Posted by: devonellington | December 6, 2017

December To Do List

December To Do List:

Survive Mercury Retrograde
Holiday Cards Written and Out
Holiday Baking Completed and Out
Holiday Shopping
Continue the daily political work
Keep up with blogs
Keep working with my two new clients
Finish and submit SERENE AND DETERMINED
Finish TRACKING MEDUSA edits and get it to my editor
Finish FIX IT GIRL edits and prepare submission package
Work on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN
Work on the aging novel
Finish putting the yard to bed
Get “Labor Intensive” and “Miss Winston” back on track

What I’ve learned is that, next year, I need to redesign my schedule so that all of my big projects are off my desk by Thanksgiving.

I’ll see you mid-month. Are you working on your questions for 2018? 2018 is going to be a year of big transitions for me. I laid a lot of groundwork this year, and next year, it will start to take shape.

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Posted by: devonellington | December 5, 2017

November Wrap-Up

Well, I lost steam as November continued. I was hit left and right with stuff to deal with, and now we’re in Mercury Retrograde until just after the Solstice, which suchs on many levels.


Complete
:
Several LOIs, but not as many as I wanted

In Process:
Working with the new clients
SERENE AND DETERMINED
TRACKING MEDUSA edits
FIX-IT GIRL revisions
Continued promotion for PLAYING THE ANGLES
Continued promotion for SAVASANA AT SEA
Work on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN
Novel on aging
Holiday shopping
Holiday cards
Putting the yard to bed

Moved/Dropped:

“Labor Intensive” release moved
“Miss Winston Apologizes” release moved

Unexpected Additions:

Life challenges
Working on a new business plan

Disappointments:
People
Organization for whom I’d done a lot of work

Successes:
Doing good work with my new clients

Tomorrow will post the December To Do List!

Posted by: devonellington | November 16, 2017

November Mid-Month Check In

 

I can’t believe it will be Thanksgiving next week! I have a lot for which to be thankful.

Here’s my mid-month check-in:

I’m working regularly with two new clients. One is at 14-15 hours a week onsite, the other is a combination of regular onsite work and remote work.

I got out a handful of new pitches and LOIs, but I’m concentrating on the two new clients for the moment.

The Lavinia Fontana play, SERENE AND DETERMINED, is on track, and will get to the producer on time in December.

FIX-IT GIRL revisions are happening, but won’t be finished until the end of the year.

TRACKING MEDUSA edits are on track (no pun intended), and I plan to get them to the publisher right after Thanksgiving.

Promotion for PLAYING THE ANGLES continues.

SAVASANA AT SEA released, and promotion continues.

I’m working on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN.

I’m also playing with an idea that explores some of my feelings on aging along with finding the perfect community at the perfect time.

I’m putting the yard to bed — slowly, but it’s happening.

There are still plenty of other things that have to happen this month, in terms of “Miss Winston Apologizes” and “Labor Intensive” and holidays — but the month feels good, although it’s flying past.

How is your November? Are you doing Nano this year? How is it going?

Not participating in Nano, even as a Rebel, was the right choice for me this year. It would have been the wrong kind of stress. But I hope those who are doing it are having a wonderful time with it!

Posted by: devonellington | November 2, 2017

Questions for 2018

Every autumn, I post questions to consider for a few months, and then, early in January, we share our ideas.

Here’s what I’ve come up with for 2018:

As you reflect on 2017, what is your assessment on how the year flowed in terms of:
–professional life
–personal life
–creative life
–political life

Did your “word” to define 2017, chosen last year, materialize? Why or why not? What were your obstacles? What were your victories?


What did you feel was out of your control? Where did you choose to relinquish your control? Do you have any regrets?

What do you want to focus on next year? Is it different from this year’s focus?

Are you on the same track, or have you made the choice to release what’s not working and go in a different direction? How did you come to these decisions?

Were you hit by unexpected changes in 2017? Did anything seem positive at first and turn into a negative? What was the result? Did anything seem negative at first and turn into a positive? How did you create that?

Are you satisfied on a creative level? Why or why not? How do you want to rearrange your schedule and your commitments to have a more fulfilling creative life?

We will do a year-end wrap up of 2017 at the end of December, but feel free to refer to your answers to those questions as you set goals, dreams, and resolutions for 2018.

List three goals for 2018. Under each, list three concrete steps to get you there.

List three dreams for 2018 — things that might take more than a year to achieve, but where you want to set yourself on that path. Under each, list three steps to work towards each.

List three resolutions for 2018 — definite things you want to change about yourself. Under each resolution, list three actions you will take to fulfill each.

