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.
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.
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).
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?
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.