Weekly News & Goals 10/25/10

Whew! Last week was one busy week. Thanks to Jesi Lea Ryan for stopping by last Thursday, and to anyone who’s emailed about an interview or guest post, I’ll be getting back to you shortly. Anyone else who’d like to be featured either email me or leave a comment – plenty of Thursdays open…

If you’re interested in self-publishing as it relates to the romance genre, I’ll be guest-posting this Wednesday at the Aspiring Romance Writers blog – stop by and say “hi”.

This Week at The Variety Pages

Tuesday: Ch. 15 of The Biker’s Wench

Wednesday: Everyday Romance – Primal Urges

Thursday: The Plan for NaNoWriMo

Friday: Ch. 16 of The Biker’s Wench

Thursday at Beyond the Words

Media Kits

Goal Reports

Last week was crazy – very productive in some ways, insanely frustrating in others. I was off work all week, and took a few hours Monday to finish up the revisions for Desert Heat. It’s now in the hands of the editor, and hopefully getting all cleaned up and spiffy for readers. I barely had time for any other writing last week due to party preparations, and didn’t manage to get ahead on TBW. I’ll be happy to get back to regular writing this week.

On the personal front, we just barely made our own party, but a good time was had by all and the only household casualties were the pilot light on the water heater (which luckily, we discovered Sunday night), and the floor in the office where the dogs were contained. Apparently Lucy’s separation anxiety has progressed to epic proportions, and she managed to dig all the way through the carpet to the bare wood floor beneath, exposing a good foot and a half of wood. Good thing we were already planning to remodel the office over the next few months – I need a place to write that’s quiet on occasion, and a desk/chair for better posture. For those who may be worried, Lucy’s fine – next year I’ll make sure she’s treated with anti-anxiety herbals before the party.

Goals for the Week


  • Draft at least four chapters of TBW

  • Catch up on Marlow project

  • Create a beginning scene outline for NaNo


  • Finish the BSB web site and blog

  • Request two reviews for Tempest

  • Set up November contest on Goodreads

  • Research & start a Virtual Media Kit


  • Finish cleaning up party dishes

  • Prep goody bags for trick-or-treaters

  • Set up graveyard haunt for Sunday

That’s my week, along with going back to the day job – what’s going on in your world? Read any good books lately?

9 comments on “Weekly News & Goals 10/25/10

  1. Ardee-ann

    So sorry to hear about Lucy and the carpet, bless her heart and yours too. Glad you were planning a remodel anyway.

    Happy to hear the party went well. That is great!

    You have such ambitious weeks planned all of the time. I remember not only being that ambitious but being able to get most of the stuff actually done. I envy you. Good luck in achieving your goals.

    My goal this week is to finish firming up the outline for my NaNo novel. I am so happy that this time next week I will be able to be actually writing it. Woot!

    Have a great week and try to take some time for yourself.



  2. Avery K. Tingle

    Jamie, I learn so much from you it’s astounding. What kind of dogs do you have? Sorry about the carpet. That’s kind nuts that she dug all the way down to the wood floor.
    I think your goal outline is awesome, and I may start doing something like this myself in the future. Good way to keep yourself organized AND accountable. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Meg

    Poor pup!

    Yay outlining for NaNo!

  4. Jamie DeBree

    I pretty much figure if I get half the list done (all the deadline driven stuff), then I’m doing good. Aim high, my mom always said (along with “you can do anything”…which isn’t exactly true, but I do tend to try). 😉

    Good luck with your NaNo outline – hooray for new writing in a huge mass of writerly energy!!

    My writing time, deep in the dark, quiet late nights is my time to myself. Nothing better than dark silence to rejuvenate the mind…

  5. Jamie DeBree

    Lucy is a 5 yr old German Shepherd/Lab mix, and Gabriel, my other dog is an 11 yr old Doberman/Lab mix. They’re both rescues, and very sweet dogs even when they’re being rebellious. 🙂 Lucy has all sorts of health issues, and a few personality quirks like all dogs…we rarely lock them away, so she just freaked out, poor thing.

    It’s amazing how setting and posting goals makes them 1)more real, 2)easily remembered, and 3)harder deadlines (because I know people are watching). I highly recommend it – it’s very motivating for me. 😉

  6. Jamie DeBree

    I saw your NaNo post, Meg – good luck tightening up your outline! We’re almost there…should be a good year, I think. 🙂

  7. Dolly

    You certainly have a busy week planned. Best of luck with all your goals. I will be working on my WIP. Love your party pics 🙂

  8. Jamie DeBree

    Thanks Dolly – and good luck with your WIP! 🙂

    I need to get those pics up on the Scaryview blog too…

  9. Carol

    Hooray for more installments of Biker’s Wench and catching up on the Marlow Project. 🙂

    I had a minor meltdown when my web host wouldn’t co-operate, so I shut down my web stuff for the day and read Cross Your Heart, part of the Broken Heart series by Michele Bardsley. I also ate a lot of chocolate. 😀