December 2018 [Goals]

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Reading

I’m just plugging along on my reading list. I’ll still be uploading a book review every Saturday. Honestly, I have no idea where I am in my Goodreads goal because I’ve gotten so behind keeping track of that. So, aside from reading, my goal this month is to catch up on my Goodreads and get that updated.

Writing

December is all about playing catch up. I’ve gotten behind on some writing projects and I’d like to get my head on straight with them. Though there will be a separate blog post about my writing soon.

Blogging

Again, more catch up. Well, I guess not catch up per say… there’s a lot I need to do for 2019 for the blog and something extra. So, I guess more getting my head on straight. I want to finish my December posts and get a head start on January. Plus, there’s something else that will be coming in 2019 though I don’t know when yet. I’m hoping January or February.

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November 2018 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

I feel like I’ve been in such a reading slump for a while now though I haven’t missed a book review. This month, I started catching up with a series that got me into reading in the first place and now I want to read all the books in the world, which is a great feeling. With that said, I’ve read and reviewed four books for this month. You can check them out on my Reading List.

Writing

NaNoWriMo was successful! I wrote 50,000 words of Short Story Sundays for 2019 plus editing and revising of some other projects. It felt good to get all that writing done. I feel like I haven’t written like that since the last NaNo session. So, that was great.

Blogging

December posts as well as new and updated ideas for 2019 are a-go! I’m excited and it’s been taking up the majority of my time (my poor writing!) but hopefully it’ll all work out and you guys will like it. I’m looking forward to the new year!

Posts to Remember

1. Meet Annette Rochelle Aben, Author
2. November & December 2018 Writing Submissions
3. My Writing Space

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November 2018 [Goals]

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Reading

As always, I’ll be reading and reviewing four books this month. I also plan on going through my bookshelves as well. I want to organize them and also make a list of books I still need to read… without buying new ones… but we all know that won’t happen.

To keep up, you can check out my Reading List and Goodreads.

Writing

NaNoWriMo is officially back in session! I’ll be working on a few different projects, as I’ve already mentioned. I won’t go in too much deal since I already did, but I’ll be working on writing flash fiction for 2019’s Short Story Sundays, Sunday Morning, and a little bit of George Florence & The Perfect Alibi.

Blogging

I had tried to get as much of my blogging done for this month in October because I knew NaNo was going to take up the majority of my time. So, November is just about done and I also planned a lot of December so I won’t have to worry about getting ahead for next month either. This will also free up December so I can plan for 2019, which I’ve already started. New things are coming!

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October 2018 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

I said I was going to try to read a scary book or something for Halloween, didn’t I? Well, I didn’t do that. I kept up with my reading though, so that’s good! You can check out my Reading List or the latest Book Reviews I’ve done.

Writing

I got done when I needed to on my writing this month. I prepped for NaNoWriMo for tomorrow and I also made progress on Sunday Morning. If you’re interested in more about my writing, you can check out my Patreon. Right now I’m running a special promotion for Sunday Morning. If you give $1 a month, you’ll get an exclusive promo box (including a free copy of the book) when the book is published!

Blogging

I ended up getting a bit behind in my blogging for a while. I had wi-fi problems and then I got sick. However, I pushed through the last few days of October and managed to get a good chunk of November done as well as planning December.

Overall

October was kind of a weird month. It was successful, but so much happened on and off the screen that it’s kind of a blur to me. November is already looking super busy so… challenge accepted.

Posts to Remember

1. 7 Places To Find Novel Ideas
2. The Sticky-Note Method For Outlining A Novel
3. 3 Elements To Include In Your Novel Outline

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October 2018 [Goals]

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Reading

With four Saturdays this month will come four book reviews. I was thinking of reading some spooky books for the month. I mean, have an “unofficial” theme for the book reviews this month. I don’t think that’s going to happen though. I do enjoy my sleep. I might try to read a couple though. As always, check out my Reading List and Goodreads to keep up with what I’m reading and reviewing. If you’re an author, my Book Review Policy is open.

