May #WriteMotivation Final Update & June Goals

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Even though last weekend was half-May and half-June (and is still throwing me off a little), I managed to knock one goal off my list that’s been there for *mumblesomething* months.

I’m so very, very glad to have it finally off the list.

Final May update:

1) Write at least 3 reviews.
I managed to write and post two and get started on a third. Considering I hadn’t written a review for…awhile before this, I’m happy with my progress. (And I’m hoping to do even more next month!)

2) Finish NaNo novel.
I wrote “The End” LITERALLY fifteen minutes before the end of the month. BUT IT’S FINISHED! HUZZAH!

Now, time to kick back, relax, and spend 2 weeks angsting over everything I need to fix before I get it back out.

3) Build a list of 5-10 agents to submit MGG to.

4) Revise MGG query and chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11.
Query written, and the revisions are getting moved to next month’s goals.

5) Read 2 books.

And now, June goals!

1) Write at least two reviews.
2) Revise 4 chapters of MGG and the synopsis.
3) Start revisions on NaNo novel. (This will not be until at least halfway through the month, so I have time to take a break from it.)
4) Read three books.

And that’s it! What are your big goals for June? Or are you taking it easy this month?

May #WriteMotivation – Week 4

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Memorial Day weekend was mostly lazy, with a whole lot of not going anywhere. It was lovely.

Goal update:

1) Write at least 3 reviews.
I’ve written two so far! One was published last week, the other is scheduled to go out later this week. I’ll see if I can get #3 written before Saturday.

2) Finish NaNo novel.
Over 7k for the month, through two more scenes, which leaves me with just 5 or 6 scenes to go. I CAN DO THIS. (Five to finish the story, six if I want to throw in an epilogue. I will probably throw in an epilogue.)

3) Build a list of 5-10 agents to submit MGG to.
I’ve got a list of 8 agents! I’ll do some more in-depth research on each one as soon as I finish the necessary revisions to the story.

4) Revise MGG query and chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11.
Yeah, I might not finish the revisions on the actual chapters, but I will at least start them sometime this week, by God.

5) Read 2 books.

My stretch goals are totally not going to happen, except for one:

Read 4 books, including one nonfiction book.
I am actually into this one, since I’m reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, which is interesting, amusing, and so far pretty easy to read. If I finish this one and one other book this week, I’ll have hit one stretch goal, yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Just a reminder, if you want to sign up for June, the signups are open now!

The Writing Process Blog Hop – Michelle Answers the Tough Questions

Hey everybody! I’ve got a post up on the RRFS blog today, talking about my writing process. Go check it out when you get a chance! ๐Ÿ™‚

The Rabid Rainbow Ferret Society

We were tagged in a blog hop by the lovely Michele Chiappetta with the Purple Ink Writers, wherein we discuss the particulars of our writing process! Iโ€™m up this week, and Rebekah will have her own writing process post up next Monday.

So, here are the questions!

What am I working on?

Primarily, Iโ€™m working on a new adult urban fantasy set in and around Norman and Oklahoma City, where werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural creatures are commonplace, and OU has a school of magic nestled somewhere on the South Oval.

Connor, my MC, is a wizard, a sophomore in college, and heโ€™s just accidentally helped his girlfriend steal a very dangerous book from the wizardโ€™s library on campus. (Oops?) So naturally, heโ€™s got to stop her before she can use the spells, which have a very good chance of causing mass destruction as a side effect.

How doesโ€ฆ

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May #WriteMotivation – Week 3

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

This past weekend I was in Durant because my youngest sister graduated high school! I’m so, so very proud of her. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also still kind of surprised because now all my siblings are officially out of high school.

This also meant I got to see a lot of my family members, and that my sisters and brothers and I were all together for the first time in probably close to a year. It was a lot of fun, but as you might have guessed, I didn’t actually get a whole lot done. In fact, I didn’t open my computer all weekend.

I know. I was shocked too.

Goal update:

1) Write at least 3 reviews.
Still where it was last week.

2) Finish NaNo novel.
I’m at nearly 6,000 words for this month (whee!) and I’m continuing to crawl my way to the end. ๐Ÿ™‚ With just a couple of good, solid days of writing, I think I could have this knocked out.

