2016 Writing Schedule

PBWC

Just so you know I plan to finish writing these books… It’s doesn’t mean they will all make it through to the releasing stage… It will all depend on submissions/ acceptances/ & edits. For me 2016 is the Penny Brandon Writing Challenge Year.


FBP ~ MLR ~ TEB ~ Not Yet Housed

Writing Order (30 Books—8 may be taken out). I only need 22 done by 31 December 2016 to complete the challenge. Also any of the ‘Not Yet Housed’ books could be swapped for the next in a series if I think it’s warranted. I have given you the approximate dates of writing and how many words I’ll need to write in each story per day.

  • The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes (need to finish)
  • Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go (Jan 1—Jan 20) 2K
  • Lancaster’s Way 3: Pre-Loved (Jan1—Feb 9) 1K
  • The Lines of Marsden 4: The Trail Of Red Roses. (Jan 1—Apr 19) 1K/100K
  • The Diamond Rose 2: So Pretty On The Outside (Jan 21—Feb 10) 2K
  • The Gaean Prophecy 1: Admetus Gaea (Feb 10—Mar 1) 2K
  • Sons of Evenmore 3: Fear The Scarlet Moon (Feb 10—Mar 21) 1K
  • Spam Inc 1: Claiming Roxby’s Heart (Mar 2—Mar 21) 2K
  • Toowoomba Boys 4: Securing The Heart (Mar 21—Apr 10) 2K
  • Masters of Time 1: Shadows On The Heart (Mar 22—Apr 9) 2K 
  • TASH (Mar 30—Jun 8) 1K
  • The Connelly Chronicles 3: Because Of You (Apr 4—Jul 19) 1K/100K
  • The Gaean Prophecy 2: Broken Serenity (Apr 10—Apr 28) 2K
  • The Lines Of Marsden 4.5: On The 12th Day (Asher’s Coven) (April 10—May19) 2K
  • The Brothers McCrieve 1: Justice (Apr 29—May 19) 2K
  • Lancaster’s Way 4: Riding Fences (May 18—Jun 6) 2K
  • Experimentals 3: Messages From The Dead (Jun 7—Jun 16) 2K
  • Day Walker’s 2: All That Shimmers (Jun 9—Jul 18) 1K
  • The Freedomer’s 2: Craine’s Everlasting Faith (Jun 20—Aug 6) 1K MF
  • Lancaster’s Way 5: A Stuart’s Family Christmas  (Jul 19—Aug 27) 1K
  • The Gaean Prophecy 3: New World Alliance (Jul 20—Aug 28) 1K
  • The Soul Guardians 1: Loving Callum McKenzie (Aug 8—Sep14) 1K
  • Masters of Time 2: Same Thing In Reverse (Oct 25—Dec 4) 1K
  • Taking Chances 1: Lie To Me (Aug 28—Oct 6) 1K
  • Flagstone Creek 1: Waiting For Superman (Aug 29—Oct 7) 1K
  • Jettermane (Sep 15—Oct 25) 1K
  • Quaide’s Crossing 1: Meghan’s Way (Oct 7—Nov 15) 1K MF
  • Preternatural High 1: Welcome To My World (Oct 8—Nov 16) 1K YA
  • Flagstone Creek 2: Battle Scars (Nov 16—Dec 25) 1K
  • Forever & Always (Nov 17—Dec 27) 1K YA?
  • Toowoomba Boys 5: Bending The Law (Dec 4-31) 1K

These two stories might replace ones from the list.

  • Hidden Hearts 3: Going By The Book (Travis)
  • House of Destiny 1: Trusting in Shane’s Promises
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A Year In Reflection

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2016 was going to be my year… but then life got in the way. I’m not saying it was a bad year, but it certainly could have been better.

The kids are doing fine at school, so that has all been great. Although, my son, Ethan has been offered a position in an Alternative Year 10 Class at his high school for next year. Which in a way I think will suit him better than regular year 10 classes… most of the classes will revolve around setting up and growing a vegie patch business… they sell the produce to the teachers. At the end of the year they get to spend the money on something. I’ve had meeting at the school about it… which i was told the mornings will be spent on Maths/English/Science and all will revolve around the vegie patch business. In the afternoons they will either be playing sport or working in the vegie patch, & each Friday they go out and learn some kind of trade… makes more sense to me, because at the end they will come out knowing something useful—instead of like regular year 10 where each subject you may be learning about different things and nothing links up.

