlike the first book, these two won’t contain any time jumps and, if all goes to plan, present a near-continuous narrative. So I want to have both of them written at once and ready at the same time. That way I can release them (close) together and no one needs to wait for the cliffhanger to resolve. Or at least not wait long.

I’m considering a few more things to get me motivated, but we’ll see how those go. I really ought to have hashed this out before the 31st of October and only a handful of days before November starts.

Terrifyingly, it feels like it’s close to my period. While you’d think that’s a good thing – get it over with – that means I may end up behind at the beginning when you can build up a decent buffer as you build momentum. We’ll see how it goes. I expect to need at least two months to have a final draft of both DemiPrincess books, but we’ll see how it goes. In theory, health and life cooperating, this is a doable plan.

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Goal Review October 2018

Posted October 31, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • Tone of Voice by Kaia Sønderby
  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge

I Want to Write:

  • That Darned Essay

Well, I managed one of these. October was an abysmal month for, uh, most anything that was not that darned essay. And mostly it was just abysmal all-around. I don’t want to talk about October.

I shall say only this: I finally finished a draft of that darned essay I was happy enough to call “done” and Patreon promptly decided my page contained “adult” content. (It doesn’t.) And I’ve been waiting for them to get back to me on the appeal for, oh, almost 3 weeks now.

Which, personally, I consider appalling customer service, given the severity of the potential impact having to appeal a decision that should never have happened in the first place has. But it is what it is for now. Just know that I’m severely pissed off and if this stretches on into a month, I will have lost whatever goodwill I have towards support staff. (I’m sure they’re doing their best to stay on top of the tickets, but if this is an average waiting time, your support process isn’t working right and, at minimum, you need to hire more staff to keep on top of the volume.)

Anyway, that should give you an indication of how well my October’s gone.

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Goal Review September 2018

Posted September 30, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Setting my goals ridiculously low turned out to be a good thing in the end because I actually managed to complete them! Barely, but I did! Well, no. That’s not fair. I barely managed to finish my reading goal because I’ve been in a reading slump and most of what I’ve read this month I had to force myself to read. I sat down yesterday to make my way through the final part of A Slip of the Keyboard and it was a struggle. But I managed!

Writing was far more effective and productive as I ramped up the revisions for Thrushbeard, now in possession of an actual title, an actual cover, an actual release date and pretty much anything else you could think of that a book release could need. Probably. So that goal I kind of blew out of the water. Unless you think rewriting from scratch doesn’t count in which case I still made it because of all the new stuff I added but it isn’t nearly as impressive.

Thanks, month of terribleness. I appreciate the fact that you were terrible and disappointing. But I shall continue to put on a brave face and keep going because, really, what else can I do.

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September 2018 Goals

Posted September 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Er, yes. My August is off to such a spectacular ending that this is all I’m setting out to do. This is all I’m aiming to accomplish because, clearly, what I need is ridiculously low (by my standards!) goals, so I can smash them and rebuild my momentum somewhat. This may or may not work.

Mostly, though, September is going to involve editing a verse novel and a short story and anything else I can fit into my schedule. And possibly a bunch of family commitments and a lot of studying because I really ought to be more disciplined about it. And then later this year I aim to actually publish that verse novel. WHOO!

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Goal Review August 2018

Posted August 31, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
  • The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Er… Well… I… managed… one of the above? I don’t know, my August is a blur worse than most months. I’m still operating under the belief that it’s the first week of August even though I know, intellectually, that it isn’t.

Consequently, I have… nothing to say? I’m slowly inching my way through A Slip of the Keyboard, but I just genuinely do not know what’s up with this month to the point where I’m glad I got anything done on any of these, never mind ticked one off and got partway through another!

I think it’s just that August’s been a particularly bad month for my brain somehow? I know I slept more than normal the past few days, but that’s as far as my memory of August stretches. Well, there’s random stuff I know happened in August that might as well have happened in any month not-August, but that’s it.

