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September 2017 Goals

September 2017 Goals for reading, writing, and blogging

Reading

Book reviews are going back to once a week on Saturdays, which means five book reviews for the month. One review has already been posted, so feel free to check that out.

For the rest of the month I plan on reading:

1. The Black Book by James Patterson
2. Be Light Like A Bird by Monika Schroder
3. Everland by Wendy Spinale
4. Stories On The Go by Hugh Howey

As always, these books are subject to change based on my mood. This is what I’m planning for now though.

Writing

There’s a lot that I want to do writing wise. I think I’m going to work on a little bit of everything because I don’t know which I should give the most attention. Basically, there’s a lot that I want to accomplish and I don’t really know where to start. So I’m just going to explore my options.

1. Edit George Florence – Yeah, I know.
2. Write short stories – Not necessarily for the blog, but for other things.
3. Write a short story with George and Lilah – I want to write a short mystery with these two. It’ll be something different and I want to give it a try.
4. Write for Now Loading – I joined a gaming website a while ago and have written a couple of articles for it, but I want to start writing articles regularly for it.
5. Work on my picture books – I have a couple of picture books written. Some need editing, but some are ready to be queried. Why haven’t I started that? I don’t know…
6. Figure out Wattpad – I’ve been wanting to post something on Wattpad for a while now, so I want to plan something for that.

I don’t plan on getting all of this done in one month, of course. I’m hoping to work on at least three of those, maybe finish at least one. It’s a lot, but I have a lot of ideas. So, we’ll see how it all goes.

Blogging

Blogging will be busy as usual. My posts for September are just about done for both blogs. So soon I’ll start planning October. In the meantime, I’m going to work on revamping this blog with new graphics and such.

If you want to keep up with that process, sign up for my newsletter to follow along.

Overall

September will be busy, but productive. I’ve created a routine for myself. Hopefully I stick with it and it works. I should be able to get most of my stuff accomplished. It will be interesting to say the least!

What does your September look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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August 2017 Wrap Up

August 2017 reading, writing, and blogging wrap up

Reading

I actually read a good amount of books this month. It’s weird because this time last year I was ahead in my reading and now I’ve been finishing my books right up until their review date. But I’m still reading and enjoying the books, so that’s something.

I read and reviewed nine books this month, which you can check out on my Reading List.

Writing

What did I write this month? Not much. The most creative thing I did this month was my interactive Short Story Sunday. Thank you to everyone who read, voted, and enjoyed the story! It meant a lot to me and it was fun to try something different. I’m sure I’ll be doing more of that in the future.

However, even though I didn’t “write” much I made a plan for myself and organized all my writing stuff. I have so many story ideas floating around in my head and also jammed into my filing cabinet that I need to prioritize what to work on first.

There will be more on that later, but I think I have a plan.

Blogging

I was more focused on my blog this month than I was with my writing, which has been the trend lately. If you follow my newsletter, you’ll know that I’m in the works of reworking my blog. I’m giving it a complete makeover.

Starting next month, I’ll be giving updates about the process and sneak peeks. If that’s something that you’d like to see, please consider signing up for the newsletter. It’s easy and free!

Also, my biggest accomplishment this month was being on a podcast! A huge thanks to Annette for giving me the opportunity to talk about my writing and tell my story on The Magic Happens. The episodes are in alphabetical order, so you have to scroll down to find “Poli,” but please give it a listen if you haven’t already. It’d mean a lot to me. And please be sure to check out Annette’s blog as well!

Overall

August was a month of planning and prepping and trying to get my crap in order. There’s so much that I want to do and not nearly enough hours in the day, resources at my fingertips, or money in the wallet. So, I had to come up with a plan.

I’ve been following it slightly the past two weeks, but it won’t officially start until September. I thought summer would be easy, but no one is in a routine and social obligations get in the way. Once everyone is officially back at school and work, I can officially get back to my work.

Posts to Remember

1. How To Use The 5 Senses In Creative Writing
2. Time To Write: Sentence Starter
3. What Is Descriptive Writing?

How did August treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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July 2017 Wrap Up

July 2017 wrap up: reading, writing, blogging

Reading

I read a good amount this month. Most of the books I read were in the span of one week while I was on vacation, but that’s fine. I may finally be getting back into my reading habits again!

Check out my Reading List to see what I read this month and their reviews.

Writing

My writing was kind of a mess this month… I participated in Camp NaNo to write short stories for next year and I also attempted to work on a novel at the same time. I worked on both, didn’t finish either of them, but I made it to 50k words. So that’s something.

I had hoped to get more done, but… oh, well. I made some sort of progress and I’m happy with that.

Blogging

This month was just like any other month when it came to blogging. I’m currently in the works of updating this blog and making a few changes. If you want to know more about that, please consider signing up for my newsletter. It’s free and will give you more insight on myself as a writer and this blog. If you’re still unsure, check out more information about it here.

Overall

July was a good month. It was busy, but progress was made and ideas were thought of. I’m looking forward to August!

