Creating for the Long Term: Three Daily Habits You Should Prioritize

I write every day. Whether that be on the latest book in the Red and Black series, a blog entry, or a marketing plan for my next book. Keeping up this daily discipline has helped me develop my craft, and finish the projects that I’m working on. This success is why I often recommend that people at least try writing every day. Especially to those who may be great at starting projects, but often get stuck before they get to the end.

As I’ve nurtured this daily writing habit, I’ve discovered that there are other things you need to stay on top of. Dare I say it, they’re often more important than the writing itself. At least, if you want to maintain a long term career.

Let’s break them down.

Sleep–  This one may send you scratching your head. Did I write a post about the importance of writing first thing in the morning? Doesn’t that mean sacrificing sleep? Not necessarily. It took some trial and error, but by streamlining my morning routine, and trying to be in bed in between 10-10:30PM each night, I’m usually able to get in a good 7 hours of sleep.

As someone who’s struggled with insomnia for most of my life, I know what it feels like not to get the rest you need. When I’m consistently exhausted, my mental state takes a real hit. I have problems remembering things, and just putting two and two together. This doesn’t result in the best conditions for creating stories. When I’m well rested, I’m a much more efficient writer, and as someone who typically only has an hour to write each morning, I need to be sure I’m making the best use of the time that’s available to me.

Healthy Eating and Exercise– A couple years back, young adult author John Green embarked on a project called 100 Days, where he and his friend Chris dedicated a hundred days to eating better and exercising. During this transformation, John talks about how as a young man, he used to think that his mind and body were completely different zones, but realized, after taking better care of himself, that everything is connected.

As writers, we spend so much of our time in our own heads. In our efforts to craft better stories, it can be easy to skip on the fact that between our day jobs and writing, we spend the entire day starting at a computer screen. And that’s not good for us in the long term. Now that I’m in my thirties, I notice that if I skip my daily exercise (I go for a walk every day), I’m less likely to have energy. If I eat poorly (something that I honestly struggle with), I’m more likely to have an upset stomach or get a migraine, both things that have been known to steal away my writing time. If I want to keep writing a daily habit, I need to start by taking care of my body.

Time With Loved Ones– I begin writing at 7:30AM each morning. At 8AM, my husband leaves to go to work, and every morning I get up for ten seconds and wish him well before climbing back up the stairs and diving back in. Does this interrupt my flow? Yup. Do I regret doing it. Very rarely.

Most writers are introverts, and I’m no exception to that. I lived on my own for my senior year of college and discovered just how easy it was to cut off the rest of the world. But ultimately, it’s not healthy for me, nor is it fair to the people that I love. My relationships are what buoy me when my sales are down, or when I’m feeling inadequate. And as a fiction writer, I am primarily writing about people. How terrible a writer would I be if I didn’t have real life examples to pull off of?

Aside: It’s important to note here that just like you should value the people in your life, they should also value you and what is important to you. Partners who discourage you in your quest to write, whether it be in some misguided attempt to keep your expectations low, or (even worse) because they can’t bare that there’s a piece of your life that doesn’t revolve around them, are not valuing you back. If you are in a relationship like this, I would highly recommend having a serious discussion with your partner (maybe even with the help of a councilor) about the importance of supporting each other’s hobbies and dreams.

This post, as you may have surmised, is all about self care. This is something that I feel like the indie author community, in it’s quest to pump out content as fast as possible, doesn’t pay enough attention to. It’s one thing to neglect yourself in the short term, whether that be a couple days of poor sleep, or missing out on a night out with friends when you’re on a deadline. But ignoring your physical and mental needs in the long term can have consequences. Just ask the my lingering carpal tunnel syndrome, developed during my call center days in my early twenties, which still flare up a decade later.

If you’d like to learn more on the value of self care for writers, I’d highly recommend checking out The Healthy Writer by Joanna Penn and Dr. Euan Lawson, which talks about this topic in far more detail then I could in one blog post.

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The 2019 TBR: Books and Audiobooks I Have Yet to Read

When it comes to reading, I try and keep my spending under control. Not only is it good for my wallet, but it helps to keep me from becoming overwhelmed by the weight of my own TBR. My goal is to only buy books that I intend to read right away. But like everyone else, I still get sucked into sales and occasional impulse buys. And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as I actually read the books that I purchase. To motivate myself to do just that, I thought I’d make a post highlighting the books I’ve bought in 2019, and have yet to read.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Fantasy)- The Bear and the Nightingale is the first book in a fantasy trilogy that draws it’s inspiration from Russian folklore. It has also gotten a shit ton or praise, from booktube to the awards circuit. I knew that it was only a matter of time before this title made it’s way to my kindle. When I saw it on sale, I knew I had to pick it up. Let’s see it it lives up to the hype.

