December 2017 Wrap Up

December 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I ended up reading a lot this month. I’ve been keeping up with my one book a week but barely. Then last week I read 4-5 books. I don’t know how that happened, but I’m not complaining. They were all good books and now I have a decent head start on reviews for January.

Writing

Writing has been going and going well. I’m still finishing up my edits on The Scribe. My original plan was to get it on Wattpad at the beginning of January, but it may be delayed a week or so. It’ll still be posted in January, but I had more rewriting to do than planned. Then I took a couple days off for Christmas. We’ll see how it pans out.

Blogging

I’ll admit, I got behind on my blog posts. I am no longer a month ahead, but the posts are planned. I just have to write them for January. I’ve been more focused on the blog itself and upgrading my newsletter, both which are coming along great! Only a couple more days and all will be revealed.

Overall

December was hectic, but I feel like I got a lot done. I visited a lot of friends and family. I worked hard, but I made time to relax. I’m looking forward to starting 2018!

Posts to Remember

1. December/January 2017/2018 Writing Contests
2. Meet Sacha Black [Author Interview]
3. Using The Rainbow Editing Method [Editing]

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

December 2017 Goals

December 2017 Goals

Reading

I’ve gotten ahead on my reading, so I’ll be reading books that won’t be reviewed until January. With that said, for December, I’ll be reviewing:

1. Rot by Aidan J. Reid
2. Going All In by Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley and Wayne J. Keeley
3. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
4. 13 Steps To Evil: How To Craft Super Bad Villains by Sacha Black
5. Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari

I’m not going to list books I plan on reading for this month because… I don’t know what to read yet. You can keep an eye on my Reading List and Goodreads to keep up with what I’m reading.

Writing

Writing is definitely going to take up a lot of energy this month… I’ll be editing two projects while planning a third.

1. Edit The Scribe – This was the novella I wrote last month for NaNoWriMo. Editing is going to be tough with extra research I have to do, but I cheated and started after Thanksgiving. I should be able to have it all done by the end of the month.

2. Edit Unwritten – This is a novel I wrote for Camp NaNo this year in April. I’ve been submitting one chapter a month to my local critique group. They’re seven chapters into the story and I’m going to edit the novel using my own notes as well as their feedback so that for the new year they’ll be reading second-draft material and not first-draft material.

3. Plan Perplexed – This is a short story collection that I’ll be working on throughout 2018. If all goes well, I plan on self-publishing it in 2019. It’s a working title, but the more I say it the more it grows on me… did I mention it’s a collection of mystery shorts? Maybe now the title makes a little more sense to you. It’ll consist of 12 shorts so I want to get any prompts and plots down now so I can dive right into it in January.

Blogging

No post writing for me this month… well, unless I try to get some January posts done. Yeah, I should probably do that.

My main focus of the blog will be to finish updating all the graphics and the new theme. I want to have it all prettied up so that on Midnight January 1, I can ring in the new year with a new and improved blog!

Overall

December may kill me. Challenge accepted.

What are your plans for December? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!