June Writing Goals

So it’s been a few months since I have really practiced good writing habits, and I finally have a bulk of time in my schedule that will allow me to really sink into some projects. I have been thinking about trying to make June a banner month for writing, and had been hoping that it would also be a Camp Nano month so I would have a little extra motivation. Unfortunately, the next Camp Nano isn’t until July, so I’ll have to go this one on my own. So I decided to blog about it, instead!

My writing goal for this upcoming month is going to be the most I’ve ever written in a single month. Many have heard about my exploits and successes in writing 50,000 words in one day on November 1st, 2013, but I’ve still yet to break the 100,000 word mark in a single month (that I’m aware of, I know I’ve come close a few times). I want June 2014 to be that month. In fact, I want to go above and beyond.

My goal for June 2014 is 120,000 words!

There are a few projects I plan to be working on as I make my way toward this goal, and I will be blogging about my successes and failures as the month progresses. I will try to update my daily word counts on My Facebook Page and Twitter, so make sure you follow me on those locations to get more real-time updates between blog posts.

As of now, I’m editing a novella that I wrote a while back and hoping to get it published sometime in the coming weeks. Then I’ll be doing a bit of planning to prepare for the upcoming months. I’ve only got a few days before I have to start pumping out some serious daily word counts (3,000 words / day is nothing to sneeze at).

Cheers!

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First Public Appearance!

Hey everyone!

As I may have mentioned before, I’m going to be doing my first public speaking appearance at this year’s Comicpalooza here in Houston. I didn’t make much of a big deal about it before because I didn’t know what the final schedule was going to look like, but I just received an email confirming everything.

I’ll be speaking on 4 panels spread across Friday through Monday. Here’s how the schedule lines up…

Fri 5/23, 12pm-1pm – From Roleplay to Novels: Turning Stories into Books
Sat 5/24, 11am-12pm – Victorian Gothic (Steampunk)
Sun 5/25, 1pm-2pm – Humor in Science Fiction andFantasy
Mon 5/26, 2pm-3pm – Indie, Self, and Traditional Publishing.

I’d love it everyone could make it out to support me. Leave me a comment below or shoot me an email if you can and we’ll be sure to get together and I’ll share all my feelings of inadequacy with you.

Here’s Comicpalooza’s website with more details about all the other people you’ll want to see while you’re there!

http://www.comicpalooza.com

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Getting Organized

Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 4.11.25 PMOrganization is one of those things that I love but am horribly bad about practicing. I see the value in it, I see how I can improve all aspects of my life by getting better organized,
but I am constantly struggling to implement the little things that can help keep me organized on a daily basis. Because of this, I’ve decided to do a little series of blog posts about organization, and the various things I do in my life to try and keep myself on the straight and narrow.

This first post is going to be an overview of the various tools I use in my day-to-day life to keep myself from going insane. I’m not going to go into details on any of these programs, but rather just list out what they are and their various uses. I’ll go into more detail on them in future posts.

Organizational Tools

  • Scrivener
    • This is the writing software  I use for all of my projects. But what sets it apart from most writing programs is that it’s more like project management software than just intended for writing. It’s action packed with features, and I could probably dedicate an entire website to sharing how I use Scrivener and the various things it can do.
  • Calendar App
    • The more diligent I am about staying on top of my calendar, the most productive I am. I work my best when I’m looking at my calendar everyday so I have a sense on what I need to get done to meet both short term and long term goals. If I have a blank calendar, I’m probably being very inefficient.
  • Trello
    • This is project management software I just found that actually inspired me to make this post in the first place. I only just began using it, but so far I’m a fan. Looking forward to sharing how I setup projects and tasks to make sure I get everything done.
  • Wunderlist
    • This is a list app that I’ve been using for about a year now. I don’t use it as diligently as I used to, but I’m still pretty good about adding things to it that I don’t want to forget.
  • Daily To Do Lists
    • This isn’t an app at all. Just grab a piece of paper and make a to-do list for your day. I’ll go into more details on how, why, and when I make these lists. They’re very important.
  • Freshbooks
    • I’m slowly transitioning everything over to QuickBooks, but for most of the year I’ve been using Freshbooks to track business expenses. Even after switching to QB for accounting purposes, I’ll still be using Freshbooks for time tracking purposes. I’ve found a wonderful app called ChronoMate that syncs to my Freshbooks account and lets me quickly and easily track all of my time. I’ll go more into the importance of this later on.

So that’s a quick overview of some of the things that I do and use on a daily basis to keep myself organized and on task. What do you do to make sure you’re meeting all of your personal and professional goals?

Leave a comment with your thoughts :).

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