Posted by: devonellington | December 1, 2018

December 2018 To Do List

December To Do List

Holiday cards
Holiday decorating
BALTHAZAAR galleys
Restructure DHARMA
Get first half of first act of anti-gun violence play done
Prepare pitch for new historical play
Work with designer on JUSTICE BY HARPY covers
New covers for holiday stories
Holiday book promotions
LOIs
GDRs for 2019
Winter Solstice
St. Nicholas Day
Christmas
Client work
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES draft
INNATE POWER draft
Enjoy the holidays!

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Posted by: devonellington | November 30, 2018

Nov. 2018 Wrap-Up

November 2018 Wrap-Up

Not as productive as I wanted. I struggled creatively this month. But I still got a revision of a book done, and I’m plugging along on a couple of other projects.

Complete:
30 Tips for 30 Days is up for permanent free release
Revision of HEART SNATCHER
Thanksgiving
Election night

In Process:
Women Write Change is up and continuing
THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE is on track
Work on Justice by Harpy trilogy covers
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Anti-gun violence play started
Gun laws researched
LOIs (not enough sent)
Holiday cards
Holiday decorating
December newsletter

Moved/Dropped:
DAVY JONES DHARMA’s release is moved to February
Cleaning out basement — couldn’t get anything done

Unexpected Additions:
Notes for several new novels
Notes for a new play
Guest blogging
Got sick

Disappointments:
People

Successes:
Radio play picked up for spring production
Workshop picked up for spring conference (can’t give details yet)

 

Posted by: devonellington | November 5, 2018

November 2018 To Do List

November To Do List

VOTE!!!!!!
Prep DAVY JONES DHARMA for December release
Get 30 TIPS FOR 30 DAYS out on permanent free release
Continue with Women Write Change
Work on THE BALTHAZAAR TREASURE
Finish revisions on HEART SNATCHER
Work with cover designers on Jain Lazarus covers and Justice By Harpy covers
Thanksgiving
60 pages on PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
Finalize research on anti-gun violence play
Research gun laws on state and Federal levels
Election night
Follow through with potential new clients
LOIs
Start holiday cards
Start holiday decorations
20 boxes purged from basement
Work on December newsletter

Nano doesn’t work for me this year; instead I’m doing Women Write Change. What does your November look like?

Posted by: devonellington | November 5, 2018

October Wrap Up

 
October wound up having a lot of chaos in it. How did your month turn out?

Complete:
RELICS & REQUIEM release
2020 calendar articles
Ongoing reviews completed as assigned
Speech for Global Human Rights Idea Bazaar
Interior Decorations

In Progress:
RELICS & REQUIEM promotion
final work on DAVY JONES DHARMA
Follow up to new contacts made in September
Research on anti-gun violence play

Dropped/Moved:
N/A


Unexpected Additions:

Creating the Women Write Change forum.
Outlining three new novels
Developing a novel that deals with gun violence and the opiod crisis
Going back into revisions for HEART SNATCHER
pitch to develop a project in 2020
pitch to teach a workshop in 2019

Disappointments:
Disappointing news on an opportunity I didn’t land that I really, really wanted

Successes:
Global Human Rights Conference
Setting up Women Write Changehttp://www.devonellingtonwork.com/women-write-change/
Starting to get my creativity back on track

Posted by: devonellington | October 15, 2018

October 2018 Mid-Month Check In

October is going in all directions. Plenty of unexpected things going on.

One of the best ones is the Women Write Change forum. It grew out of not-quite joking on social media that we needed a Women’s Rage forum during Nano this year. That evolved into Women Write Change. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Progress so far:
In galleys for RELICS & REQUIEM
Working on DAVY JONES DHARMA
Calendar articles turned in
Review turned in
Speech for the Global Human Rights Teach-out is this week
Interior decorations done
Followed up on September meetings

How’s your October going?

Posted by: devonellington | October 1, 2018

October To Do List

September, as you can see, got away from me. Not that I wasn’t busy — I was. Very busy, in the best possible way.

And, soon, I will post the questions for 2019.

I have, however, come up with an October To Do List:

Finish galleys & release for RELICS & REQUEIM
Promotion for RELICS & REQUIEM
Finish draft of DAVY JONES DHARMA
Turn in calendar articles to editor
Turn in review to editor
Accept other reviews as assigned
Work on draft of BALTHAZAAR TREASURE
Work on draft of CRAVE THE HUNT
LOIs
Global Human Rights Teach-Out
Follow up meetings from September networking
Decorate for the season
Keep purging boxes from the basement
Work on new recipes for holiday baking
4 article pitches out

Posted by: devonellington | August 31, 2018

August Wrap Up

August Wrap-Up

August has been a personally challenging month, but a professional solid one. But I still feel like I’m behind the beat.

