Weekly Update: December 4

So, I’m realizing here lately that I am not doing so well with the remembering to update everyone on what has been happening here this week.  This was on my list of things to do, but somehow, I missed it.

The Daily Prompt 2017

The Daily Prompt 2017 comes out this week.  It includes every creative writing prompt from the 2017 monthly series.  This book will be available at Amazon, and you will be able to purchase it in e-book format and in paperback.

Another Year of Blog Prompts

This is taking me longer to complete than I care to admit.  I have been working on the graphics for the daily prompts that I share on the blog for almost two months.  It’s a simple copy & paste job with a little bit of fiddling to make it fit in the margins of the background graphic, and for some reason, I just can’t seem to plant my behind in the chair and get it done.

I will have these ready to roll out in time for 2018, so don’t worry–you won’t miss a single day of writing.

That’s All, Folks

Other than that, it has been a fairly quiet week here in my home office.  The house is decorated for Christmas, the kids are ready for school to be out, and there is a somewhat winter chill in the air.  (There are days where I actually have to wear my winter jacket in the morning.  I’m in t-shirts by the end of the afternoon, however.)

Weekly Update: October 15th

A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsyWhen I started my weekly updates at the beginning of the year, I never looked forward to Sundays. I always felt like I had failed. I never managed to finish as much as I wanted to, and that always made me feel horrible. It took me a long time to realize that I was an “over-scheduler.” I wasn’t realistic. With four kids and all the daily household chores I have to do, there was simply no way I could write eight thousand words in a single day, read four or more chapters of a book, and finish anything.

It was quite disheartening. Especially since I knew. I knew that before the end of the year, I would be on my own—just me and the four kids.

I had to get to the point where I was finishing things every week.

And this week, I finally did it.

With the exception of my one hour spot on Friday for creating new products for my Etsy shop, I accomplished every single task I had planned this week. All of them. So, without much further ado, let’s go over what I did this week and what I have planned for this upcoming week.

Reading

A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsyLast week, I picked out two Dragonlance novels to read this week. Brothers Majere was the first book that I chose this week. It is the third book of the Preludes series, and it was written by Kevin Stein. I had actually read this one before, so I knew what to expect, and I found this book to be a quick light read, at least compared to Brother in Arms.

Brother in Arms is Book 2 in the Raistlin Chronicles, and it was co-written by Margaret Weis and Don Perrin. Most readers won’t find this book as heavy as I found it to be, but I’m also an older audience than is intended for theA Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsy book, and I was able to see more of what each outcome meant for the twins and for their half-sister. I love reading about the Majere twins, and it never mattered to me that Raistlin turned into a twisted beast of a person—I still loved them both. For the most part, however, I found that most of this novel felt like a forced plot, and a lot of the secondary characters felt like cardboard cut-outs. I am happy to have gotten a glimpse into more of the twins’ histories, but I will not be revisiting this book like I have so many other Dragonlance novels.

A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsyThis week, I am reading one book from Dragonlance and another fantasy novel that I apparently forgot I purchased. I dug through my Kindle e-book purchases this week, and I found many books that I purchased almost four years ago that I still haven’t read, so I picked one of them as A Week in Review: October 15th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #reading #etsymy second book for this week. Call of the Herald is by Brian Rathbone, and it is the first book in The Dawning of Power Trilogy. I purchased this one back in 2013, and it’s high-time I read it. I will also be reading Chosen of the Gods by Chris Pierson. It is Book 1 of The Kingpriest Trilogy. I have never read this Dragonlance novel, but I am hoping that since it is by an author I have never read that it will be a good read.

Writing

I made a lot of progress with my writing over the last week. I chose one project, and I stuck with it, which is a rarity for me. Since the first monthly edition of The Daily Prompt 2018 series will be coming out in December, I knew I had to get that whole series finished up and ready to go as soon as I could. I did not finish it this week, but I made a lot of progress. All of my prompts are written, proofread, and they have all been assigned to their day of the year. I also set up all the title pages, copyright pages, front and back matter, and covers for the monthly, quarterly, and yearly e-book collections. I can’t start on the monthly workbook editions or the yearly paperback edition until I have finished setting up all the daily entries.

For The Words

I held off on posting new items to my shop this week. I wanted to focus more on creating the new items instead of feeling like I was constantly rushed to get one item all set up and posted by the end of the day.

This week, I will begin posting items again. All items this week will be stationery items, but if my creation time goes according to plan this week, I should have some planner-type projects to list and perhaps a NaNoWriMo word tracker.

Goals for the Upcoming Week

So, I’m looking forward to this week. How about you? I have a lot of goals that I am hoping to reach.

I want to read Call of the Herald and Chosen of the Gods by Saturday evening.
I want to finish setting up and proofreading the daily entries for The Daily Prompt 2018.
I want to pull the digital versions of the monthly editions, quarterly editions, and the yearly edition of The Daily Prompt 2018 by Friday afternoon.
I want to create at least two new planner spreads and nine new stationery sets for the shop by Friday afternoon.
And I want to list five items in the shop this week.

