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February & March 2014 Updates

Hello reader,

It’s been kinda quiet on the home front lately but I promise it’s been productive. 🙂

February 2014

In February, I established my own home office so I now have a dedicated space for my writing and other creative endeavors.  This has been a long-time goal and I’m thrilled at how much progress has been made.

March 2014

In the beginning of March, I decided to start tracking my goals using Stickies, a program for Mac users that is just what it sounds like – virtual post-its for your desktop. 🙂  I thought about just using real ones but they’re distracting when they’re all over the place and I like using a “strike through” font option instead of just tossing them in the bin.

Below you’ll see what my March desktop looks like, complete with my Stickies program running:

march goals_stickies_handwriting_12pt_lavender
Very girly but it works for me!  The stickies are color-coded and prioritized by steps. I belong to a critique group so naturally, I need to read the stories before I can critique them.

For those of you following my book reviews, you’ll see a few spoilers there too. 😉

I’ve also been thinking about a couple of writing competitions with deadlines at the end of the month (see the far-right column).  I’m not quite sure if I want to submit to these, but I like having the visual reminder that it’s coming up.

So that’s the setup I am going with and so far, it’s working fairly well.  I’m on target to completing most of my goals, assisted by a vast consumption of jelly beans. Yes, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m already on the Easter candy.  Reader beware: I inherited a sweet tooth from my great-grandmother. It’s really not my fault you see. Let’s move on from this yummy tangent (nom nom) and shift focus towards the future.

I haven’t decided yet whether I want to submit to those writing competitions but if I do, it needs to be soon, like within the next two weeks soon. What do you think dear reader?

Would you like to see a historical short story, or a science fiction or fantasy short story?  Should I write a contemporary romantic comedy instead?

Your thoughts wanted and appreciated.

There are a few thoughts planted in my idea garden but they’re in the germinating stage right now.  For those who have read my stories, are there any that you’d like to see published?  Sound off below.  And finally, a general question to the ether:

Do you have any personal goals?  Would you like to share them?  What tools do you use to help you measure your goals?

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has seventeen years of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). Lauren is the Managing Web Editor and writer for The Scribe, a web publication of the St. Louis Writers Guild, where she also serves as their Director of Communications. She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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  1. Sounds like you have been busy. Congrats on the dedicated writing space! Personally, I’d love to see your historical fantasy story, but I’d say write whatever your muse says today and have fun. 😉

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