June #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.

I can’t believe there’s only one week left in June. It feels like this month has just flown by.

In other news, the July sign-ups for #WriteMotivation are live, and you can still get in on the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo.

1) Write at least two reviews.
I’ve written three, and all of them are either published or scheduled.

2) Revise 4 chapters of MGG and the synopsis.
I’ve made it a little further through this one, but sadly not much headway.

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.)
I have started! The first thing I did was skim through the story and make a calendar, so I would have a good ballpark of when the story was actually taking place. Everything happens over the course of about seven weeks, and I had completely forgotten that 6 chapters near the end of the novel actually take place in a 24-hour period. Because of this, I’ve revised the timeline for some of the backstory, so hopefully that will help with some of the novel’s events.

I’ve also made notes on a few other things I need to research, and a couple of things that are less “research” and more “give me 20 minutes with a notebook and pencil so I can make some awful geographic doodles.” (I don’t know why, but I don’t ever draw maps until I’m done with the first draft.)

I’ve also rewritten most of the first scene, so yay!

4) Read three books.
No significant progress to speak of.

How’s your month going? Are you feeling good about the one week left, or are you, like me, wondering where the time went?

June #WriteMotivation – Week 2.5

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.

Yes, my first actual update for June isn’t until halfway through the month.

I wish I could say it’s because I’ve been accomplishing the actual goals I set out for myself, but it also involved movies and family and travel and finally finishing the first season of Veronica Mars with Eris and finishing off two short stories I started writing months ago.

So. Um. As for actual goal updates?

1) Write at least two reviews.
I’ve got one that just needs a revision and two others that are half-written, so hopefully I’ll have a couple of these up soon.

2) Revise 4 chapters of MGG and the synopsis.
I’ve started the chapter revisions, and I’m close to halfway through the first two. It looks like revisions will combine those two chapters into one, though, so yay go me?

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.)
Still haven’t started, probably won’t until a little later this week.

4) Read three books.
No significant progress to speak of.

And that’s it! How are you doing on your goals for June? Or are you taking it easy this month?

May #WriteMotivation Final Update & June Goals

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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! 🙂

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

May #WriteMotivation – Week 3

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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

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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?