Setting my Q2 Goals


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The second quarter of 2016 is starting with a bang, and it’s not going to let up anytime soon. At least not for me. My schedule this quarter is so jam-packed full of projects, it’ll be a miracle if I get them all done.

I’ve tried to be as reasonable when setting goals as possible, but I do believe in shooting for the moon. That being said, I’m going to do my level best, and if I don’t end up getting all this stuff done, it won’t be the end of the world.

And, no, this is not an April Fool’s joke.

Q2 Goals

Editing and Writing

The first goal I really want to achieve this quarter is to edit and release a book on writing mechanics. I’ve got a whole series of blog posts about crafting a complex plot from a simple message, and I’d love to turn it into a helpful ebook. So that’s goal number one for Q2.

Starting today, actually yesterday if I’m being honest, I began the major revisions to New Name, the third book in the Destiny Trilogy. It’s scheduled for release in December, and we have a ton of work to do before then.

At the same time, while I’m taking breaks on New Name revisions, I’ll be starting the content edit for another potential Crosshair Press book. I will also be starting a major rewrite for the second Lightkeepers book (yes, the first one just came out two days ago), but book two needs work. And I’ll be outlining a comedy novella scheduled for 2017.

So, as you can imagine, most of Q2 will be writing and editing for me! I’m actually very excited.

Events

We don’t have a lot of events scheduled in May or June, but April is LOADED. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • April 8 and 9 – 2016 TPA Convention at Booth 24
  • April 16 – Lightkeepers Official Release Event, location TBD
  • April 20 – Coffeeshop Talk
  • April 29 – Apple Blossom Festival in Newton

Coffeeshop Talk is a new casual event that I’m going to try. Once or twice a month, I’m just going to hang out in a coffeeshop somewhere in Wichita. And anyone who’s in the area can just swing by to chat, buy books, have a book signed, or just drink a cup of coffee with me.

Birdcages

12631323_10153960165214529_8710245216737196159_nKaris Waters (Katie Morford) and I are having so much fun writing our steampunk web serial Birdcages. Darkly mysterious Aurelia, spunky Fidget, and their goggle-wearing goat Mr. Quinby are always getting into (and out of) scrapes around the world. We can’t wait to share the rest of the story with you.

The Series continues every other Friday

April 8/22 – Episode 3 parts 1 and 2
May 6/20 – Episode 4 parts 1 and 2
June 3/17 – Episode 5 parts 1 and 2

Lightkeepers

Thanks to Kirk DouPonce at dogeareddesign.com for this fantastic cover!

Thanks to Kirk DouPonce at dogeareddesign.com for this fantastic cover!

March 29 saw the realization of my greatest dream—the novel I wrote as an eleven-year-old girl finally became a “real” book. Having Meg Mitchell & The Secret of the Journal in print still doesn’t feel quite real. The Legend of the Lightkeepers has begun, and if you’re a lover of big, epic series? You’ll love this one, because it won’t be ending anytime soon. Lots of adventures to share. Lots of characters to introduce. Lots of worlds to build. I can’t wait to share it with you.

That being said, I’ll be sharing a short story from the world of Lightkeepers on my blog as well as on the Crosshair Press blog once a month this quarter.

Additionally, I’ll be adding more information to the Lightkeepers webpage and Facebook page. So keep your eyes open for those developments!

Morningstar Series/Destiny Trilogy

With the release of the Lightkeepers series, I know some of you are really concerned that the Destiny Trilogy won’t finish up. Don’t worry! Book three, New Name, is due out in December, and I promise it’ll be worth all the trauma of Namesake.

I will also be updating the Morningstar/Destiny website and Facebook pages. And in June, keep your eyes peeled for the New Name cover! We might even have a party to celebrate.

Realm Makers

Excuse me while I put on my publisher hat.

Starting this month, I’ll be prepping for our epic return to Realm Makers. For the first time, Crosshair Press will be open to submissions, and we’re eager to see what amazing ideas our fellow spekkies have for us.

There are so many amazing course options this year. I also can’t wait to chat face to face with all the friends we’ve made over the years. Such an amazing family!

But this trip will be even more epic than normal. Realm Makers is in Philadelphia, and we couldn’t find plane tickets in our budget. So we will be driving from Wichita. That’s 1,400 miles one way.

We’re prepping our own personal hashtag, so the rest of the world can follow our epic roadtrip from Safe Haven Farm to Villanova University in July.

ACW News

My monthly newsletter is going strong. I now have around 50 subscribers, but of course it would be great to have more. So I’ll continue to do a monthly release and will hopefully be able to include some coupons and special deals.

Upcoming highlights for the coming months include:

  • April 5 (Lightkeepers announcements)
  • May 3 (TPA report)
  • June 7 (New Name cover reveal)

Audiobooks

My hilarious romantic comedy, Finding Fireflies, is still in production to become an audiobook, but we are hoping to get the first recorded draft very soon. The absolute latest it can be out is July 31, but I fully anticipate that it will be out sooner than that.

Blogging

And finally we get back to blogging. If you read this morning’s devotional, you may have picked up on some tiredness on my part. I’ve been cranking out two blog posts a day for the last two months or so, and I can totally do it. I just question the quality of what I’m putting out.

So I’m going to try something different in April. I will only be posting once a day for starters, mostly because I have so much writing to do that I don’t think I can sustain it.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will feature Always Peachy Devotionals. Short, quirky, practical, fun devotionals that hopefully encourage you. Then Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays will feature a post about some other aspect of life. It might be writing. It might be country living. It might be a book review or a photo essay. Regardless, Monday through Saturday there will be a post.

Wrap Up

And that, as they say, is that. My goals and plans for the second quarter of 2016. It’s a lot to take in. It’s a lot more to accomplish. And if I don’t get it all done, that’s fine. But I’m going to do my darnedest!

Blessings to all!

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