September 2018 Goals

Tomorrow it will have been a year. One year since I married the love of my life. Time flies very quickly, doesn’t it? My August was busy, but very good! I got a lot of work done both in the house and also on my books.

  • Go through HLM proofreader edits and send to formatters DONE! And proof copy ordered!
  • LHaR edit #4 and send to proofreaders Done!
  • Edit #1 of Christmas stories, send to beta-readers, and then edit #2 Done!
  • Finish writing The Haven of Rest Done! And I can’t wait to work on editing it.
  • Work on book covers with Perry I ended up needing to find a new cover designer, but we have the book covers almost figured out! Be watching for a cover reveal soon.
  • Work on novella release Done!
  • Polish up the first 4 pages of Un Sospiro and start working on pages 5 and 6 This is one thing I didn’t get much done on. I have the first 4 pages fairly well polished and started working on page 5, but not much with page 6.
  • Exercise at least 3 times per week Done!

September Goals

And for this month, I have a slightly shorter list, but some of these things will take some time.

  • LHAR final edits and send to formatter
  • Work on Orphans of the West blog tour
  • Christmas story edits #3-5
  • ROA edits #3-4
  • Get upstairs bedroom ready to paint
  • Work on pages 6 and 7 of Un Sospiro
  • Exercise at least 3 times per week

What are your goals this month?

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August 2018 Goals

Happy August! Summer is almost over. Of course, here in Wisconsin, August is usually the most consistently hot of the summer, but I’m curious to see what this one is like since the other months have been so weird.

How was your July? Mine was pretty busy. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll have seen this picture before, but I thought I would share it with the rest of you, too.

July 2018

It was a busy, but fun month. And I wrote an average of more than 1,000 words each day! Which means my total for the month went over my goal of 25,000 words by over 6,000 words! It’s been a great month of me trying to be more consistent and intentional in my writing. Doing these blog posts has been a great help to me.

What else did I accomplish? Well, here’s the list I made at the beginning of July and how well I did with each.

  • Edits #2 and #3 of Lo, How a Rose (Done!)
  • Finish writing rough draft of Christmas story collection (Done by July 17th)
  • If those stories don’t reach my 25,000 word goal, start writing The Haven of Rest (Done, and 2/3rd through – as it stands, I think this might be the shortest of the series)
  • Continue working on Un Sospiro and get past the 4th page (Mostly done, I got past the 4th page, but it’s not polished up yet)
  • Finish beta-reading Bitter Winter (Done! And it’s really good!)
  • Continue WWI research (Done, though not as much as I should have)
  • Stay cool!! (Done! The last week or so, I’ve even had to wear hoodies to stay warm. Like I said, it’s been a weird year weather-wise)

August Goals

  • Go through HLM proofreader edits and send to formatters
  • LHaR edit #4 and send to proofreaders
  • Edit #1 of Christmas stories, send to beta-readers, and then edit #2
  • Finish writing The Haven of Rest
  • Work on book covers with Perry
  • Work on novella release
  • Polish up the first 4 pages of Un Sospiro and start working on pages 5 and 6
  • Exercise at least 3 times per week

I’d love to help encourage you in your goals. Feel free to comment here with them, or email them to me using the contact form. Have a great month!

 

March 2018 Goals

Happy March!

I hope your February went well. I know mine did. I got more done than I expected, participated in the Author Olympics (more on that in a minute), and had a few get-togethers at my house.

So the author olympics was started by a friend the last time the olympics happened. Basically, you set your expected goal (bronze), something hard to reach (silver), and something almost out of reach (gold). It was super fun and helped me be a little more productive than I may have been otherwise. Continue reading

Of goals, flying time, and proof copies

Time sure does fly. It seems like only yesterday that January started and now it’s ending already. . I just realized I never  posted my January goals. Sorry about that. First, I’ll list my January goals and how I did with them and then I’ll share my February goals. Continue reading

A New Chapter

Today is the first day of September. Where did the time go? Tomorrow I start a new chapter in my life. The title? Married Woman. I’m a bit scared, but not really nervous. I know God’s been in control of this entire journey and He will continue to be as long as Bill and I keep Him at the center of our lives.

That being said, I’d like to reflect a bit on August and then move on to my September goals. There will be quite a few pictures.

August Goals:

  • Make veil (DONE!)
  • Make decorations (DONE!)
  • Pack everything (DONE!)
  • Move most things to Bill’s (DONE!)
  • Read some marriage-y books (DONE!)
  • Read a fun book (DONE! I actually read more than one)
  • Finalize Gestern blog tour (DONE!)
  • Sew a couple other things (undecided as to what they are yet) (DONE!)
  • Have fun at the Bridal Showers (DONE!)
  • Try to relax a little bit (DONE!)
  • Finish wedding favors (DONE!)
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Our favorite from the photo shoot

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And the second favorite

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Roses made from extra proof copies

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My little brother is packed and ready to move with me. 😉

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Rehearsal bouquet!

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I couldn’t resist this picture…

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My office

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Office with one color (one wall still looks like this)

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The other three look like this

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My wrist bouquet

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Party favors being blocked.

It’s been a busy, but productive month. The best part is that everything went smoothly and here, the day before the wedding, I am barely stressed. Praise God!

September Goals

I’m honeymooning for about two weeks, so my goals will be fairly minimal, but here they are:

  • Have fun (shouldn’t be hard)
  • Get used to married life at least a little
  • Start Ta’Mara’s blog tour set up
  • Edit Sing the Wondrous Story
  • Edit He Hideth My Soul
  • Figure out cleaning schedule for my new house
  • Read three or more books, not counting the audiobooks Bill and I are bringing

May Goals

Monthly Goals

April was a busy, but very good month. Here are the goals I made with the completions in bold:

  • Keep up with the Facebook group (Done! If you’re a writer and on Facebook, we’re keeping the Encouragement Campfire going year-round. Let me know if you want to join)
  • Write 2,000+ words per day (Averaged out, yes, for a total of 55,083 this month)
  • Promo books on twitter (Done! And hired a Virtual Assistant to help me keep up with it. Thanks, Naomi!!)
  • Finish two writing books (Done! And reviewed here and here.)
  • Keep up with reviewing books read (Done! One is being reviewed on Friday).
  • Edit All the Way and send to proofreaders (Done!)
  • Get Be Thou My Vision and Blessed Assurance on Pronoun (Done and loving it!)
  • Total word count goal: 50,000 (Done plus 5,000 extra)

And now it’s on to May. Is it just me or is this year going by way too fast? Continue reading

Book Review: Editor-Proof Your Writing

51rtgjm5cal-_sy346_Title: Editor-Proof Your Writing: 21 Steps to the clear prose publishers and agents crave
Author: Don McNair
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: 18 & Up

Introduction:

I really wanted to like this book. As an author, I wanted to know what I could do to help my writing a little more. There were definitely some good tips in the book, but there were other parts that I had a harder time with. Not that they weren’t good points, they were just made in a manner I didn’t appreciate. Or sometimes, they were things I had heard many times before. Continue reading