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It’s a brand new month and the start of a new Round of words in 80 days, or RoW80 for short. I’ll have my goals below. First, I have my final March update. Which turned out to be pretty good over all.

Color Code:

Finished/Monthly Goal Met

Weekly Goal Met

Progress Made

Nothing Done

Set Aside

Plotting:

  • Primary: Outline Act 4 of High on Loving You 
  • Secondary: Outline Act 1 of Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
  • Tertiary: Outline Nowhere to Run(James & Tracy – Gilbert #8) – finished 15/25 sheets for Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Brainstorm Erik & Jeff(Kurztown #7) – did the general character mind map. 2/5 mind maps done

Writing:

  • Primary: High on Loving You – 1st draft – 17315/~35000 words, 4548 this week. Not even close to how long I thought it would be. But I may add more during revisions. Still, the first draft is DONE!!!!!
    • He raised an eyebrow at her, and she couldn’t help smiling. “Raina convinced me extra whipped cream makes everything better.”
      That brought a low chuckle from him. “Of course she did,” he said, bending to kiss his daughter’s head.
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 5000 words – 3076/5000 words, 1066 this week
    • Melanie & Garren – 2183/~1000 words, first draft DONE!
    • Hawk – 1013/1000 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages – 15/15 pages
  • Stretch: By the Gun – 2500 words – 1662/2500 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits as they come in
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Finish edits & polish. Find beta readers – Now I’m looking for beta readers. This is the second book in the series, there are references to book 1, but you could probably read it without having read it(and it would be good to know if anything is too confusing if you haven’t read the first). This one is about James, a fire investigator, who is finally getting a second chance at love, and Teresa, who is also trying to start over. If anyone’s interested in reading it, let me know.
  • Tertiary: Edit short stories for 2(maybe) collections(not submissions, my own collections) – Gathered all the bits of stories together, read through ‘Mistaken Meeting’, started edits. have added 2114 words.
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP – have a message to her to see if she’s ready for it.

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 20 books – 20/20
    • Fall of the Titan(Christina Ochs) – Carrying this one over from January. At 45%.
    • Until We Touch(Susan Mallery) – Started this last Tuesday afternoon. Finished this Sunday afternoon.
    • Blood of Ashlin(Rachel O’Laughlin) – Started reading this Thursday(3/15) afternoon. Finished it Saturday afternoon.
    • Apprentice in Death(J.D. Robb) – Started reading this last Friday afternoon. Finished it Sunday evening.
    • Close Contact(Lori Foster) – Started reading this Monday afternoon. Finished it Friday afternoon.
    • Zero Hour(Megan Erickson) – Started reading this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday night.
  • Secondary: Listen 5 books – 10/5
    • Once Upon a Marquess(Courtney Milan) – Started this Monday morning. Finished it Monday evening.
    • Rock Hard(Nalini Singh) – Started this Tuesday afternoon. Finished it Saturday morning.

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 19/23
  • Secondary: Post to Patreon 3 times – 3/3
  • Tertiary: Draft 24 A-Z posts – 24/24
  • Stretch: Edit 27 A-Z posts – 27/27

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket – Started the border, 25/56 rows of side 1

And a look at how I’m doing so far this year:

Plotting:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge: Outline
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields 2: Outline
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert, CO) : Title & Outline – more than halfway through Story Toolkit
  • Stretch: Craving You(Kurztown) & Heart to Heart: Outlines – started brainstorming Craving You

Drafting:

  • Primary: Finish 4 in Progress drafts
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields
    • Whatever It Takes
    • High on Loving You
    • By the Gun – added 5279 words
  • Secondary: Draft 5 new novels
    • Flames of Knowledge
    • Green Hills & Smoky Fields2
    • Nowhere to Run
    • Craving You(Erik & Jeff’s story)
    • Heart to Heart(stand-alone)
  • Tertiary: Side Projects – finish 10 first drafts – 1/10
    • One Chance(Melanie & Garren)
  • Stretch: Jonas & Isaac – 1st draft

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta editshave through Chapter 9 edited
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – CP edits
  • Tertiary: Law of Choice – send to CP
  • Stretch: Transfer 5 projects from One Note to Scrivener – 1/5

Publishing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal
  • Tertiary: Law of Choice
  • Stretch: 2 collections of short stories

Reading:

  • Primary: Read 250 books – 62/250
  • Secondary: Listen 50 books – 25/50

Social Media:

  • Primary: Just Jot It January – 30/31(I know I missed one, but I’m counting this as accomplished anyway).
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – have all these scheduled to go up in April
  • Tertiary: Story a Day(May & September)
  • Stretch: Patreon – 24 posts – 5/24

Crafting:

  • Knit: 6 projects – 1/6
  • Crochet: 6 projects – 2/6

And now for new goals!

Rownd 2

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run(Gilbert #8 – James & Tracy) – Finish outline
  • Secondary: Take Me to Church(Kurztown #7 – Erik & Jeff) – Outline
  • Tertiary: Heart to Heart(Standalone) – Outline
  • Stretch: Rileys #2(Arlene, Christopher, & John) – Outline

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft
  • Secondary: Green Hills & Smoky Fields2 – 1st draft
  • Tertiary: Nowhere to Run – 1st draft
  • Stretch1: Side projects – add 10000 words
  • Stretch2: Jonas & Isaac – 45 pages
  • Stretch3: By the Gun – Finish part 2

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta Edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to betas, beta edits, polish
  • Tertiary: Short Story collection – edit Contemporary stories
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP, CP edits

Publishing:

  • Flames of Renewal – publish

Reading:

  • Read: 60 books
  • Listen: 15 books

Social Media:

  • Primary: A-Z Challenge
  • Secondary: Story a Day
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 9 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit – 3 projects
  • Crochet – 2 projects

And now for the monthly goals:

April

Plotting:

  • Primary: Nowhere to Run – Outline
  • Secondary: Take Me to Church – Outline
  • Tertiary: Flames of Knowledge – Outline Acts 2, 3, & 4
  • Stretch: Heart to Heart – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Primary: Flames of Knowledge – 1st draft
  • Secondary: Side Projects – 3350 words
  • Tertiary: Jonas & Isaac – 15 pages
  • By the Gun – 2000 words

Editing:

  • Primary: Stained Blood – Beta edits
  • Secondary: Flames of Renewal – Send to Betas(if anyone’s interested in giving feedback, let me know. You can find a summary here)
  • Tertiary: Short Story Collection
    • Mistaken Meeting
    • Hang On
    • Bree & Jenny
  • Stretch: Law of Choice – send to CP

Reading:

  • Read: 20 books
  • Listen: 5 books

Social Media:

  • Primary: Post 5 regular weekly posts – 0/21 posts
  • Secondary: A-Z Challenge – 0/26 posts
  • Tertiary: Patreon – 0/3 posts

Crafting:

  • Knit: Dunfallandy Baby Blanket
  • Crochet: Boxy Blanket

 

 

Comments on: "Sunday Summary: New RoWnd, New Month" (6)

  1. Nice set of goals for round 2. Good luck in all of them.

  2. I love the way you categorize your goals, and especially like that you include reading goals. I might have to borrow that idea and add it to my Round 3 goals.

  3. Congrats on another well organized update on Round 1 and very clear goals for Round 2. If you need another BETA for FLAMES OF RENEWAL, sign me up! Your method of dividing goals into primary and secondary really helps to focus — even to setting page and word count goals for the writing. Thank you for the inspiration! Have a great Round 2.

    • Thanks. Being organized definitely helps me.
      And thank you! I’ll probably send it out next week at the earliest.

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