Goal 1. The Mummy Book. Okay. A lame-ass first draft is done with three days to spare before my self-imposed deadline. When I say, "Done," I mean "sort of done." There's just a sketch of the climactic paragraphs, the ending is weak, and I have a couple of pages of instructions on various threads I need to create. Usually I drop everything and start over again when I come up with a new thread I want. (That's why it takes me so long to finish a draft.) But when I'm close enough to the end, I can manage it. I'm not feeling as relieved and delighted about this as I thought I would. But, hell, Zen tells us to not want things to be other than they are, right? Desire is the source of all unhappiness? Desiring that first draft to something other than lame-ass will only lead to unhappiness.
And, of course, a first draft is all about the second one. So, huzzah.
Goal 5. Community Building. Posted the Connecticut Children's Lit Calendar. Sent out the newsletters.
Goal 6. General Marketing/Branding. Responded to an inquiry regarding an appearance this fall.