Goal 1. Finish a draft of a YA, possibly adult, thriller, now called 143 Canterbury Road
Objectives worked on this quarter:
- Read history, since that's a significant factor for a character and maybe in other ways. I am still working on Jill Lepore's These Truths and Susan Strasser's Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash. These are excellent books. I just get distracted by fiction reading.
- At the end of the second quarter, my plan for the third quarter was to get this draft done, so I could spend the rest of the year on short-form work. Though I didn't think that was going to happen. I was right! I got distracted by a Goal 3, see below, and a couple of minor surgeries in the family. (Not me.)
Plan for next quarter:
- My May Days group is getting together in October, and I'm committing to working on 143 Canterbury Road. Then I'm going to continue in November, as if I were working on a National Novel Writing Month project.
Goal 2. Concentrate on submissions and increasing the number of submissions I make. I've
made 56 submissions so far this year, up from 35 at the end of June.
August submissions resulted in publication on two Medium publications, which I will be discussing below. Also, I received an excellent rejection from a publication with an invitation to submit more work.
Plans for next quarter:
- I won't be pushing for submissions until December, because I'm focusing on Goal 1.
Goal 3. Work on short-form writing, essays and short stories. I ended up throwing aside my YA thriller work in August in order to meet a deadline for submitting two essays to a Medium challenge. I also took a humor writing workshop at the end of this quarter through the Thurber House, which I plan to write about later.
Plan for next quarter:
- Make this a focus during the month of December/
Goal 4. Community Building/General Marketing/Branding
My plan for this goal for the third quarter was "Keep struggling along." Ah...what? What was I thinking with that?
Plans for next quarter for Original Content:
Here at Original Content shift my focus from monthly book releases to other types of blogging: More regular TMTs, more book posts, more variety. Continue with the virtual author appearance posts. Focus on supporting new releases through.