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January Wrap-Up

It’s the end of the month, so time to go through the detritus it’s left me with(ha, yes, I did use that word to fit in the final Just Jot It prompt for the month). It’s been a pretty good month progress-wise. I was able to finish up 2 first drafts, one I’d been working on since May. The other I started halfway through October(and it was just a novella). And I think I’ve found the best way for me to get to everything. I have my main project that I work on every day from 5-7 a.m. Then, I work on a different secondary project from 8-9 a.m. And I have a half hour set aside each for plotting & editing. It seems to be working for now.

And now to look at how I’ve done so far! The month isn’t quite over yet, I will still be reading and working on side projects later this afternoon, but I’ve gotten to the main things for today, so I’m going to write this up for now instead of waiting for tomorrow since my Wednesday posts tend to be long anyway.

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil – Outline – I set this aside. It just wasn’t coming together and the characters weren’t really talking to me. May pick it back up some other time
  • Playing with Fire – Outline – Still working my way through the Story Toolkit on this. Excited to get started on it.

Writing:

  • In the Moonlight – 1st draft – finished this one with 14964 words this month
  • Crash and Burn – 1st draft – finished this with 16098 words this month
  • Defending the Heart – 4000 words – 5582/4000 words
  • Stay a Little Longer – 4000 words – 2231/4000 words
  • Not Meant to Be – 4000 words – 2543/4000 words
  • Added: Buried Secrets – 1500 words – 1322/1500 words

Revising:

  • Stained Blood – re-plot & start re-write – still going through the Story Toolkit for this.
  • Demons Rising – revisions – didn’t even touch this one yet.

Side Projects:

  • Midas’ Daughter – get to 8500 words
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 28500 words/finish 1st draft – at 28149 right now, but may reach before end of the day. Still have at least 2-3 scenes to finish
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 4275 words – at 4244/4275 words. Could still reach this today.
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 3550 words – at 3442/3550 words. Could still reach this today.
  • Roman – get to 4680 words – at 4930/4680 words. What can I say, he’s a lawyer, he’s got a lot of words. 😉
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 2800 words – at 2876/2800 words.

Blogging:

  • Just Jot It January – 30 posts – I know I didn’t do 30. I did all but day 1 and some of the one-liner Wednesday prompts. When I finish this one though, I’ll have 28 post. So, I got pretty close to that initial goal.
  • A-Z Challenge – plot posts – these are all plotted. Now, to start drafting them.
  • RoW80 – stay up to date – pretty much, though I have slacked off a bit on commenting. There’s a handful I almost always comment on, but I need to do better at leaving comments for the others too.

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books – 12/8 books. I’ve apparently gone on a listening binge again. 🙂
  • Read: 31 books – If I finish today’s book(and I don’t think I’ll have any trouble doing that), I’ll have 29/31. I set aside 2 that didn’t pull me in.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Craigiecatt Hat – finished this wp-1484500599247.jpg
  • Crochet: Giraffe Hat – finished this wp-1485343802272.jpg
  • Loom: Meadow Moss Headband – started and ripped this out several times and finally just gave up. I’ll try a different loom pattern next month.

Plotting:

  • Playing with Fire – finish outline
  • Heart of Christmas(BC Security novella) – Brainstorm

Writing:

  • Defending the Heart – add 40000 words/finish 1st draft
  • Stay a Little Longer – add 4000 words
  • Not Meant to Be – add 4000 words
  • Buried Secrets – add 4000 words
  • Playing with Fire – add 4000 words
  • Midas’ Daughter – add 4000 words

Editing:

  • Stained Blood – re-plot & re-write
  • Snow White Twist – fill in [xx] throughout

Side Projects:

  • Dance with the Devil – get to 30000 words/finish 1st draft
  • Fade Away – get to 1300 words
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 4750 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 3950 words
  • Roman – get to 5450 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 3400 words

Blogging:

  • A-Z posts: draft
  • RoW80: Stay up to date

Reading:

  • Listen: 5 books
  • Read: 28 books

Crafting:

  • Knitting: Clean Slate hat
  • Crochet: Flower Coaster
  • Loom: Ambrosia Love Scarf

New Year, New Month, New Start

I had planned to put a new set of goals for the year, quarter, month, week in yesterday’s post. But, that post was already getting pretty long. So, I decided to save it for today. I’m going to break each set of goals up the way I usually do, into writing/plotting/editing…and so on. Now, time to get to them:

2017

I have a tendency to change what I’m working on throughout the year. That’s a long time to plan ahead for after all. So, these I may keep a bit more vague than I usually do.