I better get cracking.

Weekly Update: October 1st

Weekly Update: October 1st - Jessica CauthonGood morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a better day than I am. One of my sick kittens that I have been nursing for almost a month died this morning, so it has been a rough start to the day. But, although it has been a rough day already, I do have appointments to keep, which is why I am here, writing this post. This week saw a large amount of progress on a few fronts, which makes me very happy. So, without dwelling on today’s sadness, let me update you on what happened here in the home office this week.

Writing

Writing began! I was amazed, myself. I actually found a writing group on Writing.com that does an October NaNoWriMo prep activity. Thirty-one days of questions to help you flesh out your writing project for NaNoWriMo in November. It has been an ongoing project for the members of that group for several years now, and I had bookmarked it, but I never really looked at it again. Then, in a fit of frustration because I knew NaNo was in a month and I have been participating in it since 1999, I looked up how to prepare for the month-long event. I found that list of questions.

I printed them off and stuck them in the workbook I have set up for The Road to Prosperity. I started working on them yesterday and wow, the ideas are flowing now. The Road to Prosperity is not my NaNo project, though. It will be nowhere near the 50,000 word goal for the event once it is complete, but it’s a place to start.

Hopefully, once I have gone through this list of questions once, I will be able to focus on a novel-length project at least long enough to punch out 50,000 words for NaNo. I have never skipped a year, and I don’t plan to do it this year. Even if I have to spend the whole month simply fleshing an idea out, it will be a project goal to work towards.

Reading

Reading was a bit of a hit and miss this week, but I did finish both of the books that I had assigned myself to read for the week. I assigned myself to read Brother of the Dragon and Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System to Writing a Novel in 30 Days this week. I am hoping that Book in a Month will get me moving towards actually finishing any one of my many novels. I don’t even care which pen name it is for at the moment. I just want to finish any of the novel projects I have begun over the years.

Art

I drew a few concept pieces this week. My current focus is on designing stationary for the shop I want to open on Etsy for all type of writing. I worked on lettering for a long time this week, outlining and coloring/shading calligraphy and other fancy letter types. As soon as I can get my scanner and computer to agree to work together, I will scan those in, clean them up, and begin to convert them to stationary-style PDFs.

I also went on the hunt for my older artwork. I have moved three times since the last time I drew a picture, so I am fairly certain that my sketchbooks and art supplies are crammed down in a storage tub somewhere, but I have not found them yet. Art supplies I can replace eventually, but my sketchbooks are irreplaceable. I don’t know how I will feel if I never find them. I still have a few more tubs and storage closets to go through, so hopefully, I will find them.

Business

This section has been carrying the largest amount of my focus this week. My goal is to get my Etsy shop up and running by the end of November, but I have hit a roadblock. I can’t think of a name for the shop. I know that the shop will only ever contain writing-related items, but those items do span several different types of writing. I will have bullet journal template pages eventually, stationary, and I am thinking about setting up a NaNoWriMo word tracker and a few products that pertain to writing novels and world-building. It’s a lot of ground to cover with one name, but I know I want it to be writing related.

Any name suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

So, that was my work week in a handbag. I am planning for this week to be even more productive. Hope everyone has a great week!

What Are You Reading?: September 30

Good morning, everyone! How are you all doing today? Everyone is doing well on this end.

What are you reading this week?

I finished up the two books from last week late last night, and I put them away to make space for the two books coming up this week.

My reading focus this week is split between a Dragonlance fantasy novel and a nonfiction writing reference book. Brother of the Dragon is the second book of The Barbarian series by Paul B. Thompson and Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is by Victoria Lynn Schmidt.

Brother of the Dragon is purely for entertainment purposes. I love fantasy, and immersing myself in the world of Krynn makes me happy. Brother of the Dragon does not involve the usual canon of characters, but it does go into more of Krynn’s history, so I am looking forward to delving into it.

Book in a Month: The Fool-Proof System to Writing a Novel in 30 Days is a book I have been meaning to read for a while to help me work my way through writing a novel. I have so many novel-length projects that I want to work through and complete, but I have no idea where to start, so hopefully, this book will help me. I know it is full of exercises and “homework” assignments that I am meant to do as I read through the book, but if I did it that way, I would never finish this book in a week. So, I am going to read through it all the way first, then I will begin to implement the exercises to my writing projects the following week. I’m willing to try any writing process if it gets results.

Those are the two books on my reading schedule this week, and I can’t wait to start on them, but I do need to wait until tomorrow. Too much to do today. I hope you have all had a great Saturday!

New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017: October

The Daily Prompt 2017: October e-book is live and available for purchase on Amazon.  With thirty-one brand new prompts, writers of all ages and skill levels are certain to find inspiration for several stories.

This version is available in e-book format only.  Please purchase your October creative writing prompts from Amazon today!

For more writing prompt collections, available in digital and paperback formats, please visit J. C. Cauthon’s Author Page.