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.
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
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.