When I first set my goals for this session of ROW80, I said I wanted to finish self-editing EyeCU to the point that it was ready for submission to a small press that is considering it.
That goal has been met.
I didn’t set any formal goals beyond that, but I did indicate some things I’d be working on.
So here’s a check-in on my bonus goals.
1) I have a pen-name I do completely different stuff with than the books I normally do, and I set a goal to do six shorts for that pen name, to revive sales for that part of my writing life.
Progress so far is that instead of six shorts, I decided to do a short novella instead, and while it’s progressing, it’s not done yet. So that’s still in the works. But I’ll trade six shorts for one novella, even up, most days anyway. It’s a fun thing, a bit of escapism, and not a labor. So far.
2) I said that outside of my professional writing, I have a ministry writing goal of authoring a study on King David. So far, I’ve written (and delivered) two lessons, started a third, and have several more lessons roughly sketched out.
In honesty, I’m a bit behind schedule on this as my goal is to have two lessons ahead written at all times. That way, when I’m called upon to teach, there’s no rush to complete writing anything… I’ll have the next two lessons done at least, all the time. But I’m not there yet, so I need to make more time for this.
3) I was going to jump back into EMBER right away after finishing EyeCU; that, or write a trilogy of holiday-themed novellas, which is something I’d still like to do as I think it could be a very commercially-appealing project.
But something happened along the way. Or a couple things, actually.
The first thing that happened is that I took advantage of a sale on Amazon, and finally invested in my own copy of Scrivener for Windows. For the last few weeks, I’ve been learning the program and how best to use it and take advantage of its tools. I’m now a convert to the usefulness of the program for novelists like myself. But it took several weeks to really get comfortable writing in it.
The other thing that happened is that a nascent idea for a completely different project formed in my mind and started banging on the back of my eyeballs, begging to be set free via my fingers and a keyboard.
So, I’ve started working on that project, now, which has a working title of SIN. If it sounds like a religious-inspirational novel, it’s not. Instead, it’s about a friendship that ended in a betrayal, and the journey back from that dark place.
The other thing I did over this weekend is that I learned how to import Word documents into Scrivener successfully, so now I have all of Ember in Scrivener and I can proceed with that book, too, a lot more smoothly now.
So, my time this summer will continue to be divided among these projects:
1) Continuing my King David study
2) Finishing my pen-name novella
3) Working on EMBER
4) Working on SIN
We’ll see which of the last two ultimately takes over as the higher priority project, but I’d kind of like to keep both moving forward.