Yesterday, I dragged the sewing machine out for the first time in months (at least!) Not only do I have tons of mending to do, I wanted to do something creative other than writing for a change. So I made this medievaly fairy / elf outfit:
I realize Barbies are politically incorrect and lead to inferiority complexes, but they are also ubiquitous. I played with them as a girl, as did my daughter, and we both turned out to be fairly reasonable adults, with fairly healthy egos. And the dolls are fun to make dresses for. *g* I’ve actually been playing with the idea of making some historical costumes for a while. It was nice to do something almost completely without purpose (except for some upcoming birthdays), and messing with fabrics and designs was a kick too.
So, on to the update, which is not quite as fun as a Lord-of-the-Rings-inspired Barbie costume. Below I have listed my goals at the beginning of the quarter and what became of them.
– Write an average of at least two hours a day, five days a week (10 hours a week)
I did pretty well on this one, at least until December rolled around.
– Finish the first draft of A Wasted Land
Nope. Got waylaid by the need to do more research and brainstorming, I’m afraid.
– Brainstorm the next two novellas in The Glassmakers trilogy, Facets of Glass and Shards of Glass
Got a little bit of brainstorming done, but not much.
– Start (finish?) Facets of Glass
– Be at least 240 pages into the Big Translation Project by the end of the round
I’m afraid I’m about 100 pages behind on this goal. 😦
– Publish Chameleon in a Mirror and Island of Glass
Nope. They’re finished, but I’m still waiting for feedback from beta readers for both. And the last thing I want to do is bug people who are doing a huge favor like read and comment on a whole book for me!
– Prepare CreateSpace version of Shadow of Stone
DONE! Shadow of Stone is now available as a trade paperback. 🙂
– Publish Shadow of Stone to B&N, Smashwords and D2D
– Publish “Mars, A Traveler’s Guide” to Amazon and make it free
– Publish Gawain and Ragenll and make it free
DONE! Gawain is now available free at most major ebook sellers. And it actually seems to be helping my sales of Yseult and Shadow of Stone a tiny bit.
So it looks like next round I’m going to have mostly the same goals. Hopefully without the Christmas season I’ll have a bit more success with them. 🙂 I’m not going to kick myself, though. I got a lot of words written, started a new project I wasn’t planning, “won” Nanowrimo, and made my granddaughters very happy at Christmas. And that’s pretty high up on my list of priorites. 🙂
Hope everyone else is happy with the progress they made!