Monday, January 29, 2007

Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition

I've entered two pieces into this competition: Last Light and Homecoming.

It was quite a challenge, because each piece had to be no more than 150 words in length, and trying to get everything relevant condensed into such a small amount of words took some refining. But I'm fairly happy, and I submitted something!!! OMG. Closing date is the 15th of February and then announcements in May so I'm not going to stress about it; just carry on with the Bears.

Mood: Upbeat

Listening to: X-Men III: The Last Stand

Monday, January 15, 2007

Business Plan

I'm unpublished - but even the unpublished should have a business plan which, like a set of goals/new years resolutions, lists what you plan to do in a given year but also (following PBW's guidelines) you break it down into monthly/weekly/daily goals as well as estimating your annual budget. Which does make it appear more manageable as you don't just have - write novel!!! There's an actual (reasonable) plan to guide you through. (It's about time I had a reasonable plan to work from!)

Starting as I mean to go on (even though it is already halfway through January) I wrote mine out today and also managed to (slightly) exceed my daily wordcount. If I can keep that up, then I can meet my goals with about 2 months to spare for editing, query writing etc. (All things being equal - nothing going pear-shaped and all that)

Mood: Quietly confident

Listening to: Sandy Thom's "I wish I was a punk rocker"

Monday, January 08, 2007

I'm baaaack!

Well. After a rather nasty fall down the stairs in October which culminated in an injury to my coccyx and a pained inability to sit down for long (especially on office/computer chairs) I am now back at work and better able to sit down. If I'd had wireless broadband and a laptop I could have posted from the sole armchair that didn't cause me absolute agony, but, I didn't/don't so - long absence and here I am.

New Year's resolutions to follow when I've got a moment.

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