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January Update #1

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Books Read: 6

Like I said in my goals post, I’m focusing on my collection of graphic novels and middle grade this month – the things I’ve bought but never got around to reading, so that is the vast majority of this week’s reading pile. I also read the only Manga on my shelf and a romance that held me over the day I forgot my physical copy – hooray iphone kindle app.

Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls (New 52)
Darth Vader and Son
Dr. Horrible and Other Stories
Crayon Shinchan Vol. 1
When You Wish Upon a Duke
Fortunately, the Milk


Words Written: 15,852

I wouldn’t call that a bad word-count for 5 days worth of writing (th-f of last week, m, w-th this week). I wound up working on more than just the first priority ms this week, but I’m okay with that. My goal is constant progress, and I managed to get that.

The second ms I worked on is a book I love, my beta reader has been drooling over snippets I’ve been sending her, and at the moment…. well, I’m feeling very hopeful about it. But I don’t think I’…

How to Write 1 Million Words in Under a Year

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One million words…. is a lot.
To be honest, when I set the goal at the beginning of 2013, I didn’t think I was going to make it.

Even in a normal year, I couldn’t count on adding words in December, or even most of November. The end of the year always turns me into that crazy person at the zoo, you know, the one you think is on the wrong side of the bars.

2013 was special, one of my best friends got married! And that meant a few trips to Oregon, and that the month of August was going to lose most of my writing time.

So I set out to write one million words in a year, fully accepting the fact that I might (and probably would) fail.

But! I am a super organized person (as long as that organization is with the use of a spreadsheet)! and so, I set about figuring out how I would do it if I could.

I figured out how many actual writing days I’d have (192), and how that all sorted out amongst the months….

Then, I divvied the work up and set to work and 11 months later, I had a spreadsheet that…

In Review & Looking Ahead

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– 2013 –
So! Last year I set down some goals, and while I didn’t get all of them met, I’m pretty proud of what I did do.

This year was pretty spectacular for getting stuff done. I…

Bought (at least) one new release each month,
Read 77 books (passing my 60 book goal) – according to GoodReads
Wrote over 1 million words (finishing ahead of schedule!)
Finished 6 drafts (which is why I have a backlog of revisions!)
Put together an actual website (or two)
Published a Novella and a Novel in the Flynn Monroe Series
and….
Managed not to go postal on anyone.



The only thing I didn’t get done, was the crazy amounts of revisions I wanted to (and that stack has only gotten higher!


– 2014 –
Goals! I love goals. I thrive on goals (see 1-million words last year), so it’s no surprise that I have a few for this year too!

Blogging:
I’m hoping to be more attentive to this blog next year. It’s a great way for me to keep track of my own stuff – which I find super helpful. And hopefully some of you who rea…