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Looking Forward

So I sat down to write a story for my Storybook Corner prompt and when I hit the 600(ish) word mark I realized I was nowhere near the end of the story I wanted to tell. It’s a story I ended up really liking (far more than I expected to) and I’m not going to disgrace it by finishing it and then hacking it down to fit the 500 word limit. Yes, editing is removing the crap from the good, but I don’t even think that it’d be possible to cram it into 500 words judging by what I’ve written so far. I’m talking minimum novella length if not full novel. It’s a pretty complex story with a lot going on. It didn’t seem like it at first, but the more I write the deeper I fall into the rabbit hole. I’m not sure where the idea even came from. I just sat down and started writing without knowing where I was going–just trying to get an idea where the prompt would take me. It took me to a place I didn’t even know existed in this warped mind of mine. I love when that happens, though it’s rare. Usually a story requires a great deal more thought before I start writing it.

The ones that fly off the cuff, though, are often the stories that I almost always end up liking the most. Sins of a Father is one of those off the cuff stories, born on a whim for a 100 word story prompt— my first foray into Friday Fictioneers to be exact. I love that story. I’m looking forward to releasing it at some point. I’m hoping you guys love it as much as I do.

Anyway, I will have to put this one on the backburner for a bit though as I have a few other things I want/need to finish before I dive into a new story.

Lately, I’ve been spending most of my “writing time” reading instead of writing so it felt good to actually write for a change. It got me back in the mindset of wanting to buckle down and get some stuff done. I’ve got enough to work on that it’s almost overwhelming, so it’s good to have that sense of drive and direction back. It was nice to focus on being a reader for awhile, but it’s time to get my eye back on the ball.

I really should quell the number of projects I work on at once. I’d probably get a lot more done in the long run if I limited myself to one or two projects at a time. I’ve got at least seven projects in various stages of completion at the moment, but some of those might never see the finish line. I’m probably missing 2 or 3 that I haven’t looked at for awhile in that count. So yeah. Too many. I need to pick one and stick with it until it’s done or I decide it isn’t worth pursuing any longer, then move on to the next.

That starts today. That starts now–as soon as I hit publish on this post.

My novel, currently titled Nightmares, is next on the chopping block. I have 76,000 words of rewriting ahead of me. I’ve tried several times before, but I just felt too overwhelmed by all the work this beast requires. I’ve never went in with the confidence I have now though, so this time I’m sure I’ll push through it. And after that, I’ll push through it again. Then again if necessary. I’m about to make this manuscript my bitch. I’d say wish me luck, but I don’t need it. Not this time.

Side note: there are only a few days left in that four to six month wait to hear from Nouvella on Sins of a Father. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. My mind leans toward it being so bad that they can’t find the words to tell me it sucks or they haven’t even looked at it yet. Either may be the case, or neither may be the case, but it’s always best to prepare for rejection and be surprised if events take it a different direction. Regardless, it’s looking like I may have to contact them soon to get a status update.


Yes. Yes, I am.

An eye is upon you, staring straight down and keenly through,
Seeing all that you are and everything that you can never be.
Yes, an eye is upon you, an eye ready to blink.
So face forward with arms wide open and mind reeling.
Your future has arrived.
Are you ready to go?

– Lyrics from An eye is upon you by Powerman 5000

If you haven’t figured it out, the post title answers that question.

I came into this month more focused on my writing than I’ve ever been. I think it has something to do with turning thirty later this month. I’ve hyped thirty up in my mind as a turning point in my life, not because I’ll be old or because I care about turning thirty. Thirty isn’t old and it’s just another birthday to me. It actually has nothing to do with the age itself, that’s just coincidence. Thirty is when I start to take control of my own destiny. Whether I succeed or fail will be completely upon my shoulders, but there will be no more coasting through life waiting for things to happen. I know I need to make them happen if I want to get anywhere. I’m willing to do that. I’ve no problem with that. I have big plans and goals and deadlines I’ve set for myself on things I want to achieve and all of these glorious ideas floating around begging to be realeased. I’m not sure how long it’ll take to achieve what I want to achieve, but thirty is where the journey begins. Of that I’m certain.