I’m also proud of Ethan for getting a job, and paying back the loan for his motorbike…

Emily is still waiting to hear back from the uni to see if her change of bachelor has been accepted (from Business to Law—she’ll get there in the end). I’m hoping she finds out soon as then she can start organising books etc. Plus she will be moving out of home and into a share house with one of her uni friends… so it means I’ll have my office back. I love writing in my recliner, and will do so on the days I’m watching the cricket, but honestly, I get more done when I work in the office, and lock myself away from the world.

I’m also proud of Emily for picking up the slack now the hubs is in NZ. For also picking up Ethan when he has to work late, as I can’t see in the dark.


Dare I say it—I have two great kids—even if they do drive me insane most days.

My husband has moved to New Zealand for work. Eventually I will join him, but right now that just isn’t possible… this is what’s been stressing me out the most. Mainly because I have been dealing with the taxes, houses, co-owned properties, and I’m glad to say that after July 2016 I should be done with the taxes at least. I am tired of all the bullshit that goes with keeping them up to date. At least my husband has to deal with it after that.

Writing wise I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked to… again I put this all down to stress. Please let 2016 be a little less stressful—that’s all I’m asking.

Moments to be proud of:

  • Expirmentals 2: Running into Zero Tolerance
  • The Diamond Rose 1: Gateway to Kalethia
  • Storming Love~Flood: Adrian & Lockie
  • Hollow’s Trouble
  • The Lines of Marsden 3: You Make Me Die in Pieces
  • Hidden Hearts 1: Harder & Harder to Breathe

And for completing:

  • Hidden Hearts 2: One last Kiss Goodbye (extended & revised version)
  • The Freedomers 1: Zephania’s Chance
  • Wardens of the Guild 1: The Real You

And for mostly completing:

  • The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes

This year I have found difficult to write anything. I swear to God every time I sat down in front of the computer, some family drama would jump right in front of me. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to concentrate more on the important things.

Over the past year, I have done a lot of reading… most of it I have enjoyed immensely, while others left me scratching my head and thinking WTF! Yet I still found myself going back and reading old favourites ~ MMMF.

AKM Miles, Alexis Morgan, Andrew Grey, Bailey Bradford, Carol Lynne, Cassandra Clare, Charlie Richards, David Eddings, Dean Koontz, Diana Gabaldon, Gabriel Evans, J.K. Rowling, Joyee Flynn/Flynn Eirie, Kerrelyn Sparks, Lynn Hagen, Lynsay Sands, Mary Calmes, Sean Michaels, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Stephani Hecht, Stormy GlennOf course I’m sure there are many more people I think are fantastic authors.

Once again in 2015, I participated in being a judge for the Rainbow Awards—this is something I love doing, as I get the opportunity to read authors who have never crossed my radar before. Some of them I have already sought out more of their work. I will more than likely do it again in 2016.

I sadly had to pull out of being one of the co-organisers of the Hop Against Homophobia & Transgender blog hop. I seriously just don’t have the time to keep up with everything… though I have offered to keep open the HAHAT Facebook page open for everyone else… To be honest I’m not even sure I’ll have time to participate in DRitC next year… It’s always a great honour to be able to write a story from someone else’s prompt. Mind you, I’m not sure I’ve even come close to matching what they wanted… speaking of next year, my first ever DRitC: Shadows on the Heart is getting a major make over and extension done. I just need to add more detailed information if I ever have a hope in hell of writing #2: On the Flipside of Reverse.

As a family we are also striving to become healthier… not that my son needs to lose any weight (as over the last year he has dropped 12kg) now he just wants to tone up. If he wants to get fitter, I’m not going to stop him. Emily will be living across town so she can do what she wants (I’m not exactly sure how much she has lost). As for me I’m mainly changing my diet by cutting out any and all junk food. Not that I’m really a sweets eater, but I know I drink more coffee than what’s good for me. So more water and less sugars—more fresh foods and less packaged foods. I promise to give a monthly update for the whole of 2016 (this is probably more than you ever wanted to know about me, but I figure if everyone is keeping tabs on me then I will stick to my goals). Have no fear of calling me out on it if I start to let things slide.

I have many plans set in writing for the year ahead. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my 2016 writing schedule list. It will be great of everyone could drop me a line to keep me on track as the weeks roll by. More importantly stop me from getting an attack of the slack-itus.

EIC/Galley & Other News

(FBP) HH 2 - One Last Kiss GoodbyeThis morning I did the EIC/Galley on Hidden Hearts 2: One Last Kiss Goodbye… I’m about to do a final read through before I send them back to Kathy K at Fireborn… the release date on  1st January 2016 will be upon us before we know it… I will definitely be writing two more stories in this series #3: Going By The Book, & #4: Couples Cover.

I know I have two books to get done for Fireborn as soon as I start my writing schedule for 2016… the will be Moon Runners 2: I Won’t Let You Go… & The Diamond Rose 2: So Pretty On The Outside.

(TEB) TCC 1 - Family ConnectionsI’m running a little behind on The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes… I have emailed the very forgiving Faith BB and let her  know what was going on—though, I did promise to have it done by the 31st… On a brighter note I did the 1st round edits on Wardens of the Guild 1: The Real You and sent them back to Faith BB… I still have to write up synopsis for the three books to follow.

Next year I have a few things planned for Totally Bound/Pride Publishing… at the moment I’m just trying to sort them all out in my head…just to see if they make sense.

End Of Year Updates

B - UDOkay, once again my writing world is running hell-for-leather. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m hoping like hell it isn’t the damn train. As everyone knows I’m down to writing my last book—The Connelly Chronicles 2: Beautiful Goodbyes (I’m half way through it actually) and then I got back Day Walkers 1: The Real You… we’ve had a change of series name from Day Walkers to Wardens of the Guild.  So I now have  20 days left to write 60K (which we all know by my NaNoWriMo efforts this year that I can well and truly do).

To be honest, I’m so looking forward for 2015 to be over. I have had a very rough year, and I don’t just mean to do with everything writing (not that anyone wants to hear about all my problems… let’s just say I struggled, but 2016 is looking brighter).

Just in case I don’t make it back here before 2016 I just wanted to let you know at my other blog I am spending the month pimping out other authors… if you get a chance stop by…

 NJ’S OTHER BLOG

  1.  AJ Llewellyn (Coffee & Kukui Nuts/ Ti Leaves & Moon Cakes)
  2. Edward kendrick (Love & Christmas)
  3. Atom Yang (Red Envelope)
  4. Jacey Mills (We wish You A Merry Christmas)
  5. Anna Lee (A Christmas Wish/A Christmas Kindness)
  6. Charlie Cochrane (An Angel In The Window)
  7. Nic Starr (The proof Is In The Pudding)
  8. K-lee Klein (Unbridled Hearts)
  9. Christopher Stone (Shaking The Holiday Blues Away)
  10. Laurie Terson (Rockin’ Around The Ranch)
  11. N.R Walker (Red Dirt Christmas)
  12. Neil Plakcy (Noche Buena)
  13. ME (Christmas Time At Papa Lee’s)
  14. Lucy Felthouse (Cupid)
  15. Bronwyn Heeley (Moonlit Escapades)
  16. Saxon Hawke (Candy Canes & Coffee Beans) CA Szarek (Cole In Her Stocking)
  17. Diana DeRicci (Hibernate With Me)
  18. Haley Walsh (A Verry Merry Foxemas)
  19. Brina Brady (For Me)
  20. ME (Angels On Top)
  21. Jambrea Jo Jones (Blood On The Moon)
  22. Francis Gideon (The Boyfriend Rule)
  23. Alexa Milne (Not Every Time)
  24. Caraway Carter (The First Time)
  25. ME (Merry Christmas World—A Different Christmas Song For Each Day Of December)
  26. Neil Plakcy (Third Night)
  27. YET TO BE FILLED
  28. YET TO BE FILLED
  29. Jambrea Jo Jones (Vegas Sin)
  30. ME (2015 ~ A Year In Reflection)
  31. ME (2016 ~ My Writing Schedule)