How cute is that?!? If you're my Facebook friend, you probably saw the plate of cookies that our Realtor gave us at our closing. I've been nibbling away at them all week, and I saved the prettiest (and biggest) for last. I wish I knew who made these so I could give them a shout out, these are the best Royal iced sugar cookies I've ever had! They've been exposed to air all week and haven't dried out at all. And, unlike most store-bought sugar cookies, these actually had flavor that wasn't preservatives or plastic packaging.
This week, as promised, I'm posting my writing goals for the remainder of the year. I'm doing this to ask you guys to keep me accountable, and so I can't just say, "Oh, I've been meaning to, but..." Deadlines are a big motivator for me, so here goes.
1) I will finish all committed critiques by June 15th, and any forthcoming critique requests will be scheduled according to my availability and the author's preference.
2) I'm going to stop edits on Om Nom Nombies until after NaNo, so until December 1st. I've been debating with myself on this, and I think I'm happy with what I have planned for it. I've gotten good feedback from those that have read my full manuscript, and unfortunately Scribophile has been better for line-edits than story edits. That isn't all bad, I need help line-editing, but most of the users that give critiques aren't willing to stick with your story from Chapter One until The End. That makes any story help critiquers offer virtually useless since they don't know what's going on with my plot or the characters. I'm putting my effort where it will give me the highest return.
3) That's on The Neif! I'll be putting most of my writing brain towards this to try to get the manuscript completed by August 31st. Whatever I have done at that point will have to do. I really would like to be mostly done with my first draft at that point, we'll see. And if I finish early (don't hold your breath) I can get a jump on the next goal.
4) I am giving myself all of September and October to do research for my upcoming project. I've already amassed some sources and I will continue to do so in my "spare time" but I won't start reading and taking notes until September. That should give me enough time to let my brain have a rest from writing and should also let me get most of my facts under my belt for NaNoWriMo.
I do want to tell you guys about this next project. I really do. But I'm afraid that if I show my cards, I'll get more excited about my upcoming project than my ongoing ones, and I need to keep my motivation in the right place. So look for an announcement about the project, along with a series of research posts, starting in September.