Where did fall go?

Halloween is tomorrow. My little goblins are excited for trick-or-treating. My hubby is sick today. I hope he is well to go tomorrow night. He’s spent the last few months making his costume and I would hate for him not to wear it. Fall has left us and summer has returned. Bummer.

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My daughter is ready for Christmas, she is begging to put the tree up. I still have Halloween decorations up and she’s ready for Christmas 🙂 She takes after me.  I didn’t make as much progress as I had hoped this week. I was distracted with sewing and getting ready for the release of Fantastic Creatures. So let’s get on with the goals.

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Round 4 will run until December 22. The group now uses Facebook to check in. Be sure to pop over there and see how the rest of the group is doing. You can find my full post of goals here. I am listing the weekly goals.

Red is a fail.

Blue means I’ve made progress. A strikethrough means it’s completed.

  • Read 4 books a month. I read 9  so far.
  • Exercise 3 days a week. Exercise on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Only 1 day this week.
  • Make a list of all the writing projects I have.
  • Make a daily schedule using weekly goals. I like to say my mental schedule is enough…
  • Limit my coke intake to 1 a week. Nope, 3.
  • Prepare my submission for critique group.
  • Keep up with critique group.  
  • Participate in 3 meme’s.
  • Edit Stella. 
  • Finish plotting my NaNoWriMo project. I have a few cards worked out. I’m not through with it. Still trying to plot it out. I have about a dozen cards and the main characters sketched out.
  • critique 1 piece for group
    not at all
  • finish set 3 edits for DITW
    not at all
  • Brainstorm ideas for a blog hop for my new release
    I did work on this. I have a rough draft for the post. It needs fine tuning.

 

Goals for this week

  • Exercise 3 days a week
  • Read 1 book
  • Exercise 3 days this week
  • Sort out a schedule.
    This is really important. NaNoWriMo starts Tuesday and I still have other projects to work on as well. I’ve pre-ordered my “winner” T-shirt 😉 It would be a shame not to reach 50,000 words. But in honesty, if I don’t but do complete the edits for DITW– I’m okay with that.
  • Write 10,000 words for NaNoWriMo! Yikes….
  • Participate in 3 meme’s
  • critique 1 piece for group
  • finish set 3 edits for DITW
  • Go wide with Missing Children.

That’s a lot to do. I’m starting to have second thoughts about NaNo, but I love participating in this event.

How did you do this week?

-CK

 

I Survived NaNoWriMo

Woot Woot! I survived and won NaNoWriMo. When I finished I turned off the computer and took a nap. It was a marathon. This was an odd NaNo for me. Usually when I write, I make a timeline of major events. It helps me keep the plot focused and in line. Crazy I know. This year I didn’t, somewhere around 30K the plot just kind-of went haywire. I’m not a “clean” first draft writer to begin with, unless it’s a short story. So editing/revising this novel could take a while. But it’s written and that’s what matters.

Are you a “clean” first drafter? How does that happen?

In other news, I’m having a Daily Dose of Christmas on my author FaceBook page. If you want something fun and Christmas related surf on over and check it out.

On to Row80

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve decided to edit/revise 5 pages a day or a chapter. My chapters tend to be pretty small. I know there are scenes that need to be added.
3. Plan one new short story- Done.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Done.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words-   Done

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.    Done!
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Barely.
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night groupSomehow this has morphed into my husband signing me up for choir. I love to sing, but I am tone deaf. I hope they have a section where the microphones are turned off. Bless his heart.
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom No new progress. The walls are up, we just need to add the trim, a door, and paint.

It was a chaotic week, with Thanksgiving and all. I also set my Amazon Author page 🙂 For the month of December I am concentrating on Editing. I don’t think I’m even planning on much outside reading. I’m treating it like NaNo, I have a calendar and everything!

How did you do on your goals?

CK

Sniffles…

I have a cold and really do not want to write. But I will. I must. I am too close to give up now. I mean really, who will tell the tale of my characters if I just crawl back into bed? Hmmm? Good thing Netflix is screwed up. I’m sure I would just binge what The Originals and dream of beignets and cafe au lait.

Let’s just get to the goals.

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- I think it’s safe to say this ain’t happening until later….
3. Plan one new short story- It’s a novel, still counts.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  Done. I have a “real” critique meeting on Thursday. Let’s see what they think. It’s my first critique group any tips.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words- I’m at 29,735. I had two productive days making up for Sunday. I have plans this weekend so I want to keep my word count high for the next few days. Fingers crossed.   I need to be at 37,800 by Saturday morning. Yikes! Pass the Halloween candy.

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.   I’m on track I’ve read 7. Working on book 8.
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Barely. NaNo comes before socializing.
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night group– Yeah, I’m think this may not happen
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom The wall frame is up.

I hope you are feeling better than I am.

How are your goals this week?

-CK

Half Way Mark for NaNoWriMo

Before we go to the regular post: The recent events in Paris are heartbreaking and honestly they leave me speechless. Paris you are in my prayers as the city and country heals.

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It’s officially the half way mark for NaNoWriMo. The second, and sometimes third, week are harder than the first. The excitement of NaNo may be waning a bit. Here are a few tips to help get through the mid-month slump.

  1. Take a break. It’s OK to feel a little stir-crazy. You’ve put in a lot of work. Take a walk in the park. Have coffee with a friend. Do something non-writing related. Release some steam.
  2. Don’t beat yourself up if your word count drops for a day or two. I’m speaking from experience. I didn’t reach my total word goal for the week because I had one slow day. The words just didn’t cooperate. I had another day were I exceeded my daily count. The point is I showed up and worked at it every day.
  3. Don’t get distracted by your peep’s word count. Peeps’ or peep’s? Anyway, NaNo isn’t a competition with the rest of the writing world. It’s a chance for you to make your best attempt of writing that novel. After all, it’s a novel only you can write.
  4. Prevent a total melt down and back it up. No explanation needed.
  5. Write, write, write. That’s what it’s all about.

Row80 update. Be sure to drop by the Row80 hub and leave a kind note for the other participants.

1. Start revisions of book 2 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series-
I’ve completed one read through. It needs lots of work. Goal is to revise/edit the first 100 pages- This is the NaNo project from last year. No new progress.
2. Send out queries for Dead in the Water- Just the 1.
3. Plan one new short story- It’s a novel, still counts.
4. Edit/Revise Mystic Brew–  I’ve edited the first 3 out of 10 pages.
5. Finish plotting Book 3 in my Dragonfly Mystery Series I have an idea of what’s going to happen. This will be what I write for NaNoWriMo, so I have to do this in October- Done
6. Participate in NaNoWriMo and write 50,000 words- I’m at 24,724. I’m 433 words behind schedule.      

7. Read 8 books that’s for the whole round 4.   I’m on track I’ve read 7.
8. Be a good human and socialize online Goal- Barely. NaNo comes before socializing.
9. Be a good Baptist and join a Wednesday night group– Yeah, I’m think this may not happen
10. Finish my daughter’s bedroom We’ve bought the wood for framing the wall.

How are your goals this week?

-CK