cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
 Yikes! It's been awhile since I've popped by. I've been updating my WriYe progress thread, though, and I've been more productive than I usually am. Well, here's to coming back and having a more public form of accountability. In June, I started this challenge called the Ray Bradbury Challenge, which is writing a short story each week. I've already flubbed one week, last week, but I'm catching up now. I'm excited that I've got nearly 400 people on board too. 

Here are my goals for July:
  • Write 4 short stories. [Camp NaNo Goal: 20,000 words.]
  • Read 3 books and write reviews.
  • Write the copy for the home page of my author website.
  • Write 4 blog posts for my author website.
  • Write the perma pages for lit mag.
  • Edit: G1 and NV and Pride Park stories [3]
  • Critique for: Paul, Dax
cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
 And here I thought I'd be keeping a running total all during Camp. I haven't, so I really need to update then move on. Camp NaNo was a success for me. I started with a goal of 40,000 words with the intention of writing the entire novella. This was a little unreasonable for me, so I knocked it down to 25,000 words midway. I was still writing slower than I intended, so I dropped it down to 20,000 words, and I made that goal. It's half of my original goal, so I'm still pleased with myself. The story isn't finished yet, but I'm still tinkering with it.

Now it's midway through May, and I'm starting to look toward writing again. I'd been focused on editing these past two weeks, and it's been taking a toll on me. I still have editing projects to do--three of them--but I've been craving writing time too. So, here I am. Also, in the beginning of May, I decided to write what I've called the A-Z writing challenge, which is writing a short story a week with the theme that starts with the letter of the week. It starts in June. I created a Facebook group for people who wanted to participate, and I thought I'd rope in maybe 5-6 people, but there are nearly 80 participants already and it's only be open for ten days. We start in June, so I've been writing down ideas of potential themes with synopses if one comes to me.

One of my synopsis for a theme morphed from a short story into a six-part novelette collection, which was a little surprising but fun to watch grow.

Even though I want to focus on short stories for the rest of the year to practice writing entire stories--and boost my writing skills--I don't want to let my other projects just sit. My goal each week is to write one short story between 2,000 and 5,000 words, with an average goal of 3,500 words, AND to write 500 words for my current WIP. In this case, I'll finish my Camp WIP, the first in a cozy mystery series, then move on to another, which will probably be the novelette series since those are shorter than novels (and novellas). Ideally, I want to finish the six-part series before the end of the year and look toward publication. [Each priced at $1.99, but bundled together for $5.99 or so.]

Elzu and I have also started our literary magazine too, which is awesome. We're still in the beginning stages, so there's not much to report. I'm woefully behind on my tasks to write the permanent pages for the website, though. I'll have to add this to my monthly + weekly update posts.

Which are coming soon!



cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
 
So, I'm striking out on my own. Since it's the beginning of day 3 [though I consider it to be still day 2 since I haven't gone to bed yet], I want to start getting through the meat and potatoes of this outline so I can start to write the story. My goal is still to finish the entire thing before the end of the month, which means I have to write between 35,000 and 40,000 words in a month. That's a lot of words.

Right now, I'm focusing on those suspects and their motives (and a little backstory too). It's starting to shape up nicely, and I've even given the sleuth a best friend, besides her husband, of course. He has a rich backstory that just keeps developing - plus, he's gay, which makes it that much better. Unfortunately, he's a suspect in this one, so we'll see what's in store for him. I'm really laying it on thick for this guy, and he'll have to dig himself out of a massive hole. I'm not going to lie - I'm excited to watch him try.

He's starting to really look like a good candidate for murder, and I really need to raise the stakes for the other people to make everything seem at least a little realistic. 
 





cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
 Here's the post for day 2 from my writer blog for reference.

I already have my plot synopsis, so I'm going to skip the paragraph part. 

The point of view is Aggie's. Everything is filtered through her eyes, and I want an up close and personal feel, so I'm going with first person using I and me pronouns. 


This is a really short one since I'm not doing the one paragraph summary, though. Onward! 


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