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What I want to accomplish in 2013

Posted: January 2, 2013 in General
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On Monday I wrote up everything I accomplished in 2012. I was surprised and delighted by how far I’ve come since I started taking this whole writing thing seriously. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you just sit down and do it.

With that said, I have high hopes for 2013.

I don’t want to set super specific goals, because if I’ve learned anything from last year it’s that things happen in their own time. There are definitely things I want to work towards, but life has a funny way of throwing you a curve ball. It changes and alters your goals – in a good way most of the time – and I don’t want to be disappointed if something like that happens again this year and I haven’t accomplished everything I’ve set up for myself.

So, in general, here are things I want to do in 2013:

On me:

I’d like to start exercising more frequently and start shedding some pounds and some inches. I’ve never cared much about my weight as long as I was healthy, but it is frustrating when I can’t fit into clothes I really like. That’s what I really want to start working on. I’d also like to cut junk food out of my life for the most part. I’ve done it before and didn’t miss it too much, so I need to get back into that habit again.

On writing:

I want to publish my horror short story collection this year. Whether I try to do it through something more traditional or through self-publication is up to the Fates, I guess. Whatever works out, I don’t care. I just want it out there.

I also want to finish L1 and start shopping around for that. I need to learn more about the whole process of landing an agent and getting a book deal before actually settling on something. Anyone know of a book titled How to Be a Writer: A Step-By-Step Guide in a Choose Your Own Adventure style? That would be super helpful.

I want to finish another project. I don’t even care which one at this point. I’ve got a pretty solid idea of what I want to do with both Z1 and W1, so either one of those would be nice. Even if it’s just a rough first draft, I want it finished.

On life:

I want to learn not to be so afraid. To learn not to doubt myself so often. Anxiety has taken over my life, but I’ve begun to fight back. I want this year to be the year that I break out of the shackles of this disease and learn that I am a capable human being who can do anything she wants as long as she sets her mind to it.

I also want to be a better bloggy friend and tweep. I met a lot of amazing people last year who were kind enough to follow me while I worked my way through my first year of serious writing. Everyone has been more kind and supportive than I could have ever dreamed up. Now it’s my time to give back. I want to be more interactive on other people’s blogs and on Twitter and build those relationships that I treasure more than they could even possibly know.

Please feel free to mention or link to your own 2013 goals down below. They’re more than welcome! I hope you have a great year, and I hope come 2014 we can look back on this and smile at a job well done.

Today is the last day of 2012. Part of me is shocked – When did this happen? Where was I? Did I black out at any point in time? – and the other part is excited. A brand new year is upon us.

I actually remember quite vividly the beginning of 2012 and how hopeful and determined I was. I got a reality check fairly early on, but I never let that slow me down. This year has been – and I can say this without a doubt – the best year of my life. I accomplished so much and became a part of so many things that I value with all my heart. Not only that, but I finally cemented the idea in my head that yes, I am a writer, and yes, I will be published some day.

I feel so incredibly blessed.

The rest of this post is basically a list of everything I accomplished. I’m not doing this to brag or to show you how much I’ve gotten done. I’m sure the list isn’t nearly as inspiring or complete and yours would be. Feel free to not read it at all – it won’t bother me. This is for ME, because sometimes I feel like I haven’t done anything at all. I need these types of lists to remind me that although the steps I take may be small, they really do add up.

This is to remind me that at the beginning of 2012, I was literally standing at square one.

This is to remind me that at the end of 2012 I have become a completely different person, and in the best way possible.

This is to remind me that 2013 can and WILL be just as great as 2012 was.

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Because I already do a round up post at the end of each ROW80 round, it was pretty easy to track down and grab all of my accomplishments. As a result, the list below is broken up into four parts – one for the four rounds of ROW80, each of which comprise of about three months. After the numbered points, I’ve written a few paragraphs describing my year overall. If you want to know what I did and are too lazy to read everything (:P), then just go read those!

My 2012 resolutions that I set up at the end of 2011 were pretty simple. I wanted to finish editing my completed novel (D1), start researching agents/publishers, finish writing my WIP (L1), lose 20 pounds, and read 25 new books.

I did all of this except lose 20 pounds (oops). I also didn’t get anywhere with researching agents and publishers, though I did find some great resources along the way (so I’m calling that a win anyway).

