Monthly Recap: November 2017

This was sort of a weird month in that I didn’t get nearly as much done as I’d planned. I started out feeling optimistic, like I could conquer the world. But in reality, I was stalled.

Does that ever happen to any of you? All these grand plans but no motivation to execute? Or just not enough time? It’s not quite writer’s block or burnout… I don’t think it has a name.

I did get some pretty exciting news though… I was chosen as a new editorial intern for Entangled Publishing! That means I read submissions, write reports on whether to accept or decline, and follow those submissions through the publishing process. I also get access to all of Entangled’s workshops and conferences. I could not be more exciting. It’s an amazing opportunity to get my foot in the door and get a first hand look behind the scenes.

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So despite the disappointment of having to move some goals/deadlines around, I am determined to make December a more productive month despite the holidays. But I did get a few things done this month, so let’s talk about those first!

What I Read

GRAND TOTAL:  4

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart 

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

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What I Wrote

My goal this month was to make some serious headway on 700 Main revisions. That didn’t happen. Mainly because I realized it was going to be a much project than I’d originally thought, and quite frankly, I got overwhelmed.

I had planned on completing revisions by December 13th. That’s obviously not going to happen. But that’s okay. There’s nothing worse than rushing a project that needs as much time as it can get. Plus, agents and editors are usually taking a break this time of year, so my plan is to wait until January when they’re hungry for new stories.

Coming up…

It’s the last month of what has been a pretty crazy and weird year. I have one month left to accomplish the goals I set at the beginning of the year, and I am confident I can do it.

Revising takes up a lot of brain power, and my new internship will take a good chunk of time as well. So to be honest, I am not sure how much time I will have for reading and blogging. My plan is three new posts (including my yearly wrap up) and four novels:

  • If We We Were Villains by M. L. Rio
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Think I can do it? What goals to do you have the rest of the year? Let me know in the comments below!

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