WRITING: Feeling good about this. Wrote every day. Tracking time spent instead of numbers of words helps me feel a little better about progress as I'm spending 2-3 hours a day. Now what I'm doing is following the character arc of one main character through the whole story. So finished Mac through Sections 1-3.
Goal: Work Deidre through Sections 1-3. Make notes for Afterword.
Blogging: Met goal in reading what others have posted (sponsor ROW80) and with 1 post on travel blog and 2 posts on writing blog. I'm finding Twitter and online reading to be a source of ideas. I love thinking and writing about craft after my writing is done. Being part of blog challenges pushes me out to connect with other writers.
Goal: Read 15 other posts, write minimum 2 blog posts (not counting this one). Maybe find another blog challenge?
RESEARCH/CRAFT: Some progress in reading. Found an outstanding article by Dr. Stefan Petrow of the University of Tasmania on "After Arthur: Policing in Van Diemen's Land 1837-1846" (1999) that explains the administrative structure of prisons as well as political issues of the day. It's like ice cream. Dug into Cox (crime in small communities in VDL a little before the time of my story). Finished Chapter 1 in Bell. Haven't started Frost.
Goal: 1 chapter each in Cox and Bell. Read Frost and Petrow.
MARKETING/PUBLISHING: A breakthrough here. Finally! Now have 4 single-spaced pages of steps to take towards a Marketing Plan. The breakthrough came by just DRAFTING and not worry about getting the goal exactly right. Some suggestions from folks on Writer Unboxed helped me see how truly individual such a plan will be, especially for self-publishers. OK.
So my overall goal is to come up with a plan that works for me, try elements out on The Mermaid Quilt, and then work to launch at least one of my books by my birthday in December. Share results of my work by posting doc on FB writing groups, maybe Scribd. Learned that Scribd will take PowerPoint and then I can link to my blog. Still behind on updating Shelfari.
|Leda Rose (February 2013)|
PERSONAL: Now flowering dogwood and lilacs are in bloom and the pale, pale green of early leaves transforms the landscape everywhere. On wetland walks, the red-winged blackbirds trill. We walk nearly every day. I'm making steady progress on the office.
Goal: Work on 'cowboy quilt' and complete bird wall hanging. Washington Quilters: Organize that nasty stack of paperwork and complete 5 tasks. Exercise 3x minimum.
Happy Mother's Day to all -- and may your writing go well in the coming week. Here's my reason to smile today: Just got this picture of sweet granddaughter, Leda.