Another month went by, marking the half of the year gone. As usual, I had big plans and ambitious goals, but at the same time I took into consideration the approaching summer. Last year, the heat I’m not used to anymore, thwarted most of my productivity, and I feared this might be the case. Thankfully, June turned out better than expected.
Even though the last days were quite a rush, I managed to reach my monthly goal of writing 500 words on average, most of which went towards short stories and some random projects, and I’ve completed yet another month of consecutive writing. It’s definitely a nice feeling to have the writing routine somewhat under control. Also, with the end of the month, I hit my halfway mark of this year’s goal, so I’m right on track for the rest of the year (although it would have been nice to have built up some extra words in case the future brings any disruptions).
But June was supposed to my revision month, and as I mentioned in the previous A Month in a Writer’s Life post, I set myself a deadline for finishing edits of my contemporary fantasy, Humanborn. The end of June seemed a bit too ambitious, but I tried anyway. I might have failed miserably, if not for JR Bee’s encouragement keeping me on track. I think she should take credit for at least some of my progress: she is a great writing partner (she wrote a post about finding a writing friend – check it out!), and I’m lucky to have her. Back to the topic, Humanborn revisions were done before the month ended, and as usual, I was very grateful to several friends to answer my call for beta-readers in less than a day. To me as a writer, it’s both support and encouragement: they’re willing to devote their precious time to help me becoming a better writer.
With the June rush, I also hit 80 hours of editing, which in a half-a-year scale might not be that impressive, but still shows my progress. Nowadays, I don’t do much beta-reading and critiquing anymore (mostly because my friends have nothing ready for me!), so I’m only at the 10 hour mark—last year it would have been so much more!
I haven’t done a lot of arts&crafts throughout the month, though I did pull out my polymer clay again and enjoyed making a bunch of pendants, mostly with entwined tentacles, but also experimenting with other ideas. By now, they’ve been all baked, but still need some final touches and a layer of gloss, so I have nothing to show except this one picture of the unfinished pendant.
Today’s #wipart: green tentacles. I haven’t played with polymer clay for a while, so I’m a bit rusty, but still happy with the outcome. Trying to decide whether it should be a pendant or something else. #polymerclay #tentacles #greententacles #octopus #steampunk #steampunkart #handmadejewelry #handmadebyme #handmadeaccessories
I also made a simple graphic for the words I pretty much live by, “Write. Edit. Repeat.” and put it up in the Society6, Redbubble, and Zazzle stores. While I was at it, I’ve also rebuilt the JMM Designs page, so now you can view sample products there as well as find links to all three stores.
My exercise is still going well, and I can mark off another consecutive month of working out, though due to the hot weather outside, I decided to take it easy on myself, with the goal for summer being only “keep exercising” rather than pushing my limits. With the heat I’m still not used to, I only did as much as felt comfortable, even if it meant some days I did absolute minimum. On the bright side, I added weights to my routine, so now I’m not only working out on my elliptical, but also strengthening my upper limbs.
Sadly, with so much progress, something had to give, and in my case it was blogging and reading. Due to the circumstances beyond my control, my website was down for a week which threw me slightly off track, and I still couldn’t get myself into a reading mood. I’m still hoping I’ll manage to improve, writing my blog posts more regularly, and finally finding some perfect time for books.
Overall, I’m happy how June went, especially with the initial hiccup at the beginning of the month. How about you? Did you accomplish anything worthwhile? Or maybe slow&steady was the way to go for you?
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.