Weekly News & Goals 4/4/11

According to my serial readers, after Friday’s prank I am
now a “sadistic wench” and an “evil genius”. I wear the
titles with pride, of course – and I can say with certainty that killing off
the main characters in a romance novel is not going to go over well with
readers. It was a pretty fun trick though…for me, anyways.

The newsletter is late this week, but will be out sometime
today. The weekend got away from me, unfortunately, but I’ll be back on track
here soon.

Last week was the final one for the Sex on the Page series –
thanks to all of you who explored the subject matter with Carol Buchanan &
I. I know I learned a lot just writing my half of the posts, as well as
exploring Carol’s take on the subject. I’ll create a link index of all the
posts later this week, and post it for anyone who wants to go back and revisit
the series. Thursdays will be open days again starting this week – if anyone
would like to guest post, let me know. Otherwise there won’t be a post on
Thursday, at least through the summer.

There are a couple of exciting new releases today, both from
Lyrical Press – Strand by Adam Slade (sci-fi), and Ordinary Angels by India Drummond (paranormal romance). Both authors are talented
storytellers, and I’d highly encourage you to check them out. As a bonus, India will be
stopping here on her blog tour Wednesday with a rather intriguing post on why
she hates the “R” word (romance). Do stop in and share your thoughts!

This Week at The Variety Pages

Tuesday: Ch. 60 of The Biker’s Wench
The “R” Word – guest post by
India Drummond
Ch. 61 of The Biker’s Wench
Excerpt from Dragonfly Dreams by
Franki deMerle

Also on Friday – Dolly Garland is doing a series on editing
at her blog, and this Friday I’m guest posting there. Stop by if you have a
chance, and we’ll talk editing.

Goal Reports

Last week was a great writing week – I started ahead, and
would have ended that way too if I hadn’t stayed up way too late several nights
in a row. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good week for much of anything else, so
I’m playing catch-up this week.

Before I list this week’s goals though – just a quick note
on this segment. You don’t see me patting myself on the back much here because
that’s not really the point. The goal reports and lists are an analytical
exercise for my mind – they help me step back, take an objective look at what’s
going on, and what needs to be done, and create a plan for moving forward. This
doesn’t mean I’m being “hard” on myself, or not giving myself credit
– believe me, my ego is very healthy and well-fed. But I do know what I’m
capable of, and these goals are a way to push myself a little farther, a little
harder than what I know I can do. They’re *supposed* to be challenging – and please
realize that I never actually expect to reach all of them from week to week.
Just as many as I can.

Goals for the Week


– 6 serial scenes
– 2 crits
– Finish the TBW draft


– Send out newsletter
– Update web site
– Start building FantasyRanchNovels.com
– Research ad space cost at major review sites


– 4 workouts
– 1 load laundry daily
– Taxes
– Loan application for home improvement projects this summer
– Update Goodreads

That’s what I’m up to this week – I also am in dire need of
a reading binge, so I’m going to use that as my daily “carrot” – try to get
everything done early enough to have more than my normal allotment of reading
time. Because reading is fun.

Anyone want to share one of your goals for the week?

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2 comments on “Weekly News & Goals 4/4/11

  1. Carol

    I think any week you reach all of your writing goals you deserve a pat on the back, and anything beyond that you deserve a medal! 🙂

    I’ve been trying to squeeze in more reading time too – mostly during lunch to get me away from the computer while I eat.

  2. Jamie DeBree

    I read at lunch every day…normally on my kindle, but at the moment I’m reading a paperback thriller by Ted Dekker – “Thr3e”…it’s incredibly good. 🙂