Alright, everybody! It's been over a month since I have completed my first draft of my fantasy novel. And I'm still so proud of myself.
But here's the thing, I have begun to realize that I enjoy working under a deadline. I really do. I gave myself a deadline last time and at first, I didn't want to do this with my rewrite. I thought maybe I would enjoy pacing myself in the way that I wanted. But, a few weeks into my rewrite and chapter one and two behind me (sort of on chapter two, I have to look over that again), I have realized that...
I like deadlines.
So, this is the tough part - what deadline do I give myself?
I thought maybe I would give myself to the end of the year to finish my rewrite. And you know? That isn't that bad of an idea.
But instead of that deadline, I decided to give myself until my birthday - December 4th. So, on December 4th, I promise to have my book rewritten. Ideally I will have my book rewritten before than. But that may not happen, so I am giving myself until December 4th.
So, here's the brand new widget that I have for my blog:
So there are also some other things going for me as well. I'm starting a new blog story hop this month, so you will start to see those posts. Plus, I've going over in my mind what my next project would be. I do have a novel in mind that I would like to start, but...I don't think I'm ready for something so big just yet. I have a continuation in a possible series to my current book that I could continue, but that's also something I'm not ready for.
Instead, I want to get a few short stories under my belt. Since I like deadlines, I thought I would share with you a few that I am going for:
Hayden's Ferry Review
Deadline: June 1st
Theme: In the Dark
I'm really excited about this one and have started a story that I've been wanting to write for a while. I have it semi-outlined and it will be a horror story inspired by this abandoned house in my neighborhood.
Saturday Evening Post
Deadline: July 1st
Theme: Celebrating America, Past, Present, and Future
No clue about what I would write for this one. So I've sent the quest out into my imagination and I'm hoping it will return with something good.
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards
Deadline: September 17th
Very excited about this one, and the idea from this story will likely come from the following challenge I'm also taking part in...
Okay, so I love Pinterest. But not usually for the typical stuff you know people "pin" for. I don't usually pin recipes, crafts, etc. But I do pin photographs I love and things that just fit into my philosophy in life. I also have a "dream house" that I collect photos for. Occasionally, I will also take snapshots of writer's websites that I like and pin that for later too. So this challenge is a "Pin It and Do It" challenge. Unless I become a millionaire within the next few weeks, it's likely I won't have my dream house.
Instead, I have pinned three photos for short stories that I would like to write based on those photos I have found. By the way, if you are on Pinterest and want to follow me - click here to find my profile. Based on the challenge description I am at the "Timid Pinner" level. So, definitely join in the challenge, because it sounds like a lot of fun!
I have signed up for a ton of stuff this month, but I'm thinking it will be a lot of fun. Let the May games begin!
What are you up to lately? Have you added anything new to your plate?