owlmoose: (kh - roxas)
Days written: 21/30
Words written: 8,706
Words of fic written: 5,175
Stories worked on: Four (one all editing)
Stories posted: One new, one re-post

Charts are pretty pleased, all things considered. )

Specific goals:

1. Write or edit (see below) at least six days a week when not traveling. I blew this one out of the water, writing every single day that I was hope except for one.

2. Finish up the second story for GYWO bingo and draft the third and fourth (it's a smaller card, 4x4). I accomplished the first part of this goal (and I even posted it!) but I didn't even start the other two.

3. Post at least twice a week and write at least one stand-alone post for [community profile] ladybusiness. Once again I got the first half and not the second. But I have two LB posts scheduled for the first two weeks of May, assuming I can read everything I plan to read fast enough, so maybe I'll catch up a little.

4. Clean up and repost my first epic story, A Guardian's Legacy, to AO3, in installments, starting after I return from my trip. Editing finished, posting in progress! After a bit of a flurry at the beginning, I've been posting two chapters a day most days. It should be completely posted in another week or two. Now I want to go through the rest of my archive and see if anything else is missing. (Other than the collaborations with [livejournal.com profile] kunstarniki. I know those are missing. I still haven't decided what to do about that.)

Considering the week off I built in for travel, and that I got busy with work and started a new major video game (Mass Effect: Andromeda), I feel pretty good about this. Now for May.

1. Write at least six days a week when not traveling. I might get a little writing done during Wiscon, but I don't want to count on it, so I'm going to allow myself that time off.

2. Finish posting A Guardian's Legacy, with more editing if necessary.

3. Write two reviews for [community profile] ladybusiness (both books already planned).

4. Complete draft of FFXII fic recently requested by [personal profile] renay -- assuming the bunny doesn't get out of control and turn into something longer than I can write in a month. No details just yet; I may talk about this more later.

For a month with travel, a new game, and Hugo reading coming up, I think that's plenty.
owlmoose: icon by <user site="livejournal.com" name="parron"> (ffx - mi'ihen sunset)
Days written: 20/31
Words written: 7,172
Words of fic written: 1,389
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Charts knew it would be bad, but not this bad. )

Specific goals:

1. Write an average of five days per week, including while traveling. I was on track for this until the business trip, which was more tiring than expected, and then my travel back got royally screwed up, so I spent the weekend recovering.

2. Between unfinished [community profile] monthlysupergo prompts, whatever that community does for March, the Final Fantasy Kiss Battle, and a bingo card I requested from GYWO but haven't gotten yet, write at least four flashfics. I got one completely drafted and one mostly written, both for the GYWO bingo card, but I didn't post any of them.

3. Write and post story for [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000, a 1000-word fic challenge I signed up for in January (due March 31st). Success!

4. Post at least three times a week (including Lady Business posts). Nope! I haven't done a Lady Business post that wasn't contributing to a group post in awhile, and I need to get back on that.

Mere words can hardly express how little I want to check in with my annual goals today, but it must be done nonetheless.

1. Sign up for [community profile] getyourwordsout with the intention of hitting the 150k goal. Boy, am I ever behind on this one. Not so far behind that a good push on a Big Bang or Part Three of Wardens of Ivalice couldn't catch me up. But still.

2. Keep up the regular linkspam posts in my journal; write at least one, ideally two posts for [community profile] ladybusiness every month; and stay on top of contributing to [community profile] ladybusiness anchor posts and group projects. I've kept up the linkspam, averaging one post every week and a half, and I've done a good job of keeping up on the regular Lady Business features. Unless you count the Hugo recommendations post, an effort I co-led with [personal profile] bookgazing, I've not written a single post for the group blog this year, and that's pretty sad. At the very least, I need to get back on the TBR feature.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang and two fic exchanges. Of these, at least one of these should be new to me. Not yet.

4. Once Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 is finished, pick a month to prioritize writing a first draft of Part 3, with a goal of getting it posted sometime in 2018. I posted the story in February, and am planning to get back to it sometime over the summer (depending on what happens with fic exchange and Big Bang options).

5. Find a fic prompt community I like and participate regularly. Recommendations welcome! I'm going to count [community profile] monthlysupergo for this, even though I've only done one month so far (and didn't even finish that month's challenge). Last month wasn't a writing challege, so I feel that I can excuse myself a little.

Regarding April, I'm about to leave on a week's vacation in a few days, and I don't want to push myself to write while I'm gone. For the rest of the month, I want to try something a little different.

