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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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 My guy kind of kicked me out yesterday, but it was with good intentions. He said I needed to get out of the house because I was pacing the house and saying negative stuff. So he gave me a few child-free hours to do what I wanted. 
 
I went to Barnes and Noble to indulge in tea and write, and it was the best thing I've done this month. 
 
Let me start by saying the creative process is heightened when sitting in a bookstore cafe. Just seeing all those books in print really help me be able to "see" mine alongside them. It was beautiful. 
 
So here's my update:
 
  • I went over beta notes and edited the short story for the Mental Health anthology.
  • I planned a short story for the A Stab in the Dark crime anthology. 
  • I re-read Hamlet to be able to incorporate it in the short story.
Not too shabby for two and a half hours! Hopefully, I can continue this creative surge today. 
 
Plans this week:
  • Edit novella for client.
  • Write the short story for A Stab in the Dark anthology - estimated 7,000 words.
  • Write the short story for Pride Park anthology - estimated 4,000 words.
  • Edit the short story for Gratitude anthology

First post

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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