2018 Writing Sucesses

It’s that time of year again where resolutions start popping up everywhere. I actually enjoy making New Year’s resolutions, but I approach them like any other goal I may make during the year. I know that I won’t be perfect and that they are things to constantly strive towards–not something to just give up on the moment you slip up. Right now, I am participating in children’s author, Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers. In her video today, she said something that I never thought of before. She believes that most New Year’s resolutions come from a place … Continue reading 2018 Writing Sucesses

March Writing Updates and Goals

I feel like it has been a while since I did a writing update. The beginning of this year has been hectic. I cannot believe that it is already March. Where the heck does the time go? While I could always be doing more, I feel like I have drastically increased how much I write compared to a year ago. I feel like consistency is a major key. I may only be able to write 500 words a day, but if I do that 5x a week for a month, that’s over 10,000 words. I’m still not quite hitting that … Continue reading March Writing Updates and Goals

November Goals 2017 – AKA Heck Yes!

So guess who completed every single day of Inktober? This girl! https://giphy.com/embed/14qb1Uhf40ndw4 *actual clip of me dancing Yeah, I’m just a little proud of that one. It wasn’t easy, especially towards the middle of the month, but I did it. National Novel Writing Month is up next. Hopefully, I can keep the momentum going. Last Month’s Goals Review Write 5 poems for anthology (I just couldn’t crack it and the deadline has now passed. Cue sad trombone music) Outline 5 chapter books (well, this kind of happened. But not all 5…) Finish RIP reading challenge (finished 3 of the 6, still working my way … Continue reading November Goals 2017 – AKA Heck Yes!

October Writing Goals + Exciting News!

So, before I get into my goals recap, I have a bit of news. I have been selected to be a judge for the Cybils Awards! I will be helping judge in the Fiction Picture Book and Board Book category. For those who don’t know, the Cybils Awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. You can learn a bit more at http://www.cybils.com. I am so incredibly honored and excited to participate. September was a bit discombobulated with Irma passing through and all that entailed. John and Sammy both were out of … Continue reading October Writing Goals + Exciting News!

September Writing Goals

Another busy month has come and gone. Things were especially hectic with school starting back up for my daughter, and my husband teaching again this semester. We’re starting to get into the groove though, so that is good. Before I do my usual recap, here are a few highlights from August that weren’t originally listed in my goals for the month I submitted two poems to some children’s magazines I applied to be a Cybils judge I joined NetGalley so I can start receiving and reviewing ARC (advance reader copies of books) I didn’t do too bad on my August … Continue reading September Writing Goals

August Writing Goals

Whoa. So July went by super fast. I have been having so much fun posting book reviews and writing a bit of poetry, that I forgot to give an update on how my writing goals went for July. Overall, I am pretty happy. There’s always room for improvement, but that is life. So, without further ado, here’s the update! July Goals Review: Finish final draft of Madam Fang and submit it (Oops…yeah, I dropped the ball.) Write 2 instagram poems (I have successfully posted poetry every week for the last 4 weeks!) Write book review (Yup. Lots) Run book giveaway (Heck yes! And there’s another going … Continue reading August Writing Goals

Why I’m Glad I Attended the SCBWI Mid-Year Workshop

So the SCBWI 46th Annual Summer Conference kicks off this weekend and I thought it would be a great time to recap the regional conference John and I went to last month. Let’s just say that we had such a blast in Orlando that we’ve now set a goal to attend the big conference in LA next summer. For those who don’t know, SCBWI is the largest children’s writing organization in the world. Basically, it is a nonprofit that facilitates networking for people (writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, booksellers etc) involved in creating children’s literature. In my opinion, it is an amazing … Continue reading Why I’m Glad I Attended the SCBWI Mid-Year Workshop

Exciting Times + July Goals

OK. So I’m actually really excited about a few things. John and I are collaborating again An editor is interested in seeing the completed manuscript for one of my picture books I got 3 more rejections (totaling 8 for the year) I’ve decided to do a semi-regular book giveaway (starting this month) 1. A few weeks ago, John and I attended an SCBWI workshop. It was great to get out together for the day sans children. Thank you in-laws! I will be writing a separate post specifically about the conference, but we learned a lot and were inspired. It’s been … Continue reading Exciting Times + July Goals