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Dear Yuletide author,

Thanks for writing me my very first Yuletide story ever! I'm excited to participate for the first time. While I'm sure anything you write will be great, and I included suggested prompts on my sign-up I wanted to share some of my general likes and dislikes.

In general:

My favorite fanworks are almost always grounded in canon somehow -- missing scenes, what happened before or after the story we saw, delving into someone's thoughts motivations. What-if AUs are great, too, but I prefer seeing canon as the clear jumping off point. I'm less interested in crossovers, fusions, or stories that take the characters and put them in an unfamiliar setting. I am never here for character or ship bashing, and I am particularly protective of the female characters that I love.

I love gen fic, friendship fic, family of choice fic, and romance. I tend to be more interested in het or F/F slash than in M/M slash. I tend to prefer vanilla to kinky (with the exception of threesomes), lots of feelings to porn without plot, and reality-grounded stories to crack. I dislike stories with consent issues: rape, incest, large age differences (especially if one character is a minor and the other is not), sexual situations with prepubescent children, and extreme power differentials. My favorite trope of all time is separation and reunion, and this applies to family and friends as well as lovers.

I hope this is enough to get you started! Thanks again for writing, and have fun! I'm sure as long as you love what you're doing, I'll love it, too.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - paine remember)
Days written: 20/30
Words written: 7,867
Words of fic written: 4,754
Words written, YTD: 75,006
Stories worked on: Six
Stories posted: Three

Charts didn't think it was too ambitious this time, but boy were we wrong about that one. )

Specific goals:
1. Write at least six days per week (except for the one weekend I'll be out of town) and make another run at hitting the wordcount goal for the month. Despite the above I got pretty close to the first half of the goal (I didn't write at all when I was traveling), but the second was a far, far miss.

2. Complete and post the Remix Revival story (due September 10th) Success!

3. Make significant progress on Face the Music sequel. Not really; I was not in the headspace to write an action-y long fic this month.

4. Post at least two media reviews to either my journal or [community profile] ladybusiness. I successfully finished and posted my Buried Heart review, and I also did my two Adventure Zone write-ups, so I suppose those count.

And now for the Q3 check-in on my annual goals:

1. Sign up for [community profile] getyourwordsout with the intention of hitting the 150k goal. Well. Today I realized that I was close to hitting the halfway mark for the year, so I decided to make a point of doing so. And I have. Getting the rest of the way would require writing 25k words per month for the next three months, and I can tell you that this is not going to happen. But I'll do what I can.

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. Except for the linkspam, which is still usually around two a month, and contributing to anchor posts, I have fallen down on this a bit.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang and two fic exchanges. Of these, at least one of these should be new to me. Remix Revival isn't exactly a new exchange -- it's a rebranding of Remix Redux -- but I did participate in it. I imagine I'll get into a holiday exchange by the end of the year, but I doubt I will find a Big Bang between now and then. But I'll keep my eye out.

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. So, I'm torn. I still want to do this, but I also want to finish the Alistair story, and I feel like I need to get that out of the way first. It won't be October. But maybe November will work.

5. Find a fic prompt community I like and participate regularly. Recommendations welcome! I picked up a [community profile] ladiesbingo card that I think will fill out the rest of the year nicely. One story already posted, and I have an idea for the next.

October has the potential to be a really quiet month, or a really busy month, depending on some family stuff that's up-in-the-air. So I'll keep the goals small-ish, just in case.

1. Write six days a week unless I end up traveling.

2. Write at least one more Ladies Bingo story.

3. Outline the Alistair story and work toward having a complete draft by the end of the month.

4. At least two media reviews.
owlmoose: (avatar - korra)
I realize I haven't had the best of luck with fic bingo cards lately, but how could I resist [community profile] ladiesbingo? My card under the cut.

And Bingo was her name-oh )

There's one prompt on here that I should probably have asked to be excluded, but oh well -- I can work around it easily enough. Or who knows -- maybe I'll get a fun idea to subvert it. I have thoughts about which rows and columns I might tackle, but if there are any prompts in here that you're dying to see me write, let me know!
owlmoose: (otter)
Days written: 25/31
Words written: 10,341
Words of fic written: 4,220
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Charts should have figured the plan was too ambitious )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least five days per week (total, not on average) and hit my writing goal for [community profile] getyourwordsout's Mid-Year Marathon, which is a commitment to write a particular wordcount during the months of July and/or August. Because of travel and other things, I knew July wasn't going to work, but I've decided to participate in August -- and I'm doing it for the next challenge level up (200k/year instead of 150k). So that's 16,986 words for the month; that's ambitious given my wordcounts this year, but I have a few bigger projects in mind for it, so wish me luck. I met the first part of the goal, and did better most weeks. The second was a clear miss (over 6k words short), but I still got my second biggest wordcount of the year so far, so... that's not too bad I guess?

2. Finish, edit, and post the FFXII story. Success!

3. Write complete draft for Remix Revival assignment. It's pretty close, anyway. The ending needs some help but when was that ever not true?

4. Two book or other media reviews for [community profile] ladybusiness. Wrote most of one review but haven't posted it yet -- look for it on Tuesday.

5. Work on sequel to Face the Music, which really wants to be written. Got a decent start on this! I hope to finish it next month or early October so I can turn my attention to Part 3 of Wardens of Ivalice (which right now is mostly waiting on me to finish my replay of FFXII).

Okay. So. September, here we come:

1. Write at least six days per week (except for the one weekend I'll be out of town) and make another run at hitting the wordcount goal for the month. I expect this month to be really slow at my day job, so that should give me the opportunity to buckle down.

