"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


New Up The Road - a Goals/Progress Update

NO way have two months already gone by in 2013.

And, I'm pleased to say, they have been QUITE productive ones - and full of excitement! First - just a bit of fun news to share.

Lord willing, I'm going to a "big-time" Christian writing conference this year! A couple dear online writing friends have made it financially possible for me to attend the writing conference of my choice - and I have chosen the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, held outside Asheville, North Carolina Sunday, May 19-Thursday, May 23. The lineup looks WONDERFUL, the center looks amazing and RELAXING, and I can't wait.

And since I'm going, I need to get my writing into gear - cuz the more I have done BEFORE I leave, the more, I think, I can benefit.

SOO - back to the main topic. How did I do on my goals this month? Well, let's see.

Here they are, straight from last month's goals/progress post:
  • Post, on topic, two to three times a week on my blog (with at least 2/3 of it fresh content) - this does NOT include "teaser" posts to other places I blog.
  • Finish steps seven (character charts), eight (list of all the scenes I'll need), and nine (narrative description of the story) of Snowflake for Handmaiden to a Princess.
  • Be finished with lecture seven of Margie Lawson's lecture packet Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors, and started lecture eight.
Well, not including "teaser" posts, I posted eight times on my blog last month, though one of the posts (my goals/progress) was off-topic. So I didn't QUITE make that goal, but it's okay. VERY close! And only one of those posts wasn't fresh content.

I can give a loud, excited, nervous YES to my second goal. I JUST finished step nine of snowflake yesterday morning - and all that's left is the rough draft. WOW.

And for the Margie class? The folks I'm working with needed to skip a week because of life stuff, so we're a lesson behind. But still on track!

So, I'm generally pleased with how the month went. And I'm officially getting ready for conference (which means SERIOUS writing!). So...it's March goals time!
  • Post, on topic, at least twice a week to my blog (with 2/3 of it fresh content) - this does not count teaser posts to other blogs I post to.
  • Write a minimum of 40,000 words in Handmaiden to a Princess
  • Be done with ALL the lectures in Margie Lawson's Defeat Self-Defeating Behaviors.
  • Try to at least read the emails/lessons  in Ane Mulligan's free ACFW Course on Motivation, Goal, and Conflict.
 So, there you go. I'm going to need to buckle down, but, with some motivation and God's help, I'm sure I can do it. Thanks for cheering me on!

How are you doing with your goals?

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  1. Wow! You had a great February! I'm working on the third novel of the Serenity Cover Series, and it's going really well.
    Also, taking a marketing class. So thrilled that you're going to a "big-time" Christian writing conference this year! Hugs!

    1. Good for you, Rita! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Congrats to you Joanne on making such progress.

    1. Thanks, Wanda! Thanks for the encouragement, and for stopping by.


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