Best laid plans...

...gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

-Robert Burns

Well, Scotland is in my rear view mirror. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you have likely seen many of our pictures. Eric liked it so much we're trying to figure out how fast we can go back. 

Of course, I came home to the realization that the kids are out of school on the 19th of May. So i set myself a mental deadline of finishing the draft for Cauldron by then. Although my progress has been good as you'll note by the updated progress meter on my home page (about 80% done) various roadblocks have popped up in the way. It looks like I'm not going to make the 19th, but I am going to be doing everything I can to finish as soon as I can. 


81% done!

With that in mind I thought I would give a little update for what my production priorities look like for the next few months. 

1) Finish the first draft of Cauldron

2) Revise "Buddy" - This is a Once and Future short from the perspective of Sarah's childhood friend Buddy Corbett. This step will be followed by sending it to beta readers

3) Record The River Maiden audio book - That's right. I've been looking for a narrator, but it's becoming clear that with all the Gaelic that I'm going to have to do it myself.

4) Revise Cauldron - This will be followed by sending it to the editor.

5) Plot Pip - This is a new project that I'm pretty excited about. It's a fantasy for mid-grade readers like my children, and they'll be helping me with it. 

6) Buddy - Final pass and publication

7) Write Pip

8) Write another Once and Future short

9) Revise Cauldron with editor's feedback.

Many of these tasks will overlap, and will not necessarily be finished in this order. I am loath to attach dates to these things because life has a way of throwing wrenches into the works. However, these are the priorities and I will work toward at least one of them every day. Ok, I might take Mother's Day off.