Writing

This is going to be a busy month for writing. I have multiple projects I’m working on. I’ll be continuing my mystery novel, George Florence & The Perfect Alibi. I’m going to finish another round of edits and then hopefully get some rewriting and more edits done during NaNoWriMo.

Speaking of NaNo, I’ll be doing prep for that this month. I can’t believe it’s already one month away. I’ll be working on 2019’s Short Story Sunday posts for the blog. So, for this month, I’ll be creating writing prompts for myself so when November comes I can just sit and write. In addition to working on that, I’ll also spend NaNo working on my mystery novel and Sunday Morning.

Sunday Morning is a collection of flash fiction based off the various Short Story Sundays I’ve done on this blog. This will be the first volume and it contains the first 52 Short Story Sundays I’ve ever posted on here. They’re being revised, rewritten, and edited to be much better stories with more meaning. This project is being made possible with my patrons over on Patreon. My patrons will get exclusive inside information on the book and will also get some extra goodies once it’s out! If you’re interested, please check out my Patreon page where you can join the journey for as little as $1 a month.

Blogging

Blogging will go as usual. I’ve almost got my October posts done. I’m hoping to get as much of November done as possible – if not all of November – so that I can solely focus on writing and NaNo next month.

I’ll also be working on something extra for the blog that will be revealed at the end of the month. So I’m excited for that!

What are your plans for the month? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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August 2018 Goals

2018 August Goals | Writing | Reading | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

Reading

It’s still the summer, so I’m still planning on reading and reviewing two books a week. They’ll continue to be posted on Tuesdays and Saturdays and you can check out my Goodreads or Reading List on this blog to check out what I’m reading.

Writing

July was kind of a crazy month and I hope August calms down a bit. I’m confident I can get a good chunk of writing done. When I work on multiple writing projects at once I try to be at different stages with them – outlining, writing, editing, whatever. After working on them for a few months, they’ve somehow come together in the same stage. So I’ll be writing, writing, writing.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi – Yes, there’s another rewrite coming. I swear this is the last one. It has to be. I’ve changed things so many times. For the better, of course, but I think I’m exhausting the book. This will be it. One more rewrite, editing, then off into the world.

Silhouettes – This is my next Wattpad project. I’m aiming to have it release in October. I outlined bits and pieces of it last month and now I’m going to begin the first draft. I’ll reveal more about what this is as I go along with it.

Patreon Project – I’m working on another project that only my patrons know about right now. I’ll be releasing more information about this soon to the public, but my patrons – who are helping me fund the project – will receive some special offers/goodies as a thank you. So, if you enjoy my work and would like to know what this is all about, feel free to check out my Patreon. Helping me out takes as little as $1 a month and it’s greatly appreciated.

Blogging

This month, for the blog, is going to be all revamping. I have a lot of maintenance stuff to do and I want to get back in the swing of things with my email list. Plus there are a lot more things I need to do and get done. So this should be fun.

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July 2018 Wrap Up

July 2018 Wrap Up | creative writing | blogging | reading | RachelPoli.com

Reading

Since it’s the summer I’ve been reviewing books twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. As always, you can check out my Reading List to see which books I’ve read and reviewed this month. You can also check out my Goodreads to keep up with what I’m currently reading… if I remember to update it.

Writing

My writing projects have been steadily going this month. With the help of Camp NaNoWriMo I’ve gotten in plenty hours of editing.

I’ve edited George Florence & The Perfect Alibi which brought me back to square one for the novel. I have to do yet another rewrite. So we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve also been editing my project for Patreon. This is exclusive for my patrons for now. My patrons get exclusive looks into my process and sneak peeks of the project. When it’s out in the world, patrons will get special goodies as a thank you for their support. If you would like to support me and my writing and see what this project is all about early, please check out my Patreon here.

Blogging

My blog posts have kind of taken a back seat since I’ve been working on a lot of maintenance and admin stuff for the blog. However, since I was on vacation last week, I ended up getting a little ahead in my posts again in preparation for being away. So, I’m slowly catching up with that.

