Weekly News & Goals 5/22/11

So there I was, minding my own writing
last week when my lovely cover artist – who you may know is also a
writer – started talking about audio books and how she’d like to
do that with her book. The conversation wound around to podcasts
(which I considered doing and may still experiment with), and then I
had to share the link to Xtranormal with her, because it seemed only
fair since we were talking about multi-media. Xtranormal, for those
who don’t want to click through, is a do-it-yourself animated video
studio where you can type in text, tell your characters what to do,
and in a matter of 20 minutes or so you can have a very simple video
to share with friends. If you need a procrastination tool, head over
to the web site and play awhile.

Having a bunch of stuff to
procrastinate on this weekend, I decided to download the desktop
program to my computer and play awhile. The result is a new weekly
feature that will post first on the Brazen Snake Books blog, and
again on this weekly news post for those who are interested in what’s
happening in my WIPs, as well as general news items from BSB. It’s
pretty fun, I think, and I hope you’ll watch if you have the
capability on your machine. The videos are also on YouTube.

I’m working on a video to accompany
the Weds. Writing Notes blog post – we’ll see how that
goes. And if all goes well, I’ll have something fun to post on
Saturday too. Stay tuned…

This week’s W.I.P. Newscast

This week at The Variety Pages

Tuesday: Guest post by Author
Liz Borino’s characters

Wednesday: Writing Notes –
Making a Scene

Friday: Ch. 2 of Falling in

Saturday: ???


Tuesday at FantasyRanchNovels.com – Ch.
2 of The Minister’s Maid

Wednesday I’ll be guest posting at
#Amwriting.org blog on organization for busy writers.

Thursday at Beyond the Words
I’ll be posting on Creative Promotions (naturally)

Goal Reports

I didn’t do too badly last week,
considering my day job was insanely busy and draining, which left me
less time/energy to work on writing stuff. All the serial chapters
went up on time, I got a little more done on my thriller short, and I
largely ignored the promo I was supposed to be doing in favor
of…ahem…more shiny things. Most nights I was in bed by 1:30am,
though I did miss a few, and I still haven’t gotten back to my
Goodreads account (good grief!).

This week should be far more calm, so
I’m hoping to get a lot done. And a three-day weekend at the end –

Goals for the Week


  • 5 serial scenes

  • 2k on IYD (thriller short)

  • “Sweet” short story


  • Formatting samples (must do!)

  • W.I.P. Newscast

  • Promo items

  • Daily promo


  • Keep laundry caught up

  • Catch up Goodreads records

  • Clean up in the yard if it’s
    nice next weekend

  • Start working on our bathroom
    project next weekend (fix leak, paint cabinets)

And that’s it – anything else is
extra. So…how are things shaping up for you this week? Anything fun
planned for the long weekend?

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3 comments on “Weekly News & Goals 5/22/11

  1. Carol

    Your newscast is awesome! I’m really looking forward to seeing more of them. 🙂

    We’re at the end of our long weekend, and for my fun I had the Star Trek movie marathon on T.V. while I worked on my lap top. 🙂

  2. Dolly


    It’s so fun!!

  3. Jamie DeBree

    Thanks ladies – it was fun to make! 🙂 Although I worry about people on slower connections having issues with them (my connection at work has to buffer here and there)…

    Nice on the ST marathon, Carol. I bet that made you quite productive, right? 😉