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
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.



12 Pitches

“Ramsey Chase” release



Book review assignments



Article written and turned in for WOW-Women on Writing

Article written and turned in for Authors Publish

2 short stories


2 essays

Webpage for Coventina Circle Series

Facebook page for Coventina Circle Series


In Process:



Yard work


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



“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:



Project meeting in Harwich

Outlining the entire Coventina Circle series

Outlining a few other projects

Project meeting



Late payments

Betrayal by someone trusted




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
Just got assignment from new editor
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
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


Posted by: devonellington | June 30, 2017

June 2017 Wrap Up

The early part of the month was more productive than the latter; I’m feeling a little burned out and un-creative. But I must push on or I can’t keep a roof over my head. I can’t afford Writer’s Block.

June 2017 Wrap – Up

22 Pitches Sent — more than I planned
10 minute radio play submitted
2 articles pitched, written, paid
Part I of the first draft of the mini-series written
New cover for “The Ramsey Chase”
2 essays written, polished, submitted
1 flash fiction written, polished, submitted
Next assignment for new editor submitted

In progress:
THE FIX IT GIRL revisions — I’m behind, but they’re progressing
Yard work — always “in progress”
Short women’s fiction story
Part II of the mini-series
“The Ramsey Chase” final proofs
Opening of “Miss Winston apologizes”
Cleaning out what’s unnecessary/purging basement
Searching for the right cover image(s) for PLAYING THE ANGLES

Short stories adapted to radio plays — time/money ratio didn’t work
Moved the third draft of WINNER TAKE ALL to July
Moved work on NOT BY THE BOOK to July
Submission materials for FIX IT GIRL moved to July

Unexpected Additions:
The mini-series
Getting deadlines for Cornelia True and Twinkle Tavern pieces
Getting deadlines for PLAYING THE ANGLES

Unreliable people
Lack of reciprocity

People who expect you to ply your profession, but don’t want to pay.

2 articles quickly sold
Some good meetings
Upswing in short pieces

Posted by: devonellington | June 15, 2017

June Mid-Month Check In

Boy, is this month going fast! And it’s all over the place.

From the list posted at the beginning of the month:

13 pitches sent — I’m already over my estimate for the month.

Behind on THE FIX IT GIRL — I hoped to be done with the second draft by today, but the second half of the book is complicated, a real “re-envisionment” in some cases, so I expect it won’t be done until either the end of the month or mid-July.

10 minute radio play submitted.

Yard work, which is ever-ongoing

Working on assignments for my new editor

One of the two short stories I wanted to do this month is out the door; the other is nearly there.

Not on the list but added in:
Two of the pitches I sent were accepted, written, and paid already

Started work on a mini-series teleplay. Finished Part I (123 pages; some will be cut in revisions), and started Part II.

“The Ramsey Chase” will be ready for re-release faster than I expected, so that has to be factored in, along with outlining the next story in the series, outlining it, and deciding when it will be ready.

Finalizing the release dates for Playing the Angles and The Spirit Repository, and deciding how to factor in what still has to be done with them.

In other words, June has been busy and creative. I’m feeling a little burned out, but too bad for me.

How is your June going?

Posted by: devonellington | June 2, 2017

June To Do List

June’s To Do List may get thrown out the window, because there are a few things in flux that might make most of this list impossible to work on. I have to remain flexible and able to think on my feet for the whole month.

8-12 pitches
Third draft of WINNER TAKE ALL
Finish revision of FIX IT GIRL
Start working on submission materials for FIX IT GIRL
2 short stories out the door
10 minute radio play finished, polished, submitted
Re-visit the potential short story-to-radio adaptations
Get back on track with NOT BY THE BOOK
Decide which of the other ideas I’ve been playing with make sense to work in tandem with above
Yard work
Purge basement
Assignments for new editor as received

Posted by: devonellington | June 1, 2017

May 2017 Wrap Up

A day late, but hopefully worth it!

Second draft of WINNER TAKE ALL
Article Pitches
First session on the Career Recalibration
Wrote 1 short article
New cover for Creative Stimulus Workbook
Short Story “Worth the Wait” & submitted it
First assignment for new freelance gig
Proposal packet to a producer for a new play

In Progress:
Personal issues
Second Draft of FIX-IT GIRL
Lavinia Fontana Research
Yard work
Purging basement
Discussions with new-to-me distributors

Adaptations of short stories to radio plays — time/money ratio didn’t make sense.

