Goals Summary 2019 – Wk #11

Hey Bloggos,

With less than half a week to get anything done, I had some low expectations which is probably why the whiteboard was in the black by Sunday night.

Last Week

  • Publish two blog posts
  • Finish Tavi chapter 14
  • Catch up on short stories

How’d I do?

  • Publish two blog posts
    • Yep! Due to last week’s travel there were a bit closer together than usual, but both the Goals Summary and my thoughts on our trip are up now.
  • Finish Tavi chapter 14
    • Yes! I think I wrote that last bit in somewhat of a stupor because I don’t really remember doing it, but it’s done and the next chapter is underway.
  • Catch up on short stories
    • Yarp. I mean, I still have to read two short stories today and tomorrow, but I’m on track and reading consistently, which is the whole point.

Weekly Word Count: 1,170

I don’t have a whole lot to talk about last week, since the work week didn’t really start for me until Friday. My weekend was filled with chores, writing, and reading. We made dinners and watched movies and I binged a nature documentary on Saturday. That was about it.

What’s Next?

  • Publish two blog posts
  • Write 500 words/day on Tavi
  • Clean the office

Okay, that last one is a weird one. I don’t normally put household chores on my list of weekly goals, but this one is related to my writing and it’s been bugging me for forever so it’s time to prioritize it. It’s not even all that bad, but things need tidying and organizing, and the floors could do with a sweep. So onto the list it goes.

I’ve been doing pretty good about writing this month. I’d like to catch up for all the missed writing days during vacation, but I’m not going to burden myself with the added workload either. Every word over 500 in a day just adds up. Maybe it’ll be enough. Maybe not. We’ll know on the 31st. (I just did the math, which is always suspect for me; I need to write 719 words a day from here on out to meet my goal for the month, which is doable. But still, I’m not going to push for it, I’ll get close regardless.)

The blog should be fairly active this week. I’ve got the book review for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to write this week and I might write up a little something else if I find myself with some extra time. half in light half in shadows

I have a Walk ‘n’ Talk scheduled with Madhu on Thursday, and then it’s trivia night with Video Games as the theme, so yeah. I’ll be going to that. Friday night is “An Evening with David Barker” which I feel I ought to go to, since I’m on the masthead for his chapbook Half in Light, Half in Shadow, which he’ll be signing at the event. Plus, David’s a great guy and deserves all the support. So, if you’re in the Salem area on Friday night, you should come say hi!

And all of a sudden my week looks pretty busy. Damn. I guess that means it’s time to get to work!



Goals Summary 2019 – Wk #9


Welcome to the first week of March! Spring is trying to make itself known, with blue skies and sunshine galore, but there’s more snow on the horizon. Hopefully it won’t impact our travel plans, because we go on vacation this weekend!

Last Week

  • Publish two blog postslies sleeping
  • Finish Tavi chapter 13
  • Finish reading Lies Sleeping

How’d I Do?

  • Publish two blog posts
    • Yep! Three posts total.
  • Finish Tavi chapter 13
    • Yes!!! I had a bit of a breakthrough this weekend which led to lots of words in a short amount of time.
  • Finish reading Lies Sleeping

Weekly Word Count: 3,389

Last week started out on the totally wrong foot. Burnout from Starbucks coupled with a head cold had me grumpy, tired, and beyond frustrated with pretty much everything. I had to leave work early on Thursday I felt so poorly, and the four hour nap I took really helped.

This is the part where I give my husband a shout out, because he made sure to keep me medicated, hydrated, and fed while I was a mewling snot monster. I think he’s directly responsible for my quick recovery. So thanks, Babe!

I rode out the last few days of February with little motivation and a lot of Anthem. But once March hit I knew it was time to kick things back into gear. As discussed in the February Recap, I’ve set some rules for myself in the month of March: read a short story each day and write at least 500 words a day on my novel. So far, that’s working really well.

Granted, it’s only the fourth. But hey, I’ll take the wins where I can get them.

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Cool kid, but also awkward as hell.

Also, Audient Void Publishing had a little get together to celebrate and sign copies for the release of Half in Light, Half in Shadow by David Barker. You can get your signed limited edition copy today!

What’s Next?

  • Publish two blog posts
  • Write Tavi Chapter 14
  • Have a great time on vacation!

Really, as long as I keep up my word count and read a short story a day, I’ll be happy with this coming week. Vacation always changes priorities a bit, but I’m hoping to maximize the plane time for writing and reading. And if it means I get up a little earlier than Trev to snag a continental breakfast and do some writing, so be it.

Now two years old, she’s not so little anymore!

We’re going to Cincinnati, which I know seems strange, but from all reports it’s an up and coming city with a blossoming food and beer scene. And it’s somewhere we’ve never been before, so we’re excited to see it for ourselves.

And Fiona the hippo! Duh!

Honestly, at this point, I’m just looking forward to some free time spent with the hubs doing what we do best: eating and drinking. We’re intentionally keeping this trip itinerary free; we’ll go see and do whatever strikes us at the time and explore freely. I can’t wait.

Barring any writing related excitement, the blog might be pretty quiet this week. I still have the February Reading Round Up scheduled for Friday, and I will make time in Cincinnati to post the usual goals summary on Monday.

So until then, Blog-buddies!



The Audient Void #5 Available Now!

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The new issue of The Audient Void: A Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy is out now! This issue features incredible artwork by Brad Hicks and Allen K, short stories by David Barker and John R. Fultz, and a slew of poetry from Adam Bolivar, K.A. Opperman, Ashley Dioses, and many others.

We have an online store where you can pick up your copy and maybe snag a copy of Issue #4 while supplies last! The Audient Void is only in print; no digital copies, so you’re getting a physical product for your money!

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If you’re in the Salem area, we’ll have a release party, as is tradition, on April 28th at 7pm at The Book Bin.  This coincides with Independent Bookstore Day, so even if you’re not local, maybe head out to your nearby brick-and-mortar bookseller to show your support!

Now that Issue #5 is out, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be open for submissions again. As soon as I know more, I’ll be sure to share the details!

I look forward to another awesome release party!



The Audient Void No. #1 Out Now!

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The Audient Void No. 1 is now available! Featuring original weird tales and dark poetry from the likes of David Barker, W.H. Pugmire, and K.A. Opperman, as well as works from new authors and poets, AND the revival of Barker’s classic column Ye Olde Lemurian!

I worked on a few of the stories as an Editor, and helped the genius behind it all, Obadiah, with any publishing questions and concerns.

If you like stories from Poe, Bierce, and Lovecraft, then The Audient Void is a wonderfully creepy return to the kind of storytelling that makes you jump at the wind in the trees and keeps you up at night wondering at just how much about the world we really don’t understand.

What could be lurking in the dark? Find out in the pages of The Audient Void.

Support the journal by buying an issue, and if you’re so inclined, we’re now accepting submissions for issue No. 2!

Head over to https://www.facebook.com/TheAudientVoid/ to purchase your copy and to learn more!

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