Overall

July was a crazy month. More so because of real life. It was overwhelming at times but I powered through. Now onto August!

Posts to Remember

1. July & August 2018 Writing Submissions
2. 5 Elements of a Scene
3. 8 Types of Scenes

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Wrap Up: June 2018

2018 June Wrap Up | Blogging | Reading | Creative Writing | Goals | RachelPoli.com

Reading

I got slightly ahead with my reading, so I was proud of myself for that. I feel like I’ve been in a little bit of a slump for a while. My Reading List has been updated as is my Goodreads, so feel free to check those out to keep up with what I’m currently reading and reviewing.

Writing

I got behind on my writing again. I’m so happy Camp NaNo is right around the corner because I definitely need that extra push to get going.

I was supposed to write Brave and continue editing/rewriting George Florence & The Perfect Alibi. I started off strong at the beginning of the month, but the past couple of weeks have been crazy in real life and my writing just kind of tapered off.

Blogging

My posts have been plentiful and ahead of schedule, though there’s a lot of maintenance work I should have done and just didn’t. So there’s that.

Overall

June had a lot of “in real life” stuff going on, but I got the bare minimum done of what I needed to do work-wise. June had a lot of family and friend days, which is perfectly fine with me. Though the month definitely went too fast.

Posts To Remember

1. Should Book Bloggers Post “Bad” Book Reviews?
2. June & July 2018 Writing Submissions
3. A Reading Routine

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June 2018 Goals

2018 June Goals | Creative Writing | Blogging | Reading | RachelPoli.com

Reading

5 Saturdays in June mean I’m planning on reading and writing 5 book reviews this month. I’m also hoping to get ahead in my read this month as well and go a bit into July’s reading list. To keep up with what I’m currently reading, you can check out my GoodReads and Reading List.

Writing

I’ll be playing catch up in June. I didn’t get as much writing as I planned to last month. So, my goals for this month will be pretty much the same as May’s.

1. Write Brave – This is my next story for Wattpad. I was supposed to write the first draft in May and edit it this month, but I never got around to it. So I’ll be writing the first draft this month. Hopefully it’ll still be out by the end of July, but I don’t want to rush it.

2. Rewrite George Florence & The Perfect Alibi – I was supposed to edit the next draft this month, but I didn’t finish rewriting the current draft last month. So, I’ll be working on that again.

If you read my Writing Update from a few days ago, you’ll know I’m putting Perplexed on the back burner for right now. It’s not coming along as I would like and I might do something different with it. So, I’ll work on it as inspiration strikes, but I’m not going to make it a priority for right now.

Instead, I’ll be working on a secret project that I’ll reveal to my Patrons on Patreon tomorrow.

Blogging

My blog posts for the month of June are pretty much all set. I’ll be finishing up this month, getting a slight head start on July, as well as doing some blog maintenance. I have many old posts I want to update, I have to reorganize my categories and such… there’s a lot to do.

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May 2018 Goals

2018 May Goals | Creative Writing | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

Reading

I plan on reading four mystery novels for Mystery Month! There will be more information on that later, but there will be four mystery book reviews this month.

Writing

May is going to be another busy writing month. I’ll be working on multiple projects again.

1. Write Brave – This is my next Wattpad project. I outlined the novel last month and now I’ll begin writing the first draft.

2. Rewrite George Florence – I edited the second draft of the first book of my mystery novel series last month. I changed a lot in the story (the main death, actually) so I have a lot of rewriting to do. The good news is, after about 7 years working on this book, I finally figured out a title!

3. Write Perplexed – I’ll be writing another mystery short story for this collection.

I’ve done pretty well try to make it so each month I have an edited, outline, and/or writing project, but this month is all about writing. We’ll see how it goes.

Blogging

Blogging will resume as normal. It’s Mystery Month, but as I said, there will be a post on that in a couple days. I’ll be finishing up my May posts and then begin planning for June.

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