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It’s around that time of year when I check in with the goals I set for myself way back in January, just to see how I’m doing with them (Spoiler alert: not great).


1. Publish the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Bad Romance Novel

In January, I was three months behind where I had wanted to be with this manuscript. Now I’m pleased to announce that I am currently seven months behind. So yeah, that could be going better. But I am making progress. Just…really slow progress. In the first two rounds of my edits, I managed to cut nearly 5000 words. I’m now in Round Three of my edits, otherwise known as the last round before I send this book to the beta readers. It is the most labor-intensive of the editing rounds, as it requires me to tackle a list of changes literally called “Editing Shit Deemed Too Difficult To Deal With Before Now.” I always save the hardest for last. Because why make something easier when you can make it harder?

But what all this really means is that there’s still time to enter my very exciting giveaway

2. Publish Retail Rhapsody

While this project hasn’t exactly fallen completely by the wayside, it is flirting dangerously with that line. I’m just so far behind with certain other projects. But progress has been made (I’ve seen a couple of the illustrations for it, and they are sooooo freaking awesome), and this book will eventually see the light of day.

3. Complete the first draft of Full Circle

I do occasionally work on this WIP, but it’s supposed to be my third priority these days, so I’m not making a ton of progress. It’s more like, “Oh, I have this idea so I want to scribble it down somewhere before I forget.” Back in January, it felt like this WIP was in a state of limbo because the original plan was no longer working for either me or the story, so I set out to cobble together a new plan. Not sure how successful that has been, honestly, as there’s still a big, gaping hole in the middle of the storyboard where I apparently have NO IDEA what will happen at all (darkness, and possibly some dragons, probably), but at least it exists?

I had hoped to tackle this WIP as part of July’s Camp NaNoWriMo session, but I imagine I’ll still be working on the romance novel edits. I don’t think I should attempt to do both.

Or should I? What do you think?

4. Read 52 books

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Yeah, I’m not even close. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I struggle mightily to make myself read anything these days. According to Goodreads, I’ve only managed 20 books.

5. Log 1500 miles

The only goal on which I am doing well. I’m ahead by a good 50 miles. Apparently, I will do anything to avoid work. And that includes walk outside in Florida.

That’s gonna do it for me today. How are you doing with your goals? Have you signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo? Have big summer plans that don’t include writing and/or editing?

Thanks for stopping by…Be sure to tune in on Wednesday when Tara Tyler drops by to talk about worldbuilding!

* This article was originally published here

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