Posted by: devonellington | May 15, 2019

May Mid-Month Check-In

I had a big problem hit me this month, with a major car repair. So that threw everything out of kilter.

But here is where I am:
15 LOIs
Complete the contest judging and submit winners
Keep up with book review gig
Keep up with yard work
Switch out from winter curtains to lace panels
Sit down and do a recalibration plan
Kentucky Derby
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Work on new comic play for contest
Start developing new Caribbean idea

How is your May going?

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Posted by: devonellington | May 1, 2019

May To Do List

I have some serious re-calibrating to do this month, so a lot of this list may change. But from where I sit now, this is what needs to get done.

May To Do List

15 LOIs
3 trade journal pitches
31K on GRAVE REACH
Finish revisions on “Intrigue on the Aurora Nightingale” and submit
Get back on track with Gwen Finnegan
Get back on track with Nautical Namaste
Complete the contest judging and submit winners
Keep up with book review gig
Finish and submit Writers’ Ghetto article
Get to the MFA to do research on Canaletto and the Bibiana families
Keep up with yard work
Purge 20 boxes from the basement
More planting
Switch out from winter curtains to lace panels
Sit down and do a recalibration plan
Work on marketing plan for the second half of this year
Kentucky Derby
Preakness
Stanley Cup Playoffs
Work on anti-gun violence play
Do at least 2 more monologues for WOMEN WITH AN EDGE RESIST
Work on new comic play for contest
Work on “Organizing the Dead”
Start developing new Caribbean idea

Posted by: devonellington | April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019: April Wrap Up

Honestly, I’m so tired at this point, I’m not sure what I’ve done.

But let’s see if I can make a list:

Complete:
“Confidence Confidant” produced and broadcast in Boston (that was less me this month than the production company)
First draft of “Intrigue on the Aurora Nightingale” done
Good progress on GRAVE REACH
Pitched article to market for which I’ve written a half a dozen times
40 LOIs
Trip to Vermont
Conference presentation at NECRWA

In Progress
GRAVE REACH
Second draft “Intrigue on the Aurora Nightingale” radio play
First draft “Organizing the Dead” radio play
First Draft “Dashed Dreams” radio play
Getting back on track with BALTHAZAAR edits
Trade magazine pitches
Spinning some ideas that might or might not work
Canaletto research

Unexpected Additions
Trip to Vermont
New ideas

Disappointments
Someone trusted broke said trust; not sure if it can be fixed
Vermont trip turned out to be unnecessary
Feeling like I’m in a perpetual state of exhaustion this month

Not my most productive month, although it started on a high note.

I need to take some time to regroup and re-prioritize, and then prepare for May.

How was your April?

Posted by: devonellington | April 15, 2019

Mon. April 15, 2019: Mid-Month Check-In

Mid-April Check-In

There was no list for April, because everything is in motion, and I must be poised for change at any moment.

I feel like I haven’t done much, but that’s actually not true.

Here’s how April’s gone so far:

Unexpected trip to Vermont
Attended live performance of my radio play in Boston
Getting back into the groove for GRAVE REACH
First draft of “Intrigue on the Aurora Nightingale” done
Working on second draft of the above
Working on “Organizing the Dead” radio play first draft
Working on “Dashed Dreams” radio play first draft
Revision on stage play of “Confidence Confidant”
Polishing article pitches
20 LOIs out

How is your April going?

Getting back to the Personal Strategic Plan, I’ve been discussing it on the business-based blog Ink-Dipped Advice. You can scroll through the posts here.

Posted by: devonellington | March 15, 2019

March 15: Mid-March Check-In

 

Did anyone notice there was no To Do list for March?

March has taken on a life of its own. Trying to balance new opportunities, keep up with current work, handle unexpected life news, and work on the changes that are coming up in the next few months has been a challenge.

So even the idea of the To-Do list is out the window.

Considering how booked April is, to the point of over-booked, I’m trying to clear the decks as much as possible.

Considering that Mercury is also in retrograde, everything is more of a challenge and takes longer than I’d like.