I am very confused and this is minorly terrifying, so I’m going to hush now and set up the other monthly posts. Meep.

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August 2018 Goals

Posted August 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
  • The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

It worked pretty well for July, so let’s stick with the general principle for August! The books are just going to carry over until I read them, so no changes there, but writing-wise I actually have options now that Thrushbeard has stopped hogging my brain.

I… don’t have particularly much to say about August itself, though. It exists?

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Goal Review July 2018

Posted July 31, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
  • The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson

I Want to Write:

  • The Essay With All The Numbers Draft 7 (or so) ✔
  • 2,500 words of fiction ✔

Well, that worked spectacularly well this month! Reading-wise, my goal, um, floundered spectacularly. I did read over 10 books, officially meeting my goal of 100 books for the year this month, although I have a few more stories to go before I read it on GoodReads. It’s an issue with reading material GR doesn’t classify as books (yet).

This all failed spectacularly – I haven’t even touched any of those three – largely because I spent the first half of the month revising that essay – hopefully for the better! – and I just… wow, no. I absolutely did not want to read more nonfiction than what I was already drafting. So I wound up reading none of them. Oops.

I did write a fair amount, though. I wrote… almost 11,000 words of fiction this month? And wrapped up Thrushbeard‘s first draft! Wow, that was so much longer than I was expecting it to be. Honestly, though, I lost… a week to the heatwave? There was at least a week where I just did not have the energy to do anything, even read, because it was too hot to do anything other than flop and keep hydrated.

So… All in all, while I failed my reading goals spectacularly, it’s not been a bad month at all. Now I get to play catch up on everything I’ve missed in that heatwave week. Whoo!

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July 2018 Goals

Posted July 2, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
  • A Slip of the Keyboard by Terry Pratchett
  • The Art of Language Invention by David J. Peterson

I Want to Write:

  • The Essay With All The Numbers Draft 7 (or so)
  • 2,500 words of fiction

I asked a good friend of mine to select this month’s reads from my immediate remaining TBR pile. I did not expect to end up with two nonfiction books, but here we are. I’m actually looking forward to them, but I expect this month’s reading to be a slightly tougher challenge than the other months. The Mirror Empire is a chunkster and I’m a slow nonfiction reader at the best of times. We’ll see how it goes.

Writing-wise, I’ll be focusing the month on redrafting an essay which will, hopefully, come out later this month. I’m superexcited about sharing it with you all and I’ve been so honoured and humbled by Ana and Thea working with me to make it sparkle its brightest. 😀 That shouldn’t actually take all month – ideally I’d like it done in the first week – but you never know. I’m not taking chances. This is what I’m working on this month and everything else is a bonus.

Except I do want a tiny bit of fiction writing because fiction is good for me. 😀 And that’s what I’m planning for next month. A looooot of nonfiction. 😀

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Goal Review June 2018

Posted June 30, 2018 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Goals / 0 Comments

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Last Month's Goal

I Want to Read:

  • The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint ✔
  • Theatre Shoes by Noel Streatfeild ✔
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed ✔

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction ✔

Well, that certainly worked. Somehow. I didn’t write as much as I expected I would, but I did pass 5,000 words! WHOOHOO! As a bonus, the Thrushbeard retelling is almost a completed first draft! I’m looking forward to letting it percolate a little before going back to revise it later this year.

What I’m happiest about, though, is finishing the three print books I’d set out to read. 😀 I rarely buy print books nowadays and I’ve been steadily chipping away at the pile of books that remain. Soon, I’ll only have nonfiction to read left. :O I’m actually really looking forward to that because I vastly prefer fiction and I keep letting it get in the way and the physical TBR pile with fiction books has always been a barrier to reading more nonfiction because the shiny fiction is right there. So that’ll be fun and interesting! 😀

Mostly, though. I’m glad I made my goals this month!

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