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Christmas Week

How was your weekend? Spent a wonderful Friday night having dinner with friends (Jo, Belle and Tricia, thank you for a great event). Squeezed in a little shopping and a quickie road trip to check out a college for my daughter (she finishes junior college this spring). Whew!

Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals…

1) LAST WEEK’S POSTED GOALS:

*Continue revising the rough draft for RescueAlmost done!

I got the first critique back from a beta reader (thanks Jennifer!). It was very constructive. I did an 180 and revisited Regress. There were a few minor things I needed to address. So I spent the weekend working on those changes. I will go over them later today with my critique partner.

*Meet with my critique partner. Postponed until today. The dinner with my tribe required a postponement. We’ll be meeting today to discuss changes to Regress.

2) THIS WEEK’S GOA LS:

*Complete changes to Regress.

*Continue revising the rough draft for Rescue.

*Prepare for changes to this site. Yes, you read correctly. My blog will be a year old this week! 

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This blog will be moving to an author website! Keep an eye out for the announcement. If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you’ll know the minute it goes live!

3) A FAVORITE LINE FROM MY STORY OR ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Be open to change. When I planned the date for the release of my first book, I included time to make changes suggested by beta readers. I anticipated there would be changes. I’m glad I thought of it early on in this journey. When I got the critique I wasn’t dismayed. If anything, it encouraged me to fix what needed to be fixed. I don’t just want a book on Amazon. I want a book people enjoy reading. I want the possibility of 5-star reviews. I can’t get that if I’m inflexible and refusing to change anything.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Boredom. I wanted to write something new. So I sat down and wrote out the propaganda pieces for Book Three in the Alliance Chronicles. Each book in the trilogy has propaganda bits heading each chapter. Writing out forty of these bits satisfied my need to write something new.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: It continues speaking to me. I’m tightening up Book One, revising Book Two, and now Book Three is revealing itself to me.

Well, that’s it for this week.

Remember, life’s short and there are NO guarantees. Embrace it and enjoy yourself! Have a great week!

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