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Yes, the month has just started, we’re not quite halfway through the round, and I’m changing how I do things. This probably shouldn’t surprise anyone. I seem to have trouble sticking to one way of doing things. For now, I’m once again going to try to focus on one thing at a time. I organized all the ideas and drafts into sets. I have 5 in each set, 1 from each series that has gone out to at least my CP and a standalone(of course, we’ve seen before what usually happens with my standalone ideas-they turn into series). I’ll work through the next step of each of them before starting back at the beginning. Right now, most of them are in different stages. And for the first one, all but the standalone are already out to at least my CP, so that leaves only the one to work through. I still want to put some time between the first draft and revisions though. So, while it sits for a while, I’ll end up moving on to the next set(of which almost all are ready for revisions). As I get things back from CP and betas, I’ll work them in. With focusing on one thing, I should be able to get through things faster, too. I don’t know exactly how fast, though, so at the end of the month, I’ll be adjusting the schedule.

I also started another short story on Friday. It’s more a bit of bonus content for Flames of Retribution. The tail end of it is in that from Mark’s POV, but I’m digging into just what led up to that from another character’s POV. I may end up not doing anything with it, but I’m just going to work on it on the side. I’m having fun with it anyway.

I’m splitting my day into blocks of time. From when I get up until the kids are up(or 6 a.m.-which is usually the same thing), I’m working on this side project. Then, I start chores until they’re on the bus(around 7), then workout up to 8. From 8 to 11, I’ll focus on writing(or plotting or editing). Then, lunch and social media stuff and the rest of the chores until 1, when I’ll work on my crafting until dinner. After dinner, I can settle down with whatever I’m reading. The boy will be home Friday and the following Monday(those are make-up days for the girl because of their snow days), so this will be adjusted for that. We’ll see how long I can stick to this.

  • The Choice: compile CP’s notes & work through Chapter 11 – Still waiting on this.
  • Brann’s Story: Back stories – I have these and the rest of the plotting done. Also have the brainstorming for a standalone WiP done and have started on back stories.
  • Read: Anything but Sweet(Candis Terry), All Good Deeds(Stacy Green), Come Monday(Mari Carr), Four Wishes(Christine Nolfi), & Unethical(Jennifer Blackwood) – I read through all of these. Enjoyed them all. Also read Riding Wild(Jaci Burton) and started Dark Paradise(Angie Sandro).
  • Read: A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers – Chapter 11 – Got through this chapter
  • Knit: Baby Doll Dress
  • Crochet: Love is Cold Ear Warmer finished this on Thursday. IMG_0456

Now, for next week:

  • Buried Secrets – finish outline
  • Read: Dark Paradise(Angie Sandro), Scarlet(Marissa Meyer), Tell Me Something Good(Jamie Wesley), This Weakness for You(Wendy Sparrow), & Outsider(Becca J. Campbell)
  • Read: A Lawyer’s Primer for Writers
  • Knit: Cap with Beaded Flowers
  • Crochet: Broomstick Lace Hat

Comments on: "Sunday Summary: Changing Plans" (7)

  1. Schedules can be helpful for productivity, but yours is great even with multiple projects going! So it will be interesting to see if the schedule improves that, or doesn’t work so well for you. Either way, have a great week and keep up the good work!

    • Thanks. I’m hoping it works well. I’ve tried to only focus on one project at a time before, but I’ve never had much success with it. So, we’ll see.

  2. I switch methods of getting stuff done all the time too. I’m currently doing what I’m calling “Stephen Burger King.” I started that back on January 1st and if I stick with it through March, I’ll share detail in April. Or should I abandon it, then maybe I’ll talk about why it “failed.” Though, so far, so good.

    That ear warmer is so adorable! Hope the method works out for you. 🙂

    • So far it’s working out pretty good. Of course it’s only been a few days. I was getting through the outlining, but I got edits back from my crit partner yesterday, so I’ve set that aside until I get the edits done.

      Thank you

  3. Hey, sometimes you gotta change things up and make thing as better. 🙂

  4. […] 10 days ago, when I said I was going to try to focus on only one project at a time? *commence laughing now*. I […]

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