Things are going well, for the most part. But things are also moving quickly. I have to be agile and adaptive to change in the moment.

This month, having a list felt like it would be a detriment instead of a valuable tool.

So I decided not to cage myself with it, and handle what needs handling.

How is your March going?

Posted by: devonellington | February 28, 2019

February Wrap-Up

February 2019 Wrap-Up

Well, February took its own turns, as things do. I strayed from my list, because of other opportunities, especially when it came to radio plays.

Complete:
All domains moved to Name Silo. Completely free of 1&1–finally!
17 LOIs
Comic ghost story radio play finished and pitched to 2 companies

In Progress:
Contest Entries
Keeping up with books sent for review
Personal strategic plan
Straw Hat Radio drama
Monologues for WOMEN WITH AN EDGE RESIST
Research for play on Canaletto’s sisters
First act of anti-gun violence play
Catching up on Gwen Finnegan things
Catching up on Nautical Namaste things
Working on GRAVE REACH (Coventina Circle #4)
NECRWA workshop
Keeping up with client work

Dropped/Moved:
Justice By Harpy work is moved until I catch up on Gwen Finnegan & Nautical Namaste

Unexpected Additions:
2 meetings with potential clients; one was not a good fit & I withdrew from consideration, the other I liked and am waiting to hear back.
Requests for more radio plays
Received 3D covers for my books

Disappointments:
Didn’t get a meeting with a client I pitched and really wanted, although I knew it was a stretch
Taking longer to wind up a client project and move on than I would like

Successes:
The positive reception of the radio plays
The client meetings I’ve landed from the LOIs (even when it wasn’t the right fit, landing the meeting was positive)

I’m working on the personal strategic plan. Over on Ink-Dipped Advice, I talk about the Vision Statement.

How did your February go? What are your plans for March?

 

Posted by: devonellington | February 15, 2019

Mid-February Check-In

I’m behind on things, but here’s the update:

My domains are moved; I am finally completely free of 1&1.com. It took over a year of concentrated effort, after years of paying for services they refused to provide. This liberation will do a lot in growing my business.

I’m keeping up with reviews, and working on my contest entries.

I’m on track for LOIs, but behind in article pitches.

I had a meeting with a potential client and then withdrew from consideration, because I knew I wasn’t the right fit for what they need; I have another meeting with a potential client next week, so we’ll see if we’re more compatible.

I’m working on my personal strategic plan.

The comic ghost story play had to have the second half ripped out and revised, but it will go out in a day or two.

I’m about ready to work on the straw hat comic radio mystery.

I’m working on the monologues, and hope to start testing the first of them this month.

I’ve been working on blog posts, and on my NECRWA presentation.

I’ve planted the eggplants, leeks, and scallions inside for spring, and I’m about to start planting tomatoes.

I’m working on the novels, but haven’t done much work on the anti-gun violence play.

I’ve also been working with my publisher on a marketing plan.

So the list isn’t quite as short as I thought!

It’s been an emotional roller coaster for various reasons, but I hope it’s evening out a bit.

How’s your February going?

Posted by: devonellington | February 1, 2019

February 2019 To Do List

February is a short month. I try to keep the lists short, but it rarely works. Things are picking up on several fronts, so by March, I might have to recalibrate my goals again. It’s all good, but I need to be flexible. How is your year going so far?

February 2019 To Do List

Catch up on all things Gwen Finnegan
Catch up on all things Nautical Namaste
Get back on track with GRAVE REACH
Keep up with reviews
Work on contest entries
Client meetings
12-15 LOIS
3-5 article pitches
Comic ghost story radio play written, polished, out
Comic straw hat mystery radio play written, polished, out
Domain registrations moved
Act one of the anti-gun violence play complete
2 monologues for WOMEN WITH AN EDGE RESIST written
Blog posts
Continued work on Justice by Harpy Trilogy
Work on NECRWA presentation
First planting for spring

Posted by: devonellington | February 1, 2019

February To-Do List

February 2019 To Do List

Catch up on all things Gwen Finnegan
Catch up on all things Nautical Namaste
Get back on track with GRAVE REACH
Keep up with reviews
Work on contest entries
12-15 LOIS
3-5 article pitches
Comic ghost story radio play written, polished, out
Comic straw hat mystery radio play written, polished, out
Domain registrations moved
Act one of the anti-gun violence play complete
2 monologues for WOMEN WITH AN EDGE RESIST written
Blog posts
Continued work on Justice by Harpy Trilogy
Work on NECRWA presentation
First planting for spring

Posted by: devonellington | January 31, 2019

January Wrap Up

 

January was a difficult month thanks to challenging clients and being sick, which put me behind on way too much.

