stephaniecain
15 August 2012 @ 06:54 pm
August 2012
- Finish The Loyalty Factor revision.
- Finish "Blue Watch" or "Long Way Home."
- Identify markets for short story.

September 2012
- Write a short story set in Teronn.
- Begin querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.
- Submit finished short story.

October 2012
- Continue querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.
- Examine writing goals and revise if necessary.
- Decide on and plot NaNoWriMo 2012 novel.

November 2012
- NaNoWriMo 2012
- Attend at least one write-in.
- Continue querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.

December 2012
- Recover from NaNoWriMo.
- Finish NaNoWriMo novel if necessary.
- Continue querying agents about The Loyalty Factor.
- Set writing goals for 2013.
 
 
Current Mood: cranky
Current Music: Reeve Carney - Rise Above 1 (feat. Bono and The Edge)
 
 
stephaniecain
07 February 2012 @ 01:15 am
ARGH  
What I am supposed to be doing: working on my epic fantasy novel.

What I am doing: working on the Lovefool achievement in Warcraft, reading TaleSpin fansites, compulsively checking my friends lists, and freezing my ass off.

To be completely fair to myself, I have made a lot of progress in brainstorming changes to the epic fantasy over the past three days. And my writing style does involve a lot of what my mother the cook calls "integrating time". But this is starting to get ridiculous.

...but I really do want that Lovefool achievement. I'm only three holidays away from the Long Strange Trip and master riding.


*headdesk*
 
 
Current Music: TaleSpin theme song
Current Mood: cranky
 
 
stephaniecain
12 September 2011 @ 01:26 pm
I've been making a lot of those lately. "It's a three-day weekend, I don't want to work on the revision." "I have a migraine. I don't want to work on the revision." "I worked on plotting and world-building for a different project, I don't want to work on the revision too." "I spent all day doing housework, I don't have enough energy for a revision day."

Seems like I've been making a lot in my personal life too. "I'm sorry I suck so much at keeping in touch." "I just haven't felt like being online."

The truth is, I don't feel like I have enough energy for everything life throws at me as well as everything I want out of life. Since it's impossible to ignore the need to work & pay bills, impossible to ignore a migraine that feels like a spike through your left eye, and impossible to ignore kittens who are running roughshod over your head? I end up letting personal stuff fall to the wayside. I don't answer emails quickly enough. I forget to call my best friend. I stay up too late one night and drag around at half-energy the next.

I've been simplifying and cutting some things out of my life lately. I intentionally let go of a friendship that meant a lot to me, but simply became too emotionally vampiric for me to continue. Even the friends I do value have gotten short shrift lately, and I'm sorry about that.

Of course, I also have had some victories. I think I've done pretty well at raising two kittens at once, which wouldn't have seemed like such a victory this time last year, but definitely is. I've gotten a third of the way through my novel revision, despite the new migraines that started in June. I've read over fifty books this year.

We're slipping into autumn, which is always a reflective season for me. Something about the combines throwing up clouds of chaff in a bean field, the golden light, the breezy cooling of the weather, makes me take stock of my life and yearn to give in to my wanderlust. Knowing my birthday is a month away makes me wonder where I'll be and what I'll be doing on my birthday next year.

Just a little bit of lunch-time introspection...
 
 
Current Mood: contemplative
 
 
stephaniecain
01 January 2011 @ 06:10 pm
I'm a reader of Procrastinating Writers blog and Write It Sideways blog. For the month of January, both bloggers are producing a "Better Writing Habits" newsletter, and I'm subscribed to that. So I'm going to try to post my responses here each day. We'll see how that goes! ;)

What are your worst writing habits of 2010?
Today’s Challenge: Identify your worst writing habit to be overcome, and devise a game plan stating exactly what you will do to break that habit in 2011.


My worst writing habit to be overcome is easily my habit of procrastinating. So my game plan:
  • Stop choosing Warcraft or Criminal Minds fanfiction over writing original things. Not that either things are bad, and I want to continue participating in the CM fandom as well as leveling my Dwarven Hunter and a couple of favorite alts on Warcraft. But I need to do those things after I've done my writing for the day.
  • Write 200 words each day. Rain or shine, sick or healthy, busy or lazy, it doesn't matter. 200 words is a minimum.
  • Stop reading so many blogs about writing and just write. I need to choose quality over quantity when it comes to the writing blogs I follow (and really, any of the blogs I follow). I need to keep current on what's going on in the writing industry, but too often I feel like a writer because I read the blogs, when I really should feel like a writer when I write.
 
 
stephaniecain
01 January 2011 @ 05:59 pm
So I generally eschew New Year's Resolutions (and I've recently become a fan of [livejournal.com profile] slightlyjillian's method of taking stock and making resolutions on your birthday). But I also think there's a lot of value in having a writing plan for the year, and October (when my birthday is) seems like a weird time to create that. So here I am on January 1 thinking about my writing plan for the coming year.

