Gabrielle Bisset

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Round of Words In 80 Days

I found A Round of Words In 80 Days through a friend of mine who had visited one of the participant's blogs, but I found it too late to join for the first round so now that the second round is up, I'm in.  I like the idea of holding myself accountable, and checking in will make it all the easier for me to keep on top of things. 

Round Two runs from April 4 to June 23 and checkins are on Wednesdays and Sundays.  I'm pretty disciplined with my writing, but I'm concerned about forgetting about checkins! :)  For anyone interested in joining in, here is the link to the main page where you can learn about it and link up. 

Ok, so what are my goals for these 80 days? 

First, I want to complete my third book in The Destined Ones series, tentatively titled Broken Destiny, in this 80 days.  I'm currently at 42,000 words, so that means about 40,000 words in the 80 days or about 3500 words a week (since I don't do daily goals).  It's a lofty goal, but if I work at it, I think I can have it complete by June 23. 

Second, edits for the first book in the series, Stolen Destiny, begin with Siren-BookStrand in April sometime, so getting those done in a timely fashion and getting the manuscript back to the publisher also in a timely fashion is another goal.

Third, getting the second book,. Destiny Renewed, spit-shined and ready to submit for May 1 is another goal.  That book is currently with my beta readers, but I will need to clean a few things up before it's ready to submit. 

Last, the novella that I'm hoping to finish this weekend will need editing and polishing before I send it out.  So for my last goal, I'd like to get that ready and submitted before the 80 days are up. 

It sounds like a lot, but I finish the semester on April 29 and then after that I'm only teaching an online class for 6 weeks in May-June, so I will have the time.  If, however, anything needs to be revised, then I'm good for that too.  Other than that, I want to keep blogging and I have to begin to get my ducks in a row for when Stolen Destiny is released in June.  That promotional stuff takes far more of my time than the writing does, but it's a necessity, so I'll have to make the time. 

Wish me luck!


Komal said...

I was thinking of joining in too but I don't know if it's too late.

Gabrielle said...

From what I understand, you can join even after the start date on Monday. Go check it out!

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Good luck with your goals!

alberta ross said...

best of luck - I found round one a great help and everyone so supportive - keep smiling

Julee J. Adams said...

Congrats on getting published! I agree on the promotional stuff--why I'm starting before an actual offer. Lovely background and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Pamela Mason said...

Another friend of mine posted this, and then I saw your new post.
The universe is telling me something here. This is Spring Break week for us, but we took our trip last week, so no other plans.
I'm going to do it.
I'll be looking for you!

Ing said...

Good luck Gabrielle!

Claudia Lefeve said...

For those of you wondering...yes, you can start late (last round I started a month late). And don't worry about missing a few happens!

I can't wait to read your series! Sounds interesting :)

Gabrielle said...

Thanks everyone! And thank you Claudia for the compliment on the series.