Friday, August 19, 2011

The Postcard & The Plan

I've returned from a few days away in Margate to the welcome sight of my returned postcard confirming my typescript has arrived safely. The thought of someone else reading my work and providing feedback is proving to be nerve-wracking. I've been concentrating on getting the manuscript into a near presentable state and even though I have done it to the best of my present capabilities, I know it still has a way to go. So it's time to refocus...

The postcard

In the first year of this blog I carried out bi-monthly check-ups on how I was getting on with the goals I'd set myself. This year I decided I needed to concentrate on my large projects as much as possible. Seven and a half months later, I have far fewer items to cross off the list, but the achievements are much bigger. I thought it was about time I did a review of how I'm getting on:

                        Complete first draft of ‘The Shortlist’
·         Complete second draft of ‘The Shortlist’
·         Complete final draft of ‘The Shortlist’
·         Send ‘The Shortlist’ to agents/publishers
·         Complete final draft of ‘The White China at Rose Cottage’
·         Enter ‘The White China at Rose Cottage’ into some competitions
·         Get 10 writing ‘hits’
o   Number One  100 Stories for Queensland - In A Jiffy - Short Story
o   Number Two Prima Magazine Tip
o   Number Three Prima Magazine Tip
o   Number Four
o   Number Five
o   Number Six
o   Number Seven
o   Number Eight
o   Number Nine
o   Number Ten

The Shortlist has changed beyond recognition and is now called 'Between Us.' It is not quite in its final draft but it has been revised a third time so I've crossed that goal off all the same.

The second project is a one-act play I wrote last year and it needs a final polish and it is something I will look to do soon.

The ten hits I discussed in my post here. To class as a hit it should be paid work and I was worried this was so low but I figure if anything happens with 'Between Us,' I will count that as five hits.The three above are not the only items published and I've had one long-listing but not quite in keeping with the criteria for a hit!

Now I need to continue with a few smaller projects before starting novel number two. I hope to have a chunk of that started before the first is returned from critique. With any luck I may get my whole list completed by the end of the year!

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