Sunday, April 4, 2010

April 4th Goal Report

Here is a quick report for the week. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend, and for those who celebrate it, Happy Easter! We are enjoying a lovely day here in the South. Sunshine, flowering trees, baby green everywhere you look, birds fluttering all over the place, and clear blue skies as far as you can see.

Last Week's Goals:
  1. Continue revising/editing. Work at least 1 1/2 hours a day on it. I have long chapters coming up that contain new material not worked over as many times. I know it is going to go slower. I opened the file every day. Does that count? I did miserably this week and revisions seem to be at a halt.
  2. Submit ONLINE. Check! I submitted it to Flash Fiction Online and will now wait the 8-10 weeks to hear something.
  3. Post my first page on April 2. Check! Thank you to everyone who commented.
  4. Work on my murder blogfest scene. Check! It is written and revised twice. I felt good about it until my hubby read it and said, "It's ok, but nothing different from anything else you see on TV." *POP* That was my self-esteem. Ok, murder is not my usual thing, but now I'm trying to think of a way to twist what I've written before the deadline to post.
This week's goals:
  1. Survive Spring Break with all four kids home all day. 
  2. Write something whenever possible: 
    • continue working on murder scene
    • finish baking scene--it is started :)
    • write body language scene--no verbal communication allowed
What I learned last week: 
  1. Sometimes it is better to stop writing when you are not in the zone. I put away SENDEK and worked on other things. 
  2. I need to make the planet Sendek more of a character in my book, because it is a huge factor in who these people are, what their abilities are, and the object of desire for the antagonist. It is the source of all the magic that creates and solves the major conflicts in the novel. 
  3. Blogfests can be a great confidence booster when you need it the most. They can also help you find the areas you need to take another look at for the goal of improvement.