Second Quarter Goals (June Update)

I see people buying graduation decorations and then it finally hit me that it’s that time of year again. My youngest graduated two years ago, so keeping track of when school is out has escaped me. I will say though, this school year has gone by quickly. That translates to it’s almost time for our trip this year. I can’t wait!

Cooking for the Orishas, the tenth book in Mojo’s Wiccan Series, is now available for pre-order. With that now completed, I will begin my focus on this year’s Junowrimo.

SECOND QUARTER GOALS 2017

JUNE UPDATE

Junowrimo began four days ago. Although technically I about 2000 to 2500 a day, I thought I would give it a go since my overall goal is to write 5000 works a day.

With that being said, let’s hope my housekeeping skills don’t become too lax since it will be words done first. I know I already need a day to work in my yard.

Write 15000 words a week.
I’ve been working on a five day schedule, and writing 3000 works a day has been tough. I’ve had good days as well as bad, but I keep pushing on.

Complete one 25000 novella every six week.
With all that’s been going on, editing seems to slow it down. Not stopping though.

Complete one nonfiction a month
Completed.

3000 Facebook Likes
2495 at the moment.

2500 Twitter followers
At 2297. A close one.

200 YouTube subscribers
So close at 193.

500 Instagram followers
439 and climbing. Starting to get the hang of it.

Purge old clothes
Completed. Still going to buy t-shirts when they are 5/$10. I stand by the face that you can never, ever have too many clean t-shirts.

Purge old files
Completed. Old files gone. Yes! Backup done? Yes! Just in time too. One external hard drive bit the dust. I was ready!

Organize pictures.
Completed. My only problem is that I have a cousin that’s the photographer of the family. She’s always posting pictures and there are so many from years ago. That will next on my to do list.

Planning vacation
Itinerary completed. Care for the four legged kids arranged. My only problem right now is should we stay in the hotel we usually stay in or go to a Best Western in Rzeszow, Poland. His dad’s place is basically in the middle of the two.

Until my next post and next quarter goals…

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Second Quarter Goals (May Update)

I see people buying graduation decorations and then it finally hit me that it’s that time of year again. My youngest graduated two years ago, so keeping track of when school is out has escaped me. I will say though, this school year has gone by quickly. That translates to it’s almost time for our trip this year. I can’t wait!

Cooking for the Orishas, the tenth book in Mojo’s Wiccan Series, is now available for pre-order. With that now completed, I will begin my focus on this year’s Junowrimo

SECOND QUARTER GOALS 2017

SECOND QUARTER  GOALS (MAY UPDATE)

With my days seeming to blur, I have been working hard to keep up with the goals I have set for this quarter.

Write 15000 words a week.
I’m at roughly 2500 words a day. I’m hoping to one day get to 5000 a day. One day.

Complete one 25000 novella every six week.
This has been difficult. The only time I’ve been able to totally focus on one is when I have a day off and it’s a day my husband works. Lately it’s been one day a week instead of the three I got spoiled with. I am 50% through, but it should have been done two weeks ago. That’s what happens when life pops up.

Complete one nonfiction a month
This has always been an easy one. I have more to work on other writing once It’s complete.

3000 Facebook Likes
2487 right now. Still a month to go. I’ve got to push on this one.

2500 Twitter followers
Since I hit my goal of 1500, I decided to add 1000 more for the last two months. At 2264 right now. This is going to be a close one.

200 YouTube subscribers
190 at the present time. Slowly, but surely.

500 Instagram followers
439 and climbing. Starting to get the hang of it.

Purge old clothes
I was doing so well with this and then we had a sale on t-shirts. My weakness. Like I said, I love t-shirts! As I told my husband, I’m preparing for our trip.

Purge old files
I started this and what happened? Hard drive stopped working. Started to get hot. Neither my son or I was able to access it. Instant paperweight. Some things I was about to find since I didn’t finish deleted the duplicates, but some, gone forever. Next thing is to back up my music. Almost 70 gigs of music I would really hate to lose.

Organize pictures.
Divided them by children and grands. My husband just gave me some that were in in mom’s possession of when he was little growing up in Poland. He was so adorable. Scratch that, he still is!

Planning vacation
Itinerary completed. Now, who’s going to take care of our four cats and two dogs? I really think we should board them this time around. My children work many hours and doesn’t seem right to ask them. Besides, if Sammy has his way, he’d eat all day.

Until my next post…

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Editing Your Writing

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One of the benefits of hiring an editor is in the reality that they are looking at your work with new eyes. You can mimic this with these few steps:

TAKE A BREAK AND LET IT BAKE

Let it sit for a few hours or a couple days before returning to it.

To be candid, a few hours in all probability isn’t going to be enough time for your eyes to be reviewing it with a renewed outlook, but for sure, a couple of days can create a enormous difference.

READ YOUR STORY OUT LOUD

Hearing the rhythm of the words will allow your ears to find errors that your eyes may miss

PRINT IT OUT

Editing on paper is easier than editing on a screen. Errors will jump out at you much more, and your eyes won’t be tempted to skim the page as quickly as they will on the screen.

If you must edit on the screen, change the font and size. It will be able to help you catch any glaring errors.

READ IT BACKWARDS

This is an effective way to check for typos—if you read backwards, from the end to the beginning, reading one word at a time, you’ll look closely at each word individually. You’re more easily able to catch misspelled words this way.

READ YOUR WORK AT LEAST THREE TIMES

Write your entire article out in full. Then reread it and fill in any gaps or holes that you see, and polish up awkward sentences. Then read it at least one more time for a final proofread and grammar check.

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