Writing Update

I’m hoping to start updating you guys more frequently about my writing. I rarely do it now, so we’ll see how it goes.

So. What have I been working on? Well, a lot of things.

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I ended up not following my June Goals as well as I thought I would.

I had planned on editing George Florence for the first half of the month and editing The Lost Girl the second half of the month.

I, of course, did not follow that. When I wrote my June goals I knew Camp NaNoWriMo was a month away, yet I forgot about it at the same time.

So I have been editing George Florence and have been working on that off and on all month. The novel is getting there. I think I have about two or three more drafts before it will be ready to leave the nest. I was hoping to have it finished by December, but I’m not entirely sure that’s going to happen.

But instead of editing The Lost Girl, I’ve been reading Hunter.

Hunter is my fantasy novel that won the poll you guys voted in for me to write for Camp NaNoWriMo. I wrote this novel last July for Camp and wrote 50,000 words of it. Now I have to remember where I was going with the story and add on another 50,000 words.

So July is going to be a busy month. I’ll be trying to work on Hunter as well as George Florence. We’ll see how that goes. I have no idea what August is going to bring.

But that’s the basic gist of where I stand with my novels at the moment. Since I’m working less this summer, I want to take these next two months to get myself organized and figure out what I really want to do with my novels.

How has your writing been going?

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June 2016 Goals


Here are the books I will be reading and reviewing this month. The list may change.

1. The Secrets of Ice Cream Success by AD Hartley
2. Murder House by James Patterson
3. Campion’s Choice (Or How to Take a Picture of the Future) by Geoff Warwick
4. The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith


1. Edit George Florence (June 1-June 15)
2. Edit The Lost Girl (June 16-June 30)
3. Outline Camp NaNo novel — Please vote for which novel I should write in July’s Camp NaNo session!


1. Write July posts
2. Follow new blogs and comment a lot

June is going to be a busy month, but I think I’m well prepared for it.

What are your goals for June?

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June Is Mystery Month!

June 2015 Goals

May Wrap-Up:

If you read my May Goals post, you’ll know that I made a lot of writing, reading, and blogging goals for myself. Before I tell you my goals for June, here’s how I did with my May Goals:


–I read all five books I intended to read during the month. If you’re unsure what books those were or would like to read the reviews I wrote for them, they’re listed on my Reading List.


–My writing group went well this month. I read some pretty good samples and also got great feedback on George Florence.

–I wrote one Short Story Sunday a day, leaving me with 31 short stories. I now have enough to carry me through the rest of 2015.

–I queried my children’s book to five agents. Doesn’t seem like much, but I think it’s a good start.

–I found some writing contests to submit to for the rest of 2015. I will definitely be sharing those contests with you guys. At the beginning of every month, I’ll share deadlines for the following month to give you guys a good head’s up.

Kris and I finished that writing project we were working on. This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a while now. We finally got around to doing it and we’re excited that it’s ready for you guys! There will be more on that on June 15, so make sure you check back!


–I didn’t have any blogging goals other than posting every day… Which I did. So I guess I win, yes?

Now for my June goals. I have a lot of new things going on for my blog. One of them being…

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–Mystery Month is going to be throughout the whole month of June. Since there are four Sundays during June, my Short Story Sundays will be a four-part mystery series. Every Wednesday there will be a new article about the mystery genre. I will be reading all mystery novels for my book reviews. My six on the sixth will be a mini mystery. I will also post a summary and excerpt of my mystery novel, George Florence, at the end of the month. I hope you all enjoy this month-long feature!

–On June 15 both Kris and I will be posting on our blogs about the project we’ve been working on. We hope you all enjoy that as well as join! (Yes, I said “join”)

–I’m going to start a new feature on Friday. Usually on Fridays I post a picture or quote about writing or reading or what have you. I will still do that, but I’ll also be adding a little more to it. Fridays will now be known as Weekly Wrap-Up. With my monthly goals I decided it would be best to let you guys know how I’m doing on those goals. So Weekly Wrap-Up will be an update of what goals I’m completed or worked on during that week.


–There will be four book reviews in June. In no particular order, I plan on reading…

1. No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow
2. The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos
3. Psych: The Call of the Mild by William Rabkin
4. Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

The books may change depending on my mood. I may also be able to read more than just four, depending on how quickly I’m able to get through each novel.


–I’m going to start my rewrite of George Florence. I plan on writing 2,000 words a day on it. I’m going to treat it like a NaNo month. I’m changing the POV and will be following a new character as the protagonist. I know; yikes. But I’m hoping it’ll be the best for the novel. We shall see.

–I need to prep my submissions for some writing contests and remember to actually submit them. Those will be shared with all of you at a later date… Tomorrow.

–I plan on querying my children’s book to more agents. I sent it to five agents in May and heard back from one so far (it was a no, obviously… But at least I got a response!)

–I need to prep and outline my next novel for Camp NaNoWriMo in July. I can’t believe another session is coming up so soon. I have no idea what I’m going to write, but I do know it’s not going to be another George Florence novel. I need to focus on the first novel since that’s giving me trouble at the moment. Plus, I have books two and three written. I don’t think there’s any need for me to start on book four.

June is going to have a bit of everything; writing, editing, outlining, querying, blogging, reading… It’s sure going to be busy, but it will be productive and I’m sure I’ll be proud of the results! I hope you guys enjoy the results, as well.

What are your plans for June?