Well, it’s halfway through February already. Yikes. But fortunately, the last month or so has been extremely productive. So I’m hoping to keep up the rhythm and knock out some more things before the first quarter of the year is up.
I really haven’t made any progress on the e-publishing part of the goals, although thanks to some wonderful insight by some readers, I have located some other e-publishing options to pursue that I hadn’t thought of. So I’m still in the research stage at this point, but I’m really excited about the possibilities that are appearing.
For the novels, those have been going really well. The one that was a third of the way drafted in January is now completed. It’s sitting on the shelf until I can get back to it. I’m currently rewriting the beginning of one novel. As soon as that is finished, I need to go back through the “final” draft of a completed novel and spice up a few scenes that I had originally cut down. Then, the sequel of that novel is almost done — just have to rewrite a few opening scenes. And the book on Guatemala is in its first draft and making the rounds through my first-version readers (it’s super rough, though, and still needs loads of work).
As far as short stories go, I got one edited and ready to ship in January. And I have written a brand new one for February, all set to go to my critique group at the end of the month. It’s a little rough, but I want to get their opinion on it before I make any comments on it. I’m plotting another one for March. We’ll see if it happens.
And for skits and plays? Got five or so skits written for the drama group at church, but I don’t think we’re going to end up using them. And I haven’t made any progress on the Easter play, but that possibility is still there.
The only hang-up I’ve run into so far is the payment from the publication that bought the rights to a short story I wrote. It was my understanding that I was going to be paid in January, since the story ran in December. But I haven’t received payment yet, and I haven’t been able to get ahold of my original contact there. So that’s a bit troubling. I’m sure it will all work out, and I’m going to do a little more digging before I do anything else.
But I guess there always has to be some element of drama going on otherwise I might get bored, right?