Another New Writing Schedule

I think the hardest part of writing for me is finding a schedule and sticking to it. And the thing is, it’s not me who has a hard time sticking to the routine, it’s other life things that get in the way.

Now that I’m home during the day while everyone else is at work, this would normally mean I have the entire morning and afternoon to myself to get my writing and blogging done.

Instead, it means, “Rachel’s home, so if something needs to be done, she can do it.” This varies from babysitting to driving my cousins to and from school, running random errands, etc.

I don’t mind any of this, of course. I’m able to do it so I won’t complain (even though it still sounds like I’m complaining). Still, I feel like I don’t get as much stuff done during the day than I normally would… or that I thought I would.

I actually have more stuff to do during the week now that doesn’t involve writing or blogging. So, I’ve decided to come up with a brand new schedule for myself. This is going to only be for the month of February and I’ll modify it if needed when March comes along.

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  • Blog, Double Jump – Write posts, create graphics, set up Buffer, etc.
  • Church, Sunday school lesson plans


  • Admin – Answer emails, read and comment on other blogs
  • Write – A minimum of two hours. Ideally, it’ll be longer, but if I can fit two hours in I’ll be happy.


  • Admin
  • Write


  • Admin
  • Write


  • Admin
  • Write
  • Etsy – I was hoping to have a good amount of products done to open the shop in January, but it stuff happened. So I’d like to spend a couple hours on it every Thursday.
  • Freelance – Like Etsy, this is a work in progress. I’m currently trying to set up my own freelance services. I’m planning on having that good to go by the end of the month so there will be more on that later.


  • Admin
  • Write
  • Clean – Because the house needs attention, too…


  • Blog, Rachel Poli – Write posts, create graphics, set up Buffer, plan and write newsletters, etc. I’ve gotten behind, so for this month, I’m going to try to get two weeks done at a time so I can get a good head start for March and upcoming months.
  • Barnes & Noble – Go to the bookstore every morning and either write/edit or work on the blog.

There’s a lot more to it. I have a calendar set up with everything on it but didn’t include it all here. You guys don’t need to know every detail of my life.

Long story short, I’ll be writing Monday through Friday as well as answering emails and such for the blogs. Weekends will be reserved for blogging mostly. And then some. We’ll see how it goes!

What does your writing schedule look like? Do you have a tough time trying to keep up with it? Let me know in the comments below!

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Hello, 2018!

2017 left as fast as it came in. Now here we are in 2018 and I’m sure tomorrow will already be 2019.

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At the end of every year I sit back and reflect of the things I did and the things I didn’t do. Then at the beginning of every year I make lists and more lists and plans and goals and decide, “This is the year of me!”

Well, as long as you work hard, take care of yourself, and be kind and support others, every year is the year of you.

I had so many plans in 2017 and I implemented a lot of them, but time does get away from you as does life. If I had an opportunity to hang out with friends or family, I did. My biggest goal was to quit my job and while that was scary, I did it. Not only did it free up a lot of time for me to write and blog, but it allowed me to have a bit of a social life as well. I finally feel like a semi-normal young adult.

There were some plans I made for 2017 that didn’t come to fruition because I didn’t have the knowledge or the tools to implement them. So, did I complete all my 2017 resolutions? No. However, I’m prepared now more than ever to finally get started.

What are my resolutions for 2018?


For my Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge, I’m pledging to read 52 books. Again.

For the last two years I’ve pledged 52 books and surpassed that both times. 52 books in a year means one book a week. I know I can do that and then some.

As for actual books, I want to read more mystery, short stories, and poetry. Depending on what I find and what mood I’m in, who knows if that will happen. So we’ll see.


I have a lot of writing goals this year. So many in fact that I’ll be talking about it all in a post tomorrow.

Just know that I’ll be finally utilizing my Wattpad account this year, I’ll be doing plenty of self-publishing research (yikes!), and I’ll be focusing a lot on submitting to contests, magazines, and other websites.

It’s going to be a busy year.

What’s up for the blog in 2018?

Well, for one thing… have you noticed any changes? Yes, I finally re-branded the whole blog! I have a new theme, all brand-new graphics, I’ve updated old pages and added new ones, and I even re-did my entire newsletter.

I did all of this myself and it took me a couple of months to get it done. It was a lot of planning and eye-straining at the computer, but I can at least say I have a good grip on how Photoshop works now! It’s always fun to teach yourself something new.

With that said, please take a look around the blog and let me know what you think. I worked hard and, if I say so myself, I think it came out pretty good.


For the most part, content and the overall schedule will remain the same.


Monday-Thursday: Article posts based on the current month’s theme with the occasional guest post or author interview. One Wednesday a month will be WIP Wednesday as well.
Friday: Time to Write, a creative writing prompt
Saturday: A book review
Sunday: Short Story Sunday


Guest Bloggers: Guests will appear on my blog 1-2 times a month
Author Interviews: I will interview published and non-published writers 1-2 times a month
Mystery Month: The fourth annual Mystery Month will be in May. Yes, the past three years it has been in June, but I changed it to May. (I don’t remember why I changed, but I’m going with it.)
July & August: I’ll be reading two books a week during these two months (book reviews for Tuesday and Saturday) and there will be a few bookish events such as readathons, book bingo, and more.

