Feb 172011
 

Okay. I’ll start by saying, I’ve pretty much failed horribly with all but one of my goals since the last update. I have an idea of what the issue is, so let’s just go over that first. Email. Oh my word, the emails are doing me in. I’ve become a subscription whore, and the constant updates are bombarding me. I wake up each day with anywhere between 30-50 emails, and they just keep coming throughout the day. I barely keep up with them. And keeping up with my other obligations have just fallen to the wayside.

So today is a catch up day. I have a couple of obligations I’ve failed to meet over the last two days. I’m such a loser and owe some apologizes. Then I’m going to start unsubscribing to pretty much EVERYTHING. I’m going to try my best not to subscribe for the rest of February. I truly want to finish Chasing Shadows this month and will have a hard time doing it if I know emails are lurking. So that’s that. Now to the progress I’ve made over the last 7 days.

  • February:
    • Finish the first draft of Stray Cat
      • In order to accomplish my goal of finishing Stray Cat (working title, by the way… I’m leaning towards “Chasing Shadows”), I need to write 1k words a day. I started this update at 25,610. Now I’m at 27,436 words. I’d decreased the my obligation to 500 words/day last week. I only hit that goal once and in fact didn’t write at all one day. With my unsubscribe goal for today, I hope to do better this week.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. Didn’t do again this week.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. I worked on this a little.
  • March: TBD
    • Might work on Trinity’s Awakening
    • Might edit Alley Cat
  • Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel
    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Still going strong! Last check-in I was at 25,768. As of today, I’m at 26,842. I’m really feeling great about this piece. It’ll end up being a novella, so I might find myself editing it about the same time I get to my first round of edits for Chasing Shadows. Plus, it’s a lot cleaner draft.

So, utter failure this week. But I have a plan to do better this week, starting with unsubscribing from pretty much everything. Gotta slow down those emails, cause I have a hard time concentrating knowing I’m backed up.

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Feb 102011
 

So here we are, the second update in February. Before I get into the update (I did a lousy job with my goals, by the way), I’ll boast about what I have accomplished. :) Shadow Cat will soon be in print. Yay! I worked my butt off getting the formatting right. It’s certainly not as simple as uploading a piece to Smashwords, Pubit, or DTP. That’s for sure. I had to relearn how to suppress headers on the chapter pages. That was a pain. I’m sure there’s an easier method than what I did. Next time I’ll be formatting for print first time around rather than going back later. Then again, I guess digital doesn’t really work well with page numbers. Oh well. blah blah blah. Moving on to #ROW80 goals.

  • February:
    • Finish the first draft of Stray Cat
      • In order to accomplish my goal of finishing Stray Cat (working title, by the way… I’m leaning towards “Chasing Shadows”), I need to write 1k words a day. I started this update at 24,106. Now I’m at 25,610 words. Complete failure on this one. I think there was a day or two I didn’t even write. Most days I only wrote 300-400 words. Anyway, I’m modifying this goal. The 1k words is not working for me. Yeah laziness is getting in the way. These days I’m just not feeling it. I swear it’s like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel for words to fill the novel. So anyway, I’m cutting the goal back to 500 words/day. I’d originally planned this to be novel length. However, I only have about 10 scenes left. Unless something really hits me, I only see this work squeezing another 10-15k words from me with the first draft. Who knows how it’ll flesh out during the editing and revising stage. I tend to add, but this time around I see myself cutting. :) Wow! I’ve rambled longer than I intended.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. Didn’t do again this week. Yeah I suck.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. Another fail.
  • March: TBD
    • Might work on Trinity’s Awakening
    • Might edit Alley Cat
  • Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel
    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Still going strong! Last check-in I was at 24,561. As of today, I’m at 25,768. I’m still loving this novel though I did have a few slow days.

Really this whole week has lagged. I’ve been so unmotivated and overwhelmed with responsibilities. Or imaginary responsibilities that is. I hate my email, which has been piling up. I’ve oversubscribed. I think it’s time to do some weeding. One thing I need to realize is I can’t keep up with all the writer blogs out there. Not if I’m going to accomplish anything productive. So that’s that.

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Feb 032011
 

So I broke up my #ROW80 goals into months. Let’s see how I did for January and see about a rollover plan for February.

