May Goals (ROW80 Update)

With the move, a lot of things have been back-burnered, and although I’m not yet ready to jump right back into the swing of things (there will be some intensive cleaning, settling in, and maintenance-doing around the Brockmeyer casa this week), I am ready to poke my head up and take a look around to see where I’m going next.

Mid-month isn’t too late for a goal post, right? Here’s an April re-cap:

April ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Use a timer! Did it! (Not quite a habit yet, but works when I use it.)

Work on Charming Cora Yeah, nope. My only big ‘ol fail.

Short blog daily Did it! I’m a survivor. And sorry for getting that song stuck in your head.

15 minutes of German daily Did it! (Probably 70% success on this.)

Plan out mini-sesson for MMRWA Retreat Did it! And didn’t die of embarrassment while I presented!

MMRWA Retreat Apr. 24, 25, 26 Done! Can’t wait ’till next year.

M, W, F Mid-Michigan Romance Writing 101 FB posts Did it!

Galesburg Museum Project Revisit Apr. 27 Need to give some structure to this project. Did some!

Buy a house? Did it! We now have our own little MCM gem and it’s so, so cool.

ROW80 sign up/goal post on Apr. 8 Did it!

Retreat basket Did it!

Looking back, that’s really not too bad. Except that, with everything else going on, writing seriously fell by the wayside. That can’t happen the rest of this month. My biggest goal will be to make writing a daily habit again.

Mid-May ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Write daily.

Continue to use a timer

Evaluate my Project List

Follow up on Harlequin Submission (and change contact info)

Structure Galesburg Museum project

15 Minutes daily German

Submit PRO application to RWA

Writing jumpstarts? Flash fiction or short story?

I guess that’s about enough to get me started. Let’s hope that writing down goals really is the first step in accomplishing them. How about you? Do you have lots of ambitious goals going this month? Or what’s left of it, anyway?

(P.S. If you’d like to share your goals and progress, check out the ROW80 blog!)

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If all goes as planned, here’s the view I’ll have this weekend:

View from the deck at the Bay Pointe Inn.

The Bay Pointe Inn is this year’s locale for my local Romance Writers of America chapter’s annual retreat–the Mid-Michigan RWA will be celebrating 30 years! I’ve only been a part of the group for two of those 30, but what an amazing bunch of women. I’m proud to be a part of such a kick-ass bunch of writerly gals.

Hope your weekend is just as awesome! heart

Funny

Funny. This is a word that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Especially since I’m going to be doing a mini-session on the topic of writing comedy into romance at my RWA chapter’s retreat in a couple of weeks. (What’s really funny is how terrified I am about that…)

 

I’ve written some funny stuff. To me, anyway. I go back and read parts of Lucky in Love and just giggle. But what’s cool is that in the course of researching for this class, I’ve found out why some of that stuff is so funny and how to do it on purpose, instead of just sticking words and scenarios out there and hoping they make your readers laugh. No presentation spoiler alerts here, since I’m not going too much in depth, but some of the most interesting info I got was about word choice and letter sounds. Continue reading