I have been a writing fiend in the last week or so. Not sure where this sudden burst of inspiration came from. Maybe it’s just the time of year or maybe it’s because I haven’t had a chance to write anything in so long I was about to go bonkers. Over lunch and at home (instead of doing my dishes), I’ve been writing and writing. And it feels so nice. It’s like my brain can breathe a sigh of relief.
I realized that we’re a third of the way done with the third quarter of the year, and I haven’t put out an update on how my goals are progressing. Honestly? Not rapidly. I had such great aspirations of being so productive this year. Oh well.
My reading goals are about the only goals that are actually going well, except I’ve hit a block in late months and haven’t been reading. I’m still chugging away at the Wheel of Time series. I finished Book 3, The Dragon Reborn, and I’m currently working on Book 4, The Shadow Rising. It’s great so far. I really enjoy the series, and I’m so glad I started working on it. But I’m not going to finish the series this year.
I’ve read a ton of other books too, which I try to post reviews on afterward. I did want to read more this year, so that’s definitely one goal accomplished.
Mom finished proofing the second book of devotionals for me, so now I can start working on layout. I’ve got to do some price comparisons, but there shouldn’t be a lot of options that I really want to consider. At this point, I’m either considering Lulu.com again or Amazon’s CreateSpace. But we’ll see how they work out financially.
I’m also going to start working on a web page to promote the devo books soon. It’s just not super high on the priority list right now, and it will probably be on WordPress, which is easy to use. So it won’t take very long.
The site and the book should both be available before Christmas!
I finished the one novel (AROL04: Revenant) earlier this year, and I’m about halfway done with the next one (AROL05: Remnant). It’s up to 53,000 words, and I’m estimating that it will come in around 105,000. My plan is to have it done by the end of August, writing one chapter a day.
I have finished the complete chapter outlines for the Covenant Trilogy, the next set in the Morningstar Series, but I doubt seriously that I’m going to be able to get any of them done this year. We’ll see.
Additionally, I did finish draft 2 of The Mountain Requires Blood in time for the Glen Eyrie workshop, where I got some wonderful advice from the lovely and charming Nancy Rue. In August, I’m hoping to get feedback from my Betas. I would love to finish draft 3 it this year, but I’m not going to rush it. So it may move to next year.
Short stories? What short stories? Did I ever think I’d have time to write short stories? No such luck. It’s enough for me that I’ve kept this blog fairly updated and my AlwaysPeachy blog updated.
I’m getting ready to start writing more dramas for church, but I don’t have information yet. So as soon as I have that, I’ll get to work! Supposedly we’ll be on stage again in November! So exciting!
Travelling and Conferences
In other news, my across-the-pond trip with Andy went extremely well. We had a great time, and we didn’t get too lost. I attended the Glen Eyrie Writing Workshop in Colorado Springs in June, and next week I leave for Realm Makers in St. Louis, the first Christian science fiction and fantasy conference.
Professionally speaking, I’m going to be doing some traveling as well. I’ve got a massive rooftop media event in Chicago in late August for a leadership transition my company is going through, and then I’m going to an executive communications summit in Redmond, WA, in October. It’s at the Microsoft campus! So I’m excited about that!
The year has been incredibly busy, and I haven’t gotten as much done as I would have liked. But looking back on all of this, you know, it’s not too bad. I think I can allow myself to feel accomplished! =D