The Year Of Hard Work: Easter 2016

What were my milestones at this point again? *scratches head*

Ok, so on my original plan, I wanted to have Desert Sands & Silence and Golden Trust & Treasure finished by Easter. I promptly screwed that plan with NaNoWriMo2015, so then I came up with a revised plan…I wanted Desert Sands & Silence finished by Easter, which has been done, but Bright Spark is still in-progress. The reason this has been minorly delayed is thanks to the Empty Skies & Sunlight rewrites that I’ve known were needed for a while. Unfortunately, it needed a complete re-work…

Novella to-do listSo, my revised schedule:

May/June 2016: get Empty Skies & Sunlight finished. This isn’t a self-imposed deadline – it’s the latest I can really get it to my editor. Ideally I want it done sooner, but I need to get off my ass and do it (a feeling I’m sure many people know…)

Summer 2016: Bright Spark finished, and the novella series ready to go. Ideally I’d also like the three novels plotted by this point as well, but I admit that might be a stretch goal; if nothing else, I’ll be doing that over the summer.

I also want to add a goal that I made to myself and can’t find on here if I ever did get round to saying: I’ve got one short story being published this year, so my goal was to have six accepted this year. It’s a definite longshot, but then I’ve got to have a few stupid goals amongst my achievable ones! I’m currently on 0, but I do have one under consideration and two in writing-progress for specific anthologies, so it’s definitely being worked at.

What about my other goals?

  • Finish or re-plot Shadows in the Light and Ghosts in the Fog; in progress! I’ve got a third book planned, too, and I’ve started laying out the chapters of the originals. My writing has changed so much over the past…oh dear, 14 years…that I am going to have to completely re-write Shadows and probably some of Ghosts. But it’s started! It’s happening!
  • I wanted to extend my online presence. Well, I’m up to 300 followers on Twitter (hi guys!) but then I do tend to be picky about who I follow. I’ve got my own author page on Facebook, I’m on Reddit (mostly as a lurker) and I’m trying to use Goodreads more (…and failing, I admit). So I’m working on it.
  • Swindon FreeWriters is only just getting going again after the winter; after the chaos of NaNoWriMo and Christmas, our first meeting is February and I think we’re all a little bewildered still…but the forums are up and running, I’m still doing writing prompts, and we’re going to kick into gear! @Figures, you’re up for motivation!
  • And Grimbold Books is still going strong – I’m helping with the submissions reading (SO MANY GOOD THINGS), assisting with editing and doing some web work as well. It’s been really interesting and I love doing it – which I think bodes well!

So there you go! It’s all sort of…happening. Ish. With a few stutters and additions, but then hey, they make it all the more fun.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.