Somehow the beginning of June slipped by me. I know I’m not alone in the ‘where has the time gone?’ question, but I’m surprised that with all the technology and calendars I consult daily, today is June 5th, not May 36th :)
My writing goals for May were focused a little less on writing and more on story planning and reading. Every once in a while, the writing starts to feel stagnant. Some may call it writer’s block. I call it irritating. On May 1st, I decided that I would read five books just for the sake of reading and finish the outlines for two new novels I’m working on.
My reading goals were a flop. I read one book – Pentecost by Joanna Penn – which was excellent!
My writing goals faired better. I did finish outlining the second book to Gateways as well as refining my storyline and character arc for Circle of Pride. For both of these, I have hopeful completion dates of December 1st. I feel the need to complete these projects this year so I can spend the first few months of 2014 in the editing stage before the submissions start.
Some good news: My children’s picture book is nearing the release date. Frog’s Winter Walk will be available for purchase sometime in August. Here’s a sampling of my illustrator, Sarah Aman, amazing talents:
Yes, that Frog is wearing a feather coat and snake-skin boots :) He’s a scientific frog, you see, and is staying awake for the winter to explore the world beyond the green pond season.
I did find some wonderful articles and blog posts about writing. I spent much of May working on marketing Unforgettable Roads, and thanks to these links, I hope you will find some new ideas as well.
1. 7 Secrets to Writing Persuasive Back Cover Sales Copy by Joel Friedlander
2. How to Create A Custom Widget in WordPress by the folks at AuthorMedia.
3. Plain Language – 11 Tips for Brilliant Writing by WritersWrite – clearly a pen name :)
4. You Have Permission by Joanna Penn
5. Support-A-Writer – a social media community for writers headed up by Alana Munro
Happy Writing and Reading to you all!