Week #39 Wrap-Up


Hello, book dragons and fantasy lovers!

It's been a busy week, which is great as I managed to fall behind by about two weeks. I figured now was as good a time as any to finally get a new blog post up and talk about some of the things I've been working on.

As most of you probably know by now, I finally finished rewriting and editing the first novel in the ROAN series. *doing a little dance in my computer chair to celebrate*

Though I completed it and sent it off to the editor, I'm now about two weeks behind where I wanted to be and a little disgruntled by it.

My number one goal this week was to write a short story for an anthology I want to submit a story to. Originally, I was going to use one of the MG stories I've been sitting on for a while, but I came up with a story and what I think is a really cool premise that might be a better fit, so I outlined it and started writing. It's not going as smoothly as writing normally does, but I think that's just because I've been so editorially-minded these last few months that I just need to take the weekend to recharge and get back to my normal writing schedule first thing next week.

I am really excited about the story idea and of course, it has mermaids and plenty of sea life in it.

My next goal was to start outlining ROAN2 using the Plot Grid method I started using for all my writing projects. I did set it up and started filling out the blocks. I'm hoping to have it complete in the next two or so weeks and start the re-write of novel two.

I've been using the Later app to pre-plan and sometimes post to a few of my social media accounts and it's honestly been a life and energy saver.

As a creative with ADHD, it can get pretty tough to get all the things done on my to-do list every single day—especially when I'm not feeling particularly sociable or life's curveballs come racing in. There have been many instances when I haven't posted to social media for a few weeks or even months at a time.

I hate having such long lapses, so Later app helps with that. I can take a few hours on a day where I feel artsy and create a bunch of graphics and then pre-schedule them with the app ahead of time. They can auto-publish if I want, or I can schedule it for the day I want to release it and publish it manually after I make whatever changes I need to it.

I can publish regularly and save my daily creativity for what matters most—writing.

I didn't edit or publish the Vella episode this week, but out of everything on the list, it had the lowest priority because there were so many bigger tasks (a lot of which I haven't even listed here) to catch up on. I am hoping to prioritize publishing at least one episode next week!

And the final two you're seeing now. The blog post is finally going up and I just hit send on the newsletter. I'm trying to figure out what kind of incentives you all might want for signing up for the newsletter and then how to offer it. If you have any suggestions or ideas please let me know!


Until next time,

~Alyssa

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