"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


June accomplishments/July goals: "Ailing Body, Nourished Soul"

Yup, it's that time again! As my regular readers know, I'm working on getting my non-fiction manuscript, Ailing Body Nourished Soul, ready for a professional edit. I last blogged about it this the last day of May. At that time, I set some goals for the month of June.

AND...here they were~

For June I will strive to:
  1. Work on my book every day of the month, if only for ten minutes (missed a few days in May - but that's okay!)
  2. Continue to work on beefing up/showing better in my manuscript, working from where I left off and continuing through the chapters in order
  3. Work through at least a few of the Shirley Jump worksheets
So, how did I do? Not too bad. I believe I skipped ONE day of working on my book out of 30, but that's excusable. I've also made it through more than half of the chapters, and HAVE increased my word count pretty well, as you can see below.

My progress on "beefing up" my manuscript - word count of expanded chapters - through chapter 18 of 32.

28989 / 60000 words. 48% done!

(I also increased that word count by realizing that when I DO a word count in MS Word, it doesn't count anything I have in text boxes. Note that :D)

As far as the Shirley Jump articles? Nope :( Maybe this month!

And now, on to THIS month! (very similar to June's by the way!)

My goals for July:
  1. Work on my book every day of the month, if only for fifteen minutes
  2. Continue to work on beefing up/"showing" what happened in my manuscript, starting with chapter 19, where I left off, and continuing in order.
  3. Read a couple Shirley Jump articles, and watch the webinar I PAID FOR about using social media
So, that's what I'm working on! Thanks for reading this, cheering me on, and your prayers. I'm getting closer and closer!

And see you back for another update in a month or so!

(and don't miss my blogoversary giveaway this week! Click on Monday's post to enter!)


  1. Now, are we supposed to hold you accountable—like 50 lashes with a wet noodle if you don't accomplish your goals? (Mind you, any wet noodle I have won't reach from here to where you are!)

  2. Good on you for continuing to plug away at your book, Joanne, it's no small task, I know. As to Lynda's suggestion of noodle lashing...


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