July Goals (and an exciting announcement!)

Monthly Goals

Can you believe another month is here? I know I can’t! It seems like just yesterday I wrote up my goals for June. A lot has happened, and I’m not just saying that tritely. A LOT has happened. In fact, it was something life-changing. Continue reading

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June Goals

Monthly Goals

May is over, June is here. It’s time for an update!

  • Get Blog Tour ready (DONE!)
  • Read one writing book (Failed)
  • He Hideth My Soul edit #1 and send to beta-readers (DONE)
  • He Leadeth Me rough draft finished (Failed)
  • All the Way final edits (DONE!)
  • Publish All the Way (DON!)
  • Total word count goal: 30,000 (Half-done)

Obviously, I didn’t quite get as much done as I intended, but most of my May was spent helping get our kitchen remodeled. And it’s still going on, so June’s goals are getting scaled down a little more than I would like, too.

First, pictures of the kitchen:

Kitchen Collage

  • He Hideth My Soul edits #2 and #3
  • He Leadeth Me rough draft finished and type up done
  • Prep for two tour orchestrations
  • Read one writing book
  • Sew

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

February Goals

January was a good month for me. Here are the goals I made with a note as to whether they were finished or not.

January Goals:

  • Send All the Way to beta-readers by the 16th (Done)
  • Finalize Savior, Like a Shepherd and send to formatters by the 23rd (Done)
  • Write 30,000 words in He Hideth My Soul (I’m at 16,000 so far!) (Done! Total: 33,216)
  • Read Editor-Proof Your Book (Not done)
  • Sew at least 2 squares of quilted skirt (Done)
  • Get all books ready for wide distribution (Done all but 2 because they need to wait)
  • Edit #2 of Novella (Not done)

And now for my February goals:

  • Sew 4 quilt squares
  • Order Proof Copy of Savior, Like a Shepherd
  • Edits #2 and #3 of novella
  • Read 2 books on writing
  • Prep everything for Release Tour and Facebook Party
  • Do any research needed for All the Way
  • Finish rough draft of He Hideth My Soul

And there you have it. Busy, but hopefully not too busy. Do you have any specific goals for this month?

Oops… I forgot

So, I’ve been doing this monthly goals update for a couple of months now. And with the end of one year and beginning of another, I forgot to update you on my December and January goals.  I’ll get right to it.

December Goals:

  • Finish rough draft of All the Way (Done)
  • Finish Edit #4 of Savior, Like a Shepherd and send to proofreaders by the 12th (Delayed a week, but done)
  • Edit I My Cross Have Taken (Done)
  • Read The Art and Craft of Writing Christian Fiction, Editor Proofing Your Book, and How to Train Your Cat to Promote Your Book (Finished the first one, but not the others)
  • Sew nightgown, get at least partially finished with quilted skirt (Done)
  • Watch videos for the marketing courses I bought (Watched a few)
  • Practice Piano at least 3 days a week (Mostly)
  • Word count goal: 20,000 (Done)

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Four book Cover Reveal!

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About the Series

Genre: Christian Western Coming of Age

Logline: Through God’s leading, four orphans grow up to be important members of their communities.

The Orphans of the West series is a continuation of the stories of 4 orphans that were introduced in either a Hymns of the West novel or novella and goes through each orphans life.

Savior, Like a Shepherd is about Titus Hine who was introduced in Blessed Assurance (Hymns of the West Novellas #6) and how he must take care of his sister and brother as winter approaches, all while not being allowed to work anywhere.

All the Way is about Henry Salisbury, the only orphan in the series not directly introduced in a previous book, but it has other characters you will recognize from the books about the Brookings family.

He Hideth My Soul is also attached to the Brookings family and Otis Miller as Otis finds out that his grandfather left him a large inheritance and he can finally follow his dream.

He Leadeth Me takes up Gage Wilhelm’s story. Gage was introduced in I Love Thee (Hymns of the West Novellas #1) and tells how he is given the deed to his farm and told to go back to his farm. Gage gladly accepts only to have someone show up claiming his long-dead father owed another man a large sum of money and now there’s 10 years of interest added on. Continue reading