Rough Justice by Kelley Armstrong (Urban Fantasy)– To be honest, I was a little on the fence with this one. As much as I love Kelley Armstrong’s work, her Cainsville series has been hit or miss with me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the characters, but haven’t always connected to its world building. I purchased the ebook of Rough Justice, a novella the picks up after the series’s end, when it was on sale. Hopefully, now that the main plot has finished up, I can just enjoy spending time with Olivia and Gabriel.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy)Six of Crows is a book that’s been pretty universally praised ever since it was first published, but it wasn’t until I read Bardugo’s take on Wonder Woman in her DC Icon’s book Warbringer, that I decided I was up for giving more of her books a chance. Six of Crows, which I also picked up on sale (see a pattern?) promises to be a fantasy heist story, which sounds like a delightful mash up of genres.

Zero Sum Game by SL Huang (Science Fiction)– It feels strange to put this book on a “TBR” of any sort because I actually read it when it was originally self published back in 2014. When the book was picked up by a traditional publisher, Huang ended up putting it through another edit, so I figured that it was time for a revisit. Zero Sum Game focuses on a woman who superpowers are based in mathematics, which is all kinds of awesome.

The Sumage Solution by G.L. Carriger (Paranormal Romance)– G.L. Carriger is a pen name for Gail Carriger, who writes the excellent steampunk-fueled Parasol Protectorate series. The pen name is because she is really switching gears here with this gay shifter romance series. I don’t read a lot of M/M romance, but the fact that Carriger is behind it (and my fellow Spec Chic writer J.L. Gribble gave it a rave review), has convinced me to go ahead and give it a chance.

Fear Itself by James Swallow (Science Fiction)– I’ve really been enjoying this season of Star Trek: Discovery, which has inspired me to continue the tie-in fiction. This one is all about the Kelpian, Saru, and his attempts to prove himself as a Starfleet officer despite his status as a prey species. I got this one off of audible and it will likely be the next one that I dig into.

All These Worlds by Dennis E. Taylor (Science Fiction)– This is the third and final book in Taylor’s excellent Bobiverse trilogy, which is about a 21st century software engineer who is resurrected as an AI in far future, and finds himself up to his neck in humanity’s problems. I managed to pick up the audio version of this for a steal, thanks to whispersync, and I know that I will be checking this out All These Worlds next time I’m in the mood for some exciting science fiction.

So there you go, all the books I’ve bought in 2019 and (for shame!) have yet to read. Hopefully, this post will convince me to dig right in.

 

Top Books of Winter 2019

The first three months of 2019 was a great time for reading. I managed to make my way through twenty-eight different titles, which included eleven books, eleven graphic novels, and six audiobooks. Winter was also a great time for variety, as I indulged in a wide range of genres. Eight of these titles were fantasy books, six were sci-fi, four were superhero. four romance, three science fiction, and two were horror, a genre that I rarely read.

So out of all of these lovely books, which were my favorites? Read on for my top titles of winter.

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (Fantasy)The Kingdom of Copper, the second book in the Daevabad trilogy, picks up five years after the events of The City of Brass. While this gives our characters a chance to grow up, it doesn’t erase their problems. Caught up in a city plagued by warring factions and under the rule of a wicked king, Ali and Nahri struggle to find peace for all of Daevabad. But war is on the horizon.

The strength of The Daevabad Trilogy has always been on its middle eastern-inspired setting, morally complex characters, and an at times merciless plot. All of those strengths are on display in its second volume, which concludes with a finale that somehow manages to be even more nail biting then the first. I am impatiently waiting for book three.

If you’d like to read my more in depth thoughts on The Kingdom of Copper, check out my review on Speculative Chic.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (Horror/Historical Fiction/Young Adult)– After the dead rose during the Battle of Gettysburg, the Civil War came to an end, but the problems that fueled it remain. Jane McKeene is a teenage girl who, like all black and native children, has been forced into a special school to teach her how to fight and kill shamblers. Then she finds out that families around Baltimore have gone missing, but investigating this mystery will change her life forever.

