Showing posts from January, 2015

My Workspace

To be completely fair, I don't do the majority of my writing here. I would, if I could. But this is my home writing space.

I thought I'd share it with you today.

3 Things I like:

My inspiration ladder. (Though I do need to change out the string and reorganize it for the new writing schedule) It's great to have images right there that I can look up at to give my eyes a rest while still looking at images that inspire me, writing tips, and little quotes/reminders.

The lamp. It's just a desk lamp I got at target on sale, but it's lovely, and with the addition of a blue lens that can be removed when needed, I can write while Earl's asleep (something that can be difficult in a studio).

The space on this desktop doesn't seem that big.... until you put 900 things on it and still have all that space. Don't get me wrong, you still have to organize it, but I've got three dictionaries, a thesaurus and four other writing books down in the bookshelf underneath (be…

IWSG: Fresh Start/Heavy Load

This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group

It's the beginning of the year, in fact, today is my first writing day of the year. Today marks the beginning of my first push toward getting ALL THE THINGS done.

January's push has left me with goals for finishing 7 projects (start strong, right?). That's finishing one novel's first draft, retconning another novel's 7th? draft,  finishing 2 novellas and finishing 3 short stories.

Can I get all that done? In theory, yes. In practice... we'll see.

I have a color-coded spreadsheet with defined goals and a severe want to get it done, so.... hopefully my pre planning helps everything else run smoothly. Mostly this is an effort to get ahead (since I just found out I'll be making a trip north for a wedding this summer, and I know that I'll run across more instances and events that mean my word count is going to dip.)

And of course this little fur-ball will be putting demands on my time - and she'l…

Let's talk about what happened in 2014, and what I'm hoping will happen in 2015


For 2014, I set a goal of 100 books on GoodReads, and I made it.  With an extra three for good measure. (This picture is not in order.)
This year, I'm not pushing myself to get as much reading done. If I do get close to this number again, awesome. But for right now, my only goals are one fiction and one non-fiction book per month.


So... I got in over 400,000-words in 2014. (The colorful column to the far right is my daily average.)

I'm going to try to get in more this year (which is why the reading goal has diminished some what).  My writing goals are all tied to the next bit of achieved/future goals.


I published 4 books in 2014. Books 2, 3 & 3.5 in the Flynn Monroe series, as well as my stand alone novel Windthrow. (Quick and Painless not pictured)

This year, I hope to put out a few more than four. I've got three written (one scheduled to drop next week, hopefully) and the others... well, I'm not certain of their plan yet!

I hope you all…

December Wrap-up

Words Written: ? I was terrible about keeping track of this. I know I wrote 2419 words on the 29th... and I have a few other things that I know what day I wrote them on, but I didn't pay enough attention, so that's where I left this month.

Works Revised: 3 I did the final revisions on Quick and Painless toward the beginning of the month, finalized the last revision of my January release, and revised a short story I'm submitting to a literary publication shortly. I think that's a good bit of work for my least productive month of the year.

Books Released: 2
The Salvation of Rayna Castiq (Flynn Monroe #3)
Quick and Painless (Flynn Monroe #3.5)
So, Ray and the second novella both came out in December. That was not exactly the plan, but they happen at the same time in the series timeline (in two separate parts of space and with a completely different set of characters)... so maybe the near simultaneous release was a good thing?
Anyway. I'm really happy to have gotten them o…