Where did a whole month go? I could swear it was the beginning of April yesterday, and today it’s May already. April can be quite a busy month, with Camp NaNoWriMo, A to Z Challenge, and other online challenges (like the Twitter game #WIPJoy), and of course, I felt tempted to take part in all of them. But my voice of reason have been already whispering that I had added too many things to my daily schedule already, so with a heavy heart, I decided to cut on anything I could.
The first victim of my self-imposed limits was the A to Z Challenge. Even though I had fun last year, and after my initial doubts I felt eager to try it again, but in the end I gave up on it. I knew I’d have a hard time keeping up with daily posts (I’m not fond of the idea of preparing them in advance as it defeats the purpose of the challenge), let alone checking other blogs and commenting on them.
I decided to join the Camp as I hoped it would get in line with my revision plans for Humanborn, but in the end I wasn’t really active in my cabin, and didn’t reach my editing goal even after cutting it by half. I did manage, however, about 10 hours of editing, so the month wasn’t totally lost.
Writing-wise, April wasn’t bad. I managed to write every day, and met the 500 words (average) per day goal, though I didn’t allow myself working on any new project. This mostly went into blog posts, jotting down ideas and rough outlines for possible future projects (nothing I’d consider serious, but a writer never knows what plot bit she’ll find useful), and other random things. I also managed to finish a short story and start another one.
Staying on revisions and rewrites had also the positive effect of the “catching up” feeling: as I mentioned in my previous post, By the Pact is closing to completion, with the last language fixes being implemented, and I finally got in the right mindset to dissect Humanborn: even if I didn’t manage to log many hours on it, I feel I broke through the “revision block” I seemed to be having. And my reward for finishing By the Pact and getting Humanborn ready for beta-readers will be allowing myself to start a new project, so I’m more than eager (and extra motivated!) to get them done.
Sadly, reading-wise, my month wasn’t too good. I didn’t finish a single book. I started a few, but none seemed to grab me enough… In the end, I didn’t finish any of them, and most of my reading consisted of short stories and non-fiction articles on the net. I hope May will be better and I’ll find some interesting titles that will make me forget about the world.
I don’t have any art to show for yet, though I worked on “Hills” inspired by my first impression of Arizonian landscape, and done in the same technique as my Kraken Tentacles I’ve shared last month. I hope to have it ready and show it by the end of May.
Last month I mentioned my determination to get my workout routine in place, and as you might recall, I’ve finished March with 26 consecutive days of exercising. April also turned out brilliant: I haven’t missed a day (though for a few days I only did half of my routine), not only bringing my total to 56 consecutive days, but also forcing me to adjust the resistance on my elliptical, as the current setting became too easy. I can’t see much difference, but Inq claims I did lose quite a lot of weight, so the experiment continues. I’m sincerely wondering how far I can get with my little routine.
So, how was April for you? Was it good? Bad? Or do you have mixed feelings about it?
Joanna Maciejewska is a fantasy and science fiction author who enjoys all things SFF: books, movies, and video games.
Her short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies in Polish and in English.
Her epic fantasy adventure series, starting with By the Pact, is available in ebook and paperback at all major retailers.