My job is going away in just over a year. The Fortune 100 company where I work is going through a business reorganization that is going to eliminate about 90% of the jobs in my department (Finance) here in Indianapolis. The work will still be done, but it's going to be done at a shared business services center in Texas near our corporate headquarters. At the moment I'm not planning to move with my job (though that might be an option). Fortunately, the company gave us a lot of warning about this; we've known for about a year already that our jobs were going. So I've had time to think about what I want to do.

What I'd like to do is start making money off my writing so that when I start looking for a new job, I can look at 30-hours-a-week or less. I have a novel-length manuscript close to being submission-worthy, so my first goal for 2011 is to finish polishing that sucker and get it out there. I'm giving myself at least until August to concentrate on my writing and not worry about finding a new job.

2011 in detail behind the cut )

Overall goals are to sell 4 short stories this year and find an agent for my novels.

[livejournal.com profile] astraea36 and I have a bargain going that for every hour she spends at the gym each week, I'll spend that amount of time writing the following week. She wants to get in shape and I want to get some writing done, plus she's my alpha-reader, so we both benefit. Aside from her nagging, which I hope will happen often, you're all invited to poke at me and help keep me accountable.
 
 
Current Mood: determined
Current Music: Mountains of Thunder - Wrath of the Lich King Soundtrack
 
 
stephaniecain
25 March 2010 @ 09:45 pm
OK I am setting writing goals for myself starting today.

I'm going to make myself write 500 words of my short story before I get online. 

I've decided that I have two years of warning before my job goes away, and what if I try to position myself so that I have income from my writing before then, so I only have to look for part-time work when my position is eliminated?  So I'm going to start being a bit more disciplined about my original fiction.

Every other day I'll write 500 words and on the alternate days I'll revise 500 words of my novel.  *nods*

I know, it sounds like low expectations, but if I can start making myself sit down every night with that goal, I know myself. I try to write 500 and several nights I'll end up writing more than that. Of course, other nights I'll end up writing 5, but that's okay.
 
 
Current Mood: determined
Current Music: Steve Earle - Copperhead Road
 
 
stephaniecain
24 January 2008 @ 07:55 am
I'm in crisis over TLF. It is such a bloody mess right now. Last week I was trying to work out plotting on it and stuff, because I've decided to go back in time from where I started the last draft, and I think it needs to be two books, actually, rather than one, and...well, frankly, it's a MESS. When I started writing this novel, EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, it was a story about Bria. Now the main characters of the first novel are Brandon and Justin, and Bria is really going to be only an off-screen character until Book Two.

*tears hair*

So at this point, I'm going to go back to work revising FTGGI (and retitling it) and getting it ready to submit somewhere by the end of February. (This is the novel that didn't make it to the ABNA semi-finals.) I have fantastic notes from [livejournal.com profile] slightlyjillian and [livejournal.com profile] krycek_chick for revision, so it's a matter of knuckling down to work on it.

I hate that I keep putting off work on TLF, but as much as I love my other novels, TLF is the one closest to my heart, with characters I care most about. I made a huge mistake in trying to work on it for NaNo this past year, and until I work out the plotlines I want to braid together, and the ones I need to winnow out, I'm not going to be able to do it justice.


So these are my goals:
  • Submit "Trade All My Tomorrows" to a professional-rate market by Feb 1.

  • Complete a first draft of my [livejournal.com profile] castlewriters Winter Challenge story by Feb 29.

  • Submit FTGGI to either an agent or a publisher by March 1.

  • Commit to working on TLF daily come March 1.

 
 
Current Mood: determined
 
 
stephaniecain
So most of y'all know that on April 26th I got fired. Obviously I'm looking for a job, etc. But in the meantime...

I've set myself a goal of 3,333 words per day until I find a job. I'd like to write more than that, obviously, but basically what it amounts to is finishing The Loyalty Factor in less than 60 days.

I have adapted a spreadsheet to track my progress. I did not create the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet creation is credited to Erik Benson, and was adapted by someone else whose website is now defunct. I just adapted it further.

Other tasks:
  • Buy 2006 Novel and Short Story Writers Market
  • Go thruogh all my old stories with a red ink pen and sift for marketability
  • Find markets
  • SUBMIT SUBMIT SUBMIT
 
 
Current Mood: determined