I missed last Wednesday's final check in, as well as some before that, but am finally here. In general, this ROW went okay. I've had better, and I've had worse.
I finally decided my second novel was edited enough, and sent it out to agents to see if someone would like to represent me. I sent 20 queries out a month or so ago, and have about 12 still open. Some said no, some already timed out, and one asked for the whole book. Fingers crossed. I used querytracker.net to find and track agents - I recommend it.
Writing/editing -I've done a few stories at FlashFictionFriday.com, but not every week as planned. But, big thanks to Joyce for reviving this. I have some writerly friends that regularly submit short stories for cash - I'd like to try that. And I've started editing book #3, Agnes of Grimm. I'm using my new laptop, an Asus Zenbook 305-CA. It's very lightweight - I love it.
Reading - yes, still stories for my book club. The last one was Fatal Affair, by Marie Force. Crime with romance. And sizzle.
Mentoring and marketing - I've been active with my local critique group. We've even booked a table at a local book festival this June. I'll sell book #1 there, but I need to promote it more to libraries in the meantime.
Video games and Netflix - Yet more Eurotruck Simulator, wandering around Europe and Russia, experimenting with different combinations of engines and chassis and transmissions. As for online TV, watched things like more House of Cards, some of Battle for CTRL (about a PC company in the 80's), Hell and Back (an adult cartoon), and He Never Died (dark and humorous).
So, that's it for this round. I'm looking forward to the next one and hope to do better - we'll see.
Excruciating detail follows, for my own tracking - don't say I didn't warn you!
For 2016, my long term writerly goals were, and still are:
- be a better writer
- make money at this
- be a mentor
- stay healthy enough to enjoy it all
And my SMART objectives (with some repeats) were:
- Continue with the FB writing groups I'm in, as well as some local critique groups. Done
- Keep reading about writerly things, but cut the writerly blogs. Done
- Write one Flash Fiction per week. Don't worry about polishing them, just treat them more as a quick draft. a chance to play. Some, but not every week.
- Attend CanCon this fall. Not yet.
- FUP with Chizine Nope
- Blend in the latest editing for Return to Kirk's Landing by end of January. Done
- Compile an agent/publisher list, so I can start submissions in February. Done
- Get six Flash Fiction published online this year. This ROW80, review my existing Flash Fiction to see which might be expandable for short stories. Still an objective, but need to first discuss w writerly friends that already do this.
- Promote Kirk's Landing more. This ROW80, send out to four more. Do a mass email to friends in major cities asking all to buy/review/borrow - whatever. Not done. I think I've hit all the big libraries, and many smaller ones too. Mass email still a good idea.
- Attend Prose in the Park. Registered for a table.
- Other media - Consider audio books and a screenplay for Kirk's Landing. Perhaps a TV series. An agent would help here. Signed up for a free 2-week online screenplay course, but never did finish it. Info still online though.
- Read a book a week, with a review on Goodreads. Read in my genre (whatever that is) but try the occasional non-fiction. No problem with reading!
- I hesitate adding 'watch online series' because that can easily turn into binge watching. Yup. Some here.
- Continue to help other in my writer groups and online Yes - I like this.
- Other -mixed results here.
- Less visits to the pub. Cheaper, healthier, and often it's not that interesting.
- Walk more. Keep up the exercises
- Less Facebook.
- Girlfriend - of course.
- Gaming - try to avoid the temptation of playing until 4am!