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#WriteTuesday – a Blah Sort of Week

Hey everyone, how’s it going?  How are you holding up through all of this?

Ever since I finished Of Pieces and Memories last week, I’ve been in a kind of blah mood (at least once the initial excitement of finishing wore off).  My problem was that I didn’t know what to work on next.  I could go take a look at “Monster of the Deep” and see about editing it (it got rejected a few times, so I’m thinking it needs some work).  I could look over “Of Skeletons and Sorcerers,” which also needs some editing.  I could start tackling Tears of the King, which is long overdue.  Or I could go do something totally new.  What to do?

While I was thinking about it, I decided to read through some more magazines that I had stockpiled.  I managed to snag the 2018 Writer’s Digest magazines from the library at the beginning of the year when they were withdrawn to make room for this year’s, so I’ve been mostly flipping through those (I also got caught up on all the emails from Writer’s Digest, so it’s been a week of reading about writing!)  While, at least right now, I’m not really finding the magazines satisfying in the way that reading a book is (which also means I need to start reading a book…), I’ve gotten some great writing tidbits, which also gave me a few ideas of how to tackle “A Friend From the Deep.”  So it’s looking like that’s what I’ll be working on this week!  I found my copy of it last night so I’m ready to go today. 🙂

How about you?  Any plans for the coming week?

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Hello 2020!

Oh my gosh, it’s a new year already! I can’t believe how fast 2019 has gone!

Last year I did things a bit differently.  My plan was to set smaller goals every month to give me the flexibility to accomplish more through the year (especially as plans inevitably change).  But then that didn’t really work; the goal I set for January (finish the Make Your Way story I started writing) – took until May to finish the first draft, September to finish edits, and I finally submitted it in November.  And by the time fall rolled around, a few other commitments popped up (ThunderCon and the book editing I’m still working on), which pretty much brought me to the end of the year.

In the beginning of 2019 I was also trying to balance working on Sustainably North with other writing goals.  I even dedicated the entire month of March to working on the blog.  But over the spring, I started to feel like I was spending far too much time on the blog to the detriment of everything else; by the end of July, I decided to stop working on Sustainably North.  As much as I was sad to do this (and still am – I feel like Sustainably North was a good thing to be working on), stopping the blog freed me to work on other things; I’m pretty sure if I didn’t stop working on it, I’d still be trying to fit in finishing the Make Your Way story!

One thing that I did in 2019 that I was very proud of was I started setting weekly goals for myself.  In a notebook I’d write down the things I wanted to accomplish in a week, then break them down into really small-pieces and check them off as I accomplished them, like so:

weekly goals example

Here’s an example page from September 2019, where I broke down editing sections of the Make Your Way story.

This worked surprisingly well for me, keeping me on track and motivated, while allowing me to chip away at things and a very sustainable pace.  Unfortunately I haven’t been able to use this method with the book editing project because I have no control on what I’m working on when.  But as soon as that is finished, I’ll definitely be going back to this!

I also did accomplish the year-long reading goal I set in 2019.  I actually blew past my goal of 25 books in June, finishing with 40 (well, Goodreads says 40, but it was a bit less because I added a few short stories on at the end – my goal for the year was 25 novel-length books, which doesn’t count those or graphic novels like Die, which I added because I loved it so much).

Based off of what happened in 2019, for this year I’m going to go back to having only one or two major goals I’d like to accomplish for the year, rather than trying to break things down by month.  I’m also going to just list personal projects and goals, rather than the book editing project which I have been contracted for (even though that is a big project I will be working on, at least for the next few months!)  So with that in mind, here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish in 2020:

  1. Read 25 novel-length books. 25 books continues to work really well for me so I’m going to keep the same goal.  This number takes the pressure off of me and makes reading more fun.
  2. Finish Memories.  The RPG I’ve been calling Memories is close to being done. The game is pretty much built, but I need to fix up a few points and figure out how to end it.  I really want to finish it this year!
  3. Edit two of the short stories I’ve already written so they’re ready for submissions. I’ve got several stories on my computer right now (including “A Friend from the Deep”) which definitely need to be edited.  I may not have places to submit them to, but having some of them ready to submit would be fantastic!

So what about you?  How was your 2019?  Do you have any goals for the new year? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Not Much to Report

Happy Tuesday everyone! Sorry I missed posting last week – not that there was much to report. I did more work on the book editing contract, and watched a few of the Disney remakes with friends and family. Then I got sick over this weekend and spent a lot of time resting; I also watched a few movies on my own (which I very rarely do) because I was having a hard time concentrating. But I’m feeling better now, and should be getting back to editing this weekend!

I also went to a Giller bash last night with my mom and brother. I was super fun (thank goodness I was feeling up to attending!) and we’re planning to attend againg next year. 🙂

Oh, and I almost forgot – I submitted the Make Your Way story! I’ll let you know when I hear back from them (they said it may take a fair bit of time).

