How is it April already? One third of the year is already gone! That means its time for me to assess my goals for the next quarter of the year. The first three months of 2019 were pretty good all things considering. I have written more each month, I started exercising again and am making slow progress in that area. I have read 17 books so far. All forward progress.
Now that it is April I am committing myself to a couple challenges to keep my momentum going. Starting on April 1 I have decided to walk at least one mile for the next 100 days. I plan on doing more than one mile most days of the challenge, but even on busy days or days when I want to do nothing I am at least doing a mile. I think it's important to get into a real habit of being consistent on my workouts and I have lots of support with this challenge.
I am also taking part of the Camp NaNoWriMo this month. Now I am not trying to write the 50K words that I would try to do in November, but this month I am trying to get 25k words in. I am hoping to finish book two of Port Stone and get it to my editor by the end of the month. I also want to get closer to finishing Quest for Self so that I can get it to my editor by the end of May. Lots of writing to be done, especially with edits in the mix.
I am also going to be working more on my art this month and for the rest of the year. I am not only painting miniatures, which is an art form all in its own, but I also am going to teach myself how to oil paint. I have a new art setup and am excited to see what I can learn and do. I have a series in mind, but first I want to get comfortable working in a new medium.
Last quarter was a good start to the year, now let's see what the next three months have to show us!
Well I looked back on 2018, so now it's time to look forward towards 2019. I am looking to make 2019 a great year, so I will be splitting this into two posts. This one about writing and the next one about everything else!
So as I said in my look back at 2018, this has been a year where I struggled with writing. Well I am looking to take care of that problem in 2019. Now that I have a set day job schedule and I have gotten used to it I think that I can schedule my writing work much better. I want to become more organized with my writing and make sure that I have enough time to write new material. This means I am going to schedule certain times for marketing and blogging, and leave the rest of my time for editing and new writing. That means that I am going to likely cut blogging back to two days a week most of the time, Mondays and Thursdays. I will still be active but will free up some time for fiction writing. And hey hopefully that will mean better blog content for you to read!
Now as for writing projects for 2019, well I have a long list! First I am proud to say that I already know of one flash fiction piece that will be printed in an anthology next year! And I have two other short stories out on submission as we speak, so fingers crossed. I hope to write at least 6-12 more short stories for anthologies in 2019. I really do enjoy writing short fiction and it allows me to explore different genres which I love. I also want to get back to writing and publishing more shorts of my Gods Behaving Badly series. I hope to get at least two novellas out this coming year. As for the rest of my writing, I want to focus on some longer works. I have plans to write a long novella/short novel romance focusing on a character with multiple sclerosis. I plan on finishing the sequel to my romantic fantasy Quest for Redemption, Quest for Self. I also have a time travel novel, Rivals Out of Time, that I hope to finish in 2019. And if not all of that is enough, I have a four book series about dragons and dragonbornes that I want to write and get at least the first two books out if possible in 2019. That is a lot I know, but you got dream big and push yourself if you want to grow and succeed.
Well November is over and December is here! I really can't believe how fast this year has went. As many of you know, last month was National Write a Novel Month. A month where people write like crazy and try to get a 50K novel written. Now as I have talked about here on this blog before, I have been struggling with words this year. Like really struggling. So it should come as no surprise when I tell you that I did not hit 50K. Not even close. However that does not mean that I am seeing November as a failure. No! Far from it! I got a lot of writing done for me. I more than doubled my word count from October in November. I got all three rounds of edits for my Christmas novella Very Friendly Beasts done. I managed to get Very Friendly Beasts up for preorder. I managed to keep this blog active with three blogs a week. I worked some on this website and marketed my work. I also wrote and submitted three short stories for some upcoming anthologies, so look for some announcements coming soon on those! And I also got a good start on a novel that I have been wanting to write for a long time. So did I hit the NaNo goal? No. Did I make personal strides to getting back in the writing groove? You bet I did and I am counting that as a huge win!
So this is a new month, what are my writing goals now that NaNo is done? I want to write two more short stories for anthologies. I just love short fiction and love being part of anthologies, enough so that I made a separate book page to share all the anthologies that I have been lucky enough to be a part of here on this website. I also want to continue work on my romantic fantasy Quest for Self and my NaNo novel Rivals Out of Time.
As I am planning out my writing for the rest of the year and my tentative releases for next year, I must say that I have entered a very fantasy and sci-fi heavy part of my writing career. Will there still be some romance? Of course, I have the two sequels to Quest for Redemption that I hope to have out next year and while those are fantasy novels they are pretty heavy on the romance. I hope to have about 6 more Gods Behaving badly books out between this year and next. But I also have some hard fantasy novels involving dragons and dragon bornes, and wizards that I want to work on. And I have an epic time travel novel that I have been wanting to write for a couple years now. Well I think that the time is now! I hope that my fans will follow me into these new genres, that they will enjoy the wild ride that I am about to take them and myself on!
How are we already over halfway through the month? Time seems to be flying by. I have had a major health setback, so I am not quite as far as I would like to be this month but I have still been having a decent writing month. First round edits for The Discovery of a Lifetime are back to my editor and I should have the second round next week sometime. I am hoping to have a mid-September release date soon! I had a flash fiction story accepted for an anthology and will have more on that release when a date is set. And as for actually writing, I am about a third of the way done with my Christmas novella that I hope to get to my editor by the end of the month. Hopefully I have a couple good days of writing and will catch up. I even have found a cover for the Christmas novella that I need to purchase this month as well. So all in all a fairly productive writing month thus far despite some setbacks, I really can't ask for more I suppose.
How is it already August? That means I have less than 5 months of writing left in 2018! This has been a rather slow year for me on the writing front, too much of outside life getting in the way, but I am hoping to make the most of what is left of the year and have big plans for 2019!
First off my Atlantis story, The Discovery of a Lifetime is off to my editor and I should be working on edits for it soon. I am hoping for a late September release, but we are working on the details. I am also happy to say that this month I am writing a Christmas novella as a sequel to my steamy Not So Silent Night novella. I already have a cover for it and will be getting this to my editor by September 1! It will be released in early December.
In between edits and my holiday novella, I am still researching and world building for my dragon borne series. I am also plotting for my nanowrimo novel this year, which is a time travel/steampunk hybrid! When I have time I am also working on the long awaited sequel to Quest for Redemption. So lots in the works this month and beyond!
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