Plotting:

  • Plot 9 new novels/novellas among 5 active series + 1 standalone novel
  • Re-plot 2 novels to be rewritten
    • Stained Blood(Stained #3)
    • East of Abilene(Directions of Love #1)

Writing:

  • Finish all 5 active WiPs
    • Defending the Heart(BC Security #2)
    • Crash and Burn(Flames #5.5)
    • Not Meant to Be(Gilbert, CO #6)
    • Stay a Little Longer(Kurztown #5)
    • In the Moonlight
  • Work on 5 more WiPs

Editing:

  • Rewrite Stained Blood(Stained #3)
  • Revise next in active series
    • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3) – this title is likely to change
    • Flames of Justice(Flames #2.5)
    • Scars and All(Kurztown #2)

Publishing:

These will depend on getting stuff back from my critique partner and beta readers, so there’s some lack of control in that, but I still hope to get to them:

  • Stained Blood(Stained #3)
  • Law of Choice(Kurztown # .5)
  • Flames of Renewal(Flames #2)
  • Guarding the Heart(BC Security #1)
  • Demons Rising(Gilbert, CO #3)

Side Projects:

  • Revise Snow White Twist, give it a real title, and submit to World Unknown Review
  • Finish rewriting Midas’ Daughter & revise
  • finish drafting Dance with the Devil, revise & post to Wattpad
  • Write Icarus & Cassie’s story(Riders of Justice #4)
  • Start Hawk’s story(Riders of Justice #5)
  • Add 6000 words each to back story novellas

Blogging:

  • Just Jot It January – I’m counting this for today’s “jot”, though I may do a separate post from my usual ones depending on what the prompt is.
  • A-Z Challenge – I’ll be writing Icarus & Cassie’s story as a serial for this
  • Story a Day May
  • Story a Day September
  • RoW80 – Keep up to date on my 2x weekly posts as well as commenting on others’ posts
  • Any other challenges that come up throughout the year

Reading:

  • Listen: 50 audiobooks
  • Read: 350 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: 9 projects
  • Crochet: 9 projects
  • Loom: 9 projects

#Row80 Round 1:

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil – Outline
  • Playing With Fire(Flames #6/The Rileys #1) – Outline
  • Heart of Christmas(BC Security novella)
  • High on Your Love(Kurztown #6)

Writing:

  • In the Moonlight – 1st draft
  • Crash and Burn – 1st draft
  • Defending the Heart – 1st draft
  • Stay a Little Longer – add 39000 words
  • Not Meant to Be – add 12000 words
  • Loving the Devil – start drafting
  • Playing with Fire – start drafting
  • Heart of Christmas – start drafting

Revising:

  • Stained Blood – Rewrite
  • Demons Rising – Revise
  • Flames of Renewal – Send to CP & do edits if I get it back before the end of the round
  • Snow White Twist – Fill in Details

Side Projects:

  • Midas’ Daughter – Get to 13000 words
  • Dance with the Devil – finish 1st draft
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 5400 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 4675 words
  • Roman – get to 5800 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 4000 words

Blogging:

  • Row80 – keep up to date with own posts & others
  • Just Jot it January – 30 posts(since I already skipped day 1)

Reading:

  • Listen: 12 books
  • Read: 90 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: 3 projects
  • Crochet: 3 projects
  • Loom: 3 projects

January:

Plotting:

  • Loving the Devil – Outline
  • Playing with Fire – Outline

Writing:

  • In the Moonlight – 1st draft
  • Crash and Burn – 1st draft
  • Defending the Heart – 4000 words
  • Stay a Little Longer – 4000 words
  • Not Meant to Be – 4000 words

Revising:

  • Stained Blood – re-plot & start re-write
  • Demons Rising – revisions

Side Projects:

  • Midas’ Daughter – get to 8500 words
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 28500 words/finish 1st draft
  • Patrick & Sarah – get to 4275 words
  • Tavin & Haiwee – get to 3550 words
  • Roman – get to 4680 words
  • Dougal & Shae – get to 280 words

Blogging:

  • Just Jot It January – 30 posts
  • A-Z Challenge – plot posts
  • RoW80 – stay up to date

Reading:

  • Listen: 8 books
  • Read: 31 books

Crafting:

