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Progress Report

Posted by Shannon Haddock on March 29, 2015 in Writing process |

Instead of listing all my works-in-progress and getting depressed by how many I haven’t worked on in ages, this year I am instead updating how far I’ve come on the to do list I posted at the beginning of the year . . . with new items being added because I’m great at making plans, but suck at sticking to them.  And changes made because of the same reason.  Asterisks mark things added before this update, but after the initial list.

March is going excellently on the editing front, unfortunately most of the word count has been a short story of my wife’s instead of No More Lies.  On the writing front, well, I seem to be on target to hit my minimum goal for the first time this year, at least.

  • Edit my wife’s story she wants to submit to Queers Destroy Science Fiction, if she decides she wants to expand it.  DONE
  • Submit it for her.  DONE, REJECTED
  • Finish editing my own story for Queers Destroy Science Fiction.  DONE
  • Submit it.  DONE, REJECTED
  • *Edit Jake thingy inspired by annoying bit in book I was reading. DONE
  • *Submit it to Queers Destroy Science Fiction too, since it’s flash fiction instead of a short story.  DONE, REJECTED
  • CHANGED ITEM:  Alternate between writing Forbidden Love Version 2Intertwined Lives, Dangers of the Past, and editing No More Lies, not becoming slavishly devoted to any one work, but keeping in mind and tracking my monthly word count goals.  UPDATE:  Well, I was write last time that I wanted to write fantasy, but wrong about which one.  Instead of working on Magi, I’ve rewritten a bit of a story I wrote in high school, this time deliberately making the protagonist a spoiled brat, which changes the story for the better and turns her into more of a Sansa Stark-like character than a Mary Sue.  Dangers of the Past was formerly known as Bobby’s Daughter.  It’s the sort-of sequel to “Once A Hero, Always A Hero” and No More Lies.  I finally figured out how to fix a bit I was stuck at and now it’s going very smoothly.
  • CHANGED ITEM:  Maintain schedule of editing and posting a chapter of Intertwined Lives every other Tuesday. DOING SO FAR
  • *Once have enough word count/regular installments to do so, submit Intertwined Lives to webfictionguide.com.  DONE, APPROVED.
  • *Submit Intertwined Lives to Muse’s Success.  DONE, APPROVED
  • *Remember to use the #TuesdaySerial hashtag on twitter when announcing each week’s chapter.  TRIED LAST WEEK, SITE DIDN’T WORK PROPERLY
  • *Submit Jake thingy to Clarkesworld.  DONE, REJECTED
  • *Submit wife’s story to Strange Horizons.  DONE, AWAITING RESPONSE
  • *Submit own story to Strange Horizons.  DONE, AWAITING RESPONSE
  • *Submit “The Traitor” (formerly known as “Jake thingy”) to Daily Science Fiction DONE, AWAITING RESPONSE
  • *If Strange Horizons rejects my story, submit it to Asimov’s.
  • NEW ITEM:  Edit wife’s fantasy story.  DOING SO.
  • NEW ITEM:  Submit wife’s fantasy story to that anthology.
  • Publish No More Lies.
  • Devote a month to marketing it.  Just a month.  No more.  After that, it’ll sink or swim on its own.
  • CHANGED ITEM:  Alternate between writing Forbidden Love Version 2, Intertwined Lives, Dangers of the Past, and editing the leytgeleshi short story collection, with the same caveats as above.  SEE ABOVE FOR WHY/HOW CHANGED
  • Write remaining leytgeleshi stories.
  • CHANGED ITEM:  Alternate between writhing Forbidden Love Version 2, Intertwined Lives, Dangers of the Past, and editing the Dagger short story collection, with the same caveats as above.  SEE ABOVE FOR WHY/HOW CHANGED
  • Write remaining Dagger stories.
  • Edit remaining leytgeleshi stories.
  • Publish leytgeleshi story collection.
  • Devote a week to marketing it.  It’s going to be a free short story collection (or 99 cents, I can’t recall what we agreed on now.)  There’s no sense in devoting a lot of time to marketing it.
  • Edit remaining Dagger stories.
  • Publish Dagger story collection.
  • Devote a week to marketing it.  See above for why only a week.
  • CHANGED ITEM:  Alternate writing Forbidden Love Version 2, Intertwined Lives, and Dangers of the Past.  SEE ABOVE FOR WHY/HOW CHANGED
  • NEW ITEM:  Edit Forbidden Love Version 2
  • NEW ITEM:  Publish Forbidden Love Version 2
  • NEW ITEM:  Devote a week to marketing it.  It’s probably not going to be very long or very serious, so there’s no sense in putting much time or effort into selling it.  I’m writing it mostly for my own amusement, after all.
  • NEW ITEM:  Edit Dangers of the Past
  • NEW ITEM:  Publish Dangers of the Past.
  • NEW ITEM:  Devote a month to marketing it.
  • *Write rpg book.  HAVEN’T BEEN WORKING ON IT OR EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT MUCH LATELY.

Word count for March so far:

Written: 8581/10000

Edited: 13992/10000 (and I still have a few thousand words of my wife’s story to edit before the end of March!)

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