Shoot for the Moon Challenge 2015 – August Roundup

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We are sliding into autumn after a thoroughly grotty summer, apart from a glorious fortnight at the start of July, which is now a distant memory. So how are the crazy writing targets I set with the aid of my friend and encourager, Mhairi Simpson?

• I have just completed the first major edit of Dying For Space. The good news is that it is better than I remember moonand wasn’t riddled with a lot of the errors plaguing Running Out of Space. Mhairi has just returned the manuscript of Running Out of Space having done a wonderful job checking the Spanish phrases in it (someone hit me with a very big brick if I ever waffle about dotting another series with a lot of foreign phrases, again. Particularly if said foreign phrases are accompanied with accents all over the place…) and also suggesting some improvements, bless her. However she really enjoyed reading it, which is heartening! Having Running Out of Space ready for Fantasycon should be doable. I now need to turn my attention to stuff like ISBN numbers and book covers… As for Dying for Space – not so sure. But I’m continuing to work hard at it.
Challenge – To have first two books of The Sunblinded Trilogy published by Fantasycon. Hm. Watch this space…

• I wrote 10 reviews during July and read 11 books. Still not sure I’ll make this target, but it’s not one I’m going to lie awake worrying over.
Challenge – To review a minimum of 100 books during 2015. In progress…

• I am now gearing myself up for the new academic year, now writing the notes for my Creative Writing course on viewpoint and narrative time and during the next fortnight I have a series of planning and training meetings to attend.
Challenge – To strive to make my Creative Writing courses enjoyable and informative for my students. I’m really looking forward to meeting up with everybody in a couple of weeks.

I’ve found editing the first two books in The Sunblinded Trilogy incredibly hard work. For starters, I cannot get my head down and simply plough forward, as I do when I’m writing. I have to keep breaking off, or it’s pointless. While my editing skills have dramatically improved and I quite enjoy it these days, I’m really missing writing. But I simply cannot start another project, while my head is in Jezel’s world… The curse of the ultimate monotasker.

I spent a fair chunk of time grannying over the summer, which is a joy. But I sometimes wish I had a writing clone to continue toiling away at the computer at the same time. I wrote just over 10,000 words reviewing books and blogging this month and 7,200 words on rewrites on Dying for Space. It is a delight to announce that during August, I didn’t write a single word on teaching admin, which will doubtless rapidly be rectified during the coming month. So the total wordcount for August is a paltry 17,000 words, bringing my yearly total to date to 168,500 words.

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  1. Good for you. If you’re using New World Spanish (very different from the Spanish spoken in Spain) in “Dying for Space” and would like a second take on the Spanish phrases, I’d be happy to look at them. (I’ve translated several books from Spanish to English.) If you’d like me to go through the phrases, please drop me a line at .

    • Bless you! What a very kind offer. As luck would have it, my writing buddy and friend is a Spanish speaker who lived and worked in Peru for several years, so she has stepped up to ensure I haven’t made any really annoying mistakes. I really appreciate your kind offer, though:)

  2. You know, I miss actual writing, too. Not blog writing, since I do a lot of that, but story-writing. It’s impossible to fit in time for it when you’re nose-deep in revisions, though…

    It sounds like you’ve gotten a lot of work done on Running Out of Space and Dying For Space, though. Good for you, Sarah! What kind of cover are you imagining for the first book?

    • Oh, it’s got be a spacescape. I know exactly what I want for all of the first trilogy. Very simple outline figures with the name of the book, the series and my name taking up most of the cover space. I’ll have a slightly different colour theme for each book, too.

  3. Your achievements always impress me: looks like you have a ton of things done during the summer, even though you were supposed to be super-busy with your grandchildren. Well done!

    • Thank you! Have to say, August is always a month I look back on with some dismay – but I’ve promised myself next year to get far better organised and simply assume I shan’t get anything vital done! Perhaps September won’t be so stressful, then. How are your projects going?

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