Wrap Up: June 2018

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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

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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.

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

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May 2018 Goals

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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.

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

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April 2018 Goals

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Reading

I’m finally a little ahead in my reading again! Books reviewed this month are books I’ve already read and the reviews are waiting to be published. The books I read this month will be for May, which I’m excited for. Be sure to catch up with all the book reviews I’ve done on my Reading List page.

Writing

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time! As usual, I overbooked myself. Camp is so flexible with projects and word counts that I decided to get as much done as possible. Of course, I had forgotten I’m going on vacation in the middle of the month… Still, any progress is progress so I’m keeping my goals. Challenge accepted.

  • Write George Florence – This is a rewrite of the current draft I’m on, I edited the draft last month. So I’m basically just re-typing it.
  • Write Perplexed – My goal to write one more short story for this mystery collection.
  • Write Short Story Sunday – For the past couple of years I’ve been using Camp NaNo to write the flash fiction for this blog in bulk. I have 27 more stories to write for 2018 so I plan on finishing them all.
  • Outline Brave (working title) – My next Wattpad story is another fantasy, though it won’t be anything like The Scribe. There will be dragons and it’ll be great.
  • Publish Take Over – My second Wattpad story will be going live today! I’ll leave a link here when it is. Please read and enjoy.

So, yeah. April is going to be a busy month when it comes to writing. I created a calendar and decided what to work on each day and I calculated the daily word count out so I can miss a week due to my vacation.

 

Wish me luck.

Blogging

Due to all the writing I’ve planned for myself, I’ve already gotten my blog posts for April all written. I even got a good chunk of May done so I can finish May up in my downtime from writing. I can start light planning on June in the meantime as well. For the most part, my main focus is going to be writing.

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

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March 2018 Goals

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Reading

I plan on reading 4-5 books this month. I have a couple of authors’ requests to catch up on and I also have a couple of books I read back in December that I haven’t reviewed yet. So here’s to a catch-up month!

Writing

  • Edit George Florence
  • Edit Take Over
  • Write Perplexed

I’m planning on just plugging along with all of these projects. Take Over will have priority over the others since I’m planning on publishing it on Wattpad in April.

Blogging

I’ve got March planned out, I just need to finish writing all the posts. Then I want to get a good chunk of posts written for April because of Camp NaNo… Camp NaNo is in a month, guys… I don’t really know how that happened…

I also want to start planning May while I’m at it. For reasons.

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

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Wrap Up: February 2018

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Reading

I read less than what I had hoped to this month. I got so ahead in my reading and then got so many requests from authors that my book reviews are a bit out of order. Still, I can’t complain. I’m keeping up as best I can.

Writing

My writing was a lot slower this month than I thought it would be. I worked a little bit on my projects, but it was the bare minimum. I was more focused on organizing my writing (which needed to be done desperately!) such as my notebooks and Dropbox.

I also officially set things in place for my Patreon account and also Freelance Writing. So, it’s not that I didn’t get anything done. It was just not what I originally planned.

Blogging

I kept up with my February blog posts pretty well and even get a decent headstart on March’s posts. So all things considered, I think I did the best in the blogging category. I’ll take it.

Overall

February took a different turn than I thought it would, but I still got a lot done and I’m looking forward to what March may have in store for me.

Posts To Remember

1. Meet Ari Meghlen, Writer
2. 5 Tips To Name Your World [World Building]
3. 3 Types Of Worlds [World Building]

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February 2018 Goals

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

Reading

I’ve gotten a little behind on my reviews. I read a lot in December and January and have placed author requests ahead of casual reading. There are a couple books I’ve read and have yet to review and I currently have a decent queue of author requests.

I typically list what books I plan on reading during the month, but I have to rearrange which reviews are going to get posted when. The reviews that will be posted in February will not necessarily be read this month. Still, I plan on reading at least four books this month.

Writing

Edit George Florence – I’ve outlined the books for the series and I’ve had this draft for the first book written for a while. Now it’s time for me to edit based on the rest of the series and to finally finish it.

Edit Take Over – This is a novel I wrote for NaNo a few years ago. It’s been sitting in a folder collecting dust but always in the back of my mind. This will be my next Wattpad project to be published in April. I’m going to spend February editing and rewriting the first draft or two.

Write Perplexed – This one is going slower than I thought it would. My original aim was to write 2 short stories for this month, but I’m going to aim for at least 1. Time permitting, I’ll write a second one.

Blogging

I have all my articles planned for February though I don’t have all of them written. I’m hoping to get through that soon and then get a jump start on March.

What are your goals for February? Let me know in the comments below!

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January 2018 Wrap Up

January 2018 Wrap up | Creative Writing | Blogging | RachelPoli.com

Reading

According to Goodreads, I read four books this month. I actually read five, one book isn’t on Goodreads. I ended up reading more than I thought I would even though most of the books weren’t what I originally planned.

Writing

Writing was tricky this month. Every time I had a moment to get something done, something came up in real life that I had to deal with. I did get a few things done, I worked a little bit on each project. It just wasn’t as much as I hoped it would be.

Blogging

I kept up pretty well with my January posts right up until the end when I got sick. Now I’m behind again so I’m hoping to catch up with February soon.

Overall

January was a whirlwind. It went by too fast and it’s kind of a blur to me. I feel like I wasn’t able to give my work as much attention as I usually do. I’m still playing around with a schedule for myself. When I get into a good groove something has to change, so we’ll see what happens.

Posts To Remember

1. 6 Things I’ve Learned Re-branding My Newsletter
2. Writing Goals For 2018
3. 7 Helpful And Fun Ways To Create Characters

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

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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!