Goals for the Week 5


Happy Victoria Day

I’m borrowing this from Christine D’Abo’s blog, it’s a good idea to get me back into routine after the weekend. Although technically my routine is still off since everyone’s home for the long weekend.

I should be out gardening, but I am really feeling the pressure of Dallas looming.

My latest futuristic/paranormal is coming along nicely, it’s completely outlined, and I’m at 19,500 words – not bad for less than two weeks work.

I’ve been tinkering with another short story for Ellora’s Cave – hoping to keep it in their less than 15,000 word category, but in typical fashion for me, I tend to like elaborate plots and think in novel length rather than short stories. So it’ll be a challenge. But one I’d like to try.

I need to write up a synopsis of the futuristic/paranormal I’m working on, and one for the Gargoyle story, in preparation for the course I’m enrolled in through the TRW and also to decide which to pitch in Dallas.

So my goals for this week are:

  • Add another ten thousand words to the futuristic story
  • Write up a first draft synopsis for the futuristic story
  • Write up a first draft synopsis for the Gargoyle story
  • Finish cleaning up a scene I’m thinking of entering into the Maryland Writers Group’s Inner Vixen contest

It’s probably overly optimistic to hope that both synopses will get done, but at least one has to get done. As does the contest entry – the deadline for that is June 1st. But the ten thousand words should be do-able. I have a minimum writing deadline of 2500 words a day that I impose upon myself, and since every chapter is outlined, I should be able to continue forward.

Here’s hoping.

Oh, and still no word from my mother. It’s been nearly a week, and she has my phone number and two of my email addresses, so I guess she’s not inclined to get in touch despite what she’d said. Her choice. I’m okay with that. Sad, even disappointed, but not surprised in the least.


5 thoughts on “Goals for the Week

  • Henri de Montmorency

    I’m sorry about your mother. Mine disappoints me also. She spent Mother’s Day with the Bell Witch instead of me and I got a little tiffed at her. But, they do love us, I guess. Found your blog over on Christine’s blog I think. Blogging confuses Henri, but it’s fun getting to know everyone.

  • Christine

    Woot! I’ve converted another person to the insanity of weekly goals! You can do it Leah. 🙂

  • Amy Ruttan

    I thought doing a story under 15k would be difficult, but my MASQUE OF DESIRE was roughly 11k and I was really impressed I was able to shorten it.

    It’s in the hands of an editor at Ellora’s Cave. I’m keeping it hush hush because I’m a little gun shy. It passed the submissions review and is in queque for an acquiring editor. The sad thing if I do sell it, I’m still not PAN, it has to be over 50K.

    Good luck with the goals, I’ll stop rambling now.

  • Leah Braemel

    Henri: Welcome! Nice to meet you!

    Christine: Yeah, I have you to blame for this, but I think it’ll help that I’ve written down and need to live up to it.

    Amy: Keeping my fingers crossed, and my lips zipped – are you superstitious like actors are – say ‘break a leg’ instead of good luck because that might cause you bad luck instead? I am! And yes, a pity about the PAN guidelines – it’s 40K isn’t it? At this stage, I just want to get a) something sent out so I can qualify for PRO status, and b) published in anything so I have something to put on a query letter to imply I have some sort of experience.

  • Wylie Kinson

    I don’t have PRO or PAN, but the TRW ex-pres was kind enough to put me on the PAN loop.
    Eh – whatever. It’s only letters.

    You’ll do great at Nationals, Leah. GREAT!!!

    Your mom’s loss.

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