Weekly News & Goals 5/30/11 (w/video)

I’d say happy Memorial Day, but it’s not really meant to be “happy”. Instead I’ll just offer a heartfelt thanks to the soldiers who fight (and have fought) on our behalf, to keep us safe and uphold our country’s ideals. Of course I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the day off from the day job too…this post will go live long before I’m out of bed – unlike most mornings when I’m just getting out of bed as it goes up.

If you missed it, last week, I have new cover art! The most excellent Heidi Sutherlin of My Creative Pursuits finished the cover for The Minister’s Maid, my new serial Fantasy Ranch novel:


And then updated the design of The Biker’s Wench cover to match, along with finishing the print cover. The Biker’s Wench is scheduled for release on July 29th, of course, and hopefully I’ll have ARC’s ready around the first of July. Can’t wait to see this cover in print!

If you didn’t catch it yesterday, here’s this week’s W.I.P. Newscast, including the new book trailer for Tempest at the end. Visit Snake Bites for the text summary.

This Week at The Variety Pages

Tuesday: Interview with fantasy author C. S. Daley (video & text)

Wednesday: Writing Notes – Emotional Investment (video/text)

Friday: Chapter 3 of Falling in Public

Saturday: Episode 1 of Office Gossip (video, cross-post from Snake Bites)


Tuesday: Chapter 3 of The Minister’s Maid at FantasyRanchNovels.com

Thursday: Sales & Pricing at Beyond the Words

Saturday: Episode 1 of Office Gossip, a “Saturday Evening Soap” webcast at Snake Bites

Sunday: W.I.P. Newscast at Snake Bites (video)

Goal Reports

I started out way ahead last week, and slowly fell behind as the days wore on. It was just one of those weeks, and it could have been far more productive. Needless to say, it was the business stuff that suffered most, unfortunately (and I’m behind on my bookkeeping due to the video learning-curve distraction). Hopefully I’ll be more on top of things this week. Better balance would be good, I think.

The personal stuff on my list got about half done – we fixed the leak in the bathroom, and created a new one (smaller, but sheesh!). And I got started on yard cleanup too, in between rain showers.


  • 5 serial scenes, plus reevaluate the TMM scene for this week.

  • 2k on my thriller short

  • Finish the scripts for Office Gossip


  • Finish samples for author services

  • Add Tempest trailer to web sites

  • Buy a new block of ISBN numbers

  • Finish up promo items for Author Services

  • Update profile at Independent Author Network

  • Daily promo tweets

  • Catch up bookkeeping

  • Listen to a few Podiobook episodes to see how they’re done. I’m thinking about podcasting a few of my books, so this is research, though it should be enjoyable.

I told you I was behind on business stuff….


  • 3 workouts

  • Catch up Goodreads & organize the books/samples on my kindle (must do!)

  • Quit working by 12:30am to read.

So…yeah. Lots of business-y stuff to take care of this week, and lots of writing. I need to catch up on my serial reading too – Carol Ward has two going, Fire and Shades of Errol Flynn, both of which I plan to get caught up on today. They’re both fabulous – go check em out!

What’s on your agenda this week? Here’s to warm temps and better weather all around…

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3 comments on “Weekly News & Goals 5/30/11 (w/video)

  1. Carol

    Shh! Don’t tell anyone (I don’t want to jinx it) but the sun is out today. It’s been so long I almost didn’t recognize it!

    I can’t even keep track of all your blogs to read/comment on them, I can’t imagine how you’re able to post to them all, especially with all the other stuff you have going on. My hat’s off to you, lady, you’re the Queen of Productivity!


    Wow! Your productivity never ceases to blow my mind! This week I hope to do some beta reading, some revisions on book 1 in my urban fantasy series and maybe a little writing.

  3. Jamie D.

    Carol, send some of that sun over here, if you don’t mind! We need some rather badly… *sigh*

    As for the blogs…one day at a time. And I enjoy it. It would be a vastly different affair if I didn’t. 😉

    Good luck with your list, Brooklyn! Sounds like plenty to keep you busy (and thanks for reminding me – I have a short story to beta too…). 🙂