1. Write or edit (see below) at least six days a week when not traveling.

2. Finish up the second story for GYWO bingo and draft the third and fourth (it's a smaller card, 4x4).

3. Post at least twice a week and write at least one stand-alone post for [community profile] ladybusiness.

4. Clean up and repost my first epic story, A Guardian's Legacy, to AO3, in installments, starting after I return from my trip. This is my most significant work that's not on AO3, and I held off on moving it in part because it's not really a story I would write today -- my concept of Auron as a character, and to a lesser extent Spira as a place, has evolved quite a bit over the years. That said, A Guardian's Legacy was an enormous undertaking, and it remains the longest story I have ever written (46 chapters, almost 150k words), and I'm still really proud of it. So my plan is to republish it over the next month or so, one chapter every few days, lightly editing as I go. I recognize that this project will do almost nothing to add to my total wordcount for the year, but I was never going to catch up to that in one month anyway, and I'm hoping that removing the pressure to create anything new for a little while will help me reset my writing headspace. Rewriting is also writing. And I want to take on a larger project that I know is doable. I've never set a goal anything like this before, so I'll be interested to see how it works out.

GYWO Bingo

Mar. 6th, 2017 05:53 pm
owlmoose: (ffix - garnet)
The [community profile] getyourwordsout community is running a bingo for participants, and they've taken a tack I've never seen before: pictures of potential settings.



As mentioned on my last writing goals post, I'm really excited to try this out, and I already know where I want to start. Should be interesting, at least.
owlmoose: (owl)
Days written: 20/28
Words written: 5,126
Words of fic written: 2,356
Stories worked on: Six
Stories posted: Five

Charts are not so surprised, it is February after all. )

Well, work got suddenly super busy this month (two major deadlines, yay); combine that with Hugo reading and my blitz through a couple of Ace Attorney games, and I suppose it's not too surprising that I'd have a down period. At least I succeed in my big-deal goal of getting the second part of Wardens of Ivalice posted!

Specific goals:

1. Write an average of six days per week. No, and I should have known better. February is always a down month; if I'd had five days each week as my target, I would have hit it easily.

2. Annual WIP triage and target a fic to finish in February. I went through my WIPs, but I actually didn't find that much -- just a half-started epic about Marissa Hawke in DA:I that I decided was more epic than I wanted to deal with.

3. Hugo recommendations post. Done! Posted as part of a group effort at [community profile] ladybusiness.

4. Write and post stories for [community profile] monthlysupergo, which I'm trying out as a lightweight prompt community. They're doing a random characters challenge this month, a game I can never ever resist. Although I overdid it by requesting two prompt sets, I still managed to write and post four ficlets.

March is a toughie -- I have a con and a work trip, and Mass Effect: Andromeda is out soon, and although one work deadline is past the other is likely to ramp up, but I don't want to set the bar too low. Also I have a dearth of major projects right now, and I'm trying to decide whether to embrace the break or cast about for something new to work on. At the moment I'm thinking the former, despite the havoc it will wreak with my GYWO counts, but I'm open to inspiration. Anyone know of any good Big Bangs launching soon?

1. Write an average of five days per week, including while traveling.

2. Between unfinished [community profile] monthlysupergo prompts, whatever that community does for March, the Final Fantasy Kiss Battle, and a bingo card I requested from GYWO but haven't gotten yet, write at least four flashfics.

3. Write and post story for [livejournal.com profile] picfor1000, a 1000-word fic challenge I signed up for in January (due March 31st).

4. Post at least three times a week (including Lady Business posts).
owlmoose: (ffix - garnet)
Days written: 25/31
Words written: 8,357
Words behind on GYWO: 4,393 (but I mostly edited this month so that's not really surprising)
Words of fic written: 3,928
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One, plus an exchange fic that went live

Charts can't think of any particularly creative cut text. )

1. Write an average of six days per week. If you don't count the time I was traveling, I'd say this is a yes.

2. Beta pending, finish and post Wardens of Ivalice, Part 2. Close. Sooooooooo close. Look for this in a day or two.

3. Undertake the annual WIP triage, and target one fic to finish and post either this month or in February. This got pushed aside by Wardens of Ivalice editing. Next month.

4. Finish and post at least one [community profile] fandom_stocking story (due on 1/5). Success, but sort of cheating -- I didn't make the original deadline; instead I volunteered to write for someone who needed more gifts. Anyway, the fic is here.

5. Write and publish my Hugo recommendations post. No, although I did write a 2016 media in review post for [community profile] ladybusiness. But it's not a proper Hugo post because it includes media not published in 2016. This will also appear next month.

Speaking of next month: goals for February. I'm not even going to include posting Wardens of Ivalice; that's a gimme.

