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Hello, everyone! Today, I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Elaine Kaye’s latest release—Bad Fairy Strikes Again! Elaine is one of my very favorite people, and I’m so excited for her.
Keep on reading for all the details about the story (psst—it’s on sale right now!) and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end…
Admittedly, I have completely lost my ability to tell time, days of the week, weeks of the month, and months of the year, but I think it’s slightly past the halfway point of the year. Which means it’s probably about that time when I take a look at the goals I set for myself back in January to see how my year is progressing. Or, you know, not progressing, as the case may be. I honestly don’t know. January feels like it was a million years ago.
—Publish Love & Other Lies
Well, I haven’t managed to do this yet. Which comes as a shock, I know. What may be more shocking, however, is that I’ve actually made some progress on this goal. I don’t really want to go into any details because doing so feels too much like tempting fate or something, but yes. Progress has been made. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
July’s goal: Continue making progress and don’t, you know, sabotage everything because I’m an anxiety-ridden freakazoid. Which I would never do except I would do exactly that because I’m an anxiety-ridden freakazoid.
—Complete first draft of Full Circle
I haven’t accomplished this, either, but I have made some progress on it. Kind of. Sort of. I mean, yesterday, I totally had this realization about the story that would mean I have to add way more stuff to it and restructure a not-insignificant part of acts one and two in order to do it. Which is totally cool and exactly what I had hoped would happen midway through the year because why make progress on a WIP when you can actually make the opposite of progress? And sure, if you want to get all technical about it, I am making progress on this story because, apparently, knowing where it’s headed is, like, a vital part of the process. It just doesn’t feel much like progress.
July’s goal: Jot down notes for this super awesome restructuring project for which I’m totally psyched. But this WIP’s on the back burner for the moment.
—Write the first draft of the Terrible Romance Sequel
Hahahahaha! Look! It’s a goal on which I wasn’t suppose to MAKE any progress yet because it’s not slated to be started until NOVEMBER! God, I LOVE this goal!
I have jotted down some ideas for it and started building its playlist (super vital, I know). I’m looking forward to November because I have no idea how I’m going to write this book. Or even if I can.
July’s goal: Jot down any notes or ideas that pop into my head. But this WIP’s still on the back burner.
—Read at least 52 books
I’m actually on track with this goal. For the moment, anyway. And that’s only the case because I decided to re-read Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series and most of those books are, like, 80% short lines of dialogue. But hey, it still counts.
July’s goal: Read at least four books to stay on track
—Walk at least three miles per day
I have…mostly done this. Some days, I miss the mark by a little (or a lot…) and other days, I clear it by a wide margin. I’ve averaging at least three miles per day and am well ahead in the yearly mileage goal count-tally thing.
July’s goal: Keep up that whole ‘not becoming part of the couch’ thing
—Declutter and downsize
Yeah. I haven’t done this. Like, at all. I think I may have, in fact, done the opposite.
July’s goal: Continue to lie to myself that I’m actually going to do this…
And on that note…I’m outta here.
How are you doing on your 2020 goals, or were you perhaps one of those smart people who didn’t make any? What’s on your agenda for July? If it is July. (Or, you know, will be in a few days…)
Unless I forget (which I never do…), I’ll be back on Wednesday for the Insecure Writers Support Group!
See y’all then. Thanks for stopping by!
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for another action-packed installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
For more information and/or a complete list of participants, please click on the above link.
This month’s (optional) question asks, “Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?”
The short answer is yes.
Growing up, whenever we had a party-type gathering at our house (i.e., Christmas, graduation, baby/bridal showers, etc.), my mother would make punch out of…whatever was in it. It’s not like it’s a secret family recipe I’m unwilling to share with you, it’s just that I honestly don’t know what went into it. Ginger ale and some other (non-alcoholic) stuff.
The final touches on that punch would be a few scoops of rainbow sherbet, added for…again, I don’t really know. Color, decoration, maybe. Whatever. The important thing is, that’s what was always done, and continues to be done to this day.
So, when writing a family party-type gathering scene in the Terrible Romance Novel, I included a bowl of punch into which my main character added scoops of rainbow sherbet.
Which inspired one of my critique partners to respond with, “Eww! Gross! Why would anyone do that?!?”
And I was all, “I dunno. We just do that in my family.”
There’s another wink to some family history in that book, but telling you about it is kind of a spoiler, so I’m keeping my mouth shut about it for now. I know after the riveting sherbet story you’re on the edge of your seat in anticipation and asking you to wait is super unfair, but you’re just going to have to power through.
Have you ever included any personal/family traditions/customs in your work?
Thanks for stopping by, y’all. Have a great Wednesday and, as this will probably be my last post of March, hope you have a great month and a fantastic start to Spring.
Okay, first of all…I HATE change. I especially hate technology updates. I finally get a website looking a certain way and (more or less) understand how all the various parts work, and then BAM! an update comes along and screws it all up.
If you’ve been to this site of late, you may have noticed the new wonky appearance and wondered what the hell happened. Well, I’ll tell you. Updates. Updates happened. I didn’t want these changes to be made, but I didn’t get much of a choice. Or any choice, really. I’m still working out how to correct things. If I do manage to figure these things out (at this point, I am unconvinced that I will…), I’m sure it’ll be right before the next update.
Because I am Sisyphus and this site is my boulder.
All right. On to other things. Namely, goal-related things, as it’s the beginning of a brand-new month. Today, I’ll be looking at the goals I set for myself last month and creating a list of goals for the current month.
—Write the first draft of a blurb for the Terrible Romance Novel
Yeah…I didn’t quite do this. In my quest to procrastinate on this as much as possible, I wrote a bunch of fake blurbs and posted them on social media, but I didn’t actually finish a real blurb. I’m struggling to decide how much to put into the blurb itself. Like, what details to include. Because you don’t want to give everything away but you have to have something more than “There are these people, and they, like, do things and stuff happens.” Or so I’m told. I have a possible opening and closing paragraph. Just…nothing in the middle. But, really, how important can that be?
—Complete first draft of Part One of Full Circle
Yeah. I didn’t quite do this, either. (Do you see a pattern emerging here?) But I came close. Close-ish.
I accomplished other things. I added almost 13,000 words to the WIP (and I may even keep some of them when it comes time for revisions) and worked out a timeline solution that has held for not only hours, but days. I think it’s still a little wonky and I’m not totally happy with it, but it’s good enough for the first draft and right now, that’s all I need.
—Read four books
I read three.
—Log 93 miles (for the entire month) and complete at least one 15-minute yoga workout each week.
I logged 99 miles, but I only did three of the four yoga workouts. I was pushing hard to try to get Part One finished and everything else fell by the wayside.
—Clean out and organize the office closet
Didn’t even come close to doing this one. Didn’t even start it. In fact, I think I just threw more clutter in there.
—Write a first draft of a blurb for the Terrible Romance Novel
—Work out the timeline for Part Two of Full Circle
—Log at least 87 miles for the month, and complete at least one 15-minute yoga session each week.
—Read four books
That’s gonna do it for me today because I have totally reached the end of my rope with this new look/format/whatever it’s called.
WHY YOU DO HAVE TO MAKE THIS HARDER TO USE, WEBSITE GODS?!?!?
Have I mentioned that I HATE change?
Tune in on Wednesday when I take part in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. That is, if I haven’t thrown my computer out the window and run screaming through town in frustration.
Thanks for stopping by!