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Robyn_Hood
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This seemed to go over pretty well last month, so why not try again?!

By the end of May, I want to finish the revisions to my Christmas Story, find a market and submit.

Work at developing at least one flash story from the past month or so.

Continue participating in the flash challenges at Liberty Hall.


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Pyre Dynasty
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...Give Auric the attention he deserves. (and hopefully submit it.)

Also get to where I need to go.


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HSO
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Well, I completed many of my goals, but failed to complete the most important one, which was "try to take over the world." There's always this month. "Come along, Pinky."

I suppose I'll just work on my novella in between brainstorming nefarious plots to rule the world.


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Ok.. well... here goes.

Revise "Bottled Souls"

Finish inventing and then write "Blood Queen"


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Jeraliey
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1) Make massive inroads on my AMCAS application (hey, there's writing involved!)

2) Get back to my novel (finally!)

3) FINISH COLLEGE!!!! (Holy crap on a stick!!!)

4) Start my summer research

5) Make at least one more story submission-worthy and get it in the mail

6) Participate in at least one Hatrack challenge

7) Get back to critiquing folks' work here, since school will officially stop kicking my tail tomorrow morning

....not necessarily in that order....

[This message has been edited by Jeraliey (edited May 02, 2005).]


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Monolith
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I'll try to write more on both of my stories and at least have tried to start an opening to my new story which I'm going to name "The Call of Faya".

Hopefully it will be more than 3 pages this time. I know it will since I'm officially out of school on the 18th of this month, however I have to drive to Indiana (which is 15 hours from me), but hey, I have all summer. But then, I'll also be working, so I'm going to try to make a collective goal of 3 pages a week. Yeah, that's it, 3 pages a week.

-The Groovin' Monolith-


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Jeraliey
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Why would you ever go to Indiana, Monolith?
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Monolith
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Jer,

I have to get my stuff out of my gramma's basement, she's moving.

-The Rovin' Monolith-


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MCameron
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By the end of May:

Revise and submit "The Toppled Towers"
Revise and submit "A Special Brew"
Revise current flash entry for critiques.

That should do it for now.

--Mel


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limo
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Finish 2 paintings for exhibition
Write exhibition intro
Write chapter 2 of Averils saga
survive work

That sounds like enough to do for one month


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Debbborra
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Write something longer, and with better character development, than a grocery list.

[This message has been edited by Debbborra (edited May 03, 2005).]


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TaShaJaRo
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Finish revising my short, Veldean Chronicles I
Complete another chapter in my novel
Revise my current flash
Research markets to begin submitting the short and the flash

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Corin224
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Write enough of SOMETHING (anything) that I can go to the next writing group a co-worker invited me to.
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Get two already-completed short stories ("Autism," and "Angel on My Shoulder, which My Demon Lives In") polished and in the mail.

Get my incomplete short ("The Sibyllant") finished and up on F&F.


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Pyre Dynasty
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Deb, why not shoot for a longer shopping list with better character development? Just ask yourself why the cheese wants to be bought.
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franc li
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Okay, on my livejournal I committed to 6 hours a week of actual writing and editing. I also committed to 2 hours a week of online writerly groups, which pretty much means this place. I guess I should try to get in an hour now and another hour before bed.
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My time usually just goes off on it's own... I have little control over it. I usually at least get weekends completely for writing, otherwise, I'm usually working (that being when I usually pop in here because T1 lines are your friend).
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...I will not start any more novels. I will write only short stories & flash fiction, or work on the novels I have already started. haha.
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ditto on that TheoPhile.

Also I will try to focus on one thing at a time, rather than just leap all over the place and end up with nothing done. Ok, maybe two things but that's it!

A Dream of the West
May Queen
Moytura... rats!

R

[This message has been edited by RFLong (edited May 04, 2005).]


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Okay. I only reached three of my goals in April. However, I was coming in late on the whole goal thing. Maybe if I start now, I'll have a chance.

- Finish revising "Master of Roads" (should finish this one by the end of the week)
- Participate in Mike's flash challenge
- Write out my story inspired by Dakota's Rewrite Challenge (it's flash so it shouldn't take long)
- Get halfway through the rough draft of Carrick.
- Critique at least one story per week.
- Enact my revenge on HSO


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rickfisher
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Get at least four submissions out in the mail.
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1. Write one short story (bonus if I mail!)
2. Outline novel in full.
3. Keep all current submissions in rounds.

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I do too much writing, art, stuff and work. For me the following things are the things I never get to do.

So I'd like to:
Breathe in deeply and enjoy life.

Take my toddlers to the park.

Take my teen to a bunch of horror movies.

And thank God I have a wife who puts up with me then take her whereever she wants.

Followed by a nap in the cool shade.


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EricJamesStone
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Finish the first draft of my first novel.
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Finish and mail Chrysalis.
Court agent for Journey to the East

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1-Keep current subs in circulation.
2-Submit "Sweet Dreams."
3-Finish "Rainbow Cider."
4-Decide what to do with "Glass Houses" and "Three O'clock."
5-Revise "Dragon Coop."
6-Participate in flash challenges.

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Spend as much time as possible having fun with my husband and daughter.

Finish re-writing "A Son's Dream" and "Message".

Complete first chapter of my novel.

Participate in the flash challenges.

Finish at least half of my grad school projects that are due this summer.


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Let my novelette “The Pike” rest for a couple of weeks, read through it once for blaring errors and then send it out. Also by the end of May I want to rewrite my short story “Calvatica” and have it ready for sharing. Lastly, I intend to spend some time thinking about and researching my latest story idea.

