March Check-in

Okay, let’s see how I did with the goals I set for March…

    • Keep on keeping on with the self-care and house stuff – I have been rocking this. So yay!
    • Publish Safeword Protected –  Sigh. Didn’t get it published. Nearly finished with getting it ready to go and very close to be ready to do this. Really unhappy about not accomplishing this. 
    • Complete Into the Deep – This did not happen. Definitely another case of setting unrealistic goals for myself. They seem realistic when I make them, but again, I don’t take into account the non-writing stuff. Or I guess I don’t accuratetly estimate how much time the non-writing stuff with take. This is something I’m working on…like hardcore working on it. 
    • Complete March Newsletter short – Done.
    • Complete all scheduled March blog posts – DONE! Super happy with myself on this one!
    • Update Writing Bujo – Have been keeping this updated. 🙂
    • Put together Publishing and Marketing Bujo – This is a work in progress – and will be because that’s the nature of it LOL –  but it has been put together and I’m very happy with it. I think this is going to be an amazing tool. 
    • Fix mss. templates – Done.

Now, for April goals:

  • Publish Safeword
  • Complete Into the Deep (much more doable this month as Safeword will be off my plate and not as much non-writing stuff pulling at me.)
  • Self-care and house stuff – keep up with this. Makes my mind clearer and I’m able to focus more.
  • Complete all scheduled April blog posts
  • Complete May newsletter short
  • Keep Writing & Publishing and Marketing bujos updated
  • Come up with a reasonable writing schedule for the next couple months (Keyword: REASONABLE, Jarman!)

Bronwyn Green | Deelylah Mullin 

Wednesday Randomness… Tips, Tricks, and Tools I Use to Organize My Writing

Happy Wednesday! Today we’re talking about…

My organization, particularly when it comes to writing…is very much a work in progress.

I have some things I do that helps me stay on track – and some of it may seem redundant but it works for me.

Number one on my list of things that help me organize my writing is my bullet journals. Yes, plural. I have a regular bullet journal that I track pretty much everything I do – house stuff, family stuff, self-care stuff, writing stuff, editing stuff, blogging stuff. It is really the go-to for me.

It is not fancy and pretty – though my cover is gorgeous (thank you, Bronwyn, for making it for me! You can see her own cover on the journal behind mine. She will be selling these and other gorgeous things at an Etsy store soon. Be on the lookout for Granola Girl Creations.)

My set up is pretty simple. You can see in the pic – the start of a week I haven’t filled in yet – I have a page that is just a week at a glance, that’s were I put appts for pretty much the whole family, and things like that. Then, each day gets half a page. This is where I list what I need to do that day and hope at the end of the day, I’m able to fill in all the little squares.  Again, simple, but it keeps me on track like nothing else I’ve tried before.

So, I guess my tip here would be to find a system that works for you – whether it’s a ready made journal/planner or something you create yourself. It took me a while to find this way, but I’m so glad I did.

My second bujo is solely for writing. It’s a traveler’s journal that Bron modified to me – the booklets used to be stitched in, but she went to town on that bad boy, took the stitching out and put in elastics so I could put what I needed in there and then switch them out. I have a small notebook for every series.

In the notebooks, I put pics of what I imagine my characters to look like, track the progress of each book, put notes about the characters (physical descriptions, backstory etc) and plot out the stories themselves.

I also keep track of things on a spreadsheet. Some of it is a repeat of what is in my bujo, yes, but I use the spreadsheet for future planning – looking at big picture when it comes to scheduling –  and the lovely excel spreadsheet does all the math for me so I can track words written, edited, and blogged (weekly, monthly and yearly). I also have pages that has info on all my books – published and not yet published, notes on Bound books (usually typed as Bron and I are chatting), my blogging calendar, names I’ve used and names I just really like and may use one day in a book, and trackers from previous years. Nothing ground-breaking, but it works for me and like with the journal/planner, it took me a while to tweak it to work best for me.

Another tool? Pens. Seriously. Bron will tell you (I’m visiting her now and have several times in the past so she has firsthand knowledge), I cannot go in a store without meandering down the pen aisle (likely the notebook/journal aisle as well because you can never have too many notebooks). I always have pens with me, and I also use them in my main bujo. I color code the crap out of that things. Writing stuff is purple, editing stuff is orange, social stuff is blue….and so on and so on.

I can’t be alone in my pen love, right?

The last thing I’ll mention is writing friends and the power of holding each other accountable.

I have amazing writing friends, who are understanding and loving but never hesitate to give me a swift kick in the ass when needed. Finding ppl like this and building a support system – and being that support in return – is invaluable. And I’m lucky AF to have the group of friends that I do. I don’t know what I did to deserve them, but I will never take them for granted.

Bronwyn Green | Deelylah MullinGwendolyn Cease | Jessica De La Rosa

A Long Overdue Update

Well, 2016 is more than half over… Summer is coming to an end, with the older kids’ classes beginning on Monday and the youngest starting high school the beginning of September. The year has been flying by, that’s for sure. It’s been a busy year – with the day jobs, a kid graduating, planning an exciting trip I’m taking with my mom, and more – and it’s also a year of making big changes – tough changes but ones that will allow me to focus more on writing and actually getting books out. Took me a bit longer than I thought it would to get to this point, but it’s all coming together, and I’m able to write more regularly now.

kermit Which is exactly what I wanted, so who cares how long it took, right? I’m where I want to be now, and that’s what I’m focusing on.

So what can you expect from me?

Well, my next release will be a Bound book. I expect to release Safeword Protected this fall, and I’ll announce a specific release date as soon as I can.

I’m also working on Into the Deep, book four in my Albion’s Circle series. My original plan was to release this in September, but I’ve had to push that back a bit. It will definitely release this year, though.

It sucks in a big way to delay a release, and I hate doing it, so very much. But, I want to put out the best books I possibly can, and rushing the process (writing and editing and all that goes into getting the book ready for publication) isn’t the way to do that.

So… a Bound book and the next Albion’s Circle book in 2016. For 2017? Still in the planning stages, and I’ll share what I can when I can,  but, for now, I can say Albion’s Circle will come to a close early next year, and I’m very, very excited about that. That series has been and continues to be a labor of love for me.

And that’s it from me for now, friends. 🙂
Until next time,