Posts to Remember

1. How To Write A Book Review That Matters
2. July/August 2017 Writing Contests
3. Why It’s Okay To Say No To Book Review Requests
4. Guest: Write The Book!
5. Interview: Jon Budd
6. Interview: Yecheilyah Ysrayl

How did the month of July treat you? Let me know in the comments below!

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July 2017 Goals

Goals for July 2017 | Reading, Writing, Blogging

Reading

It’s summer! Which means there will be two book reviews a week. For July, that means a total of nine reviews. I still have a few books left over from Mystery Month that I want to read, but I’m still not sure which books I want to read.

I have a lot of books on my list and I know that if I pick out nine, I’m just going to change my mind. So, for this month, I’m not going to list what I want to read. I’m just going to pick at random. Just expect nine reviews this month.

Writing

It’s another month of Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ll be working on two projects:

1. Brave – Write 50,000 words of this novel
2. Short Story Sunday 2018 – Write 50,000 words of next year’s short stories

If I have the time, I’d love to continue editing my mystery novel, but that won’t be a priority.

Blogging

I’ll have much more time to read and comment on new blogs as well get ahead with my own posts. I also plan on adding more to this blog as well.

I also plan on continuing my work on Double Jump as well as a new blog.

Overall

July is going to be a busy month. But now that work is over my writing and blogging will get my undivided attention. It’ll be a good month!

What are your goals for July? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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June 2017 Wrap Up

June 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I thought reading mystery novels would help me get out of my slump, but it didn’t really. Still, I read three books which is good enough for me.

If you want to catch up on what I read and my reviews, check out my Reading List.

Writing

I didn’t get any of my writing goals done this month. June is always so busy and I changed my mind about what I wanted to work on anyway. So there was that.

Overall

I really didn’t get much done this month, did I?

Well, I didn’t have high hopes for June anyway. July is going to be the challenge. We’ll see how that goes.

How did the month of June treat you? Did you accomplish your goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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Big News And An Interview

This is the first time in a long time that I haven’t had a book review for a Saturday. Normally this would bother me, but honestly, I think I just need a quick break from reading.

I know, I know. That sounds ridiculous.

Still, the past two weeks I’ve finished my books on Saturday morning before whipping up a quick review and posting it. I didn’t read at all this week and I wasn’t about to read a book in its entirety to get a review up on time.

I want to enjoy what I read, so I skipped it this week. My book reviews will be back next week though.

Instead, I have some interesting news to share with you all and to back it up, I have an interview on another blog.

First…

I quit my job.

I’ve decided to finally take this leap and try to write/blog full-time. My last day of work was three days ago and it still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. It was a tough decision, but I think I made the right decision.

At the end of the month, I’ll be talking more in depth about this in my newsletter.

So, if you’re interested in starting this new journey with me, please consider signing up for my newsletter. It’s free and I only email you twice a month with an occasional tidbit here and there.

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Second…

I was interviewed on Jaime’s Chaotic and Caffeinated blog!

I’m excited and grateful she allowed me some blog space. She interviewed me about entrepreneurship and the new journey ahead of me.

Please head over to her blog and check out the interview here: INTERVIEW

Also, while you’re there, browse her blog. She has some pretty interesting things there. If you want to know more about Jaime, go here: JAIME

And lastly…

I want to apologize for the link-heavy post. I know I don’t normally do this kind of stuff, but I had to share this all with you.

I hope to enjoy my interview, along with exploring Jaime’s blog, and I hope you subscribe to my free newsletter if you haven’t already. I want to share this journey with as many people as possible!

Thanks, guys!

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May 2017 Wrap Up

May 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I kind of got back into my reading routine. I read one book a week, which was good. I also got a head start for June’s reading list.

Check out my Goodreads and Reading List to keep up to date with my reads and reviews.

Writing

I’m still editing my mystery novel. I thought I would get through it during the month of May, but time was limited (thanks a lot to my day job…) and when I did edit, I was pretty slow. Thorough, but slow. It would take me about an hour to get through five pages or so. So, I didn’t accomplish this goal, but I’m working on it.

Blogging

I talked a lot about editing this month. I think they were some of my best posts yet. I received a lot of great feedback on them and my stats even went way up because of them. So, thank you to everyone who liked, commented, and followed my blog this month. It really means a lot!

And I have to say that I got a lot done for blogging, in general, this month. I’ve already started working on June’s posts as well as Double Jump’s June posts.

As for the new blog, I’ve mostly just brainstormed. But that’s better than nothing at all.

Overall

May was a good month. I didn’t get as much editing done as I would have hoped, but I worked hard and worked a lot so it was a good month.