  • January:
    • Market Shadow Cat. I worked my butt off in this area. I’m satisfied I’ve done what I could. If Shadow Cat sinks or fails, it’s not because I haven’t put forth an effort. I think really, it just needs time for reviews to come out and the cover to become familiar to folks. Plus, I need to get another work out there.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. I totally failed this, but I’m learning something about myself. I just don’t like the stress of creating sex scenes. It’s not that I’m embarrassed about them. It’s more that I put so much pressure on myself. I want every sex scene to be unique and exciting. But in my mind, there’s only so much one can do before it because repetitious. And honestly, I skip over a lot of sex scenes when I read. So why am I trying to write erotica when it doesn’t keep me interested? Anyway, I have the scene planned for Regina already, so her story is still a go. But I think after I finish the Striped Ones Series, I’m going to step away from erotica.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. I didn’t finish this either. I started it, but that’s it. I really need to finish this, because it’s a work which really should get out to the public.
    • Continue to chip away at Stray Cat. (200+ words a day) I totally rocked this goal. Started at 20,235 according to last week. January 31, 2011 I was at 22,602.

    Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Another goal I rocked! Last check-in I was at 22,626. As of today, I’m at 24,561. I’m totally loving this book.

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So that brings us to the present.

  • February:
    • Work on Stray Cat
      • Basically just finish the draft I started. I ended January at 22,602 words. And my overall goal was to hit 50k. Honestly, I’m not sure if 50k is going to happen at this point. I have 4 chapters left before I finish the first draft. I still need to go back and fill in parts, though, so we’ll see. Pros and cons to this. 1) It’s already in novella territory so putting it into the world at this length isn’t the end of the world. Right now, I’m envisioning 30-40k when all is said and done. 2) Less of a wait for folks waiting for the sequel to Shadow Cat Woot! 3) The first draft of the final book is written, so perhaps I can get them both out rather quickly. Double woot! 4) I really wanted it to be a full length novel. :( so that’s a rather bummer for me.
      • In order to accomplish my goal of finishing Stray Cat (working title, by the way… I’m leaning towards “Chasing Shadows), I need to write 1k words a day. Day 1 I did well (1,106 words). Day 2, not so well (394 words). So I’m currently at 24,106.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. I think the problem with this is it’s a quickie thing to do. I need to come up with something measurable… choose a date to just do it.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. Same issue here. It’s a quickie. One of those just do it kind of things.
  • March: TBD
    • Might work on Trinity’s Awakening
    • Might edit Alley Cat
  • Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel
    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Still going strong! Last check-in I was at 22,626. As of today, I’m at 24,561. Tonight I’m hoping to hit 25k even though my goal is just 100 words a day.

So that’s it. I’m doing better with some goals than others.

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Jan 272011
 

So here we are…  my weekly #ROW80 update. Let’s see how things are going.

  • January:
    • Market Shadow Cat.  This is ongoing. However! I did receive my first review yesterday from Lily at Lilium’s Realm. She had some wicked nice things to say, plus she’s hosting a giveaway for me. A step in the right direction.
    • Write the Sex scene for Control Freak: Regina’s Story. Another #FAIL this week.
    • Do the first round of edits on Unprotected. I started this tonight. It’s only about 8k. I’m looking forward to adding it to my collection of finished works.
    • Continue to chip away at Stray Cat. (200+ words a day) I’m just cruisin’ along with this. But I do have a confession to make. Tuesday I got so absorbed in a book I was reading, I completely forgot to write before midnight. So I missed a day. :) On average, I still topped over 200 words a day even after missing one. Started at 18,063 according to last week. Today I’m at 20,235.
  • February: Work on Stray Cat
    • Basically just finish the draft I started. Though this is a February thing, I’ve been chipping away at it.
  • March: TBD
    • Might work on Trinity’s Awakening
    • Might edit Alley Cat
  • Bonus Goal: Work on New Adult novel
    • Maintaining 100+ words a day over at Word Count Union. This is on top of any other goals I have. I’m really liking it. I figured at 100 words a day, I’ll finish this novel this year. Still going strong! Last check-in I was at 20,630. Today I’m at 22,626. Not sure what happened there. :) Almost 2k.

So that’s it. I’m doing better with some goals than others.

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