Fiction Blog, Writing Updates

Mid-Month Check-In: April 2015

As most of you know, this April my focus in on Camp NaNoWriMo. As I said in my week two update, I am behind on my rather lofty Camp NaNoWriMo goal. However, the first few weeks of April have gotten me back into the routine of writing and have helped me to refocus my priorities as a writer and a woman. For these things, I am grateful.

Now, let me tell you how I’m faring in my 2015 resolutions.


Again, my writing goals are a bit behind, but I am finally making them a priority and making steady progress. I missed out on my first goal of writing a new manuscript between January and March. However, there is still hope that I can write most of one during Camp NaNoWriMo and finish it up in May. If I can keep writing about 1,000 words a day, 5 days a week, I should be able to churn out at least a few of my planned manuscripts for this year. Wish me luck!


My business is doing well! I have established a sole proprietorship (rather than an LLC) and have completed the few steps to making it official. Luckily, there is not too much paperwork involved. My business is named Boxthorn Press, and it will be the imprint under which I publish and (hopefully) do other writing-related business in the future.

My business activities are also going well. The Cogsmith’s Daughter is finally taking direct steps to publication. I have enrolled in IndieReCon 2015 (a free, virtual conference for independent authors). I am consistently sending out two email newsletters a month — sign up HERE to join the club! And, I am staying on track with my blog posts and book review requests. All peachy here!


All of my marriage-related resolutions seem to be coming to fruition at once! As most of you know by now, Daniel will be attending Yale Divinity School in August for his second masters degree. In order to prepare for that, we have begun sorting through what we need to buy and sell/donate, applied for housing, sorted out our finances, and Daniel has even created a GoFundMe to help with school expenses.

Plus, we have finally planned our mini honeymoon, which conveniently coincides with Daniel’s first presentation at a biblical conference. Oh, and did I mention he was published in an academic journal this week? Sorry, but when my husband is this awesome, I have to brag.


My health and wellness goals are about in the same place as always. I’ve been having about one migraine a month, which is not fun, but is still less-frequent than last year. I’ve also been a bit lax about my junk food intake, so I need to make sure I’m eating healthier now that we’re officially out of holidays for a while. Likewise, I need to start doing a bit less pinning on Pinterest and a little more cooking of healthy meals. In better news, I am keeping up with my goals of gratitude and exercise! Daniel and I do have plans to intensify our workouts now that it is warm outside, but we’re taking baby steps.

Well, that’s where I’m at as of mid-April. I hope this month is going well for all of you and you are taking steps to reach your goals, too!

How are your new year’s resolutions going? Have you been keeping up with your own writing goals? Share your progress and/or commiserate as needed!

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