I was avoiding posting my progress on my January goals because I wanted to say, "HA! Fie on thee, oh meager goals! I have slain thee with my mighty pen!"
But, um, well....
It seems more honest to post what really happened as I progressed towards my goals, because, well, the muse is unpredictable, as well you may know.
So, without any further ceremony and no further ado:
Ten Gingerbreads (picturebook): The Goal: Revise. The Reality: I read over it once, but I can't see how to fix it yet, so I didn't. I am pretty picky about how things end up and this piece is almost there...but not quite. And I still don't know how to make it wonderful. Maybe I need to lock myself in a room with it..... (but why bother, when there are other perfectly good WIP's calling?)
Chicken Wizard: (chapterbook or easy reader): The Goal: Complete a draft. The Reality: Complete one draft as a chapter book. Didn't resonate. Tried it again as an easy reader. Liked it better. Tried it again as an easy reader with a different plotline. Hmm. Is it there yet? Nope.
Nix the Naughty (chapterbook) The Goal: Revise. The Reality: Revised!! Yay! I was so afraid to open this file, having remembered so little about what I wrote. Happy to say that I really liked it. A lot. Needs a fine tooth comb edit, but I am really pleased with how this turned out.
Wren Faire (YA): The Goal: Finish Draft. The Reality: This is the reason I didn't want to post. I wanted to say that I was finished. I thought I'd finish it today during my lunch time (during which I write for 1/2 hour each day, in addition to evenings) but there were things that needed dealing with and I was the dealer of things today so......bummer. I am hoping to finish before bedtime. We shall see. But it is enough for me that It will be done by the end of the week. I will miss the rollercoaster ride of this first draft, but the revision will not be far off, I think.
Surfiesta: (picture book of silly surf poems). The Goal: Finish draft by completing remaing four poems. The Reality: Two. (So, yeah, so the math. Two more to go.)
The niggling thing: the Goal: No goal. Not in the beginning of the month goals...wha? The Reality: This was the whole prologue issue I was having on a middle grade I finished in the fall. Sometimes, even when you think something is done, it isn't. I re-structured the piece so that it reflects more of the tale I originally wanted to tell. It feels more done now...
The Creepers: (Stuff that creeps up on you that you didn't expect to work on but then find yourself pulled into.) Two, yes TWO brand new picture book drafts completed. I sat down one day and said to myself, "Self, why don't you write something that is just really fun to read. Like, why don't you write the funnest book to read ever??? So, I did. Twice. They await revision.
This post is too long to list the February Goals, so I'll save that for the weekend. I bet you can guess them anyway, but some might surprise you.
Speaking of being surprised, it was pretty cool to stumble upon some new ideas during the month. I think I would rather find new cool inspiration unexpectedly than to complete all goals/tasks perfectly.
But that's just me.