A Housekeeping Update from the Critic

Woo, some housekeeping notes!

As you might have noticed, I’m trying to get a bit better about posting regularly around here. I don’t know that I’ll be able to maintain the weekly posting I’ve done for the past month, but I’m going to aim for at least twice a month (and hopefully both of those will be reviews).

Some reviews I’m hoping to have out soon (although not necessarily in this order):

1) Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
2) Voltron: Legendary Defender
3) Leverage
4) Parks & Recreation
5) Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee

As I get further through my reading list this year, I will add other books to that list, and I can almost certainly guarantee that I will go see the live action Beauty and the Beast when it comes out in March.

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May #WriteMotivation and OWFI!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

So I went to the OWFI conference last weekend, and the next thing I knew, I woke up and it was May 6.

How the hell did that happen?

Anyway. I’m pretty happy with how my April goals turned out, as I actually managed to finish draft two of MGG. However, my glee at finishing lasted approximately two weeks, because I did some location research while I was in OKC, and realized that I would have to change the setting of two significant scenes.


On the plus side, I took a lot of pictures, so hopefully I’ll be able to get everything fixed up with minimal teeth-gnashing.

Here are my goals for May:

1) Write at least 3 reviews.
I have started one review! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish that this week.

2) Finish NaNo novel.
I’m clipping along pretty well on this, and I’ve finally finished the climax of the story. If I can keep up the pace, I should be able to finish this one fairly early in the month (she said optimistically).

3) Build a list of 5-10 agents to submit MGG to.
No headway on this yet, though I did find some great resources this past weekend that will help.

4) Revise MGG query and chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11.
Yeah, the chapter revisions are new, and are the ones added thanks to the aforementioned location research. A lot of the content will stay the same, but the blocking’s going to have to change significantly.

I have, however, revised the query letter at least four times by now (I attended a lot of query workshops at OWFI). I’ll get some feedback on it in the next two weeks, though, and revise it again.

5) Read 2 books.
I’ve already read one: Ash by Malindo Lo, which was a lesbian retelling of Cinderella. Overall, a good story. The whole thing had sort of a dreamlike quality to it, though that may also have been because I read the entire thing right after getting back from OWFI when I was completely wiped.

Stretch goals (because clearly I need more to do this month):
1) Finish at least one blog series that’s in the queue.
2) Read 4 books, including one nonfiction book.
3) Start revising 2013 NaNo novel.

That’s it for my May! What are you guys up to this month? Any particularly big goals on the horizon for you? 🙂