ROUND ONE:

  1. I finished editing my completed novel (D1), which was the first full-length project I ever finished.
  2. I finished my WIP (L1), which was the second full-length project I ever finished and by far the quickest written.
  3. I started writing D2, despite not being completely happy with everything I had in D1.
  4. I completed 50 blog posts, had 2,000 views, and 400 comments. I probably did a happy dance.
  5. I put D1 and D2 aside in order to focus on L1. This was the best decision I could’ve made in regards to my main projects. D1 is a dud (for now) and one of those things that needs to sit in a drawer and marinate for a while. L1 has so much more potential.
  6. I became a copyeditor for Hypable, which has been and continues to be such an incredible experience and opportunity for me.
  7. I decided to create my own Facebook page. This had been quite a scary thought at first (admitting to friends and family that I’m pursuing this whole “writer thing” seriously), but turned out to not only not be a big deal, but to remind me that my friends and family are super supportive of all of my decisions.

ROUND TWO:

  1. I wrote a short story called “The Necklace,” which is a modern twist on a Greek myth. It needs some work, but I plan on making a series out of this. Should be interesting.
  2. I wrote another short story – a twist on the Cinderella tale – for my best friend. She loved it, so I may write more for her.
  3. I finished writing “Trigger.” This is a short story that ended up in the final collection and actually became one of my favorites.
  4. I started writing Z1, the first out of 12 novellas I have planned for this series. I’m stuck on it right now, but it’s something I definitely want to pursue.
  5. I hit 100 posts on my blog. Probably did another dance.
  6. Finished writing “Found,” another short story. This one stayed in the collection as well – for now, at least.
  7. I got an iPhone, which has literally transformed my life. I can do everything 10 million times more efficiently now.
  8. I ate octopus, squid, and kimchi for the first time. Oddly enough, the cabbage was the one I hated.
  9. I saw Team StarKid in concert, which was definitely one of the highlights of my year.
  10. I joined Ladies Who Critique and found two critique partners that have helped me tremendously with edits for L1.

ROUND THREE:

  1. I wrote three short stories this round, and began editing the collection.
  2. Had both my collection and my novel critiqued by Beta readers.
  3. Started working with L.T. Ryan as his editor on his Jack Noble novels. I can’t even begin to say how much I appreciate his enthusiasm and talent. I’m such a fan of his books and of him as a person, and I’m super grateful that our paths have crossed.
  4. I started writing columns for Hypable. I also started covering Teen Wolf and Percy Jackson news, and became a host on the new Once Upon a Time podcast on Hypable, called Onceable.
  5. I saw Karmin in concert – twice. It was a dream come true.
  6. I added an accomplishment page to my blog, which is a great way for me to keep tabs on everything that I’ve been doing.
  7. I passed 10,000 views on here.
  8. I won 6th place in the 81st Annual Writer’s Digest Genre Short Story competition with my horror short titled, “The Body.”

ROUND FOUR:

  1. Natalie and I started up Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast, a podcast dedicated to the show – you guessed it – Teen Wolf. This is my favorite project right now, and I’m so grateful that I am a part of it!
  2. Passed 15,000 views on the blog.
  3. I met and started working with C.G. Cooper on his book series Corps Justice.
  4. I started writing a new novel that I like to call The Watch Story. It’s just something to work on alongside all my edits, but it definitely has potential.
  5. I’ve continued editing L1, and it’s getting stronger and stronger.
  6. My short story collection is nearly complete.
  7. I’ve hit 200 posts.
  8. I had frog’s legs for the first time! Tasted like chicken.

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So, what does this all mean?

Well, I elected to put away my first completed novel (my “baby” in a sense) in order to work on something that had more potential. I started several new projects that I have yet to finish, but they’re still words on a page and, therefore, a win for me. I also finished my short story collection and feel quite good about it actually being nearly complete. Winning that award didn’t hurt either.

The blog has been growing steadily, and some days I just look at the numbers and think, “People actually read what I write?” It’s a humbling experience, for sure, and something I never actually imagined happening, despite the fact that this blog is obviously a public forum. And I can’t even tell you the number of people I’ve met and befriended because of this platform. You’re all incredibly amazing, and I’ll never forget the support you all have shown me. Over a year of blogging, more than 17,000 views, over 200 posts, and 1750 comments. Is this real life?

I said it once, but I’ll say it again: joining Hypable has been an incredible experience and a wonderful opportunity for me. Not only have they allowed me to be an editor, but to spread my wings and write news articles, columns, and even become a podcaster. I feel my foot inching further and further in the door every day. And although that’s a wonderful thing, I can’t help but put an even larger emphasis on the people that I’ve met and become friends with. They live all around the world – much like you do, dear readers – which can be both enlightening and a little sad. How is it that some of the people that understand me the most, that I have the most in common with, live across the country or halfway around the world? It’s not fair. I’ve learned so much about people, different cultures, fandom, and the Internet because of them. I quite literally wouldn’t trade it for the world. (What would I do with an entire planet anyway? I can’t even remember to water the plants.)

