Posted by: devonellington | April 16, 2018

April Mid-Month Check-in

April Mid-Month Check In

I can’t believe it’s already mid-April. The weather is still wintery, and the days are flying past. Before we know it, it’ll be time for our mid-year assessment!

Here’s what’s done so far:
A handful of LOIs
SPIRIT REPOSITORY in galleys
Cover reveal for SPIRIT REPOSITORY
Updated media kit for TRACKING MEDUSA
Taxes

Here’s what’s in process:
Galleys for SPIRIT REPOSITORY
Draft of MYTH & INTERPRETATION
Draft of RELICS & REQUIEM
Writer’s Rough for serial (which will become synopsis and pitch packet for serial)
Media kits for SPIRIT REPOSITORY and the Coventina Circle Series
Preparing for overseas guest in early May

How’s your month going?

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Posted by: devonellington | April 2, 2018

April To Do List

I have a LOT to get done in April, and I’m worried about the list. It’s not that long, but it’s complicated.

April To Do List:

12 LOIS
SPIRIT REPOSITORY final edits/galleys
Pre-release PR for REPOSITORY
Cover reveal for REPOSITORY
Media Kit for SPIRIT REPOSITORY
Media Kit for Coventina Circle Series (which will be updated each time a new book is released)
Finish draft of MYTH & INTERPRETATION
22K on RELICS & REQUIEM
10K on NOT BY THE BOOK
Finish Writer’s Rough for project, distill down to polished synopsis, and submit project
Ongoing client work
Taxes
Finish updated media kits for TRACKING MEDUSA, HEX BREAKER, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, JAIN LAZARUS ADVENTURES
Get back to FIX-IT GIRL
Get back to DEATH OF A CHOLERIC’s final pass/submission package

 

What does your April look like?

Posted by: devonellington | March 30, 2018

March Wrap-Up

March Wrap-Up

March has been a challenging month, due, in part, to my mom’s health issues. Having both Mercury and Jupiter turn retrograde doesn’t help, either.

However, it wasn’t a completely lost month:

COMPLETE:
Draft of SPIRIT REPOSITORY
Web host moves (although websites are still being tweaked)
LOIs
Boxes purged from basement (not as many as I wanted, but some)

IN PROGRESS:
Final draft of SPIRIT REPOSITORY
MYTH & INTERPRETATION (on track, but a little under what I projected).
RELICS & REQUIEM (didn’t get as much done on this as I wanted)
NOT BY THE BOOK (close to the mark)

DROPPED/POSTPONED:
FIX-IT GIRL finishes pushed until SPIRIT REPOSITORY is completely finished
Same deal with DEATH OF A CHOLERIC
New guidelines up for BIBLIO PARADISE — re-thinking about opening to general submissions; might just keep it invitation-only;
Draft of short story put off, again, until REPOSITORY is done; not sure I’ll write it at all right now.

UNEXPECTED ADDITIONS:
Debut of new freelance writing blog, Ink-Dipped Advice;
Opportunity to prepare pitch for a large, long-term project whose package will be done in April for pitching;

DISAPPOINTMENTS:
The storms
Some work-related things that can’t be discussed publicly

SUCCESSES:
Finishing the draft of SPIRIT REPOSITORY (it felt, on some days, like I never would).

How did your month turn out?

Posted by: devonellington | March 20, 2018

Mid-March Check-In

This is a few days late. The nor’easter last week caused all kinds of problems. Not just power outages, but AT&T went down, so no cell service. And AT&T has absolutely no interest in making it right with their customers. So their customers are switching carriers.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve accomplished in March. I feel way behind:

I’m behind on where I should be with pitches, but want to catch up before Mercury goes retrograde on the 22.

I’m keeping up with ongoing client work as best I can during the weather.

This draft of SPIRIT REPOSITORY is done and off to my editor.

Working on MYTH & INTERPRETATION.

Working on RELICS & REQUIEM.

Working on NOT BY THE BOOK.

Cerridwen’s Cottage and Fearless Ink are up and moved, although they both still need some tweaking.

I’m still tweaking the Gwen Finnegan and the Jain Lazarus sites.

Unexpecteds were health issues for my mother and the pounding of multiple snowstorms.

Hope your March is going well!

Posted by: devonellington | March 15, 2018

March 15, 2018

Mid-Month Wrap-Up delayed due to power outages and blizzard. Stay tuned.

Posted by: devonellington | March 8, 2018

Intent

 

“Setting an intent” has become a popular phrase, especially in yoga classes.

“Set an intent for your practice today.”

That can get distracting. Most of the time, my intent is to limber up, relax, and counteract the effects of so much time spent sitting at the computer. I always suspect everyone else in class is setting a much more generous intent, like peace on earth, and I feel I’m falling short.

You can set an intent each day to have the best day possible.

Or set an intent for your week.

An “intent” doesn’t mean a To Do list. You have your lists. I’ve talked, both here and on Ink in My Coffee, how daily To Do lists don’t work for me. I find them discouraging, rather than motivating. The monthly lists I have here are helpful; daily ones make me feel trapped.

