Weekly Update: August 13th – August 19th

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Wow, what a week!  I will admit that while I managed to get a lot done, most of it was focused more on getting my home in order than it was on writing, reading, or business, in general.  It has been crazy.  Many of you know that my husband decided to move out at the beginning of the month, and while everything has been cordial between us, it has still been a bit stressful because he is having to move out around his work schedule.

Which is fine.

But, it has left my home in a bit of an upheaval.  He decided that he wasn’t going to remove many items from the house itself because Seth doesn’t like change, and furniture missing would be a big change for him.  I did tell him that he needed to take the bed and one of the dressers from the bedroom.  He bought the bed for his sleeping tastes, so it made sense for him to take it.  As for the dresser, we had two, and I don’t have that many articles of clothing.  I don’t even half-fill the one that he left here.

But that was personal stuff.  I managed to squeeze in a little work this week on something other than cleaning up the house.

Reading

Fortunately, the books I wanted to read this week were either a) on my cellphone or b) small and easy to transport.  When I wasn’t vacuuming the carpet, scrubbing a horrendous pet stain out of the carpet, or dusting cobwebs from the walls, I used my rest time to read.  I read Ad Astra by Kevin O. McLaughlin, A Warrior’s Journey by Paul B. Thompson and Tonya C. Cook, and A Hero’s Justice by Paul B. Thompson and Tonya C. Cook this week.

I don’t know how I managed to get all of these books read while I was resting in ten minute spurts, but I closed up and put down the last one Friday night around 11:00 PM.  It was probably all the late night reading because even after working all day, I was unable to wind down and sleep like I normally do.  Oh well, reading is good for me anyway.

 

Writing

Writing did not happen anywhere as much as I wanted it to this week.  I’ve had “Outline The Selkie” on my task list for three weeks now, and I still haven’t gotten to it.  “Draft The Siren’s Song” has been on it for two weeks.

But things have been crazy.  Between the separation and all that going on, the kids have also been winding up because school starts back in a week.  They are trying to squeeze in the last of their summer hurrahs.

Hopefully, this week will be better.  I have “The Selkie” on my list again, but it’s right at the beginning of the week during my “light” times, so it should get done.  “The Siren’s Song” is on the list as well, but it is closer to the end of the week, so if the kids are completely berserk by that point, it may get pushes into next week when the kids are no longer in the house.

Business (In General)

For this, I got a lot done.

For the most part, I have finished setting this blog up on the new domain.  I still have to fill out the side widgets, but the site is functional, and I feel that it looks good.  (Let me know if you think it sucks.  I’m new at this.)

I also consolidated all my work back on Amazon.  Even after taking everything wide, I was still only making sales on Amazon.  And with them wide and through an aggregator, I was unable to do coupons or any other free promotion, so I pulled them about two weeks ago.  I spent a few hours this week updating the interiors and relisting them in Amazon’s KDP Select.  At least now, I can use the 5-Free-Day promotion that Amazon offers its indie authors.

Weekly Update: August 6 – August 12

Weekly Update CoverIt has not been a very productive week.  Not in the least bit.  My husband and I decided to separate at the beginning of the month, and he has been moving out as he can around his work schedule.  And since he is currently working a seven-day week, life here is still in a bit of disarray as there are partially-packed boxes and stacks of things that need to be moved sitting in any available spot.

It is not conducive to my productivity, to say the least.  Everything should settle down here this week, moving-wise.

Farm-wise, we have field peas and tomatoes coming off the vines faster than we can sell them or put them in the freezer/can them.  I have been shelling peas most of the week.

When I was not shelling peas or slicing tomatoes for the dehydrator, I managed to finish a short story.  Since it is well below my usual word count threshold for publishing on Amazon, I will be posting it here on the blog sometime this month.  Other such shorts will be appearing as well.

This week, I’m not focusing so much on getting things written but more on getting this new domain set up the way it should be, decluttering and organizing my home, and keeping up with the summer harvest.  I am using the partial move as an opening to deep clean the carpets and rearrange a few of the rooms in this house.

What do you have planned for this week?

Weekly Update: June 30th

Good morning!

I’m going to start off by saying that this has been a very long week.  It hasn’t been a bad week; there was just a lot going on during it.

Other than some quick clean up and touch-up, the bathroom renovation is done.  I can finally start putting our stuff back in the bathroom.  That was my big project this week, and it consumed my every day from Monday until Friday morning late.

The kids also had Bible School this week, which means that every evening, I had to stop painting early so that I could bathe the kids in the still-wet bathroom, get them all dressed and ready to go, and then out the door with my parents to go out to the church to learn about Jesus.  They had fun, and I enjoyed a few child-free nights.  (I still had Seth at home with me a few of those nights because his temperament on those particular nights was not at its best.)  And on Friday night, I went out there with them for the evening and got to watch my kids sing and dance and have fun.  Now, they get to spend this week recuperating from the late nights.  (They were up almost an hour past their bedtime every night.)

This week, I am getting back down to business.  I have a few shorts that I would like to get written up in August, so I am going to pick one once I get the kids out the door to church this morning and I am going to start fleshing it out.  I also have a few other writing projects that I need to get finished up this week, so I will be working on those a bit each day, and hopefully, I will have them all finished up by Saturday night.

For now, though, I am off to get kids ready for church.

Have a great week, everyone!

Weekly Update: July 16 – July 22

Man, this has been a week.  I’ve been on a cleaning streak this week.  On top of dealing with the bathroom project that seems to be taking forever (know how hard it is to paint an entire room when you have a tactile autistic child?  Yeh, it’s hard.), but I have also been working on cleaning up and organizing the kitchen and the pantry.  All are big projects, but they all need to be done because I am tired of looking at the big messes that they are.

