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: November 26th

A Week in Review: November 26th - J. C. Cauthon #update #wip #holidaysIt has begun.  The beginning of the end.

The end of the year, that is.

For most people, this is the time of year where they want to be with their family and their friends, and they want to be sociable.

I want to take a box of books, some writing paper and pens, and a ration of food, and I want to go into a “seclusion” within my own home.

But, alas, as a now-single mother of four younger children, I cannot.  Besides, it is expected of me to be at the family gatherings, at least.

New Release

I released The Daily Prompt 2017: December digital edition on November 21st.

Don’t panic if you think you missed the announcement.  I never sent it.

I know.  Bad, bad me.  It was the last day before the children got out of school for five whole days, and I had to double-check and make sure I was ready for them to eat me out of house and home for five straight days.  Yes, I spent the majority of that Tuesday at the grocery store, spending money I didn’t have to spend on food.

They go back to school tomorrow, and it looks like a swarm of locusts attacked my pantry.

Moving right along…

Upcoming Release

On November 28th, I will be releasing The Daily Prompt 2017: December Workbook.

This is my very last workbook.  I made the announcement several weeks ago (whenever the last time was that I posted an update) that I was going to be discontinuing the workbooks simply because no one besides myself had purchased any.  No one complained about my announcement, so I will continue through with my decision.

Other Things Worth Mentioning (sorta…)

I’m also deliberating on changing up the way I publish my prompt series again.  This year was a flop when it came to sells.  It was a bad year, all around.

So, in December, prepare yourself for a bit of chaos when it comes to my publications.  I will be releasing The Daily Prompt 2017 full year set, the paperback for the same year, and I am thinking about doing away with the monthly installments and going back to a yearly publication only, so The Daily Prompt 2018 and its paperback edition will be coming out in December as well.

I also think there is another quarterly box set for 2017 scheduled for release in December as well.

Chaos, chaos, chaos…everywhere.

And on that note, it’s Sunday, three-quarters of my children are off with their grandparents, so I am going to go write while I have something that resembles peace and quiet happening here in the home.

A Week in Review: November 12th

A Week in Review: November 12th - J. C. Cauthon #wip #writing #writingprompts

Good morning, everyone!  It’s Sunday morning here in eastern North Carolina, the sun is shining, but it is cold.

It has been a busy and productive week here.  As many of you know, I am working towards the goal of beginning to publish my fiction works.  As I write in several genres consistently, I have decided to set up pen names for each genre.  I spent the majority of my week setting up websites for those four fiction names, and I have updated the links in the “For New Readers” section in the upper right-hand side of your screen.  Feel free to visit them, but please keep in mind that I am building them in my spare time, so several pages haven’t been populated yet, and the blog has not begun, either.

The rest of my week was spent working on my nonfiction books.

The Daily Prompt 2017: December

For those of you who use my prompt collections, the December edition of The Daily Prompt 2017 will be coming out on November 21st.  It contains thirty-one brand new prompts and rounds out the year with a final prompt that will help you focus on your writing goals for 2018.

The Daily Prompt 2017: December Workbook

The Daily Prompt 2017: December Workbook has the same thirty-one prompts as the e-book edition, but this format allows writers to pen their own notes on the pages alongside each prompt.  It will be published on November 28th.

This will be the final workbook that I will be publishing.  I tested the waters for six months to see if this would be a welcome commodity, and in all honesty, the only copies I sold were to myself as I purchased proofs to make sure all the formatting was correct.  So, unless a large group rallies and begs me to continue with these paperback editions, they will no longer be published.

I will, however, continue to publish the full 2017 prompt collection in paperback format.  This edition lists each prompt and does not provide the space to write out your response to the prompts within the book.

The Daily Prompt 2018 series

I have been steadily working on the prompts and formatting for the 2018 Daily Prompt series.  These will begin to roll out to the stores on December 26, 2017 with the publication of The Daily Prompt 2018: January.

Closing

That has been my week.  With the holiday season coming up, the kids are I are looking forward to adding some new traditions to the home.   I will continue to write throughout the holiday season, but my daily word count will not be as much as it has been.  I will also be spreading my words out between my nonfiction projects and my fiction projects.

Tune in next week for my next update.

Weekly Update: November 5th

A Week in Review: November 5th - Jessica Cauthon #writing #wip #planningUsually when I sit down to write these reviews, I have a whole list of things that I have done throughout the week to announce.  It’s just not meant to be this week.

Last week’s Update post didn’t even occur due to the flu and the energy drain that comes with it.  I am no longer feverish or dealing with any of the grosser symptoms of the illness, but my energy has not returned to its full strength.

Still, though, I have pushed.  When November 1st arrived, I made myself get up out of bed when my alarm went off.  I gathered the kids’ clothing for school and got all of their stuff set up for the day, and I got to work.  I wrote my 1700 words for NaNoWriMo Day 1.  I did the same for Day 2 and Day 3.  By Day 4 (also known as Saturday), I had reached my limit again.  I was exhausted, and I knew that I had things that I had to do this weekend.  Three of the four kids had to get packed and ready to go to their Dad’s house (child 4 is special needs, and Dad doesn’t feel comfortable dealing with all four of them alone), Child 4 and I had plans to go to the church’s annual chili supper and fund-raiser, and I knew that the kids had Christmas play practice on Sunday.

I had to rest.

So I took this weekend off from writing.

Today, instead of writing on my NaNoWriMo project, I will be looking forward–figuring out my 5-year plan and path for my writing goals.  I do this every year, usually in December, but why not give myself more time to reflect and pace myself for 2018 and so on.  I have discovered since my husband moved out in August that having goals for each month, each week, each day help me accomplish things.  If I can mark off that I have done something, I feel better.  So, expanding those goals out to include things that I would like to have done within a year, 5-years, 10-years seemed to be a sensible thing today.

I will pick back up with my writing tomorrow, once the children are back in school and we are back on our normal schedule.  But today, I plan.

 

Quick Check-In

I am sorry that it has been almost two weeks since I have checked in with everyone here.  Things should be picking up here this week.

The last week of October, I came down with a severe bout of the flu.  It took me right off my feet.  I managed to push for the one night of Trunk or Treating so that the kids could go this year, but I spent most of the next day asleep on the couch.  Thank goodness my parents had the kids most of the day because I needed the rest.

I started to feel better on Halloween (October 31st), but I still was not well, so the thought of sitting in front of this computer to update my blog was a bit too much.

Then November arrived, and with it came NaNoWriMo.  I promised myself that I was going to participate in NaNo this year, and I was going to write every single day of it, so I got myself up and punched out about 1400 words.  But that was all the energy I had.

I’ve managed to keep up with my word count every day so far, but my energy is still low, so I won’t be updating the blog again until Sunday.  I hope that everyone has a great week.