Accountability, Etc: Daily Goals #16

So, it’s been a few days.

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hiii

Between THE WORST hay fever OF ALL TIME and end-of-MS angst, I’ve been a bit of a blob. I’m a little disappointed in myself for not hammering out a short story this week, but I think I needed the rest. I leave for Turkey in 10 days and need my strength!

My goals from Monday completely fell through, except the Read for fun, goddamnit one. I did, goddamnit! I read Every Heart a Doorway and started The Winner’s Curse and am SO happy I did. The Winner’s Curse is a master class on the first ten pages, which is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.

Because what did I do instead of writing?

  • Edited my manuscript for a few hours
  • Researched 15 agents
  • Picked 5 for my first round of queries
  • Wrote 3 rough draft queries
  • Broke the bones of my WIP project Iron Queen and began to reset them yesterday.

I’m really proud of myself for having done anything to do with submitting/agents/queries because it’s something I’m terrified of, but managed to do with some gentle encouragement from my older sister (aka her yelling at me over text) (which is surprisingly effective).

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#blessed with my sibsquad tbh

The last one is the one I’m most excited about. Remember how I said I knew I needed to break the bones of one manuscript before I reset them and began to rewrite it?

It happened.

I’ve been slowly working on my rewrite of the book since my 100k writing binge last August but then I panicked while I was in the shower yesterday because AN AMAZING IDEA OCCURRED TO ME. I sat on my bed in my towel and speed-wrote 1000+ words of notes, my wet hair dripping on the laptop keyboard, because I was frantic to get it all down before I forgot it.

Basically, I’ve realized that Iron Queen has spent the last few months TRYING to tell me that it’s a fantasy re-telling of the 11th century Persian romance Vis & Ramin, the tale of star-crossed lovers that eventually made its way to Europe and became Tristan & Iseult.

So to sum up in a word (or two)? LOVE TRIANGLESSSSSsss

By adding just a single character, I threw in more politics, war, and political assassinations than I know what to do with, and made the betrayals a million times WORSE

IT’S LIKE THE CHARACTER WAS FILLING A HOLE THAT WAS THERE THE WHOLE TIME, AND NOW THINGS MAKE SENSE, AND ARE EVEN MORE FRAUGHT AND ANGSTY AND WONDERFUL

I AM SO PLEASED

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SO MANY ASSASSINATIONS

So it’s like 10am now, and I really want to get started on today’s goals:

  • Read for fun, goddamnit
  • Type up at least 40 pages from green notebook for Iron Queen
  • Begin to re-outline Iron Queen
  • Edit/incorporate more beta suggestions for The Demon King

That’s all for today.

OVER AND OUT, JOONAM, I GOT SHIT TO DO

 

xo sp

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