"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


Summer Slowdown - a Goals/Progress Update

Tomorrow is July 1. We're officially halfway through the year. As many days ahead in 2013 as behind. Time to really get in gear - right? We should be halfway through our annual goals. If not, we need to get moving.

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But it's summertime. I don't want to run about like I do during the school year. My kids are home, and I want to spend time with them. And THEY want to go places:
the zoo, the beach, camp, the pool, the ballgame. Summer days are very different, for me, anyway, than when the kids are in school. And I'm learning to treat them as such. And loosening my expectations a bit.

But that doesn't mean I'm giving up on the accountability - which is why I'm here, sharing my progress from my goals last month.

And here they are - as usual, direct from my last goals/progress post:
  • Post at least ten times on my blog (that includes this post, and doesn't include teaser posts to other places I blog at).
  • Have a good handle, at least, on the organization of Ailing Body Nourished Soul.
  • Have a polished version of the honeybee picture book I started in my picture book practicum at Blue Ridge
  • Research SCWBI and other organizations that might help me with my new children's book focus.
Well, if I count THIS post, I did nine this month, not including teasers. But the only reason I'm posting this one in June is because I do devos on Monday, so I'll say eight. Still, not bad. Not my goal, but not bad.

I think I do have a decent handle on ABNS organization, plus I have two of the chapters written. Started the third, too (barely). The honeybee picture book, however, I don't think I touched (or if I did, I didn't do much). Did a bit of children's writing organization research, but, again, almost not enough to mention.

But enough reminiscing. Time to look ahead :)

Here are my goals for the still-lazy (but hopefully not TOO much so) month of July:
  • Post at least nine times on my blog - not including teaser posts (aiming for twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays. Wanting to go on record with that).
  • Write at least three more chapters of  Ailing Body, Nourished Soul (aka be done with chapter 5)
  • Have a polished version of the honeybee picture book I started in my picture book practicum at Blue Ridge
  • Research SCWBI and other organizations that might help me with my new children's book focus.
So, there they are. And now its time to get busy. Thanks for reading - and for your encouragement!

How is your summer different from the rest of the year? Does it bother you?
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  1. I admire you for your goals in this summer season. I'm excited for your children's book focus. I haven't been writing my blog but doing video blogs (don't ask me why?) but have no real goals for it. I never had the goal of being published, but just wanted to express the thoughts that I feel God has given me to perhaps help someone else on their journey through this life.

    1. Thanks, Arlen - really need to pop over and check out your vlogs some time. It's absolutely okay not to have goals of that sort - if you just let the Lord lead you, you'll be good. Sometimes I think I miss out on some of that because of my goals.

      Thanks for stopping by, and the encouragement!

  2. Even after all these years, you still amaze me with the progress you make, JoDear. It's encouraging to see. =]

    1. So glad I can do that for ya. Sometimes I even encourage myself LOL.


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