Outside of writing, I’ve been having a good year as well. I saw two of my newest and favorite artists, Karmin and StarKid, live and in concert. Both were amazing experiences. I dove straight into eating Chinese food with a passion that my younger self wouldn’t have believed. I’ve tried so many new things and loved every second of it – even when I’ve had to spit out some of the more disgusting foods. Not to mention all I’ve learned since joining up with my local mycological society.

But none of that compares to how I’ve grown as a writer and as a person. At the beginning of 2012 I was naïve, shy, and a little scared. I’m still all of those things, but less so. And that’s a step in the right direction. I had high hopes, and even though I didn’t accomplish all of them, I started walking down the right path. This is partially – maybe even mostly – due to the blog post by Kristen Lamb called “Aspiring is for Pansies.” Yeah, that’s all it took. One blog post. Maybe I’m just really easy to persuade. Or maybe Kristen just really knows what she’s talking about. (Let’s go with the latter, shall we?)

I realized that all I want to do is become a writer. Maybe it isn’t the smartest choice. Maybe I won’t make a lot of money. Maybe I’ll constantly be fighting with those around me, trying to prove that writing is both a serious and important career choice for me. All I know is that I’m not going to give up, no matter how bumpy the road becomes. I can be an anxious person, full of indecisiveness and doubt. But this is the one thing that I’ve never, ever doubted. And it’s the one thing that I will never, ever give up on. I was meant to be a writer. And I will be.

ROW80LogocopyThat’s a wrap, folks! Round 4 of ROW80 is over, as is my first year doing this writing challenge. It was such a wonderful experience, and I know I’m going to be hooked from here on out. I can’t wait until the first round of 2013 to start it all over again!

I’m going to do an overall recap of this round like I usually do when we reach the final check-in, then I’m going to do a comprehensive post containing everything I’ve gone through and accomplished in the last year. 2012 was such a life-changing year for me that I can’t wait to look back and see everything that happened.

Until then, here’s my fourth round recap.

  1. I read six books this round: The Mark of Athena, Eona, The Shoe Box Project (this is actually a novel-length fan-fiction), The Casual Vacancy, On Fire, and Warm Bodies.
  2. I began what is now my favorite project with Hypable: Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast, where Natalie and I discuss the show Teen Wolf in great detail. We’re already seven episodes in!
  3. I continued writing news articles and columns for Hypable.
  4. I have continued working with L.T. Ryan on his books and also gained C.G. Cooper. I’m so excited to start working with him now too. Great people, great writers! (Go read their books!!)
  5. I began working on a new story that has a lot of potential. I’ve lovingly dubbed it The Watch Story. What the title lacks in creativity, it makes up for in conciseness. ;)
  6. I began editing my main novel, which is my number one project. I’m now on version four of this thing, and it keeps getting stronger every time.
  7. I’ve also been putting the final touches on my short story collection. I feel like it’s coming together, and everything I’m changing with it now includes just minor details.
  8. I’ve been blogging for over a year! I’ve also hit 200 posts!!
  9. I turned 24. :D
  10. Hypable is now getting close to 1.5 million unique visitors per month. This is so incredibly amazing for a site like ours, and I can’t even begin to express the pride I feel in being a part of the team.
  11. I had frog’s legs for the first time. Seriously tasted like chicken.
  12. I sent my press pass application in for the 2013 San Diego Comic Con. I should be finding out soon if it got accepted…
  13. I also got novacane in my mouth for the first time. Yes, this makes the list. Because it was awesome.

Not much in the way of writing, which is a little disappointing. However, I can’t deny that I’ve got a ton of great things going on outside of that, and that I’m very proud of what I did happen to accomplish in the last few months. Always gotta stay positive, and I think I did pretty well considering how busy I’ve been lately!

Hope you guys have had a great round too. And I hope to see you all next year with the first check-in!!

ROW80Logocopy*sneaks in the back door*

Oh, yes. Hi! What was that? Late? Me!? Never! I’ve been here the whole time. *shifty eyes*

Main Goals:

The list is short and sweet, but it’s also mandatory. I’m keeping it easy, manageable, and attainable this round. I have to get back to what’s important for me as a writer.

  1. Write or edit every day. 2/7 I edited a bit last Sunday and then wrote a bit on the following Saturday. Haven’t had much time for this, which is sad because it really is my main goal. This week is proving to be one of my hardest in terms of trying to balance everything, so if I can just get through this, I should have more time to write soon.
  2. Read every day. 6/7 I’m about halfway through Divergent, and it’s a really exciting book. Haven’t had a whole lot of time to read the last few days, and it looks like that pattern might continue into this week. But I still hope to have this book at least mostly done by next weekend!

