Month-End Update: April 2015

April has been an eye-opening month for me. Personally, I am reconciling my massive pre-move to-do list and freaking out over my impending job search. Writing-wise, I started the first draft of Desert Child for Camp NaNoWriMo, only to abandon it after receiving my content editor’s and beta readers’ feedback on The Cogsmith’s Daughter. I chose writing over blogging and fretting about social media. I had wet and dry spells in all areas of my author business, and it has left me with a primary goal for May: balance.

Writing/Drafting

  • Blog Posts Written — 9 (a few additional published/reblogged)
  • Fiction Words Written — 28,938 (Desert Child first draft)
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction — 16 (not what I’d hoped, but better than the rest of 2015!)
  • Outlines Written — 0

Editing/Revising

  • Drafts Revised — beginning the post-content edit/beta reader feedback revision of The Cogsmith’s Daughter
  • # of Days I Revised — N/A (in plotting/structuring phase)
  • Misc. Editing — N/A

Books 

Author Business Activities

  • Signed up for an editing package for The Cogsmith’s Daughter
  • Received content editing feedback and scheduled line edit
  • Received feedback from most of my beta readers
  • Researched cover designers and formatters and have a few options in the pipeline
  • Gave CampNaNoWriMo a try and cheered on my cabin mates
  • Set up business accounts
  • Purchased a custom domain name
  • Performed subtle website updates

Goals for May

  • Find a balance between fiction, blogging, social media, and business activities
  • Finish the content revision of The Cogsmith’s Daughter
  • Expand into vlogging/video

What have you accomplished this month? What are your goals for May? For the rest of the year?

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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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7 comments on “Month-End Update: April 2015
  1. I feel so lazy. LOL. I don’t even have goals for May. Maybe that should be my goal for May, write goals for June.

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    • Haha I like it! Honestly, sometimes being lazy is the best thing for you. I’ve spent the last week of April being kind of lazy (hence the quiet blog and social media), and it’s done wonders for my energy and mindset.

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  2. ofopinions says:

    I was wondering why you had gone quiet (as had I, for nearly similar reasons) and guessed maybe you were working hard on finishing your draft. Even if it didn’t happen, you achieved A LOT this month. I had very clear goals for my blog this month which I didn’t get time to follow up on. But, I am trying not to be hard on myself about it. As it is, I have to deal with becoming an old (no, older) woman next week. I am burying myself in work and other distractions to not think about general life achievements. And that is my goal for May. To worry less about the bigger picture and focus more on doing things at hand. And preferably losing weight!

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    • Awh, that’s sweet of you. I just needed a break and needed to sort through all the emotions of getting draft feedback and figuring out how the heck to revise it.

      I can relate to having personal things to stress about. This move/job search is driving me crazy. I think your goal for May will do you good — just focus on what you can control and don’t worry about age or anything too lofty. You’re a driven gal. I know you can do it once you set your mind to it. 🙂

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  3. With the move and everything else you have had a lot on your plate, and you still managed to be highly productive! Well done. I too found I couldn’t keep up with Camp NaNoWriMo and blogs and social media and everything else, so I focused on writing so I can maybe get a solid draft done sometime before I turn 40 lol. Keep up the good work and good luck with all your pre-move stuff, moving is hard!

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