Week by Numbers.

Just trying to keep up with everything these days…

  • 42, pages out of 195 that I’ve edited so far on Queen 3.  I’d hoped to make more progress, but I’m in the middle of cutting and rearranging a few scenes so it’s SUPER slow going.  (And I completely neglected the book today).
  • 1, hair cut and color (back to some form of blonde).
  • 1, new review for the Queen.
  • 1, second draft of the Queen 2 sent to the editor.  *eagerly waits in anticipation*
  • Many, new writer groups I’ve joined on Facebook.  Hoping for more tips and trips soon!
  • 9, episodes of Stranger Things watched.  I loved this season — how about you?
  • All, days of the 30×30 Dubai fitness challenge I’ve completed so far.  Sometimes it’s been a bit less active than others, but I have committed to 30 minutes a day.
  • 1, evening of trick or treating complete — the first we’ve ever done as expats.
I am giving this look to myself, re: lack of progress on Queen 3. I know I can do better (and stop procrastinating/making excuses)!

 

Week by numbers.

When you think a week is going to going one way, and then it goes another way entirely…

  • 175, pages edited.  I will definitely finish up the ‘hand written’ draft of Queen 3 this weekend, or early next week at the latest.  I’m think of giving myself a week off to give some attention to marketing the first book, before I dive into actually incorporating all the notes.  It’s going to be a relatively long process.
  • 1, new episode of What’s Cooking UAE I shot last night — lots of fun.  Haggis was involved.
  • 1, trip to Abu Dhabi this week, including a catch up with a friend I haven’t seen in awhile and reviewing 3 new restaurants.
  • 2, (paid) freelance writing assignments I’m up for.  Maybe writing for a living is actually possible!
  • 0, units of alcohol I would like to consume this weekend.  It’s been a heavy couple of weeks.
  • 2, pieces of Halloween candy I bought from the store today.  Sometimes being an expat comes out in strange ways.
  • 0, new reviews for The Queen.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

 

Week by numbers.

Here and there and everywhere this week.

  • 1, almost last minute trip to Hong Kong trip (another ‘influencer’ fell through and there was a hot second when I was being considered).
  • 122, pages edited of The Queen of England 3.  These are edited by hand, and will then be typed in.  Yikes, there’s a lot of work ahead of me.
  • 1, step class completed (per week). Yikes, there’s a lot of work ahead of me.
  • 1, last minute invite to a Bollinger event I thought about turning down.  You’re probably burned out (or too serious about counting calories) when you struggle to get excited about drinking free champagne. (Spoiler alert, I went anyway).
  • 1, excellent review of The Queen posted on the Silver Petticoat Review.
  • 1, average/not so great review on Goodreads of The Queen (yes, I was waiting for this).
  • 0, new reviews on Amazon.
My feels // current state of being.

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Week by numbers.

Hello — I’ve been slacking a bit this week on the book promotion front, which I should probably feel worse about.  I’m having one of those weeks where I’m just writing for me and trying to improve my work, no matter who reads my novels.

  • 37, of 189 pages edited on the (very) rough draft of Queen 3 — plenty of work to do to get the first draft into something readable. This draft involves me, a red pen, and the manuscript before I tackle actually incorporating the notes.
  • A lot, of hustle I did yesterday on LinkedIn.  If one avenue doesn’t work, try another, right?
  • 1, photography course attended.
  • 1, article published with the Travelettes.
  • 1, event at the Dubai Opera I’ll be attending this weekend.
  • Many, shots of Jaegermeister consumed during the ‘after party’ section of Hubs’ birthday celebrations.

Hope you had a wonderful September!  I cannot fathom where it went.

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Actually felt like some progress this week!  I hope you had a good one.

  • 1, major (!) scene I conveniently forgot to write in a previous draft of The Queen 2.  Past Courtney, that was not very nice of you — you had 3 drafts to get this right.
  • 1, scene mostly written (see above).
  • 75,062, current word count.
  • 204 (out of 228), pages edited.
  • 0, editors I have contacted yet (oops).
  • 1, book finally sold yesterday! I was in a MAJOR slump, so this provided a bit of much needed optimism.
  • 165, places contacted in total. Had a few more nibbles this week, so I need to get started writing some guest blog posts.
  • 1, week left before my husband turns 40! Where does the time go?

Week by numbers.

Another week in the grind.  I’m in a state where I (desperately) feel/hope all this work I’m doing will pay off.  Because if not, what is the point of continuing to do it?

  • 160, total bloggers contacted for reviews (and that doesn’t include the number I’ve messaged for Joe, which I’m also trying to hustle a bit)
  • 154, pages edited on the sequel.  Not my most inspired effort, but I’m hoping for a productive 2 days ahead.
  • 1, new review on the Queen (there’s hope)!
  • 1, awesome book I have to read this weekend (I love Sarah Maas, do you?)
  • 3, solo nights I have ahead of me (Hubs is on a last minute business trip)
  • All, the laundry I plan to do — so exciting!

How did your week go?

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Er, not as productive a week as I would’ve hoped:

  • 135, total places contacted for reviews… I’m getting polite no’s mostly, but now and then someone is helpful — there is hope!
  • 115, pages edited of the Queen #2 (out of 223).  I’m being a bit more brutal these days and trying to cut down on extra words, phrases, and general exposition.  I’d really hoped to get further, but here’s looking at next week!
  • 1, dream spa visited (a friend hooked me up with a review at Armani Spa, which has been on my bucket list for years).
  • 1, trip to Abu Dhabi to film an episode of What’s Cooking UAE – my first solo episode!
  • 0, new reviews.
  • Limited, books sold.
  • 1, new piece of fan fiction I wrote.
  • 1, excellent book I’m getting into that’s really giving me some ideas for my next book, A.U.

How was your week/August?