  • Knit: Craigiecatt Hat
  • Crochet: Giraffe Hat
  • Loom: Meadow Moss Headband

And, finally, for this week:

  • Write: 14000 words(2k on main project a day, 1k on others a week)
  • Stained Blood – start re-plotting once back from CP
  • Loving the Devil – start Story Toolkit
  • Playing with Fire – finish back stories, plot summary, start Story Tooklit
  • Side Projects – write 2000 words
  • Listen: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case(Kristen Painter) & She Can Scream(Melinda Leigh)
  • Read: The Hawk(Monica McCarty), Law Man(Kristen Ashley), Trade Me(Courtney Milan), Tied to Trouble(Megan Erickson), What Chris Wants(Lori Foster), Just You(Rebecca Phillips), & Island of Glass(Nora Roberts)
  • Knit: Craigiecatt Hat

June Wrap-Up & New Goals

I don’t usually post anything on Thursdays, but this is the last day of June, so I figured I’d do my wrap-up post for the month today. It’s been a pretty good month, at least word-wise. There have definitely been a lot of those. Over 96,000 as of right this moment. So, how’d I do with everything? Well, let’s see:

Drafting:

  • Protecting the Heart – get to 40000 words – 47172 words
  • Ready When You Are – get to 50ooo words – 52782 words & finished 1st draft(yeah, it was short. I’m sure I’ll add to it in revisions)
  • Paint Me a Picture – finish 1st draft – got this done, too. A total of 36461, 10202 written this month.
  • Shed Some Light – get to 35000 words – Just barely. 35232 words
  • Break on Me – get to 30000 words – Not quite. 23172 words
  • In the Moonlight – get to 25000 words – Only 19901 words on this. I haven’t worked on it yet today, but I still won’t make this.
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 4500 words – 5878 words. This one’s been going really well.
  • Goin’ Down – get to 4000 words(or finish) – This was actually just under 2500 words, but the 1st draft is finished
  • Snow White Twist – get to 3500 words Only at 3009 words, but I might add more later today.

I also plotted and started writing Closing Time(Cam & Gio’s story – a Flames novella). I’m about 1500 words into it so far(just started writing yesterday).

Editing:

  • Work on stuff as I get it back from readers – I have through Chapter 8 of Stained by Ashes back from the second beta reader. I’ve been compiling the notes into a master file, and will start revising when I have all the chapters back.
  • Start read through of Come Back Down & revise – I started the read through last weekend but only got through the first chapter.
  • Revise Midas’ Daughter & consider submitting – haven’t started this yet.

Blogging:

  • Maintain regular posting schedule(Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun) & stay caught up with blog hops – I’ve done pretty well with that, though I’ve skipped a couple Monday & Tuesday posts.
  • RoW80 – Post twice a week; stay current with sponsor duties – Pretty sure this has been a success. And I signed up to be a sponsor again for the next round. Working on my sponsor post(though I haven’t gotten further than outlining my idea)

Reading:

  • Listen: 7 audiobooks currently in Audible library – I’ve finished listening to 8(though there was another I didn’t finish b/c I didn’t care for it). Listening to Ice Like Fire(Sara Raasch) right now, but won’t finish it today. I’m already above my goal for the year on this one(and I used to think I’d hate listening to books being read to me)
  • Read: 26 books – I’ve only finished 22, though I may finish up to 2 more today, but I’d still fall short of the goal. Still, not bad considering all the words I’ve written this month.
  • Read: Description(Elements of Writing Fiction) – I’m just about finished with this. I did finish after I’d typed that.

Not a bad month at all when there’s only one red item. Now, looking forward to next month:

Drafting:

  • Protecting the Heart – finish 1st draft(or get damn close)
  • Closing Time – finish 1st draft
  • Shed Some Light – write 17000 words
  • Break on Me – add 9000 words
  • In the Moonlight – add 8500 words
  • Dance with the Devil – get to 7500 words
  • Snow White Twist – get to 5000 words

Editing:

  • Stained by Ashes – compile beta notes as they come in
  • Come Back Down – read through & revise
  • Midas’ Daughter – Read through once Come Back Down is finished

Reading:

  • Listen: 7 audiobooks in Audible library(1 from my credit, 1 was 1.99 add-on to free ebook, 2 were on sale, & 3 were read & listen from Kindle Unlimited)
  • Read: 28 books
  • Read: Romancing the Beat(Gwen Hayes)

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