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: Here Comes the New Year

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

Christmas has come and gone.I managed to make it through the holiday with very little depression or anxiety, which I’m thankful for. Spent some quality time with my family. Received some lovely presents. And ate like there was no tomorrow. I’m feeling good. Hopeful. That’s a sweet sign as we approach the New Year. I start planning projects and taking stock of what I can do to make the new year better and brighter than the last. But I’m also glad to have a therapist to work with me to make the coming year a more joyful time.

Back to work tomorrow, but I managed to accomplish a few things today to get me in the mood for next week’s post regarding New Year’s Resolutions. 1) My January newsletter will feature ALL the books I have out at this time, the appearances I have planned in the next three months, and my current WIPs. 2) My Bah Humbug WIP is still buzzing. I hope to ride that wave until the holiday spark runs dry. 3) I didn’t get a planner for Christmas, but I’m glad because I’m pretty particular with daily planners. With gift money I settled on this one – The Passion Planner – which I’m really excited about. It doesn’t ship until January though. I’m hoping this will keep me organized and energized about my writing goals. 4) For the upcoming blog post for Clare London, I’ll probably discuss the 2015 Top Ten Gay Romance anthology from JMS Books, in which my story, The Courage to Heal, had the honor of being a part of. I’ll add another fun little tidbit as well. A giveaway? 5) I didn’t get to any Victorian movies, or books for that matter. 6) I read Heidi Cullinan’s Sleigh Ride, part of the Minnesota Christmas series, and loved it. Now I have to finish out the series with Winter Wonderland. Yay! 7) Was definitely present in mind and spirit for Christmas. I’m proud of myself!

And now on to…

The Sunday Seven

1) Write up a draft of my January newsletter.

2) Elaborate on writing projects for the year.

3) Draft post for Clare London’s Birthday Blog.

4) New Year’s Resolutions!

5) Keep going on Bah Humbug WIP.

6) Research – Reading other novels has been my research lately.

7) Read – I’m still going with holidays reads while I still can!

Happy New Year!!

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