Bonus Points:

These are goals I hope to accomplish this week. They aren’t mandatory, but if I have time I should attempt them. They can be anything from exercising to finishing a certain story to organizing my desk. This week I’ve decided on these:

  1. Continue writing about the backstory of my MC’s parents. This is done. I think I’ve got it all sorted, and after writing this I came up with some more plot points that are very exciting. My next goal is flesh out the outline for book one.
  2. Finish updating chapter 3, and edit chapter 4 of Lifetimes. I finished updating chapter 3, but I still have to do chapter 4.
  3. Update my contests doc. Didn’t even touch it this week. Although, I did move all the e-mails into one folder in my inbox so they were easier to access. Baby steps!

List of Awesome:

This is the list of things I’ve accomplished that don’t really have anything to do with ROW80 or the goals above. It’ll probably be mostly about Hypable and the things I’ve done over there, but I like sharing pictures and random things that are happening in my life. (The people, not the presents. Although I like them too!) Everyone is always welcome to drop their own list of awesome in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. This is my 200th post! Wahooo!
  2. I got some early Christmas presents from some of the people I’ve met because of Hypable, and they’re all amazing. I feel totally and completely blessed that they’re a part of my life. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredibly lucky I feel.
  3. I got all my Christmas shopping done in ONE DAY. I’m pretty sure that’s a new record.
  4. I got a new client whose books I’m going to be editing. Very much looking forward to working with him!
  5. My latest Teefury shirt came in the mail today. I now officially have a nerdy Harry Potter shirt to wear. Yes!

Points

I get 5 points for every main goal I complete, and 1 point for every bonus goal.

Week 1: 25
Week 2: 15
Week 3: 15
Week 4: 26
Week 5: 17
Week 6: 38
Week 7: 40
Week 8: 50
Week 9: 37
Week 10: 51
Week 11: 41

Down a bit, but still going strong. And it’s nearing the end too!

How’s your Holiday shopping going??

ROW80LogocopyROW80 is really winding down, as is the end of 2012. Can you believe that the year of 2013 is only a few weeks away? I sure can’t! I’m excited though because if next year is anything like this year, I know it’s going to be a good one.

Main Goals:

The list is short and sweet, but it’s also mandatory. I’m keeping it easy, manageable, and attainable this round. I have to get back to what’s important for me as a writer.

  1. Write or edit every day. 3/7 I promised myself I had to get in three days this week since I’ve been doing only two days the last few weeks. I got it in under the wire, but I definitely got it in! I wrote for all three of those days and edited on one.
  2. Read every day. 7/7 This is getting easier and easier, especially as I find tons of great books to read. I finished Warm Bodies and also read One Fire, which is a novel based off of the show Teen Wolf. Neither one was quite up to my expectations, but I did enjoy Warm Bodies a lot. Now I’m reading Divergent!

Bonus Points:

These are goals I hope to accomplish this week. They aren’t mandatory, but if I have time I should attempt them. They can be anything from exercising to finishing a certain story to organizing my desk. This week I’ve decided on these:

  1. Continue writing about the backstory of my MC’s parents. I actually didn’t do this because I was busy writing the actual story. This backstory doesn’t come into play until a little later on, so I’m not worried about getting it done first. I think I’m going to switch between doing this and writing the story whenever I get stuck on the other one.
  2. Work on the tone/add details into chapters 1-3, and finish up chapter 4. I finished chapter 2 yesterday, and I think I have the tone and extra details on track now. I’m tweaking this goal so it reads finish updating chapter 3, and edit chapter 4.
  3. Keep up with my Facebook page on a daily basis. I’m getting much, much better at this! I’m slowly starting to use it as a place to sort of just write about my projects and talk more about writing in general. It seems to be going well so far. My last goal is going to be to update my contests doc, which is where I keep a list of contests and opportunities that I’m interested in. It desperately needs an overhaul.

List of Awesome:

This is the list of things I’ve accomplished that don’t really have anything to do with ROW80 or the goals above. It’ll probably be mostly about Hypable and the things I’ve done over there, but I like sharing pictures and random things that are happening in my life. Everyone is always welcome to drop their own list of awesome in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. The latest episode of Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast is out! This one is called, “Dude, That Was Really Morally Questionable.”
  2. At work, I cleaned up my desk and cleared ALL the unnecessary stuff off of it. If you had ANY idea how big of a deal this is, you’d be jumping up and down for me right now. That thing was its own natural disaster.
  3. This past week or two has been a whirlwind of freelance editing jobs, and even though it’s made my life super hectic, I can’t complain. It’s allowing me to have a little extra money to stick in my savings account so I can do some of the things I’ve always wanted to do. Like go to SDCC in California, or buy a CAR, or maybe – maybe – go visit one of my really good friends in Argentina.

Points

I get 5 points for every main goal I complete, and 1 point for every bonus goal.