Dread Nation has a lot going for it. Jane is a wonderful lead, smart and capable, with an appealing dose of sass. And while it took me a little while to warm up to some of the other characters, I really liked the friendship she ended up sharing with Katherine, and the fact that this book’s love triangle (although intriguing) was not this book’s central relationship. I felt like the alternate history elements also worked out well. The end of the Civil War did not cure America of racism, and neither does the emergence of the dead. The world created here by Ireland certainly felt plausible to me.

If you’re a fan of alternate history, thought provoking YA, or books about killing the undead, then I highly recommend Dread Nation.

Mister Miracle by Tom King (Superhero)– Mister Miracle (aka Scott Free) is an escape artist and superhero, but before that he was raised under the harsh tutelage of Granny Goodness on the planet New Genesis. With his former home caught up in war, he and his wife Big Barda must travel across space to lead the bloody charge. But in between battles, they come back home.

Mister Miracle is a unique comic that exists in the intersection between the epic and the mundane, and the results are absolutely brilliant. It didn’t take long before I fell in love with Scott and Big Barda, characters that were forged by childhoods of intense pain and suffering, yet still feel grounded and relatable. Praise should also be heaped on artist Mitch Gerads, who’s more realistic style suits the stories at times very gritty content. I finished Mister Miracle weeks ago now, and I can’t stop thinking about that ending. If you like superhero comics that march to the beat of their own drummer, then I highly recommend checking this one out.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (Fantasy)– When Rin discovers that her guardians intend to marry her off to help their opium business, she decides to escape by doing the impossible: pass the Keju and get into the most prestigious academy in all of Nikan. She succeeds, but her challenges are just beginning. How can this country war orphan keep up in school of elites? And what’s a military academy to do when the threat of the Third Poppy War looms near?

I picked up The Poppy War due to all the positive press it’s been receiving, and the fact that it’s  been nominated for a Nebula Award (look for my review on Speculative Chic later this month!). I found myself incredibly impressed with the results. The Poppy War is both an engaging, yet gritty, school story, a well as a tale of the harrowing effects of war. As a result, the book starts off dark, and just gets darker (to the point where I would not recommend you pick this up if you are squeamish about reading about the atrocities of war, for any reason). But the characters created here are so complex, and the way the author, R.F. Kuang delves into these dark themes is so compelling, that it’s was completely worth it for me. I look forward to reading the second book, The Dragon Republic, when it comes out later this year.

Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote (Horror)– After her future mother-in-law’s apartment building is bombed by a man labeled a terrorist, Aisha moves into the building in hopes of providing emotional support. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to provide support when it’s clear that Aisha’s mother-in-law, Leslie, is struggling to come to terms with the fact that his son is engaged to a Muslim. On top of that, Aisha is having nightmares. When those nightmares start to manifest in real life, it quickly becomes obvious that her new home is haunted.

Infidel is a fantastic take on the classic haunted house story, modernized for the current era. The artwork, provided by Aaron Campbell, is deliciously creepy, and really draws you in to the more horrifying moments. By keeping the emphasis on the characters and scary bits, Pornsak Pichetshote managed to tell a story about the dangers and pervasiveness of racism without seeming heavy handed. The storyline has quite a few twists in it for a five-issue arc, and I found myself flying through the pages.

Horror is admittedly not a regular part of my reading diet, but comics like Infidel make me want to dig into the genre more. I highly recommend this one.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Science Fiction/Young Adult)Skyward focuses on Spensa, a teenage girl living on an alien planet regularly attacked by creatures known as the “Krell.” This violent existence has resulted in humanity becoming highly militant, and Spensa, who dreams of becoming a pilot, is no exception. Unfortunately, Spensa’s father was a notorious coward, and everyone expects that Spensa will be the same. When she comes across an abandoned ship, she sees a chance to grasp the future she’s always wanted, but will she be able to handle the truth she encounters along the way?

Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, and Skyward perfectly encapsulates what I love so much about his work. The world building, while not as complex as The Stormlight Archive, is incredibly engrossing. The plot is exciting, and filled with the perfect amount of twists and turns. But the best part of this novel is the characters. Spensa is a wonderful protagonist and I really felt for her as she grew over the course of the book. I am so eager to see where things end up with her next and I know that I will be picking up book two, Starsight, as soon as it’s available.

