Monthly Goals: February 2017

Is it just me, or did January go by really fast? I can't believe it's already time to look at the goals I accomplished/didn't get around to in January and what my goals are for February. 

1. Write at least 15,000 words in the Dark Contemporary Book.

I have been slowly working on this one every week and I am so excited to share it when it's finally ready. It's so, so different from anything I've done before and I am falling in love with it more and more every time I enter its world. Hopefully it won't be too hard to get this goal done.

(Pssst. There's a teaser of it in Nikki Rae Fans.)

2. Eat slightly better--or just remember to eat.

I really have to work on having appropriate meals. Most days, I eat like a toddler without parents and an endless supply of junk simply because it's easier than cooking something in the middle of working or writing. A lot of days I don't eat anything besides tea until four and it's bad. I'm going to try and make designated break times during the day, so hopefully that helps.

3. Go for a hike.

While my depression has been a lot better, my anxiety has been rearing its ugly head more lately. I used to go on hikes in the woods a few times a month and it helped a lot to just take in the outdoors and not be so much in my head. On nice days, I want to try and do this more.

4. Look at houses.

Since the whole apartment thing fell through, Al and I have been leaning more and more towards just taking the plunge and getting a house. We don't have a huge budget and we'll still need at least one roommate, but that's where we are as of now. I don't want to make any big commitments just yet, but just looking and seeing what's out there can't hurt.

5. Work on abs more at the gym.

I've been concentrating mostly on the bike and weights, but I want to tone my lil belly more.

6. Try a new recipe.

We've been cooking a lot more lately and I would love to try something new that won't frustrate me. I don't really like cooking because it's so unorganized and makes a mess but I am TRYING.

7. Start and stop working around the same time each day.

I have the start time sort of tackled, it's the stopping that I can't seem to get the hang of. Once I'm done with one task, I start working on the next--even if it's reserved for the next day. It makes it that much harder to shut off my brain at night when I want to go to sleep and it leaves zero time for me to relax, which can't be good for my anxiety either.

8. Stop going on my phone in the middle of the night.

When I can't sleep, I have this awful habit of going online and looking at news articles that make me upset or more awake in general. Instead of doing this, I'm going to make a more conscious effort to click on my Kindle ap when I reach for my phone at 3 a.m.

9. Start back at workshop group.

I took SUCH a long break from my workshop group this past year and I am dying to get back into it. I miss my writing friends and their projects and it really motivates me being in that mindset with like minded people.

10. Query some book bloggers and/or promote books.

Pretty self explanatory. My reviews have basically dropped off the face of the planet since I stopped promoting and I miss seeing them.

11. Get Sci-fi book ready for hand editing.

It's done, but it is far from perfect. There are details missing and a few holes I have to fill. Then I'm going to print it, give it a little time to rest in my head, and look at it with new eyes next month.

12. Start thinking about a new realistic release schedule.

I have been writing more than ever and have finally decided what order to release books, just not when. I don't want to put unnecessary pressure on myself but I also want to have more of a schedule for my readers, so hopefully I can come to some kind of compromise.

13. Do something with the poetry collection!

I finished it more than a year ago and I got the edits back from my super patient editor months ago, and still have yet to look at them or work on them at all. I don't know for sure if I'll be publishing it or just working on paintings for the illustration part because I really enjoyed it, but I want to do SOMETHING.

14. Work on Newsletter list.

I do in fact have a newsletter. I made it a long time ago and never did anything with it. I have a list of people who have signed up at signings and I still have yet to add them and send a single letter to anyone. It's going to come in handy once I start regularly releasing things again so I should jump on that.

15. Gather some guest posts for the blog.

I already have one, and I would love to feature more on the blog this month and in the coming months, so if you have something you want to say, hit me up!



1. Publish at least two blog posts a week.

I think I've been doing pretty well with this. I haven't missed one week!

2. Read a book.

I read AND listened to two books this month, which is way more than I have been reading/listening to. I recommend Renea Mason's Good Doctor trilogy. ;)
*also started re-reading 1984 and a book on conspiracy theories and secret societies for the Dark Contemporary book. 

3. Wake up earlier.

No comment.

4. Go to the eye doctor.

*Making an appointment this week

5. Find an apartment with the gang.

This one is no longer in the cards, as our roommates have moved on to other plans. However, Al and I are thinking of looking for a house in the coming month(s) so stay tuned.

6. Finish writing Super Secret Sci-fi Project.

I. Did. It.
The very rough draft is done and ready to be workshopped with my buddies!

Also have a small teaser up in Nikki Rae Fans. :)


7. Move up in weights at the gym.

DONE. I can now lift/press 50lbs on most of the machines. 

8. Submit at least one short story or poem to a journal/anthology.

I just forgot about this one honestly. I was working so hard on the Sci-fi book and Dark Contemporary that I didn't think of much else.

9. Reach 200 members in Nikki Rae Fans.

Didn't quite reach this goal, but I did make it to 180 members, so not too shabby!

11. Film/vlog more.

I attempted to vlog at least 5 times this month and none of it was at all interesting. Maybe if something cool happens I'll document it and I plan on filming a video or two in the near future, just not sure about what yet.

12. Throw out useless shit taking up space.

I haven't really been home this past month, but when I am I am throwing shit out.

13. Save around $500.

Just waiting on a few more payments at the end of the week and then this will be DONE.

14. Do taxes.

I didn't get to this just because I haven't gotten my paperwork from Amazon yet. Not much I can do but wait for them. 

15. Go to Divergently launch (and maybe read).

It's this Thursday and I'm going AND reading. I'll also be speaking on a panel before it!

16. Print copies of The Snake Den.

Like the anthology thing, I forgot about this too. I REALLY want to at least start this week so I can have them with me at the signing in March.

17. Start a loose outline of the next Shadow & Ink Series book.

Nope. Didn't even think about it. But I do have some ideas.

18. Start journaling again.


19. Spend more time with my sisters/family.


20. Make a new planner

Oh yeah, I totally did that. It's yellow and has gudetama all over it and I am so in love.

January's score: 10/20 Not too shabby.