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Revise and submit The Wolf's Sister

(I know I said I'd restrict myself, but something came up and I need to submit this month as it is a fixed reading period).

On the other hand, good news - I submitted a poem to Mslexia (probably the first one I've written in 10 years, but what the hey!)

R


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1. Find a job.
2. Finish first draft on my book.


Gee, it seems so easy....


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...Find a good opening for my story. I've tried so many times, and yet none of them seem to work out. But hey, with (a lot of) practice, I should be able to get it done.
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Save up enough cash to buy a birthday present for my girlfriend.
Or write a story.

Whichever comes easier.


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Elan
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Stephen, you could write a story and give it to your girlfriend as a present. You'll know you have a great girlfriend if she loves it. heh heh
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Or maybe you'll have a great story...well, except for the part about having given it away.

Because I have nothing to prove, I won't suggest any other alternatives.


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EricJamesStone
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Done.
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Congrats, Eric. Looking forward to seeing it on the shelves someday.
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Ditto.
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A little late, but I hope to start my first draft of my new novel by the end of May.

Eric - Congratulations! Wondering if you outlined or not, and if you did, how much of an outline/synopsis did you have?


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EricJamesStone
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> Wondering if you outlined or not, and if
> you did, how much of an outline/synopsis
> did you have?

When I started the novel in May 2002, I did not have an outline. By July of 2004 (about 26 months after starting) I had written 17 chapters (plus a prologue) totaling about 50,000 words.

That July, I took a week-long novel-writing workshop from Dave Wolverton (aka David Farland), and he made me write an outline of the novel. The outline/synopsis was 11,000 words long, which is a bit on the long side, but I found it invaluable as I wrote 48 chapters (plus an epilogue) totalling about 100,000 words in the ten months or so since the workshop.

So, am I planning to outline my next novel before I even write the prologue? Yes.


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Thanks, Eric.

Regarding the outline/synopsis, would you mind passing along some of the tips Wolverton/Farland gave you for creating one?


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franc li
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So... my 6 hours a week goal fell pretty flat, though I did some desperate last minute patch-up on my WIP so my in-laws could read it. I wound up not taking any of the turns I was thinking of. Neither of the characters I wanted to bring into the story were right for the tone. I guess that's what makes this autobiographical fiction and not memoir. I mean, if this were my memoir I would totally include the time I met the president of the church. But since it doesn't advance the story...
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quote:

1. Write one short story (bonus if I mail!)
2. Outline novel in full.
3. Keep all current submissions in rounds.

1. Done -- Two Flash pieces thanks to Mike's challenges.
2. Done. May flesh out more, but this will keep me on track. Plus got some writing done on novel as well.
3. Done.

[This message has been edited by GZ (edited May 30, 2005).]


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Had a great month. My novelette, that I've been working on for a year, has gone out. Finished the lastest draft of my short story "Calvatica" and started workshopping it yesterday. On my new story, I actually got more done than I planned. I have an outline finished and a few rough scenes on paper.

[This message has been edited by Kickle (edited May 30, 2005).]


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Yay! I think I actually met every goal!

Greater than Gold went in the mail about half an hour ago, and I just posted one of my flash stories to F&F.

And I've been contributing to the flash challenges each week.

Now what about June...


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quote:
Revise and submit "The Toppled Towers"
Revise and submit "A Special Brew"
Revise current flash entry for critiques.

*sigh* Didn't do so good this month.
"Toppled Towers is nearly ready, but "A Special Brew" fell flat on its face and appears to be unredeemable at the moment. On the plus side, I have another month's worth of flashes done. Now to revise some of them!

--Mel


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Get at least four submissions out in the mail.
Barely managed, but the 4th got dropped in the mailbox about 7pm last night.

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Get two already-completed short stories ("Autism," and "Angel on My Shoulder, which My Demon Lives In") polished and in the mail.
Get my incomplete short ("The Sibyllant") finished and up on F&F.

Autism's in the mail, but I only just sent Angel... to my crit group. Two weeks more for that one, tops. The sybillant will be up on F&F this weekend.

I don't feel too bad. I signed up for Backspace Writer's conference since I posted those goals, and in the interim I managed to compile two query packages for my two novels (which I'll be pitching tomorrow), so...I'm taking a win on this one anyway.


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quote:
- Finish revising "Master of Roads" (should finish this one by the end of the week)
- Participate in Mike's flash challenge
- Write out my story inspired by Dakota's Rewrite Challenge (it's flash so it shouldn't take long)
- Get halfway through the rough draft of Carrick.
- Critique at least one story per week.
- Enact my revenge on HSO

I did much better this month. "Master of Roads" just needs a read through for minor typos, I started Flashing again, I wrote out a rough draft for the Rewrite Challenge then decided it needs a bit more work and managed to critique a few stories somewhere in there.

I haven't worked on my rough draft at all, but I'm almost finished with a vague outline. My only concern about the story so far is that I'm taking the viewpoint of an unsympathetic character who finds redemption through the course of the book. I've learned very quickly that unsympathetic characters are a hard sell and I don't know if I can get the reader to the part where he begins to become sympathetic.

As for my revenge... HSO and I settled out of court. All is well.


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Failed miserably, scrapped Auric all together.
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quote:
1-Keep current subs in circulation.
2-Submit "Sweet Dreams."
3-Finish "Rainbow Cider."
4-Decide what to do with "Glass Houses" and "Three O'clock."
5-Revise "Dragon Coop."
6-Participate in flash challenges


Yes,no,yes,sort of,yes,all but one.
Not bad, I guess. I think I can do better this month.

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