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My Goals for June & July

June and July are going to be pretty hectic months for me. I’m moving to Charlotte, North Carolina halfway through July, and June is going to be spent handling all the odds and ends that need to be done before the actual move. Like getting renter’s insurance. And packing up my books and movies and everything else I’ve accumulated over the years.

But even while getting all those things done, I still want to get writing (and reading) accomplished before the move. Desiree over at InkyTavern wrote a pretty neat post outlining her Summer Goals as a way to keep herself accountable for working towards them. So I decided to write a similar post with my Goals for June and July.

1. Finish Bay View Outbreak, Part 2
I’ve divided the Bay View Outbreak novella into four parts and began Part 2 at the end of April. It’s about four scenes away from being done. But since I’ve been working on it for so long (and originally planned on finishing it by the end of May), I’m getting to the point in  the draft where I’m ready to be DONE. So my self-imposed deadline to finish it is July 4th.

2. Finish and Edit Chapter 1 of WolfsBane Moon  for the Collaborative Writing Challenge
In my infinite wisdom, I decided to sign up for the next round of the Collaborative Writing Challenge. That means I also thought it was a good idea to submit a potential Chapter 1 for consideration by the editors (and hopefully other writers). The first draft is about 2/3 done. It needs to be submitted by June 30th, so that’s my deadline.

3. Write Chapter 16 of The Map for the Collaborative Writing Challenge
My next assigned chapter for The Map is Chapter 16, and I get to write that next week (June 10-14). That means figuring out what’s happened in the plot so far, what questions need to be answered, and what should happen next. Then I need to write it. It’s going to be fun. And challenging.

4. Write, Edit, and Post 4 Blog Posts
Posts have come out pretty regularly on this blog since the beginning of the year, except for the last couple of weeks. My other blog, Boston to Charlotte, has been a bit neglected. So I want to give equal attention to both blogs over the coming months. That means publishing at least two blog posts for each one.

5. Finish Edits on The Shed
I wrote the first draft of The Shed last summer for a magazine’s call for submissions. It wasn’t ready to be submitted then, so I let it sit for a while before doing a complete rewrite. I’ve started (but not yet finished) the next rounds of edits. I’d like to get them done before the move so there’s one less stack of paper to keep track of between here and North Carolina.

Do you have anything that you’re hoping to get accomplished over the next few months? Let me know down in the comments.

3 thoughts on “My Goals for June & July

  1. These are some nice writing goals! I wish you the best of luck. 🙂 I noticed you said you wanted to do some extra reading. Is there a book you’re looking forward to?

    1. Thank you! I’m currently reading “The Geek Feminist Revolution” by Kameron Hurley, which I’ve been looking forward to a while. Up next is either “The Murder of Mary Russell” by Laurie R. King or “The Shambling Guide to New York City” by Mur Lafferty. Though there’s always a chance that I’ll change my mind 🙂

      1. I know what you mean. I download a ton of books on my kindle with the intention of reading them and then find something else interesting, lol. Have fun with your reading!

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