1. Write an average of six days per week.

2. Annual WIP triage and target a fic to finish in February.

3. Hugo recommendations post.

4. Write and post stories for [community profile] monthlysupergo, which I'm trying out as a lightweight prompt community. They're doing a random characters challenge this month, a game I can never ever resist.
owlmoose: (da - flemeth)
Days written: 19/31
Words written: 4,327
Words of fic written: 1,192
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: None publicly, one that's hidden for an exchange reveal
Words written in 2015: 105,762
Fic words written in 2015: 59,760
Fic words posted in 2015: 27,132

Charts closed this post halfway through by accident and are very irritated at having to copy-paste everything again )

Specific goals for December:

1. Write at least six days per week except while traveling (the last week of the month). Pretty close; it looks worse than it is because I didn't write at all on my trip.

2. Finish and post Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 before I leave on 12/27. This didn't happen; see below.

3. Finish and submit story for Winter's Crest Gifts, also before 12/27 (due on 12/31). Success! This is the aforementioned story that hasn't been revealed yet.

4. Write and post at least two substantial articles for my journal and/or [community profile] ladybusiness. If my new weekly linkspam project counts, then yes. If not, then I think it's still a yes, because I wrote a book review for LB and another for The Book Smugglers, although that wasn't published until today. Still, this makes the first time I've ever written an article for a blog that isn't Lady Business, which is pretty exciting!

Specific goals for 2016:

1. Report monthly wordcounts to [community profile] getyourwordsout, and share WIP snippets with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri at least once per month. Stretch goal: hit 150k pledge amount. I missed reporting my wordcount in June, but I basically excused myself from life that month. I've officially moved on from [community profile] ushobwri. Not even close on the stretch goal; more on that below.

2. Participate in at least one Big Bang and one fic exchange that I've never done before. I did a Reverse Bang for Critical Role as well as three new-to-me fic exchanges: one for Dragon Age, one for MCU, and one for Critical Role. So that's a definite success.

3. Set aside one month to work on Wardens of Ivalice as my main project for that month. I did this in April, and I got exactly what I wanted from it: momentum. From that point onward, I worked on the story at least a little every month, and it went to beta at the end of November. Although life intervened and my beta hasn't had time to get me edits yet, I still feel very good about my progress, and I have high hopes for getting Part Two published this month or next. (This is part of why I have so many fewer published words in 2016 -- almost half of my fic words are on Wardens of Ivalice.)

One related thing I wanted to mention: in 2015, I set myself a goal to finish all my outstanding WIPs. That was far too broad a goal and I failed it utterly, but I kept the idea in mind when I created monthly goals throughout the year, and of my three outstanding giveaway fics, I wrote and published two of them (and the third is for someone who vanished from fandom over a year ago, so I don't feel so bad about leaving it on hiatus).

4. Participate in at least two journal-writing challenges/projects. Between [profile] lady_business and my weekly linkspam project, I'm going to call this one a yes.

5. Archive all flashfic to DW/AO3 on a quarterly basis. I sometimes had to nudge myself at the beginning of a quarter, but mostly yes -- although I wrote so little flash this year that it hardly mattered.

So the trend of less writing continues -- although I wonder if at some point I will have to consider this level of productivity a new normal. I hate the idea of that, though. Here's my updated year-by-year chart:



I included fic words posted this year (note that I didn't track that number in 2010), so you can see how badly that cratered this year. Maybe what I miss most is the flashfic. I suspect this ties in to feeling more disconnected from fandom lately. Keeping up on Tumblr has been both more difficult because of time, and more daunting because of drama. I got way more into Twitter this year, partly because I met Twitter people at cons and partly because it's much easier to pop in and out during my workday. And I enjoy it, but it means I'm not posting fic memes or participating in meta conversations on Tumblr, which was better from a creativity standpoint. On the other hand, I am writing on DW somewhat more than I have in recent years. Not enough to balance the numbers out, but somewhat.

Anyway, let's do some goals. In January:

1. Write an average of six days per week.

2. Beta pending, finish and post Wardens of Ivalice, Part 2.

3. Undertake the annual WIP triage, and target one fic to finish and post either this month or in February.

4. Finish and post at least one [community profile] fandom_stocking story (due on 1/5).

5. Write and publish my Hugo recommendations post.

And annual goals for 2017:

1. Sign up for [community profile] getyourwordsout with the intention of hitting the 150k goal. Yes, that's right. Yes, I know that means I have to write half-again as many the words as I wrote this year. But I wonder if giving myself a wordcount metric to meet will get me back into writing more words at a stretch. I tried to get myself into that this year by scheduling writing sprints, but I rarely succeeded in doing so. I think it's at least a worthy experiment.

