Happy Birthday Harry!
Oh, you didn’t know it was Harry’s birthday? Yes, apparently he was born on July 31, 1980, so Harry did actually reach the ripe old age of 33 today. So good on you Harry for kicking… oh, right. Spoilers. Except I just said… *ahem* Moving on.
1. Read at least 10 more Anton Chekhov short stories to add to my progress of 50 of 201. 57 of 201, thank you very much! Short story writers or wanna-be writers, Chekhov helps. Read here free!
2. Finish reading both The Fire in Fiction and On Writing. Still going for Spanish, but a great post I read earlier this week has jabbed me a little more in the direction of reading On Writing. Just got to get my schedule together and I think I can make this happen.
3. Submit Trick or Tree to another writing contest. Finish Dog Shy and write at least one other short story, all to be submitted to contests. No new progress.
4. Write a flash fiction story. No new progress, but I’m thinking when I get a free minute to edit those I have written. At the very least, I’m up to 2 flash fiction stories written, and that’s something to be proud of.
5. Do at least one thing every week that increases my fluency in Spanish and Japanese. Check and check! Thanks to Teaching Tunes Tuesdays I’m keeping up with this one.
6. Finish feedback edits on SHADE and get it queried. Began the ominous task of edits this week. I’ve made it through three chapters, although no real guarantees that they are “done” in any sense. But her feedback was very thorough and she brought up a lot of questions that need answering. That’s what I love about this kind of feedback. The questions are asked, supported by reasons and I’m left to make the change for clarity. That way changes I make are mine and mine alone. I’m excited about this editing, even though it does feel a bit ominous a task. 🙂
Bonus Goals. Code Name Clemmings is on hold and it’s semi-killing me. I really got into the characters and story, but I feel like editing needs to come first. Perhaps when I need a break I’ll give it another go. I really just want to finish up Chapter 2 so I can take it to my writer’s group.
And yeah, thanks to The Cupboard Fiasco, the 5am coach found himself employment again. I’m hoping tonight I can fire him. Here’s to forcing that pink slip down his throat.
And what’s the status on your goals? Do life events often throw off your schedule or do you stick to the schedule *no matter what*? What kind of feedback do you like best on your work? Do you go to a writers group or do you have good friends you work with?