Apr 30 2019

The Lovely Fickleness of April Goals #BookishResolutions #BoutofBooks #AtoZChallenge

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I am utterly exhausted from the A to Z Challenge. If I didn’t have a two-day breakdown in the middle of the month, I’d have made it to my 300 blogs visited goal. So close!

I’ll be heading off to the woods later this month for much-needed Rest and Relaxation.

There’s a Giveaway link at the end, so you have that as my thanks as you scroll.


My lovely A to Z cohost, J R Vincente, made a spreadsheet to track progress for the year.
I’m counting blogging as “social media.”
key 2019 Productivity JLenniDorner image

April 2019
As you can see, my month was all about blog commenting and running social media. I took three days off and one day was just writing. But for most of April, I gave myself to the A to Z Challenge.

#BookishResolutions May 1 Check-in:

  • Self-publish Anah’s story (ANAH ON TENTERHOOKS)
  • 91 days of writing in 2019
    • 44 so far.
  • July NaNoWriMow Camp
    • (not yet applicable)
  • November 50k words
    • (not yet applicable)!
  • Publish two books this year.
    • I’m half-way.
  • Enter 7 writing contests
    • Two down.
  • Read 12 books by Authors I Haven’t Previously Read
    • 10 down.
  • Read 8 Debut Author Books
    • 5 down.
  • Read 2 first book in a series books.
    • 1 down.
  • Read 2 “MC returns to hometown Trope” books.
    • 1 down.
  • Read 20 books from my Backlist.
    • 6 down
  • Read 3 books picked by the #IWSG Book Club
    • None yet.
  • Read 3 books picked by the Of Wonderland Book Club
    • None yet.
  • Read 7 Speculative Fiction books
    • 4 down.
  • Read 3 Classic books
    • none yet
  • Read 4 Writing Craft books
    • 3 down.
  • Read 3 Diverse books
    • –ACCOMPLISHED! 5 read!
  • Read 2 A to Z Challenge books
    • –ACCOMPLISHED! Read 5.
  • Self-publish + Blog the reference book on Writing Book Reviews
    • –ACCOMPLISHED! See links below.

Find the book:
Writing Book Reviews As An Author B&N Nook Goodreads image


  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 35 years


  1. Publish a book and sell 2,000 copies of it in one week or 8,000 copies of it in one month.
  2. Watch a meteor shower while in the Cranberry Lake area of New York or Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania. (USA)
  3. Visit Mount Sinai.
  4. Skydive
  5. Learn how to play checkers.
  6. Take a hot-air balloon ride over Maine.
  7. Have dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome.

Current Writing Goals

  • Self-publish + Blog the reference book on Writing Book Reviews #BookishResolutions Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Self-publish Anah’s story (ANAH ON TENTERHOOKS) #BookishResolutions
  • Complete the high fantasy short story
  • Self-publish the WIGS tribal story
  • Finish and publish the next Existence book
  • Finish and publish the Alison Fantasy book

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2019 Resolution:


  • This year I resolve to publish two books and write at least 25% of the year.

Seven Focus Topics

Posting about these topics monthly will keep my author brand strong:

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) — 2 posts
  2. storytelling –2 posts
  3. writing –32 post
  4. legends — 0 posts
  5. characters — 3 posts
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction — 2 posts
  7. read –0 posts

2019 Goals:

  • 12 Blog All About It posts
  • Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
  • 91 days of writing is my big #BookishResolutions (others are hashtagged)
    • Update on May 1 (I’m told the update check-in is next week.)
    • September 1
  • Take part in NaNoWriMo
    • July Camp #BookishResolutions
    • November 50k words #BookishResolutions
  • Publish two books #BookishResolutions
    1. One: Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    2. Two:
  • Be part of 3 blog hops/fests
    1. One: #AtoZChallenge First A to Z Book Tour Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    2. Two: #AtoZChallenge TENTH anniversary of the April blogging challenge
    3. Three:
  • Enter 7 writing contests #BookishResolutions
    1. One: Check!
    2. Two: WEP April
    3. Three:
    4. Four:
    5. Five:
    6. Six:
    7. Seven:
  • Add 200 books to the spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
    • 419 as of Jan 1
    • 430 as of Feb 23
    • 432 as of Mar 29
    • 441 as of April 30
  • Complete Reading challenges:

blog all about it challenge 2019 try something new square 2019 book reading challenge all about the trope 2019 book reading challengeCreativity Reading Challenge 2019 Back to the Classics 2019 reading challenge2019 Diversity Reading Challenge #BeatTheBacklist2019 Ravenclaw The Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club #IWSG Of Wonderland Book Club #OWBookClub #BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books 2019 #BookishResolutions

2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
J. has
read 0 books toward
their goal of
50 books.


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Goals just for May:

  • Read and review 4 books
  • Do the Bout of Books Challenges
  • Take the #AtoZChallenge after survey
  • Post my #AtoZChallenge Reflection post
  • Sign up for the #AtoZChallenge Road Trip
  • Help with the Pass or Pages Query Contest at Operation Awesome
  • May the Fourth be with me 😉
  • Get away for a weekend
  • Vote at WRiTECLUB

Review of Goals just for April:

  • ROCK the #AtoZChallenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 300 #AtoZChallenge blogs 230half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Take part in the WEP Jewel post Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review 2 booksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal

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Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!

~ GIVEAWAY! Click here. ~


    • Pr on May 3, 2019 at 9:52 AM
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    Wow, your goals are a motivation. will try to follow some of them myself too.
    Happy May and look forward to our both books.
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  1. All those goals and achievements. I can tick a few but my challenges feel minimal – I can tick A to Z for a starter for ten or less.
    Roland R Clarke has this post to share #IWSG – Language PowerMy Profile
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