2014 Goals: May Status Report

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May has been all about endings and beginnings. The end of the school year brings about a summer of relaxation and freedom, but also a revived sense of creativity. As my muse continues to pull me in different directions,   I’m enjoying the journey.

1) Pitch The Muse.

Research continues on agents and query letter layouts. The May/June edition of Writer’s Digest and the Spring 2014 edition of Writing Basics have fantastic articles about the Young Adult genre and pitching the perfect query. I’m taking notes and making changes in my approach!

2) Outline and start writing The Muse: Lineage

I’m starting to feel the creative flow begin for this project. I heard a song the other day that made me think of one of my main characters. I could see her reacting to a situation and the vision is continuing to grow. This is pretty exciting as it’s been a while since my muse has even considered working on this story.

3) Submit writing.

I posted two poems on Poetic Asides. Every Wednesday a prompt is posted and writers are encouraged to post their work. It’s not a competition, but I enjoy the camaraderie among poets. It’s very inspiring.

4) Continue to build author platform.

From the looks of things around here, I’ve been busy. I’m giving my entire online presence an overhaul. At the moment, my blog remodel is at the top of my priority list, but I’ll soon be making some changes on Facebook and Twitter. Creativity and writing will still be the focus, but with a new look! Thanks for sticking around as I experiment with layouts, color, and details!

Facebook likes grew from 365 to 366

Twitter followers grew from 549 to 553

Thanks so much to everyone for clicking those follow and like buttons! Your support is greatly appreciated.

5) Inspire others.

As always, I hope I am a positive presence.

The invisible goal:

6) Be flexible.

The idea of changing the look of my blog was tough to consider, but I’m glad I took the plunge. The new layout is already challenging me to try new things with photography and creative writing.

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c.b.w. 2014

12 thoughts on “2014 Goals: May Status Report

  1. I’m wanting to experiment with the look of my own blog. It’s a hard thing to do when you’re comfortable with what you know. I like your motivation though. You may have spurred me on 🙂

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    • It was very hard to leave my comfort zone (especially since I literally cannot go back – my previous theme is retired), but once I took the leap, it’s been an incredibly fun process.

      Play around with the preview feature to give yourself a little more courage. That way you get to see what your blog would look like with a new theme without having to commit. 🙂

      Good luck and have fun!!

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    • My recent obsession with poetry is loving the new layout. The words have a chance to play with images in a different way and it’s already changing how I construct my poems. It’s so much fun!

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  2. The new look blog looks pretty snappy already! You’re wise to plot your queries carefully as you don’t get a second first impression. Good luck and I hope the muse is forthcoming on the new WIP!

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    • Thanks! Glad to hear it looks good around here. 🙂

      Seeing as I got actual responses from the first round of queries, I know not to change too much. However, I did realize a few little things needed to be improved. Hopefully, the next round will go just as well (I consider rejections progress!), if not better! 🙂

      I think my muse is getting a little anxious to work on Lineage. My characters are starting to pop into my head more and more. Yay!

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