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Month-End Update: January 2017


If you’ve followed my fiction blog for a while, you’ll know that I share updates at the end of each calendar month. In previous years, I have recapped my writing/editing progress, the books I have read or reviewed, and any notable business activities. In 2017, I’ll include all of that, but I will be structuring the posts a little differently to help me stay focused on my New Year’s Resolutions.

January started off as a difficult month. I won’t go into it here, but I had a family emergency at the end of December, which left me (to put it lightly) tired and uninspired. To ease myself back into a working mindset, I did a little reading and focused on nonfiction early in the month. About halfway through January, I switched back to the world of fiction, and I feel like I’ve finally hit my stride with the third Desertera novel. I’m hoping for smooth sailing from here on out!

Writing & Publishing

Main goals:
Create five days a week – on track
Write Desertera #3 – on track

As I said above, I’m pleased with the progress I’m making on the novel so far. Even though only 13 days of the month were dedicated to Desertera #3, I wrote 12,798 words. When you factor in the nonfiction work I did (see below), I kept to my creation goal of averaging five days per week. It’s not the super-charged start I was hoping for, but I’m pleased with my progress and ready to take on February!


Main goals:
Create freebie for Writing Newsletter – finished!
Make $2,000 from Boxthorn Press – slightly behind
Blog twice per week – on track
Maintain social media schedule – room to improve
Read 52 books this year – slightly behind

My biggest accomplishment in the business sector was writing and putting out 100 Blogging Ideas for Fiction Writers (the freebie for subscribers to my Writing Newsletter – see sidebar). I really enjoyed this task, because it helped get my creative gears spinning again, and I think it will be a useful booklet for other writers.

As for my financial target, I made enough in royalties to match my 2016 income, but not enough to reach my $2,000 goal for 2017. This is expected, as I’ve decided to concentrate my marketing budget around the launch of the third book, which I expect to make up the bulk of my revenue for the year.

My other business goals are also in decent shape. I published an average of two blog posts per week. My social media schedule slipped a bit, but I’ve gotten back on track now. Likewise, I’m not quite reading as much as I’d hoped (it’s tough to find time while in the first draft stage with a book), but I’m still making good progress.

Books Read:
Desecration (London Psychic #1) by J.F. Penn – 4 Stars
Delirium (London Psychic #2) by J.F. Penn – 5 Stars

Book in Progress: Deviance (London Psychic #3) by J.F. Penn

Next Up: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Main Goals:
Work on positivity – hahaha
Exercise 3x per week – starting to make progress
Break a bad habit – doing surprisingly well!

I’ll keep this section brief, because as much as I enjoy sharing my life with you, there are certain things I must reserve for myself. Suffice to say, I need to refocus on my positivity and up my gym attendance from 1-2 days a week to my goal of three. However, I’ve made a lot of progress with the habit I need to break, so that’s positive!

Goals for February
Continue drafting Desertera #3 (reach 40,000 words)
Catch up on lapsing goals (especially reading and exercise)
Work on balancing writing with other responsibilities

How has 2017 treated you so far? What are your goals going into February? Share in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Month-End Update: January 2017”

      1. Thank you.I’m really happy things are also going well for you! Can’t wait for the next installment in the Desertera series. 😀

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