Progress Report

Posted by Shannon Haddock on April 20, 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 with changes made because of the same reason.  Asterisks mark things added or changed before this update, but after the initial list.

April started out excellently on the editing side, with me nearly hitting my target goal for the month in the first week; the writing side started rather well too, if not as amazingly so. Alas, anxiety over stupid shit got the better of me and I lost a week to it.  I’m pretty sure I’ll make my editing goal again this month, but not so sure about the writing one.

  • 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
  • *Alternate between writing Forbidden Love Version 2Intertwined Lives, Dangers of the Past, and editing No More Lies and Intertwined Lives, not becoming slavishly devoted to any one work, but keeping in mind and tracking my monthly word count goals.  UPDATE:  So far this month all of my writing has been on Dangers of the Past, but I have gotten some of both No More Lies and Intertwined Lives edited.
  • *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.  DOING SO FAR
  • *Submit Jake thingy to Clarkesworld.  DONE, REJECTED
  • *Submit wife’s story to Strange Horizons.  DONE, REJECTED
  • *Submit own story to Strange Horizons.  DONE, REJECTED
  • *Submit “The Traitor” (formerly known as “Jake thingy”) to Daily Science Fiction DONE, REJECTED
  • *If Strange Horizons rejects my story, submit it to Asimov’s.  WAITING, CONSIDERING NOT DOING.
  • *Edit wife’s fantasy story.  DONE
  • *Submit wife’s fantasy story to that anthology.  DECIDED AGAINST AS WAS OVER TWICE THE PREFERRED WORD COUNT
  • 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.
  • *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.
  • Write remaining leytgeleshi stories.
  • *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.
  • 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.
  • *Alternate writing Forbidden Love Version 2, Intertwined Lives, and Dangers of the Past.
  • *Edit Forbidden Love Version 2
  • *Publish Forbidden Love Version 2
  • *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.
  • *Edit Dangers of the Past
  • *Publish Dangers of the Past.
  • *Devote a month to marketing it.

Word count for April so far:

Written: 3546/10000

Edited: 7106/10000

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