Deadlines. Some people might find these to be the equivalent of the Devil himself. I’m not one of those people. Seems I need deadlines like I need oxygen, and am incapable of functioning without them. They are a big part of the reason I finish Nanowrimo each year (because failure in November is not an option), and how I managed to finally hand over a manuscript for someone else to read.
Yeah yeah, so I didn’t finish the second draft of said manuscripts, but that is beside the point. Somewhat. Because I made a deadline, and I stuck to it, and even though it may not have been a complete second draft, I still received much-needed feedback on the project in question.
But the thing is, deadlines work, eventually! And they especially work when I make them public. My brain can’t be seen as a failure after all, and thus must cooperate once other people knows it is supposed to finish something by a set date. And yes, my brain has a mind of its own, and somethings does not agree with the rest of me.
With all this in mind, and knowing there is no backing out now, I am officially posting the spring/summer deadlines for my current projects:
I solemly swear that this spring and summer I will:
April 30th – Finish the second draft of TAO. And this time, actually do it! Cause Catrine will be reading it again, and giving her something that has been edited at least a little is the nice thing to do.
May 29th – Wattpad mini-challenge. Basically, write a short story, try to keep it under 10k, and post it to Wattpad. I want to start sharing my work, as well as work on writing shorter stories. Because everything I write doesn’t have to be five books and a freaking movie.
June 30th – Remnants. Have it done, edited and all, and start posting it. I’ve wanted to start sharing this work a long while, but it keeps growing (for some strange reason beyond my control) so I want to get it all done before I commit to posting it. This will also go up on Wattpad, at least in the beginning. I have come to love this world, and will probably want to base more projects on it in the future.
There you have it. Three dates, about as set in stone as I can make them. Now you can all just sit back and wait for me to panic before a month has passed.