I don’t know about where the rest of you live, but it has been pouring in Kansas for over a week. I guess Mother Nature missed the memo that April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. Luckily for her, I like the rain. It’s incredibly relaxing to me, and I get so much more done when I’m stuck inside. So far, May has been pretty relaxed on all fronts, which has been nice. I’m just chipping away at all my little goals, one by one!
For a quick refresher on all the goals I’m working on this year, check out my 2015 resolutions.
In April, I officially learned that I can not be poly-manuscript-ist. I have to focus on one story at a time. Therefore, all of my writing time has been devoted to the content revision of The Cogsmith’s Daughter. Thanks to my wonderful content editor and generous beta readers, I have a lot of great feedback, and I really think this revision will take the draft from a 3 star book to 4/5 star book! The next draft is due to my line editor on June 10, so wish me luck!
On the blogging front, I’ve come up with a schedule that I really like — posting every other day. Next, I want to begin diversifying my posts. While I love writing about writing/publishing and passing on the lessons from my journey so far to help other writers, I’m getting a bit bored of it. Plus, I know my readers (whom I hope to start having in late summer/early autumn) don’t necessarily care about these topics. I’m also attempting to move into vlogging, but I’m at a technological stalemate with my devices right now.
Business productivity has leveled off. The main goal for this month is to obtain a business logo that can be featured on my website, business cards, and of course, books. My first attempt at getting a logo was through Fiverr, and the experience was a disaster. Long story short, the designer attempted to use a copyrighted image in my logo. Currently, I’m following a few leads and checking out designers on Etsy. However, if anyone has an graphic design skills or connections, I’m still open to more options!
As for reading, I’m doing a poor job of getting through my book review list. Again, my apologies. Currently, my limited reading time is taken up by books I must read for my work. While I do enjoy them, I’m missing my fiction time.
I posted on my personal Facebook the other day that “If one more thing in my life were up-in-the-air, it would be a balloon.” And it’s true. Daniel and I are in the process of apartment hunting, job hunting, and doing everything else that goes with moving across the country. However, despite the stress of it all, we are enjoying the research and the new adventure on the horizon. I hope to have some good news on these fronts to share with you all soon!
I’ve been eating relatively healthy, but with Daniel now working some evenings, we haven’t been exercising as much as normal. Likewise, with the stress of the impending move and revision demands, I have experienced a couple migraines in the past month. However, I am trying to remain optimistic and keep up with my gratitudes.
Okay, that’s all I have for you guys today. May the rest of your May be productive and positive!
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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!