Week 1: 25
Week 2: 15
Week 3: 15
Week 4: 26
Week 5: 17
Week 6: 38
Week 7: 40
Week 8: 50
WEEK 9: 37
Week 10: 51

Will you look at that! A new record. :D

What’s on your bucket list for next year? Have any dream destinations for the summer?

ROW80LogocopyHello, everyone! Hope you had a good week – I did! Nothing spectacular happened, but it was just a solid week of getting things done. Yesterday was a great day too. I locked myself in my computer room for pretty much the entire day and got some major projects off my plate. Whoo hoo! Love when that happens.

Main Goals:

The list is short and sweet, but it’s also mandatory. I’m keeping it easy, manageable, and attainable this round. I have to get back to what’s important for me as a writer.

  1. Write or edit every day. 2/7 Only got two days in for this goal. I wrote some extensive backstory for the novel I’m working on now because I needed to figure out what my MC’s parents were like before the start of the book, as it influences both the character and the plotline. It was fun! I did some editing yesterday and actually got a lot done there as well (more on that below).
  2. Read every day. 5/7 Reading every day is becoming much more habitual (not to mention enjoyable) and I’ve been moving through my To-Be Read list a lot quicker than as of late. I finished The Shoebox Project fan-fiction, which I wrote about on Monday (“The Anatomy of Fan-Fiction (And How it Can Make us Write Better”) and I also finished The Casual Vacancy. I definitely have some thoughts on it, so expect that on Friday. I’m now reading Warm Bodies.

Bonus Points:

These are goals I hope to accomplish this week. They aren’t mandatory, but if I have time I should attempt them. They can be anything from exercising to finishing a certain story to organizing my desk. This week I’ve decided on these:

  1. Take my latest beta reader feedback and update my short story collection. Did this! And now it’s off to another beta reader. I’m feeling more and more confident about this little collection, which is really exciting! My next goal is to continue writing about the backstory of my MC’s parents.
  2. Work on the tone/add details into chapters 1-3, and finish up chapter 4. I didn’t get a chance to do this yet, but it’s going to go at the top of my to-do list this week. I’m hoping to start working on it a little bit today as well.
  3. Keep up with my Facebook page on a daily basis. I did much, much better this week, but I want to keep this here as another reminder to do it. I also want to start using my page as a place to talk about the progress on my different projects in general. I follow several other authors/bloggers that do this, and I find it really interesting and enjoyable.

List of Awesome:

This is the list of things I’ve accomplished that don’t really have anything to do with ROW80 or the goals above. It’ll probably be mostly about Hypable and the things I’ve done over there, but I like sharing pictures and random things that are happening in my life. Everyone is always welcome to drop their own list of awesome in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. I had to get two cavities filled this past week (they were small, I promise!) and so, therefore, got my first novacane injection. “And you’re putting this on your List of Awesome?” you ask, with one eyebrow raised. Yes, yes I am. I thought it was cool. It didn’t hurt at all (I have an excellent, top of the line dentist) and it was kind of neat touching my face and not actually being able to feel it. Haha, I know. I’m weird.
  2. The latest episode of Onceable is out, covering Once Upon a Time’s episode 2×08 “Into the Deep.”
  3. I SENT IN MY APPLICATION FOR A PRESS PASS TO GO TO THE SAN DIEGO COMIC CON NEXT YEAR. I’ll be representing Hypable and I’m so nervous and excited but it’s going to be really fun but holy crap I’ve never traveled that far on my own and I WILL FINALLY BE ABLE TO GO TO CALIFORNIA. This is a lifelong dream for no reason in particular other than the fact that California is far away and sunny and looks beautiful. So, yeah. Anticipation.
  4. I finished editing my short story collection and it’s now officially only 8 stories long. I don’t think I’m going to try to bump this up to 10 because everything I’ve tried to do so far to meet that hasn’t been up to par with the other stories. It’s out to another beta reader right now, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to say. It gets stronger and stronger each time I send it out!
  5. I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for Chris Stocking’s novel, War of the Devices, which is the second book in the London Darkness series. It was a great read with lots of twists and turns, and the ending left me with my jaw on the ground. I can’t wait to read the next one!
  6. I totally forgot to tell you guys that last week I exercised THREE TIMES. Holy cow, that was awesome. Yay for getting Just Dance 4!!! This week I also exercised once, which I thought was pretty good anyway. Hopefully I’ll be doing more this coming week as well.

Points

I get 5 points for every main goal I complete, and 1 point for every bonus goal.

Week 1: 25
Week 2: 15
Week 3: 15
Week 4: 26
Week 5: 17
Week 6: 38
Week 7: 40
Week 8: 50
WEEK 9: 37

Quite the drop this week, but it doesn’t bother me one bit. I got a lot done. A lot of things that don’t show up when I do these check-ins, so I’m happy. It was a good week.

