2015 halfway point

Back in January, I talked about how I was planning out my year — one major goal per quarter, keep up my serials, get Corn Maze up for sale, and make progress on the 50 States mystery series.

Yeah . . .

I’m still finalizing Corn Maze edits, I’ve set aside 50 States for now, and I finished nothing new in the second quarter. I have kept up on the serials, though, and I’ve tried to be better about blogging.

New project I’m pitching, though, involves a comic book miniseries. I didn’t get the pitch sent in by the end of June, but the publisher is supposed to reopen to pitches in September, so we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve also been looking at older work, novel manuscripts that I set aside because I didn’t yet have the skills to fix them, to make them the best they could be. At this point, that’s probably going to entail writing them over from scratch, rather than patching up sentences and paragraphs here and there, which on the one hand is a little depressing (more time and work involved) but on the other is a testament to my growth as a writer because I don’t think a simple edit is good enough.

Goal for the rest of the year is still to complete two more projects. Let’s see how that goes.

Today’s post was inspired by the topic “Midyear check-in” — July’s topic in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour — an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out the next posts in the series, by Sandra Barret, D. M. Bonanno, and Margaret McGaffey Fisk.

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  1. Hugs on the depressing, but you may find because of your improved writing skills it’ll be faster/easier to rewrite than to edit.

    • I’m just thinking: time to outline, time to write, then more time to edit again (because obviously it still won’t be perfect)… That’s the depressing part. 😉

  2. Hey,
    Still forward progress. Well done!

  3. The good thing about goals? They’re adaptable. 😀

    • Indeed they are. If I were as flexible as my goals are . . . my body would be at least ten years younger than it is. 😉

  4. Ashe Elton Parker

    Full rewrites because your writing skill has improved beyond the level you were at when you wrote the original drafts are a great sign of how much you’ve progressed.

    Good luck with your goals for the rest of the year!

    • Thanks! Yes, if I still thought that that was the best I could do, it would be tragic. 🙂

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