So, long time, no post. Sorry about that. The end of 2020 was really busy with life and the holidays and things just kept moving. Once the new year hit, time just kept moving (funny how that works). I kept thinking about doing posts; writing updates, reading updates, maybe something to encourage others to write. But, I kept forgetting, filling my time with other things, and, before I knew it, we were halfway through February! Needless to say, none of those plans happened. But, I would like to start posting on here more. Making some changes with my platform, so to speak, to incorperate posting more. So, to start, lets catch up to this point because some good stuff has been going on.
So, 2020 has officially ended. I read 48 books of my 54 goal. While I didn’t make that goal, I still read a lot so I’m pretty happy with the number. I also know I read books that I didn’t add on Goodreads (that is how I track my reading) so I might have been closer to that number than I thought. Of those books, here are my top five favorites.
Finding God’s Will for You by St Francis de Sales, The Legend of Zelda and Theology edited by Jonathan Walls, The Neverending Story by Michael Ended, The Green Ember by S.D. Smith, and Moonscript by H.S.J. Williams. I made this image for my Instagram post.
For this year, I set the same goal, 54 books by December 31. Not sure if I’ll make it but right now I’ve read and finished 10 books. I’m also planning on reading all 5 Chronicles of Prydain in a row. Never read them before but have heard good things. I’ve only ever seen the movie and, after reading the first two books, I can say this; the film did not do it justice, but it is a much more serious books than what the film created.
How about you? Any reading goals or books you are jumping into?
Okay, do we even need to get into the book I was going to blog last year? Yes, I think we do. So, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know I was going to blog a book and publish a new part (chapter) here once a month. Well that fell by the wayside in April and I never caught back up. I am disappointed in that and it was all my fault. And it wasn’t because I wasn’t writing. It was because I kept jumping to other projects, which didn’t meet the goals for them either (publishing a novella and sending out my middle grade novel to agents). This has been a bad habit of mine for years now and has had this same effect every time. So, it is time to nip this habit in the bud.
Starting at the end of last year, I made the plan to focus on one project and work on it to a certain point before I was allowed to work on any other type of writing. This included flash fiction, which I’ve been publishing a lot of through Havok. Starting in November, I let myself writing as many flash fiction pieces for that month and then was going to exclusively focus on my novella, The Beauty of Magic, which was really close to being self published, for the next several months. So far, it has worked pretty well. I’ve already had one story published with Havok in January with another releasing this Saturday and another on March 9th and finished the draft I have been needing to get through for my novella so I could send it to a proofreader (who it is with right now!).
The plan is to publish The Beauty of Magic, a Snow White retelling mixed with other fairy tales, by spring to early summer so I am still only focusing on that right now. But, since it is with a proofreader and I can’t do anything until I get the draft back, I’m allowing myself to work on other projects. Since this is a laid back time, I’m letting myself bounce to the project I’m feeling motivated to write. That has ended up being a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I am really enjoying. It is going so well and is going to be longer than The Beauty of Magic. I’ve also been working on expanding one of my flash fiction stories into a novel but haven’t gotten that far yet. But, when my novella comes back, those go to the back burner as I return to that story. I’ll keep you posted on it as things develop.
The Beauty of Magic is not the only one I have goals for. In April, I’m going to finish the first draft of Woven Fate, the blog book project I had been working on last year than, after that, if the novella is done and I’m just working on publishing details (formatting, ISBN, copyright, actually publishing) then I’ll return to my middle grade novel, editing it so I can send it to agents and be immediately have it ready to send if they want to see more. If all goes according to plan, (I want to laugh right here) then I’ll be pitching and querying agents my middle grade novel while working on my self publishing goals. I also hope that I might get Woven Fate done and published by November/December of this year. But, I’ll have to see how realistic that is once I can turn more of my focus on it. For now, my novella, The Beauty of Magic, has my attention.
I’ll also still be writing and submitting with Havok during all this so I’ll be building in breaks to write those stories. Also, breaks from your main writing project can be good to keep it fresh and not burn yourself out. The goal would be to plan these breaks. Not be willy nilly about it, thinking, “This will be quick,” and other goals just keep getting pushed off. Everything in there timing and season, right?
If you are a writer, what are some of your writing/publishing goals this year?
So, those are some of my reading and writing thoughts of last year and goals for this year. I hope you continue to follow this blog and enjoy the writing/reading journey. I have another writing related thing I want to start this year (or maybe one or two other projects) but right now I’m going to keep it under my hat until it looks a bit more sure.
Hope you are having a great new year so far and, until next time…