2. Keep up the regular linkspam posts in my journal; write at least one, ideally two posts for [community profile] ladybusiness every month; and stay on top of contributing to [community profile] ladybusiness anchor posts and group projects.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang and two fic exchanges. Of these, at least one of these should be new to me.

4. Once Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 is finished, pick a month to prioritize writing a first draft of Part 3, with a goal of getting it posted sometime in 2018.

5. Find a fic prompt community I like and participate regularly. Recommendations welcome!
owlmoose: (cats - lexi innocent)
Because I'll be out of town for the rest of the week, and not bringing my laptop along, I think it's time to call it in terms of fic writing and posting (although not writing goals for the year -- I'll take care of that when I get back).

Stories Written )

Questions and Answers )

In Conclusion

Not a great writing year, for a number of reasons both personal and structural, although it could have been worse. It seems so long ago, now, with everything that's happened since, but dealing with Lexi's illness, then losing him, took a toll on me in the first part of the year, and then during the second half I was consumed with the election. Either of those issues would have been a problem at any time, but they only worsened the problem of what feels like a long-term writing slump. One thing I did manage to mostly do, though, is meet most of my writing goals, especially the annual ones. I'll be able to take a closer look at that next week; I'll also decide at that time whether to participate in [community profile] getyourwordsout again. Right now I'm leaning toward no, although I could easily be convinced otherwise. One thing I've really lost over the last few years is the feeling of being part of an active community of writers. I fell out of touch with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri this year, and never really jumped into GYWO at all, and have been mostly off Tumblr lately as well. I need to think about what types of communities and challenges are the most useful to me, and how it all plays into my longer-term issues with motivation. Giving up writing is the last thing I want to do, but I have some big questions to ask myself about what I want out of it.
owlmoose: (heroes - hiro dino)
Days written: 28/30
Words written: 9,963
Words to date in 2016: 101,395 (that's right -- I finally broke 100k)
Words of fic written: 5,702
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One new, several crossposts

Charts are surprised we did this well, really )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least ten minutes every day. Almost. Considering the clusterfuck that was this November, I am reasonably proud that I only missed two days, and both were over Thanksgiving weekend.

2. Post publicly to DW every day. Success! (Or it will be, once I get this post finished.)

3. Finish and post Critical Role reverse bang story (due November 16th). Also a success.

4. Send Wardens of Ivalice 2 to beta. On Monday! \o/

5. Archive outstanding flashfic to AO3. For real this time. There were only three stories, all from a 15 characters meme I did over the summer. In case you missed it, they're all linked here.

Seriously, I feel lucky that I got even halfway to any of my goals, given November 2016. 2016, man. I know it's just a date on a calendar, and that there's no reason to think 2017 will be any better, but I'm still looking forward to turning that particular page. If you managed to win NaNo this year, I am seriously in awe.

Anyway, December goals:

1. Write at least six days per week except while traveling (the last week of the month). December is a busy month, not even counting my upcoming trip, so this is a little ambitious, but I'd like to try.

2. Finish and post Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 before I leave on 12/27.

3. Finish and submit story for Winter's Crest Gifts, also before 12/27 (due on 12/31).

4. Write and post at least two substantial articles for my journal and/or [community profile] ladybusiness.
owlmoose: (ff13 - raines)
Days written: 23/31
Words written: 9,687
Words of fic written: 7,277
Stories worked on: Four
Stories posted: One

Charts want to nap for a week and come back when the election is over )

1. Write at least 6 days a week. No, although almost all my missed days were in the first two weeks of the month.

2. Finish draft of Critical Role Reverse Bang story. Got off to a strong start on this, then fizzled in the last week or so. I have a good start but it's not going to be completely drafted by the check-in this week.

3. Get draft of Wardens of Ivalice 2 complete enough to send to beta. Almost. I have a few gaps to fill. But after literally years of sitting with the image, I did write the final scene of Part 2.

4. Post to either my journal or Lady Business at least twice per week. Lolnope.

5. Archive all outstanding flashfic to AO3. I literally forgot about this one. Pushing it forward another month.

So, here we are in November. Daily posting month, and unlike last year I didn't seriously think about not doing it. Looking for prompt ideas here. And even though I'm not really active on [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri anymore, I'm still going to try and write a little every day. Other goals:

1. Write at least ten minutes every day. DW posts (with exceptions, see #2), writing for work, and writing for [community profile] ladybusiness group posts does not count.

2. Post publicly to DW every day. Only counts toward daily writing if it's a substantial enough post that I include it in word count.

