For my April goals:
1. To get healed up from my two surgeries ... mostly I'm there. I still find stairs and inclines a bit daunting and potentially pain-producing. However, I can walk flat for quite a bit (1 mile or so) and do one staircase a day.
2. To help and encourage my daughter to make a great decision for college ... Yes.
Accepted at seven great universities, many of whom offered scholarships (merit and WUE), my daughter had a tough choice on her hands. We had a list of 27 features to consider that we filled out in spreadsheet form as she worked through one of the hardest decisions she's ever made.
She ultimately chose: Montana State University.
3. To get a bunch of writing done on my main WIP in April ... not so much. I stalled out again and I realized when trying to explain my dilemma to my family that I was really still not ready to go beyond the world-building/character vignette phase to the full novel phase for the MG to YA superhero Greenling Chronicles (book 1, title unknown). Plus, I was semi-entranced by two new novel ideas which I spent a few days working with in a playful fashion. Ultimately, I knew that I was still thinking about the space opera/scifi for adults (content at least PG-13 for action violence and human trafficking) Captain Wrath. And, I realized I am using a similar world-building system between The Greenling Chronicles and Captain Wrath - which slightly disturbed me. Should I do that? What does it mean? And, why am I obsessed with dryads? If I use a similar system, do the books have to tie together - I hope not (definitely not meant for the same audience)! So, my brain jumbled around on my various WIP ideas, but the writing process went in bits and starts - 15 minutes to 45 minutes a session tops. I did write nearly a hundred pages in my journal with ideas, goals, character thoughts, and other things.
1. Continue to heal, rest, get renewed.
2. Market Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life Anthology.
3. Prepare for my oldest daughter's high school graduation.
4. Cheer at my youngest daughter's kayaking race in Canada.
5. Take care of a pile of paperwork that built up while I've been sick.
6. Plant something that likes wet roots. (We've had a record level of rain here - Seattle has had nearly 45 inches of rain. The rain forest on the Olympic Peninsula has had nearly 10 feet of rain. I live on the Peninsula - a bit closer to the rainforest than Seattle.)
7. Work on either Captain Wrath or The Greenling Chronicles and work out the weird world-building/dryad obsession issues. This may not mean a big word count, but I hope I get some plot paths straightened so I can start writing with more fervor in the summer. (I really should be writing about naiads and not dryads.)
8. Go barefoot outside at least one day or stomp in puddles (weather permitting).
9. Keep reading Cling to God - a great devotional by Lynda Young.
10. Finish reading Chapter from Chapter - the IWSG Goodreads book of the month.
How are your goals working our for April?
Have any new goals for May?
Because I'm still working on marketing Hero Lost, I hope no one minds that I'm going to add a few links here. I'm super excited that the books came already and I've been reading the stories by the other authors. I'm truly humbled and honored to be included in this anthology, next to these amazing writers.
Hero Lost Website
Hero Lost Thunderclap - going May 2nd.
Book page at IWSG
Hero Lost at Dancing Lemur Press