Do you think novacane is cool? Are you going to SDCC next year? What’s your favorite way to exercise?

Another good week, you guys! It was pretty productive and I got some big projects done, which is always something to be happy about.

Also wanted to thank everyone who answered my question from last week about how I should go about editing my MS. I think I’ve decided to meet somewhere in the middle and do a small chunk of several chapters at a time. Right now, I have to work on the tone of those first few chapters, so I need to pause where I am (just finished chapter 3) and go back and fix that.

Main Goals:

The list is short and sweet, but it’s also mandatory. I’m keeping it easy, manageable, and attainable this round. I have to get back to what’s important for me as a writer.

  1. Write or edit every day. 1/7 Just one day of editing this week, but I got a whole chapter done. No writing in terms of my own stuff, but I did quite a few news articles and columns, so it’s not like I was slacking!
  2. Read every day. 7/7 Blew this one out of the water! I’m already 150+ pages into The Casual Vacancy and I’m actually enjoying it (I’ve heard a lot of opinions to the contrary so I was expecting the worst). Regardless of the plot (or lack thereof), the writing is just stunning.

Bonus Points:

These are goals I hope to accomplish this week. They aren’t mandatory, but if I have time I should attempt them. They can be anything from exercising to finishing a certain story to organizing my desk. This week I’ve decided on these:

  1. Take my latest beta reader feedback and update my short story collection. Nope. Didn’t even have a chance.
  2. Finish editing chapters 3 and 4. Got chapter 3 done, but I need to go back. This week I want to work on the tone/add details into chapters 1-3, and finish up chapter 4.
  3. Keep up with my Facebook page on a daily basis. Yeah, this didn’t go according to plan. Keeping this one here for this week too!

List of Awesome:

This is the list of things I’ve accomplished that don’t really have anything to do with ROW80 or the goals above. It’ll probably be mostly about Hypable and the things I’ve done over there, but I like sharing pictures and random things that are happening in my life. Everyone is always welcome to drop their own list of awesome in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. I wrote two columns on Hypable this week. The first one was about the similarities and differences between Teen Wolf the 1980s movie and Teen Wolf the TV show. The second one was titled: “Twilight transformations: How the trio has changed.” This one has an amazing full page design. I worked closely with our main graphic designer and we teamworked this into something awesome!
  2. I turned 24 on Thursday and have basically been enjoying a whole 4 day weekend of celebrations with family and friends. :D
  3. When I went out to dinner with my dad at a Chinese restaurant, I tried so many new things! Liked most of them, including frog’s legs!
  4. A new Onceable came out this week! We talk about episode 2×07 of Once Upon a Time, “Child of the Moon.”
  5. Another beta reader got back to me about my short story collection. More positive feedback!
  6. Andrew, who co-owns Hypable, told us the other day that in one month’s time, Hypable hit ONE MILLION unique visitors to the site. I’m simultaneously terrified and thrilled at this news. Either way, I’m so invested in what we’re doing. I believe in Hypable so much, you guys!
  7. Speaking of Hypable, I got my good friend Alex on the team. She’s going to be a graphic designer. It’s so exciting!!

Points

I get 5 points for every main goal I complete, and 1 point for every bonus goal.

Week 1: 25
Week 2: 15
Week 3: 15
Week 4: 26
Week 5: 17
Week 6: 38
Week 7: 40

Whooo, another high score!

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving? I need some turkey sandwiches!!!

This was a good week. And yesterday was a great day. I got so much done. Most of it doesn’t show up here, but just know that I worked my tail off and got so many projects wrapped up. By the end of the day, I was exhausted, but I was smiling from ear to ear.

Main Goals:

The list is short and sweet, but it’s also mandatory. I’m keeping it easy, manageable, and attainable this round. I have to get back to what’s important for me as a writer.

  1. Write or edit every day. 2/7 Mostly editing this time around, but I definitely did A LOT of editing. I wrote up a bit more of an outline on my latest idea too, which is nice.
  2. Read every day. 5/7 Whoa! I did lots of reading this week. And guess what?? I finished Eona!!! My review of the book is less than stellar, but I’m hesitant to say that I didn’t enjoy it. It was good enough, and the ending was nice. I’ve cracked open The Casual Vacancy now. Hopefully I’ll be able to get through it fairly quickly (though general consensus is that it takes a while to get going). I’m really excited at some of the other books I have waiting for me, so I’d like to finish this one as quickly as I can.