Complete
A nice stack of boxes purged from the basement – but still ever so many more to go!
LOIs
Client work as scheduled

In Progress
RELICS & REQUIEM draft (will be done this weekend)
DAVY JONES DHARMA DRAFT
BALTHAZAAR TREASURE DRAFT
Research for anti-gun violence play

Dropped/Moved
I didn’t have enough on this list to drop or move

Unexpected Additions:
Hired by a new client – working on first assignment
Playing with some new ideas
Invitations to contribute to several blogs

Disappointments:
I don’t think death fits into the disappointment category; more like grief than disappointment

Successes:
Getting hired within 48 hours of pitching to this new client
Getting back on track and feeling good about RELICS & REQUEIM
Facing tackling the basement purge (this is huge for me on many levels)
Invitation to read at the Provincetown Book Festival

How did your August go?

The September To Do List won’t be up until Wednesday. Have a great weekend!

I’m working on the questions for 2019. They will go up on a separate blog page soon.

Posted by: devonellington | August 15, 2018

August Mid-Month Check-In

August has been a difficult month for me so far, starting with two deaths close to me.

I’m behind on this draft of RELICS, but working with my editor to get it done. I’m behind where I want to be on DAVY JONES DHARMA, but still in decent shape.

The weather prevents much work in the house or yard, although I recovered a chair.

I’m working on the calendar articles, and I wrote the foreword for my friend’s book. So I’m not completely out of the mix.

How is your August going?

Posted by: devonellington | July 31, 2018

July 2018 Wrap Up

The first half of July worked like gangbusters, and I’ve been struggling with the second half:

Completed:
MYTH & INTERPRETATION release
LOIs
Review of a colleague’s book

In Progress:
RELICS & REQUEIM DRAFT (nearly there)
DAVY JONES DHARMA (behnd)
Anti-gun violence play – research/character development
Calendar articles
Yard work
Going over HEX BREAKER with editor
Conversations about POWER OF WORDS

Moved/Dropped:
Article pitches

Unexpected Additions:

Guests and impromptu artist retreat
Weekly savasana/sukasana/reiki
international proposals for a play
radio proposals
more socializing than usual, but in a good way
Worked with cover designer for next several covers

Disappointments:
Trouble caused by a colleague
Illnesses and loss suffered by friends

Successes:
Asked to write a foreword for a friend’s books

Posted by: devonellington | July 16, 2018

July Mid-Month Check-In

July’s been a changeable month, which doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

So far:
MYTH & INTERPRETATION releases tomorrow.
Working steadily on RELICS & REQUIEM
Got some work done on DAVY JONES DHARMA
Got some work done on anti-gun violence play
Daily political activity
Calendar articles
Yard work
LOIs (on going)

Additionally:
Guests and impromptu artist retreat
Weekly savasana/sukasana/reiki
international proposals for a play
radio proposals
more socializing than usual, but in a good way

How’s your month going?

Posted by: devonellington | July 2, 2018

July To Do List

July will be busy. Good busy, I hope, and with Jupiter turning direct, I hope that will help take some of the pressure off.

Here’s my list:

MYTH & INTERPRETATION release/PR
Finish draft of RELICS & REQUIEM
30K on DAVY JONES DHARMA
Work on anti-gun violence play
Continued daily political activism
Work on Calendar articles
Yard work
Get up the rest of SPIRIT REPOSITORY articles
12 LOIs
4 article pitches
Go over HEX BREAKER with editor
Update Coventina Circle and Gwen Finnegan series bibles
Mid-year assessment
Discussions about when/how to put what was POWER OF WORDS back into the schedule

 

Posted by: devonellington | June 29, 2018

Fri. June 29, 2018: June Wrap-Up

June Wrap-up

June was a busy month. Creatively, it was fulfilling. On other levels, it was difficult, including cutting ties with some appeasers and those for whom I lost respect. It happens. People grow and change. Still sad, but I can’t have toxic people in my life.

COMPLETE
MYTH & INTERPRETATION cover reveal, galleys, to publication
MYTH & INTERPRETATION media kit
Newsletter out
LOIs (not enough, but better than last month)

IN PROCESS
Calendar articles for Llewellyn
Gwen Finnegan media kit
RELICS & REQUIEM draft — behind where I want to be, but it’s chugging along
DAVY JONES DHARMA back in the mix
Article pitches
Promotion for Coventina Circle and Gwen Finnegan series
Yard work
THREE ROADS OF STRANGERS –as much as I can, whenever I can
Anti-gun violence play — slowly, but moving
Summer solstice

MOVED/DROPPED
Nothing

UNEXPECTED ADDITIONS:
Llewellyn contract
Jain Lazarus series moves publishers
CRAVE THE HUNT back into the mix
New series title and book titles for what was called POWER OF WORDS
Writing a monologue for a friend’s benefit

DISAPPOINTMENTS:
Cowards and appeasers

SUCCESSES:
Jain Lazarus picked up days after cutting ties with the previous publisher

 

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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