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August Goals

I won't even post about July as I've spent the entire time in hospitals after Mother Hen had a bad chemo reaction. The only thing that got done were new words: 30015 (and that was a huge struggle)

My mother is still in the hospital, and even when she gets out she has a lot of physical therapy to do. So, not a month for anything ambitious. Going for conservative goals this August!

- 25,000 New words
- Publish "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"
- Finish putting in copyedits of “Celestial Fire (The String Weavers – Book 7)” and then pass the book to the second copyeditor.
- Prepare one outline for the November Nano.

Oh my. What a June. 

First the external wireless keyboard went out. More on that in a blog post (with pretty pictures!).

Then the first chemo appointment ended up with it all getting cancelled and Mother Hen ending up in the emergency room to find out why she was bleeding. Which turned out to be a bad bladder infection.

We went home with meds and she recovered. All good! I got in some good writing and art in (with restrictions. See post about the dead keyboard). So, we go back 2 weeks later for chemo. She's doing well, other than we're all hot from the heatwave going through Arizona.

Aaaand, the chemo knocks her for a loop. All of a sudden she not only can't walk, but she can't even stand. She starts pushing away water, refusing to take it in her mouth even when she said she wanted it. I finally figured out she would take it from a spoon (maybe it seemed like eating). Only, it wasn't enough.

So, on a Sunday in the middle of the first big thunderstorm of the season to hit our area, we somehow wrestle her into the car and take off for the emergency room. Turned out that yes, she was dehydrated. She's on blood thinners, and the lack of fluids had caused the levels in her blood to go high. She was admitted into the hospital, and that's where we've been ever since while they get her stabilized.

And where I still am as of July 1st when Camp Nano starts.

Okay, June. Glad to see you gone. Don't let the door hit you on the...

Ahem.

So, out of the June goals not a bunch got done. As the medical issues are still ongoing, I'll be severely curtailing the July goals. Goals reached: 

Outlines for books 4, 5, and 6 of The Enigma Watchers are finished! Good thing, as I'll be writing on them this July.

19807 new words in June (goal had been 30k). Considering all that happened, that's not half bad!

Finished copyedits of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8), and started the formatting process.

All considering, now too bad for what June threw at me.

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J.A. Marlow
http://jamarlow.com
http://starcatcherpub.com
Night of the Aurora - A new life in Alaska, a massive aurora, and a spaceship hidden under the snow and ice...

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WEEKLY UPDATE:

6841 new words this week, which is a great start to the month! It started out slow but built up as the week went. I'm now in the last 1/3 of the third "The Enigma Watchers" book. Also managed to get about half of the fourth "The Enigma Watchers" book outlined. I'm really hoping to finish that up this coming week, as I need to get writing on it the moment I'm done with the first draft of book 3.

Finished putting in the copyedits of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)". Now need to get busy formatting and publishing the thing. :P

JUNE GOALS:
* 30,000 new words
* Finish first draft of the third "The Enigma Watchers" book
* Finish the outline of the fourth "The Enigma Watchers" book
* Finish the outline of the fifth "The Enigma Watchers" book
* Finish the outline of the sixth "The Enigma Watchers" book
DONE * Finish putting in copyedits of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"
* Finish putting in copyedits of "Celestial Fire (The String Weavers - Book 7)" and then pass the book to the second copyeditor.
* Publish ebook of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"
* Format and publish in paperback "Aurora Equinox (Salmon Run - Book 6)"
* Format and publish in paperback "Breakup - Alaska Style (Salmon Run - Book 7)"
* Format and publish in paperback "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"
* Republish the four "Children of Jad" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.
* Republish the "Children of Jad Omnibus" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.

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J.A. Marlow
http://jamarlow.com
http://starcatcherpub.com
Night of the Aurora - A new life in Alaska, a massive aurora, and a spaceship hidden under the snow and ice...

