The Sunday Seven: Resolution Edition

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

Happy 2016 Everyone! This week instead of the traditional seven writing goals, I’ll give you my seven New Years Resolutions – which are really just goals, but for the entire year.

This is a big year for me – I’m getting married! And with that comes a lot that needs to be done. I need to slim down and shape up for the wedding dress, for which measurements will be taken at the end of March. I need to save money for wherever I can to help out with costs. (For those of you who don’t know, I’m getting married in Scotland in June with a reception for friends and family in Laguna Beach in July). Thus, airline tickets, the dress, lodging, the restaurant, food, drink, and the like…require quite a budget. I need to get to the doctor, dentist, and whoever else can help me with my overall health before the trip. And as always, I need to make sure I’m on track with my writing, so my career plan doesn’t go to shit while I’m busy with wedding stuff.

I’m waiting for the Passion Planner I purchased a few days ago to ship so I can put everything down in writing. Until then..1) I didn’t get to draft my January newsletter, but I did gather some great articles on layout. I’ll work on it this week. 2) I’ll be elaborating on my writing projects in my resolutions. *See resolutions below. 3) I did not get to draft Clare London’s blog post yet. 4) My writing resolutions are below. 5) The Bah Humbug WIP got some more deep scene work over the week, especially after I read Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell. 6) Is porn considered research? I heard a “yes” 🙂 Thank god. 7) I read a nice bunch of books, which seems to energize and inspire me to write. I finished Heidi Cullinan’s Winter Wonderland as well as Eli Easton’s How to Howl at the Moon and How to Walk Like a Man. All were a-ma-zing! And like I mentioned earlier, I read Bell’s book to get some feedback on my Bah Humbug WIP.

And last but not least…

My 2016 Writing Resolutions

1) Finish at least 2 novel-length manuscripts (50k or more) – more detail to come in next week’s post.

2) Submit to Dreamspinner for their Bah Humbug and Starstruck calls.

3) Submit to calls that pop up for short stories to stay relevant. Check out this plugin for my WIPs.

Working Title: Taking Care of Business

4) Work on Rainbow Romance Writer’s projects.

5) Read 100 books (Reading Challenge on Goodreads)

6) Hire someone to update website and help with marketing.

7) Keep on track with my newsletter at least four times a year.

Did you make any writing resolutions this year? I’d love to hear about them. Feel free to leave me a suggestion, motivational comment, or inspirational image 😀

The Sunday Seven

Welcome to the Sunday Seven – where I recap the past seven days and lay out my seven writing goals for the upcoming week.

Seven has always been one of my lucky numbers and there just happens to be seven colors in the rainbow so I’m taking that as a good omen and running with it.

This last week has been a bust with writing due to the Thanksgiving holiday. With only three days at the EDJ, I had to cram five days of work into those three and it left me with very little time and energy when I got home. In addition, the fiancé and I had to pack on Wednesday evening since we flew out Thursday morning to California to spend three days with my family. I brought my Kindle and ended up reading two novellas! I’m so proud! (Eli Easton’s Midwinter Night’s Dream and Jay Northcote’s What Happens at Christmas – both are absolutely lovely holiday reads! I highly recommend them.) It felt amazing to read again after being slammed with NaNoWriMo. It was also nice to see everyone back in CA and give thanks for all the food and friendship, but I’m glad to have today to relax and get my shit together.

So without any further ado.

The Sunday Seven

1) Update my author website. It’s been sorely neglected these past few months (don’t hate me) and needs to reflect my newest release, my upcoming appearances, and any other news (or in my case – olds).

2) More words on my NaNo story. Even though I won’t be winning NaNo this year, I’ll have 20k of a story I plan to submit to Dreamspinner’s Dreamspun Desires line. I want to finish the first draft at 50k by the end of this year.

3) Character work on Ezra from my first novel in the Victorian Gothic Paranormal series. He has to be one of the most complicated, yet delicious characters I’ve ever created. I can’t wait for you to meet him.

4) Gather ideas for Starstruck short story submission (12k) due May 1, 2016. I have a few plot bunnies hopping around in my head for this one, but I have to keep it short and I’m not sure some of these ideas are short worthy. We’ll see.

5) Gather ideas for Bah Humbug short story submission (18k) due July 1, 2016. It’s so hard for me to write holiday stories in the spring and summer but maybe if I get a jump on ideas now, I’ll be ahead of the game.

6) Research – crack open the Victorian books or watch something from the period. I love reading books about the daily life of historical people. And I’m always ready for a Victorian movie or show. Any suggestions??

7) Read – I’ll choose something from my evergrowing TBR pile. More holiday reads please!

Have a wonderful week!

Feel free to eave me a suggestion, motivational comment, or inspirational image 😀