But what is my intent?

If I know I have an unpleasant day ahead of me, it could be just to get through it. But I’d rather it was “finding unexpected pleasures and creativity within difficult situations” rather than “surviving.”

Psychobabble?

Dismiss it as such if you wish. However, our subconscious lives in the present. That’s why affirmations need to be set in the present, not the future.

My To-Do list for the next few days include finishing a manuscript for my editor, moving and rebuilding a website, and celebrating my birthday.

My “intent” is to take as much pleasure in every task every day as I can, and to shrug off frustrations. I’m not evolved enough to look at every frustration as an opportunity. But I’m trying to make better decisions in my reactions, and see where obstacles are tests of how badly I want to reach a goal, and where they are indications that I’m on the wrong track.

My intent for the rest of this week is to take pleasure in the small things. My intent for next week, when we “spring forward” is not to take out the inherent grumpiness I experience when we spring forward on my birthday (which I take as a personal insult) out on anyone else.

My intent for the rest of the month is to be aware of new opportunities that I might miss out of a lack of perception or exhaustion.

Where do you place “intent” in your life, and how do you want to modify or shift your intentions?

Posted by: devonellington | March 1, 2018

March To Do List

Well, since February wss so frustrating and I’m behind, let’s recalibrate for March.

When I get behind, the hardest thing is forgiving myself and not getting into a downward spiral of self-blame. But that’s so important in order to stay motivated to move forward.

The carrot works better for me than the whip.

Better yet, make it chocolate!

Here’s my March To Do List:

12 pitches/LOIs
Ongoing client work
12 boxes purged from the basement
SPIRIT REPOSITORY draft to my editor as fast as possible.
Turn around the SPIRIT REPOSITORY edits when my editor sends them to me.
22K on MYTH & INTERPRETATION
22K on RELICS & REQUIEM
10K on NOT BY THE BOOK
Finish FIX-IT GIRL draft
One more pass on DEATH OF A CHOLERIC, with possible cuts.
Submission packages for FIX-IT GIRL and DEATH OF A CHOLERIC
Promotions for SAVASANA AT SEA
New Guidelines up for A BIBLIO PARADISE
Finish rebuilding sites for Gwen Finnegan Mysteries and Jain Lazarus Adventures
Rebuild and move Cerridwen’s Cottage and Fearless Ink
Draft of short story due the end of April

Posted by: devonellington | February 28, 2018

February Wrap-Up

February Wrap-Up

February was a difficult month, on many levels. Even with a short list, I didn’t get as much done as I wanted or needed to do.

But here’s the wrap:

Complete:
Imbolc Celebration
Devon Ellington Work website rebuilt, moved, and live
Coventina Circle website rebuilt, moved, and live
Nautical Namaste website rebuilt, moved, and live
3 LOIs (way too low)

In Process:
Ongoing client work
THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY finished (I’m so close)!
MYTH AND INTERPRETATION begun
Biblio Paradise re-launch
Gwen Finnegan Mysteries website rebuilt, moved, and live
Jain Lazarus Adventures website rebuilt, moved, and live
Cerridwen’s Cottage website rebuilt, moved, and live
Fearless Ink website rebuilt, moved, and live
Revisions for FIX-IT GIRL
Starting to clean up the yard for spring

Dropped/Moved:
Boxes purged from the basement
RELICS & REQUIEM can’t be started until REPOSITORY is finished
New cookie recipe
Promotions for the books out

Additional:
Cleaned out my closet

I’m physically and emotionally exhausted, but I’m pushing through. Onward! It’s always a tough balance between taking care of yourself so you have the energy to keep on track, and getting things done by deadline. Deadlines are not suggestions — they are absolutes.

How was your February?

Posted by: devonellington | February 16, 2018

February Mid-Month Check-In

February Mid-Month Check In

February is an example of how life can derail you from your list. There were two deaths in the family within a couple of weeks of each other, and the death of a former colleague. So, that put everything else behind.

I also knew I was off-track on SPIRIT REPOSITORY. Thank goodness for a wonderful editor who knows how to talk me down from the ledge. I got an extension on REPSOSITORY and am back on track for it, although still behind where I’d like to be.

I started work on MYTH & INTERPRETATION, which is a good thing. I’m happy to be back with Gwen and Justin. I missed them. Breaking off that part of the book instead of forcing it into BALTHAZAAR TREASURE made a big difference.

I found a new webhost that I actually like — A2 Hosting.

The Devon Ellington Work site has been rebuilt, and the move starts today. So that site will be down for a few days, along with the four subdomains for the series going dark.

The subdomains will then be built, one at a time, and go live over the next couple of weeks.

If I’m lucky and stay on track, I can finish the four subdomains by the end of the month. Those are the sites for the Jain Lazarus Adventures, the Gwen Finnegan Mysteries, the Coventina Circle Paranormal Romantic Suspense, and the Nautical Namaste Mysteries.

