I hope you are all doing well, that you are happy and surrounded with love.
Many of you know that I lost a dear friend this past week. I have been blessed by such kind words and thoughts from you all and I thank you profoundly for all of it. You cannot know how deeply grateful I am for your support and love! May you never doubt that I am here for you, that I am thinking about you, and wishing you all the best.
With what’s gone on, I’ve drawn back from social media but I’ll be making a steady return this week because I miss interacting with you. And because closing myself off won’t help me grieve any more.
So here is a look at what I have been up to in March and what I will be up to in April.
GOALS OF MARCH
- Read 4-5 books.
- Read 1 nonfiction
- Watch 5 movies (I’m upping the challenge this month)
- Polish draft of Heritage (my 2015 NaNoWriMo which is currently entered in #PitchMadness and I’m just making sure she’s absolutely ready for agents round — in case I make it to that round)
- Polish draft of The Glass Slippers (there are quite a few script competitions coming up and I really want to have this Cinderella adaptation ready to circulate!)
- Finish first draft of Heralding (if I crank out about 15k a week, I should be there – it’ll put her above 80k and right now that seems like a good length for a first draft)
- Practice the violin – I’m serious about this one this month and I’ve set time for practice!
- Start final edits on Pirate Eyes – because she needs to be in at least an agent’s hand before this year is done!
ACHIEVED IN MARCH
- Read 8 books! My top three are: Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett, The Manningtree Account by Becky Wright & Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
- Read 2 nonfiction books – What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dicken Knew was a brilliant book that covered the time period with quirky language. And Writing Young Adult Fiction which reads as an excellent starter’s guide, but failed to add anything for me.
- Watched 8 movies – This included three version of Beauty and the Beast (a highlight was the original 1940s black & white version directed by Jean Cocteau).
- I am just a few chapters away from a good polish of Heritage. It should be done by the end of this weekend.
- I didn’t touch The Glass Slippers, but I did write a short story that I’m really proud of and have plans to expand it into a novella.
- I finished the first draft of Heralding two days ago. In the wake of the tragic news, I withdrew to my books & writing for solace and poured a lot of myself into her. She’s complete now at 78, 721 words after writing 55,587 words this month.
- Didn’t touch the violin at all despite best intentions. Oh well…
- I didn’t touch Pirate Eyes either, but she’s printed and ready for April. Which leads me to…
Of which there are many…
- Final Edit of Pirate Eyes – I want her in the hands of beta readers by the end of the month.
- Finish Edit of Heritage – And have her in beta readers hands before April 15th
- Submit Walking Blind (a thriller script) to competitions – a few years back I made it into the quarter finals with this script and I hope that she’ll go further this year.
- Read 4-5 books: this list includes some of my most anticipated releases this year: A Shining in the Shadows by Beverley Lee, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas & Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.
- Watch 4 movies: Hopefully this will include Logan.
- Outline a few stories – I have five new ones that I’m especially inspired by and want to use this relatively quiet month to tackle them.
- Post 2 entries of Crafting the Series – you might remember that I had started to post on my experiences writing Eléonore and I’ve let that slip away from me, but I’m intent on continuing it. Sorry for the slowness.
- Participate in #WIPjoy on Twitter and #danaf7wordstory & #shayverlee6wordstory on Instagram
- Create a month of prompts for May. I have a few ideas running around for the successor to #FictFBFeb17 that I hosted on Twitter. Hopefully I can make it as much fun as the last.
Well, that was more than I expected to write. Again, I am wishing you all so much happiness and love! Stay well, friends, be kind to one another and to yourself.
Let me know what you have planned for April in the comments.
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,