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.
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)
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!
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 →
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 →
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.
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!)
Our favorite from the photo shoot
And the second favorite
Roses made from extra proof copies
My little brother is packed and ready to move with me. 😉
I couldn’t resist this picture…
Office with one color (one wall still looks like this)
The other three look like this
My wrist bouquet
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!
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
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
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 →