Do you have goals bloghop. Novels, novellas, short stories, travel articles…how has June been for you?

Earlier this year I joined this regular monthly Friday bloghop hosted by Misha Gericke and Beth Fred. It’s a steadily growing list as writers realise it’s a good motivation.

The reason I joined this hop was to keep myself honest, and honestly, reflecting on my goals for the month is a good motivation to push myself. So here it’s the last Friday of June, ridiculous, so it’s time again…

You’re more than welcome to join this bloghop. All you need to do is read and follow the guidelines then SIGN UP HERE

Your goal is the link title. Not your name or your blog’s. This is so we can keep track of who’s doing what.

I signed up as Number 13,  ‘publish a novel and submit short stories’ this year.

MY WRITING LIFE IN JUNE 2016

MY PARANORMAL ROMANCE NOVELLA, BOOK TWO – The Vendemmia (The Harvest)

I am into the sequel to the second story in my  series Under the Tuscan Moon. Sorry for taking so long for those of you who have asked where is the second novella, but the research is taking longer than I’d planned. I hate reading sequels that are rubbish, written under duress, so bear with me.
 
In the sequel, my two ‘loveable’, ahem, vamps, Vipunin and Cuchulcain, have returned to Vipunin’s castello where he lived before he was turned. Here Vipunin intends to be a very disruptive influence at harvest time. Ciassia and Sibon  are unaware they harbour a monster in their midst, a monster who will do anything to get what he wants…and he wants Ciassia.
SHORT STORY UPDATE
Last time I gave an update on one of my Paris short stories, Carpe Diem, it was at 25,000 words. This story is lighting up my life and sending electricity through my fingertips as I type, so it is now at 30K+. So I figure my protagonists, Saskia and her lover Raphael, are demanding nothing less than novel length. When you meet these two, you’ll know what I mean…

A quick mock up to give you the idea
Currently I’m sorting the chapters as there’s a PAST and PRESENT element. I have a further motivation to get the structure right (even as I continue to write up their marriage in country France). I’m lucky to be attending a Margie Lawson immersion class in Brisbane in early August. I’ve worked through some of her online tutorials and this woman knows a thing or two about writing/editing.  As Margie says on her web page: “EXPECT to work for three full days (plus the afternoon and evening you arrive) dissecting, analyzing, and deep editing.” I feel very blessed to have strong-armed my way into her seminar. I’m going to use Carpe Diem as my piece to work on with Margie.
WRITING ABOUT TRAVEL
As regular visitors and blogger friends know, I wear a travel writer’s hat. Well, I’ve been travelling again…to tropical North Queensland, so haven’t achieved more than taking photos and making notes. No time to work on my travel articles, but it won’t take long to rectify this now that I’m back home.
MY PARIS COOKERY SCHOOL NOVEL
This is still waiting for November’s NaNoWriMo.
WRITE…EDIT…PUBLISH
JOIN US FOR THE AUGUST CHALLENGE!
Have done some guest posts, at Chrys Fey’s in particular, in which I mention WEP’s August challenge, GARDENS. I spent some time meandering around the Remembrance Gardens in Townsville. I felt a story coming on…Please join us in August if you love gardens–flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photographs, artwork…
WRAPPING UP…
So overall, June has been very low key as far as writing goes, but you’ve got to live your life. Major renovations at our beach house (next year our principal residence) are slowing me down writing-wise. I’m helping with the painting now. It’ll be worth it when I can lock myself away in Den’s Den which is about to be painted. Filling the bookshelves will be delightful.
READING
I READ A LOT but haven’t reviewed much this month. I’m concentrating on bloggers’ books on my kindle. Just finished The House by the Lake by Ella Carey, an Aussie writer. Delightful! Already topped some of Amazon’s best-seller lists. Set in Berlin and the US and follows her Paris Time Capsule based on the true story of an abandoned apartment in Paris.
AIM HIGH

Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.– Ray Bradbury

How are you going with your 2016 goals? I’d love to hear from you. Please share in comments or join the hop.
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One thought on “Do you have goals bloghop. Novels, novellas, short stories, travel articles…how has June been for you?

  1. Looks like I’m the only one over here. I just posted this comment on your blogspot: “This is your time to write, write, write. Which you’re doing. And publishing. So excited to read all the finished products, and hope you make a lot of progress during what is our long hot summer. Jen and I are cheering you on!”

    Life does tend to get in the way, doesn’t it. Jen’s finally out of the woods just a bit from her surgery. Still has pain from bruising, etc. And pain in her brain is magnified. So send some good thoughts my way. I did, though, finally after 3 weeks get a new essay posted…about a New Zealander who found me online as I explain…whenever you get a moment to take a look.

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