2. Complete and post the Remix Revival story (due September 10th)

3. Make significant progress on Face the Music sequel.

4. Post at least two media reviews to either my journal or [community profile] ladybusiness.
owlmoose: (quote - westing game)
Days written: 16/31
Words written: 5,487
Words of fic written: 2,599
Stories worked on: Three
Stories posted: One

Charts knew this was going to be a tough month )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least six days a week except while traveling. I was on pace for this until Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age came out. Silly me, not accounting for major video game releases in my writing goals.

2. Finish and post the FFXII story I've been working on. I got a draft to beta, so I'll call this half a success.

3. Write at least two posts for [community profile] ladybusiness -- a book review and a mid-year media report. Mid-year media yes, book review no. Although I did review Spider-Man in my own journal. So that's half a win also.

4. Identify a fic exchange or Big Bang to participate in later this year. Success! I signed up for Remix Revival, which is running this month and next. I got my assignment a couple of days ago and need to decide what I'm going to do with it.

Goals for August:

1. Write at least five days per week (total, not on average) and hit my writing goal for [community profile] getyourwordsout's Mid-Year Marathon, which is a commitment to write a particular wordcount during the months of July and/or August. Because of travel and other things, I knew July wasn't going to work, but I've decided to participate in August -- and I'm doing it for the next challenge level up (200k/year instead of 150k). So that's 16,986 words for the month; that's ambitious given my wordcounts this year, but I have a few bigger projects in mind for it, so wish me luck.

2. Finish, edit, and post the FFXII story.

3. Write complete draft for Remix Revival assignment.

4. Two book or other media reviews for [community profile] ladybusiness.

5. Work on sequel to Face the Music, which really wants to be written.
owlmoose: (ffx2 - baralai suspicious)
Days written: 24/30
Words written: 11,857
Words of fic written: 4,857
Words written in 2017 so far: 51,311
Stories worked on: Two
Stories posted: None

Charts recognize that things could be worse. )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least six days per week (not on average). I would have made this goal, but I wasn't accounting for having out-of-town guests at the end of the month. I'll call it close enough.

2. Write and publish a story every week. Oh good lord no. I did make substantial progress on the FFXII story I mentioned, but it's not finished yet, and the rest of the writing went by the wayside.

3. Write and publish at least one article for Lady Business. I didn't manage this, but I did post multiple substantial things in my own journal this month.

It's also time for a mid-year check-in on 2017. (Do I haaaaaave to? Yes, yes you do. Okay, here goes.)

1. Sign up for [community profile] getyourwordsout with the intention of hitting the 150k goal. I haven't even hit the monthly target yet (this month came closest), so I don't know if this will be possible without a big push somewhere along the line. But I'll keep plugging away at it.

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. Linkspam is down to twice a month or so, but I think that's enough. I continue to keep up on the regular Lady Business features. I'm still falling down on solo posts -- I did post two book reviews in May, but that's been pretty much it so far.

3. Participate in at least one Big Bang and two fic exchanges. Of these, at least one of these should be new to me. Still no. Sadly nothing has really jumped out at me so far. Any suggestions? I might have to dial back on this goal a bit, given that the year is half over and I haven't even started.

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 expect do this sometime in the fall. September or October.

5. Find a fic prompt community I like and participate regularly. Recommendations welcome! [community profile] monthlysupergo has not turned out to be quite what I wanted, so it's back to the drawing board on this one too.

Okay, let's think about July. I have some travel at the end of the month and a banner number of social engagements throughout, AND work is likely to get quite busy. So I don't want to be too ambitious, but I don't want to give myself permission to slack off, either. Here's my attempt at a middle ground.

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

2. Finish and post the FFXII story I've been working on.

3. Write at least two posts for [community profile] ladybusiness -- a book review and a mid-year media report.

4. Identify a fic exchange or Big Bang to participate in later this year.
owlmoose: (da - avaline)
Days written: 23/31
Words written: 10,103
Words of fic written: 2,352
Stories worked on: Two (one all editing)
Stories posted: None new, one re-post

Charts are happy that it's almost summertime )

Specific goals:

1. Write at least six days a week when not traveling. I got sick a few days before Wiscon and lost all my progress toward this goal. However, I actually did write almost every day at the con (all journal entries, but still), so I almost broke even.

2. Finish posting A Guardian's Legacy, with more editing if necessary. Success! I only edited a little bit more though. I enjoyed this exercise very much and will probably do another pass through my website this summer and see what other gems are missing from my AO3 archive. (And I'll think a little more about what to do with the collaborations.)

3. Write two reviews for [community profile] ladybusiness (both books already planned). I did this, too! Wrote and posted reviews of The Lady Trent Series by Marie Brennan and InCryptid by Seanan McGuire.

4. Complete draft of FFXII fic recently requested by [personal profile] renay. Not complete, but I did make some progress.

So, I hit almost all of my goals, but none of them were particularly ambitious. Since I'm not going anywhere in the month of June (although I will have houseguests one weekend), I think I want to step it up a notch.

1. Write at least six days per week (not on average).

2. Write and publish a story every week. This is my own adaptation of a project that's happening at [community profile] getyourwordsout this month, where people are committing to write a new story every day for a week starting on June 6th. That's way beyond anything I might be able to do right now, but one short story every week ought to be doable. I plan to start with the FFXII story I mentioned last month, and then go from there.

3. Write and publish at least one article for Lady Business. Possibly Hugo reading, possibly Mass Effect: Andromeda if I finish in time.

That's only three goals, but considering how ambitious #2 is, I think I'm set for the month.
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.

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