Goals: May 2016

PIC1068506062At last. We have come to one of my favorite months of the year. So many fun things happen in May–including Mother’s Day and my birthday. πŸ™‚ This year just happens to include a book birthday as Bellanok: The Dragon’s Oath will be released soon.

So, what are my goals for the month? I have 2 writing goals and 2 life goals:

  1. Finish Bellanok 4 so I can release it in June. I should finish the first draft this week, then after a revision send it off to my CPs. Hopefully get it back mid-May so I can apply edits before sending it to my proofreader/formatter–and get ready for a June release! Who else is as excited as I am about this?
  2. Revise Bellanok as a whole to get it ready for paperback release. Yes, you heard that right. I will hopefully have a paperback version available sometime this summer.
  3. My husband and I sat up a new schedule/routine for us to find some stability in our crazy busy lives. We start today. So it is my goal to keep with this schedule and make sure that my family does as well. Hopefully this will help me to keep from dropping too many of my various spinning plates.
  4. My husband and I are also determined to start getting healthy. We both know what we NEED to do to get healthy, but we just keep putting stuff off in favor of more convenient options–largely due to lack of planning orΒ poor scheduling on our part. Number one this month is to get our diet under control.

I think that’s plenty for one month, don’t you? I’m looking forward to feeling better and less crazy, and especially excited about having another completed book–and one that is published at that!

What about you? What are your goals for May?

Share a couple of your goals, and let’s keep each other accountable!

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  1. Getting healthy is a numero uno around here as well. Accountability partners?

    Next is finish Reconciliation, then get a couple rounds of edits done and get it off to the fabulous Lindsay to work her magic.

    Surviving and thriving through my first book release would also be up there!

  2. You can do it!

    After rearranging some budget stuff, I am finally getting back on the Shake! I can’t wait. So, health is up there for me too.

    Specific goals for this month:
    1. Release Darkened Hope
    2. Content for Book tour May 16-20
    3. Get ready for FB Party May 21st. (Had a crazy dream last about THAT one…)
    4. Plan Get Wet night for the last game night of Awana.
    5. Get ready for the Costume Party June 4
    6. And not lose my sanity this month. Ha!

  3. I’m supposed to send my manuscript for my next Darby Shaw book to my beta readers this week, so after that, my focus shifts (after a short break, hopefully!) to working on the outline for the next in the series. That one I’m perplexed about because I’m not necessarily passionate about that story, it’s just one that needs to happen so my characters have a bit of a breather before I dump on them again. πŸ˜‰

  4. *sighs* May is super crazy for teachers, and somehow all my writing goals end up in May as well!

    1.)Prepare for and have two fantastic spring play performances without losing my mind (haaa).
    2.)Finish the vampire novella (if I only had two days to just focus on it… πŸ˜‰ )
    3.)Plan a boatload of awesome business-launchy things (those are technical terms, of course).
    4.) Help my husband with his spring sword-fighting event for youth
    5.) Exercise every day. Hah. I’ve been trying to at least take a ten minute walk, but even then, there is ALWAYS something else I could be doing, and if I don’t do it, I regret it later (more than the lack of exercise).

    • I’m with ya on the finding time to exercise. But, movement is movement, and during busy months sometimes all we can do it a 5-minute walk!

  5. I’m planning on reading 100 tv scripts. (And also possibly writing a short chapter book with my daughters.)

  6. 3 Main goals:
    1. Finish all scripts for my audio miniseries, “Shoo, Fly”

    2. Finish the NOVEL (1st draft) of Derelict

    3. Finish the audio miniseries script for “Derelict”

    #2 is actually top priority because I want to have edits started before RealmMakers, then 1, then 3.

  7. Jill Fortriede

    1)Once released to exercise, I am going to start the couch to 5k program (yet again). I hope to actually finish it this time…since I got my ankle fixed last summer.

    2)I want to work on my manuscript at least three times a week…admittedly, this one MIGHT be a bit difficult…

    3)Make sure to keep up with my blog. I missed one post last month…:(

    4)Love on my baby! (This will take priority πŸ˜‰ )

  8. My goals for this month are fairly straightforward, yet I’m wondering just how possible they are for my stage of life.

    1) Finish writing the 31 chapters left of my prequel (which is the first book I’ve ever written) before June.

    2) Start exercising again.

    3) More purposeful play time with my two little boys!

    4) Decide what I’m going to cosplay and wear to Realm Makers.

    • Those are great goals, Becky. And I’m so glad to see that you’re adding in purposeful play with your kids. As writers, we often get lost in our own worlds–as my own kids could attest to.

  9. 1) Continue on the healthy streak. Including getting to the point where I can bike to and from work (7ish miles round trip) by the time June rolls around.

    2) Finish the rough draft of ‘Darkling’.

    3) Start on edits!

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