3. Finish and post Critical Role reverse bang story (due November 16th).

4. Send Wardens of Ivalice 2 to beta.

5. Archive outstanding flashfic to AO3. For real this time.
owlmoose: (moose sign)
And although I don't do NaNoWriMo (it's not the right writing challenge for me, for a number of reasons), I do post to my DW every day throughout the month. It's become more difficult over the years, due to my general decrease in posting frequency, but it remains an important tradition for me -- to reconnect with my journal community, with quick-and-dirty writing, with myself. So keep an eye out, and hold me to it.

As has also become traditional, I'm also opening to requests. Either journal prompts or short fic prompts, usual suspect fandoms (which I suppose includes Critical Role now). Leave a comment here and I'll see what I can do. :) Bear in mind that I have a mini-bang due and I'm also determined to get Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 to beta (so close I can taste it), so I make no promises about timeliness or length, although I will commit to getting as much written in November as I can.

Good luck to those of you who are NaNo-ing! As always, I will be cheering you on.
owlmoose: (avatar - korra)
Days written: 21/30
Words written: 10,670
Words of fic written: 6,063
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: Two

Where do broken charts go? )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least 5 days per week, and schedule at least two per week as lengthy writing sessions. Yes on the first (barely), no to the second, although I was a little better about writing in defined chunks. I wish I could figure out a better way to motivate myself on how to schedule longer writing blocks, then actually do focused writing during them, because I think it's important.

2. Finish and post MCU exchange fic by deadline. Success!

3. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice Part 2, in hopes of getting it published by the end of October. I guess? I made progress. Saying it will definitely be postable in October is probably a bit ambitious. But, well, see below.

4. WorldCon panel post and at least one book review for LB. No panel write-up; I started it, but it didn't come together at all. Maybe I waited too long, or maybe my notes weren't good enough. However, I did write two book reviews so I guess that's okay.

Also time for one last quarterly goals check-in for 2016:

1. Report monthly wordcounts to [community profile] getyourwordsout, and share WIP snippets with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri at least once per month. Stretch goal: hit 150k pledge amount. Same as in March.

2. Participate in at least one Big Bang and one fic exchange that I've never done before. I signed up for a Critical Role reverse bang, which is coming up soon! I also did another new fic exchange ([livejournal.com profile] avengersfest) and am seriously contemplating doing Yuletide this year (yes really).

3. Set aside one month to work on Wardens of Ivalice as my main project for that month. Setting this goal was an excellent decision. I have continued to add more to the story every month and I have a good chance of getting it posted this year. Pretty exciting.

4. Participate in at least two journal-writing challenges/projects. Does anyone even do journal-writing challenges any more?

5. Archive all flashfic to DW/AO3 on a quarterly basis. Didn't manage this in the summer either. I should set it as a goal for next month. Speaking of...

Goals for October:

1. Write at least 6 days a week (except while traveling, and even then if I can manage it).

2. Finish draft of Critical Role Reverse Bang story (in prep for the November 2nd check-in).

3. Get draft of Wardens of Ivalice 2 complete enough to send to beta.

4. Post to either my journal or Lady Business at least twice per week.

5. Archive all outstanding flashfic to AO3.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - gippal scissors)
Days written: 20/31
Words written: 8,982
Words of fic written: 6,774
Stories worked on: Two
Stories posted: None

C'mon baby, read my chart. )

Specific goals:

1. Write six days per week except while traveling (to WorldCon!). I probably came close, but except for two journal entries I totally failed to write during WorldCon itself -- just a little bit in the airport on my way back. Then again, I gave myself permission to take that time off, so I suppose I don't feel too bad about it?

2. Add at least 5k more words to Wardens of Ivalice. To my surprise, looking back, I got almost halfway on this (in retrospect overly-ambitious) goal. The difficulty is that I'm getting quite deeply into plot, and I came up with this plot many years before playing DA:I, and one bit has been pretty well jossed by now. I'm not going to change the idea -- too much depends on it, but recapturing my enthusiasm for it has been a bit complicated. It doesn't help that I've known forever where this part of the story ends, but not exactly what's going to happen in Part 3 (oh yes, there's a Part 3, did I not tell you?). So, uh, yeah. We'll see.

3. I signed up for an MCU fic exchange. The story is due on September 10th, so I'll want to write a first draft this month. I changed ideas completely after writing the first part and then realized that I wanted a much more complex story than I'd initially envisioned after I started writing it. So I didn't finish the draft but I made good progress.

4. Write and publish at least one, preferably two, articles for Lady Business. Fail. Very little journaling this month, too. There's at least one WorldCon panel I want to see about writing up, though, so I'll push that into next month.

Goals for September:

1. Write at least 5 days per week, and schedule at least two per week as lengthy writing sessions. I expect my day job to get a lot busier in September and October, so I both don't want to over commit, and I want to impose some structure on what time I will have.

