Month-End Update: November 2016 (Come Vote!)

voteNovember really got away from me. After learning the much-needed (but still a little painful) lesson of obeying my own writing process, I got a little off track for the month. However, despite taking a few steps backward in my fiction efforts, I was able to complete my final nonfiction project for the year (more on that soon!), as well as tackle a couple of books on my review list.

My main takeaway for November is that I need to keep streamlining my author routine and reevaluate my priorities going into 2017. I’ll talk more about this when I do my reflection posts at the end of December, but suffice to say I’m already working on resolutions and setting up systems for the new year.

To that end, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want this website to be. I started this blog in 2014, with the goal of chronicling my author journey and holding myself accountable to my writing. In 2015, it became my “author website,” with a strong focus on writing/publishing advice and book reviews. This year, it’s really started to feel like not just my website, but a part of a larger community. As such, in 2017, I want to make my author website work even harder smarter for you.

There’s a poll at the end of this post. Please tell me which kinds of articles would be most beneficial or entertaining to you going forward, and feel free to leave any other suggestions or requests in the comments. This is YOUR chance to tell me what you like, what you don’t, and what will help you most in your own journey.

But, before you vote, here’s what I accomplished in November:

Writing & Editing

  • Blog Posts Written 5 and one guest post
  • Fiction Words Written  11,228
  • # of Days I Wrote Fiction  13
  • Nonfiction Prompts Written None new
  • # of Days I Wrote Nonfiction N/A
  • Drafts Revised Proofread and formatted nonfiction book
  • # of Days I Revised  5
  • Outlines Written – 1 (restructuring Desertera #3)
  • Days Without Creation/Production  12

Reading

*Remember, I review every book I read on my Goodreads page.

Author Business Activities

  • Put together prompts anthology
  • Goal-setting and administrative tasks in preparation for 2017
  • Beta-reading and reviewing books for fellow authors
  • Hosted part of a Facebook takeover event

Goals for December

  • Get back on track with Desertera #3
  • Properly announce prompts anthology
  • Wrap up pending book reviews and guest post commitments
  • Finalize plans for 2017


What did you accomplish in November? If you participated in NaNoWriMo, how did it go? What can I do to help you reach your goals in 2017? Share it all below!

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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: November 2016 (Come Vote!)
  1. Helen Jones says:

    To be honest, Kate, I like all your posts, so it’s difficult to choose one type, as I think you balance the content pretty well. Like you I’m also at a point where I need to streamline my writing schedule – I find I’m not spending enough time actually writing at the moment, even though there are book ideas beating their wings in my mind. Haha, balance is a tough thing to find, isn’t it? I’ll be looking forward to reading about some of your strategies 🙂

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  2. crazykatya says:

    I agree with the above statement, I think you have a great balance of content as well. Nothing ever feels half hearted or rushed, and I gain new information from nearly every post. I am envious of your ability to keep to such a varied schedule of topics!

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