So, what’s the problem?

Time. Time is the problem. Well, not technically time itself, but lack thereof. I’ve barely written anything at all this month. Granted we’re only six days in, but I still feel like I’m slacking. I’m not really, there are just other things that need to come first at this point in my life. That’s what being a responsible adult is all about right? Making hard decisions and sacrificing what is necessary for the good of your family? Unfortunately, at this stage of the game that sacrifice has to be writing time. I don’t much care for that, but for now writing just doesn’t pay the bills. I’m not making excuses, just thinking out loud. Facing the problem head on is the only way to find a solution, so that is what I’m doing. What’s that old saying? Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery? Well, consider this me admitting I have a problem. Now I’ll work on finding a solution, preferably one that doesn’t wear me out physically or mentally.

Don’t worry about me though. I’m a smart cookie. I planned for times like this in my goals and deadlines. I knew things like this would happen so I accounted for it, and I must say I’m glad I did. Going into something with realistic expectations is far superior than blind faith that you can overcome impossible odds. I guess I’m just a realist in that regard, even if I’m a dreamer in most other aspects of life.

Dream big or go home, just keep the expectations in check.


Weekly Goals Review: 5/13-5/19

These goals posts are mostly for myself, so that I can keep track of where I’m going, where I’ve been, and if I’m on the track I’d like to be one. They are also so I can hold myself accountable when I fail to meet a goal. I find that easier to do if I list my goals in a public forum such as this rather than just tack it on a wall where only I’ll see it. Feel free to comment if you wish, but it isn’t necessary.

I switched my focus from Cherokee Johnson to Sins of a Father in the middle of the week, so I got a late start with the goals, but I’m happy with where I am.

Green means the goal was accomplished.

Red means it wasn’t.

Last Week’s Original Goals

  • Write a minimum of three first draft chapters of Cherokee Johnson
  • Write the second draft of the After Death story
  • Write one second draft chapter of The Rain

 

Last Week’s Updated Goals

  • Finish planning phase of Sins of a Father
  • Write at least two first draft chapters of Sins of a Father
  • Write one second draft chapter of The Rain

This Week’s Goals

  • Write a minimum of four first draft chapters of Sins of a Father
  • Write a story for CC’s blog
  • Write the second draft of the After Death story

This Month’s Updated Goals

  • Write at least half of the first draft of Sins of a Father
  • Begin planning phase for Sins of a Father
  • Begin writing the second draft of The Rain
  • Write second and third drafts of After Death story
  • Edit and submit After Death story
  • Start a story for submission to the Big Bad Anthology (submission deadline July 31)

Next Month’s Updated Goals

  • Finish the second draft of Sins of a Father
  • Continue work on the second draft of The Rain
  • Write a couple chapters of Cherokee Johnson
  • Begin rough sketches of The Child’s Guide
  • Write second and third drafts of Big Band Anthology story
  • Edit and submit Big Bad Anthology story
  • Find 2+ more anthologies to submit to

This Year’s Updated Goals

  • Publish Sins of a Father
  • Begin editing phase of The Rain
  • Complete first draft of Cherokee Johnson
  • Begin working on drawings for The Child’s Guide
  • Submit stories to at least five anthologies

The ambition is still there. Occasionally, the drive comes and goes, but that’s something I’ve got to work through. Join me on my journey, it’s going to be a long, bumpy one.


Weekly Goals Review: 5/6-5/12

Weekly Goals Review: 5/6-5/12

These goals posts are mostly for myself, so that I can keep track of where I’m going, where I’ve been, and if I’m on the track I’d like to be one. They are also so I can hold myself accountable when I fail to meet a goal. I find that easier to do if I list my goals in a public forum such as this rather than just tack it on a wall where only I’ll see it. Feel free to comment if you wish, but it isn’t necessary.

