Mid-Month Check-In: January 2015

I’m not sure if I will do regular check-ins, but since it has been 2015 for two weeks now (and I’m pretty sure we’ve all already forgotten our resolutions), I thought I would do a quick status update. Perhaps these posts will function somewhat like the journal I’m not keeping this year!

My 2015 resolutions are off to a slow start. Partly, this is due to the nature of my goals. After all, most of my resolutions are longer-term goals. However, a few of them are daily or weekly activities, and two weeks in, I can already see room for improvement.

WRITING

Thus far, I have not written a single word of fiction. And in case you missed my post yesterday, no, I do not have writer’s block. I’ve simply been procrastinating, because editing my first draft of my first novel is making me self-conscious. I’ve edited up through Chapter 8 so far, and I’m very anxious to get through it and get it in the hands of some beta readers and a professional editor who can tell me if it is horrible and/or salvageable.

Even though I haven’t been writing yet, my second novel has not been entirely abandoned. I started an inspiration board and made the story beats and character sketches for it last week. So, it is all ready to go whenever I get over myself and get my butt in gear.

BUSINESS

I’m pleased with my WordPress site redesign. I’m not at the stage yet to need a self-hosted website or set up my LLC, but I think this new design functions well for where I am at right now. As you all probably know, I’ve been keeping up with my resolution to publish a blog post at least three times a week, and luckily, with the blog tour coming up in February, that is set to continue.

I’m working on setting up an email newsletter. However, because I do not want to share my home address, I need to register for a P.O. box. So, that project is on hold for the work week.

Reading may be the goal that is going the most smoothly. However, much of my reading time is being taken up by books that my bosses are requiring me to read for work, so I’m very anxious to get through them and get to the books I’m reviewing for a few fellow indie authors.

MARITAL

Daniel and I are doing a good job of keeping expenses down so we can save up for our move. He has all his graduate school applications in, so now comes the big waiting game to see where he is accepted and where we will be moving. Fingers crossed for his top choices!

HEALTH/WELLNESS

Miraculously, I have been limiting my sweets and junk food intake. I’m still indulging, but I’ve been substituting healthy snacks when I get too many cravings. Exercise and learning to cook are not going as well (unless you count the dozen or so recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest).

In even better news, I am currently on my longest streak without a migraine in months! Hopefully, I didn’t just jinx it. However, I am doing everything I can to reduce stress, focus on my daily gratitudes, and keep my head happy. So far, so good.

That’s it for me. I definitely need to get over my fear and get to writing, but I’m pleased with where all of my other goals are at right now. Any words of advice or encouragement are appreciated!


How are your new year’s resolutions going? Have you been keeping up with your own writing goals? Share your progress and/or commiserate as needed!

 

 

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Kate M. Colby is an author of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction. When she is not writing or working, Kate enjoys playing video games, antiquing, and wine tasting. She lives in the United States with her husband and furry children.

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15 comments on “Mid-Month Check-In: January 2015
  1. coffeennotes says:

    Loved the recap Kate, Mine will be posted tomorrow or by the weekend (still thinking on that).
    I know the fear of editing 😀 But I am sure that you have some great inspiration imaged pr quote that will help you push yourself into the work ❤

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    • Honestly, what’s getting me through the editing is the image of my book being published and the knowledge that, once I do this first round of revisions, I will no longer be in it alone. My biggest issue right now is can’t decide how much editing I will need. Part of me feels like I should fork out for a developmental editor, because it is my first novel, but the other part wants to trust my story and just do copy editing and proofreading. I’m hoping my beta readers will be able to help me decide. Decisions, decisions!

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  2. coffeennotes says:

    Sorry for the spelling at the end, lol.

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  3. Hi Kate. I just saw your comment about whether or not to get a developmental editor. For what it’s worth, I did – because it was my first novel – thinking only minor tweaks would be needed. When I got the report back I was told that it was a really good story etc etc, but to bring out the tension some pretty big changes had to be made. I was so disappointed I couldn’t look at the novel for three months.

