May had me mostly focusing on the house projects. With my room out of commission, 90% of my possessions packed up and stored in a family member's basement, I spent most of the time planning, prepping and coordinating with tradesmen. Dealing with so many people left me mentally and emotionally exhausted, seriously, I can't really cope with that much social interaction. So it felt like everything took so much longer than it should have. But we are so close to getting it all done. Oops, spoke too soon.
April turned out to be a hair-pull-inducing stress month. Filled mostly with packing our home, moving boxes, stripping the worlds-worst wallpaper and trying to coordinate tradesmen who seemed incapable of a) answering their phones or b) replying to voicemails, texts or DMs (even when THEY told us which they preferred). So I am approaching May with a lot more caution - mostly because I will be without an office, will have limited internet access and have to spend large amounts of time out of the house while people fix things.
As we drift into April, I look back on March to see what I managed to accomplish. It was rough month for me and I am glad it was one of the months I take a few days off in. Those quarterly breaks make the difference between me burning out and being able to function like a normal human being. I tried not to give myself too much for March and am happy with what was accomplished. I'm going to attempt a few more goals this month as next month might see me offline for a week or two due to some house work we need doing. So I want to get more done this month.
While we writers might work with words, many of us have a deep love for art - especially artwork that features our characters. It's become common practice amongst writers to get their main characters portraits commissioned to add that extra connection for the reader to really see what we see. So with that in mind, I just HAD to do a shout out for an incredible artist and pimp her work!
The month of February has come and gone and it's time for me to look back on what I wanted to accomplish and what I actually MANAGED to accomplished as well as setting out March's goals.
That's right, people! The second Supernatural Beings Anthology, From Myths To Monsters featuring my short story Sanctuary comes out tomorrow! So if you want to get it for the cheapy-cheap price of just $0.99 you need to grab a copy today!
Today I am pleased to welcome author Paula Sheridan to my blog. Paula's article shares excellent insights into ways you can help your book win awards.
It's the first Friday of February so that means, time to recap January's monthly goals and then lay out my goals and plans for this shiny new month!
Let's start the year off strong and for me that means making goals. Goals should move you forward. You start with a few yearly goals, then break them down over the months to make it easier to manage.
January is the perfect time to consider your Yearly Goals (which I did in last week's post). From there, I've created my first set of monthly goals for the year.
As I push 2020 out the door with its bags packed, I welcome 2021 with a hopeful wariness. The last few years have been pretty poor but I am just going to keep pushing forward, whatever this year decides to throw at me.
So this post is about the areas I want to focus on this year. (My monthly goals post has been shunted to next Friday).