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Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy Birthday and Stat Check

One year ago today--in fact, EXACTLY one year ago because posts can be scheduled--my baby boy Kal'El was born.  It's been quite a ride, getting along with two.  There have been days when we've been lucky to get everybody fed, much less get anything else done, but there have also been days jam-packed with fun--and sometimes those days overlap!  I've watched him grow from a cute little lump who did nothing but cuddle (and eat and explode out of his diaper) into an interactive, fun-loving, beautiful little person.  I can't wait to see who he turns into as he continues to grow.
Happy Birthday Kal'El!  Mama loves you very very very very very very VERY much!!!
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Also, since this is the first, here is May's Stat Check

During the month of May, I wrote/edited on all 31 days
I edited my novel and did some revisions on a short story
I made 4 submissions
I received 2 rejections
I took about two weeks to get a story back out after a rejection
I have 11 stories in slush pile circulation (my twelfth is waiting for a market that reopens today)
I made 10 blog posts
I took no days off

Analysis:
I've been making steady progress on the novel.  It's usually quite slow, but I've made peace with the pace--for the most part.  A chapter a week means it'll be close to the end of the year before I'm done, especially if I take breaks for stories now and then, but that's okay.  There's really no rush here.

I deviated for a few days to look at one of the stories I penned earlier this year.  I like it and think it's time to get opinions, although I've also entertained ideas of how I could extend it's length a fair bit (probably into another novel.)  I'm not sure that's the best idea, though, since it would move away from the story's main theme quite a bit, and I'm not sure it's the right direction.  I also don't know how it would actually end, which can be a problem.  I think I'll get some reader opinions before delving into something that huge--see if people want more story or if they like it as-is.  The only problem with getting critiques is that I'm going to have to start doing some of my own again.  How will I fit that into my day?  Eek!  (If I don't expand the story, I'll have to use the weapon I came up with in something else.  It's a great (and horrible) weapon.)

My goals for June are to keep going.  I would love if I could pick up the pace on the novel, but I know that's not realistic, and right now I think I'll stick with what is realistic.

1 comment:

Charlie Holmberg said...

What a sweet picture of you holding him! :) Happy Birthday to Kal-El!

Much luck on the writing as well.