Since I work out of my house, I like to break my day into three parts:
I consign writing jobs to each portion of the day, stopping for lunch and dinner. Often, those three portions will be 1) freelance writing, 2) WIP, and 3) research.
- a weekly article for an edtech ezine, TeachHUB
- a monthly article for my collaborative writing group, Today’s Author
- a monthly article for #IWSG–the Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- ongoing work on two novels, Twenty-four Days and Lucy: Story of Man
- 3-5 posts on my three blogs, WordDreams, Ask a Tech Teacher, and USNA or Bust
- reviews on books I get from NetGalley and Amazon Vine
That’s the goal. Here’s what I actually accomplished this week:
- continued to work on final edits for Twenty-four Days, the sequel to To Hunt a Sub. Here’s the blurb:
Can a former SEAL, a brilliant scientist, a love-besotted nerd, and a quirky AI stop terrorists in twenty-four days?
It continues the popular characters of To Hunt a Sub, although Otto (the robotic AI) has acquired a voice and mobility–and uses those to his humorous advantage. Projected publication date: Summer, 2017.
Here’s a picture of one of the main characters, the USS Bunker Hill:
- edited and researched Lucy: Story of Man. Since the projected publication date isn’t until Summer, 2018, I have only a preliminary blurb:
Lucy: Story of Man is a collection of paleo-historic vignettes in the spirit of Jean Auel that follow a band of early humans as they struggle to survive in a world where Nature is King. Though each vignette focuses on a discrete piece of early man’s life, they are tied together with a plot line roughly reflecting Lucy, the main character’s, efforts to find safety for her unborn child.
Here’s a picture of Lucy:
- wrote 3-5 posts on each of my three blogs, WordDreams, Ask a Tech Teacher, and USNA or Bust
- marketed my debut novel as well as my non-fiction edtech resources.
- started preparing articles for the upcoming AtoZ Challenge. Yeah, I know that’s not until April, but if I’m going to do it, I’ll need all 30 posts ready by then. I’m through R so far…
- visited efriends on social media to support them, check in, and learn something new. I use this as breaks in my writing activities. It rejuvenates me to see what the rest of the world is doing.
- attended a webinar in my area of interest, in an effort to keep up to date. This week: Google Apps in the Classroom.
It doesn’t seem like that much when I list it out. Where DOES all my time go? What do you do with your day?
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member forJournal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.