2. Finish and post MCU exchange fic by deadline.

3. Make progress on Wardens of Ivalice Part 2, in hopes of getting it published by the end of October.

4. WorldCon panel post and at least one book review for LB.
owlmoose: (ff8 - squall)
Days written: 23/31
Words written: 9,386
Words of fic written: 3,890
Stories worked on: Two, plus some flashfic
Stories posted: Just the flashfic

Ain't no cure for the summertime charts. )

Specific goals:

1. Write an average of five days per week, including at least one long block of writing time. Yes on the first. I did a couple of days of long writing, but no sprints specifically, and that's two days total, not once a week.

2. Continue work on Wardens of Ivalice 2, with a goal of publishing it in September. A little bit of progress, not as much as I would have liked.

3. Do a fic prompt meme on Tumblr next week. Success! I did the 15 characters meme, and wrote and published three stories. I enjoyed them all and will crosspost them this month.

4. Write at least one book review and one other article for Lady Business. I wrote an article (on Star Trek, fandom, and copyright), but didn't write a full book review.

Could have been better, could have been worse. Onward to August.

1. Write six days per week except while traveling (to WorldCon!).

2. Add at least 5k more words to Wardens of Ivalice.

3. I signed up for an MCU fic exchange. The story is due on September 10th, so I'll want to write a first draft this month.

4. Write and publish at least one, preferably two, articles for Lady Business.
owlmoose: (marvel - jessica jones fractured)
So, June is a month that happened.

Days written: 12/30
Words written: 4,273
Words of fic written: 1,640
Stories worked on: One
Stories posted: None

Charts are a thing that certainly exist. )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least six days a week except when traveling. That all went out the window, including the traveling (we canceled our trip to Portland because of Lexi's illness).

2. Do at least one prompt meme. Nope.

3. Write up more detailed notes on at least two WisCon panels and compile a rec list. I literally forgot that I meant to do this, which tells you a lot about my state of mind last month.

4. Flesh out at least two more segments of Wardens of Ivalice, with an ultimate goal of publishing Part 2 in August. I worked on it a little bit, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that I fleshed anything out.

Little as I want to revisit my annual goals in this disaster of a month, it's time to check in on those, too:

1. Report monthly wordcounts to [community profile] getyourwordsout, and share WIP snippets with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri at least once per month. Stretch goal: hit 150k pledge amount. Same as in March.

2. Participate in at least one Big Bang and one fic exchange that I've never done before. Still haven't found a new Big Bang yet, and probably won't until after I get Wardens of Ivalice Part 2 up.

3. Set aside one month to work on Wardens of Ivalice as my main project for that month. I did this in April, and it has continued to be my primary fic project ever since.

4. Participate in at least two journal-writing challenges/projects. Haven't found another one yet. Any suggestions?

5. Archive all flashfic to DW/AO3 on a quarterly basis. I wrote so little flashfic in the past three months that it hasn't been necessary.

I think I have reason to have fallen off the writing wagon this month, given the amount of stress that comes with having a critically ill pet. I also read a lot this month, what with the Temeraire re-read and getting started on my Hugo reading, among other things. So maybe it was, as my old friend Ikon used to say, a time for filling the cup, consuming creativity rather than producing it, re-stocking my brain with ideas. So I don't feel as bad about missing all my goals as I otherwise might. Still, it's always better not to let the writing habit slip for long, so in the interest of getting back on the train, some goals for July:

1. Write an average of five days per week, including at least one long block of writing time.

2. Continue work on Wardens of Ivalice 2, with a goal of publishing it in September (pushed back a month from original goal of August).

3. Do a fic prompt meme on Tumblr next week (because I didn't do it last month, and still want to).

4. Write at least one book review and one other article for Lady Business (I have a few ideas on this one).

Let's see how this goes.
owlmoose: (hp - monsters)
Days written: 22/31
Words written: 13,153
Words of fic written: 4,495
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Charts are still basking in post-con glow )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least five days per week, including at least one writing sprint. I got a couple of sustained writing blocs in. Not every week on the days per week, although on average I came close.

2. Continue work on Wardens of Ivalice by fleshing out at least two more sections. Only made significant progress on one, but it's still continuing to shape up.

3. Write and publish at least one short fic. Success!

4. Write and publish at least one post for [community profile] ladybusiness. Got this one, too.

I feel like I got the letter of the law on these, but not necessarily the spirit, maybe because I did bare minimum when I was secretly hoping to do more. Then again, WisCon was a significant distraction, as were the Hugo Awards, so maybe I shouldn't expect too much. The other interesting thing I noticed this month is that something in my brain has finally switched over, and now I consider blogging to be something I ought to prioritize and make time for -- that it's not time I "ought" to spend working on fic instead, but equally legitimate as a writing endeavor. Since this is a goal I've held for a long time, I'm not in any way sorry. But it's interesting that it's finally happened.

