#Am Writing & New Writing Goals

Happy Monday everyone!
I am at another goal setting crossroads in my life! That’s right, it is time to reassess where I am and where I want to go.

First, I must say that I had no idea what I was getting into when I started writing my novel, The Swamp Fairy. Sound familiar? I have been teaching myself as I go and that takes time. Precious time!

As a detail person, I am finding that as the fairies whisper their tales to me I have to go back and fix things, add things, change things… You get where I am going with this. Writing takes time. Anyone who tells you differently is either extremely gifted or delusional. I might be getting closer to the delusional side of writing! LOL!

My goal is clear, I want to finish writing the first draft of my novel by June 1st or sooner. This includes self-editing time. Once that is completed, I can send the manuscript off to my beta readers. I want to self-publish this book by the Fourth of July if at all possible. This is a fluid goal that will change as need be.

I also need to take a day off each week in order to recharge my batteries. Bravo to all you prolific writers out there. I just can’t keep up with you all. 😀 ❤

So, to make my life easier, I am changing Mindful Monday Healthy Living to a MONTHLY post held at the end of each month, say the last Friday of the month to be exact. I was putting a day’s work of research into each weekly post and just do not feel that I can do it justice at this time. Besides, I think a monthly accounting of my boring life is enough for anyone! LOL! 😀

In order to carve out more time for my novel writing, I would like to change my blog schedule to look like this:


Monday: Writing or Poetry Challenges

Tuesday: Silver’s Word of the Week

Wednesday: Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge hosted by Ronovan Writes and Silver Threading

Thursday: Haiku/Poetry Thursday

Friday: Photo Challenges

Saturday: Silver’s Book Reviews

Sunday: Free day

Middle of the Month: Silver’s Tea Party

End of the Month: Mindful Monday Healthy Living

The idea is to keep interesting content flowing through Silver Threading so you will continue to visit. I need inspiration from all of you as much as I love to give it to others, so I hope you will stop by and let me know how you are.

I do need to ask everyone a favor. If you have a book that is being published in the near future, please let me know so that I can feature you on my monthly tea party. I want to help you promote your work, but if you don’t tell me, I can’t help. Don’t be shy!

Many thanks to all of you who inspire me and leave me such great comments. You all fill my heart with joy! May the words be with you all this week!

57 thoughts on “#Am Writing & New Writing Goals

  1. Colleen, good for you. I know what it’s like 😉
    One thing I would recommend as I didn’t see it in your post… Not only have beta readers read it, but have a professional editor give it a good look. It is money well spent. You only get one shot at a first impression. And speaking for myself, I have learned a ton from my editor over the last four years which have heed my writing craft improve significantly!!!

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Linda. Money is an issue and I will have to see how it all shakes out in the end. I am writing my book for my grandkids (and anyone else who will read it) so if by some miracle I make any funds from my first book, it will have to go towards an editor for another book in the future. I try to keep a healthy dose of realism in my goals. LOL! 😀 ❤


        1. I think you are right, Annette. Last night before I went to sleep I asked my heroine to tell me what she wants to say next… I dreamed where she wants the story to go. So much for all my plotting. It seems I am learning to balance the two skills of a plotter/pantser! Thanks for your sweet comments. ❤

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  2. Very impressive, Colleen. I hope to follow in your footsteps – planning on finishing my first novel in the next couple of months. Slightly daunting task really but writers like you keep me motivated. Good luck with your goals!

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  3. I know how difficult it is to fit everything in and find time to write. I realised recently how much time I spend on reading and commenting on blogs I follow and will have to try to streamline things a bit or I’m never going to get more of my own writing done. On the other hand the bloggers I follow are important to me. It’s a balancing act – good luck with yours.

