The Sunday Seven: Holiday Rush

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

The holidays are upon us and I’ve done nothing about it so far. Oh wait, I did buy Holiday cards. My goal is to get them out before the New Year. 😛 Wish me luck!

This last week has been a strange one. I’m in some sort of funk, or maybe it’s something else. Enough to worry me, I even made an appointment with a counselor and my doctor to make sure all is well. I don’t like how I’m feeling, but I’m not to proud to ask for help. Hopefully, the professionals can assist or guide me to a better place. I’ll keep you updated on that front.

My writing hasn’t suffered too much despite my mood. I seem to have bursts of energy and creativity that prevent my productivity from dropping off completely.  1) I updated my website with the basics. It still needs help, design-wise, but that may have to wait until next year. 2) I finished up NaNo with about 19K on my Dreamspun Desires WIP. I’m pleased for now. 3) I didn’t get to work on Ezra, but I’ll carry him over to this week. 4) I gathered ideas for my Starstruck WIP, yet nothing has stuck. 5) I am excited to say I have a nearly complete outline for my Bah Humbug WIP. That one came to me in a rush and I scrambled to lay it out. Maybe one more chapter and it’s ready to write! 6) I didn’t do any Victorian research, however, I did research for the Bah Humbug WIP, since my main character is a paraplegic. 7) I read three novellas! All holiday related – Humbug by Joanna Chambers, Cabin Nights by Ashley John, and The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn. Each of them were delightful.

And now…

The Sunday Seven

1) Work on a newsletter plan. I think I’ve sent out one newsletter. And I have subscribers!! I’m pathetic and need to show my readers some love.

2) More words on my Dreamspun Desires submission. I won’t make it to 50k by the end of this year, but I can make a dent in it and get a more solid ending.

3) Character work on Ezra from my first novel in the Victorian Gothic Paranormal series. I’ll concentrate on goal, motivation, and conflict.

4) Get an idea to stick for the Starstruck WIP (12k) due May 1, 2016.

5) Solidify outline for Bah Humbug WIP (18k) due July 1, 2016. Reading all these holiday stories has jumpstarted the idea mill and got me moving in the right direction. Woohoo!

6) Research – crack open the Victorian books or watch something from the period. Still open to suggestions…

7) Read – I have three more holiday reads ready to go!

Have a wonderful week!

Feel free to eave 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 😀