Sleepless, Volume One by Sarah Vaughn (Fantasy)– Despite being the daughter of a king, the illegitimate Poppy is no princess. Then her father dies, and an attempt is made on her life. Unable to escape court, Poppy must depend on the protection of her sworn knight Cyrenic, who never sleeps. But even though Cyrenic’s skill with a blade is unmatched, and Poppy’s mind is sharp, will their combined efforts be enough to foil the person who wishes her dead?

How have I not discovered Sleepless before this point? This high fantasy graphic novel was like catnip to me. I loved the emphasis on court life, from the murderous intrigue to the beautiful dresses (point to artist Leila Del Duca, who does a wonderful job all around). And while there’s not as much space for worldbuilding in a graphic novel as opposed to a prose novel, I loved the glimpses of what we got to see. This is especially true with the Sleepless, or knights that give up the ability to sleep to protect the royal family, but often at a terrible cost. Poppy and Cyrenic are such likable characters, and the chemistry that grows between them over the course of several issues had me rooting for them to get together. Volume One of Sleepless ends on a very intense note. I eagerly look forward to see how the story resolves itself with Volume Two.

Honorable Mentions: A Perfect Balance by Laura Ambrose, No Man Can Tame by Miranda Hornfleur, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by NK Jemisin, The Android’s Dream by John Scalzi. Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes by Andrew Tsyaston

Thoughts on the #8intwo Readathon

Last weekend was the 8intwo reading challenge over on Instagram. To take part, you needed to read for a grand total of eight hours over the course of two days, and post your results.

So how did it go?

To be honest, I feel like I’m cheating a little bit because while some readers started the weekend completely from scratch, my goal was finish at least one of the two of the books that I was already reading. But ultimately, I ended up reading for eight hours just like everyone else, so I would call the challenge a success.

What did I end up reading?

My TBR for the weekend was The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang, which I was already two-thirds into, and A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole, which I was about a quarter of the way into. To my surprise, not only did I finish both, but I had enough time to start a third book: Huntress by Stephanie Flint. I ended up getting about a quarter of the way into this novella.

I’m not going to be giving reviews for these books on this post. For one thing, I still haven’t finished Huntress, and The Poppy War will be reviewed on my Top Books of Winter 2019 post, which will be going up next week. I will say that I was very pleased with what I read. Interestingly, one thing that struck me was despite the fact that the three books were very different, there was more overlap than expected, thematically. The Poppy War is a dark epic fantasy that takes place in an Asian-inspired setting, A Hope Divided is a historical romance set during the Civil War, and Huntress is a fairy-tale inspired young adult dystopia. Three completely different genres, yet each one touched on why seemingly not-evil people find themselves doing horrible things, whether it be during times of war, or because they were under orders. It really makes you think about choice, and how so much of it is up to the person doing the choosing, and so much is up to the situation they happen to find themselves in.

Would I do this challenge again? 

I slotted in my reading in one hour increments around my regular weekend duties (writing time, cleaning, errands, exercise, a date with Tanner, etc), making 8intwo a challenge, but a modest one. Of course, had I any additional responsibilities (such as the previous weekend when I spent all of Sunday with my family), fitting in those eight hours would have been almost impossible.

At the same time, I found that I really enjoyed making time for books this weekend. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I don’t get as much reading in as I used to, and instead spend too much time distracted by my phone. Setting aside a nice chunk of time to read was a nice reminder of why I love fiction so much, and how focusing on that can be more fulfilling then liking tweets.

So I think I would try and make time for a similar challenge, as long as my weekend wasn’t too booked up. Until then, I’ll do my best to keep reading a priority in my life. At the very least, I still need to finish Huntress!

Turning a New Leaf: March in Review

March Posts

  1. Physical Health/Mental Health: February in Review
  2. Literary Romances and Reaching for the Stars: What I Read When I had the Flu
  3. Red and Black is On Sale This Week!
  4. Red and Black: Version Zero
  5. My Indie Author Morning Routine
  6. Quarterly Goals: Spring 2019
  7. I’ll be Participating in the #8inTwo Readathon this weekend!

Speculative Chic Posts

  1. Sound Off! Captain Marvel
  2. Five Years Later: The Daevabad Trilogy Reaches New Heights with The Kingdom of Copper

As we approach the end of March, I can say one thing for sure. Thank God winter is almost over! Yes, my lawn is still mostly covered in snow, but temperatures have peaked above freezing pretty much every day over the past couple of weeks. The white stuff shouldn’t be around for much longer.