After THAT, I will start rebuilding the Fearless Ink site — I’d already rebuilt, so I hope it’s just a case of re-creating what I built on the new host and keeping it simple.

The Cerridwen’s Cottage site will be the last to move.

I had hoped to get it all done by the end of February; now I’m hoping by the end of March. I also have to move the registrations of the sites, once each move is complete, over to Name Silo.

I celebrated Imbolc.

I’m behind on the writing, although I’m writing.

I’m working on the websites and keeping up my ongoing client work.

This weekend will see a big push on SPIRIT REPOSITORY and on cleaning out the basement.

I’m behind on pitches and LOIs, although I’ve sent out a few.

I’m debating whether or not to start RELICS & REQUIEM (I should have started it today), but I think I will wait and keep the focus on SPIRIT REPOSITORY, so that gets a good finish and is off to my editor on time, and then up the daily word count when I start RELICS.

NOT BY THE BOOK continues to suffer, as does finishing the revision of FIX-IT GIRL. The latter, especially, has to get back on track.

In other words, February has been a struggle so far. Emotionally, I’m exhausted. I’m grateful for my yoga and meditation practices, or I would be even farther behind.

How is your February going?

Posted by: devonellington | February 1, 2018

February 2018 To Do List

January was much more challenging, on every level than I expected. I didn’t feel particularly creative, but I felt a lot of pressure.

I have A LOT to accomplish in February — including working on multiple novels. I have to be organized and focused.

Here’s the list:

February 2018 To Do List

Imbolc
12 pitches/LOIs
Ongoing client work
12 boxes purged from the basement
SPIRIT REPOSITORY draft due Feb. 15
Work on MYTH AND INTERPRETATION
Work on RELICS & REQUIEM
Work on NOT BY THE BOOK
Try a new cookie recipe
Promotions for TRACKING MEDUSA, PLAYING THE ANGLES, SAVASANA AT SEA
Relaunch A Biblio Paradise with new guidelines
Find reliable new webhost and do the move
Rebuild and move the Devon Ellington Work site and all the subdomains
That serve the series.
Finish revision for FIX IT GIRL

Posted by: devonellington | January 31, 2018

January Wrap-Up

January 2018 Wrap Up

January has been challenging on many, many levels.

Complete:
Holiday Decorations put away
TRACKING MEDUSA digital re-release
PLAYING THE ANGLES distributor switch
SAVASANA AT SEA distributor switch
Signed with new webhost/cancelled with the new webhost
New Fearless Ink logo
Updated TRACKING MEDUSA media kit
Solid progress on SPIRIT REPOSITORY to get it back on track.
8 LOIs
10 boxes purged from basement

In Progress:
Ongoing Client Work
SPIRIT REPOSITORY
Websites built and moved
FIX IT GIRL revisions
Trying a second new webhost

Moved/Dropped:
The new webhost did not work out; searching for another one
NOT BY THE BOOK — fell behind on it again
New cookie recipe

Unexpected Additions:
A handful of new ideas in notes/outline
Outline of MYTH AND INTERPRETAION (Gwen Finnegan) to my editor
Unexpected death in the extended family

Disappointments:
The cancelled move to Green Geeks — not the right host for me.
Stuck with 1and1 Webhosting for another quarter
Unreliable people

Successes:
Finally had the courage to move webhosts (even though it didn’t work)
TRACKING MEDUSA re-release
Successful distributor switch for PLAYING THE ANGLES and SAVASANA AT SEA
Fearless Ink Logo

Posted by: devonellington | January 15, 2018

January Mid-Month Check-In

It felt like we leapt from the New Year to mid-month. But I managed to get a few things done:

Ongoing client work
Holiday decorations put away
TRACKING MEDUSA re-release
PLAYING THE ANGLES and SAVASANA AT SEA switched distributors
Signed with my new webhost

I’m working on:
LOIs
Purging boxes from the basement
THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY
The new Fearless Ink website
The new Fearless Ink logo

I’m behind on:
Purging boxes from the basement
NOT BY THE BOOK
FIX IT GIRL revisions

I feel like I’m way behind for January, where last year, I felt like I was ahead. But, instead of going flat out on everything at once, I’m trying to space it out, and add bits in as I can.

The webhost move and redesign of 7 sites and multiple logos is both time-consuming and stressful, especially when juggled with client work and keeping up with the deadlines for the novels.

Somehow, though, it WILL get done.

How’s your January going?

Posted by: devonellington | January 2, 2018

January To Do List

January 2018 To Do List

12 pitches/LOIs
Ongoing client work
12 boxes purged from the basement
Put away the holiday decorations
Work on SPIRIT REPOSITORY
Work on NOT BY THE BOOK
Try one new cookie recipe
TRACKING MEDUSA re-release
Switch distributors for PLAYING THE ANGLES and SAVASANA AT SEA
Sign with new webhost
Rebuild and move all seven websites
Prepare for Imbolc

Because I have book distribution switches and webhost moving and website building this month, I’m trying to keep the list short!

How are you starting the New Year?

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