"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


Busy Busy - A Goals/Progress Update

I don't know about you, but I am having a hard time believing today is the first day of the last full month of school for my kids this school year. May? Really??

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April was, if I may say so, a crazy busy month - mostly with non-computer-related things. I almost don't want to review my goals. But I will. Ready??

Here they are - from last month's post:
  • 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.
  • Finish the last Margie Lawson and Ane Mulligan lessons.
  • Once I know exactly what I need to do, a minimum of five chapters a week "fixed" for Ailing Body Nourished Soul.
  • Until I know about ABNS, a minimum of 5k a week in Handmaiden to a Princess. After that, 2k a week minimum.
I only posted once last week, but otherwise I did manage two on-topic posts each week the other weekz, for a total of seven on-topic posts. Five of them were fresh content.

I did the last Margie Lawson lesson, but haven't touched Ane Mulligan's. I WILL do it. Eventually. I've done as much as I could with Ailing Body, Nourished Soul for the moment and am waiting on feedback so I can get busy on restructuring the book.

As far as Handmaiden to a Princess? I'm to 32,650 - which means I managed just over 11,500 this past

Not great - but that's enough looking back. Time to set some goals for this month (which will include four exciting days at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference - thanks to some AMAZING online friends!).

And here we go:
  • 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.
  • Prepare one-sheets for, and present pitches on, Flitter's Foggy Day and A Story of Faith.
  • Work at least some every week on Ailing Body, Nourished Soul
  • Enjoy and learn much from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina the week before Memorial Day.
Will leave it at that for now. Definitely looking forward to this month! Thanks for reading - and cheering me on!

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  1. Good for you, Joanne! My goal for May is to write down some goals :)

    I know the Writers' Conference will be an awesome experience. Soak yourself in the beauty and inspiration!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca. I giggled at your goal.

      I am so looking forward to the conference. Thanks for stopping by


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