Yeah. So. Sometimes I’m not really sure why I make plans. It seems like I make them just so I can decide to do something else instead. I admit, I have a bit of a problem.
But I try.
So let’s go over what happened in February.
What happened was … I got flu Type A. I’ve never had this flu, ever, in my whole life. But this year I got it, I’m pretty sure from the kiddo (he was sick right before me, though his didn’t last as long, likely because he’s a kid and has superhuman healing powers). This crap flattened me for 14 ENTIRE DAYS. Literally. Literally two entire weeks in which I felt like supreme crap. No throwing up or anything, but I much would have preferred to get the 24 hour puke-your-guts-out flu than this.
It was so bad.
So the point being … I really barely did anything during those 2 weeks. Thus, my entire schedule was backlogged. Only half of what I wanted to get done actually got done, and some stuff I never planned on getting done got done, too.
Let’s take a look at what I had planned on doing, first. Red means NO, it did not happen, green means YES, it did happen, yellow means YES, it happened, but technically in March.
- Finish drafting, writing, and editing Her Secretary. Deadline Feb 24th.
- Create cover for Her Secretary. Deadline Feb 24th.
- Set up Instafreebie account. Deadline Feb 24th.
- Make sure Breakfast Time on the Farm illustrations are 90% finished by end of February.
- Put up Breakfast Time sneak peeks on Patreon for paying patrons.
- Upload next chapter of Primus/Duo on Patreon for paying patrons.
- Email goodies to all lists.
- Finalize Wordwraith Books imprint logos.
So, not a stellar month as far as meeting the To-Do list. Her Secretary was not completed because of the above-mentioned sickness. By the time I was well enough to think straight again, it was only days before everything was due. (I was going to write that one specifically for a group promo.) I fully love the concept of that short though and still fully plan on finishing it. I just knew there was no way everything would be done by the deadline, and coming off of feeling like such crap, I didn’t want to prolong the misery by over-taxing myself in order to get that story in, especially as it was simply for a group promo. There are plenty of other group promo opps out there!
I did check in with the Breakfast Time illustrations, though. And with my formatter. The illustrator is painting as we speak, and should have everything complete by this Friday, at which point everything promptly gets sent to the formatter. It will be tight getting this thing out by my original deadline (due to scheduling conflicts with aforementioned awesome peeps), but it will be very close, if not precisely on the date! (Which was March 21st, btw.)
I DID get a sneak peek of the Breakfast Time cover onto Patreon for my patrons, but did not get a chapter of Primus posted. However … I am completely redoing my Patreon page, and during the last half of February I really buckled down and got the ball rolling on that. Here are a few things I managed on the page instead:
- Added a lot more reward levels with a lot more rewards.
- Changed the payment method from “per story” to “per month” so patrons could get far more posts for their money.
- Started posting more than once a month.
- Created a poll for patrons asking what they wanted to see more of on the page, and incorporated their answers into my rewards.
- Mailed out thank you cards and notes from characters to applicable patrons (those were some of the new rewards!).
- Recorded about 20 minutes of editing on my novel for the $5/month+ patrons as part of the Behind-the-Scenes reward.
- Created a post of what patrons can expect on the page shortly.
WHEW! I’ll also be tweaking the Overview page to be more visually appealing and easier to read at a glance, and also to give a bit more information about me, my books, and what I hope to accomplish with my fiction.
As for my wonderful mailing list peeps, I also got them taken care of for the month, albeit a bit late. And I didn’t even touch the Wordwraith logo thing. Instead, the business partner and I were all about TAXES in February!
Oh yes, that’s right. TAXES!!!!!! The glorious life of a business owner! ^_^
But thankfully, that is now over, too. Taxes are done and filed, and we can all move on with our lives. Hooray!
Also in February, I ended up working a lot, lot more on edits and rewrites to the epic scifi novel Primus (including a three hour discussion with one of my beta readers about plot direction … yeah. I’m never pantsing a novel EVER AGAIN!!!). PLUS my short story DREAMERS hit #1 in both of its Amazon categories for the first time ever!!! Wow!!
Truly the highlight of the month.
And with that, I’ll take my leave for now. I’m off to do more coordinating on the upcoming children’s book, work on more edits and rewrites to Primus, and prep for Wordwraith Books’ newest book launch, happening TOMORROW!!!!! My writing pal and business partner Kristin Helling‘s new thriller is LIVE tomorrow! You can pre-order it here, btw. Can’t wait!!!
Till next time ….