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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!!!
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.

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.