Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Writer’s Life: Crossroads Ahead

Today’s ROW80 check-in begins on a high note. Yesterday, I got word that, so long as everything goes according to plan, a magazine article I feared had been rejected a few weeks back is actually scheduled to be published in April. To say that I'm excited about this is definitely an understatement. Plus, since I was also honored to have this piece picked up online via The Favour Shoppe, I’m very much looking forward to the increased exposure for myself and my sources. I’ll be sure to share more details once the issue has been officially published, but for now, things are looking good.

Also, while an intense round of class projects unfortunately kept me from posting my check-ins throughout the past couple weeks, I’m absolutely still on track to fulfill my goals for this round, and here's why.
  • In spite of my busy schedule, I’ve still been blogging regularly at least twice a week. This week, I’m posting four times, which is even better!

  • I’ve finished the major initial research needed for my novel, and should likely be able to fill in the rest as I go. I may even be able to further flesh out certain details during the revision phase, once I have the basic plot down on paper.

  • I’m on track to finish reading The Successful Novelist within the next two weeks.

  • Between my even further developed outline, recently created character development pieces and actual intro chapters, I’m just shy of competing 50 pages of "opening" content. Though I initially hadn’t planned on counting the outline and character development materials toward this goal, I now feel that I might as well. After all, they are vital pieces of the puzzle that critically impact my ability to continue moving forward. I can already tell that having solid versions of these items on hand will now make things go so much faster as I work on completing my first draft.
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With my graduation fast approaching in May (hooray!), I’m also approaching a major crossroads and will be spending the next couple months carefully exploring my post-grad goals and opportunities. Hopefully, I’ll be able to share more with you as I go through this process and things start to come together cohesively. 

At the top of my goal list this week is to begin creating a personal website sharing details about my various professional experiences and aspirations. If anyone has good advice in terms of how to best go about doing so, I definitely welcome the input! Have a great day, and stay tuned tomorrow for my answers to the rest of your reader questions, which I first started answering in Tuesday's post.

Do you have a personal website, besides your blog? How did you initially go about focusing and structuring it? 

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have been very productive lately, and congrats of having your piece published not one, but twice! I do not have a personal website, but was recently toying with the idea of creating a Facebook page for my blog. It's not quite what you are looking for, so I'm afraid I don't have any advice to contribute.

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  2. You've been doing well! I'm happy to hear that your article will still be published. Congrats!

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  3. You are movin' and shakin', girl!!! Writing articles and novels and graduating grad school... rock out! I love reading all your blog posts; I'm so happy you've had more time to make some.

    Love!

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  4. Good for you for your recent successes!

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  5. good luck, the next few months are going to be so exciting and huge for you! I'm mostly just familiar with just blogging platforms..i've used dreamweaver..but it's baffling..

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  6. THat is all great news, I hope it keeps coming in!

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  7. Yay that is so wonderful to hear that your article will be published after all!! And a novel!? I am sooo jealous, I have always wanted to write a book!

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  8. glad you are being productive and doing well :)

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  9. I only have my blog and I don't think I'd have time for any other social media digital channels! You are doing a fantastic job updating your blog this week, and also staying on track with your project! Super excited about your publication next month!!

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  10. Sounds like you are rolling along! Good for you!! The blog is my only outlet right now. Not sure I could keep up with anymore than that right now. :-)

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  11. Gosh girl how do you fit it all in? lol

    No, I only have my blog which I can barely keep up with! lol

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