June Review Of Work

June Review Of Work
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Looking back, June was a great month. May had been good and I had been wanting to build on it, so when carrying out my GDR review of the past 30 days I was delighted with the results of both the amount of work I’ve got through, the quality of my submissions, the changes made to my routine and of those unexpected things that popped up along the way, of which there were a few.

So here’s my review. As you can see by the length of it’s been a stonking month. It started off small—I’d deliberately laid out a thin set of plans—but as the month wore on I seemed to become more motivated. Long may that continue!

Monthly GDR Review

Fiction
* Complete first rewrite of GATECRASH – done; carry into next year for completion.
* Polish final draft of GREENER IS THE GRASS – IP; final target end of July.
* Write at least one new short/flash story – done.
* Catch up on short/flash story backlog – IP; final target end of July to complete.
* Re-submit any rejected/recalled short stories – done; new submission tracking system now in place.
* Submit to selected fiction/poetry competitions – several poetry and short stories entered.
* Rewrote PAINT for a submission.
* Highly polished A POINT OF VIEW for application.

Poetry
* Write at least one poem per week – 5/5 done.
* Catch up on backlog – IP; final target end of July to complete.

Editing
* Publish June ‘10 issue – done.
* Announce hiatus – abandoned.
* Update site to reflect – abandoned.
* Stay on top of submissions to get ahead – IP; issue 12 – full; issue 13 – 50%; issue 14 – 10%

Freelance
* Get some local gigs to review for NotW – Supergrass gig covered but not for newspaper.
* Keep all websites updated and relevant – minor updates; new news page; new splash designed; new anthology added.
* Wrote Six Nations preview article including paid advertisement.
* Edited photographer’s advertising copy for new campaign.

Reading & Learning
* The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid (48%) – IP
* Work anthology – complete.
* The Kenneth William Diaries by Russell Davies (38%) – IP
* Suggs and the City by Suggs (2%) – left just now.

Things That Turned Up
* Attended author event with Yann Martel at the Traverse Theatre.
* Made some technically interesting improvements for photography client’s website.
* Edinburgh Book Festival/UNESCO reading opportunity application sent in.
* All events wanted for EBF in August I managed to get.
* STELLA released on Kindle.

Submissions Made
6 poems sent out – 1 sold
18 shorts sent out – 2 rejections

Outstanding
Short stories – 16
Poetry – 5

Successes
* THE FINAL NAIL poem bought by Every Day Poets. Publication pending.
* MIDDLE AGE poem was included in Poetry Rivals Anthology 2009.

Failures
None. This has been a great couple of months. I am on a ROLL, DUDE!

Till tomorrow. Peace and out!

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About Colin Galbraith

Thriller author, music fan, St Mirren fan, fluff chucker, rabbit tamer, outstanding fake faller. Loves cannoli.
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