I hiked in the canyon a little while ago for the sole purpose of finding beautiful Fall leaves. I think I’ll post some of my Fall delights as I’m checking in.
Now on to the important stuff. The goals:
- Write at least 3 short stories intended for publication. I’ll probably try my hand at several more than three, but the hope is to find three gemstones among the rocks.
Finished the first draft of my short story. Its word count is a little longer than a certain contest I’m hoping to enter, but perhaps with editing I can bring it under the 1500 word limit.
- Read the helpful books to prepare me for the editing fest that will be late November early December on Shade.
Received The Fire in Fiction in the mail and read the intro, but I think I’m still too close to Shade right now to ponder so deeply about it. Instead I decided to read Story and have the fundamentals fresh in my mind. I also plan to tweet good lines I read, all signed RM for Robert McKee.
- Have read all 201 available Anton Chekhov’s short stories from ibiblio, sprinkled with Hemingway and Bradbury.
I’ve read 7 of 201 Chekhov short stories. No Hemingway or Bradbury probably until after Chekhov or if I need a break.
- Once December hits, tear Shade apart and polish it to pure awesomeness! Coming in December…
I have to admit I finished my short story in a lazy sort of way, but it’s a rough draft all the same and it’s easier to improve on something than nothing. I’ve had time to think about parts of it that probably make less sense, so I think as I’m able to tighten it up I may meet the word count as well as create a more succinct short story.
How about you blog buddies? Do you have Fall goals you’re working on? What about you fellow Row80-ers? Do you like setting goals? If so, what do you like about them? Let me know below.