Goals for 2019

If I Perish, I Perish – Short Story
I’m planning on submitting this retelling of Esther for the 2019 Mormon Lit Blitz. Still needs some polishing before then, as I’ve only written a single draft so far.

Status: revising

Leo’s Human Diary – Novelette
After I’ve made this story as good as I can, I plan on publishing it on Fanfiction.net. May not get me any money, but maybe it will get me some fans.

Status: revising

Masculine Rescue – Short story
I wasn’t liking this story, so I quit working on the draft part way through. Maybe one day I’ll come back to it, but not now.

Status: retiring

Soulmates – Short story
I just got feedback from critters on this story. Some of that feedback triggered a bit of depression in myself. It just feels like I’ve been working on this story forever, and it isn’t there yet. But it has been improving. Hopefully this time I can get something publishable.

Status: revising

Drone of a Fal’Cie – short story
This story is currently in the critters queue awaiting criticism. It hasn’t gone through any beta readers, so even though it got flat out rejected from Writers of the Future, I’m looking forward to a rewrite.

Status: revising

Tattered Flower – Short story
This story is currently on submission, and I can’t think of anything more to do to improve it. Hopefully this year it finds a home.

Status: on submission

Refusing the Call – Short story
Like Tattered Flower, this story is also currently on submission, and I can’t think of anything more to do to improve it. It’s one I really want to find a home.

Status: on submission

Subverting the Prophecy Subversion – Short story
I wasn’t happy with the plot from this story, so I took the world and created “Refusing the Call”. I like that one much better. Maybe one day I’d come back to this plot, but not in the near future.

Status: retiring

After the Escape – Short Story
This story did well in Writers of the Future, but as I pondered changes, I started to feel uneasy about it. It’s a story about the culture clash a fantasy Japanese person would feel about going back to the country they were born in after being raised in fantasy Germany, and I don’t think I’m doing it with enough cultural sensitivity. Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to tell it.

Status: retiring

Meddling Gods – Novelette
This story has been rejected at pretty much all the markets that will take something this long and pay at least 1 cent per word. Time to trunk it.

Status: retiring

Unstop the Wind – Short story
This story has been rejected at pretty much every market I have on my list. It’s gotten great feedback, but I think it’s time to trunk it.

Status: retiring

Changestone – Short story
This story has been at its current market for almost 2 years now. It’s possible it could still be accepted, but if it isn’t, it’s getting trunked.

Status: on submission

Silent Scars – Novella
I have no plans or desire to work on this any time in the future.

Status: retiring

Lightning Born – Novel
I have been feeling like my grasp on the world is not very good at all. Maybe one day I’ll come back to this novel. I do love the magic system in it. But not right now.

Status: retiring

I feel sad to be abandoning so many stories. Also, the rejections got to me this year. Which is part of why I wanted to work on “Leo’s Human Diary” – it’s a purely for me project so I can refill my well. Since I don’t have as many stories ready for submission right now, I don’t know how many rejections I want to try for this year. So I think I’ll skip that goal this year. Similarly, I’m going to skip my goal of submitting every quarter to Writers of the Future.

Now this does free me up to try NaNoWriMo in 2019. I was actually tempted to this year, but decided not to. Good thing, because I was pretty stressed that month. But starting this fall, all my kids will be in school full day. And I’ve started working on a novel idea. November is hard for me, so maybe I won’t try for the full 50,000. But it would be fun to get something started!

So to sum up, in 2019 I want to:

  • Revise “If I Perish, I Perish”
  • Revise & publish “Leo’s Human Diary”
  • Revise “Soulmates”
  • Revise “Drone of a Fal’Cie”
  • Write timetravel/shapeshifter novel

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