Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Update

Wow, tomorrow is the first day of February! I can't say I'm sad to leave January behind since this time of the year is always a little blah, but it still feels like time is moving fast.

Taking a look at this month, I think I did fairly well. I spent a lot of my time reading. Between audiobooks (I listened to Dumplin' and loved it!), ebooks, craft books, and beta reading, I was plenty busy.

I'm ramping up for much more writing in February though. It's time to finish polishing and line-editing my YA novel and then...start querying. Eek!  I'm sure I'll be writing more about that in future posts though. ;)

Okay, here's my sticker calendar for the month...


See you next month!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

2016 Goals

Now that 2016 is in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for this year. It’s always a little scary to write out your goals because that makes them real. And it’s even scarier to put them on a blog because that means they’re public. *cringe* 

BUT, I’m going to do it anyway. Hopefully this will make me accountable to myself and to everyone else who reads this. So, here it goes…

1)      Complete my novel manuscript this spring.
2)      Create a list of agents and begin querying (and perhaps softly weeping. No, no, just kidding!)
3)      Complete a rough draft of a new YA novel by the end of summer.
4)      Finish a revision of that novel by the end of 2016 (at least).
5)      Revise the picture book manuscript I’ve been working on and write drafts for two other picture book ideas.
6)      Attend 1-2 SCBWI conferences.

Whew! I’m already exhausted.

There are other goals I’d love to meet as well, but above are the ones I can control. I can write and revise to the best of my ability. I can attend writing meetings, workshops, and conferences. I can query agents.

I can’t control whether an agent will offer me representation or an editor will take a liking to my work.

(Boy, wouldn’t that be nice though? ;))

So, I’m just going to focus on doing what I can and work toward having a productive 2016. I hope everyone else does the same!