So how’s everything going for you? Have you had a good couple of weeks? Working on anything exciting? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Back from Vacation!

Hi everyone – thanks for the birthday wishes last week! 😀

Originally I thought I was going to get some work done last week.  But between my birthday and going away with my family for a few days to the Bluefin, I ended up taking the entire week off.  It was a much needed vacation, but now I’m back and working on some writing once again.  I didn’t get any work done on the Make Your Way story, but yesterday I did get the last few June posts written for Sustainably North, so that was exciting.  I need to get going on the July ones because this month is already half over!

So I just got word that I’m going to be working on a project this fall (I’m not giving any details here until after everything is finalized).  I’m very excited about this opportunity, but now I’ll need to decide on what my priorities are going to be for the rest of the year.  I had a rough plan for up until December, but that will necessarily have to change.  So over the next week I’m going to try to work on that (along with getting the July posts for Sustainably North written); if I have some time, I’ll do some work on the Make Your Way story.  I hate to put it aside for another week, but that might be necessary – we’ll see how things go! I’ll also need to rethink my Sustainably North plan for August; I was thinking of doing a bunch of book reviews, but I’m going to change that, too.  It’s going to be another busy week!

So how about you?  What’s new?  What are your plans for the upcoming week?  🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Catching Up with Family and Friends

Over the last week, I ended up spending a lot of time with family and friends, rather than working on writing. I went for coffee with my brother, which we haven’t done in quite some time.  My aunt and uncle were visiting from out of town; it was nice to see them again.  It was a friend’s birthday party on Saturday.  And I visited with another friend on Sunday.  Oh, plus I rode the local bus for the first time in years, and went out on my first bike ride for 2019!  It’s been a very busy week. 🙂

While most of the week was spent socializing, I did manage to get the book I wanted to review for Sustainably North read, too (the book review is written and scheduled for later this month)!  The book was Urban Cycling by Madi Carlson; I tweeted about finishing it, and Carlson replied saying she was looking forward to reading the book review.  I’m not going to lie, that put a bit of pressure on me to make sure the review is really good.  I struggled with writing it all weekend, but I’ve done my best with it and finished earlier today; hopefully she likes it!

I also started going through some of the emails I had piled up.  I let the Pinterest emails pile up in my Sustainably North email account; I actually decided to unsubscribe from most of their emails because it was getting to be too much (plus they keep sending me pins that I’ve already pinned on my boards!)  So for this coming week, I’ve got two main goals: I want to continue going through more emails, and I want to get more work done on the Make Your Way story.  Next week is my birthday, and I doubt that I’m going to get very much done, so hopefully I can get a lot accomplished this week!

What about you? What are your plans for the coming week? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Edits Begin!

I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t actually get the Make Your Way edits started this week.  I gave myself WAAAY too many goals, plus the week was rather busy.  But I started them yesterday! 🙂

I was actually rather happy with the story; it’s in a lot better shape than I thought it would be.  So far I’ve read over it once and made notes of things that need to be changed.  This coming week I’ll actually work on those changes in the Game Book Authoring Tool file.  My plan is to tighten up the story first; once that’s done, I’ll work more on the dialogue.

June is coming up faster than I thought, so I did some work on the June posts for Sustainably North.  The topic for June is going to be commuting; I chose that because I signed up for the Commuter Challenge through my work.  Unfortunately, I can’t finish all of the posts now until after the Challenge is completed on June 8th, so I got what I could done and scheduled for now.  I also decided on the June book, Urban Cycling, so I’ve started reading that (but it’s been a bit slow going because the book I chose is more of a reference manual like You Grow Girl was, and so more suited to flipping through rather than reading cover to cover).

So what about you? What are you currently working on? 🙂

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#WriteTuesday – Happy May Long!

It was the May Long Weekend here in Canada – hope you had a great long weekend if you celebrate Victoria Day (or any other holidays!) If you didn’t have a long weekend, I hope you had a good weekend all the same. 🙂

My goals for the last week were to plan out the June Sustainably North posts and to start the edits on the story for Make Your Way. I accomplished the former, but unfortunately didn’t work on the latter; as the long weekend hit, I decided instead to read The Greenprint, the book I had decided to review for Sustainably North in June. I ended up getting about a third of the way through the book and decided it wasn’t for me (I didn’t like the writing); because I didn’t finish the book, I decided not to review it. Instead, I found a couple of other books that I think will be a better fit for my June topic at the library, so I’ve put them on hold. I will hopefully have them in a few days, and will decide which one to read and review at that time.

Since I didn’t get started on the Make Your Way edits as planned, it looks like this next week will be busy! Along with starting the edits, I’m hoping to write out a bunch of the June Sustainably North posts, and read a couple of books (I started one, and once I’m finished it I’ll start on the June Sustainably North one).

What about you? What are you currently working on? 🙂

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