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.

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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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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

2018 February Wrap Up | Creative Writing | RachelPoli.com

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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