Monday’s Inspiration & Guest Blogger with the Femmes

Happy Monday!

Well, the first month of the new year is almost gone. Has anyone else noticed it staying lighter out longer? I love this time of year because it means I’m not driving home from work at 5:00 in complete darkness. I see the tease of daylight that I miss all day when I go into my office. For me, it’s the promise that Spring isn’t (hopefully) too far away.

I’ve been busy working on plotting out my third story in preparation for a 30k writing challenge many of us from NJRW are doing in February. 30,000 words in 1 month (29 days to be exact). Yikes! Although I’m not sure I’ll even come close, it’s fun to bond with my fellow writers and give myself permission to just write.

If you have a moment, please stop by The Violet Femmes and check out our guest blogger, Jenna Blue’s post on the ways writing ruins sleep. It’s funny and something which I’m sure we all can relate to in some capacity. Enjoy your day!

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Winter has arrived (sort of) in NJ

New Jersey had its first snow of the new year this past weekend. Despite the snow, sleet, and rain, many of us braved the road conditions on the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway to attend Saturday’s NJ Romance Writers meeting. We had the pleasure of hearing Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press, speak to us on Digital Publishing. After lunch, several of us volunteered to have the first few pages of our manuscript read aloud while Angela gave us constructive feedback. It was an interesting and informative afternoon!

By now, the snow has been replaced with rain, and it’s pretty much gone. But, it was pretty while it lasted.

Stop by The Violet Femmes site, where this week’s post is on Point of View. Leave a comment on the site for a chance to be entered in our monthly contest. This month’s prize is a box of handmade salted caramels.

Blogging with The Violet Femmes: Can you see what I see?

Happy Monday! Wherever you live, I hope you all are staying warm. The East coast is finally starting to feel like Winter-and make me wish for Spring! Especially when I walk through the mall and see bathing suits displayed.

I’m blogging today with The Violet Femmes on visualization using props, symbols, and motifs. Stop by and comment for a chance to be entered in this month’s contest. http://thevioletfemmes.wordpress.com.

Maria

Goal-setting for a New Year

Yeah, winter has finally arrived in New Jersey. After a Christmas and New Year where we could wear fall jackets, it’s finally time to break out the hats, scarves, and gloves.

Along with the cold weather and threat of snow, January brings the start of a new year. And with that, a lot of people set out a plan, or resolutions, for the year. Some keep them, many do not. I’ve been guilty of abandoning my resolutions before February, but nowadays don’t resolve to do something impossible. For instance, there’s NO way I’m giving up chocolate for any length of time.

Last year I set out some writing goals and I’m happy to say that I accomplished all of them, and several more that I hadn’t even planned on. Well, I did only make a dent in my reading backlog. Unfortunately, I acquired more books than I read, so I’m literally buried in books-both paper and e-versions. But, that’s not a complaint. I love being surrounded by books and would rather have too many to read than not enough.

So as we start the new year, here are some of my writing goals for 2012:

  • Finish editing my second manuscript
  • Fix plot issues with my first manuscript and/or start outlining/writing my third manuscript
  • Sign with an agent
  • Continue to maintain this blog along with regular blog posts with The Violet Femmes
  • Continue to network with other writers
  • Read authors I haven’t read before
  • Continue to strengthen my craft through networking with other writers, classes, books

How about you? What are your writing goals for 2012? Have any tips to share to help me achieve mine?