3) Build a list of 5-10 agents to submit MGG to.
I started browsing QueryTracker and adding to/updating the list of agents I’d been building for TSB last year, since I had a feeling some of them would work for MGG. I’ve highlighted 4 agents I definitely want to query, removed a couple who don’t really sound interested in this genre, and blacked out a couple more who are currently closed to unsolicited queries. So just a little more time on this, and I’ll have a solid starting place.

4) Revise MGG query and chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11.
I’ve been poking a little at chapters 6 & 7, and I think I’ve got a pretty good hold on how I can update those to better fit with the new setting without losing any of the bits that need to happen there. I don’t know if I’ll be able to complete the revision on four full chapters before the end of the month, but I will give it my very best shot. At the very least, I will outline how things need to change.

5) Read 2 books.
Yeah, remember how I said if I didn’t finish Riveted last week, it would be because I had forcefully made myself focus on other goals? Yeah, guess what book I finished last week. >.>

On the plus side, I get to mark this goal off my list, and I’ve started reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

Stretch goals:
1) Finish at least one blog series that’s in the queue.
2) Read 4 books, including one nonfiction book.
3) Start revising 2013 NaNo novel.

How’s May treating you guys? Doing well on your own goals?

May #WriteMotivation – Week 2ish

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

I think I might have been moderately ambitious with my goals this month, considering I was going to be traveling for three out of four weekends. OH WELL. ๐Ÿ˜€

Goal update:

1) Write at least 3 reviews.
Still where it was last week.

2) Finish NaNo novel.
I’ve added somewhere around 4,000 words so far this month, and I think there are 5 or fewer scenes left (one of which is already written). SO CLOSE SO CLOSE SO FREAKING CLOSE.

3) Build a list of 5-10 agents to submit MGG to.
Still where it was last week.

4) Revise MGG query and chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11<.
Still where it was last week.

5) Read 2 books.
I started 2 new books last weekend (because multi-tasking!): The Charge by Sharon Bayliss and Riveted by Meljean Brook. If I do not burn through Riveted before the end of this week, it will be because of a monumental effort on my part to focus on other goals. Because hot holy damn, do I love that series.

Stretch goals:
1) Finish at least one blog series that’s in the queue.
2) Read 4 books, including one nonfiction book.
3) Start revising 2013 NaNo novel.

How’s May treating you guys? Doing well on your own goals?

May #WriteMotivation and OWFI!

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Header image and thumbnail photograph by Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

So I went to the OWFI conference last weekend, and the next thing I knew, I woke up and it was May 6.

How the hell did that happen?

Anyway. I’m pretty happy with how my April goals turned out, as I actually managed to finish draft two of MGG. However, my glee at finishing lasted approximately two weeks, because I did some location research while I was in OKC, and realized that I would have to change the setting of two significant scenes.

Oops?

On the plus side, I took a lot of pictures, so hopefully I’ll be able to get everything fixed up with minimal teeth-gnashing.

Here are my goals for May:

1) Write at least 3 reviews.
I have started one review! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish that this week.

2) Finish NaNo novel.
I’m clipping along pretty well on this, and I’ve finally finished the climax of the story. If I can keep up the pace, I should be able to finish this one fairly early in the month (she said optimistically).

3) Build a list of 5-10 agents to submit MGG to.
No headway on this yet, though I did find some great resources this past weekend that will help.

4) Revise MGG query and chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11.
Yeah, the chapter revisions are new, and are the ones added thanks to the aforementioned location research. A lot of the content will stay the same, but the blocking’s going to have to change significantly.

I have, however, revised the query letter at least four times by now (I attended a lot of query workshops at OWFI). I’ll get some feedback on it in the next two weeks, though, and revise it again.

5) Read 2 books.
I’ve already read one: Ash by Malindo Lo, which was a lesbian retelling of Cinderella. Overall, a good story. The whole thing had sort of a dreamlike quality to it, though that may also have been because I read the entire thing right after getting back from OWFI when I was completely wiped.

Stretch goals (because clearly I need more to do this month):
1) Finish at least one blog series that’s in the queue.
2) Read 4 books, including one nonfiction book.
3) Start revising 2013 NaNo novel.

That’s it for my May! What are you guys up to this month? Any particularly big goals on the horizon for you? ๐Ÿ™‚