Daily Archives: October 2, 2014

Shoot for the Moon Challenge – September Roundup


This is the ambitious goal setting I recklessly signed up for, instigated by writing wingman and all round good egg Mhairi Simpson at the end of December 2013, which now seems a very long time ago. The theory is that even if we miserably failed, we’d still be further along than if we’d set more attainable, sensible targets. So now three-quarters through the year – how am I doing?

  • Breathing Space is growing far more slowly than I’d like. But September was a busy old month, what with Fantasycon moonhappening, getting to grips with a new academic year at Northbrook and zipping up to London for an anniversary getaway… Despite the excuses, I still managed to write 11,500 words towards the novel and have definitely crossed the halfway stage, which is always a significant milestone for me.  Challenge – to have the first daft of Breathing Space completed by the end of the summer. Nope. At my current rate, I’ll be happy to have the first draft finished by the end of the year.
  • I set this challenge in the firm belief that I wouldn’t achieve it – but this is the single challenge that I’m going to have nailed with ease. Typical, isn’t it? The only one that really doesn’t matter all that much. I wrote another 11 reviews during September for my blog. Challenge – to write and publish 100 book reviews on my blog during 2014. I wrote another 11 reviews during September, taking my yearly target to date to 92 reviews.
  • I have now started teaching this term’s course. And no… next term’s course notes aren’t yet written. But I am still aiming to get them completed before the Christmas holidays, which are always very hectic. I wrote 11,930 words towards my Creative Writing course. Challenge – to have written at least two sets of course notes for the next academic year by the end of the summer break. I’m hoping to have the Spring Term notes completed by the end of November.
  • Erm… Well, I’ve made SOME progress in this department. Albeit rather paltry… Challenge – submit all my unsold short fiction and poetry. Not there yet…

Another up and down month – I’d have like to have made more progress with Breathing Space. I added up how much I’d written towards my course since the start of the year, including notes, lesson plans and admin – and the total to date is a jaw-dropping 69,900 words… That doesn’t include emails to students, either… I also wrote 7,400 words in book reviews and blogs this month, making my monthly wordcount 31,150 and my yearly total so far 227,130 words. Hm. Must try harder…