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SPECIAL Month-End Update: June 2016

To mark the halfway point of 2016, I’ve got a special month-end update today. In the first part, I’ll do the usual June recap. Some highlights? Desertera #2 is finally with the line editor, and 100 Action & Adventure Writing Prompts (Fiction Ideas Vol. 6) is published AND FREE through tomorrow.

In the second part, I’ll be catching you (and myself!) up with my New Year’s Resolutions. My biggest accomplishment? *knock on wood* I’ve only had ONE major migraine attack this year! I never thought I’d hit that goal, and I’m incredibly thankful they’ve mostly subsided.

Before you dive into all the bullet points, I want to highlight three exciting July activities.

Brain to Books Generic Posts (1)First, today is Indie Pride Day! Check out this Book Blast hosted by Angela B. Chrysler to find some awesome independent authors and books (myself, included!).

Second, tomorrow I’ll be hosting the Fire & Lies Goodreads takeover. Head over at 3 P.M. Eastern U.S. time to chat science fiction and fantasy and enter to win a FREE ebook copy of The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) – OR Desertera #2, if you’ve already read TCD.

Last, this month I’ll be unveiling the title of Desertera #2. Since I’ve put it off so long, I’ve decided to make an even bigger deal out of it and run a contest! Stay tuned for details (and chances to win advance review or signed copies of Desertera #2)!


June Update

Writing

  • Blog Posts Written — 7 (and one reblog)
  • Fiction Words Written — 0
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 0
  • Nonfiction Prompts Written — 100 prompts (plus front/back matter material)
  • # of Days I Wrote Nonfiction — 7
  • Outlines Written — 0
  • Days Without Writing and/or Editing — 13

Editing/Revising

  • Drafts Revised — Content Edit of Desertera #2 (plus a quick second pass)
  • # of Days I Revised — 10

Reading

*Remember, I review every book I read on my Goodreads page.

Author Business Activities

Goals for July

I’ve got a few exciting things planned for July — I’d stay close if I were you!

  • Announce Desertera #2‘s title with a contest!
  • Complete all line editing for Desertera #2 (pending editor’s schedule)
  • Cover design for Desertera #2
  • Write and publish my next creative writing prompts booklet
  • An author interview on Kate Evans’s website
  • Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo
  • Participate in the Indie Pride Day Book Blast (today!)
  • Participate in the Fire & Lies Goodreads takeover (tomorrow!)

New Year’s Resolutions

So far, I’m on track to hit my goal of 50% of my resolutions. As a quick refresher — our family tradition is to make one resolution for each year of your age. Therefore, I try to shoot for the stars and at least hit the moon!

My difficult code: E (easy), C (challenging), DD (damn difficult), LOL (…yeah…)

WRITING

1. Write five days a week (C, but based on past experience, LOL) – If by “write,” I mean draft OR edit, then I think I’m on track.

2. Finish Desertera #2 (E)

3. Publish Desertera #2 (C) – On track!

4. Write Desertera #3 (DD) – On track!

5. Publish Desertera #3 (DD) – Not happening

6. Write a book for fun (LOL) – I repeat: LOL.

7. Write all nonfiction booklets (E) – On track!

8. Publish all nonfiction booklets (E) – On track!

9. Publish nonfiction compilation (C) – On track!

BUSINESS

10. Publish two blog posts per week (C) – On track!

11. Read 50 books (C) – Way ahead!!!

12. Make $1,000 from my author business (C, maybe DD) – Still possible with the upcoming book launch

13. Adhere to my marketing plan (C) – More or less, need to re-evaluate

14. Send two email newsletters per month (C) – Doing it!

15. Update my author website/platform (revise each quarter) (E) – Check!

PERSONAL

16. Keep Daniel and myself student loan free (DD) – WOOT!

17. Keep migraines to one per month (or less!) (DD) – DOUBLE WOOT!

18. Exercise for 30 minutes, 3 days a week (LOL) – Hahahaha.

19. Record my three daily gratitudes (C) – Yup!

20. Visit a new state (E) Rhode Island & Massachusetts

21. Go to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC (E) – Hopefully this fall

22. Visit home (summer) (C) – Tickets booked!

23. Visit home (Christmas) (E) – Tickets booked!


Who else has accomplishments to share from June? How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? What are your plans for the rest of 2016?

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Month-End Update: May 2016

Happy June, everyone! I hope you all had a productive and fun May (if so, feel free to share your achievements in the comments!). Professionally, I didn’t get as far in my revisions of Desertera #2 as I would have liked, but Daniel and I did have a few unexpected (but welcome) social engagements pop up throughout the month, so personally, it was a great few weeks.

As I head into June, I am going to keep my focus on a few big goals. First, I’ll be finishing the content edit revisions of Desertera #2, so that it can go to line editing at the end of the month. As always, I’ll be working on my next nonfiction booklet, 100 Action & Adventure Writing Prompts, and if time allows, I am more than ready to dive into Desertera #3.

Last, I wanted to let you all know that I have officially joined Tumblr. You can find me at http://katemcolby.tumblr.com. If you’re also on Tumblr, feel free to follow me, and I’ll happily return the favor!

But first, let’s recap May:

Writing

  • Blog Posts Written — 8
  • Fiction Words Written — 0
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 0
  • Nonfiction Prompts Written — 100 prompts (plus front/back matter material)
  • # of Days I Wrote Non-Fiction — 10
  • Outlines Written — 1 (100 Action & Adventure Writing Prompts)
  • Days Without Writing and/or Editing — 12

Editing/Revising

  • Drafts Revised — Content Edit of Desertera #2 (over 2/3 through the manuscript)
  • # of Days I Revised — 9

Reading

*Remember, I review every book I read on my Goodreads page.

