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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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Blog Round Up: August 2017

August 2017: Favorite blog posts

Check out my favorite blog posts this month!

Writing Day Recipe
This Or That: Writing Edition
Puck’s Choice Publishing Plan
Friday Fiction: Puddles
Attitude of Gratitude
Bo’s Cafe Life
9 Book Blogging Resources You May Not Know About
Little Horoscopes for August 2017

Which post was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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August 2017 Goals

August 2017 writing, reading, and blogging goals

Reading

It’s still summer, so I’m going to continue posting two book reviews a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Usually, I write which books I’m planning on reading, but I’ve been getting into different things lately. I don’t want to commit to anything. So, plan on seeing nine book reviews this month!

Writing

I feel weird saying this, but my writing is going to be a little up in the air as I focus on my two blogs.

I plan on slowly working on short stories and articles to submit as well as editing what I already have written (seriously, I have about six manuscripts that aren’t edited).

I’m going to work on my writing a good amount, but my blogging is going to take first priority for the time being.

Blogging

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, then you’ll know that this blog will be getting a makeover. I’ll still be posting regularly and my content will remain the same as it’s always been.

I’m going to slowly change the physical theme and look of my blog and make it more my own. I’m not sure how long this will take, but I plan on spending all of August on it and then go from there.

Overall

August is going to be the month when things start really getting into motion. I hope, anyway.

What does your August look like? 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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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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June 2017 Goals & Mystery Month 2017!

Mystery Month June 2017

It’s June again which means it’s time for the third annual Mystery Month!

I’m excited to share a lot of new things this year with you guys. A lot of things about Mystery Month will remain the same: I’ll still have a four-part mystery short story for you guys for Sunday, mystery writing prompts for Friday, and I’ll be reading and reviewing mystery novels on Saturdays. I’ll also be writing up a bunch of mystery genre themed articles.

I had a lot of new ideas for Mystery Month this year and decided to hold off on some of those ideas. They required some extra time and effort so I thought they would be a better fit for next year. Still, I’m adding some new things to spice up this tradition.

First, I’ll be playing Mystery Book Bingo on the blog.

Mystery Month June 2017 Book BingoAs you can see, I’ve created my own board.

Feel free to save and print this board and use it for yourself. I’d love to have others playing Bingo with me!

I’ll be updating my Book Bingo progress once in a while at the end of my blog posts as well as on my Twitter. If you’re not following me on Twitter, please be sure to do so, especially if you’ll be joining me with Book Bingo. Using the hashtag #MysteryMonth, I’ll be updating my progress.I may also update bits and pieces on my Bookstagram as well.

I may also update bits and pieces on my Bookstagram as well.

Second, I’m hosting a Bookstagram Mystery Challenge.

I’ve created a mystery books photo challenge for the month of June. You can see it on my Bookstagram here. I’ll, of course, be doing the challenge myself with the hashtag #MysteryMonth. So, please be sure to follow my Bookstagram if you’re not already. The more who join, the merrier, and I’d love to see your photos!

That’s it for now! I hope you all join me on Instagram, Twitter, and my blog whether it’s the photo challenge or Bingo or both!

Now, onto everything else that will be happening this month…

June 2017 Writing, Reading, and Blogging Goals

Reading

With four Saturdays this month, I’ll be reviewing four mystery books. However, since I’ll be playing Bingo I’m going to try to read at least five mystery novels. Hopefully more, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

As of right now, I’m planning on reading:

1. Who Killed Christopher Goodman by Allan Wolf
2. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie
3. Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer by John Grisham
4. Thereby Hangs A Tail by Spencer Quinn
5. The Ghosts of Now by Joan Lowery Nixon

I hope to read more (because I had picked out a lot of mystery novels for myself), but I plan on reading those ones first.

Writing

1. Edit George Florence — Still working on this… I’m hoping to have the draft completely edited by the end of June. I have a good head start on it and I have a good idea of where I want it to go. It all depends on when I can find the time to work on it.

2. Outline Teacher Talk: Before School — This is the first book of the Teacher Talk trilogy. There will be more information on this book (and the trilogy as a whole) later, but it will be a trilogy of novellas (at least, I don’t think they’ll turn out to be novel-length) that I’ll be posting on Wattpad.

Blogging

1. Keep up with Mystery Month
2. Start planning for July
3. Continue working on new blog

Overall

June has always been a crazy month without the writing, reading, and blogging. So, we’ll see how this goes. But I’m excited.

What are your plans for June? Will you be participating in Mystery Month? Let me know in the comments below!

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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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Blog Round Up: May 2017

Favorite blog posts from May 2017 | Reading, Writing, and Blogging

Shadows – A Poem
Why Don’t I Research Writing Advice?
The New Archie Issues 1-5
Doubt – The Writer’s Killer
Why I Love Reading
Author Spotlight – Kimberly Forrest
A Comprehensive Guide To The 12 Main Literary Genres
Top Three Thursdays – Popular Fantasy Series I Haven’t Read
Top Of My TBR List
Bo’s Cafe Life
Going After Inspiration 

Do you have any blog posts you absolutely loved from May? Which one of these posts did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!

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