May #WriteMotivation Wrap-Up and Vacation Hiatus

This is going to have to be a quick one. Goal check!

  1. Finish polish on PD and start querying. Done. Last trims were completed today over my lunch hour. I ended up shaving off over 5,000 words of extraneous stuff and darlings to make it a leaner, meaner 86K.
  2. Begin outline of new WIP. No dice. I’m loading my new Kindle with steampunk, space operas and cyberpunk to gear up for it, though. Who’s got recommendations?
  3. Post at least four updates on The Man’s and my personal blog. I got in three. Not bad but not 100%.
  4. Enter The Writers Voice contest and don’t die. Done.
  5. Launch copy editing services page. Still real-life stuff going on that is putting this on hold. Hopefully, I will know soon so I can decide whether I want to move forward with this as a public offering.
  6. Finish crits. Done! Yay!

June writing goals – and GO!

  1. Begin outlining new WIP. I’ve at least decided on which idea I’m pursuing, so that’s a start. Going to start on the outlines and the world-building and the character sketches, as this base is going to be kind of vital for the draft to go smoothly. Code word title: BIG BEN.
  2. Read. Remember reading, Becks? You like reading.
  3. Forget about PD. Look, this one is kind of big and vague and tied to this whole “You’re wearing yourself ragged with anxiety so just shut up already” issue that’s been plaguing me all month. The plan in June is to relax, to do stuff I want to do, and maybe do some silly stuff like play Minecraft instead of putting pressure on myself ALL THE TIME.

And speaking of relaxing, it starts here:

This is the Lake of the Ozarks. I will be here with my family from June 2nd through June 9th, and while there’s WiFi in our cabins, I don’t plan on using it very often. I definitely will not be on Twitter. I will, however, be sitting on the dock with a beer reading or possibly playing Euchere. I’m very excited, but if everyone could send good vibes toward The Man, I’d much appreciate it. He’s saving his PTO for the wedding, so he won’t be coming with me.

I heart all of you! Be awesome and productive while I’m gone (like usual).

13 thoughts on “May #WriteMotivation Wrap-Up and Vacation Hiatus

  1. So beautiful! I was just driving through the Ozarks and will be in Branson around the same dates. I hope you have a wonderful time and let your mind as well as your body get some relaxation. Minecraft!

  2. Awesome on the edits!! And have fun! (Poor dear, getting deprived of the Man like that!) As far as Steampunk books I’ve liked… The Iron Duke, and Girl in the Steel Corset, and anything by Gail Carriger, because she’s freaking hilarious.

    1. *scribbles those titles down* Sweet. I’m kind of new to the whole thing, but I figure I ought to do a little reading in the area first. I’m starting with The Difference Engine over vacation I think.

      1. I’ve got a lot more steampunk on the TBR list, but I’ve had trouble getting through a lot of others, so it’s taken a back seat to the YA pile. (And if you ever find a good YA steampunk, let me know. I’d be all over that like chocolate)

        1. The only YA steampunk I’ve read is Clockwork Angel, and I’m going to call that “steampunk” – with quotation marks. It has some elements of the genre, but that’s about it. I’ll let you know what I find digging around if I come up with anything good!

    1. It does suck a bit, but he’s told me I’d better enjoy my vacation OR ELSE so I’m trying to just be excited about the break. 🙂

  3. Excellent job this month – especially the not dying bit. I feel you. On my way for some much needed R & R myself. Maybe we need to be a little kinder to ourselves in June. Enjoy your time off! Well deserved.

    1. You enjoy your time off, too! Yes, I think both of us could use a little down time and remember to maybe not go quite so balls-to-the-wall this month. Breathing, I hear, is recommended.

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