Jan 21, 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 (behind the filing cabinet), I've got a run of other reference books behind the magazine file (that holds all my tea stuff), there are two dragons, a bull dog.... and still plenty of space.

3 Things I'd change:

If I was writing at home full time, I'd get a new chair. This one is fine for sitting in, but only so long as you're able to lounge, and that means long writing binges at home are either done in a weird reclined position with my keyboard on my lap, or make my back hurt.

I need an actual mouse pad. The thing you see under my mouse currently is a notebook. It does the job... but the real thing would do it better.

Better storage for my business cards. That cardboard box set up in the corner is the box they came in, and it's the box they've stayed in - even though the thing is under half full by now.

Jan 7, 2015

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'll get everything she wants because what are little dogs for other than to spoil senselessly?

Jan 5, 2015

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 had a marvelous 2014 and that your 2015 is going fabulously so far!

Jan 1, 2015

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

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 out there into the world.

Print Books Acquired: 24

Anne of Green Gables Series (8 books)
 - I've read the first 4 of these, and I'm pretty sure I've bought all of them for my older sister throughout the years, but I've never owned them. Earl's mom was kind enough to remedy that for me this year for Christmas!

The Caster Chronicles (4 books)
 - Another Christmas Present, I've read the first book and found it intriguing, but I couldn't read the rest of the series on my kindle.

Saga, Vol 4
 - I absolutely adore this graphic novel series. The artwork in it is gorgeous and the story is entertaining and funny. What more could you ask for?

Guerrilla Marketing for Writers/Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure
 - More christmas presents. I'll be reading these soon. And I'm excited to get through Hardy's "planning your novel" because her fiction university online is super helpful.

The Original Sinners series (books 2-6)
 - I love Tiffany Reisz, so these were Christmas presents to myself. While I've read almost all of her other works, I read the first book in 2012 and didn't get around to getting the rest of them.... until now.

Camelot Burning
 - I won the audio book of this and loved it so much, I grabbed a physical copy of it (and will be re reading it this month)

The Kingdom of Gods
 - The final book in N. K. Jemisin's The Inheritance Trilogy is now in my possession, which means I can start reading the first one!

 - I picked this book up at a signing at the Changing Hands in Tempe. It was great to meet another local author and hear her talk to her readers and answer questions.

The Bane Chronicles
 - How could anyone pass up the opportunity to read more about Magnus?

Books Read: 9

Le Miserables by Victor Hugo
Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson
The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files by John Wagner(+ others)
Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose
Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K Vaughan/Fiona Staples
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon