New Year, New Outlook

Last year I found myself overwhelmed with all the awesomeness I had planned to create. I’ve always dreamed big, usually too big for what I can handle because I tend to forget there are other parts to my life. It isn’t because of lack of organization or lack of desire that things don’t get finished when I hoped they would be, but because I’m not always realistic with my deadlines. I might plan out and schedule one project without first considering other projects that also need to be completed on top of family and home obligations. By the end of the week, month, or even year, I find that I’m left with a few half done and almost done projects. Why, because my client work always takes priority when it comes to work to be done, not to mention family and home obligations. Projects and plans for Infinite Reverie, Read at … Read more

Project Tracking

Do you ever find yourself, working away at your current work in progress, only to have a new idea begin to brew? What do you do with that new idea? Especially if it keeps pulling at you? As of right now, I have one very large epic fantasy WIP. Book 1 is my number one fiction priority seeing as I’ve put a “no more excuses, it’s getting published in December of 2017” deadline on it. But I also have an active science fiction novella in the works and two short stories. I wrote the original first draft for the series novel in November of 2014. It has found itself shelved a lot over the past couple years.  In between working on it, I’ve started the novella, multiple short stories and a few partial first drafts for other full length novels. Not to mention having a few nonfiction pieces, freelance and client projects, and Infinite … Read more

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Spring Cleaning for Your Writing?

Here in Illinois, it’s a real back and forth between being Winter out or being Spring out. One day it’s a whole 40 degrees out and the next 70, and then of course, back to 40. I mean, it could rain and snow in the same day, and it does. But we’re used to that here, it means Spring has begun. Each Spring many of us start the process of spring cleaning our homes. This year I’ve come across a few articles about this process in our homes, as well as business cleanses. I’ve decided Infinite Reverie could benefit from going through a business cleanse this year. All this talk about cleanses though got me thinking. Yes, it will be hard work but fairly easy to give my business a good cleaning, but what about my fiction writing? I don’t really classify it as a part of Infinite Reverie, those … Read more

planning, goals, setting, strategy

2016 Goal Setting: Choosing and Prioritizing Those Long-term Goals

The list of goals, or Reveries, I have compiled for the coming year is extensive. I’ve officially transitioned to running Infinite Reverie full-time, and along with the expanded amount of time I can dedicate to it is giving me the opportunity to honestly achieve those reveries on a realistic level. I’ve always been a lister and a planner, but having such a long list of both short-term and long-term goals (even though I’m only considering those for this coming year), having them laid out in front of me in their crude form is extremely overwhelming. There is just SO MUCH to do! Does any of this sound familiar? It doesn’t even have to be your whole life that is changing. It can be that one novel you’d like to finish, or maybe just even complete the first draft of. Well, as a part of this month’s 2016 Goal Planning Session, … Read more

Getting Ready for 2016

November seemed to go far to quickly at the same time it felt like it took forever to get through. On a personal note, we (my family and I), made a huge change in our lives. We relocated from Illinois to North Carolina, leaving the rest of our extended, yet close to family behind. We are happy and excited to begin this new chapter in our lives, and along with it, I will have a whole lot of more time to dedicate to this and Infinite Reverie in general. I spent my Thanksgiving in a car with four of my children, my dog and my mom driving out here while my dad, another child, and my cat drove our stuff down to meet up with my husband who had already been here for about two weeks. We finally arrived at our new house just before midnight, and very tiredly enjoyed our … Read more

Planning When to Write

Most of us don’t have the ability to dedicate the vast majority of our day to writing. I know for me, that intense internal nudge to wander over to my computer because my mind is flooding with words that need to be written down can seem to strike at the worst possible time. Then, of course, when I do have some free time, or at least prime writing time, I can’t remember anything that I wanted to write. If writing is your hobby, waiting until both the timing and the ideas are flowing to begin to write, is fine. But for those of us you want to be able to maybe quit our day jobs, or maybe just receive an income from it, we need a plan, some structure. No plan is foolproof. No plan is absolute. I’m both a planner and a pantster. I do create a plan. I … Read more

Get Sh*t Done Planner Freebie

As is continuing to undergo changes, so am I. I’ve had to find new and more efficient ways of planning out and organizing my days. As much as I would love to be able to simply write down everything that I need to get accomplished that day, and actually be able to do it as I originally planned, it just simply never ever happens that way. I need to write down what I actually need to do, because if I don’t I won’t remember half of it or I’ll get sidetracked and way off task. But just writing it down isn’t enough either. I created this two page daily planner so that I could write down everything I need to do and remember all in one place. I’m sharing it here with you.   If you need to keep track of your projects, freelancing projects/jobs, home/family, and anything really, … Read more

The Work Space: Mini-Space

I’ve always imaged my perfect workable office to be this fantastic mansion sized library. Full of different woods and dark warm colors. And of course walls lined with beautiful floor to ceiling bookcases, full of books. A place where I can decorate with dragons and swords regardless of who likes it. It’s MY room. It also would have a loft that goes completely around the room, offering me a second floor for book storage. Attached directly to this amazing library/office is a pentagon shaped sitting area with walls and roof made of glass. A place where I can hang out on super comfy chairs, read and work on my books and grow plants. Unfortunately, I highly doubt I will ever have even a remotely similar office, at least not until the youngest of my five children has grown, graduated college and completely moved out. Not only because this would obviously cost … Read more

Daily Planning

Are you a planner or a go-with-the-flow type? Maybe you’re both, like me. I list everything. What I need to do that day, what I need from the store, what I need to get for whatever is planned for the weekend and so on. Every morning before I begin anything I start with my daily to-do list. I make three sections, and list everything that needs to be done for homeschool, home and work. I want a clear and laid out plan of attack for the whole day. At the same time, I always allow myself to alter any plans I have, because well, things happen and things change. I have tried so many planner and organizers over the years, I have even tried to just list things on a sheet of paper. They all seemed to work for awhile, but then at some point they didn’t seem valid anymore for what … Read more

Finding That Working Groove

I, like so many others, work from home. The majority of my day is spent in my house. I didn’t always work from home, and one of the biggest problems I find myself facing is separating my day. Generally when one works outside the home, we have our commute to switch focuses. It becomes an automatic process that takes our main focus off of that project that is due to tonight’s dinner or the kids activities. But now, I don’t have that automatic switch anymore. I find myself exhausted by dinner time when I really don’t feel like I have gotten that much done, in any category of my day. Could it simply be because I am bouncing between all these different categories all day? Both physically and mentally. I think it was. So how do us, work from homers, find a balance, find a way to focus our attention on … Read more

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