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Got Goals? Time to Breathe

Big Goals BloghopI feel like I should be saying that September’s been a crazy month, but I really can’t. It saw a quiet release of While We Were Waiting (which, of course, was as hectic as any release is), but I really feel like this month has been more about taking a breath. I needed it. I really did.

I’ve been making big, positive changes in my life and business, and let go of a lot of stuff that wasn’t serving me. We did a major declutter of the house, getting rid of stuff that we’ve been carrying for up to 10 years, moved from house to house to house with. And I feel so much lighter in myself. We’ve still got a lot more decluttering to go, but the majority of it is done.

Which means I have my beautiful desk back. I’ve moved, having, finally, resigned myself to the fact that my office really is served better as my husband’s. I’m set up in a beautifully sunny corner of our bedroom, and I’m quite happy. I really needed this, after more than a year working at the family dining table. Jostling for space with homework and toys.

And I’ve also been decluttering my business, and my finances, and I’m happy. I’m happy to let things go that I was clinging on to for no other reason than habit.

So, yeah, after a difficult summer, September has been me taking a breath. Taking stock. Working out what I really want. And that’s more valuable than anything.

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Got Goals? Feeling the Heat

Big Goals BloghopLast month, I didn’t post a Got Goals? blog post. And I’ll tell you why: just two hours into the start of the summer holidays, my two year old son had a nasty fall and broke his femur. He’s still in a plaster cast now, and will be for another three weeks. Which means life can’t go back to normal until then. Not completely.

And the summer has been tough. Really tough. All of our plans had to change, and I faced a summer of entertaining a toddler who can hardly do anything (beach is out, playpark is out, most things are out), while saving my five year old from losing out on his summer holidays too. It was hard. There have been tears and meltdowns, and all of them from me. But, I’m not going to go on about that. If you’re interested, you can read all about my adventures with that here.

While We Were WaitingSo, let’s get back to the writing. July was Camp NaNoWriMo which, against all odds, I managed to complete to my set target of 25k. I finished writing While We Were Waiting, and moved onto starting my following book, The Notary of Gotliss Street. While We Were Waiting was subsequently edited (slowly), and sent out to beta readers, and will be released on September 18th. A month later than I’d originally planned, but there you go. I can’t control everything, and I need to learn that.

Other than that, the summer has been a bit of a bust, with me missing goals all over the place. But I can forgive myself for that, and I learnt a lot from it, about my limits, my time management, and what happens if I push myself too hard. Next summer will be entirely different, because I’ve learnt my lessons this year.

So, what’s in store for September? Obviously, the release of While We Were Waiting, which means final edits, dreaded formatting, and the joy of ordering a paperback proof (which, with the merging of KDP and CreateSpace may not go as smoothly as I’d like. We’ll see.) I’ve also been reading ‘Mastering Amazon Ads’ by Brian D Meeks (highly recommended by the way), and I’m hoping to start on that new adventure next month too.

But, it looks like I’ve rambled on enough here, so I’ll sign off now. September’s going to be busy. In fact, the rest of the year looks set to be pretty manic with two literary conventions where I am a guest author. Wish me luck!

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Got Goals? She’s Here!

Big Goals BloghopIn my post last month, I was sailing towards the end of Camp NaNoWriMo, which I did complete with a 25k wordcount goal. Really happy with that, and a good chunk of my next book, While We Were Waiting, is now written.

May has been a little big of a mixed bag. I’ve been busy plotting the rest of While We Were Waiting (and finally worked out what the ending would be just yesterday!), and I returned to The Memory Trader series with the final edits and formatting of The Sister before its release on 22nd. So, yes, another book is now out, and the reviews have been absolutely amazing!

It really feels like things are moving forward, and picking up momentum now. Like I might, soon, be able to actually justify all this! Something’s definitely shifted, and I’m excited to see where it goes.

So, looking forward to June, it would be great to get While We Were Waiting fully plotted, fully written, and maybe even out to the beta readers. Too much? We’ll see!

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Five Year Project: Storming Along

Five Year Project: Do You Have Goals?Things have certainly turned around since last month’s post when not very much was happening at all.

Glimpse: A New World, an anthology which includes my short story Nothing is Sacred has been released, the Britain Looks to the Future science fiction boxset, which includes The Bottle Stopper, is available on pre order, as is my first non fiction book, How to Survive Working From Home with Preschool Children, and I’m racing along with my target wordcount on my WIP, The Visionary. So, yeah, September’s been pretty damn fantastic.

There have been some frustrating times when circumstance has left me with a couple of days of getting no words down at all, but when you have a young family, everything’s a process of compromise and give and take. But, all in all, I’m getting along really well, and my wordcount chart only recognises a couple of blips in my progress:

wordcount chart

The important thing is that I’ve always managed to get it back on track. It’s amazing how one month can be so different to the next.

How are you doing with your writing goals?

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Pre order: Britain Looks to the Future

Britain Looks to the FutureBritain Looks to the Future: Best of British Independent SciFi Authors is a boxset of eight books (novels and novellas), written by British indie authors, and it’s now available to pre order on Amazon for just 99p/99c. That’s a whole load of SciFi for a very tiny price.

You can pre order your copy here:

The blurb:
Take a trip from the 19th century to the far future, with eight of the best British independent authors of speculative fiction. From Victorian zombies to intergalactic comic capers, near future wars to the human colonisation of space, there’s something for everyone.

The boxset includes my Paper Duchess series opener, The Bottle Stopper.