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February Wrap-Up

So, it’s the last day of February, which means it’s time to look back at my goals for the month, and see where I’m going next month.

I adjusted my way of doing things a couple times during the month, but I still got stuff done.

Plotting:

  • Protecting the Heart(BC Security 2) – Brainstorming & Back stories – I finished the last back story this morning, so this is done.
  • Rylan & Kirsten(Gilbert, CO 4.75) – Brainstorming & Back stories – these are all done for this one, too.

Writing:

  • Ready When You Are – get to 2000 words – 9078 words
  • Love Who You Love – get to 36000 words – 40039 words
  • By the Gun – get to 6000 words – 10763 words
  • Come Back Down – get to 26000 words – 22051 words

Editing:

  • My Way to You – 1st Revisions, Read Through, 2nd Revisions, & Polish – I got through the 1st revisions then decided to set aside for now. Have a new revision plan in place.
  • Flames of Recompense – Organize for Revisions – nope.
  • Stained Snow – Continue editing as I get chapters back – This is done & has been uploaded to Amazon for release on 3/11.
  • Edit anything I get back from critique partner – did some of the revisions for Stained by Ashes. Will pick that back up this afternoon. I also got Healing the Heart back last night, so I’ll be adding that to my editing list, now.

Reading:

  • Listen: 2 audiobooks – 4/2. Truthwitch, Take Me Home, The Glass Magician, & Dorothy Must Die. Also about halfway through The  Conspiracy of Us.
  • Read: 27 books – 24/27 books. I may finish one more before the day’s over.
  • Read: She Sat He Stood(Ginger Hanson) – finished this.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Zig Zag Rib Scarf – finished this
  • Crochet: Leaping Stripes & Blocks Blanket – got more than halfway through this
  • Loom: Figure-8 Ribbed Keyhole Scarf – didn’t have the right loom for this.

Not too bad at all. Now, for March:

Outlining:

  • Protecting the Heart – Outline
  • Rylan & Kirsten – Outline

Drafting:

  • Protecting the Heart – get to 8000 words
  • Ready When You Are – get to 25000 words
  • Rylan & Kirsten – get to 12000 words
  • Love Who You Love – get to 56000 words
  • By the Gun – get to 26000 words
  • Come Back Down – get to 28000 words(or finish 1st draft)

Editing:

  • Stained by Ashes – finish CP edits & find beta readers(if you’re interested, let me know in the comments. I’m hoping to have it ready by the end of next week.)
  • Healing the Heart – apply CP edits

Reading:

  • Listen to at least 2 audiobooks
  • Read: 29 books
  • Read: Write Great Fiction: Description & Setting

Crafting:

  • Knit: Mug Hug
  • Crochet: Finish Leaping Blocks and Stripes Blanket & Half and Half Slouch Hat
  • Loom: Morning Light Cowl

And as a bonus goal:

  • Draft 25 A-Z posts(I already have 1 of them finished)

Sunday Summary: November Wrap-Up

We had a good Thanksgiving, and stayed at home on Friday. We did go out Saturday, but surprisingly, Erie wasn’t too crazy.We only made a few stops, but I did take another box of books into the used bookstore, and this time I only walked out with 2 more(probably would have been more but I gave my mom the list of books I still need in series I’m following(which I typed up for when I go to the bookstore, but it was easier to just give this one to her than make another one), so tried to find ones that weren’t on that list). Then, I went to Books-a-Million while my husband was at Gander Mountain & Field & Stream. And I bought Heir of Fire(another one I’d forgotten to put on the list I gave to my mom).

I know, there’s still one more day left in November. But, I’m doing my wrap-up post today anyway. First, I’ll look at how the last week has gone.

  • My Way to You – write 25000 words(will get me close to the end if not all the way there) – 25000/25000. I’d gotten through all the ‘past’ scenes on Friday, but was still almost 500 words short of my goal. So, I started the first scene that’s back in the present. I have three or four scenes to finish. I’m hoping to get those done tomorrow. Maybe Tuesday.
  • Come Back Down – write 1000 words – 869/1000 words. But, I did get up to a total of 4000 words.
  • Read: Gotta Read It – finish – finished this earlier this week.
  • Read: Instant Temptation(Jill Shalvis) & Living Victim(Stacy Green) – read both of these and also Gone Too Far(Suzanne Brockman), Betting on You(Jessie Evans), Treasured Claim & Unintended Guardian(both by Jami Gold). I started 3 other books last night and ended up setting them all aside. Starting Love, Diamonds, and Spades(Violet Duke) today.
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – Strip 22 – I got through Strip 21, most of that was done yesterday morning.
  • Loom: Hat – haven’t worked on this at all. Might get to it later today.

This week has been pretty good. I did change my goals during the month(Is anyone really surprised by this?)

Outlining:

  • Love Who You Love(Kurztown #3) – didn’t get to this. I will be working on it next month.

Writing:

  • Guarding the Heart – 1st draft – wrote 24506 words and finished this.
  • Some Fools Never Learn – Reach 32000 words – I wrote 44567 words and finished the first draft of this.
  • My Way to You – Reach 21000 words – wrote 25000 words on this and am at just over 32000 words.
  • By the Gun – Reach 7000 words – Didn’t work on this at all. According to new schedule, I probably won’t get to it until March.

I also wrote 4000 words on a new side project. Have written over 100,000 words this month.

Revising:

  • Chasing the Ghost: Revise & Polish – I got through the first round of revisions, but set it aside to focus on drafting this month. I’ll be picking it back up next month.
  • Flames of Retribution: Organize for revisions – didn’t get to this. On the schedule for next month, though.
  • Anything I receive back from CP/Betas – nothing back yet

Reading:

  • Read/Listen: 22 books – I listened to 14 books(10 of those the Shadowhunter Academy novellas, each about 2 hours). Read 23 books(5 of those novellas).
  • Read: Gotta Read It(Libbie Hawker) – finished this.

Crafting:

  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – getting close to finishing this.wpid-wp-1448190302028.jpg and the cat seems to think it’s her bed.
  • Crochet: Twist N’ Shout Slouchy Hat – haven’t started this
  • Loom: Scarf – finished this earlier this month.wpid-wp-1446417294956.jpg

Next month, I’ll be focusing on revisions. But, I’m still planning on drafting first thing in the morning. Planning on working on either outlining or writing for 1 hour(or 1000 words) before I switch over to revisions each day.

So, my goals for December:

Outlining:

  • Love Who You Love(Kurztown #3)

Drafting:

  • Love Who You Love – write 9000 words
  • Come Back Down – Write 4000 words

Revising:

  • Chasing the Ghost – Revise & Polish
  • Flames of Retribution – 1st Revisions

Reading:

  • Read/listen: 21 books
  • Read: The Word-Loss Diet(Rayne Hall)

Crafting:

  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Hat
  • Crochet: Twist N’ Shout Slouchy Hat
  • Loom: Hat

Forgot to include next week’s goals. Here they are:

  • My Way to You: finish 1st draft
  • Chasing the Ghost: Read through
  • Come Back Down: add 1000 words
  • Read: Word-Loss Diet – 20%
  • Read: Love, Diamonds, and Spades(Violet Duke), Meet Me When the Sun Goes Down(Lisa Olsen), Almost Perfect(Susan Mallery), Concealed in Death(J.D. Robb), & Beautiful Little Fool(K.K. Hendin)
  • Knit: Cuddly Chevron Blanket – finish

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