August is the time of year when I kind of look back and evaluate my yearly progress in preparation for the new year (of school, naturally.) I joked back in January that this would be the year of revision for me.
Well, it was. It still is. But let's take a look-see, shall we?
1. SEVEN TALES OF TRINKET-This was revised a couple of times and is now in copy-editing. (I kept thinking each round would get easier, but in truth, each round held its own hidden gargoyle of despair that I had to defeat in order to move on. But move on I did!)
2. KEELIE OF THE LAKE-Revised this once for myself and once for my agent (who has it now). I will probably do another round based on her feedback.
3. Various Picture Book Titles-Er, um...yeah. I played with a few ideas, but I haven't really written one in the past few months that I LOVE. And that is what it takes when it comes to a picture book manuscript. (Well, any ms, actually). You must LOVE it and you must be able to visualize it in the hands of children. It must work on every level you need it to work on.
I am a bit bummed that I haven't come through with something like this in 2011 yet. But I am not giving up. I have two ideas (pitifully low number) that I THINK can go the distance, if only I can conjure the perfect words. (Because with picture book writing, it's conjuring as much as anything that gets the book written:)
4. New Book (mg novel): Yay! Something new in the year of revision. It's tentative title is: Feathers, Songs, and Curses. I am about 1/3 of the way done.
Goals? Well, before the end of the year, I'd like to get Keelie all shaped up and purty, and finish the draft of FS and C. I'd also like to have TWO picture book mss that I LOVE and BELIEVE in with all of my heart and soul.
How are your writing goals for the year coming along?
P.S. Chapterbook? (yes, please.)