Writing and Business Goals for August 2017

Aug 2017 Goals

Happy Friday to all! It has been such a busy, yet exciting month. I published my first book, Have Spirit Will Travel, and the final prep and proofreading was both time consuming and stressful because I wanted everything to be, (oh I can see my sister cringing as she reads this sentence), perfect. I finally got over my neurotic self and remembered that perfection is an illusion. I’d done the best I could, and it was enough. And since I can’t overlook an opportunity for self promotion, you can find links to purchase my book by going to my “Home” page above. 😉

So in the month of July I managed to complete all 8 goals. (Cue the applause!) Type A much?

July Goals:

  1. Work on book two of the Skyler Sullivan series – Done. Synopsis brainstormed with my sister and tons of notes taken 
  2. Review comments from last beta reader – Done
  3. Research MailChimp – Done. Now I need to learn how to use it   
  4. Follow 8 like-minded blogs (I don’t know why I chose 8, but it feels right, and I am all about instinct) – Done
  5. Complete my author page on Goodreads – Done
  6. Research and plan a book launch – Done
  7. Read Let’s Get Visible – How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books, by David Gaughran – Done. Awesome read full of practical and needed information. A solid 5 star. In addition to this, I read, Successful Self-Publishing: How to self-publish and market your book in ebook and print, by Joanna Penn, which is definitely another solid 5 star read.
  8. Publish Have Spirit Will Travel.  What???  I know. It is exciting. – Done

I will be taking a week or so off from the business of writing, so I’ll have fewer goals in August.

August Goals:

  1. Draft a Skyler Sullivan short story
  2. Update and organize my Skyler Sullivan mythology notes
  3. Write the first two chapters of Book Two
  4. Set up Author’s Page on Amazon
  5. Read Six Figure Author: Using Data to Sell Books by Chris Fox
  6. Read 2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

Wishing you a wonderful August.


Veggie Garden Love


Each year Hubby Extraordinaire puts out a gorgeous organic vegetable garden.


Cherokee Wax Beans

I love watching the plants go through their various stages of growth.


Red, Orange, and Yellow Bell Peppers

Sometimes they grow and develop so quickly I wonder if fairies sprinkle their dust in the night while we sleep.


Florida 91 Tomato

Or maybe the gnomes are spreading their magical fertilizer. (A little known fact: Garden gnomes poop perlite)


Husky Cherry Red Tomatoes

He also grew lettuce and green onion, which is not shown. I can’t wait for harvest time!

Wishing you a wonderful summer day!


Happy 4th of July

4th of July

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”                                                                                                – Abraham Lincoln

May we all honor our own individual freedom and stand strong in our beliefs. Wishing a safe and happy holiday to you and yours.

Peace to all,