Monthly update: March 2018

March is here! Time to march forward into a new month and new goals!

Okay, yes, that was a bad pun. I’m allowed to make one every now and then, though. Right? No? Well, it’s already been made, and I can’t promise I won’t make another one. So we’re all just going to have to live with it.

Anyway, it’s March, which means it’s almost spring. Or perhaps it’s already spring where you live, in which case you have a good portion of my jealousy.

It being March also means it’s time for me to lay out for you my newest set of monthly goals. Before I do that, though, let’s take a look back at how I did in February.

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Monthly update: February 2018

It’s February! You know, January somehow felt really long. I’m not even really sure why. It was a busy month; you’d think it would have flown by.

Regardless, February has come, and I’m ready for it. I’m ready to slow down and breath a little more often, to start on this month’s goals, to prepare for spring. I’m ready for warmer days (please, please let February bring warmer days!) and cozy nights. I’m… just ready, I guess.

Before I jump into February, though, I suppose we’d better take a look back at January.

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New Year 2018

It’s officially 2018! Which feels a bit odd, to be honest. Last year passed in a bit of a blur, for a lot of different reasons: it was busy, it was emotional, and it was filled with opportunities and challenges.

This year is likely to be the same, with a couple of it’s own unique situations thrown in. For example, did you know I turn thirty this year? That’s already bringing some interesting emotions into play.

Anyway, the first day of the year seems like a good chance to combine my annual and monthly updates. So let’s get to it, shall we?

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Wednesday links: Types of editors

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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My experience with a sensitivity reader

As writers, we have the option to utilize–sometimes for pay, sometimes not–a variety of readers and editors along the road to publication. What they provide varies with their role; critique partners offer different feedback than beta readers, copy editors different than developmental editors, and so on.

A relatively new type of reader to come on to the scene is the sensitivity reader. New, but no less important, especially if you’re writing about a marginalized character. The main character in one of my own novels is an example. She has a different cultural background than I do. The story itself doesn’t revolve around her culture, but the culture did help shape who she is. I decided, therefore, to hire a sensitivity reader.

When I mentioned to other writers that I’d taken that path, I got a few common questions about it. So, I thought I’d answer some of them here.

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