Green means the goal was accomplished.

Red means it wasn’t.

Last Week’s Goals

  • Write a minimum of four first draft chapters of Cherokee Johnson I only managed two this week, but I got 6 last week so it all works out right? No, not really. I just slacked off when I should have been writing.
  • Finish first draft of story for submission to the After Death anthology (submission deadline June 30)
  • Bonus: Started planning phase for Sins of a Father

This Week’s Goals

  • Write a minimum of three first draft chapters of Cherokee Johnson
  • Write the second draft of the After Death story
  • Write one second draft chapter of The Rain

This Month’s Goals

  • Finish the first draft of Cherokee Johnson
  • Begin planning phase for Sins of a Father
  • Begin writing the second draft of The Rain (working title)
  • Write second and third drafts of After Death story
  • Edit and submit After Death story
  • Start a story for submission to the Big Bad Anthology (submission deadline July 31)

Next Month’s Goals

  • Finish the second draft of Cherokee Johnson
  • Continue work on the second draft of The Rain
  • Continue planning for Sins of a Father, maybe scratch out a few chapters
  • Begin rough sketches of The Child’s Guide
  • Write second and third drafts of Big Band Anthology story
  • Edit and submit Big Bad Anthology story
  • Find 2+ more anthologies to submit to

This Year’s Goals

  • Publish Cherokee Johnson
  • Begin editing phase of The Rain
  • Complete first draft of Sins of a Father
  • Begin working on drawings for The Child’s Guide
  • Submit stories to at least five anthologies

The ambition is still there. Occasionally, the drive comes and goes, but that’s something I’ve got to work through. You’re more than welcome to tag along for the ride. Ride my coat tails to fame! Just another ambitious pipe dream there, haha.


Weekly Goals Review: 4/29-5/5

These goals posts are mostly for myself, so that I can keep track of where I’m going, where I’ve been, and if I’m on the track I’d like to be on. They are also so I can hold myself accountable when I fail to meet a goal. I find that easier to do if I list my goals in a public forum such as this rather than just tack it on a wall where only I’ll see it. Feel free to comment if you wish, but it isn’t necessary.

Last Week’s Goals

  • Write a minimum of four first draft chapters of Cherokee Johnson
  • Settle on my next project I’ve decide my next project will be turning my Sins of a Father series of stories into a full length novel. For now, the novel will carry the same name as the story that got the ball rolling. Don’t expect it to be released any time soon, though. There will probably be at least a few more shorts along the way as part of the Friday Fictioneers to give you a brief glimpse into the world of the book.

This Week’s Goals

  • Write a minimum of four first draft chapters of Cherokee Johnson
  • Finish first draft of story for submission to the After Death anthology (submission deadline June 30)

May’s Goals

  • Finish the first draft of Cherokee Johnson
  • Begin planning phase for Sins of a Father
  • Begin writing the second draft of The Rain (working title)
  • Write second and third drafts of After Death story
  • Edit and submit After Death story
  • Start a story for submission to the Big Bad Anthology (submission deadline July 31)

June’s Goals

  • Finish the second draft of Cherokee Johnson
  • Continue work on the second draft of The Rain
  • Continue planning for Sins of a Father, maybe scratch out a few chapters
  • Begin rough sketches of The Child’s Guide
  • Write second and third drafts of Big Band Anthology story
  • Edit and submit Big Bad Anthology story
  • Find 2+ more anthologies to submit to

This Year’s Goals

  • Publish Cherokee Johnson
  • Begin editing phase of The Rain
  • Complete first draft of Sins of a Father
  • Begin working on drawings for The Child’s Guide
  • Submit stories to at least five anthologies

As you can see, I’m being pretty ambitious with my goals, but hopefully I can stick with it and pull through. I’ll give it my best effort anyway. It’s going to be a long, bumpy journey. Wish me luck!