How are you in terms of the Personal Plan you drafted last February? Is it still relevant? Or has your life changed so much, you want to craft a new one?

We will share any answers we feel comfortable sharing publicly in early January.

Posted by: devonellington | November 1, 2017

November To Do List

November has tight deadlines, which means I should not, must not heed the Siren Song of Nano. Here’s a list of what needs to get done:

November 2017 To Do List:

Work with my two new clients
15 new pitches out
Write Lavinia Fontana play
Finish FIX-IT GIRL revisions
Finish TRACKING MEDUSA edits
Release “Miss Winston Apologizes”
Release “Labor Intensive”
Continue with promotion for PLAYING THE ANGLES
Continue with promotion for SAVASANA AT SEA
Work on MARRIAGE GARDEN when possible
Start holiday shopping
Get overseas holiday cards out over Thanksgiving weekend
Finish putting the yard to bed

As you can see, there’s no room for Nano in here — it would interfere with my deadlines. And yet, I’m so tempted to use Nano to finish the draft of NOT BY THE BOOK, which is a year behind where I wanted to be with it at this point.

What are your plans for November?

Posted by: devonellington | October 31, 2017

October Wrap-Up

Quite a month, and I’m looking forward to a lovely celebration tonight.

Completed:
SAVASANA AT SEA ready to publish
Re-design of A Biblio Paradise
Pitches and LOIs
Review assignments

In Process:
Promotion for PLAYING THE ANGLES
pre-release promotion for SAVASANA AT SEA
Prepping the Topic Workbooks for expanded distribution
Additional Material for COVENTINA CIRCLE website
Winter garden prep
FIX IT GIRL revisions
TRACKING MEDUSA edits
200+ pages on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN

Moved/Dropped:
Lavinia Fontana play — will write in November
FIX-IT GIRL’s submission packets — moved to November
NOT BY THE BOOK – moved to after FIX IT and LAVINIA are done

Unexpected Additions:
Two new marketing clients

Disappointments:
4-month old phone dying
Best Buy not providing customer service
Trouble with CVS pharmacy again

Successes:
Two new marketing clients
MARRIAGE GARDEN
My mom’s surgery went well

How was your month?

Posted by: devonellington | October 16, 2017

October Mid-Month Check-In

October has been a roller coaster, mostly owing to my mother’s upcoming surgery.

The writing is going along pretty well, but the constant fighting with insurance companies and their insistence on de-humanizing people in crisis is enraging. I’m tired of the government and the people who’ve bribed the government constantly trying to kill me.

Anyway, here is where things stand so far for October:

Ongoing promotion for PLAYING THE ANGLES
Galleys for SAVASANA AT SEA are going back and forth in final copy edits;
Topic Workbooks are being prepped (one is in galleys)
Working on additional material for ANGLES website.
Working on pre-release marketing for SAVASANA
Pitches and LOIs going out daily
Winter garden prep happening when the weather allows
One set of review assignments done
Second set of review assignments in progress
Working on FIX IT GIRL revisions
Working on TRACKING MEDUSA edits
Not on the list but added: close to 200 pages in longhand on THE MARRIAGE GARDEN.

Not bad, so why do I feel like I’m so far behind?

How’s your October going?

Posted by: devonellington | October 3, 2017

October 2017 To Do List

I have to be focused to juggle these chainsaws, but I’m looking forward to it. What does your October look like?

Promote PLAYING THE ANGLES
Finish galleys for SAVASANA AT SEA and prep for release
Release “Labor Intensive”
Prep Topic Workbooks for new distributor (at least two)
Additional material for PLAYING THE ANGLES website
Draft short story for December newsletter
Pre-pub marketing for SAVASANA AT SEA
At least 12 pitches
LOIs
Prep garden for the winter
Finish review assignments
Request additional review assignments
Start drafting Lavinia Fontana play
Work on NOT BY THE BOOK
Finish FIX-IT GIRL
Finish FIX-IT GIRL’s submission packets
Start FIX-IT GIRL’s submission process
Work on edits for TRACKING MEDUSA re-release

Posted by: devonellington | October 2, 2017

Sept. 2017 Wrap-Up

Not a bad month creatively, all things considered.