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I cut down the word goal for this month, as I already know it will be a busy month and I need to get a few things done before July. The July words will make up for it. :D

JUNE GOALS:
* 30,000 new words
* Finish first draft of the third "The Enigma Watchers" book
* Finish the outline of the fourth "The Enigma Watchers" book
* Finish the outline of the fifth "The Enigma Watchers" book
* Finish the outline of the sixth "The Enigma Watchers" book
* Finish putting in copyedits of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"
* Finish putting in copyedits of "Celestial Fire (The String Weavers - Book 7)" and then pass the book to the second copyeditor.
* Publish ebook of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"
* Format and publish in paperback "Aurora Equinox (Salmon Run - Book 6)"
* Format and publish in paperback "Breakup - Alaska Style (Salmon Run - Book 7)"
* Format and publish in paperback "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"
* Republish the four "Children of Jad" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.
* Republish the "Children of Jad Omnibus" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.


-- 
J.A. Marlow
http://jamarlow.com
http://starcatcherpub.com
Night of the Aurora - A new life in Alaska, a massive aurora, and a spaceship hidden under the snow and ice...

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MAY GOAL UPDATE:

Ended May with 37639 new words, for an average of 1214 words a day. Not only hit the May goal, but managed a little more!

The first draft of the third "The Enigma Watchers" book is about half done, so I'm making good progress on it.

Finished the non-fiction article for the "Indie Corner" column for the emagazine "Vision: A Resource for Wrters." Turned in, and have received payment! Yay!

Revision is finished on "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)" and is now back from the copyeditors. It looks like they didn't find that many mistakes (YAY!) so now I need to put in the corrections and start the formatting process. I DID NOT get the new book published in either ebook or print, but it's soon coming.

The "Children of Jad" stories were not finished because I ran into an unexpected snag. I thought I had the new covers, but everyone I showed them to preferred the old covers (and I agree with the comments given). I think the old covers are dated and need changing. I have another idea using some of the graphic elements of the original covers. I'll move this project to June to give me time to come up with a new cover concept. (For anyone wanting to see the cover comparison: https://flic.kr/p/sC9Mcm )

All other goals not finished will roll over to June. Would really like to knock them out as I plan to participate in the July Camp Nano, which means I would like to focus mostly on new words.

I call this month a success, and a definite example of "failing to success." :)

June goals will come later...

MAY GOALS:

DONE * 35,000 new words

DONE * Finish first draft of the second "The Enigma Watchers" books

STARTED * Start the first draft of the third "The Enigma Watchers" books

* Finish the outline of the fourth "The Enigma Watchers" book

* Finish the outline of the fifth "The Enigma Watchers" book

* Finish the outline of the sixth "The Enigma Watchers" book

DONE * Finish revision of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"

* Publish "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"

* Format and publish in paperback "Aurora Equinox (Salmon Run - Book 6)"

* Format and publish in paperback "Breakup - Alaska Style (Salmon Run - Book 7)"

* Format and publish in paperback "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"

* Republish the four "Children of Jad" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.

* Republish the "Children of Jad Omnibus" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.

MAY GOAL UPDATE:

16,106 words for the month of May, so my word count goal is right on track, if not ahead of where I need to be. These words include finishing the first draft of the second "The Enigma Watchers" book, so double yay!

Revision has started on "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)" and while I'm I haven't had a bunch of time to focus on it, I still managed nearly 4000 words revised.

Oh, and soemthing that is not on the list: needing to write up a non-fiction article for "Indie Corner" column for the emagazine "Vision: A Resource for Wrters." Need to get that done and sent out this coming week!

Have also worked on the new covers for the Children of Jad books as well as the omnibus. This coming week I'm hoping to complete them. Since this week is a chemo week, we'll see how that goes. I don't make promises on chemo week. :P

MAY GOALS:

* 35,000 new words

DONE * Finish first draft of the second "The Enigma Watchers" books

STARTED * Start the first draft of the third "The Enigma Watchers" books

* Finish the outline of the fourth "The Enigma Watchers" book

* Finish the outline of the fifth "The Enigma Watchers" book

* Finish the outline of the sixth "The Enigma Watchers" book

* Finish revision of "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"

* Publish "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"

* Format and publish in paperback "Aurora Equinox (Salmon Run - Book 6)"

* Format and publish in paperback "Breakup - Alaska Style (Salmon Run - Book 7)"

* Format and publish in paperback "The Legend of Crazy Uncle George (Salmon Run - Book 8)"

* Republish the four "Children of Jad" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.

* Republish the "Children of Jad Omnibus" stories with new covers and updated front and backmatter.

Will the LiveLeaderBoard soon switch over to reflecting totals for April? Right now it's showing March numbers.

Thank you!
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