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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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. 😀

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?