Another Month Passes

December is upon us, another month has gone, another one closer to 2014.  Where did 2013 go???

My goals for the year were:

1.  Complete Ice Planet  – this now needs to be critiqued

2.  New Year Novella – The Gamble – 10000 (and growing) – edited, just needs more work

3. Evil Editors Unite –  I actually edited the Ice Planet

4. NZ Book Month, I got about 20 writers in the end – next year, there will be 31!

5.  SoCNoC – Cursed Love – written, edited and currently being critiqued.

6. the End is Nigh – I originally intended to edit the Ice Planet, but instead I edited The Gamble / Cursed Love and plotted out another story – Who’s That Girl

7.  Write Who’s that Girl in September (goal 25 – 35k) – I wrote this!  Currently being edited

8. Write 50k novel during NaNoWriMo in November. – started to write the Huntress, but decided that it needed more work first.

So as of now, I have written three novella’s this year, edited three stories.  I just put out a call for critique partners and found two wonderful people who I am quite keen to get started with.  It is all very exciting.

The Huntress story isn’t going to fade into the distance, I just need to work out the details of it, because I want it to be a trilogy, but each part needs to be stand alone.  The overall theme needs to be worked out, plus the theme for each story, and then plot each story.

This year has been exciting for me, because I have finally felt the desire and passion to write again.  Hopefully this means that next year will be a year of publishing for me  🙂

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What Do I Want To Do?

pen writingFollowing on from my post last week on Who Am I, I have decided to tell you a little bit about my plans for next year.

This year, I have embarked on a writing course by Courses Direct and I have been enjoying this, although I do need to pick up the pace a bit on this!  I have been thinking a great deal about my writing and where I want to go with it.  And I would like to set up an Indie publishing company at some stage.

So next year, I am looking at doing a course on copy editing and proof reading.  This is something I have been interested in for a while, and I can do this through Courses Direct as well.

I also hope to continue writing and working as a teacher aide, but I want to extend myself a little, and as my depression and antidepressants have really restricted my mental abilities, and I have been unable to concentrate enough to do a more in-depth course, like Psychology(!?!), then doing something that is within my field of interest would be a great way to push myself along.  It will hopefully help with my own writing abilities and skills, but would also lead to taking on freelance work and being able to work from home, and make some extra money.

I also plan to continue writing articles for The Rural.  I have been asked to provide articles on healthy alternatives to cleaning products, and when I investigated my own cupboards at home, I found I have at least 6 books on this already, so I am happy I can come up with something!

I want to cut back on some responsibilities I currently have, like BGAC (Boys and Girls Agricultural Club) and only do the admin side of the show rather than run the Mini-show.  But that might have to be another year, so I can train someone up to take my place.  I will still retain my interests in the Friends of the School for the local school I work at (like a PPTA / PTA but more casual) and KiwiWriters, because these are groups that I am passionate about.

So next year is looking like a busy one, but I can handle that.  I want to start achieving and setting some personal goals for myself, not just writing goals.

Goals Update – September 2013

Its hard to believe that I haven’t really done a goals update for a while (apparently it was January / February!!!)  Anyway, my goals update is as follows:

1.  Complete Ice Planet 

2.  New Year Novella – The Gamble – 10000 (and growing)

3. Evil Editors Unite – March -The Gothic Novel –  I actually edited the Ice Planet

4. NZ Book Month, NZ authors blog a day!  I got about 20 writers in the end, was absolutely fabulous – thanks to all the fabulous authors who supported my site during this time.

5.  SoCNoC – Cursed Love

Who's that Girl6. the End is Nigh – I originally intended to edit the Ice Planet, but instead I edited The Gamble / Cursed Love and plotted out another story – Who’s That Girl

I have pretty much accomplished all my goals, so I decided to push myself a little bit so I decided to write for NaNoWriMo in November.  My plan was to write a steampunk story, but then decided I wanted to write in September.  When the opportunity arose, I decided to make a go for it.  It was a submission call with a picture prompt for Who’s That Girl.  The picture was so fabulous, I could not resist and have a wonderful story bubbling away inside.  I can now write this story and will have to think of another one to write for NaNo!

So goals-wise

7.  Write Who’s that Girl in September (goal 25 – 35k)

8. Write 50k novel during NaNoWriMo in November.

When the Muse Strikes

It has been an exciting week for me, I have been writing, attended a Romance Writers meeting and brainstormed with Melissa Pearl.  It is nice to have so much creativity around me at the moment because life seems hectic.

Tom HardyI discovered Tom Hardy quite by accident, having watched This Means War.  I know, I am a bit behind the 8 ball, but no more.  I looked at him, and I saw the hero in my Cursed Love story.  I can imagine him in a business suit, no nonsense business man, in jeans and t-shirt as a charming and flirty man.  Yip, I have a new muse.

LaVerne Clark really is at fault for prompting this more by showing me her Pinterest page, full of hunks, including Tom Hardy.   Hmmm, definitely need to raid her Pinterest page!