Anyway, let's have some June goals:

1. Write at least six days a week except when traveling.

2. Do at least one prompt meme (I'm feeling the urge to do some short, quick, fun stuff).

3. Write up more detailed notes on at least two WisCon panels and compile a rec list.

4. Flesh out at least two more segments of Wardens of Ivalice, with an ultimate goal of publishing Part 2 in August.
owlmoose: (ff7 - sword)
Days written: 21/30
Words written: 7,840
Words of fic written: 5,133
Stories worked on: One
Stories posted: none

Charts are distracted by other things that I might talk about later. )

1. Write an average of six days per week, with at least one writing sprint, with a goal of getting down to less than 20% behind the annual pace. I forgot when I made this goal that I had an East Coast trip planned for April, and other distractions also came along, so I missed this almost entirely. I did get almost five days a week, though.

2. Add at least double the current wordcount (currently around 7k) to the current draft of Wardens of Ivalice, part 2. Not quite, I only added a little over 5k words, but I feel pretty good about what I did add. I also watched a bunch of FFXII videos and read bits of the DA lore books, which may not add to wordcount but certainly helped with planning and inspiration. The videos, especially -- I've been away from immersion in Ivalice far too long.

May includes both a concert week and some travel, so I will set my goals accordingly. I want to keep working on Wardens of Ivalice, of course, but I find it creatively odd to be working on only one project; on the other hand, I don't really have anything else nagging at me right now. I do have a couple of older Genprompt Bingo cards lying around, and a couple of potential exchanges I could check out. We'll see what comes along.

Goals for May:

1. Write at least five days per week, including at least one writing sprint. (I'm going to keep putting this as a goal until it sticks, because I really do think it's important.)

2. Continue work on Wardens of Ivalice by fleshing out at least two more sections.

3. Write and publish at least one short fic.

4. Write and publish at least one post for [community profile] ladybusiness.
owlmoose: (ff12 - fran)
Days written: 23/31
Words written: 12,183
Words of fic written: 7,429
Words written to date, 2016: 27,441
Percentage off [community profile] getyourwordsout pace: 26%
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Chart madness )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least five days per week, including at least one writing sprint each week. Yes on the days. I didn't do a writing sprint as such each week, but I felt like I did a reasonable job of sustained writing.

2. Complete and publish fic for Wintersend exchange. Success, and reveals have now happened! I wrote a bit of light post-game Merrill/Isabela/f!Hawke, posted to AO3. I'll do a real crosspost soon.

3. Crosspost oustanding fic from Tumblr, [community profile] fandom_stocking, and Final Fantasy Kiss Battle to AO3. Also complete. I want to crosspost some of those to Tumblr as well, which I'll get on this month.

4. Pull one old WIP out of storage and finish it (or make enough progress that it can be finished in April). I worked some on the Hawke in DAI fic, but I'm not convinced I'm feeling that one -- I have several ideas for it, and am in love with none of them. I also thought hard about the Alice/PotC crossover, but I'm pretty sure I need to watch at least some of the movies again to kickstart it. So instead, I worked on Wardens of Ivalice, and I'm going to move forward with that.

Since it's March, I also want to check on my annual goals:

1. Report monthly wordcounts to [community profile] getyourwordsout, and share WIP snippets with [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri at least once per month. Stretch goal: hit 150k pledge amount. I've been checking in at GYWO, but I think it's time to admit that I'm on hiatus from [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri. It was useful to me for a time, but it got to the point where checking in on it felt more like a chore than an incentive. I'll remain a member, because I do enjoy the community, and hope to get back to it someday. As for the stretch goal, it's not looking good, but it's early yet. I've picked up steam each month, and I have hope that this trend will continue.

2. Participate in at least one Big Bang and one fic exchange that I've never done before. I participated in Wintersend for the first time, and found it quite a satisfying experience.

3. Set aside one month to work on Wardens of Ivalice as my main project for that month. Not yet. See below.

4. Participate in at least two journal-writing challenges/projects. I think it's safe to say that signing on at [community profile] ladybusiness counts for at least one of these. :)

5. Archive all flashfic to DW/AO3 on a quarterly basis. I actually did two rounds of this, one in January (although most of that was fic written in 2015) and once in March.

Not bad, overall. Goals for April:

1. Write an average of six days per week, with at least one writing sprint, with a goal of getting down to less than 20% behind the annual pace.

