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 Okay, so, I really like that word. Sue me. (Please don't.) It's the second-to-last day of February, which, of course means there are only two days left to edit this client's manuscript. To say I'm freaking out is an understatement. 

Not to mention I work my day job (which is kind of an anytime-of-the-day job) on both these days.

As of right now, I have 56 pages left to edit, which isn't too bad. I can knock that out in three or four hours this late at night . (I'm much less productive after midnight, but I have my ways to stay awake.) The scary part is that I still have to go back and address all those things I need to research throughout the manuscript, which is about two-hundred random comments. I'm not even sure how long that'll take. Two days, probably. 


I suppose, then, I'd better make this a short and sweet post. 

Let's see, a recap. 

I finished the final two books in the cozy series, and it ended exactly how I knew it'd end. (No spoilers.) I also wrote reviews for both books. I never did actually write the short story for the crime anthology, and, after seeing the quality of the cover and some of the stories, I'm kind of glad I didn't. You know that phrase "guilty by association?" Well, that's why. I'm spending a lot of time and energy building this series, so I need to ensure its quality, which means I need to ensure the quality of all the other stories in the anthology. I don't like to badmouth other indie authors because, well, the world kind of does that to us already, so I'll just say that there were a lot of corners cut. Besides, if I were to bang out the piece in a day or two, it'd leave little time to edit and no time to send it to beta readers. I'm starting to be okay with not finishing. I do, however, still have a detailed outline of the story, so I'll work on it next month and do it right. Maybe I'll even expand it to a novella-sized story and put it up as a solo project. It did keep wanting to expand past the five-thousand word limit. I'm thinking maybe fifteen-thousand words? 


And my goals now. I want to only focus on these two days before even thinking about March. Basically, my only goal is to finish editing this manuscript and get it back to my boss-lady before 11:59pm on Tuesday. I doubt I'll even read my book until it's finished. 

I'll make sure to come back on or around March 1 to dive into more goals.  
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 Hello, productivity. It's nice to meet your acquaintance. Each year, I always feel a big push to "DO ALL THE THINGS" in January, but it seems like it's my least productive month. What's with that?! I always feel like February should start the year, while still being the second month. I'm not sure how that works, but let's just go with it. In the one week that has been February, I've been as nearly productive as I've been in the four weeks prior to it.

I'm focusing on the positives here, okay?

Here's what I've done and planning to do -


  • I managed to read nine books this year so far. I'm currently entrenched in a murder mystery series, cozy of course, and I have four books left. Three and a half, really.
  • I inadvertently signed up to read one hundred cozies this year in a Goodreads challenge, so I'm scrambling to find books in various subgenres. This opened up my eyes to potential writing projects too!
  • I currently have 13,299 words written this year. I'm aiming to have 60,000 words by the end of the month.
  • My children's adventure story is not as adventurous as I planned. I'm slogging through the first draft while taking notes for future edits.
  • I decided to convince a friend to extend an anthology deadline so I can submit a story for it. Instead of the original outline I planned, I'm writing a short story to work as a supplement to my own murder mystery series.
  • So far, I have nine adult murder mystery series and two children's murder mystery series planned. (Not all to be completed - or started - this year, but they've been planned to various degrees.
  • The first one I'm starting features a creative writing teacher as an amateur sleuth, and she loves all things Shakespeare.  
  • I revised a clients manuscript after flubbing pretty bad on it. (I notated the scene numbers incorrectly. It's good I'm not a math teacher!)
  • I still have a full-length manuscript to copy edit and deliver to the client by the end of the month. I haven't started yet.
But there is time yet to complete everything! :) 

cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (kitten)
 I almost gave up. Almost! Time flies by so quickly - especially at the end of the year! So, I was on a mission to try and remember where the heck this journal was because I completely forgot DreamWidth. I rifled through my browser history and my email (for a welcome email), and I came up empty-handed. I tried everything. Turns out, it was probably because I didn't look far back enough. What ended up working was just going through my emails one by one, and I saw the DreamWidth newsletter. Honestly? The domain name didn't even register to me, and I signed in thinking it couldn't possibly be here. Spoiler alert: It was. 

The reason I felt it was so urgent to find this was because during the last couple days, my depression has taken a nosedive. It's starting to crush me. I know I feel better when I blog and make some goals (and share them with the wo

Now that it's been ten days, here's an update! 

I managed to read two books. I'm more than halfway through the third installment of Divergent on audiobook, and I'm now reading Alice Hoffman's "Practical Magic." I wrote a story for the addiction anthology I'll be publishing later next year, too. And I planned a story for another anthology. 


Here's what I want to accomplish in the next week:
  • Write TotPK story.
  • Write ASitD story.
  • Edit story for CM.
  • Finish listening to Allegiant.
  • Finish reading Practical Magic.
  • Work on editing website. 
On Thursday, I have training for my new job. I'm not thrilled, but it'll help pay the bills. Hopefully I can stick it out for awhile. At least until I can publish some of my own novellas and novels (not to mention homeschooling supplies) and rev up the editing business, so I can bring in more income. It won't happen unless I make a goal and try, right? 

Here's to success and goals! 


(And by the way - I bookmarked this website AND jotted it down in my BuJo.)

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Dec. 8th, 2016 07:37 pm
cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
I actually discovered this website because a yearly writing group in which I participate called WriYe has a journal here. A little bit about me and my plans for this e-journal. I'm a mom of two boys (3 years old and 11 months old). I've been a stay at home mom for all of 2016,and I'm going back to work, graveyard shifts, for some pocket change. I'm an author (you can find my Amazon author page and Goodreads on my profile), an editor, a co-editor for an online magazine and publication press, and a professional Tarot reader. I also run a website for homeschooling parents in which I create awesome educational packages and talk about the woes of homeschooling. Just kidding - it's great!

So my plans for this journal are simple. In 2017, I'm teaming up with one of my best writer friends who lives in Norway and participating in MilWordy. If you haven't heard of this extreme challenge, scooch up because this will blow your mind. In the course of one year - 365 days, or 366 if it's a leap year - the challenge is to write ONE MILLION words. Yep, that's right. One million words in one year. That comes out to be something like 90,000 words each month, which is the average length of a novel!

Okay, so I may be ambitious what with all the other things I have going on, but they say (whoever "they" are) that to be in the league of a professional writer, you need to get all the crappy words, plots, characters out of the way by writing a million words. Some genius designed this challenge to get a lifetime of crappy words out in a single year. Kudos to them. I've actually participated in MilWordy before, but not seriously. Sometime in December, I decided to throw in all my chips and sit back to reap the rewards, of which there were none because I did zero planning for the year.

Not this time! I have a semi-solid plan, at least a raft boat of a plan, for the year, which is as follows:

-Write two short story collections.
-Write three novellas (that's around 40K words).
-Write two novels.
-Write twenty short stories for various anthologies and contests.
-Write an editing guide for fellow authors.
-Create several bundles and themes for the homeschooling bunch.
-Write a homeschooling handbook.

Maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to cobble together a million words next year with this. I'm trying to limit my blogging, but, of course, I will track those words. I am trying to stick with once a week for each blog/website, which includes the literary journal, my Tarot blog, my author blog, my side writing blog, my editing business blog, and this one.

Honestly, this will probably be the longest post just because it's the first one. From now on, I'll simply write out my weekly goals and give short daily updates because I think it's important to track stuff like this, especially when I have mental illnesses that sometimes get in the way of my creative ventures.

So this is me and these are my goals for the next year and how I will utilize this fun journal. :) I hope to find friends on here and team up for some projects.

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