On Saturday, a quiet day at home on my own, I was chatting with Melissa about issues I was having with Cursed Love and trying to make some aspects come to life.  Within 10 minutes we had enough ideas for me to really get excited.

And while driving yesterday, I came up with some conflicts that would really make the story move, and a possible “black moment”.  Fingers crossed I can work it into my plot.

What was really inspiring, is getting together with the Nelson group of Romance Writing New Zealand Group.  It is fantastic to be able to share your experiences with writing and know that someone else in the group knows what you are going through.  We all of the common interest on writing and romance, so we are able to really help each other with our writing experiences.

So this week, once I have completed two articles for a new website, I intend to get some character goals set up for Cursed Love, and work towards getting a plot together, and also continue working on the Erotica, which is fast becoming a fast paced romance!  I don’t mind, it is fun writing it and I am enjoying the feistiness of the characters.

What plans do you have for the week?

Are you where you want to be?

This is a question I have been pondering for a while, because at College, we had goals and dreams.  While I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I left school, I knew I wanted an outdoors job – instead I ended up working inside.  But then five years ago I rediscovered by original dreams of writing and I have been doing so ever since.  While I haven’t actually published anything yet, my dream was to write.

Another friend of mine was an artist.  She still is.  That is her dream and she is realising it.  How many people out there are stymied and stifled because they didn’t follow their goals and dreams?  How many people did I go to school with are wondering why their life is unsatisfactory and why didn’t they follow their dreams?

I left school, worked for a year before I discovered National Business Certificate.  I studied for two years (failing economics twice!) before I got married and my first husband refused to let me study any further.  I had to get a job.  Three years later the marriage was over, and I was still working in an office job – although I did get training and ended up with a Diploma in Loss Adjusting (lot of good is does me outside of the insurance industry!).

While life circumstances prevented me following my goals and dreams, sometimes those dreams do change.  I loved working in Insurance, and I got good at it.  But after 13 years of being bitched at, complained to, and dealing with people at their worst, I needed to find something else more fulfilling.

And now I work as a teacher aide to the seniors in the school – currently I work with Year 9 (13 year olds), a year 11 and two year 12’s.  I love this work because I get to see the looks on these kids faces when they finally get something.  I now also have several really good friends in the Year 9 class.

So while writing is a lifelong goal, I think that sometimes life changes and you have to go with the flow, but always make sure you are doing something that satisfies you, makes you excited about getting up every morning and is rewarding, because the rewards are the best thing.  Even if it is just a smile.

November Goals 2012

Halloween yesterday which means today is… 1st November!  Where has 2012 gone!

I am pleased to report that I have been working on Ice Planet, and the editing part has been fun.  The rewriting part… no so much.  Really struggling.  Might move to a different scene and work on that perhaps.

So November goals

1. Edit Ice Planet – Finish editing

2. Plot out and plan my paranormal romance story

3. Edit the Gothic novel (Tobias and Arabella – aka the bloody gothic novel)

4. Finish writing “Son of God”

5. Edit Medusa’s Garden.

6.  Revise and edit Medusa as a romance novel(!?!)

7. Edit “Of Kings Queens and Noblemen”.

I enjoy having these goals to keep me focused on my tasks at hand, especially since I have been having some rough times lately.  Fortunately I am not so strict with myself, so writing isn’t a trigger (I have a list to discuss with my counsellor).  Ice Planet has been a trigger though, because I crashed after I lost half of the story.  I guess I am scared that it will happen again.

Also, I have two romance novels to plot out now, I watched a documentary the other day, and it brought to mind a story idea I had, and a concept of the program could be incorporated into the story line.  Very much a romance story… will see what develops!

September Goals 2012

September.  

The first month of spring, daffodils showing their beautiful yellow faces, blossom is sprouting forth, tuis are chasing each other around.  A glorious time of the year.  And as it is the beginning of the month, I now have to update my goals.

I am pleased to say that I finished the edit of KQ&N – I finished it yesterday and I am happy with the results.  It is now available if anyone wants to beta read it for me.  It is a fantasy romance, from a man’s point of view.  Yip, I like doing things differently.

So my goals for September are:

1. Finish my Ice Planet Story

2. Edit Ice Planet – 1/2 way through

3. Edit the Gothic novel (Tobias and Arabella – aka the bloody gothic novel)

4. Finish writing “Son of God”

5. Edit Medusa’s Garden.

6.  Revise and edit Medusa as a romance novel(!?!)

7. Edit “Of Kings Queens and Noblemen”.

I am wondering if I need to take some time off, so I will probably put the writing of Ice  Planet over September and October, just so I have some time to me, although I did enjoy the rewrite of Medusa.  I guess I have found it hard to write the missing section of Ice Planet because I liked it the first time around.  Just serves me right for not backing up my work.  Every time I work on my laptop, I back up the work I have done.

Haven’t heard back from Entangled in Romance yet, but when I received the confirmation email, they advised that is could be up to 6 weeks.  So I am guessing, because I wasn’t notified by 31st August, that I didn’t get accepted.  And I am OK with that.