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Mid-Month Check-In: June 2015

I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that it is June. This is ridiculous. The first half of this month has flown by, and I feel like I have not done hardly anything productive. However, it’s been nice to slow down the pace for a while and catch my breath. Hopefully, I can kick it back into high gear for the second half of the month and make some solid progress while I wait for my edits to come back.

For a quick refresher on all the goals I’m working on this year, check out my 2015 resolutions.


I have submitted my revised manuscript of The Cogsmith’s Daughter to my line editor. I should have the initial line edits back in two to three weeks. After that, my line editor and I will bounce the changes back and forth until we reach consensus on all revisions. If this process goes as smoothly as my content edit/revisions, I expect to be a very productive and happy author!

I’m taking this fortune as a good sign!

As to new writing, I have begun working on an outline and story beats for Desertera #2. I know where I want the book to begin and end, it’s just a matter of filling in the middle. I’m hoping to have this draft done by NaNoWriMo (November), so I can start a new project then.

I’m noticing that my blog has taken a hit as my priorities change. I’m still trying to reach my goal of three posts a week, but I’m also realizing that I need to start shifting my attention to preparing for impending release of The Cogsmith’s Daughter. It’s interesting to see how my juggling acts have changed over the last ten months.


Much to my relief, I was able to secure the perfect business logo and officially introduce Boxthorn Press to all of you. Now that this is done, my main business goals revolve around creating a production, distribution, and marketing plan for the release of The Cogsmith’s Daughter.

As for reading, I’m finally diving back into my uber long book review list. At this point, I have enough requests to last me through at least October. While I am still accepting some requests, I believe I am going to stop a month or so before The Cogsmith’s Daughter launches. Once it is out in the world, I simply will not have time anymore. (If you’ve been thinking about offering book reviews, or want more insight into my reasoning for quitting, read this post about the pros and cons of offering book reviews.)


1509962_10206002837208669_7242238809390527700_nDaniel and I are still preparing for our big move to New Haven. Only about a month and a half left! Honestly, I’ve been ignoring that to-do list, because it is incredibly overwhelming. However, exciting news — we have secured our apartment, and the best part is — Thomas can come with us! Animal parents will know just how relieved and happy this makes me.


With how much time I have spent working on my author business, my exercise has plummeted. I still do the weekly class my work offers, but that is about it. Likewise, I’m trying to get back to eating healthier. Migraines are averaging about 1-2 a month, and some of them have been less severe than normal, but I’m still working on eliminating them completely. (Maybe getting off my butt and reducing the ice cream intake would help with that, huh?)

Okay, that’s enough accountability for me today. I hope the rest of you are having a productive and fulfilling June!

For more updates, sneak peaks at The Cogsmith’s Daughter as I revise it, and to be considered as a beta reader for book two, you can sign up for my newsletter HERE.

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!

3 thoughts on “Mid-Month Check-In: June 2015”

  1. You still achived quite a while. I haven’t done much.. But i am trying. After planning all my blog changes i should go back to typing. Good luck!

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