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    2015 looking forward


    2,000 / 365,000 words.
    Happy New Year.

    As I mentioned in my last blog post way back in 2014 (that post is so last year) I am aiming to develop good writing habits in 2015 and write #1000wordsaday.

    I’ve added a funky ticker on the top right which I’ll update as I go along. Probably not daily but whenever I blog. I’m hoping this keeps me accountable. That and the Facebook group that I started for other writers with a similar goal. So far there are over fifty of us.

    Last year I felt like I was treading water. It felt like I didn’t get enough work out and that I never really gained traction. In fact what I was doing was writing books that will be released in 2015. By April I should have 3 books in the Upper Crust series published. Check out their lovely covers. So pretty!

    Monique McDonell Upper Crust Series Banner
    I also plan to release two novels in the latter part of 2015 so stay tuned for those – oh yes and a Christmas novella.

    It should be a good year for me.

    What are your plans for 2015?

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    Growing the #NaNoWriMo word count, ordering print copies and singing along on #MusicalMonday


    Crazy Busy Messy Work Space
    November already and that means NaNoWriMo is underway.

    Here’s a little update from me this far. As I type (4pm)my word count is 13, 038 words thus far. I managed 6,000 on Saturday, and just over 4,000 tomorrow. I feel I can probably manage a few more today so hopefully another 4,000 word day.

    That seems like a lot and it is. I don’t write like that normally. The truth is I didn’t have anything I had to do this weekend socially and so I didn’t make any plans. My husband was working and my daughter was recovering from exam week so she was fine with having a mellow time of it. That allowed me the luxury of indulging myself by doing not much besides writing.

    The weeks don’t work that way. I have work deadlines, social commitments, places to take the kid to and from. I like to get ahead when I can so that when reality hits hard I don’t fall too far behind.

    Take a look at that photo up there. That’s my writing space. We’re half way through repainting the inside of our very open plan house. So that means this week I’ll be shunted around in the chaos. Oh yes, I probably should help a little so that takes time. A very good incentive to get head, don’t you think?

    Alphabet Dating, A Fair Exchange and Building Attraction Paperbacks
    Aren’t these pretty? I have paperbacks of my first five stand alone novels. They’ll be live on Amazon any day. I’ll let you know. I also have a box on their way to me as next week I’m having a table with another author at the local Christmas night markets. I hope I sell loads.
    It is always hard to sell e-books at something like that. I like selling paperbacks and one feels very authorial signing copies but the truth is I don’t make any more profit this way. Still, I’m well aware, especially here in Australia, how many people still prefer a paperback.

    And now for musical Monday. Let me find a song to fit the mood of my current project.