Okay, so it’s time to reveal the results of my Quarter 1 Goals, and I must say, I am thoroughly impressed with everything that I accomplished this quarter. If this is any indication of how the rest of the year is going to go, I have a feeling that this is going to be an AMAZING year! Now before I continue, here’s the list I made back when in January:
- Read at least three books
- Outline my second novel
- Watch at least three movies (in the theater)
- Begin marketing for Wrong in All the Right Ways
- Make more writer friends
Again, I wanted to keep the list short, sweet, and fairly realistic. I mean, I’m a teacher, I’m taking some college courses, and I’m in the middle of promoting and putting the finishing touches on Wrong in All the Right Ways (out July 17th). That’s like, three jobs in my mind, so I wanted to keep the list manageable enough for me to feel like a winner at the end of this quarter.
And here are the results:
Read at least three books (COMPLETED)
I not only completed this goal, I CRUSHED IT! I ended up reading five books: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Every Day by David Levithan, 12 Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon, and Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. All of these books were absolutely TO DIE FOR! I cannot quit raving about them! (Just ask my coworkers and my boyfriend! lol)
Outline my second novel (COMPLETED)
As of right now, the working acronym for my maybe-second novel is TMoSO (I’m not sure I’m ready to share the actual working title yet, so I’m going to keep it as an acronym). All I can tell you is that it is a dual perspective contemporary romance about two teens (one who is homeless, and one who is not) who fall for each other as their senior years draw to a close. They’ve both ha a crappy year, and when they are thrown together, they realize that the other is exactly the kind of distraction they were looking for. I’m not sure how much I can share with you at this point, but I have a really good feeling about this novel.
Watch at least three movies (in the theater) (COMPLETED)
I watched so many movies in theaters this quarter, that I pretty much live there now. Let’s see, I saw The Maze Runner: Death Cure; Black Panther; Annihilation; Every Day (well, duhhh…I read the book and HAD to see the movie); A Wrinkle in Time; Love, Simon (based off Simon vs. by Becky Albertalli…again, so that’s another HAD TO SEE IT movie); and Pacific Rim: Uprising. All of these movies were EVERYTHING! But, if I had to pick a favorite, I’d have to give it to either Black Panther or Love, Simon. I can’t choose, and they were both so good! I’d watch those movies every day for the rest of my life and never get tired of them. THEY’RE THAT GOOD!
Begin marketing for Wrong in All the Right Ways (HALF-COMPLETED)
I’m only going to give myself half-credit for this, because I haven’t been doing much to promote Wrong in All the Right Ways …yet. Part of this is because I don’t yet have a publicists, which I need in order to get what I set out to accomplish done (book swag, book giveaways, etc.) However, I HAVE SOME NEWS! I officially have a publicist, to whom I will be introduced next week, so stay tuned because THINGS. ARE. HAPPENING! Oh, and I did clench some 5-star Goodreads reviews, so even though I didn’t do much, I guess what I did do seems to be working so far. As I get closer to publication, more reviews will come out, and I can’t wait to hear what people will say about my book baby. *squeals*
Make more writer friends (COMPLETED)
Okay, so I joined a 2018 debut writer group called the Electric Eighteens (check out our website: electriceighteens.com) back in December, and I made it a point to begin connecting with them and supporting their journey to publication. This has been so much easier ever since I’ve been regularly active on Twitter and Instagram. Anyway, I actually got to meet a fellow Electric Eighteen—Farrah Penn—in March (notice, I read her book this quarter, too, and by the way, IT’S AMAZING!) She came down to New Orleans and we had a blast! WE ATE SO MUCH FOOD! It was great! And Farrah is the kindest, sweetest, funniest writer I’ve ever met, and I can’t wait to see where her writing journey takes her. I hope I get to link up with her and more Electric Eighteens as the year progresses!
In addition to meeting Farrah, I made another writer friend this quarter: Rachel Bowen (you can follow her on Twitter, here) I met Rachel on Twitter last year, and we hit it off pretty quick. Talking to her feels like talking to one of my sisters; she’s so funny and nice! We are silly together (so many virtual laughs have been exchanged between us), and she’s there for me not only to celebrate my successes, but she’s also there when I need a pick me up (and believe me, I’ve had a lot of crappy writing days, and she was there for me during these times). I have not had the chance to meet Rachel in-person yet, but I can’t wait until the day that our paths finally cross. I’m currently reading some of her writing, and I am convinced that we’re definitely gonna know her name in the writing world in the very near future. She is such a great writer and friend, and I am hoping to God that I get to meet her soon! Follow her to see for yourself just how awesome she is!
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Well, I’ll say my first quarter was a smashing success! I hope I can keep this track record up!
And here are my Quarter 2 Goals:
- Meet my publicist and get started on making book swag
- Read at least three more books
- See at least three more movies
- Finish the first draft of my second novel
- Run at least three giveaways for Wrong in All the Right Ways
I’ll check back in with my results at the end of June. Wish me luck!