2. Add at least double the current wordcount (currently around 7k) to the current draft of Wardens of Ivalice, part 2.

And... that's it. I might work on other things, and I do intend to keep posting in my journal and write at least one full post for LB (I already have a topic in mind), but it's time for my Wardens of Ivalice month. Watch this space for meta thoughts and idea wrangling, and wish me luck.
owlmoose: (cats - tori peeking)
Days written: 25/29
Words written: 8,175
Words of fic written: 5,079
Stories worked on: Two, and two flashfic
Stories posted: One, plus the flashfic

Charting right along... )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least six days per week, and schedule at least one half-hour writing sprint per week. My work schedule changed at the end of last month, to give me one day each week completely off (it happens to be Thursdays). I am committing, right here, to a weekly writing sprint each Thursday for the month of February. We'll see how it goes. I hit the days-per-week goal, but I only did two Thursday writing sprints (I ended up having to work two of the four Thursdays).

2. Super secret goal which I can hopefully tell you all about in about a week or so. As you might have guessed, this was writing my [profile] lady_business bio as well as my first article for the site. Along with contributing to the regular group features, I'm hoping to write and post at least one solo article each month.

3. Write and post overdue giveaway fic, a request designed for Femslash February. (I'm deciding between a couple of great prompts. Who knows, I may have to write them both.) Success!

4. Complete first draft of Wintersend exchange fic (final posting date in mid-March). I got a good start on this, then stalled out. I need to get cracking on this next.

5. Crosspost outstanding fic from Tumblr and [community profile] fandom_stocking to AO3. Nope. Let's just carry this one forward, shall we?

Goals for March:

1. Write at least five days per week, including at least one writing sprint each week. Keeping this a bit light because of FogCon and Hugo nomination reading.

2. Complete and publish fic for Wintersend exchange.

3. Crosspost oustanding fic from Tumblr, [community profile] fandom_stocking, and Final Fantasy Kiss Battle to AO3.

4. Pull one old WIP out of storage and finish it (or make enough progress that it can be finished in April).

Big news!

Feb. 11th, 2016 10:57 am
owlmoose: (lady business - kj)
So now it can be told: after many years of being a semi-regular contributor and helper behind the scenes, I have officially joined the team at [community profile] ladybusiness as a contributing editor!

Here's the official announcement.

I am really excited about this -- as I've mentioned often, I've long wanted to get back into writing more meta and criticism, and [community profile] ladybusiness is the perfect venue for me to do so. It's a commitment and a larger audience, both of which I find inspiring, but not such a huge commitment or audience that I expect it to be daunting.

Of course, I will continue to keep posting here, too -- personal stuff, fanfiction, politics and other non-fandom content, quick thoughts that don't make for a full essay, etc. And I'll link everything I post there, but if you like the posts I write on fandom and feminism, and you don't follow [community profile] ladybusiness already, I definitely recommend you check it out.

Many many thanks to [personal profile] renay and [personal profile] bookgazing, along with the rest of the team, for allowing me to join them! :D I look forward to working with you all.
owlmoose: (quote - questions)
Days written: 24/31
Words written: 7,083
Words of fic written: 5,086
Stories worked on: Five, and two flashfic
Stories posted: Four, plus the flashfic

Another year, another chart. )

Progress on specific goals:

1. Write at least six days per week, with at least one half-hour writing sprint per week. Fell short on both of these. Making time to do sprints has proved particularly difficult. But I have an idea going forward, which I'll talk about when I get to this month's goals.

2. Annual WIP triage. Set aside anything that won't get finished, and finish and post at least one story. Task completed, along with the story that I targeted -- Climbing Home, which was an overdue giveaway fic.

3. Post to LJ/DW at least two times per week. On average, yes; on a per-week basis, no.

4. Complete and post least one more story for [community profile] fandom_stocking (reveal date: Jan. 6th). I succeeded in this, although I still need to cross-post both this and the other story I wrote.

Not too bad for a busy month, although I'm not sure how this month ended up so busy.

Goals for February:

1. Write at least six days per week, and schedule at least one half-hour writing sprint per week. My work schedule changed at the end of last month, to give me one day each week completely off (it happens to be Thursdays). I am committing, right here, to a weekly writing sprint each Thursday for the month of February. We'll see how it goes.

2. Super secret goal which I can hopefully tell you all about in about a week or so. I promise, it's a good one.

3. Write and post overdue giveaway fic, a request designed for Femslash February. (I'm deciding between a couple of great prompts. Who knows, I may have to write them both.)

4. Complete first draft of Wintersend exchange fic (final posting date in mid-March).

5. Crosspost outstanding fic from Tumblr and [community profile] fandom_stocking to AO3.

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