Bonus Points:

These are goals I hope to accomplish this week. They aren’t mandatory, but if I have time I should attempt them. They can be anything from exercising to finishing a certain story to organizing my desk. This week I’ve decided on these:

  1. Plan out three blog posts for next week so I’m prepared. Done! I’m definitely getting better at this, and I’ve stockpiled ideas for future blog posts as well. I’m hoping this means I’ll be able to stay on top of blogging three times a week like I used to. New goal is to take my latest beta reader feedback and update my short story collection.
  2. Finish editing chapter 1 and edit all of chapter 2. I got way into editing and did all this in one day. It’s nice going through my story again and picking up on things that I hope can make it stronger. New goal is to finish editing chapters 3 and 4 next.
  3. Hop back on the Triberr train. Did this! And it feels nice to be back. I missed sharing my fellow bloggers’ posts. They’re all so good! I want to keep up with this on a daily basis and continue to tweet out articles from great bloggers. My new goal is to keep up with my Facebook page on a daily basis, instead of forgetting about it for a week and then bombarding everyone with posts on a single day. Haha, whoops.

List of Awesome:

This is the list of things I’ve accomplished that don’t really have anything to do with ROW80 or the goals above. It’ll probably be mostly about Hypable and the things I’ve done over there, but I like sharing pictures and random things that are happening in my life. Everyone is always welcome to drop their own list of awesome in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. I wrote another column for Hypable. This time it’s about why I think authors should appreciate fan-fiction (whether or not they believe it is infringement). Would love to know what you guys think!
  2. Two of my podcasts went up this week! Onceable covers episode 2×06 of the show Once Upon a Time and is titled “Fee Fi Fo Fum.” Not Another Teen Wolf Podcast covers episodes 1×03 and 1×04 of the show and is titled “Stealth Beanies and Dodgy Parkour.”
  3. I gave my accomplishments page a major update, so please check that out too!
  4. Jeff Davis (writer of Teen Wolf) tweeted our NATW Podcast account and thanked us for all the coverage we do on Hypable and said he’d check out our podcast some time. I can’t even grasp the possibility that he might listen to us. I just….asifoirgtngwvf…
  5. I got my short story collection back from one of my beta readers, yeah! She gave me a lot of great things to think about and I can’t wait to start editing it again.
  6. My blogiversary kind of snuck up on me – it was on Friday! One year of blogging. Can you believe it??

Points

I get 5 points for every main goal I complete, and 1 point for every bonus goal.

Week 1: 25
Week 2: 15
Week 3: 15
Week 4: 26
Week 5: 17
Week 6: 38

Before I let you go, I have a question for you guys (I need some advice). I mark my changes down on a hard copy of my MS (which I prefer to do because it’s easier for me to see the chapters as a whole), and then go back and update the computer version afterwards.

Should I update the computer version as I finish each chapter, or should I wait until the whole thing is done and then update the computer version? Do you see any logic in doing one above the other?

October is gone

Halloween is over

Birthdays are upon us

It’s now November!

Well, that came out of nowhere. It’s true though! Halloween has come and gone and even though mine was kind of lackluster, there’s no denying that the candy was good. I’m sitting here eating puppy chow for breakfast (and not feeling guilty!), thinking about all the birthdays that are coming up this month – including mine!

And then it’ll be December

And then it’ll be January. Which means it’ll be 2013!

Unless, of course, the word ends on 12/21.

Anyway, I suppose you’re here to see if I’ve been good this past week. Well, not so much. But I have good excuses! The paying jobs kept me busy all week and, well, those take priority over the non-paying ones, unfortunately.

Main Goals:

The list is short and sweet, but it’s also mandatory. I’m keeping it easy, manageable, and attainable this round. I have to get back to what’s important for me as a writer.

  1. Write or edit every day. 2/7 I edited one day and wrote the other day. The editing on the first chapter of my novel is going well. I see lots of red, and that’s always a good thing in my book. Yesterday I began writing up a detailed outline of another idea I had, just to get it out of my head.
  2. Read every day. 1/7 I wish I could read before I go to bed, but every time I’m about to hit the sack, I’m so tired I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow!

Bonus Points:

These are goals I hope to accomplish this week. They aren’t mandatory, but if I have time I should attempt them. They can be anything from exercising to finishing a certain story to organizing my desk. This week I’ve decided on these:

  1. Plan out three blog posts for next week so I’m prepared. Funny story: I had a third blog written but literally had not even a second to spare to put it up on Friday. I suppose I’ll just have to save it for next week! I’m definitely getting better at this goal, though.
  2. Begin editing my novel. Did this! Next goal is to finish editing chapter 1 and edit all of chapter 2. Pretty sure I can do it. I’m making today a writing day, focusing on MY stuff.
  3. Visit three ROW80 blogs and comment. Did it! Woot, woot! My inbox is back down to a manageable number too. Hopefully I can stay on top of it. I really do love reading everyone’s blogs and it makes me sad when I don’t have time to do it. My new goal is to hop back on the Triberr train. I haven’t done this in so long, I hope my Triberr buddies aren’t mad at me. :(

