Monday, December 2, 2013

Done and Undone

So there is a little less than one month left in this year, right? So I figured it was time to inventory what I really still needed to do. This year has had some wacky twists to it and I'm not at all sure I've met my goals, though I've accomplished quite a bit. But THAT assessment is something I do the last few days of the month. THIS one is more an “I think I can still manage” thing.

Gorgeous, eh!?
First news... I pressed publish on Book 5 last night and TODAY I will get sent the copies for people who have won subscriptions or have reviewed #4. (Note: I am doing this for ALL of them—the first 10 reviewers get the next book free, and thus far, only book 1 has more than 10 reviews—IFF I don't have your email and you want that freebie, you need to send it to me: hartjohnson23(at)gmail(dot)com.

So HERE'S what ima do in December...

A Shot in the Light Progress

1)  Edit Book 6 for 2nd readers
2)  Format the first SET (Books 1-4) for paperback and other eVersions.
3)  Finish writing Book 9 and write Book 10 (though I now know there will be two more AFTER that)
4)  Edit Book 6 for copy editor and publish it at the end of the month
5)  Edit book 7 for 2nd readers
6)  Edit book 8 for 1st readers

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Other Writing/Publishing

1)  PAGE PROOFS for Keeping Mum
2)  Polish What Ales Me for Ellen to see if she thinks it will sell (I think it will)
3)  Organize book ideas (I have a bunch of notebooks with scattered ideas and I try about twice a year to put them in a spreadsheet so they are all together.
4)  Make my 2014 plan for writing and editing
5)  Decide on what I am entering for ABNA and figure out what needs to be done
6)  Blog twice a week until the last week when I can do a little more, as I'm off work (see below for reason).

If only we can avoid this...

1)  I have a brand new office and a much bigger (pretty exciting) job. Sadly this means some limiting of my blogging because I don't have time during the day to visit others—I figure if I blog twice a week, then I can take a few days to do those reciprocal visits.


1)  HWMNBMOTI started a new job last month, so I have some extra home commitments... feeding my children now and then... things like that.
2)  It is ALSO December, so I need to do a little holiday prep—shopping, decorating, baking.
3)  Oh, to avoid holiday weight gain... it won't happen, but I can try to limit it some.

Any of the rest of you desperately trying to salvage your year's productivity?


historywriter said...

Sounds like a good plan. I'm trying to get Timber Rose out and make some decisions about other work. That's enough to drive me crazy for a while.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I can't believe it's December already! I've set some goals for goals for the month, including letting my NaNo draft sit for a bit and working on other fiction, plus doing some cleaning out and organizing of my desk and files, etc.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the next installment, Hart!
I'm only posting once or twice a week now - gives me time to catch up with comments.

Crystal Collier said...

Lady, how are you even sane right now? I'm dizzy just from reading this.

Old Kitty said...

Book 6 already!?! You are super duper awesomely and most NAKED of all!! Yay for you!! Take care

Sarah Ahiers said...

I will be SHOCKED if What Ales Me doesn't sell. The first time you spoke about it, i knew it was a winner

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, that thing you're doing with reviews is a cool idea! I may have to try that at some point.

And I completely forgot about ABNA! Hmm...

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Great plan, Hart! And it really helps to list everything, doesn't it?

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Hart,

Thanks for visiting me today. I've missed you. Sounds like your are INSANELY busy as usual. CONGRATS on the new job. Really happy for you.

ABNA… EEEKKKKK! Already. Geez. I had hoped to have my newest WIP finished, but that ain't happening.

I have two weeks in Florida to pull myself and work together before returning to the frozen Tundra an the holidays. Who knows if I'll even decorate…. But BAKING is a MUST!!!

Hope all is well.


Helena said...

I read your to-do lists and am now so exhausted I must go lie down.

Okay, I really should know this, but is Ellen your agent? And of COURSE What Ales Me should be published, followed by a book signing event and beer drinking party in Portland.

Tina said...

Not really working on salvaging productivity so much as sanity...too much to do, not enough time. I'll keep my M-W-F blogging going because it keeps (semi)sane, and then focus on family and health. The health so I can do the family thing...
Tina @ Life is Good

Megan Bostic said...

Sounds like you're going to be very productive. November got away from me. I'm going to work on the novel I'm writing and publicize the one that's out. That along with Christmas shopping, baking and holiday other things should keep me quite busy.