Posted by: devonellington | June 15, 2018

June Mid-Month Check-In

How’s your June going? Mine has been busy. Good busy, in many ways.

I just signed again with Llewellyn Worldwide to write for one of their 2020 Almanacs. I wrote for them for 16 years, took a break, and now I’m back. I’m very excited.

The Jain Lazarus series is in the process of taking a new direction and revving up again; I can’t officially discuss it until the announcement, but I’m excited, although it puts more writing pressure on me.

But, to turn my attention to the list:

MYTH & INTERPRETATION cover reveal — that’s happening today
MYTH & INTEPRETATION galleys — about to go into galleys
RELICS & REQUIEM — 11K so far; a bit behind, but I’m okay with it.
Newsletter out
LOIs — in process
Article pitches — behind on that
Promotion for Coventina Circle and Gwen Finnegan mysteries — behind on that
Promotion for Jain Lazarus/finish updating website — this has changed, per the upcoming announcement
THREE ROADS OF STRANGERS — some work on it, not enough. But then, it never is, is it?
Anti-gun violence play — not happy with the opening; reworking it
Yard work — ongoing
Basement purge — behind on it.

Talk with advisors — because of the changing situation with Jain Lazarus, we’ve pushed that back, but Jain Lazarus, THREE ROADS, and POWER OF WORDS are all on that agenda.

How’s your June going? It’s still unseasonably cool here.

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Posted by: devonellington | June 1, 2018

June To Do List

I’m trying to keep a sane schedule for June (ha, like that will happen). But here it goes, because I know the yard will demand a lot of time and energy:

MYTH & INTERPRETATION cover reveal
MYTH & INTERPRETATION galleys
Newsletter
12 LOIs out
4 article pitches out
30K on RELICS & REQUIEM
Promotion for Coventina Circle series
Promotion for Gwen Finnegan series
Promotion for Jain Lazarus/finish updating website
As much work on THREE ROADS OF STRANGERS as possible
Work on the anti-gun violence play
Yard work
Cleaning out boxes in the basement purge

I also have to sit down with my advisors, so we can see how the plan we crafted last year is working and make adjustments to move forward.

Posted by: devonellington | May 31, 2018

May 2018 Wrap Up

May 2018 Wrap Up

May was full of surprises and un-expected additions. I never managed to put up a To Do List, but here’s what got done:

COMPLETED:
THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, the second Coventina Circle novel, released
SPIRIT REPOSITORY Media Kit done and uploaded
Coventina Circle Media Kit done and uploaded
Requested partial and synopsis of HEART THEFT to the requesting editor
Requested partial and synopsis of NOT BY THE BOOK to the requesting editor
Proposal package for the serial to first choice market (this was actually at the end of April)
Client work
LOIs (not enough)
Content entries finished and winners chosen
Guests in early May

IN PROCESS:
Additional material around THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY for the website
MYTH & INTERPRETATION (Gwen Finnegan novella)
RELICS & REQUIEM (Coventina Circle #3)
THREE ROADS OF STRANGERS
Yard work

DROPPED/MOVED:
FIX-IT GIRL revision moved to later in the summer

UNEXPECTED ADDITIONS:
LIGHT BEHIND THE EYES radio play performed in Florida

DISAPPOINTMENTS:
Old lawn mower doesn’t work
New lawn mower doesn’t work as well as I wanted
Weed whacker lasted ten minutes before coming unspooled

SUCCESSES:
LIGHT BEHIND THE EYES performed and broadcast
SPIRIT REPOSITORY release
Both partials and synopses out to the requesting editors
Contest entries finished on time

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?

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

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