Making Connections

I know I say this every year, but… I swear I will be better at reading and commenting on other blogs!

For a while now I’ve been focused on my own blog and writing and it’s taken up a lot of my time and energy. Now that the bulk of it is done, I’m planning on spending at least one hour a day reading and commenting on blogs I follow. Plus, I want to seek out a few new blogs each day.

Hold me accountable here, people.

Anything Else?

Etsy Shop

I’m opening an Etsy shop! I’m super excited about this. I was hoping to have it ready for today, but I still have some last minute touches to do for some of my items.

It will officially open this month in January, though. I’m almost done.

The shop is called Spilled Ink Press Shop. I wanted it to be just Spilled Ink, but the name was taken. So I tried Spilled Ink Shop and that was taken… it suggested Spilled Ink Press Shop and even though it’s long I realized the abbreviation is SIPS and I find that hilarious so I went with it.

Anyway, I’ll be sure to make a note of it here when the shop officially opens. I’ll also send out something in my newsletter.


Speaking of, I re-did my Newsletter! Please feel free to head over to the Newsletter page and check it out. If you’re not already subscribed, please consider doing so. There are some goodies in it for you if you do.

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Happy 2018!

So that’s that. Other than my writing goals which I’ll talk about tomorrow, I think I covered everything. 2018 is going to be an ambitious year for me. I hope I make it, but I know I’ll have you guys by my side. You have no idea how grateful I am for your support.

With that said, please be well and be kind. Allow yourself to be extra creative and stay positive. Shoot for the stars but remember to accept help and support along the way. Pat yourself on the back once in a while and encourage others. You can do it.

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Goodbye, 2017!

It’s crazy to think that another year has already come and gone. I feel like we just said goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017.

2017 was a great year. It had its ups and downs of course, but most of it was good and a lot happened.

2017 was crazy but in a good way. A lot has happened with my writing, my blogs, and my real life.

My writing is usually all over the place, but I finally buckled down and came up with a plan for my novels. Through NaNoWriMo and my own writing sessions, I’ve prioritized my novels. I’ve set goals for 2018 and know what I’ll be working on and when.

When I started this blog 5 and a half years ago I’ve always talked about finding an agent and being traditionally published. However, the more people I meet on here and talk to, the more authors who contact me for book review requests, and the more research I do, I realize that traditional may not be the best route for me.

I’ve never done anything traditionally. I left high school halfway through my junior year to go to college. I already knew what I wanted to do with my life and didn’t want to spend any more time learning the Pythagorean Theorem. I quit my job knowing I’d be better off being my own boss and, eventually, make a better income.

With that said, I most likely won’t be self-publishing anything in 2018, but the plan will be in motion. I’m excited and freaking out at the same time.

Both of my blogs have been doing great. Kris and I have made plans for the new year to better Double Jump and we have new things planned for the blog and beyond (yes, beyond).

This blog is going to go through some major changes as I attempt to make it look more professional and more “me.” I have a lot of cool things planned for this blog for next year as well, but it will all come to fruition in time.

My real life has been interesting as well. A few ups and downs, of course, but overall it was a good year. I took a lot of risks and have been working hard. Through quitting my job I haven’t just been focusing on writing and blogging, but I’ve also been taking that extra time I have to get together with friends and family.

I remember at the beginning of 2017 I kept saying this was going to be the year of me. Apparently, it was just the year of planning. Then again, I wouldn’t have my 2018 plans set in motion if certain things in 2017 didn’t happen.

I often think to myself, “Where am I going to be this time next year?” It’s hard to tell since so much can happen between now and then. All you can do is work hard and persevere.

Stay determined and passionate about what you do, but take the time to be with friends and family. Work hard, but try new things and find new hobbies. Take breaks and take care of yourself.

There are only 3 days left in 2017. Are you freaking out yet? I am.

I hope you all had a great 2017! What was your favorite part or the most memorable thing that happened to you? Let me know in the comments below!

Give Yourself Some TLC

It was the day after Christmas
and all was now calm.
No one was stirring
not even my Mom.

The holidays are over and so is 2017 for the most part.

I’ve spent 90% of my life on the computer and internet the past couple of months writing, blogging, and lately getting ready for the new year.

Work certainly takes a lot out of you as do the holidays.

So this is a gentle reminder to take care of yourself. The busy days are over. The stress should be gone.

Even if you have more writing and blogging to do, let it go for now. Take this day (or the week) to kick back, relax, and reflect on what a great job you’ve done.

Reach out to some family and friends you haven’t talked to or seen in a while and catch up. Sit on a couch with any new books you received as gifts, make a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and enjoy. Sit in front of the fire if you have a fireplace. (I do not. Sad day.)

