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Aug 03

August 2015: A Review & Progress Report

 

TalesOfAGM CrossAt the start of the year I posted my Writing Resolutions for 2015.

 

Every month I keep these goals in focus by posting an update about my progress. The original post outlined four categories of resolution:

  • Blogging Resolutions
  • Freelance & Publishing Resolutions
  • Fiction Resolutions
  • Gaming Resolutions

 

Let us look at each of them in turn.

 

Blogging Resolutions

July turned out to be a good month for Tales of a GM.

 

The best traffic came at the start of the month when I published my loving review of HeroQuest 2.

 

This essay was picked up by both the designer and publisher of HeroQuest 2, who spread the link. This brought in a lot of traffic for me. July also saw the launch of Whispers of a GM, my weekly newsletter.

 

Have you signed up yet?

 

While there is always more which could be done, July saw some great progress in traffic, profile and development. I feel justified in awarding myself top marks again. Blogging score 5/5.

 

Freelance & Publishing Resolutions

Real life impacted this area of my writing, as I tried to wind down my schedule ready for the summer holidays. The plan was to complete a pdf ready for the summer break. I reached the layout stage, but then ran out of time. This was disappointing. Freelance score 2/5.

 

Fiction Resolutions

Fiction writing in the early part of July went well. I received some very positive feedback from the beta readers for my horror story. This should be ready for submission soon. The first draft of my latest children’s book was completed, and I began searching for an agent.

 

The end of the month saw my schedule heavily curtailed, so no further progress was made. A good month, but nothing spectacular and more effort required. Fiction score 3/5.

 

Gaming Resolutions

July gaming was a mixed bag. Roleplay was limited, but then we also had another new Player start. One deck for Friday Night Magic has been built and testing has begun, but this remains a slow process. However, the boys are showing a growing interest in gaming, which bodes well for the future. Gaming score 3/5.

 

July 2015

The final score for July is 13/20. This is a slight fall from the run of fourteens, but then the end of the month was more about childcare than writing. Thirteen is a decent score under the circumstances, and I expect the August assessment to be worse.

 

It will be September before I can really devote time to the writing again.

 

Have you made any progress with your resolutions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Happy Gaming

Phil

 

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