July 4, 2019 in Dag

Time for my mid-year progress review

Well, it’s official. We’ve clocked over the halfway mark of the year. And, apart from my usual goggle-eyed amazement that another six months has raced past so quickly, this can only mean one thing. Time for my regular mid-year progress review.

If you’ll remember from my posts at the beginning of the year, my writing goals for 2019 got a little messed up. I began thinking I was going to move in one particular direction, then made a rapid about face and headed off in a completely different one. Which is going to make assessing my progress a bit more complicated than it usually is. But I’m always up for a challenge, so here we go.

If you’ll recall, at the beginning of the year my only goal was to make further progress on my novel.But a couple of weeks later, I came up with another idea. I didn’t say too much about this idea at the time, but I believed it had so much potential, I was prepared to hold back on the novel in order to turn this new idea into reality.

And that’s pretty much what I’ve done. And sorry, but I’m still not going to say much more about the idea, but I have spent quite a bit of time developing it in the past six months. Much of this has been basic thought work, and jotting down notes on paper. But I have also made more substantial progress. I have written a draft of the first story in what I hope will be a series. And I have also written a draft of a potential sequel.

Which leaves the big question – what am I going to do about it? And the answer is – I’m not completely sure. I’ve sent it around to a few places to see what sort of interest it might get. If it does get interest, well that’s great and we’ll see what eventuates. If (as is more likely) it doesn’t get interest, then I’ll have some decisions on my hands. Do I continue with this? Do I start writing further episodes in the series? Do I go down the self-publishing route again?

In the meantime, I have a few short-term plans. I might start doing some rough outlining for subsequent volumes, but I don’t think I want to get too far into the actual writing. And then, there’s always my original goal for the year – to return to my novel – the comedy/fantasy/adventure/romance/satire. I’m starting to feel a real itch to make some progress there.

So let’s see what happens. I’ll let you all know in another six months – or maybe sooner.


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Julianna July 4, 2019 at 8:12 am

Your new series idea sounds very intriguing! I hope you get several good-sized nibbles of interest!. 🙂


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Jonathan Gould July 6, 2019 at 6:59 am

We’ll see. We’ll see. All the best to you.

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