This month’s writing prompt over on the Vision Writers website was born from me reminiscing when my old roomate and i used to go to the local clothes dressed up. We’d go out with our wings on, or in formal gear (the actual dresses we wore to our year 12 formals ;p ) and such. Thinking of that made me think about all the people who need to go to the supermarket despite having extraordinary lives. And thus another writing prompt is born.
In April I did Camp NaNoWriMo in an attempt to finally complete the first draft of ‘Key,Clocks, Quests’ (working title). It was the only goal I set for myself for the month. Now, after two NaNo’s, I have managed to get 120k done and am in the home stretch now, only about 10k to go until those two sublime words: ‘The End’.
I’m particularly impressed with the fact I still pulled off a 50k word month since it was not exactly a quiet month. The first two weeks were school holidays, never the most productive when the whole day is full of keeping two kids happy and a house clean ;p We also went to the Gold Coast Supanova (I spotted a Rei Ryugazaki cosplayer and was devastated I couldn’t get a photo with him because I was in line for Peter Capaldi’s signature so couldn’t just run over and fangirl) and I’d not finished Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom from last month, plus Atelier Lydie and Suelle came out in early April here in Australia, so I lost a fair bit of productivity to my gaming addiction ;p
Yet despite all that I still managed write the 50,000 words in ‘Keys, Clocks, Quests’ and also to edit a couple of short stories and submit them, as well as writing a little scene which will become part of another short story in the near future (fans of Mayu and Yuta from Hananbi to Kitsune rejoice, their story is going to continue after all!)
Throughout April I also attended another three webinars, nabbed a short video course at a great price (I’ll let y’all know if it’s a good one when I finally have the time to sit down and go through it ;p ) and have purchased a course that starts in June that came highly recommended. Of course, I’m still trucking on with the 5 Year Best seller course too.
In May my goals are:
Finish ‘Keys, Clocks, Quests’ first draft
Do an early stage edit of my husband’s book, I Am Not Liam Neeson
Use beta-reader feedback on Lovely/Lonely to edit the novel
Use Beta reader feedback on Nothing Charming to edit it
Books I read in April:
Beyond Magenta: like a short story anthology, but of bios of transgender teens
The Stone Key: My first reading of the fifth book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles (I quit reading the series as it was releasing so I could read them all in one go once the series was complete, but only just found the time now to finally reread the earlier books and read the new ones now)
The Sending: The sixth book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles
Kirstie Olley is an award-winning speculative fiction author and the full-time wrangler of her children Xander and Harlequin.
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