Year in Review

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Well, this post has been a long time coming. And now, a month after completing my goal, I’m again working to carve out time to write and update this blog with my review of the entire year of blogging and a hint to what’s next. I’ve been ridiculously busy—too busy, actually—but I’ve also hesitated to say what I plan to do because then that understandable pressure of actually doing it will start hounding me every day.

(sigh) Accountability…it’s simultaneously wonderful and uncomfortable…

Anyway, last February, when I started this blog, it was after much time, pondering, and deliberation. I’d like to say that I was planning everything out, getting organized on my goals and plans, but really I was trying to get over being fearful and let go of some perfectionist tendencies—such a bad combo.

Anyway, once I made myself just start blogging, it was less scary. There was still lots of pressure and lots of work, but less fear.

My daily goal of writing made me rework my priorities, Continue reading

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Month 12 in Review

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This is it! Month 12!

Yes, yes. I actually made it. I completed my goal of blogging for one year. Now, to be honest, I’m a person who likes to finish what I start. But I’ll reflect more on the overall blog and this last year in a post I have planned for later this week.

This month was all about getting back into the swing of things. After focusing on Nanowrimo in November and traveling and working hard in December, January was really about regaining my focusing concerning my goal of writing daily and getting those posts up on the blog. Thankfully this resulted in Continue reading

Month 11 in Review

review_month11It amazes me how little I can write when I’m busy and just trying to keep up with the basics. This is slightly surprising to me, considering I love writing. But I’m thinking that I’m also learning  a critical lesson through this practice that could serve me well if I’m ever paid to write full-time.

My lesson: I need to structure my schedule to ensure that I’m making time to write as my top priority if I’m actually going to be successful at the first step of writing–getting words on the page.

Obviously my good intentions to get back into the rhythm of writing Continue reading

Month 10 in Review

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Wow! So it’s kind of crazy to think that it’s December and that I’m almost two months away from completing this daily flash fiction blog*. This last month of writing has been a bit spastic for the blog.

I participated in Nanowrimo, which caused the majority of my November word count to be sequestered away in a Word doc, in the draft folder of this blog, and a writing app… I know. I know. Don’t ask…

It was very different challenging myself on a word count for one cohesive story and for some reason I started to feel anxious about writing, which NEVER happens for my fiction writing. It was extremely strange. I made some decent headway on my novel, but didn’t hit the goal of 50,000 words, which wasn’t as upsetting as I had imagined it would be, and for my demeanor, that’s a very good thing. However, that was November and in no way justifies my lack of posting in December.

For December… well, I have no excuses, so onto the regular rundown: Continue reading

Month 9 in Review

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So this month has been busy as usual, but it’s felt a little bit busier than usual. It could be because I’m participating in Nanowrimo for the first time ever, after knowing about it for about a decade now, while trying to keep up with my blog and do everyday life.

Although I feel like it’s been a lot, I didn’t want to give up my blog for a month and get out of the habit of churning out story ideas and writing something different each day.

They say variety is the spice of life, and although I enjoy writing about different things each day–that does keep the blog interesting, from my point of view–I’m continuing to post throughout the month of November simply because I want to finish what I started.

I’m still struggling with my time management, so if anyone has any tips on how you blog regularly and write and submit longer projects without your life falling by the wayside, please let me know!

Now, on to the regular stuff… Continue reading

Month 8 in Review

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This month has been busy and hard in a lot of ways. From the unusual to the unexpected–my dad came to town last week!!!–I found myself missing a lot of days because my attention was diverted elsewhere. The good thing is that even though I missed a whole week of posting–Thanks Dad! And really, thank you!–I’m not freaking out, feeling as if I’ve failed at blogging. This week, I’m just going to pick things back up and keep it going.

In the past few weeks, I’ve found some great resources for writers and bloggers, and writer-bloggers, so I feel like I’m learning a lot, practicing my writing and making more time to read and learn about writing. I’m also being more mindful of submitting my work and keeping my eyes open for great contests and opportunities to learn more about agents, publishing, and non-writing things writers do like book talks, promotion, networking, etc. The learning curve has felt steep for someone who’s only ever wanted to write and has paid little attention to all those other details. (sigh)

I’ve also gained some more motivation to organize things in such a way that I can tackle the two book ideas I have in the near future. But we’ll see…

Now, onto the review: Continue reading

Month 7 in Review

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It’s crazy to think that I’ve been doing this for seven months. Crazy because I’m closer to my goal of 12 consecutive months of producing flash fiction than I ever thought I’d be, honestly. There are tons of places in which I could improve, but I’m not freaking out about doing things perfectly. Instead my focus is being consistent and improvement, which is some serious growth for me.

This month I entered another writing competition with a piece I wrote several months ago for a different competition that I, apparently, didn’t enter even though I submitted my story via email. I think I probably would’ve had more success had I submitted my story via carrier pigeon, but everything happens for a reason, so I won’t stress it too much. If nothing else, it allowed me to enter an additional writing competition.

Also, I’ve been pondering this idea of the responsibility of writing and what I put out for others to read. I have a story now that I think could be really good, but I wonder if it would be irresponsible to publish something that Continue reading