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Plans and Goals
Sometimes it helps to talk out the things you want to do and the projects you want to work on, and get cheers for stuff you've finished.

  • What are some of your upcoming plans and goals?

  • Are any of them things you'll need help with, and if so, what kind of help?

  • What are some plans/goals that you have recently completed?

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catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: June 7th, 2012 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm making a filk album. This has so many parts I'm having trouble keeping track:

Recording, mixing, and mastering the music. Help I have got and am getting with this has included suggestions about what might be causing technical problems with the recording early in the process, advice about what (cheap) program(s) work for mixing, and now a couple of friends with mixing experience to listen to my (semi)final mastered versions and make suggestions.

Art for the cover, traycard and on the CD itself, as well as some extra small pieces for my eventual web page about the album, and for the associated songbooks and perhaps some tee-shirts for participants. I ended up hiring djinni for this.

Producing a pdf songbook that is lead sheets (words with chords), this being the format I expect most of my audience will want. Producing another pdf songbook that is sheet music including the harmonies, this being the format I expect about a quarter of my audience will want. I would like for other people to sing my songs, so this, in addition to being a nice perk (and kind of substituting for the CD lyric booklet I couldn't afford) will make that easier for them.

Graphic design / Layout of the cover, traycard, inside cover, inside traycard (because the CD-holder will be clear) and disc. One of my friends is doing this for, basically, my grateful thanks and a free copy of the CD. I owe him.

I am about a day away from incorporating some of the mastering suggestions into my final mastered tracks (three to go,) finished the lead sheet songbook pages last week (not the table of contents, etc, yet, though) and am about a day away from finishing the sheet music songbook pages.

And I have a concert at the library Friday. I meant to have business cards for that but it's looking like that might not happen. I may have some pre-perf sheets for home-printing them around here somewhere; if I have time I'll look for those. But the new song(s) I wrote for the concert are practicing up nicely and I ran it for time this morning (I have been practicing for a couple of weeks of course, but this morning I verified the total time patter and all) and I am going to run about 1.5 minutes long, which is probably okay for a 1/2 hour concert.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 7th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

That is so awesome. I hope you let us know when the album becomes available. I will happily boost the signal.
catsittingstill From: catsittingstill Date: June 7th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

:-) I expect I will be shouting it from the rooftops.
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: June 7th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm slowly (but surely) writing my crowdfunded series. It's part mystery, part urban fantasy. I'm roughly halfway through the first story (I have 5 planned), and the prologue to the companion series has also been posted.

Cool thing about this: I've recently got involved in a World of Darkness Campaign, where my character is the younger sister of an existing character in the story. Of course, the campaign is set 10 years before the story, so don't expect cameo appearances just yet. We have only got started with it.

In terms of help, I keep a permanent landing page here.

I have one bonus story for sale, and two more in the works, in addition to the posted chapters. I'd love to know you're reading. While tips are certainly appreciated (I'm trying to fund my way to a conference in Pasadena next spring, although certainly, this will be continued past the conference deadlines, I hope), comments are encouraged and welcomed. This is my first major crowdfunded project (I've done poetry before, and have had moderate success with it), and I'd love to hear your thoughts. Want a particular character background? Want to see a particular scene fleshed out or expanded or continued? Let's talk. Let me know you've stopped by, even if it's to say 'this is drek'. (Well, I hope you wouldn't say that.)



Edited at 2012-06-07 04:13 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 7th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

It's good to see folks making progress with crowdfunding.
judifilksign From: judifilksign Date: June 8th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Hoping to use my summer break to revise my trunk novel into something I might consider showing to someone other than my mother.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 8th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Go for it!

That's a great plan. What's it about?
judifilksign From: judifilksign Date: June 8th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go for it!

It's a Regency romance. The twists are that the heroine is psychic about small things, which complicates her life by getting her involved in things Proper Ladies should not, and that while she brangles with the guy who would stereotypically be the Duke hero, she is actually in love with his best friend.

I have the main plot fairly well worked out, but need to polish up my conversations, and do some research on smuggling along the Dover coast during the the era.

I also would like to have actual French used by the smugglers, instead of telling the readers that my heroine understands what is going on, showing.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 8th, 2012 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go for it!

>>It's a Regency romance.<<

I recommend The Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England by Kristine Hughes. I bought it for the Steamsmith series and it's quite useful, plus there are tons of notes that point to further resources.

>> The twists are that the heroine is psychic about small things, which complicates her life by getting her involved in things Proper Ladies should not, and that while she brangles with the guy who would stereotypically be the Duke hero, she is actually in love with his best friend.<<

I like these twists.

>>I also would like to have actual French used by the smugglers, instead of telling the readers that my heroine understands what is going on, showing.<<

That would really help, but may be a nuisance to track down.
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