And let me tell you, I am all here for that. I’ve gotten into a bit of a rut this winter, which isn’t that unusual for people that live around here (that and a vitamin D deficiency). The combination of dark days, cold weather, and regularly scheduled snow fall isn’t all that bad in December. But the further you get into it, the tougher it gets. The fact that I got sick more than usual this winter didn’t really help. In retrospect, my rut was probably even obvious from my January and February Month in Review Posts. And that’s despite the fact that I always try and keep things positive when I’m blogging. But while March, in it’s classic lion-to-lamb-fashion wasn’t completely rut free, it felt like things started to make a change for the better.

First off, let’s check in with Black and Blue. As of right now, the second book in the Red and Black series is currently in the hands my my copy editor, meaning that I am anxious AF. But also excited at the same time. By the time this post goes up, I will have those edits back, bringing my second novel a step closer to publication.

But clearly, I didn’t just sit around and twiddle my thumbs all month. I actually spent the first half finishing up my second round of revisions for the third book in the Red and Black series. And let me tell you, by the end of it all, I was really sick of looking at that book, as often happens as this point in the writing process. So it’s probably a good thing that I’ll be getting some distance from it, as I just sent the revised draft to my beta readers.

The beta reading process for Black and Blue took about six months, and I foresee the same going for Red and Black 3. Fortunately, I’ve been more on the ball about getting my revisions done this time around so, with hope, there won’t be quite as long of a gap between the second and third book in the series as there will be between the first and second.

About halfway through the month I had my third kindle countdown sale for Red and Black, and I’m kind of on the fence about the results. With Red and Black finally surpassing ten reviews, I decided that it was time up the amount of money I spent on advertising. This was mainly through book promo sites like The Fussy Librarian and Book Barbarian (the later which is probably my favorite of these promotion services). As a result of these ads, I did end up selling more books than my previous sales by a wide margin, but I also ended up losing more money due to the money spent on the ads. As a result, I’m not sure if I will be doing another sale. So far, they’re the most reliable way to move books, but are they worth the money that I’m investing in them?

We’ll see.

During the later half of the month, I turned my attention to prepping for Camp NaNowriMo. As mentioned in my Quarterly Goals post, I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, the more relaxed cousin to November’s NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNoWriMo allows you to set your own writing or revisions based goals, rather than give everyone a blanket goal of reaching 50,000 words. Because of this flexibility, I will be working on a piece of short fiction connected to Red and Black. I hope to offer it as a free reader magnet to anyone that signs up for my mailing list.

And let me tell you, preparing for this piece has actually been a lot of fun. Yes, I love writing from the perspective of Alex and Dawn, but there is more to the Red and Black universe then their story and Bailey City. That, and there’s just something so exciting on embarking on a new project, on creating something new, which I haven’t done since NaNoWrIMo.

Which brings us to the end of March, which I am kind of glad to see the back of. Let’s hope that with the coming of April/spring, things continue to move in a more positive direction. That is if the movie/television world doesn’t completely crush my heart with Avengers: End Game and the final season of Game of Thrones .

I’ll be Participating in the #8inTwo Readathon this weekend!

Hey everyone! What will you be doing this weekend? From the title, you may have surmised that I will be participating in the #8inTwo Readathon Challenge over on my Instagram. The purpose of this challenge is to read for eight hours between Saturday and Sunday, and to post pictures using the #8inTwo hashtag (click here for more information).

What I like about this challenge is the fact that’s not quite as demanding as other readathon’s I’ve seen, which may require you to read for much longer stretches. Also, the timing is right, because this is the one weekend when I don’t have to run around doing a lot of stuff. It would be a shame not to at least try.

Which leads my to my TBR for the challenge. Here are the titles I hope to dig into.

 

As you can see, I have two very different books teed up. The only thing they really have in common is the fact that I’ve already started both of them. This ups the chance that I might actually be able to finish one of them. The Poppy War is a gritty high fantasy novel that takes place in an elite military school, Sinegard. So far, I am absolutely loving Rin, our determined protagonist who constantly seems to be up against incredible odds. The book is very similar to Brandon Sanderson’s sci-fi book Skyward (which I read recently, and also loved), but has a much darker, grittier tone.

