06.06.11

May 2011

Posted in Event, Status Report at 7:34 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews and interviews are not included.

  1. Sales in May: 0
  2. Rejections in May: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in May: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

May was a writing challenge month. At NaNoLJers we did Writo de Mayo, Joely Sue Burkhart’s MayNoWriMo, and Savvy Authors had a May Writing Boot Camp. My goal was to write 100 or more words each weekday to get back into the writing habit. I didn’t succeed. But it’s June and I’m still finding writing time so that’s good.

I also took a Savvy Authors workshop on Writing and Placing Short Stories for Anthologies with Lisa Kessler which ends today. I received feedback on one short story and submitted two more for critique. It was neat seeing how the story arc or characterization tightened up in my classmate

05.09.11

April 2011

Posted in Event, Status Report, Writing at 5:00 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews are not included.

  1. Sales in April: 0
  2. Rejections in April: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in April: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

In April I took a workshop on plotting with Tina Gerow.  She gave some examples of different techniques and we tried one or two of them for ourselves.  The brainstorm forum gave me some good ideas on additional obstacles for my main character while I’m writing this month.

It’s May so that means it’s time for Writo de Mayo and MayNoWriMo – the month where you pick a writing challenge of your own.  This year my goal is to write at least 100 words Monday – Friday.  It’s not going great so far but I am getting some new words down.  I also signed up for May Boot Camp at SavvyAuthors.  My team is an awesome group of people.

06.11.10

May 2010

Posted in Event, Status Report, Writing at 11:06 pm by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews (and interviews) are not included.

  1. Sales in May: 0
  2. Rejections in May: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in May: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

Nothing was submitted this month but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still working and writing.  In fact, even though I wasn’t writing every day it was one of my most productive non-November writing months yet.  My writing related goal for Writo de Mayo and MayNoWriMo was to write another 10K words towards a previous NaNo project about a Barbarian Shamaness who must travel to a city to obtain more wort to save her village.  Without this vital ingredient for the medicine her village could be decimated.

Thanks to not actually writing for 12 days straight, I didn’t make my goal.  I was able to add 5930 words though.  Rereading the beginning chapter I realized it’s not the beginning.  It should be part of a flashback.  As much as I wanted to edit it and change things I didn’t do it.

I’m sure some of you will recognize what I call “shiny syndrome”.  You know… when you get a great NEW idea, or you see a market that another piece would be perfect for after some edits and you’re tempted to temporarily abandon your current project?  It tried to strike me several times during the month but I successfully resisted each time.

Participating in Writo de Mayo and MayNoWriMo helped me be more focused, I think.  I wrote down my goals where other people could see them and had to update my progress regularly.  To be honest, I don’t know if anyone else read them or not.

Attending Coyote Con provided me with the opportunity to chat with and get to know people I probably would not have met any other way.  Overall I’m pleased with the way May ended.

05.03.10

Writo de Mayo

Posted in Event, Writing at 11:44 pm by Amber

Way back in 2007 a LiveJournal community I belong to decided they wanted to tackle a writing project similar to NaNoWriMo.  And thus in January of 2008 the month of May became Writo de Mayo.  The idea was to pick a writing goal and stick to it for a month.

The NaNoLJers community is still holding Writo de Mayo.  The first year I decided to write a short story each day based on a prompt.  Not all of the stories were complete first drafts but I got a lot of writing done.

In 2009 I decided to start a second draft of my 2008 NaNo project.  It’s an urban fantasy and I did not finish the second draft.  I recognized some big holes in the flow of the novel.  It was only two months ago that I figured out the main one.

This year I’ve decided to add another 10,000 words to my unfinished 2007 NaNo project.  That first week in November was when the current Resident Corgi came to join our family.  I had honestly forgotten how disruptive adding a new member to the household could be.  Towards the end of the month I made some big writing pushes but didn’t get anywhere near the 50,000 mark.

Glancing through what I have so far has convinced me I’m a better writer than I was at that time.  The opening scene I thought would be dramatic will work better as a flashback.  But I’m not allowing my inner editor out.  No way.  This month is for writing.