Author Business Activities

Goals for June

  • Finish the content edit revisions of Desertera #2
  • Write and publish 100 Action & Adventure Writing Prompts
  • Begin drafting Desertera #3

Who else has accomplishments to share from May? What are your goals for June? Share in the comments!

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Month-End Update: April 2016

Despite Camp NaNoWriMo being in April, I had a rather “slow” month. I focused more on a few big items on my to-do list and let some of the little stuff I normally do slide. In fact, between completing my first Camp goal (writing and publishing 100 Fantasy Writing Prompts), I took a full week off production while I waited to begin the content edit revisions of Desertera #2 (which may have a title now…stay posted!).

Overall, April has been a solid month. I made a few new author friends at the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, won Camp NaNoWriMo (third time’s the charm!), did quite a bit of reading, and received a few fantastic reviews of The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1). I’m leaving the month refreshed and happy to keep moving forward in May.

Writing

  • Blog Posts Written — 9 (and three reblogs)
  • Fiction Words Written — 0
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 0
  • Nonfiction Prompts Written — 100 prompts (plus front/back matter material)
  • # of Days I Wrote Non-Fiction — 6
  • Outlines Written — 1.5 (100 Historical Fiction Writing Prompts, starting Desertera #3)
  • Days Without Writing and/or Editing — 17

Editing/Revising

  • Drafts Revised — Content Edit of Desertera #2 (roughly 23,000 words so far)
  • # of Days I Revised — 7

Reading

  • Books Reviewed
    • None on the blog

*Remember, I review every book I read on my Goodreads page.

Author Business Activities

Goals for May

Right now, May looks to be another relatively slow-paced month, with just a few big goals.

  • Finish the content edit revisions of Desertera #2
  • Write and publish 100 Historical Fiction Writing Prompts
  • Participate in the #WriteWeMay Instagram Challenge
  • Try at least one new advertising or marketing strategy

Who else has accomplishments to share from April? What are your goals for May? Share in the comments!

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Month-End Update: March 2016

March was a doozy. The biggest item on my to-do list was to finish the first draft of Desertera #2, which I did! However, in order to accomplish it and make time for my other goals, I had to really push myself. While I had some early mornings, late nights, and strenuous train rides, working that hard was actually incredibly satisfying.

Ending March, I feel accomplished, fulfilled, and more creatively energized than I have in a long time. I cannot wait to dive headfirst into April with an exciting virtual convention, Camp NaNoWriMo adventures (follow my cabin at #wordcountslayers), and getting Desertera #2 even closer to publication. But first, let’s take a quick look at March:

Writing

  • Blog Posts Written — 9 (and one guest post)
  • Fiction Words Written — 26,089
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 19
  • Nonfiction Prompts Written — 100 prompts (plus front/back matter material)
  • # of Days I Wrote Non-Fiction — 5
  • Outlines Written — 1 (100 Fantasy Writing Prompts)
  • Days Without Writing and/or Editing — 3

Editing/Revising

  • Drafts Revised — Desertera #2 and 100 Children’s, Teen, and Young Adult Writing Prompts (Fiction Ideas Vol. 3)
  • # of Days I Revised — 4

Reading

*Remember, I review every book I read on my Goodreads page.

Author Business Activities

Goals for April

I have a few very exciting items on my agenda this month, which I’ll be sharing with you as April progresses!

  • Participate in the Brain to Books Cyber Convention on Goodreads & Facebook
  • Participate in and “win” Camp NaNoWriMo
  • Complete the content edit revisions of Desertera #2 
  • Publish 100 Fantasy Writing Prompts (Fiction Ideas Vol. 4)
  • Resume vlogging (yet again trying to get back into this!)

Who else has accomplishments to share from March? What are you working toward in April? Share in the comments!

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Month-End Update: February 2016

With the 2016 2K Indie Book Tour over, we’re back to our regular programming on the blog. And since it’s the first of the month, it’s time to reflect on February.

I’m really proud of my February progress. Considering my regular routine was (happily) interrupted by a trip home to Kansas as well as by Daniel attending an out-of-state conference then jetting home to Australia, I think I did a decent job of staying on track with my goals. The first draft of Desertera #2 is still on schedule for its April 1st editing date, and my nonfiction booklets are churning out as planned. While I didn’t read as much as I would have liked, I did squeeze in a few other intellectual activities, and that’s always a bonus.

Writing

  • Blog Posts Written — 5 (but posted 16 interviews/guest articles)
  • Fiction Words Written — 16,214
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 11
  • Nonfiction Prompts Written — 90 prompts (plus front/back matter material)
  • # of Days I Wrote Non-Fiction — 6
  • Outlines Written — 1 (100 Children’s, Teen, and Young Adult Writing Prompts)
  • Days Without Writing — 12

Editing/Revising

Reading

  • Books Reviewed
    • None on the blog

*Remember, I review every book I read on my Goodreads page.

Author Business Activities

Goals for March

  • Finish the first draft of Desertera #2
  • Initial edit/clean up of Desertera #2
  • Publish 100 Children’s, Teen, and Young Adult Writing Prompts (Fiction Ideas Vol. 3)
  • Try a different paid advertisement for The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1)
  • Resume vlogging
  • Deliver my birthday gifts to YOU!

Who else has accomplishments to share from February? What are you working toward in March? Share in the comments!