Blogging at 4RV – Intentional Writing

 

Yesterday, I posted an article on “How to Practice Intentional Writing.” This goes together with my 2020 theme of being mindful and intentional this year. You can find the article here.

2020 Writing Goals

 

I posted my personal and professional (real estate) goals at my Christian mom blog. Now, it is time to set my writing goals for 2020.

Goal 1: Develop one of the ideas from my stash.

Over the last several years of participating in STORYSTORM (formerly Picture Book Idea Month), I’ve amassed a ton of ideas. Now, it’s time to develop at least one of them … or a few of them if I can manage it.

Goal 2: Decide which of my completed stories to submit next. 

I submitted Clever Tom in December. I have three totally completed stories and two that I’ve tried pitching in PBPitch more than once that don’t seem to capture any interest. I also have two others that need reworking.

Goal 3: Edit The Sisterhood and submit to the agent I met at a conference. 

I pitched the first full-length novel I ever wrote (with my sister) to an agent this fall. She expressed interest after some reworking of it. This is probably a year-long effort considering the state of the manuscript.

Goal 4: Finish additional material for the new version of A Christmas Kindness.

This book is be re-released with additional material that is due to the publisher this month. I’m halfway done, but need to stay focused on completing it.

Goal 5: Acquire and edit three manuscripts for 4RV Publishing. 

This isn’t entirely under my control, but this is a role I enjoy. I’ve always felt I’m a strong editor than writer.

Goal 6: Write for Guardian Angel Kids.

This is a carryover from 2019. I would love to write a story for their Christmas issue, which means submitting in October.

Goal 7: Write five chapters of Amelia’s Mission. 

I am so close to done. I think I’ll use writing group time for this, because then I can get quick feedback.

I’m sure there are more, but I’ll stop with lucky number 7. How about you? What are your writing goals this year? Have you submitted anything recently? How do you keep yourself focused on your goals throughout the year?

2019 Goals Final Review

 

Welcome to January 2020! My, my how quickly the last year passed. I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. We loved spending time with our family and friends. Today is back to work for me, so I wanted to write out my final 2019 goals review.

GOAL 1: Submit Clever Tom to an agent

As I mentioned in November, I reconsidered this goal. With my real estate goals and caregiving duties, I simply can’t commit to an agent right now. In mid-December, I submitted this to one of my publishers. Fingers crossed.

GOAL 2: Participate in STORYSTORM

Knocked this out of the park. Ended up with more ideas than required and took less than 30 days to finish.

GOAL 3: Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids 

This goal will be added to my 2020 list.

GOAL 4: Write 10 chapters of Amelia’s Mission

Ended up writing three new chapters due to editing a few manuscripts this year. However, I spent the last two days reading all the chapters I have, editing them, and preparing to get more written in January.

GOAL 5: Maintain my blogs

Never an issue, because I love blogging. I see 2020 as a year to consolidate some of them, so I’ll consider that over the next couple of weeks.

I’m satisfied with my progress in 2019. I’m approaching the new year with high hopes and determination to make even greater strides.

‘Twas the Night by Marin

‘TWAS THE NIGHT is a wordless book that “tells” a heartwarming and inspirational Christmas story. The illustrations gift each reader, young and young at heart, the opportunity to re-imagine the Season’s wonder, and the freedom “to script” (if they choose to) their own lines to go with the images. Keep dreaming big!

In this book filled with stunning artwork, the reader discovers a story of their own making. A young boy finds an injured bird and brings it back to full health, leading to a magical experience for both of them.

This is an interesting concept for a children’s picture book. There is no doubt the artwork is beautiful and weaves a magical story. I’m not sure younger readers will grasp the concept since they are still learning to read but, with a parent’s help, they can be guided along. The artwork lends itself to many possibilities and your imagination can run a bit wild with backstory for the child and the bird.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT is unique and meaningful, I would like to see more from this artist.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Publisher: Fontreal
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
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I received a digital copy of this book from the author through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Christmas Titles at 4RV Publishing

Today, on the 4RV blog, I share our Christmas titles. These make perfect gifts for your little readers. Check out my post at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2019/12/christmas-titles-from-4rv-publishing.html to read more about each one of these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Can Make this Promise by Christine Day

 

All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers.

Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her.

Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Heartdrum (October 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062871994
ISBN-13: 978-0062871992

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Spellfall Academy Book 1 – The Claiming of Souls by Jessa Lucas

All Hallows’ Eve begins with a séance and ends with a cold, limp body.
Mine, in case you are wondering.

I’m Michlynn Carrow, and I’m a basic witch who’s definitely not prepared to be this level of undead. My hair has turned a deathly shade of grandma, baguettes fall through my hands as if I’m on some really uncool no-carb diet, and now there are these sinister spirit people lurking in the corners of the school– who only I can see.

Clearly, my seventh year at Spellfall Academy has more in store for me than Brewing & Stewing 101 and Practical Magic For the Modern Alchemist… all because I tried to ask my mother’s ghost why she went on that killing spree a decade ago.

Enter Soren Cain, the brooding and emotionally detached transfer student from my mother’s alma mater. He claims he has the answers to my little undead problem, but he’s only handing them out if I help him rally a team of witches to pull off some super shady soul magic. But the thing about Soren is that he has secrets of his own– secrets that bind us together. Secrets that are a gamechanger for the whole Witching World.

Secrets that could send me down the same destructive path as my mother.

Admission to Spellfall Academy of Enchantment is now open! Venture into the magical underground world of Paris in this YA fantasy featuring a found family of misfits, a pinch of dystopian scifi, and the beginnings of an enemies-to-lovers romance.

(P.S… there’s a unicorn!)

File Size: 4044 KB
Print Length: 383 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: November 29, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07YK3421F

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