Complete:
Client work
12 LOIs/pitches
Domain renewals/host renewals
Venetian play proposal submitted & accepted
Blog posts
Holiday decorations put away

In Process:
I’m behind on everything to do with Gwen Finnegan and Nautical Namaste
Work with cover designer and editor on Justice by Harpy trilogy

Dropped/Moved:
Distribution on some of the shorts moved to spring

Unexpected Additions:
Requested revision on one radio play
Acceptance of another radio play
Requests for more radio plays
Company

Disappointments:
Sickness put me behind

Successes:
Radio

Posted by: devonellington | January 15, 2019

January 2019 Mid-Month Check-In

How’s your January going? How does it feel not to have anything in retrograde?

Honestly, I had a rough start in some respects, and I’m behind where I’d like to be.

Here’s where I am:
Keeping up with client work
Proposal sent out for play in Renaissance Venice
On track with all the blog posts
A little behind where I need to be for the BALTHAZAAR TREASURE release
A lot behind where I need to be on DAVY JONES DHARMA
Still taking down holiday decorations

I also sent out a pitch for another script and got a request for a full;
Got notes on a play that’s being produced and am in revisions for that;
Got an invite to submit a conference proposal, which will go out today;
Started writing the monologues for WOMEN WITH AN EDGE RESIST.

Where are you in your list?

Posted by: devonellington | January 14, 2019

Jan. 14, 2019: Add One More Thing

Last week, we talked about “just doing one thing.”

As much as we want to shoot out of the gate to commit to a list of new goals, dreams, and resolutions for the year, sometimes we over-commit at the beginning and then get discouraged.

But if we start with a bit more gentleness and then build each block along the year, we’ll get farther.

What was the “one thing” you did last week?

I stretched and pitched a script to a market that I would normally consider out of my reach. Within four days, they responded back, asking for the full script. That doesn’t mean they’ll contract it; but, at the very least, I tried, and I was encouraged.

So, this week, we add one more thing.

I realized, in my yearly GDRs, I didn’t talk much about physical fitness. Last year, I made solid progress, by committing to almost-daily yoga and daily meditation. This year, I am building on it by adding in weight training. I actually started the weight training on New Year’s Eve, but I’ve kept up and it feels good.

I’m trying to add the exercise bike in, but I’m not sure I can sustain it because of knee pain. If I can’t, I will let it go without berating myself, and find something to take its place.

What one more thing will you add this week?

Tomorrow is our mid-month check in.

Hope your January is going well.

Posted by: devonellington | January 7, 2019

Jan. 7, 2019: Just One Thing

So often, we start the New Year with a long list of what we want to accomplish. Writing the list makes us feel good; looking at it depresses us.

That’s one of the reasons resolutions so often fall by the wayside.

How do you combat that?

I break my yearly list into monthly goals, which tend to shift over the course of the year, as my life changes.

Within the GDRs, I try to list at least three actions I can take toward a goal, dream, or resolution.

Especially this year, which will be a year of huge changes for me, I am determined, at least once a week, to do “just one thing” on that list.

Yes, I look at my overall list for the month and break it down into what I need to get done every week (daily To Do lists make me feel restricted).

But I also want to step back and, if not looking at the entire forest, maybe a whole chunk of trees instead of a single tree/task, and then choose one of them, “just one thing” to do this week, that’s different from the dailiness, but feeds into the bigger picture.

What is Just One Thing you can do this week to kick off the year right and get you closer to your goals?

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