List of Awesome:

This is the list of things I’ve accomplished that don’t really have anything to do with ROW80 or the goals above. It’ll probably be mostly about Hypable and the things I’ve done over there, but I like sharing pictures and random things that are happening in my life. Everyone is always welcome to drop their own list of awesome in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. As stated above, I made puppy chow for Halloween! It was my first time and even though I think I used the wrong type of chex mix, it came out pretty awesome.
  2. Starkid’s Apocalyptour DVD released on Thursday and I ordered that sucker as soon as it went live. Here’s to hoping I get it Monday or Tuesday so I can relive my experience of seeing that show when I saw it over the summer.
  3. I carved a pumpkin yesterday! Better late than never, right? I let my nerdy side shine and here’s what he looks like:  And if my artistry skills are too great for you and you have no idea what it is, it’s supposed to be the mushroom from Mario. (I wanted to take a picture of it with a candle inside, but I can’t find a lighter or matches. Ugh.)
  4. My BFF’s mom was going through her mother’s old jewelry and was asking me what would be good to keep, sell, or give away (since that’s pretty much what my day job entails, so apparently I’m the expert). I spotted this necklace and she let me have it! It has Artemis on it carrying a bow, with one of her hunting dogs beside her. I think it’s my new favorite piece of jewelry. :)

Points

I get 5 points for every main goal I complete, and 1 point for every bonus goal.

Week 1: 25
Week 2: 15
Week 3: 15
Week 4: 26
Week 5: 17

Not too bad for this week, considering I had about two days to actually work on my own things. Next week will be better, though. I can feel it in my bones!

Did you do anything fun for Halloween?

This week was a good week, you guys. Very excited to share what I’ve done.

Also: IT’S ALMOST HALLOWEEN!!!

Caaaaanddyyyyyyyy…

Main Goals:

The list is short and sweet, but it’s also mandatory. I’m keeping it easy, manageable, and attainable this round. I have to get back to what’s important for me as a writer.

  1. Write or edit every day. 4/7 I edited on three of these days and actually finished ALL the edits on my short story collection. That was way quicker than I thought I was going to get it done, and I’m so excited! It’s off to a couple of beta readers now – fingers crossed! I also wrote on two of the days. I started a new story (oops) that I’m pretty excited about. It’s got a lot of potential for a whole series of books that can be sequels or standalones. This is just going to be a side project now, as I’m looking forward to editing my main novel at this point and really need to focus on that.
  2. Read every day. 1/7 Just one day, but it’s better than none. Will finish this book soon. I’m sooo close.

Bonus Points:

These are goals I hope to accomplish this week. They aren’t mandatory, but if I have time I should attempt them. They can be anything from exercising to finishing a certain story to organizing my desk. This week I’ve decided on these:

  1. Plan out three blog posts for next week so I’m prepared. I’m getting better at this, but I’m having trouble getting three blog posts out a week. Planning ahead is going to help and I’m hoping that this week is the week that I’m finally able to do it.
  2. Exercise at least once. I DID IT YOU GUYS. I played some DDR and Just Dance and I’ve been sore all week, LOL. But it felt nice to get back into it, and I’m hoping I can work in at least a few exercising days, even if this isn’t a main goal of mine anymore. New goal: Begin editing my novel.
  3. Visit three ROW80 blogs and comment. *Ducks head* My inbox is so backed up right now, but I WILL get to this and soon!

List of Awesome:

This is the list of things I’ve accomplished that don’t really have anything to do with ROW80 or the goals above. It’ll probably be mostly about Hypable and the things I’ve done over there, but I like sharing pictures and random things that are happening in my life. Everyone is always welcome to drop their own list of awesome in the comments below. I love reading them!

  1. A new Onceable is out – we discuss the Once Upon a Time episode titled “The Crocodile.”
  2. A new NATW Podcast is also out, where we rehash 1×01 and 1×02 of Teen Wolf, plus discuss the really sad news that Colton has left the show. :( Also, the title of this week’s podcast episode is called “Three Open-Legged Visits,” so how can you NOT want to go listen to that??
  3. Yesterday was my mom’s birthday! We ODed on ice cream cake and pie and bought lots of books. A perfect day. :D
  4. I got the Writer’s Digest magazine in the mail and finally have a copy (okay, several copies) of it because my name is in it! This is probably the only time I can say, “This one time I was in the same magazine as George R.R. Martin. BAM!”

Points

I get 5 points for every main goal I complete, and 1 point for every bonus goal.

Week 1: 25
Week 2: 15
Week 3: 15
Week 4: 26

Whooo! One extra point and I’ve already beaten my best. Can you guys believe it’s already been a month since the round started??

What’s the best thing you’ve accomplished this past week?