This is a bit late this month, but for good reason! I’ve been hard at work on the JL’s upcoming horror anthology, and also preparing for the next anthology in planning.
Let’s take a brief look at how things rolled up in August…
I managed to get through the crits for two more chapters. That was about 20 crits, which was almost one a day. Not bad, though not as far as I’d hoped to get.
In Her Reflection — COMPLETE!
My short story for JLA #3 is complete and has been formatted with the other nine stories into ebook and paperback. The release date will be announced soon, along with a cover reveal!
Due to the pressing deadline of JLA #3, I actually moved the due date for JLA #4 back to September 7th. So I didn’t complete JLA #4 in August as I had hoped, but I did make a good amount of progress on it.
Within the Ironwood
I made plotting progress for this–it’s now in the storyboarding phase. However, because I didn’t finish the storyboarding, I didn’t have a chance to return to writing. So this goal is a bust, but for a good reason–the story will be stronger with a complete storyboard behind it when I start writing again.
Goodreads Challenge — COMPLETE!
I actually blew this goal out of the park! Over the course of the month, I read a total of 19 books. Granted, a good chunk of those were manga, but they’re still stories (and enjoyable ones, at that). My favorite read in August was Spellsmith and Carver: Magicians’ Trial by H. L. Burke. I’ll be reviewing this for Magic Monday later this month!
Overall, August was a very successful month, even if the month map doesn’t reflect that.
Now, onward to my September goals!
This is more of a bonus goal this month (okay, I was a little lazy and decided not to update the map to have it as a bonus goal). I only have six chapters left, though, so I’m hoping to at least get two chapters done this month.
Cooperative Writing Project
My writers’ group, the Just-Us League, has started a new, three-month project that involved pairing people up with random partners to write a story together. My partner and I have really clicked and we’re already deep into the plotting process. I’m hoping we’ll wrap up that part later this month and then dive into the writing part! I don’t want to share too many details yet, but I will say that dragons may be involved.
JLA #4 — COMPLETE!
I finished the first draft yesterday, the 8th… A day late, but the nice thing about my writers’ group is that there’s a little flexibility when it comes to anthology deadlines. Especially when you’re the person heading the anthology. (Not that I would ever abuse such power… I’m not the only one who needed a slight extension.)
The “short” story wound up being a whopping 9,200 words–a bit over the 7-8k limit. It’ll be trimmed down with revisions, though, I’m sure.
Within the Ironwood
My goal for this month is to finish the storyboard. Once that is done, I can dive into the writing process and hopefully complete a first draft within a few weeks.
I’m setting a modest goal of six books for this month, as that’s all I need to read to stay on top of my challenge.
What about you? How did August turn out? What are your plans for September?
Congrats on all the progress you made last month. See you doing the same in September. Happy writing and reading! 😀
Thanks, Lidy! 🙂
Good work 🙂
I’m getting behind on my Goodreads goal… My current reads are all quite long!
Thanks, Elise! Haha, yeah, I lucked out in that my sister snagged a pile of manga from her workplace for me to read while we were dog- and cat-sitting. Still takes time to read, but not as much time as a 400-page book!