Complete:
PLAYING THE ANGLES finalized for digital release
SAVASANA AT SEA to editor
First Chapter of DAVY JONES DHARMA written
Back matter for SAVASANA AT SEA
20+ pitches & LOIs
2 articles
Additional material for Coventina Circle website
Nautical Namaste site live

In Progress:
PR for PLAYING THE ANGLES
Marketing campaign for SAVASANA AT SEA plans
FIX-IT GIRL draft finished (expect it will be in the next couple of weeks
Submission package for FIX IT GIRL
Short story

Moved/Dropped:
“Labor Intensive” release moved due to natural disasters
Lavinia Fontana play draft — starts in October
NOT BY THE BOOK — moved to October

Unexpected Additions:
THE MARRIAGE GARDEN — nearly 140 pages written in longhand

Disappointments:
Our government
Fake job listings/bait and switch

Successes:
Terrific response to “Tracking Your Banged Buck” article
PLAYING THE ANGLES ready for release
Staying on track with SAVASANA AT SEA

Posted by: devonellington | September 5, 2017

September To Do List

August was a weird month, requiring a lot of flexibility. But now it’s September, and that requires some specific focus.

So here it goes:

September To Do List:

Finalize PLAYING THE ANGLES for digital release
Initial pre-pub press for PLAYING THE ANGLES
Finish SAVASANA AT SEAT draft and get it to editor
Write the first chapter of DAVY JONES DHARMA
Start planning marketing campaign for SAVASANA AT SEA
Back matter for SAVASANA AT SEA
“Labor Intensive” release
Finish draft of FIX IT GIRL
Finish submission package for FIX IT GIRL
Start drafting Lavinia Fontana play
At least 12 pitches
LOIs
At least one short story
At least two articles
Additional material for Coventina Circle website
Get Nautical Namaste site live
Get back on track with NOT BY THE BOOK

Posted by: devonellington | July 31, 2017

July 2017 Wrap Up

July 2017 Wrap-up:

 

My plans for July pretty much went out the window.  I had a good creative time, just not what was on the schedule.

 

Complete:

12 Pitches

“Ramsey Chase” release

PLAYING THE ANGLES proofs

PLAYING THE ANGLES cover

Book review assignments

THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY cover

NAUTICAL NAMASTE cover

Article written and turned in for WOW-Women on Writing

Article written and turned in for Authors Publish

2 short stories

PLAYING THE ANGLES media kit

2 essays

Webpage for Coventina Circle Series

Facebook page for Coventina Circle Series

 

In Process:

THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY

Cleaning/purging

Yard work

Revision of SAVASANA AT SEA

Lavinia Fontana final research

Devon Ellington Media Kit

“Labor Intensive”

Promotional work for PLAYING THE ANGLES and the Coventina Circle series

Outlining the Coventina Circle series

 

Moved/Dropped:

“Miss Winston Apologizes” moved to August

Rest of THE FIX IT GIRL revisions moved to August

work on the mini-series moved to August

Next draft of WINNER TAKE ALL and logline/submission packets moved to August

 

Unexpected Additions:

Work on OLD SCHOOL MAGIC

Work on INITIATE

Project meeting in Harwich

Outlining the entire Coventina Circle series

Outlining a few other projects

Project meeting

 

Disappointments:

Late payments

Betrayal by someone trusted

 

 

Successes:

Broke into a couple new-to-me markets

Getting the Coventina Circle series back on track

Getting the covers adjusted so I’m happy with them

 

How was your July?  Where do you feel you were on or off track?

 

Posted by: devonellington | July 14, 2017

July Mid-Month Check In

How is your July going? Are you productive? Flexible? I’m under a lot of pressure, and I’m trying to keep it from interfering with my writing. Not always easy. I could use a little breathing room.

But here’s what I’m working on:

From the list:
Several pitches out — on track
“Ramsey Chase” released on time
Working on proofs of PLAYING THE ANGLES
Cover done on PLAYING THE ANGLES
Just got assignment from new editor
Cleaning/purging
Yard work, as weather allows

Not on list:
Landed new article for WOW-Women on Writing — almost finished with that
New direction for SAVASANA AT SEA
Notes on OLD SCHOOL MAGIC
Work on INITIATE
Lavinia Fontana research (final, I hope)
Work on Devon Ellington media kit

Posted by: devonellington | July 7, 2017

July 2017 To Do List

Finally Up!  It took awhile to sort it out.  What does your July look like?

 

July 2017 To Do List:

 

10-13 pitches out

Release of “The Ramsey Chase” — July 10

First draft of “Labor Intensive”

Work on “Miss Winston Apologizes”

Work on proofs of PLAYING THE ANGLES

Finalize cover for PLAYING THE ANGLES

Finish the revision of FIX IT GIRL

Submission packets for FIX IT GIRL

Assignments for new editor

Continue to clean/purge

Yard work

Continue work on the mini-series

Complete third draft of WINNER TAKE ALL

Do logline/submission packets for WINNER TAKE ALL

 

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