Breaking the Author – Week Three

Third week tucked into my belt for this year’s authorial challenge, Breaking the Author!

I was sick for most of this week, and unlike last year when I was sick, I didn’t force myself to complete daily goals to the detriment of my health. So while I had a couple extra things early in the week I was hoping to get around to, I just didn’t have the health for it this week.

The goals I wanted to achieve were thus:

  1. Finish first-pass edits on Shapes 1. – Completed this Tuesday night.
  2. Plot out Shapes 2 with a rough outline. – Completed this Friday night.
  3. Start line edits on Shapes 1. – Did not even begin this.
  4. Edit “Shibboleth” and “Damp Summer Nights” short stories. Did not even attempt.
  5. Maintain blog. – Completed.

So I finished 3 of my 5 goals this week, but I don’t feel too down about it. 

Next week I will attempt to pick up the slack a little bit and get myself to where I was hoping to be, but if the scale continues to slide back into the year, that’s also not the end of the world. I’m a busy person and these goals are a lot more nebulous and harder to gauge than “write 1,000 words a day” was.

If I can wrangle the line edits for Shape 1 and get it to a place I feel is appropriate for self-publishing, I will begin finalizing the ebook and looking to get cover art made for it in advance of the start of Shapes 2 on the blog next month.

I also offered a critique this week that I hope was helpful to that person!

Here’s the breakdown for the year:

1. Edit the three novels and two novellas from last year.
– Gridfall (novel)
– Triple T (novella)
– Avalon Circle (novel)
– Savage Duty (novel)
2. Self-publish one of the novels and both novellas.
– Triple T
– Savage Duty
3. Submit other two novels for regular publishing consideration.
– Gridfall
– Avalon Circle
4. Continue a weekly Editorial and Update schedule on the blog for this year’s challenge.
– Three Weeks Successful
5. Get started back up on a weekly novel or novella posting on the blog.
– Shapes 2 is plotted and I will begin writing it in the next two weeks.
6. Submit a short story a month.
– Two in January
7. Write at least one short/flash story a month.
– January Story Complete!
8. Write the next part of the Shapeshifter novella series.
– See Number 5.
9. Write the first novel of the new trilogy in the Shades series.
– Not begun.
10. Transcribe the partially-completed coming-of-age fantasy story that only exists in notebooks. Finish the novel.
– Not begun.

That’s it for this update!


As always, follow me on Facebook and Twitter with #breakingauthor. Keep on striving for those goals.

And always remember to write the hell on!

3 thoughts on “Breaking the Author – Week Three

    • Thanks, Tori! I think this year will be more exciting as an author because it’s so focused on ‘getting the work out there’. Here on the blog for free short stories, self-publishing novellas and novels, and all the submitting I have plans to do this year.

      I may not achieve all the goals on my list for the year, but I’m sure excited to keep the momentum I built from last year going strong.

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