Hi everyone! The weather has finally started to turn to autumn here. The kaleidoscope of natures palette is arrayed in majesty throughout the area. Winters first warning shot has turned the air to extra-crispy. The squirrels are in a state of nut-gathering frenzy as their hibernation clocks speed towards zero.
We wave goodbye to summer – hustle to finish outdoor tasks before the coming snow – and prepare for the warmth and family of the holidays.
Autumn is also a special time a year when untold thousands of writers migrate, at least in their creativity, to a magical island known as NaNoWriMo.
Let’s talk goals.
On the Writing front I was able to get in four hours on five of the seven days – 22 hours total for the week. My goal is 28-30 so this was not bad. I also created a time tracker Excel sheet that ended up evolving into a business planning tool, which was fairly cool. This gives me a record and overview of how I spend my time, with minimal input time to maintain it – so I can finally get a handle on my time management. And it is working so far.
Not much actual writing happened, but the outline is now fixed and ready to go. I’ll be entering it into Scrivener this afternoon and then joining Jen Hansen, Marcy Kennedy, Ingrid Schaffenburg, Juliana Haygert and a few others for a FastDraft session over this coming week.
I’m also starting NaNoWriMo prep this week, which means, yes, I will be participating this year. If you are a NaNo, let me know and we’ll hook up to support each other. Last year we had a fantastic ROW group and I know we can do the same again.
Last weeks cliffhanger: I am now on G+! Which is “one” social media expansion. Even put an icon for G+ and Pinterest on my sidebar – after 2 hours of wrestling with WordPress to discover that the nice social media bar widgit I wanted – only works with WP.org sites. Yep, thrilled I was (Yoda voice).
Last weeks progress: Project is ready to go. FastDraft group is ready to go (and some are already going). And 50/50 on social media.
For the Coming Week
I’ll be aiming at 30 hours focused on “Ben” this week, which will primarily be final Scrivener prep and then FastDraft starting tomorrow.
I’ll be updating my Gravatar – assuming I can get the photo one of my daughters took of me in Colorado off her camera. If you looked at my bare bones G+ page you’ll know why it is time to replace that old cell phone pic I’ve been using.
I’ll be expanding into one new social media area. We’ll call this the weekly cliffhanger (grins). I also have a plan for tweaking most of my social media accounts and getting everything linked together finally.
And new to the list – I have final approval from my financial officer (i.e. my loving wife) to expand the blog (because I shouldn’t have to fight to install a simple widgit). I’m looking at DreamHost for site hosting and the Genesis Framework for the site and theme. If you have any opinion on these, or ones you think are better, let me know in the next day or two as this will be moving forward by midweek.
That is all for me today. How was your week? I’d love to chat with you!
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