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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!
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November 2017 Wrap Up

November 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I read more than I had planned, so that was nice. Be sure to check out my Reading List and catch up with my book reviews.

Writing

I wrote over 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo on my novella, The Scribe. Yes, I changed the title… again. This is the last time, I swear. The first draft of the story is completed. I have no more writing to do. All that’s left now is the editing. I’m excited to dive into that as soon as possible!

Blogging

I did a lot more “planning” than actually “doing” this month. My main focus was NaNo, so blogging and everything else kind of took a back seat. Still, I feel like I have my head on straight. I know what I want to accomplish within the next couple of months. I got a head start on a few of those things, such as updated graphics for this blog.

I also recently published a guest post over on Hanna’s Voice about writing and blogging. Please go check it out!

Overall

November was a good month. I feel as though it went by too fast, but I got a lot done and I feel good.

Posts to Remember

1. Short Story Sunday 186: Write On [NaNoWriMo]
2. 7 Ways To Avoid A Boring Middle For You And Your Readers
3. 8 Tips For Writing A Fantasy Novel

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

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October 2017 Wrap Up

Reading

I got my reading done for October! Plus more, which was great. I’m a little ahead of the game for November. But the biggest news is that I completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge! I’ve read 52 books and I’ll certainly be reading more.

My Reading List has also been updated for October and September. I realized I never updated it for September even though I said I did… oops.

Writing

Well. There’s this.

I said I was going to outline my NaNoWriMo novel, The Librarian. I did not. I tried, but I think I’m just going to wing this one and outline it as I go along. I’m excited for the novel itself, but my heart wasn’t into the outline. So, I’ll be freewriting, which will be a refreshing change of pace.

I didn’t go through my mystery novel or my picture books either. I didn’t do much “writing” this month, apparently…

What I did do was make a plan for my novels and created deadlines! Yes, I know I’ve done this before, some I’ve stuck with, some I haven’t. If you head over to the My Books page, you’ll see what I have planned. 2018 is going to be a busy writing year for me and it’s all going to start in November.

There will be more information on all this in January though.

Blogging

This is what took up my October. With NaNo around the corner (I’m not sure if I’m ready), big plans for my novels, as well as trying to revamp this whole blog, I’ve been super busy. I’m trying to get everything done on the blog by the end of the year so next year I can focus mainly on my writing.

This month I got through all my November and December posts that I could write in advance. The wrap-ups, blog round-ups, my NaNo updates, etc. are, of course, not done. Still, I got a lot accomplished! Now I can focus on re-doing the blog.

Overall

October was a great month. I didn’t get what I said I would, but I still accomplished a lot. I’m looking forward to the future.

Posts to Remember

1. Get To Know Your Characters [NaNoWriMo Prep]
2. October/November 2017 Writing Contests
3. 5 Ways To Prep For NaNoWriMo Without Worrying About Your Novel [NaNoWriMo Prep]

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

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October 2017 Goals

October 2017 Goals

Reading

There will be five books reviews this month. Like last Saturday, there will be two reviews this Saturday. After that, there will be one book review each Saturday.

I plan to read:

1. Beauty’s Kiss (Once Upon A Princess 3) by C.S. Johnson
2. Beauty’s Gift (Once Upon A Princess 4) by C.S. Johnson
3. Lulu’s Ballalam-Bam-Bam Grooves! by Serina Adham
4. Warcross by Marie Lu
5. Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

As always, these books will be reviewed on Saturdays and my Reading List will be updated accordingly.

Writing

Last month I gave myself a deadline for all my writing projects. I also chose what to work on for each month. I know that’ll change depending on what I actually get done each month, but we’ll see how it goes. So, for October, I plan on working on:

So, for October, I plan on working on:

1. “Special” – Outline – This is a working title and goes along with the Short Story Sunday series I posted in August. I plan on expanding it into a novel. This is going to be my NaNoWriMo project for November.2. “George Florence” – Organize – This poor novel is a mess. It’s in the editing stage, but I have to figure out where I left off. I also know there are a few holes here and there that I have to figure out.

2. “George Florence” – Organize – This poor novel is a mess. It’s in the editing stage, but I have to figure out where I left off. I also know there are a few holes here and there that I have to figure out.3.

3. Picture book – Time permitting, I’d like to edit one of my picture books.

Blogging

I’ve got most of my October posts done (yay!) and while there are a few here and there that I can’t write until their dates get closer, I’m going to look on ahead into November.