Unexpected Additions:
Rough outline of new mystery
Rough outline of new literary fiction
Rough outline of new paranormal Victorian romance
Rough notes on fantasy/mystery
Rough notes on DC mystery
Pages on mystery
Pages on literary fiction
Pages on paranormal Victorian romance
Pages on fantasy/mystery
Chance to submit proposal for a new play to a development deal
First draft of a short-short story
Landed new review gig
Discussion for a big, long-term project that may or may not come to be
Wrote short story “Worth the Wait”
Wrote short article
49 pages on a new contemporary mystery idea

Local people

Interest in some of the pitches sent out
New ideas are working
Recalibration will pay off, but not for awhile

Posted by: devonellington | May 15, 2017

Mid-May Check-In

May is proving to be a challenging month, but also a creative one.

Here’s where I am on my list:
Dealing with the personal stuff
Nearly one half way through the second draft of WINNER TAKE ALL
About 30K into the second draft of FIX IT GIRL
Finishing up the Lavinia Fontana research
Pitching and working on articles
Negotiating a reviewer gig
Yard work — which has run into some problems because of mower issues

I’m behind on NOT BY THE BOOK, the basement purge, and “Axe to Grind”.

But I’ve also outlined some new projects, I was asked to submit a proposal for a new play, and I’m plugging along. And I drafted a new short story, that I hope to polish and send out this week.

Fingers crossed that May only gets better. How’s your May?

Posted by: devonellington | May 2, 2017

May To Do List

May 2017 To Do List

Continue dealing with personal stuff
Revision of WINNER TAKE ALL SCREENPLAY (at least one, maybe two)
Start second draft of FIX-IT GIRL (six weeks, hopefully, so it will finish in Mid-June)
Continue Lavinia Fontana research
10-12 article pitches
Yard work
Purging basement
Finish, revise, submit “Axe to Grind”
Make final decision on short story adaptations — either do them or drop them.

Posted by: devonellington | May 1, 2017

April 2017 Wrap Up

April Wrap Up:

First draft of the screenplay WINNER TAKE ALL
Contest entries read and judged
6 article pitches

In Process:
Life stuff
NOT BY THE BOOK – behind where I want to be
Lavinia Fontana research — ongoing until end of June
FIX-IT GIRL — research keeps rolling in; figured out where I have to create new scenes in this draft and working on them before starting second draft. Will start second draft in May.
Yard Work (will be ongoing until the next snowstorm)
Purging basement (will be ongoing until done)

SONGBOUND SISTERS moved to later in the year

Unexpected Additions:
WINNER TAKE ALL screenplay
“Axe to Grind” short radio play
Revisions on “Seven of Swords”
Outline begun of art heist screenplay
Potentially adapt one or two short stories for radio
Playing with new mystery idea
Submitted radio play

Some project interviews were disappointing and the decision was made not to go forward.
Not moving fast enough on a couple of things and missed the opportunity

The craft on WINNER TAKE ALL.
Writing the first draft of a screenplay in less than a month (19 days)

An up and down month, but overall, quite creative. It felt good to write a complete screenplay without interruption. POWER OF WORDS moves along, although in different ways. NOT BY THE BOOK needs to get back on track. The unexpected radio opportunities need to be grasped, and I had ideas and momentum for articles, which I haven’t felt in a long time. Didn’t do as much yard work as I hoped, due to all the rain. Did the final push on the contest entries, and I’m satisfied with my decisions. Still too much personal chaos that needs sorting out, and that drains energy from everything else.

Posted by: devonellington | April 18, 2017

April Mid-Month Check-In

April Mid-Month Check-In

Life stuff — ongoing.

NOT BY THE BOOK — Behind where I should be

Lavinia Fontana Research — still don’t have the catalyst for the plot

FIX-IT GIRL — research mostly done; plot points decided; working first draft of new scenes into book.

POWER OF WORDS — skipping around in it a bit. Some stuff I’m working on now informs earlier sections, so I did some inserts. Skipping ahead a bit to write sections set in Paris, on the Orient Express, in Venice, and in LA. May add sections set in Berlin and Milan. Debating about Costa Rica section.

Yard Work — ongoing, although not as fast as I would like, due to being out of shape.

Contest entries — finished two categories; almost done with smaller, final category and digital entries to read.

Purging boxes — not where I want or need to be with that. Have to get on the stick with it.

Unexpected additions: New screenplay, hit the halfway point; new short radio play; revisions on one act play. All for deadlines/markets that came up since my To Do List was created at the beginning of the month.

How is your April going? Having some good weather makes a big difference!

Posted by: devonellington | April 3, 2017

April 2017 To Do List

To Do List April 2017

The Private Life Stuff I can’t publicly discuss
Lavinia Fontana Research — find the incident that makes the play go
FIX – IT GIRL — complete costume research; decide other remaining plot points
POWER OF WORDS — whatever needs to be done on it
Yard work (per the weather)
Finish contest entries & make final decisions
Purge 20 boxes from the basement

Short list, but it makes more sense, given the “life stuff” that has to be handled before anything else can fall into place.

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