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2018: Laying It Out

Although I like to think of myself as a very modern person–look! I have my grocery list on my phone!–I’ve learned that sometimes it’s better just to sit down with paper and pen when I want to plan something, and so I bought myself a semi-snazzy 2018 planner and sat down to plot out the year.

As I wrote a couple of entries ago, trying to get my full-time writing career off the ground in 2016/17 was kind of ill-advised because I just had too much going on. I admire those who can shoehorn writing in amongst the job and the kids and the errands. I could sometimes, but only if I got up at a ridiculous hour of the morning to get in a couple hours, and even then it was difficult. Now I have the luxury of time, but I still need to have a bit of money coming in, which is why I do stuff for Textbroker (there’s a future blog post!), so I need to divide my words up–a thousand for TB, a thousand for my books. That doesn’t include book editing unless I find something needs a major rewrite.

The previous issue I had with Another’s Audience is just about resolved, but there are still some loose ends to be tied up. I’m just starting to look into Long Awaited to see what kind of work’s required on that. Since the three books were originally one, continuity is going to come into play, particularly with the revision to Another’s Audience. Once that’s done, I can concentrate on Unlikely Roles. My thinking is that if I have all of them ready to go, I can set up a publishing/promotion schedule that will allow me to start working on other projects and have them ready once The Gilded Cage series is done. Maybe later on I can have two projects going at once, but not now. Getting ahead of myself is one of my character defects. 😀

I did promise myself that I would update this blog weekly, and so I have. Sometimes it’s the little victories.

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