Posts to Remember

1. 57 Questions To Ask When Editing Your Novel
2. Beta Readers: Who Are They And What Do They Do?
3. How To Find A Great Beta Reader You Can Trust
4. Guest: Jennie Fitzkee
5. Guest: Robert Kirkendall
6. Interview: Anne Goodwin
7. Interview: Mark Canniff

How did the month of May treat you? Did you accomplish your goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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May 2017 Goals

May 2017 Goals for blogging, reading, and writing

Reading

Okay! This is the month I get back into my reading routine. As usual, I’ll read at least four books, but I hope to read more than that. Here’s what I plan on reading:

1. Snap, Cackle, and Pop by Carol Kearney
2. Madam Tulip by David Ahern
3. Underneath by Anne Goodwin
4. Dream, Recurring by Mark Canniff

Feel free to following along on my Goodreads and my Reading List to keep up to date with my reviews. Also, follow my Bookstagram. I’m still trying to get into a routine with it, but it exists. So, there’s that.

Writing

After a month of writing 50k, I don’t plan on getting much writing done this month. With that said:

1. Edit George Florence – I wanted to edit this last month, but Camp NaNoWriMo took over. I haven’t looked at this novel in a while, so May is dedicated to working on this novel.

2. Submit to two contests or magazines – I want to still attempt to get my writing out there. I’ve done well submitting this year, but I didn’t submit anything in April. It’d be great if I could find a couple of contests or magazines to try out.

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Blogging

Blogging is about to get busier this month, not because I’m in the works of a third blog (I know, I know…) but also because I’ve gotten behind on posts with the two blogs I currently have.

1. May posts for writing blog
2. May posts for Double Jump
3. Plan new blog (I won’t be talking about this one much. It has nothing to do with writing or reading, so I don’t even know how many of you would even care about it, but I do hope to get it up and running by the end of the summer. So, it’s another blogging goal for me.)

Oh, and I have to start commenting on other blogs again. I do pretty well with blogs I follow, but I need to explore WordPress a bit more.

Overall

I don’t know if I’m ready for May yet… Bring it on!

What are your plans for May? Is it going to be just as busy as mine? Let me know in the comments below!

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April 2017 Wrap Up

April 2017 Wrap Up for Reading, Writing, and Blogging Goals

Reading

I have to say… I’ve been slacking with the reading lately. I’ve been keeping up with my book a week, but barely. I read three books (almost four) this month. I’m hoping to hop back on the reading train next month and maybe get a little ahead again.

You can check out my Reading List for an updated list of books I’ve read and reviewed.

Writing

I wanted to write my Camp NaNo novel as well as edit my mystery novel. I don’t know why I always decide to get some editing done during a NaNo month because I never follow through with it.

Needless to say, I wrote my Camp novel, Unwritten, and I absolutely love it. I think, for a first draft, it came out pretty good. I still have lots of editing to do for it, but I not only reached 50k, I also went over that and completed the overall story. Editing is the next step.

Blogging

It’s hard to do Camp and blog at the same time. I’m usually ahead with my blogging, but I wasn’t this month. And, at the time this post goes up, I’m not ahead for May either. This is going to be a busy weekend for me.

Still, I did blog every day and I kept up with blogs I follow (for the most part), so that’s good.

Overall

April wasn’t as productive as I thought it would be. Camp certainly kept me busy and even though I had a week off of work, I ended up doing other writing-related things (I’ll talk more about that on a later date).

Still, I did get some things done and I have another novel under my belt, so I’m going to be proud of that.

Posts to Remember

1. Book Review: Renaissance: The Nora White Story by Yecheilyah Ysrayl
2. April/May 2017 Writing Contests
3. Camp NaNoWriMo: How To Use The Camp Site To Your Advantage
4. Interview: Patrick Roland
5. Interview: Aditi Sharma

Check out this month’s Guest posts here!

How did the month of April treat you? Did you accomplish your goals? Let me know in the comments below!

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April 2017 Goals

Reading, Writing, and Blogging goals for April 2017

Reading

April is going to be a better reading month than March! Especially since I have a week off from work towards the end of the week… I should be able to keep up with my reading.

I plan on reading:

1. Afterlife by Matthew O’Neil
2. Renaissance The Nora White Story by Yecheilyah Ysrayl
3. Descendants by Rae Else
4. Unpacked Sparkle by Patrick O’Roland
5. Snap, Cackle, Pop by Carol Kearney

Be sure to check out my Reading List to stay up-to-date!

Writing

New month, new routine! It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time, so my main focus will be that. However, I do hope to get some other writing done in addtion to camp.

1. Write Unwritten — This is my Camp NaNo novel. I have half of the story outlined so the beginning should be a piece of cake. While I hope to get the whole novel written, my main goal is to just write at least 50,000 words. If I can make that, I’ll be happy.

2. Edit George Florence — I really need to get back into the swing of things with this novel… I’ve been putting off the editing for a bit too long. I have a schedule for it and a deadline now so I’m hoping to meet those needs starting this month.

Blogging

In the last couple days of March, I kicked my blogging into high-gear to get most of my posts done for this month. This way I could focus on Camp and writing (and reading).

So, for this month I’m just going to try my best to keep up with reading and commenting on other blogs, keeping up with my social media, and maybe (if time permits) attempt a head start on May.

Overall

April is going to whiz by because I’m going to be so busy. But I’m confident that I’ll get my goals done!

What are your plans for April? Are you participating in Camp? Let me know in the comments below!

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