Shoot for the Moon 2017 Challenge – November Roundup


Mhairi Simpson, and I, once again, set ourselves a series of ambitious writing-related goals when 2017 was only a couple of days old. This has become something of a ritual, because over the past several years I have found it so very helpful to set out my targets for the year and then at the end of every month to hold myself accountable for these targets. Although that has slipped – due to being ill, I didn’t get around to writing my ‘Shoot for the Moon’ article for October.
How have I got on with my writing, reading and blogging targets now we are nearly through the year?

Rewrite Miranda’s Tempest
Complete my rewrite of Miranda’s Tempest in response to some very detailed advice on how to improve it by an agent during the submission process.
If you’ve been following this one, you’ll know I sent Miranda’s Tempest back to the agent after a rewrite. She sent back more notes and helpful advice on how I could further improve it. This is such a help, but as I’ve been busy sorting out Dying for Space and working on the blog tour, I hope to be able to return to this during the Christmas holidays.

Continue with the courses at Northbrook
Continue to run the Creative Writing courses at Northbrook Metropolitan College.
I have the course written for the coming term What Is the Time and Is It Raining? Setting and Why It Matters and have photocopied all the course notes. I just have to write up the Scheme of Work and lesson plans.

Write at least 100 reviews for my blog during 2017
I hope to continue to read and review at least 100 books, with at least 24 being by women authors previously unknown to me as part of the Discovery Challenge, thanks to Joanne Hall’s post. I also would very much like to get more of my To Be Read pile read and reviewed, so will have another go at the Tackling my TBR Pile this year with the aim of reading at least 30 books during the year from this teetering stack.
During November, I read and reviewed 11 books. This brought my yearly total of books read by the end of the month to 164. Book of the month was Mother of Eden by Chris Beckett. I haven’t yet sat down and worked out exactly how many reviews I’ve written, but I know this target was achieved back in September.

Continue teaching TW
Continue delivering the customised syllabus we have managed to find and devise in order to meet Tim’s specific learning requirements.
Last term was epic – we managed to complete the filming of Tim’s script Hoodwinked 3: This Time It’s Personal by the end of November, which was an amazing achievement considering the cast numbered 25 with 13 songs and locations ranged from the seafront and pier at Bognor, to the museum. Watching Tim rise to all the pressures and deadlines that came with such an ambitious project has been wonderful.

Continue to improve my fitness
I attend weekly Fitstep and Pilates classes to improve my fitness and regain the strength and stamina I lost after a decade of chronic lower back pain.
And this has been a car crash! I’ve only attended three sessions in last term. Hopefully I’ll be able to return to the routine in the new year. Ditto going for walks with Himself – we simply haven’t had the time or inclination. Now that he is back on track, hopefully things will get back to normal…

Overall, November was a busy but successful month. I am aware that I have been feeling very tired and rather frayed, but the constant uncertainty and resulting insecurity also played its part in that. Now things are on a more stable footing, hopefully I’ll feel more energised and positive.


Between the Bindings is promoting Dying for Space


Writers and Authors is publishing an article by yours truly entitled ‘My Protagonist and her Point of View’ about the issues I confronted while writing about my main character, who features in the Sunblinded series

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    • Thank you, John. Yes – while it has been a very uncomfortable year, when I look back at it, I realise that I have managed to get a fair amount done. Have a lovely Christmas and many thanks for your ongoing support:)

    • Thank you so much for your kind support, Laura:). At times, it’s been rough and you are one of the folks I can count on always being there as an encouraging presence – I’m also awed at how much you read and your productivity!

  1. You’re not the only one who has let exercise slip recently. I blame it on the time of year – or, rather, my acceptance that some mornings in December, I’d rather sleep in the extra 30 minutes instead of exercising before work. Then again, I have a bad habit of letting that and other good habits slip during December, too. *lol*

    But like I said in my Sunday Post comment, you should be incredibly proud of everything you’ve accomplished this year, Sarah. I’m very excited to see what’s in store for you in 2018. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Sara – I know what you mean about sleeping in on these dark December mornings! But yes… I’m hoping everything comes together this coming year:) I hope you, too, have a very successful year, Sara!

  2. Looks like you were on target with your reading and writing, and it’s delightful to read about Tim’s achievements. I’m sure with your help he’s going to achieve even more.
    As for the fitness part: I hope you’ll manage (or managed already, since I’m so late!) to get back into the routine. 2017 didn’t seem like a fitness year with all the nasty flu around and other happenings.

    • Yes, overall I was happy with the reading and writing achievements for 2017 and hoping for more this year. As for Tim – we’re right in the thick of getting him prepared for his exams, so please cross your fingers for him for the next 2 and a half months!

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