I want to get as much blogging done as I can for November because I want to put the majority of my effort into my NaNo novel.

This will also give me some time to continue updating the look of my blog.

Overall

October should be productive. I think I have a good routine and plan in action. We’ll see how it all goes.

What does your October look like? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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September 2017 Goals

September 2017 Goals for reading, writing, and blogging

Reading

Book reviews are going back to once a week on Saturdays, which means five book reviews for the month. One review has already been posted, so feel free to check that out.

For the rest of the month I plan on reading:

1. The Black Book by James Patterson
2. Be Light Like A Bird by Monika Schroder
3. Everland by Wendy Spinale
4. Stories On The Go by Hugh Howey

As always, these books are subject to change based on my mood. This is what I’m planning for now though.

Writing

There’s a lot that I want to do writing wise. I think I’m going to work on a little bit of everything because I don’t know which I should give the most attention. Basically, there’s a lot that I want to accomplish and I don’t really know where to start. So I’m just going to explore my options.

1. Edit George Florence – Yeah, I know.
2. Write short stories – Not necessarily for the blog, but for other things.
3. Write a short story with George and Lilah – I want to write a short mystery with these two. It’ll be something different and I want to give it a try.
4. Write for Now Loading – I joined a gaming website a while ago and have written a couple of articles for it, but I want to start writing articles regularly for it.
5. Work on my picture books – I have a couple of picture books written. Some need editing, but some are ready to be queried. Why haven’t I started that? I don’t know…
6. Figure out Wattpad – I’ve been wanting to post something on Wattpad for a while now, so I want to plan something for that.

I don’t plan on getting all of this done in one month, of course. I’m hoping to work on at least three of those, maybe finish at least one. It’s a lot, but I have a lot of ideas. So, we’ll see how it all goes.

Blogging

Blogging will be busy as usual. My posts for September are just about done for both blogs. So soon I’ll start planning October. In the meantime, I’m going to work on revamping this blog with new graphics and such.

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Overall

September will be busy, but productive. I’ve created a routine for myself. Hopefully I stick with it and it works. I should be able to get most of my stuff accomplished. It will be interesting to say the least!

What does your September look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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August 2017 Goals

August 2017 writing, reading, and blogging goals

Reading

It’s still summer, so I’m going to continue posting two book reviews a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Usually, I write which books I’m planning on reading, but I’ve been getting into different things lately. I don’t want to commit to anything. So, plan on seeing nine book reviews this month!

Writing

I feel weird saying this, but my writing is going to be a little up in the air as I focus on my two blogs.

I plan on slowly working on short stories and articles to submit as well as editing what I already have written (seriously, I have about six manuscripts that aren’t edited).

I’m going to work on my writing a good amount, but my blogging is going to take first priority for the time being.

Blogging

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, then you’ll know that this blog will be getting a makeover. I’ll still be posting regularly and my content will remain the same as it’s always been.

I’m going to slowly change the physical theme and look of my blog and make it more my own. I’m not sure how long this will take, but I plan on spending all of August on it and then go from there.

Overall

August is going to be the month when things start really getting into motion. I hope, anyway.

What does your August look like? Let me know in the comments below!

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July 2017 Goals

Goals for July 2017 | Reading, Writing, Blogging

Reading

It’s summer! Which means there will be two book reviews a week. For July, that means a total of nine reviews. I still have a few books left over from Mystery Month that I want to read, but I’m still not sure which books I want to read.

I have a lot of books on my list and I know that if I pick out nine, I’m just going to change my mind. So, for this month, I’m not going to list what I want to read. I’m just going to pick at random. Just expect nine reviews this month.

Writing

It’s another month of Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ll be working on two projects:

1. Brave – Write 50,000 words of this novel
2. Short Story Sunday 2018 – Write 50,000 words of next year’s short stories

If I have the time, I’d love to continue editing my mystery novel, but that won’t be a priority.

Blogging

I’ll have much more time to read and comment on new blogs as well get ahead with my own posts. I also plan on adding more to this blog as well.

I also plan on continuing my work on Double Jump as well as a new blog.

Overall

July is going to be a busy month. But now that work is over my writing and blogging will get my undivided attention. It’ll be a good month!