Spend the last week of 2017 recharging. Brainstorm resolutions that you’ll only keep for the first couple of weeks of the new year (as you do). Go out with friends and family.

Remember that you work hard each and every day and it’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay to give yourself a little vacation, even if you’re not going away anywhere fancy.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday. Please be well, be kind, and bring in the new year with lots of positivity.

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Prepping The Blog For 2018

December is busy with the holidays and life in general. For a blogger, it’s 100-times more busy.

Not only do bloggers have to bog during the month of December, but they have to prep their blog for the new year as well.

I’ve been planning for 2018 since September/October – early, I know, but I get excited – but it wasn’t until December that I started putting it all into place. Thus, stress and panic sets in as the holidays get closer with the new year right around the corner.

Each year I try to think of bigger and better ways to improve the blog. I’m proud of how far its come and I like how things are run now, but you need a change every now and then; especially when you have big plans for 2018, blog aside.

I use Pinterest a lot for everything. I use it for blog and social media help, research for my writing, among plenty of other things for creativity or life in general. It’s one of those sites are super addictive and I end up over-researching or one thing leads to another that I end up veering off from what I was trying to look up in the first place.

It’s funny because I went on there the other night just to browse before bed and there were so many pins that had “2018” in big, bold letters… or numbers, I guess.

Pins are popping up for me about, “How To Start a Blog in 2018” or “Most Effective Ways to Use Pinterest in 2018.” It amazes me how people know what 2018 is all about a month before it actually gets here. Then again, it shows the posts are recent and it gets people to click on them, so who am I to judge?

My point is, people start planning for the new year long before the new year is in sight. I mean, I had most of my December blog posts done in the middle of November so I could focus on things for January.

I was looking back at my posts for this month though and I realized how all over the place it is. I talk about a theme each month and December is usually about editing or blogging in general, but not this year.

I feel like my posts this month have been on a mini vacation. My posts have been random and certainly not as informative as past months, but I have to admit that it feels good. It feels good to not worry about daily posts as I work on other projects, on and off the blog.

Most of the posts for this month will all be reflections of this year and looking forward to the next year. This post, in a way, is kind of a reflection. Or it was supposed to be and it turned into a ramble instead.

I’m looking forward to 2018 though. I think it’s going to be a successful one.

Are you prepping for the new year? Making new goals and getting ahead? Let me know in the comments below!

5 Awesome Mugs For Writers

The other day I shared some mugs for readers, but we have to add a little fun for the writers as well.

 1. They’re, Their, There Mug

“They’re having their coffee over there.”

I think this is great. I have a mug that says “I’m silently correcting your grammar” and this mug would go right next to that one. I can’t explain how many people still get this wrong sometimes.

 2. Do Not Annoy The Writer

“Please do not annoy the writer, she may put you in a book and kill you.”

This quote actually used to be my profile picture for the NaNoWriMo website for a long time. It’s true. We’re discreet about it, but who hasn’t wanted to kill off someone in their stories?

 3. Writer’s Block

“Writers Block: When your imaginary friends stop talking to you.”

I know some people believe in writer’s block and others don’t, but there are days when you just can’t get the words out. Your characters are being difficult for whatever reason and just don’t feel like showing up to work.

 4. Go Away

“Go away, I’m writing.”

This is one of those “magic” mugs that change when heat is added to it. They are the coolest thing ever. They also have other ones that say, “go away, I’m reading” and “go away, I’m blogging.”

 5. Writer

Basically the many definitions of a writer.

This mug is great and knows the ways of a writer very well. It’s pretty uplifting and encouraging if you’re ever stuck on a certain project.

Do you have any of these mugs? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Fun, Cozy Mugs For Readers

The holidays are just around the corner! Have you gotten your shopping done yet?

If not, here are some great mugs for readers! I’ll be honest, I want to buy them for myself.

 1. Literary Rebel Mug

“Literary Rebel: I read past my bedtime.”

This mug is so plain and simple, but it works. I like the white mugs with the black lettering that says something true and witty.

Because who hasn’t stayed up too late to finish a book they’re reading?

 2. Kindle Mug

Another simple mug, but no words are needed this time. I’ve always loved the Kindle design and never knew there was a mug for it.

Blue is my favorite color and I think that’s a pretty shade on the mug. It just seems like a nice, calming mug to use when reading.

 3. A Day Without Reading Mug

“A day without reading is like… Just kidding. I have no idea.”

Another simple one, but fancier than the last.

You should read every day. Always.

 4. Can’t Buy Happiness

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books, and that’s kind of the same thing.”

I mean, the mug says it itself. I don’t think it’s lying either.

 5. Not Addicted To Reading

“I’m not addicted to reading… I can stop as soon as I finish this book.”

Show of hands, who has never said this before? I don’t think anyone should be raising their hands. This is certainly a mug for everyone.

Do you have any of these mugs? Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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