Monthly update: April 2019

A pencil, red pen, yellow highlighter, and blue highlighter lying on marked-up text.

It’s April, which means it’s officially spring. Though the weather doesn’t always seem to agree with that. It’s still relatively cold here, and I hear that other places have it worse than we do.

Regardless, spring is a good season to have reached. There’s finally more sunlight, the snow is pretty much all gone, and the temperature hasn’t dropped below -10C in a while. I’ve even been able to get outside for a walk now and then, and I’m looking forward to more of that outside time.

Do you know what else I’m looking forward to? The remainder of April. These last couple of weeks haven’t gone the way I planned them, though I have seen some accomplishments. But I’m ready to freshen up my routine and get back into a proper groove.

Before moving on with April, though, let’s take a look back at what happened in March.

March’s goals

  1. Finish reading CD
  2. Apply for at least 2 craft/trade shows
  3. Edit 1 short story
  4. Watch at least 1 webinar

While I didn’t entirely accomplish everything I set out to in March, I didn’t do too badly. I’m particularly proud of my progress with CD. I had thirty pages left of the manuscript to read through at the end of the month, and I’ve since finished those pages off. That means it’s time to move the manuscript on to the next step, which I’ll tell you more about in a moment.

I also found a couple of craft sales to apply for, though it turns out there’s only one that’s going to work out for me. I can’t physically apply for it until May, but I’m still counting that goal as half accomplished.

Finally, I’ll fully admit that I didn’t make it to those last two goals. I’m not entirely sure why, either. The webinar goal should have been fairly easy to tick off the list, but I just didn’t get to it in March. The short story goal, meanwhile, is one I’ve been struggling with for a while. It’s definitely something I need to work on in this whole freshen-up-my-routine thing.

Now, what’s on my plate for April?

April’s goals

  1. Make half of my edits to CD
  2. Edit that short story
  3. Watch a webinar

There’s not a whole lot of change from last month, to be honest. The biggest is that next step in the CD revision process. All of my notes and changes to the manuscript from my read-through are on paper, which means it’s time to go through and make them to the electronic copy. This won’t be a super-simple process, as there’s some rewriting and new writing that needs to happen, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to get halfway through by the end of the month.

So, that’s what the rest of April is looking like for me. How about you? What do you have planned for the month?

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