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 Yikes! It's been awhile since I've popped by. I've been updating my WriYe progress thread, though, and I've been more productive than I usually am. Well, here's to coming back and having a more public form of accountability. In June, I started this challenge called the Ray Bradbury Challenge, which is writing a short story each week. I've already flubbed one week, last week, but I'm catching up now. I'm excited that I've got nearly 400 people on board too. 

Here are my goals for July:
  • Write 4 short stories. [Camp NaNo Goal: 20,000 words.]
  • Read 3 books and write reviews.
  • Write the copy for the home page of my author website.
  • Write 4 blog posts for my author website.
  • Write the perma pages for lit mag.
  • Edit: G1 and NV and Pride Park stories [3]
  • Critique for: Paul, Dax
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 February is halfway over, and I'm wondering where all this time is going. Certainly, not in my writing projects! Here are some updates!
  • I'm on book 12 of the year. (And I'm over halfway through with it.) This is the penultimate book in the cozy series.
  • I actually started editing the client's manuscript - about time, too. I was asked to copy edit, but after taking a closer look, I saw it needed a little more than that. I'm dipping into line editing territory. I'm nearly on page 40, which, in two days, is pretty good for me. [My goal is to get to page 60 before going to bed tonight.] I need to edit at least 20 pages a day to finish on time. *yikes*
  • I started planning my own cozy mystery series - about the English teacher. I'm having a lot of fun with it too. I need to have that all planned by Sunday, so I can start writing the short story.
  • For now, I've shelved the children's adventure story. I'll pick it up later this year when I can figure out what it's missing.

And, of course, where would I be without my goals?
  • Edit 30 pages a day. I want to finish this project by next Friday. It'll give me four days to go over all my comments and do research to fix individual problems I didn't address before. [This will take approximately 4 hours a day.]
  • Plan the cozy series - complete with the town history and characters - by the end of this Friday (tomorrow!).
  • Plan the short story for the anthology by the end of this Sunday - the 19th.
  • Write the short story and have it finished and edited by next Sunday - the 26th. [One week is doable.]
    • To break it down a bit, I want to write from Monday to Friday, let it sit on Saturday, and edit it on Sunday. If I'm feeling particularly ambitious, I want to have it written from Sunday to Wednesday and send it off to one beta reader on Thursday, get it back on Saturday, and edit on Sunday.
  • Finish reading this cozy series by Sunday - and write the remaining two reviews, of course.  
cayleighstickler: Black cat walking through the snow leaving a trail of paw prints (Default)
 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 (Default)
 This isn't my official goal list; that'll be posted on the first. I wanted a place to write what has been percolating in my mind lately. 
  • Write 365,000 words. [novels, novellas, short stories, info articles/blog posts, educational packets, NF books]
  • Publish [anthologies, novellas, collections]
  • Read 70 books; write reviews for all
  • Read 3 children's books to the kids per day
  • Review/beta read one chapter/story per week on Protagonize
  • Send one query letter to agent/publisher for novel
  • Weekly blog posts [Nature Cottage, Sacred Moon, CS Editing, CS Writing, storiesbycayleigh, lit journal]
  • Promote editing services; earn $10,000
  • Promote spiritual services; earn $1,000
  • Research local yoga teacher classes; choose affordable one; 2018 goal to register
  • Exercise 4X per week [yoga, pilates, weights, walking, hiking]
  • Save $3,000 in savings account
  • Establish a garden
  • Meet local friends [similar interests - homeschool, reading, writing, etc.]
*My unofficial word count goal is one million words, but I want to write at least 365K, which is 1K per day every day.

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