Future Publishing Plans

So I’ve been participating in a group activity with my writing group called 12 Stories in 12 Months. I should say I’m both participating in and running it. It’s ambitious and we’ve already had a couple of people dropout, but I have a good feeling about it.

With that being said, although I’ve completed three stories so far this year… they haven’t been stories that will advance my publishing goals. I would really like to have something published this year and with that in mind, I am devoting the next six months to the Leave series. I have six stories that need to be written to finish out the series and then they all (both finished and unfinished) need to be edited.

Now I’m sure some of you are wondering what the Leave series is. A long time ago (back in 2003), I was in grad school (the first time) and poor and couldn’t afford a birthday present for my sister after I paid my bills. So I wrote her a story. Which she loved. And then she asked for another. And another. And that one story morphed into an interconnected universe of eleven stories.

Now six of them aren’t finished (and one is only an outline) so I have a lot to do.

To keep myself honest and on track, I have plans to not only work on one a month for my story of the month, but post teasers, progress meters, and information here. My goal is to preview the cover by November and publish it in time for Christmas.

Since I am in the process of possibly changing some characters’ names, I’m not going to tease with anything other than the order of the stories and their current progress.

1. In progress
2. Editing
3. Editing
4. In progress
5. In progress
6. Editing
7. Editing
8. In progress
9. Editing
10. In progress
11. Outline


Bits and Pieces

Wow, I haven’t been very good at keeping up with blogging here. Sorry about that, y’all.

Work has been crazy, but that’s my job. I work with kids and work will always be crazy. But we’re headed into testing so it’s all over except the shouting. I just checked my calendar and I have thirty-nine days of work left in this school year. That’s both exhilarating and terrifying.

Writing-wise, I’m working on finding time to write with other things going on. I started and joined a group on my writing site called 12 Stories in 12 Months. The object is to write a short story (of 1500 words or more) each month for the year. Although I’ve completed a story each month, I haven’t written one for publication. (I’ve been working on fanfic.) So I’m going to focus on my Leave series that I started for my sister many years ago (wow, 2003!) and hopefully finish the last six stories over the next six months. My goal is to have them published by the end of the year. We’ll see what happens though.

I’ve borrowed the book The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth from my library to work on my writing skills. Although I’m not really sure what it’s going to do for me. I haven’t started reading it yet, but I’ve skimmed it a couple of times. And in fiction, I’m reading Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle about Henry the VIII’s final wife.

I’ve also subscribed to The Writing Pal and although I haven’t done much with the site yet, I have created my own Writer’s Notebook. Although it seemed like the suggestion was to use a regular notebook, I bought a small three-ring binder and designed it with tabs. I took the suggestions that the Writing Pal gave and made my own. I’ve added things to the binder already and am prepared to use it this month for my writing needs. I’m excited about it. (I’ve included pictures with some explanations.)

The cover (I still need to design something to go here but it works as plain for now):

List of Books I’m planning to read:

Ideas (a place to store ideas I come up with; titles, stories, 1st sentences, etc):

Character ideas (names and sketches):

Specifically Plots and Story Ideas:

Settings (descriptions, ideas, etc):

Prompts (all my prompts!):

Free Write (for when I just need to get ideas out):

Writing Lists (all my story ideas and my planned writing assignments):

I need to decide if I’m going to use my “Free Write” section for my regular writing or if I’m going to make a final section to use for “Daily Writing”.

So that’s it… my bits and pieces for now. Hopefully I’ll have an update on Leave soon.

Hello 2015

Happy New Year! I don’t know how many of my readers here know that I’ve been a member of Writing Dot Com (WDC) for almost twelve years. This is one of the groups my sister of the heart introduced me to (although at least she didn’t sign me up for this one like she did the other.)

I joined WDC those many long years ago to have a place to share my writing and get constructive criticism on my work. Instead I found so much more. I found friends and mentors and a place where I’ve felt at home since the moment I joined.

But this post isn’t supposed to be about how I feel about WDC; it’s supposed to be about my goals for January and 2015. The reason I started talking about WDC is that I joined a group on the site that’s an accountability group. Each month, we pick between one and five topics and set goals.

I got a wee bit ambitious this month and set the following goals:
Writing: 5000 words
Reading: 500 minutes
Promotion/Blogging: 4 entries
Reviewing: 8 entries

Now that’s for this month. In addition I’m going to continue working on my goals that I set way back at the end of 2013. I’ve changed them just a little bit.

Five Writing Goals:
By One year (2015):
To continue with my writing. To meet goals that I set as each month passes. (See above)

By Two years (2016):
To publish my Leave series and Blood Oath (if it I don’t do it before now) either through smashwords or another site. This means I have to finish Leave. To create and launch my own author’s blog site.

By Five years (2020):
To continue writing and hopefully publishing. I don’t really have a five year plan at this point. I’d just like to get settled right now.

Hopefully that gives everyone some idea of where I am going in the next few months and that I will ideally have some writing for all of you in the next few weeks and months. Thanks for following me. Welcome to 2015!