Accountability Friday: Ohhh the Indignity

Man, I don’t even have any excuses for a week. This week was just a hot mess for fiction. Let’s go to the disaster:

1) At least 4 posts this week.

Ok, so I did that.

2) Continue World Building, producing some material that will be good enough to use for plotting.

Not even a chance. And now that I know that I’ll be moving the first week of August, I don’t know how I’m going to be capable of starting this novel August 1. That’s fine, because I can’t plot in July because I’ll be flippin’ packing. Looks like we might be moving everything back to October 1 at this rate!

3) Develop one of the two short stories that I found inspiration for over the weekend.

Now, I did do this. I’m 1381 words into The Hand That Feeds You, a concept that I’m really excited about. I’m on draft zero right now, but I’m hoping to have something done and ready for critique by next Wednesday or so.

4) Work on a Flash Fiction, but not the one that Chuck posted. Work on another one.

Nope. Didn’t happen. Didn’t even come close to happening. But I’m super pumped about this week’s challenge!

5) Finish personal market spreadsheet, pick a few magazines, send off my two lit fic short stories.

Didn’t happen. All of the windows are still open, didn’t even glance at them.

 

So, fail failing fail? I shall deny myself beer this weekend as penance for my actions…and since Sam Adams Summer Ale is my second favorite beer, and the window for drinking it is so damned short, this is a high price to pay indeed!

 

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Wannabe Author FAIL week

 

Oy yoy yoy….do I even want to look at this task list?

 

  1. Beyond the usual check in blog posts, write 2 additional posts: One regarding why I write and who I am writing for, the other regarding where I draw my inspiration from and how my sons work into my inspirational moments.

                       Yeah no. Didn’t happen. I barely got my usual three out this week! Moving to next week! Maybe I’ll write them at random times but SCHEDULE them to publish on Tuesday and Thursday next week. (WordPress for the win!)

  1. Work on my third protagonist, who I am considering to be a 2nd tier character, Urban. Post an excerpt on this page.

I DID do this, and I finished him, too. Excerpt isn’t ready yet, but it will be, hopefully, by the end of next week.

  1. Receive notes and incorporate them into two short stories: Never a Day Quietand Missed Opportunity in preparation to submit them for publication.

I received notes for Missed Opportunity that surprised me. One of them frustrated and discouraged me. But I’m working on what I can fix and moving on from stupidity. I joined 2 writing communities in response, and I’m hoping that I can work on becoming a better writer by getting higher quality critiques more often.

  1. Finish Escort Mission in a real way, seek  readers for content editing.

*sigh* I suck. Didn’t even open the file this week.

  1. Finish Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge (1000 words!). Basically, rewrite it. Post it here and link it on his blog.

Did it. Posted it. Feeling good about it.

  1. Find some sort of inspiration for Short Story Saturday. Mother’s Day edition, maybe?

Chuck posted another flash fiction challenge today. When I do the random selection, I’ll post what I got here.

 

All in all, much failure this week. I’m not proud at all. 

I think that part of it is that I bit off more than I could chew. That’s because I didn’t look at my calendar–lots of appointments and obligations this week that sucked time away from my usual designated writing times. I’m making excuses, I know, but there is truth in there. I need to determine how much I can do in a week by actually planning my week. Time management is everything.

So next week, we try again.

Have a great weekend, writing world!

Blech. What a week.

I don’t even want to LOOK at my task list. But I must. So here we go…ctrl-v!

  1. Beyond the usual check in blog posts, write 2 additional posts: One regarding why I write and who I am writing for, the other regarding where I draw my inspiration from and how my sons work into my inspirational moments.

…oy yoy yoy….I pray I can get one done today and maybe one done tomorrow. Or maybe tomorrow and Friday…

  1. Work on my third protagonist, who I am considering to be a 2nd tier character, Urban. Post an excerpt on this page.

Work has been done! I don’t know if I’ll have an excerpt ready, but work has been done. WOO HOO!

  1. Receive notes and incorporate them into two short stories: Never a Day Quiet and Missed Opportunity in preparation to submit them for publication.

I received notes on Missed Opportunity that were somewhat helpful. It is going to take a bit of time to complete the edits. I haven’t received notes from Never a Day, but I’m about to submit it to my writing group for critique.

  1. Finish Escort Mission in a real way, seek  readers for content editing.

…..oy yoy yoy….this story is killing me.

  1. Finish Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge (1000 words!). Basically, rewrite it. Post it here and link it on his blog.

……you’d think that 1000 words wouldn’t be that difficult. KILLING ME!

  1. Find some sort of inspiration for Short Story Saturday. Mother’s Day edition, maybe?

I’ve got too many short stories to think about any more!

In summary, I’m in EPIC FAIL MODE! Gotta turn this puppy around somehow…

Somehow.

I hope that your week is going better than mine!