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  4. Very ambitious list there. I completely understand the pressure to find time to write. As long as it remains fun for you and supports your dreams to finish your book then it’s all good and well. A smart idea to organize your week…just love that kind of structure, but still allows room for creativity! Does it leave you time to get out of the house though? 😉 ((Hugs))

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    1. Yes. I only have a couple days I feel I must deal with. The rest is just fun. I do get out for shopping and such so it works. I will be around much less while I am working on my book. Being retired does give me some time on my own which is nice. I do need to spend more time with my sweet husband. He does love that I am following my dream. Thanks for asking. You are so sweet, Melissa. ❤️❤️❤️

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          1. I’m still working at the hotel, but at the moment I’m working at home…just finished reviewing Ron’s book. Now to get some sleep…seriously late here, or early, depending on your point of view 😉

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  5. Hi Colleen, life is constant change and you are a living proof :-). Thank you so much for your Mindful Monday which I will miss terribly on a weekly basis. But I understand well where you are coming from. I’m wondering if I could “borrow” it at the other three weeks that you can’t do it but do it in a slightly different way? I would like to host it over at A Spirit of Healing. Will have to change my scheduled posts but that’s OK. What do you think?

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  6. Hi Colleen, I hope you were doing well all the weeks I was away in March, I am back with few extra kilos after my vacations ;not to forget I am already over weight:D ..Will come back to my diet routine and link up to your monthly post! Good luck for your new time plan and book as well..

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  7. Oh my gosh! You said you were lightening your load. You still have a full blogging schedule. I don’t know how you keep up with it and write. I have enough trouble just keeping up with a minimal schedule. I need to cut some other things out of my life. LOL.. Good luck with meeting your goals, Colleen. (((HUGS)))

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  8. Good to see you’ve put some changes and plans in place for your very busy writing schedule, Colleen. Many people try and carry on and end up with writing burnout. I’m looking forward to reading the Swamp Fairy very much. 😀 Just publish posts when you can. Sometimes, having a schedule can become a bit of a task master (as I’ve found out). We’re all here supporting you and won’t mind at all if you don’t publish that post.
    Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Hugh. I always appreciate your support. I have some small posts that will work perfectly. I will try my schedule & see how it goes. Other than my book reviews and my writing challenge the rest is pure fun and can be skipped as needed. 💖💖💖

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  9. Good Luck with your writing Colleen and your goals, it’s good to have goals..says she ha ha.but also no shame in moving those goal posts either if it becomes too much…But when I move..New house…New Rules and goals. That’s the plan……..Best laid plans of mice and men they say don’t they? 😉

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    1. Hello, Carol! When are you moving and to where? How exciting. You must let me know how it goes. I want to get my novel written. Those fairies keep me up at night. There are so many stories to tell! LOL. Good luck with your goals. I think it is healthy to reassess ourselves as often as possible! ❤

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      1. Hello Colleen,we are moving to the North of Thailand close to Udon Thani a few family reasons but I am looking forward to it. New places to explore. Phuket has it’s sparkle for me and a lot of friends and people I now have gone home , gone to other countries. It’s very transient here and predominantly a holiday island . But I love Thailand and my grandson has family up there and they are so happy we are moving closer. So going to give it a whirl and I think I will be able to focus there and revisit my goals. And most importantly the lovely banana trees/pineapple/ coconut acres behind me, the owner is going to build houses so that’s it I’m gone. Hopefully by mid May or sooner. Thank you good luck with yours. Hugs ❤

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        1. Hi, Carol. I am excited about your move. You must share pictures. Shame about the pineapple and coconut groves behind you. I think you will truly enjoy your new location. My husband was in Korat (I can’t spell these correctly I am sure, so I spelled them phonetically) and Udapow. I certainly did much better once we moved from Florida to Colorado so I totally understand your dilemma. You will be fine. Take care and I will check in to see how you are doing. ❤

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          1. I certainly will and is in the area we are moving to , well about 3hrs 30 away.. I am looking forward to exploring and know it will be better for my writing….a change is as good rest as they say ❤ Has your husband ever come back for a visit at all? 🙂 You have a lovely week 🙂

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  10. I’m going through the same thing, Colleen. I’m looking at getting a raise that pays more, yet cuts into deeply into my time.

    My advice, it’s good to leave a legacy behind, but don’t forget to do what makes you happy. Because if you fall, then we lose you! Please! 🙂

    One last thing,

    “It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself.”

    – Francis Bacon

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    1. Hi Sam. That was an old post. I have moved forward with my novel and am well into the editing stage. Thank you for your kind support. Good luck to you on your new job. Stay true to your needs and goals. From experience, more money doesn’t make you any happier. It only helps pay the bills. ❤️


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