Sunday, 17 July 2016

Podcasts (and other stuff) that Inspired Me 2

I've got more podcast episodes and stuff that I really like to share! So.... A second post!

From The Creative Penn, I found an episode on banishing writer's block! I thought it was really great, so if you're looking for something to listen to, you should check it out:

I really like this quote that includes a quote:
"I think people put so much pressure on themselves to be perfect and that’s baloney. I love the Ernest Hemingway quote where he says, “We are all apprentices in a craft that no one ever masters.” "
Another podcast that I started listening to is the Planet Money podcast. My friend introduced it to me, and it's definitely worth subscribing too. Episodes I like include the one on living on the poverty line, bitcoin (brought up some points that I haven't considered because most of the bitcoin people I know are extremely positive about it), a cheese cartel, and the latest episode, on getting your money back.

And in the none podcast stuff, I found an article on self-editing, and I thought it was pretty useful. I'll probably be using that (in conjunction with the other stuff) the next time I'm doing revisions.

Another really interesting site is called Immerse or Die, where the guy tries to immerse himself in a book, but gives up after three strikes. I don't think I'm brave enough to submit yet, but there's a lot of helpful advice in there - look at what pulled him out and I think it can point to places we can check in our own writing.

Lastly, I found two really cool MOOCs, which I wrote about on my other blog here.

Let me know if you found anything interesting lately. I'd love to hear about it(:

Thursday, 7 July 2016

June Writing Update

Have a photo of a cat, taken in the month of June
Yike, it's now July! Ok, June really flew by too fast. I actually have a few more podcasts/websites that I want to share, but it looks like I didn't do so for the whole of last month! That's kinda sad. Ok, I shall try to do at least one post this month. Anyway, my update for June:

Writing Goals for 2016:

1. Publish Beauty's Daughter, which is the sequel to The Nutcracker King (if possible, I want to finish the second draft/main rewrite by this year!)

Still waiting on the edits for this one. (and yes, I said the same thing last month. It's a waiting game) - Please note that I just used last month's message.
2.5 Finish the second draft of The Goblin Apple by the end of the year. 
I haven't started on this yet. With any luck though, I can start for the July Camp NaNo (if I do it) Not doing July's Camp NaNo, and I have no idea when this will be started >< Probably after I publish Beauty's Daughter.
3. Publish one of the short story collections at 0.99. 

Stretch goals
4. Finish Mi & You, this WIP that's been a WIP for the last few years. 

5. Decide what I want to do with Free of Heart (this year's NaNo). If I decide to publish, I want to finish the second draft by the end of 2016 as well. Finish the rewrite of Heart-less (previously Free of Heart)


Surprisingly, my stretch goals are finished, while my main goals... aren't. I suppose it's because the stretch goals are mostly writing-based, while one of the main goals isn't. Although technically, I have finished goals two and three, just not goal 2.5.

Oh well, here's to a more productive month. By the way, I'm adding a new goal:

4. Finish writing Seals vs Penguins, the collab story I'm working on. 

Last, word count news. I wrote 21358 words last month, which was actually less than May. I was quite surprised, because the month was off to a good start. But I guess I had too many distractions in the latter half of the month - that'll teach me to be complacent.