RoW80 Update: Ups and Downs.

It’s funny how the world can shift, isn’t it? Not too long ago, my Wednesday check-ins were my better check-ins, filled with all the work I used to get done on Monday and Tuesday, since the weekend left me scrambling for an update on very little for Sundays. Now that I’ve moved into a new living situation, a new lifestyle, and a new town, everything has pretty much been flipped over backwards, and it seems that the beginning of the week is my rough time while the weekends are more productive. Hey, as long as something is productive, right? I think I’ve just still got the growing pains of the change, but I’m still diligently attempting to keep up with my RoW80 goals.

Let’s break them down, shall we?

Goal One: Promotion. I’ll admit to feeling a little disenchanted with the idea of ads on websites shipping books for you. I haven’t seen a lot of return from those, though I wonder if there’s something more I should be doing to make those work better for me. I recently got on the Wall of Books, and reached out to Therin Knite in an attempt to get back down to the more personal way of marketing. Therin is great, supporting lots of writers through blogging, so I’m excited to have Soulless featured there.

I’ve been talking a little more about World Unknown Review, and some interest has started to spread (thanks for the shout-outs, Eden and Shan!), plus I even got my first submission, so that’s pretty rocking.

Goal Two: Short Stories. I haven’t had much time lately to really focus on my shorts and sending things out, although I have finally pulled up “Shadow Wolves,” which I plan to send…somewhere by the end of the day. Finally having a day off hopefully means getting short work finished. I finally narrowed in on a story I’d like to submit to Gothic Blue Book, after several attempts, and just in the nick of time. The deadline is August 31st, so I’ve got to get that going. If not today, I also have Friday off, thank goodness. Here’s to hoping I can get it worked out!

Goal Three: Madeline. I remember how excited I was last check-in to attack Madeline in bits and pieces, but I’m back to writing it more stream-lined. I think that’s just how I write best. I’m moving on through Chapter Three, which builds up the main plot of the first half of the book, so it’s been a little interesting building the pieces up. Chapter Three should also (finally!) be finished by the end of the day.

So, a few ups, a few downs, but overall a pretty solid check-in. How’d you all do? Have you checked in with my fellow RoWers here yet? ‘Cuz you should.

Happy writing, everyone!


    • Thanks, AmyBeth! I hope so too. And the new place can throw things out of whack, but it can also be a refreshing change of pace. Again, there’s that balance again. I think that’s generally the theme of this update.

    • Thanks, Ruth. Yeah, even if I have just one productive day, I think I’m in good shape. I don’t think anyone out there can keep up productivity for a whole week; you need at least one (or five!) relax days. πŸ™‚

  1. Change, big or small, has a way of upending even the most disciplined of us. It sounds like you’re settling in to a new routine, so that’s good. Happy writing and good luck with promotion!

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