Weekly News & Goals – 12/13/10

First off, I just want to quickly thank those of you reading my serial draft, even if you don’t have the time or inclination to comment. Just knowing people are out there reading it is a big part of what keeps me motivated and writing, as well as striving to do better, even in draft mode. I appreciate you.

This is always kind of a “meh” time of year for me…and I have no good reason for that, other than the holidays have always felt like one giant obligation to me, rather than something to be enjoyed and savored. Even so, I normally don’t have quite the amount of bah-humbug going on that I do this year, and I was feeling kind of guilty about that until my husband reminded me that I’m working two jobs, really. My day job, and whenever I’m not there, my fledgling writing business. And because of that I value my free time at a higher premium…something “decorating the house” might not really be worth.

So I left the majority of my decorations in their storage tubs this year, put up a smaller tree (and left half the ornaments in their tubs too), and I’m not going to feel guilty about that. I don’t currently have a working printer, so there will be no family newsletter this year, and I’m not feeling guilty about that either. I’m just going to accept that this year, I need “me” time more than I need to fulfill traditional obligations, and be fine with just the bare minimums. Maybe next year I’ll be in a better place to enjoy those other auxiliary things again.

Not that that’s really “news” – consider it a holiday manifesto in lieu of the news.

*Side note – the word “manifesto” makes me want to watch Jerry Maquire again….

This Week on the Variety Pages

Tuesday: Ch. 29 of The Biker’s Wench

Wednesday: Everyday Romance – Gifting the One You Love

Friday: Ch. 30 of The Biker’s Wench

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Goal Reports

Writing-wise, I made decent progress, but didn’t quite get to The Minister’s Maid. I’m afraid that’s going to have to go on the backburner for awhile, as I need to figure out how it fits with and splits from The Biker’s Wench for now. I’ll pull it back out once I get closer to finishing TBW. No rush.

I’m behind on the Desert Heat edits, but not terribly so. I’m going to work hard to finish them in the next two weeks, because I’ll be giving away ARC’s on Goodreads as of January 2nd, so I’ll need proof copies to mail by then. The Goodreads giveaway starts Wednesday if you’d like to try to win a copy. The release date will definitely be January 21st. I’ll have the sample chapters done by next weekend, if not before.

The blog for my thriller-writing alter-ego, Alex Westhaven, is online and open now at http://alexwesthaven.com. The Angel Eyes draft will be serialized just as I do here, but due to the nature of a thriller novel (and open blog format there), I’ll also be posting random bits of research, character notes, etc both before and during the draft. If you like thriller novels, and you are interested in the “behind the scenes” work as well as the actual draft, you might be interested in joining me there. More details will be posted over there later this week.

I pretty well covered the personal goal report above, so no need to repeat that…

Goals for the Week

Writing

  • Two scenes for each serial draft, on time.

  • Complete at least half of Desert Heat edits

Business

  • Assign ISBN numbers to Desert Heat, list on Goodreads

  • Format and post DH sample chapters.

  • Start GR giveaway for ARC’s

  • Mail out bus. cards for promo trade.

Personal

  • Write and send Christmas cards.

  • Finish Christmas shopping

  • Buy new dress pants for work

  • Take time to relax and read.

That’s my week…what’s on your agenda? Are you excited about the holidays, or just waiting for them to be done, like myself?

4 comments on “Weekly News & Goals – 12/13/10

  1. Carol

    I’m pretty ‘bah, humbug!’ myself this year, even more so than ususal. At least you have your tree up.:-)

    Looks like you’ve got a lot on your plate, as usual. Have a great week Jamie!

  2. Jamie DeBree

    Thanks Carol…sorry you’re scroogy too. Hopefully we both snap out of it, eh? Or not. LOL

    You have a great week too. 🙂

  3. Ardee-ann

    Lord have mercy girlfriend, where do you get your energy. You have quite a lot on your plate. Kudos for having the organization, energy and ambition to get all of these things done.

    I am just trying to survive the holidays. So far I don’t think they will be too bad but then I do MINIMAL preparation. I am kind of a Scrooge although I do like to listen to Christmas music.

    I wish you well in all your endeavors. You are a rock star in my book.

    Ciao Bella,

    Ardee-ann

  4. India Drummond

    Well done on saying ‘no’ to guilt! It does no good and just adds to the problems. Sounds like you’ve had a great year this year!