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Creative Jedi's Writing Schedule

Yes, this is me making a writing schedule. XD It's something I've meant to do for a long while now, probably since about the beginning of this year, and just not quite gotten around to. But I've realized since my SW muse woke up that if I'm to have any hope of juggling two fandoms at once and all the writing my muses will demand of me, I need to have at least a loose sort of plan to follow.



It's sort of like what my parents used to do with my brother and I on vacations. Before we left we'd sit down and make a list of all the stuff we wanted to do, with each of us tossing in ideas. Then when one of us started to complain, Mom or Dad could point to our spot on the list and tell us our turn was coming. I'm hoping my muses will be somewhat the same - when one of them starts whining about how much attention the other is getting, I can point to the schedule and reassure them they'll get a chance. This goes for you readers, too: whenever you want to get some idea of when the next update to one of my fics or claims is coming, I'll refer you back here.

We'll see how this actually ends up working in practice, heh.

Overall Goals
- To write and post a chapter of To Ignite the Stars at least once every two weeks, if not more often.
- To have TIS completed by the end of the year 2008.
- To write and post a chapter of whatever BSG longfic happens to have captured my attention at that moment at least once every two weeks, if not more often.
- To write and post one fic for a fic claim at least once a week.

Major Projects/Deadlines
- To Ignite the Stars: I need to update this more often (MUCH more often) if I'm to reach my second stated goal. Therefore, a new chapter must be posted once every two weeks.
- starwarsficfest: I have claimed seven prompts at this community, all with varying due dates in July. These fics must be started as soon as possible so that they can be edited and beta'd before their deadlines (listed below).
- Birthday fics for gizzi1213 and queen_meep. These are far too overdue for my own comfort and should therefore be completed as soon as possible.
- fanfic100: I have three claims at this community (Padmé, Anakin/Padmé and Laura Roslin). These go in the category of "would like to post one fic per week."
- fanfic50: I have two claims at this community (Obi-Wan/Padmé and Kara Thrace). These also go in the category of "would like to post one fic per week."
- Whatever BSG longfic plotbunnies happen to come along: I have a list of them at my writing community, but none of those are really nibbling at me too desperately. However, if an idea does come along that needs to be acted upon immediately (such as the character study), I need to leave room in the schedule for working on it.

The fic claims are without deadlines - thank goodness - but starwarsficfest does have a few, in July as already stated. They are as follows:

July 1: PT, Shmi Skywalker: Shmi realizes that she's pregnant--Magic.
July 8: OT Leia, her mother: a day together - "She died when I was very young."
July 10: OT, Leia Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi: Obi-Wan adopts Leia--19 years of light. (NOTE: Would prefer to have finished certain chapters in TIS before writing this one.)
July 11: PT, Obi-Wan/Padmé, pre-AotC: just a pleasant interlude - the one she can't have.
July 15: PT, Obi-Wan: His breakdown behind the door to a storage compartment on Padmé's ship prior to his battle with Anakin on Mustafar.
July 20: OT, Ben Kenobi; Ben realizes it's Vader/Anakin's birthday and takes a heartbreaking trip down memory lane; "When you were a little boy, did I ever tell you that I wished you were mine?" not slash.
July 23: PT, Padmé's family: Left behind on Naboo--Living an illusion.

Now, aside from the deadlines of July 10 and 11, I was smart enough - or perhaps simply fortunate enough - to pick dates that are comfortably far apart. Nevertheless, I would like to have at least 90% of these fics completed by the end of June. To this end I will accept the July 1 date as a sort of "overall deadline," by which point most of the major legwork on these fics should be done.

This also has implications for one of my other projects. As mentioned above, there are certain chapters of To Ignite the Stars that have an impact on the July 10 prompt. I would prefer to complete those chapters before beginning to work on the prompt just to avoid "spillover," i.e. events that are supposed to happen in TIS happening in the shortfic. This means that I will have to make more of an effort in the short term to get to a so-called "safe point" in TIS, where I feel I can comfortably work on the prompt without danger of scooping my own fic or repeating myself.

With all of the above in mind, I've designed the following schedule. Despite the fact that I'm almost anally-retentive about being organized, I'd like to add a caveat that ANY of this can change, at ANY time. For those of you following it closely (and seriously, if you've read this far I think you deserve a medal!), I will endeavour to post to either this journal or my writing community whenever something changes, and to update the schedule to that end. The schedule also will reflect my other, non-writing commitments and the fact that I'll be returning to work at the end of May and to university at the beginning of September.

