Happy Monday! I’ve got another weekly report (October 6, 2019 – October 12, 2019) for progress made on my 3 goals for the remainder of the year:
- Create an audio book for Playground Instruction for the Growing Adult (my debut book).
- Write and self-publish my second book.
- Research and set-up some future public speaking engagements.
And, here we go . . .
- I started my research on ACX/Audible, regarding the audio book process for Playground Instruction for the Growing Adult. However, I didn’t get very far into my research. So, this week will be geared toward reviewing both ACX’s and Findaway Voices’ processes for audio book creation. By the end of this week, I’m hoping to determine who I’d like to distribute the audio book through. I’m also hoping to schedule a tour of the audio-visual room at the public library. And if it will work for my purposes, I’ll see if I can book some time in November to do the recording of the book. The studio at the local university may also be an option for recording.
- There was a weird phenomenon that happened last week. It was one of those weeks where absolutely no writing on the second book took place (other than on Sunday, October 6th). I’m not going to detail or justify the excuses as to why no writing took place, but I will tell you that there was a silver lining in all of this. The silver lining – I happened to be ahead of my word count goal going into the beginning of the week by about 1,000 words and I took several hours yesterday laying down approximately 2,000+ more words. So, as of Sunday, October 13th, I should have been at 8,000 words and I managed to end the morning with 7,830. (I was just shy of my goal by 170 words). Woo hoo!
- Now, I do have to toot my own horn with this accomplishment, because I managed to add some depth to my introduction and start filling in the outline on several of my chapters — all while being terribly icky with a Fall cold. Yes, the cold bug finally got me. I was the last member in my family to get hit with some form of allergy, sinus, cold and flu invasion. And, I was able to hold out for an incredibly long time, where I thought I was going to escape its clutches. But, nope. It found me. Let’s just say that things are literally running their course (like my nose). I started with an irritated throat, which resulted in a full-blown sore throat, runny/stuffy nose (tissues are round-the-clock necessities in my house right now), and body aches.
- Friday through Saturday I downed several rounds of green drinks (spinach, apple, banana, honey, water, and ice mixture) and warm lemon/honey/water tea. I stayed in the house all day Sunday, and I’m hoping that the much-needed nutrients from my healthy drinks as well as my all-day rest will give me enough juice today to get everyone off to school and work, run an errand with a family member, get to the grocery store to buy some food for the house, and research why my dryer keeps cutting off and on in the middle of a drying cycle. Whew! A sick woman’s work is never done.
- Unfortunately, I can’t technically claim that I got to the 7,830 word count in week 2, but that’s okay. The main take-away from last week is that I figured out how to successfully make up for lost time and closed the word count gap yesterday. That was a prime example of a Plan B that went into effect.
- I received Joanna Penn’s book, Public Speaking for Authors, Creatives and Other Introverts, on Wednesday afternoon and had it read, from cover to cover, by Sunday evening. For me, Joanna’s non-fiction books for authors are so nurturing for the newbie writer, and it’s truly hard for me to put them down. This is the second non-fiction book I’ve purchased in her collection of books for authors. With my third goal of public speaking, I’m currently in the process of identifying entities that could find value from a presentation of material from Playground Instruction for the Growing Adult as well as my upcoming book. If the opportunity arises to work with one or more of these entities in one-on-one mentoring sessions, group discussions, or presentations/workshop settings, I’ll keep you abreast of progress made toward such efforts. I’m excited to bring my content for the people to the people.