I finished writing No Sugar Coating!
I know I don't normally get this excited about my projects when I finish them, but deciding to self-publish a few of my titles makes me insanely happy. I have a deadline (February 2014) and a goal to work towards. It's tangible. There's a light at the end of the tunnel!
It stands at 47,000 words. I was aiming for 50,000, but usually more descriptive meat gets added during editing. My first draft is always in gray scale, so-to-speak, and the second draft gets painted with color.
So! With that announcement being done, I have several other goals to touch upon.
May is going to be a busy month, but I'm ready, and excited, for it. I have a trip back to New Hampshire to visit the family (much needed, since I haven't met my youngest nephew yet) and then I have all these shenanigans that I've set out for myself.
Before leaving: finish the first and second edit of my top secret novelette project. Deliver a copy to my husband, one of my awesome critique partners, and my roommate.
After getting back: Do another edit based on feedback of top secret novelette project. Get it to my beta readers. Edit The Unanswerable. Create mock-cover for The Unanswerable. Start the IndieGogo for The Unanswerable.
I took a look at my finished projects, and I was shocked to see how many of them are lying around right now. I have four sitting, not actively being worked on, and one temporarily abandoned (until I feel like rewriting it into a darker NA story). That's five projects that are doing nothing.
I look at that and think, "What am I doing?!" I keep starting new, shinier projects and leaving my old ones behind. It's daunting, looking at that back list, and thinking of how many edits, changes, etc. I have in my future. But knowing I have plenty of things to work on feels good.
For the rest of this year, with the exception of NaNo, I will be trying to finish what I started.