Update on My Goals for June & July

Wait, it’s not June anymore? Or July? Crap.

I created a list of things to accomplish by the end of July way back at the beginning of June. Since the calendar now reads August, it’s probably time to take a look back at those goals. See what I accomplished. And what I didn’t.

Goal 1: Finish Bay View Outbreak, Part 2
Despite making a bit of progress on the second part of Bay View Outbreak, I didn’t finish it. I battled with the plot for the most part of June and moving to North Carolina took over July. The file has sat unopened on my hard drive for a few weeks. It’s on my list to finish this fall; just not quite yet.

Goal 2: Finish & Edit Chapter 1 of WolfsBane Moon for the Collaborative Writing Challenge
I finished, editted, and submit WolfsBane Moon to Project 6 of CWC. Though I hit a bit of a hiccup when it came to it becoming a potential Chapter 1 for CWC. The person who runs the program asked to make a small change to the chapter that would completely alter the story’s universe. It was then I realized that I liked this story too much to let it go into the wild, wild west of CWC. So I withdrew it and will be writing it this fall. Oh, and I changed the title: A Court of Wolves.

Goal 3: Write Chapter 16 of The Map for the Collaborative Writing Challenge
Chapter 16 of The Map required me to get 2,000 words in a Word Document before a set deadline, and deadlines do wonders for my productivity. I wasn’t entirely happy with it when I finished. But I submitted it anyway. The story coordinator decided to put it into the book, so I guess that it all worked out.

Goal 4: Write, Edit & Post 4 Blog Posts
Technically, I got this done. My original plan wasn’t to count book reviews and to post on my Boston to Charlotte blog as well. But still, I’m glad that I’ve been able to continue this blog with only minimal interruptions.

Goal 5: Finish Edits on The Shed
The edits–including the brand new ending–are done. I’m pretty happy with how the majority of the edits turned out and with how the story now ends. Now my challenge will be to stop picking at it and tweaking things here and there. It’s going up on a critique website so other writers can provide a bit of feedback. Then after ONE more round of edits based on the feedback, I’ll start shopping it around.

Taking into account how busy my life became with the whole “moving to a different state”, I’m satisfied with the results of this personal challenge.

Have you set any goals this summer? How’s your progress going?

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