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July Wrap-Up

July is coming to a close, so here’s an update on my July Goals.


My goal was to read two books a week totaling to eight books this month. I ended up reading more books than that. I have to say I really love having no work.

I ended up reading ten books, two more than I planned. If you want to see the complete list of books I read during July, head on over to my Reading List. I just updated it and it has a link to all the book reviews from July (and the whole year).


I queried my children’s book, Nature According to Bobby, to five more agents. Some of the turnaround times are kind of long, so we’ll have to wait and see for that.

I also submitted a poem to the magazine Ladybug. The wait time for that is three to six months.

I wrote Hunter for Camp NaNoWriMo and hit 50k on July 19. I didn’t finish the story, but I think it’s almost done. It might have another two or three chapters? I’m not entirely sure. I wanted to finish the overall novel, but I got distracted with George Florence so Hunter is kind of the back burner for now.

The rewrite of George Florence is still in the works. I took a good break from it because I was writing Hunter. My plan was to write both at the same time, but I think that was a little overambitious.

I had hoped to finish rewriting George Florence by the end of July, but there’s still a lot I need to do. The rewrite is turning out much, much longer than the original first draft. A lot of new additions (good additions, in my opinion) got added when I switched POVs.


I posted a book review every Tuesday and Saturday like I hoped to. I ended up reading two more books than planned, as well.

I also started the Time To Write feature every Friday. I hope you guys enjoy that.

July was a pretty good month for me. I think I got a lot done. Here’s hoping August is just as productive.





Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

25 thoughts on “July Wrap-Up

      1. I know! I have this conversation all the time with my sister. I can’t imagine waking up in the morning for the sole purpose to go to work then to just come home and watch TV. I want to do something with my life. I want to inspire people and make them happy. I hope to do that with my writing.
        (Sorry, I went on a slight rant there! Lol)

      2. Exactly. I’ve nearly stopped watching TV altogether and I rarely watch movies to begin with. I’d love to do the same. Let’s inspire people!
        Don’t be sorry. I know what you mean.

      3. I don’t watch TV all that often, either. There are a few shows I watch, but I usually put them on as background noise while working on blog posts and such, lol.
        Yes, you and I will inspire the world with our words!

      4. I hope you’ll be able to find time to kick back and relax once in a while, though. Everyone needs that.
        Yeah, I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, lol.

      5. Nah, I don’t think so. I think it more or less depends on the kind of professors you get. Some will actually teach and others won’t care and you’ll feel as though your wasting your time and money. How many classes are you taking in the fall?

      6. I was took five. The recommended was four, but I wanted to be done quicker, lol. I asked to take six and they wouldn’t let me.

      7. I know, right? They didn’t think I’d be able to keep up with the work; especially since I work full-time with two part-times on the side. I still finished in two years though, so I can’t complain.

      8. Surprisingly enough, yes. I woke up two hours earlier than I needed to each day to do homework. It was one of the perks of online schooling, lol.

  1. *crosses fingers* Good luck with querying! I’m excited for you about that. And I’m glad to hear you submitted a poem to Ladybug magazine as well. Awesome!

    It’s good to hear about the George Florence re-write. I think that’s a good thing. It sounds like a similar story with Puck, which was originally in first person and ended around 30K. Re-writing it in third person doubled its length, and it ended up around 75K. Sounds like George Florence is doing the same. Congrats!

    Congrats on winning Camp if I haven’t said it yet. I can’t wait to learn more about Hunter. Excited!

    1. Thanks! Yeah, there’s a lot going on in the writing world for me. It’s funny how the POV changes everything. I did the same thing, too; I switched from first to third.

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