Shoot for the Moon 2017 Challenge – August Roundup


How have I got on with my writing, reading and blogging targets?

• Edit Dying for Space
Edit Dying for Space after receiving advice from my beta readers on the second book of the Sunblinded trilogy, in readiness for self-publishing the series.
I completed my edit of Dying for Space and it is now ready for publication, which all being well, I hope will happen before the end of the year.


• Self publish a novel
This is one of the main targets I had back in January – after the false start I made last year with Running Out of Space due to some significant formatting problems, I was feeling a lot less gung-ho and I wanted to be in a situation where I could release the first two books of the Sunblinded trilogy reasonably close together. I’m now in that situation.
I have arranged a blog tour for Running Out of Space and decided on a release date – 11th October. The book is now up on Goodreads and I hope to have it on Netgalley very soon. My website and blog will also be undergoing a major makeover, so the covers for all three books – Running Out of Space, Dying for Space and Breathing Space can feature.

While I managed to successfully complete the line edit on Breathing Space, after receiving some really helpful feedback on my manuscript of Miranda’s Tempest, I can now see my way to tightening up the book, which has a few issues that I wasn’t completely happy about. So I hope to be able to work on it after completing the rewrite of Miranda’s Tempest.


• Rewrite Miranda’s Tempest
After resubmitting Miranda’s Tempest, to an agent who expressed interest in the book last year, she got back to me very quickly…
The agent has responded with another very helpful email, detailing her concerns with the manuscript. So it’s back to the drawing board to continue working on it until this book is right.


• Write at least 100 reviews for my blog during 2017
The target I set in January was to to read and review at least 100 books this year.
During August, I read 15 books and reviewed 13 of them. This brought my yearly total of books read by the end of the month to 121. As for book of the month – there were 4 that blew me away – The Real-Town Murders by Adam Roberts, The Lost Steersman by Rosemary Kirstein, The Heir to the North by Steven Poore and Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill. Don’t ask me to choose – each one moved and excited me in different ways and for different reasons. By the end of the year, I will be in a better position to know which of them has really stuck with me – but right now, I simply cannot decide which I love best.


• Short story to be published
This wasn’t part of my initial January target, because it popped up during the year. I was asked if I would be interested in submitting a short story for the upcoming Grimbold anthology Holding On By Our Fingertips.
I was a bit overwhelmed – and also very excited. The premise for this anthology is what you would do if you only had 24 hours before it all goes belly-up. I had several false starts before submitting a story entitled ‘A Dire Emergency’. And I had the news in the middle of the month that it has been accepted for the anthology, which was a lovely surprise.

I started writing August’s roundup feeling a bit miserable. In the middle of everything else, I also had the grandchildren to stay for a large chunk of the holidays and my sister was taken seriously ill, so I was unable to get the amount of writing done I’d planned. But looking back at what I actually managed to do, I realise it isn’t the failure I had feared. And there are several developments that didn’t exist at the start of the year which are enormously exciting, if a bit terrifying… I wrote just over 16,500 words on my blog, just under 8,000 words on course notes for next term’s Creative Writing course and just over 25,500 on the rewrite of Miranda’s Tempest, which comes to just under 50,000 words for the month and a total for the year to date of approximately 266,000 words.

How did you get on during the summer? Is there anything unexpected looming in your life right now that keeps you awake at night?

17 responses »

  1. Sarah, what a remarkably impressive year you’ve had. I’m so pleased for you with your short story – that’s just amazing and you must be so pleased and excited.
    Well done
    Lynn 😀

  2. That’s awesome you’re planning to release the first two books in your sci-fi series so close together. That is a great situation to have. I hope your launch of Running Out of Space goes well! And thanks so much for booking a tour with me :).

    That’s great you read and reviewed so many books. i am hoping to read the 100 books this year as well.

    • Thank you Lola:). I can’t tell you how much your support and professionalism has meant to me. It’s so great to have you alongside:).

      Best of luck with your challenge to read 100 books – I’m still not quite sure how it’s happened, given how much else I’ve got going on, except that when I go to bed, my head is spinning and I need to unwind…

  3. Yeah! You have your mojo back! Guess what I have on my kindle. Yep, Running Out Of Space. I signed up for your tour with Lola’s Tours! I plan to start reading it Sunday. So excited, Sarah!

  4. Congrats on the good news with the short story! I have my sights set on a poetry contest that ends on October 2nd. It’s not so much the winning I’m focused on – though I do want to submit my best work of right now. But I’m hoping that once I make this submittal, then I can get back into a general rhythm of writing, revising, and submitting poetry. It’s just hard to balance it with working on the new WIP.

    And I’m pretty sure I said before that I’m REALLY excited about Running Out of Space. But I can say it again, right? 🙂 Looking forward to having you stop by my “place” for the blog tour next month!

  5. I’m glad you managed to see the success within your “failure”, Sarah, because your accomplishments for this year are stunning. You’re on top of your goals, and you even managed to squeeze a short story in (congratulations!). I hope you’re still celebrating, both your general progress and your release. 🙂

    • I’m still jumping-around-thrilled that I’ve finally released RUNNING OUT OF SPACE – but also needing to get cracking on organising the material for the blog tour for DYING FOR SPACE. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement – it sometimes feels rather lonely and frightening when I think of where I want to be and where I actually am…

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