Writing-wise, I’ve been finishing up the finishing touches on the August prompt ebook and the August Workbook that are coming out this week.  I haven’t done any preparation for their launches, however, so I am not expecting them to do so well since I haven’t booked any promotions or set up any launch events.  Bad, bad me.

This week, the kids will be out of the house every single night until Friday night for Bible School, so I am hoping to knock the bathroom completely off my to-do list, and hopefully, by Thursday or Friday night, I will be able to sit down with a notebook and write something.  Anything.  I’ll take a journal entry at this point.  Not being able to write on a daily basis leaves my mind feeling addled.  Like it can’t keep up with everything that is in there.  Hence the reason I like to write things down.

That’s all that has been going on this week.  I know it isn’t a lot, but I’ve had to put my writing life on hold temporarily to get this house under control.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Weekly Update: July 2 – July 8

It has been a bit of a long week.  Family-wise, the kids have been coming down, in rapid succession, with some cootie that I have yet to figure out where it came from.  No one is so sick as to be overly worried, but we are all generally irritable because we call just feel icky.

Writing-wise, it was a slow week.  With two weeks out of practice due to the renovation of our bathroom, I spent the week trying to get back into the routine of simply writing something every day.  It has only been journal entries this week, mostly because it was so hard to concentrate with everyone sick and moody.

But that absence of writing gave me time to re-evaluate my branding, of which I determined that I pretty much have none.  I was too scattered.  I write nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, and I even tend to lean towards tween sci-fi and fantasy.  All in all, that left my brand very muddy.  So I sat down this week and evaluated what it would take for me to split my work up among individual pen names per genre and what it would take for me to maintain those profiles.  I’m still working out those kinks.  I will not be keeping these pen names a secret, and I will announce the names I will be using as soon as I have settled on them.

That’s all I have done this week.  I’m not feeling my best today, so I will be curling up with a book and resting as much as possible.

Weekly Update: June 25 – July 1

Wow, what a week!  I am sorry for my abrupt silence.  My dad, who is also my landlord, scheduled a renovation for our bathroom which was long-overdue.  It was supposed to be a three-day job.  That was last weekend.  After a whole week of work, our bathroom is almost complete, but there are still some finishing touches that need to be done.  I am ready for it to be done.  My entire schedule is off.

I managed a few small writing projects this week.  No finalized projects, but I got a few outlines for several short fiction pieces down.  I did not have the focus to write anything out, so I used the time to brain-dump some of my ideas down on paper.

The plan for this week is to get back on my schedule as much as possible.  I know I still will not have the entire week to work due to the bathroom still not being complete, but I should be able to take one of the outlines for one of the shorter pieces and get parts of it down.

We shall see.

If fiction words will not flow, I will focus on my nonfiction project for this year, the prompts for The Daily Prompt 2018.

That is all that is on the books for me this week.

New Release: The Daily Prompt 2017: July Workbook

It’s live!  It’s here!  The Daily Prompt 2017: July Workbook is out on Amazon.com.  Once again, this version is only available in paperback, and it has plenty of space to respond to each of the daily prompts.

Weekly Update: June 11 – June 17

This was the first full week of my kids at home, out of school.  I was expecting to accomplish a lot less than I got done, I will be honest.  I figured with them at home that I would spend the entire day trying not to pull my hair out and doing my best to keep them from killing each other.  Four kids in a small house tends to lead to cabin fever, even if they have only been inside for a few minutes.  But, I managed to get quite a lot finished this week.

Right now, I am focusing on my nonfiction work, and I am trying to get ahead of it enough that I can take a month or two off from it and focus on my fiction work, full-fold.  This week, I finish setting up all the monthly editions, quarterly editions, and the yearly edition in their digital formats, and I got their listings on Amazon prepared up to the point where I press the Publish button.  They are ready to go, and all I have to do is hit that button on the correct day.

Due to a possible formatting issue, I am currently at a full-halt on my workbook editions.  I realized that I made a possible error on the June Workbook edition that I released earlier this month, so I don’t want to move forward with any of the other editions until I have the June Workbook in my hand and I can see if that possible error has any detrimental effects on the presentation of my book.  Because all I have to do is copy and paste to a template with the remainder of the work, I can’t really move forward until I know if my template needs to be adjusted or not.

So this week, I am working on the 2018 edition of The Daily Prompt.  I have a few more prompt types to come up with, then I can start setting it up in Scrivener.  Once I have done that, I am pull my months, my quarterlies, and my yearly editions for ebook format, and then I can start working on those workbooks.

If I can get far enough ahead with the 2018 edition, I should have a nice long while to work on my fiction projects.

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Weekly Update: June 4 – June 10

Although it has been a hectic week with end-of-the-school-year IEP meetings for my middle son, awards ceremonies, a Pre-K graduation, and excitement from the kids because school was getting out, I still managed to get a bit of work done.

I’ll be honest, though.  None of it was creative work, really.  I have been formatting my digital and paperback editions of my nonfiction books that will be coming out this year.  I will be spending this upcoming week finishing up those projects so that I can focus on my fiction projects for the year.

This upcoming week, I have a new release coming out, if Amazon can decide that my paperback book’s cover is formatted correctly.  About two months ago, I decided to start creating workbooks for each month of my The Daily Prompt series.  These books are available in paperback format only, and they are designed to be written in.  I know that some writers do not like to write in their books, but others love to be able to scribble their notes right next to the prompt, so I am releasing this series just for those writers that love to write in their books.

The first paperback of The Daily Prompt 2017 Workbook series should be available by Tuesday morning.  I will keep you all posted on that.

That was about all I managed to get done over the last week, thanks to all the end-of-the-school-year events.  Hopefully, more will be accomplished this week.

How was your week?