What are your goals for July? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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May 2017 Goals

May 2017 Goals for blogging, reading, and writing

Reading

Okay! This is the month I get back into my reading routine. As usual, I’ll read at least four books, but I hope to read more than that. Here’s what I plan on reading:

1. Snap, Cackle, and Pop by Carol Kearney
2. Madam Tulip by David Ahern
3. Underneath by Anne Goodwin
4. Dream, Recurring by Mark Canniff

Feel free to following along on my Goodreads and my Reading List to keep up to date with my reviews. Also, follow my Bookstagram. I’m still trying to get into a routine with it, but it exists. So, there’s that.

Writing

After a month of writing 50k, I don’t plan on getting much writing done this month. With that said:

1. Edit George Florence – I wanted to edit this last month, but Camp NaNoWriMo took over. I haven’t looked at this novel in a while, so May is dedicated to working on this novel.

2. Submit to two contests or magazines – I want to still attempt to get my writing out there. I’ve done well submitting this year, but I didn’t submit anything in April. It’d be great if I could find a couple of contests or magazines to try out.

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Blogging

Blogging is about to get busier this month, not because I’m in the works of a third blog (I know, I know…) but also because I’ve gotten behind on posts with the two blogs I currently have.

1. May posts for writing blog
2. May posts for Double Jump
3. Plan new blog (I won’t be talking about this one much. It has nothing to do with writing or reading, so I don’t even know how many of you would even care about it, but I do hope to get it up and running by the end of the summer. So, it’s another blogging goal for me.)

Oh, and I have to start commenting on other blogs again. I do pretty well with blogs I follow, but I need to explore WordPress a bit more.

Overall

I don’t know if I’m ready for May yet… Bring it on!

What are your plans for May? Is it going to be just as busy as mine? Let me know in the comments below!

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March 2017 Goals

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Reading

I got behind in my reading in February, so I challenged myself to read five books in the last week. I read four, which is a win in my book. With that said, my reviews aren’t going to match up with what I’m currently reading.

Books to be reviewed this month:

1. The Aqueous Transmission by Mike Eye
2. Gatecrashing Europe by Kris Mole
3. The Spirit of Iris by Rocky Rochford
4. Follow Me Home by Jen Benjamin

Books to be read this month:

1. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
2. The Cellar by Natasha Preston
3. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
4. The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Be sure to check out my Reading List to stay up to date on my books!

Writing

Due to what I got done (or didn’t get done…) in February, here’s what I plan to work on this month.

1. Edit George Florence – It’s about time to got back into this. I currently have two novels in the editing stage and decided to alternate months with them.
2. Outline UnwrittenCamp NaNoWriMo is officially one month away (yeah, I can’t believe it either…) and this is what I’ll be working on. It’s a brand new idea (that came to me in the shower, of course) and I’ve been jotting down ideas here and there for it and can’t get it out of my head. More information will be revealed about this idea later in March. If not, then definitely in April.
3. Submit two pieces – Whether I submit to a magazine or two or a contest or two, I just want to have at least two writing pieces out there somewhere with my fingers crossed.

Blogging

1. Finish March posts
2. Get a head start on April posts
3. Guest post on other blogs more (anyone…?)

Overall

March will be tough. I have no days off from work, no school vacations, nothing. This will be all how I manage my time. We shall see how it goes…

What are your plans for March? Do you have a lot of writing and reading planned? Let me know in the comments below!

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February 2017 Goals

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Reading

I’ve gotten quite ahead in my reading, so the books I read this month will not necessarily be reviewed this month.

Books to be reviewed this month:

1. The Elite by Kiera Cass
2. The One by Kiera Cass
3. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Books to be read this month:

1. Deceived by Heena Rathore P.
2. Gatecrashing Europe by Kris Mole
3. The Aqueous Transmission by Mike Eye
4. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Be sure to check out my Reading List to stay up to date on my book reviews!

Writing

Due to what I got done in January, here’s what I plan on working on this month:

1. Edit George Florence
2. Go through Kris’s edits on The Lost Girl
3. Begin plans for Wattpad story
4. Submit to two contests

Blogging

1. Continue reading and commenting on followed blogs and new blogs every day
2. Finish February posts
3. Get a head start on March posts

Overall

I’m hoping to keep the trend of productivity from January and carry it through February. If I manage my time wisely, I’m sure I’ll be able to get a lot accomplished.

What are your plans for February? Do you have a lot of writing and reading planned? Let me know in the comments below!

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