Category: Goals

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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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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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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June 2018 Goals

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

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This Month's Goals
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

I’m going to stick to focusing on studying this month, with a detour into working on nonfiction essayage and trying to finish up at least one short story I’ve been polishing. That one story should net me close to that 5,000 words.

And, yeah, that is pretty much all I have to say about this month, so… I will just get to it. 😀

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Goal Review May 2018

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

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Last Month's GoalI Want to Read:

  • Mindline by M.C.A. Hogarth
  • Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
  • The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Uh… I read… 1 book on the list? I did start in the second, but apparently I spent most of this month reading ebooks. Which is… what this month’s choices were supposed to prevent. Oops. Unless I finish Monstrous Regiment before the end of the day (tempting, actually), May will also mark the first month where I’m reading single digits this month. Well, unless I count my text books which will just confuse my numbers, so let’s not.

I’ll have read either 10 or 9 books by the end of today. One of them was a chunkster, The Poppy War, which I will eventually learn how to spell on the first try. It’s also one of the few books I genuinely enjoyed this month, though ‘enjoy’ is… not exactly the word I’d use to describe The Poppy War. I mean it makes grimdark look like puppies and rainbows. This undoubtedly added to my general feelings about reading this month. I still read about 2 books a week, though!

And I did, however, write a bunch. I wrote almost 30,000 words this month! :O

Wait, what?

This is, largely, because I finished the Ace and Aro Tropes essay and that one clocks in at about 8,000-something words. I’d have to doublecheck. With quotes the full thing was 9,500 words, though. So without that we’re still looking at a pretty healthy number. Mainly this is because Thrushbeard’s protagonists are pretty chatty, I think. I’ll start and suddenly I’m 1,000 words into a poem and get to go back and see if there’s a nicer breaking point somewhere sooner. Oh dear.

So that is actually going surprisingly well.

Studying is also happening, although depression, website issues and the heat wave in May made it take a bit of a hit. 🙁 It goes apace, though. Whoo!

And that’s all that’s been going on for May.

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May 2018 Goals

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

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • Mindline by M.C.A. Hogarth
  • Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
  • The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of fiction

Honestly, what I want to do most this month and probably next month is throw myself into the course I’m taking. It’s proving to be more challenging than I’d expected and I just really, really don’t want to try and juggle everything all at once whilst feeling pressured by myself to do so. So I’m dedicating the next few months to studying and any writing will fit around that.

And that’s… honestly all I have to say. I’m not expecting to publish DemiPrincess2 until late 2018 and I’m well on track for my writing projects later this year. I can afford to chip away at them more slowly for a while. The monthly short stories I’m writing for Patreon still have a couple of months of work scheduled, so I can afford to chip away at those more slowly too, though I want to take this reduced focus on writing for a few months as an opportunity to practice flash fiction and micro poetry some more. I’ve always really enjoyed them and I miss finding them relatively easy to write (as opposed to utterly impossible).

Not to mention that DemiPrincess1, Among the Glimmering Flowers releases in less than two months. I need to work on the marketing for that far more than I have as well. (I, uh, fail at marketing my own books still?) So this temporary shift is a good thing in a lot of way and we’ll just have to see what the months bring!

I expect to find most of my writing focus to lie on nonfiction as I wrap up the examples for the tropes essays and anything else should it come my way. As always, I aim to take it one day at a time. (Well, no. I actually have a schedule for all my studying mostly worked out, so there’s that, but writingwise…) Onwards, into May and whatever goodies it brings! 😀

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Goal Review April 2018

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

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I Want to Read:

  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
  • The Oracle’s Queen by Lynn Flewelling
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I Want to Write:

  • 25,000 words of fiction divided over: DemiPrincess2, Thrushbeard, assorted short pieces
  • A renewed first draft of the Ace Tropes Essay

Well, I managed all of the reading and the renewed draft of the Ace Tropes essay? I… did not manage 25,000 words of fiction, but I did make progress on said fiction! Just not as much as I’d been striving towards because apparently I am still too ambitious. T_T But, hey, I got over halfway there? That counts for something, right?

And, um, my reading streak appears to continue as I read a further 9 books and one of them an additional chunkster of almost 700 pages. Two were almost-chunksters, missing out on the 500 page mark by a handful, if I recall, so. Yeah. Apparently I’m in a massive reading sprint even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Anyway! Writing is happening, just more slowly than I would have liked, and Thrushbeard is moving along fairly rapidly, surprisingly enough. I’d thought for sure that DemiPrincess2 would be moving along at a rapid pace, but no. Apparently it’s the verse novel I’ve pencilled in for publication in autumn/winter this year, depending on when it makes the most scheduling sense. I’m having fun playing with the story. Or, at least I was, and then it stopped being sweet and fluffy. Ohkay then.

And… Yeah. Writing continues slowly apace, I got less done than I’d wanted, but more than I’d expected. And so onwards to May!

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April 2018 Goals

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

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This Month's Goals
I Want to Read:

  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
  • The Oracle’s Queen by Lynn Flewelling
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I Want to Write:

  • 25,000 words of fiction divided over: DemiPrincess2, Thrushbeard, assorted short pieces
  • A renewed first draft of the Ace Tropes Essay

This month is all about Camp NaNo, though. I’d also really like to read some of the newer tradpub releases I’ve put aside to focus on indie and especially self-published books this month. Ideally I’d also like to get caught up on reviews and get some spring cleaning done. And… that’s it, basically. A quiet month, hopefully. ^_^

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Goal Review March 2018

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

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I Want to Read:

  • The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling
  • Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
  • Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman

I Want to Write:

  • 5,000 words of DemiPrincess2
  • Finish RibbonDancer
  • 1,000 words of Patreon short story for March
  • 5 poems for the next fairytale retelling project

Technically I finished three of these.

I read The Bone Doll’s Twin and part of Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones, but most of my reading this month actually got devoted to reading indie publications. I read a whopping 14 books of which 2 were chunksters. I’m impressed!

I also finally finished the first draft of RibbonDancer and the March short story. I subsequently finished several more short stories, so now I’m actually ahead of where I wanted to be with the short fiction. Let’s see if I can also stay ahead!

Mostly, though, March was devoted to flailing about DemiPrincess1 and… I’m not sure what else. Baking, maybe? March was a blur. I did a fair amount of baking. I made more bread from scratch (go me!), I attempted maracoons (slightly overbaked), I attempted shortbread (and managed to fail twice), I conquered lemon meringue pie (which people, somehow, managed to expect to be sweet. It’s lemon pie, people! But hey more deliciousness for me!) and… I’m still no closer to croissants, alas.

But beyond that I have no idea what happened to or in March.

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