Now, finally, I present to you:

LIZ'S BIG DAMN WRITING SCHEDULE FOR (WHAT REMAINS OF) THE YEAR 2008)

WEEK OF MAY 25 - 31
- Finish and post Chapter 24 of TIS
- Post rest of character study
- Work on July 1 prompt for starwarsficfest
- Begin work on gizzi1213's birthday fic

WEEK OF JUNE 1 - 7
Real Life Note: Liz returns to work.
- Begin work on Chapter 25 of TIS
- Finish gizzi1213's birthday fic and post
- Edit July 1 prompt and have ready to post
- Work on July 8 prompt
- Begin work on queen_meep's birthday fic

WEEK OF JUNE 8 - 14
- Finish and post Chapter 25 of TIS
- Finish queen_meep's birthday fic and post
- Edit July 8 prompt and have ready to post
- Work on July 10 prompt
- Work on July 11 prompt

WEEK OF JUNE 15 - 21

- Begin work on Chapter 26 of TIS
- Edit July 10 and 11 prompts and have ready to post
- Work on July 15 prompt

WEEK OF JUNE 22 - 28
- Finish and post Chapter 26 of TIS
- Edit July 15 prompt and have ready to post
- Work on July 20 prompt

WEEK OF JUNE 29 - JULY 5
Fandom Note: Prompts for starwarsficfest need to begin posting this week.
- Begin work on Chapter 27 of TIS
- Edit July 20 prompt and have ready to post
- Work on July 23 prompt

WEEK OF JULY 6 - 12
- Finish and post Chapter 27 of TIS
- Edit July 23 prompt and have ready to post
- Work on and post one claims fic (possibly BSG since I will probably be sick to death of writing/editing non-TIS stuff by now)

WEEK OF JULY 13 - 19
- Begin work on Chapter 28 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF JULY 20 - 26
- Finish and post Chapter 28 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF JULY 27 - AUGUST 2
Real Life Note: Liz and family possibly to go on vacation, computer access may be limited and time certainly will be. Therefore I've scheduled only TIS for this week.
- Begin work on Chapter 29 of TIS

WEEK OF AUGUST 3 - 9
Real Life Note: Real Life Note: Liz and family possibly to go on vacation, computer access may be limited and time certainly will be. Therefore I've scheduled only TIS for this week.
- Finish and post Chapter 29 of TIS

WEEK OF AUGUST 10 - 16
- Begin work on Chapter 30 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF AUGUST 17 - 23
- Finish and post Chapter 30 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF AUGUST 24 - 30
- Begin work on Chapter 31 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 6
Real Life Note: University begins this week, therefore time might be a bit more limited. I'm scheduling both tasks for this week but the claim fics may not get completed.
- Finish and post Chapter 31 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7 - 13
- Begin work on Chapter 32 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW27, one BSG36)

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14 - 20
- Finish and post Chapter 32 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21 - 27
- Begin work on Chapter 33 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 4
- Finish and post Chapter 33 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF OCTOBER 5 - 11
- Begin work on Chapter 34 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF OCTOBER 12 - 18
- Finish and post Chapter 34 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF OCTOBER 19 - 25
Real Life Note: School papers will probably start to be due, so I'm shifting TIS to next week.
- Work on and post a claims fic (SW)

WEEK OF OCTOBER 26 - NOVEMBER 1
- Begin work on Chapter 35 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2 - 8
- Finish and post Chapter 35 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9 - 15
- Begin work on Chapter 36 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16 - 22
Real Life Note: Yep, those damn papers again. Putting down only one claim fic for this week because of them.
- Finish and post Chapter 36 of TIS
- Work on and post a claims fic (SW)

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23 - 29
Real Life Note: Exams coming up. TIS delayed a week for studying and papers.
- Work on and post a claims fic (SW).

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6
- Begin Chapter 37 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF DECEMBER 7 - 13
- Finish and post Chapter 37 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF DECEMBER 14 - 20
- Begin Chapter 38 of TIS
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF DECEMBER 21 - 27
- Finish and post Chapter 38 of TIS and start winding it down because if it is still going strong at this point I'll shoot it
- Work on and post two claims fics (one SW, one BSG)

WEEK OF DECEMBER 28 - 31
- Finish and post TIS epilogue
- Work on and post two claims fics, hopefully start winding down Obidala claim



So! We shall see how that ends up working. I've never really made a writing schedule before, but I'd like to think this one is loose enough to allow for different projects to muscle their way in and for me not to feel I have to write a specific thing on a specific day, because I think I'd find that just a bit insane. Heh. Anyway, I feel better having made it, for sure.
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