The second book is A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole, is a Civil War-Era romance novel, focused around Marlie Lynch, a scientist and a spy who is also the daughter of a former slave woman, and white slave owner. So far, it’s surprisingly light on romance for a romance novel, but I’m so caught up in Marlie’s story that I find I don’t mind all that much.

So that’s what’s on my TBR for the weekend. If you’d like to see how the challenge goes, please check out in Instagram over at nancysviews. And if you like the sound of the challenge, I urge you to participate.

Also, thank you to Maxine over at Maxine’s Obsessions for bringing this challenge to my attention.

Quarterly Goals: Spring 2019

I post my “Month in Review” at (you guessed it) the end of every month, and as a part of that update, I’ll include my monthly goals. But to be honest, more often than not they ending up feel like after thoughts, rather than consciously selected achievements. So to keep me more focused on larger goals, I decided that instead of posting monthly goals at the end of each month, that I would make one large post a season dedicated to quarterly goals. This is something I’ve seen indie author Jenna Moreci do, and it seemed to work well for her. So I figured, why not try it out?

For these goals, I will be thinking back on my New Years Resolutions as well looking forward to the projects I would like to accomplish in Spring (April, May, June) of 2019. I will also be breaking down my goals by individual projects. Let’s see how it goes!

Project #1- Black and Blue

  • Complete copy edits (April)
  • Submit manuscript to proofreader (May)
  • Seek out ARC readers (May)
  • Complete edits from proofreader (June)
  • Commission cover artwork (June)
  • Stretch Goal- Submit completed book to ARC team (June)

Black and Blue, the second book in the Red and Black series, is my number one priority this quarter. Basically, the goal is to get the book ready for publication this summer. Since I’m planning a ways ahead, the times listed here are more estimations than anything else. I’ve also added a stretch goal in, which is something I honestly don’t know if I’ll be able to do, but sometimes its nice to reach for the stars.

Project #2- Mailing List and Reader Magnet

  • Complete first draft of Reader Magnet during Camp NaNoWriMo (April)
  • Complete first round of revisions (May)
  • Send and update to my mailing list once a month
  • Finish reading Newsletter Ninja (April)

My currently mailing list is pretty terrible. Knowing that it has the potential to be a powerful marketing tool, I want to figure out ways to make it less terrible this spring. And a big way to do that is by creating a reading magnet, or a piece of free fiction, to draw people in. I have ideas for several side stories set in the Red and Black universe, including novelette that would probably go quite nicely after people have finished Black and Blue. Let’s see if I can get said mailing list in ship shape in time for Black and Blue.

Project #3- Red and Black #3

  • Keep up communication with beta readers

Believe it or not, the third book in the Red and Black series has been drafted, through a couple rounds of revisions, and has been sent out to my beta readers. It will likely be a while before the book is ready for me to dig into again (the beta reading stage for Black and Blue took six months), so my only real goal now is to communicate, communicate, communicate. This is something I failed at pretty hard with Black and Blue, so I hope to do better this time around.

Project #4- Red and Black #4

  • Begin Revisions (June)

This one’s another stretch goal, because I already have a lot going on already this spring. The fourth book in the Red and Black series is something I have barely thought about since finishing the rough draft during NaNoWriMo. Revisions are the most time consuming part of the writing process for me. So if I have time for it this spring, I hope to jump right in.

Other Goals

  • Publishing- Figure out if I will be running a sale on Red and Black sometime this spring
  • Blogging- Update the blog at least once a week for four posts a month (stretch goal: six posts a month)
  • Speculative Chic Blogging- Submit a solo post and contribute to a group post once a month
  • Reading- read at least twenty-five books or graphic novels
  • Reading- review 2/3rds of what I’ve read
  • Health Goal- get back to tracking my meals, and eating fewer sweets

And here are my smaller goals. To be honest, I wasn’t completely satisfied with how my last sale went, so I’m not sure if I will be doing one this spring (when you’re part of kindle unlimited, you can do a sale once a quarter). I have some time to make up my mind.

The blogging/reading goals are more maintenance than anything else, as I’ve done pretty well with keeping up with them so far this year. The health goal on the other hand remains a real challenge. I just love my sweets! Let’s try to reign that in, shall we?

So those are my quarterly goals for spring. Looks like I have a busy few months ahead of me. Wish me luck!