[writing] Catching up with the to-do list

Yesterday my story “You Know What Hunts You”, a Dark Towns story, was accepted by semiprozine The Edge of Propinquity for their final issue. Hooray! Also, I finished the current short story project, “That Which Rises Ever Upward”, which clocked in about 6,500 words, just where I originally expected. I’m pleased about that.

“That Which Rises Ever Upward” was my last piece of committed fiction for this year, in honor of the oncoming right brain shutdown expected from chemotherapy. That doesn’t mean I won’t write more if my brain somehow manages to stay awake a bit longer. It just means I haven’t made any more promises.

I do expect to do some more revision, on “That Which Rises Ever Upward”, and probably on Sunspin and possibly one last light round on Kalimpura. Also I expect to do some more brainstorming and outlining, on the Antarctica project and the collaborative novel outline with J.A. Pitts. Plus some miscellaneous other things.

This is how I cope through the chemo fog and cancer stress. I keep setting goals, making milestones, and doing my best to fulfill them.

And just for reference, my list from a week or so ago, annotated for achievement and expanded for continued goal setting:

  • Transmit Kalimpura to my editor for formal turn-in
  • Respond to an email interview
  • Revise and submit a short story currently in draft (now accepted)
  • Write a committed short story I haven’t yet been able to focus on (finished yesterday, now out with first readers)
  • Doing some editorial work on an anthology proposal
  • Draft a script on metastasis for a science podcast
  • Participate in a podcast interview
  • Make yet further notes on a proposal/outline for a mooted collaborative novel project with urban fantasy author J.A. Pitts
  • Review Sunspin feedback from several of my readers
  • Begin process of collating my last 3.5 years of cancer blogging into a book proposal (index built, proposal awaits)
  • Revisit Antarctica project
  • Some creative/academic critique for a friend

4 thoughts on “[writing] Catching up with the to-do list

  1. Hm, maybe add another collab to that list? 🙂

    Good luck on all the rest of your projects.

    1. Jay says:

      Oh, yes! Thank you for reminding chemo brain. We are, after all, in revision, which I can still do.

  2. Your to-do list just gave me an idea I hadn’t thought of in terms of my daughter’s blog–when I can cope with it. Which isn’t now, or maybe not even next month, but someday.

    Thank you for that, Jay. There are things and words in this world that shouldn’t be lost or forgotten.

    1. Jay says:

      I hope that project is something that can bring you goodness.

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