Kids & Beat Sheets

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #19| 10 Minute Novelist: Update #10

I spent most of my time this week editing. I only have fifty percent left on the last set of edits pending, and I’m hoping to finish that tomorrow. I had it scheduled for the weekend but decided to spend the time with my kids instead. I really liked the new Trolls movie. I was a fan way back then, and love the new version.

They are off for Spring Break, so I’m planning to wake up early and do some writing or editing before they go out of their rooms. At least the older ones would keep the younger ones entertain for a while.

Also, I might give beat sheets a try. Two authors recommend the method, and I do need something to take me out of this stagnation. I have seen several online, but I think I’m going to buy Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes. Plus, there’s a Scrivener template and a PDF to follow along.

Since I’m planning to add more than romance to my next set of stories, I’d be adding other beat sheets to work the rest of the plots. But, I haven’t decided on a specific one yet. I’m still looking for something that would work with speculative fiction, mystery, etc.

As you see, I still in the planning stages. And with any luck, new words might be flowing around by the following week. Plus, I’d be re-working my writing schedule, again.

Accomplishments for week #10:

  • Read: 7 books
  • Reviewed: 4 book
  • Written: Weekly update for A Demon’s Duty to the Devil’s Son & Cavalry
  • Planned: Tried to do some outlining, but failed
  • Edited: Fifty percent done with the last set of edits
  • Promo: NA
  • Extras: many emails, posts, and many other words


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February ’17 Recap

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #16

Two months down, ten to go. Every month, I reassess my writing and editing schedules. I have one story to write and two more to edit. How far would I get? I don’t know yet, but I want to be done with it by the end of May. I’m taking the summer off because I’m moving out of state and I want to be sure all these projects are out of the way or as close as possible.

I accomplished a lot during February, but writing needs to be a priority during March. I have a short story marinating, and a novel to plan. Will see how the month ends.

Good luck, everyone!

February by Numbers:

  • 14 books read & review
  • 28 blog posts
  • 14 guest posts
  • 4 flash fictions pieces
  • 50% done with the second set of edits for BJH
  • 853 original words
  • 25,451 words written for reviews, posts, etc.

So far this week:

  • 2 books read
  • 3 books reviews
  • 3 regular blog posts
  • 1 flash fiction piece


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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #13 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #7

I missed last Wednesday’s update because it was release day for me. I thought I might have a moment to stop by for a small update, but it was a very busy day–not only with the promo but with real life.

Late this afternoon I sent the last guest post to my publisher. I started working on Dating in Retrospect a bit over a year ago, and I’m finally done. Yes, I still have to do some small promo here and there to keep the sales up, but the bulk of the work is completed. It’s finally time to put this characters to rest and move on. Definitely, no more 20 stops blog tour for me.

I’m taking most of Monday off. I’m just going to do my regular blog post and a book review, but I’m not working on any project. Then, time for some edits and new words starting on Tuesday. Just to start the process all over again. 🙂

Accomplishments for week #7:


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The Next Steps

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Update #11

It seems if I have been starting all my posts saying “the last couple of weeks,” but yes, the last couple of weeks had changed my perspective and the direction of my career. I think, my personal life is playing a role as well since I’d be moving to another state during the summer.

I am a Navy wife and I’m used to moving around when necessary. My husband retired a bit over two years ago and we thought our travel days were over, but we were wrong. The best part about moving is the opportunity to re-invent ourselves. My kids love moving too which is a plus.

This time, I’m using the opportunity to re-invent my career as well. I like what I do, but lately, the stories had been hard to write. I don’t think I love the genre as much anymore. I do love my characters, but they need to be free to make their own decisions. I mentioned before not wanting to write for deadlines this year and I think that still a good idea.

At the moment, I only have one more book to write for my publisher and I have complete control of where I want to take it. I do have some pending projects that need some editing and that’s what I’m going to concentrate in the next couple of months. By the end of the month, I should be done with all the promo for my upcoming release and I hope to use some of those days to plan the rest of the edits of my menage story.

After that, I’m writing that one book and editing two more. By the time I’m done is going to be time to move. I’ll play with ideas over the summer and plan my new stories. I’m not going to rush them, but by fall, I hope to be back to writing. I have two series that I’m planning to combine, and then, I’m going to look for an agent.

Why? Because I’m slowly realizing that I can’t write only one genre. I love MM Romances, but I want to try MF, and children books. I know, polar opposites, but that’s how my brain works. And I have learned to follow my instincts, which are telling me to let go an experiment around now that I have the chance and the time.

So far this week:

  • 2 book read
  • 2 book reviews
  • 3 regular blog posts
  • 4 guest blog posts
  • 1 interview
  • 1 flash fiction piece
  • Lots of promo work


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Kids & Writing

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Update #5

With the kids out of school on Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the last three days had flown by. On top of that, my ten-year-old science fair project was due today. Yes, last night she went to bed on time and I ended up gluing the last data slides on the project board. But that’s because I’m way too much of a helicopter mom.

This same kid decided to take violin classes after school. Therefore, two days a week I have to go pick her up after her younger sister gets home. And why I’m telling you this? Because we had to go to the music store to rent the violin and for the first time, I wrote self-employed in the employment field when I was filling the paperwork.

And why is this relevant? Well, for someone with two college degrees, it’s sometimes hard to write down stay-at-home parent when filling this kind of forms. Don’t get me wrong, I love staying at home with the kids and have refused to go back to work in an office environment because of it. I think it has to do more with my now long lost five & ten-year plans.

But I’m proud to report that when they asked me what I did, I said that I’m a writer. When he asked is I was published, I said yes. And when he asked what I wrote, I said romances. That needs to go one step further but I’m not sure the three middle-aged male employees would have appreciated if I had said gay romances. I might be fallen into the stereotype wagon, but maybe next time.

And talking about gay romances, I have an idea for an F/F short story I’m going to play around with today, to see if it’s viable. If not, I’m going back to the other two stories I should be concentrating on.

So Far:

  • 2 books read (one of them mine)
  • 3 blog posts written
  • 1 books reviewed (finally under control)
  • 1 flash fiction piece
  • Finished first round of edits for BJH
  • Promo work


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