    Then I went back to it and rewrote about a third of the book, and it was the best thing I could ever have done. The editor was absolutely spot-on, and had seen things that I’d missed, even though I had cursed her name when the report came back to me…

    It’s a pain, but it means that when you publish, you know you’ve had an industry specialist in your corner. It’s a confidence-booster, especially when self-publishing is pretty stressful anyway, and you want everything to be perfect.

    Hope this helps.

    David

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    • David, thank you so much for sharing your experience. What you said pretty much echoes my fears exactly. Because self-publishing is a tough industry, and because I don’t want to put out one of the books that gives the industry a bad name, I’ve been strongly considering a developmental edit. Plus, even though I studied writing in university, I know I’m probably too close to my work to see the larger issues. Thank you for sharing and pushing me in the tough, but probably right, direction!

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  4. You’re welcome. And I think what you say about being too close to the work is correct – a developmental editor is totally impartial and won’t sugar-coat anything. They will commend the good bits, but will be blunt about what doesn’t work, and that’s exactly what you need. And it’s why we pay them the big bucks!

    Best of luck.

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  5. hirundine608 says:

    Interesting read. Even if it is a little vicarious. Reading, I’m not too sure why you need a P.O. box for an email letter? Seems a little redundant?

    Sorry to read you suffer from migraines. Glad to know you have had relief.

    Maybe the lack of what is called junk-food, could be helping? Everyone has their own definition of what constitutes junk-food. I’m a compulsive label reader. So, if anything i’m buying comes in a jar or packet .. I read the label. Not just ingredients but also the values in their little box.

    From the picture of you. You seem like a handsome young lady with most of her life ahead. Children? Doubtful or you would have mentioned them in the newsletter. Now, children are a life-changer for sure. It’s hard on a woman’s body. Eating for two, then not. Start now with your better diet and hopefully the migraines will not return.

    I’m a scratch cook and vegetarian. I do not care for eating dead animals, pumped full of antibiotics and other drugs. I do not care for eating dead animals … period. I became vegetarian, not far off of fifty years ago.

    Then while I was married for about twenty five of them, I was omnivorous. Due to my partner not willing to go there. Since my divorce twelve-fourteen years since, I went back to the diet and feel the benefit of it. Everyone’s choice, of course. But I still endorse the regime. It’s a real pleasure. It’s also a money saver. … rock on, Cheers Jamie.

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    • The reason I’m looking at getting a PO box is that email newsletters require you to provide your subscribers with a physical address so they can contact you. It’s part of the CAN-SPAM laws in the United States. Since I do not want to share my home address with people I do not know intimately, I can get a post office box to fulfill the physical address requirement and protect my own privacy.

      I agree. I think reducing my unhealthy food intake has helped with the migraines for sure. To answer your question, no I do not have children, and I’m not sure if I ever will. It’s never really interested me. I do have a cat, though, who I love very much.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your experiences!

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      • hirundine608 says:

        Well that makes sense .. re: P.O. Box. I had one for awhile, not for this purpose. They’re a drag, after the initial euphoria wears off.

        Everyone has their own definition of “healthy” food. My cat died last year, from old age. I miss him but I’m done with pets. Too sad, when they pass. I understand that bananas and chocolate can have a detrimental effect? Cheers Jamie.

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  6. Good to hear how you’re doing, Kate. I’m keeping generally good pace with my resolutions so far. I haven’t done much with regards to my longer-term goals either, and I haven’t started a short story for this month either. But I have technically been writing fiction: I took up a challenge from a friend where you write some piece of a new idea in a diary every day, and I’ve kept it up for 2 weeks. Am also on track with my reading, blogging and film watching.

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  7. lightwalker1 says:

    I think you are doing great. One step at a time. Everything will happen when and in the order it needs to. Even though I am not writing a book, this is my very 1st attempt at blogging, I agree with the advice given regarding the developmental editor. As a writer I can only imagine you are in amoung the trees and unable to see the forest. A fresh pair of eyes will see the bigger picture and some of the details you take for granted. Kind Regards Cheryle

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    • Cheryle, thank you for your encouragement and your opinion on the developmental editor. Sometimes I get caught up in all the crazy, and I forget to just take things one step at at time, so thank you for reminding me!

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