Last week I did focus on the Diagram Prize promotion. I also encountered three setbacks:

One, a poem I wrote around 2002 titled “Daughter of Lilith” has utterly disappeared from my personal archives. It’s gone daddy gone, and nothing I can do will bring it back – unless someone reading this happens to have a copy that I shared.

Similarly another poem I thought I wrote is also gone – so I guess I need to actually do some poetry work in coming weeks.

That cold/cough is now past the twenty day mark. I am not happy to still have a vicious cough.

The actual list on my Google Keep is quite a bit longer than this, but  I am trying to cut things down to small, chewable pieces. After all, there is still laundry, cooking, cleaning, volunteering, and exercising to do.

This week:

The full reads for Facing North reviews are all done, so it’s time to start drafting those reviews. I am going to return to writing a book as soon as I’ve read it – it was necessary to do it this way for awhile based on where my energy was willing to go. Fortunately they were all quite good this time.

Moved over from last week (and weeks prior):

  • Poems for Janet Callahan’s Child’s Book of Prayer – Due August 1
  • Poisedon Anthology – due April 1
  • Finish writing up Overview for the Urban Wicca book proposal (taking it down to one step per week, and some steps will take two weeks, like finishing up sample chapters)
  • Finish creating full lesson plans for an Artist’s Way course I’d like to teach, including a “magical insert” to teach at  Pagan/occult shops

Setting Aside:

Looking for fresh work leads. I have plenty to do without looking for more at this time.



Despite passing out in a locker room last week, thus living out one of the more popular worst high school nightmares, last week proved fairly productive. I’m amazed how much I got to run a strikethrough on!

  • This week, partly because the Diagram Prize vote closes this week, I must prioritize (if a bit late) a deeper update to Divorcing A Real Witch.com. I won’t have enough time to post a downloadable index for my print book buyers (on the to-do list) but I can at least post a FAQ.
    From last week’s list, moved over to this week’s:
  • I am going to work on the overview for that book proposal. One small thing gets steps forward.
  • Almost done reading the last book on the stack, so I am almost ready to start drafting those book reviews for Facing North.
  • Dig up an old spell/prayer for Janet Callahan’s Pagan Child’s Book of Prayers. (Due August 1.)
  • Check my Facebook save list – I’ve been finding a lot more anthology submission type things over there. Eventually I do want to inch towards stuff outside the Pagan market.

New to the list:

  • Devotional piece to Poisedon for Bibliotecha Alexandrina – it’s due April 1, so an opening salvo of research seems like a good place to start this week.
  • Sort through some significant blog article backlog. I have quite a few essays waiting in the wings, never yet schedule to post.



Posting this every Monday – it helps set a guideline for the week. It also might help fellow writers see what a long-term workflow looks like, especially since writing full time is lifestyle as much as job. This is a callback to when I worked through Finding Water – I often worked through long, ambitious posts of to-do lists. Realistically, only one to-do item should fall off the list each week; in spectacular weeks 2-3 items should disappear.

This also lets me share calls for writers. Most are still non-paying, and most are at this point still Pagan oriented because that’s the market I know. I am working up the nerve to send to other markets, and hopefully it happens naturally as I clear a swathe through my area of specialty. I would very much like to become a true portfolio/crossover writer. There are moments when it seems like I can.

My writing to-do as of March 9, 2015:

  • Finish draft for Immanion’s Pop Culture Magic anthology. It’s due March 15, although I spoke to the editor and he commented about relatively few submissions at this point. I had written up a bit last month; hopefully this first draft won’t be in hideous condition.
  • Review the proofs on the Mabon book. That is going to be me, a coffee shop, a highlighter, and a red or purple pen. I’m oddly looking forward to it. (BTW, you can pre-order it now!)
  • Respond to an interview for Eternal, Haunted Summer. 3/12
  • Finish correcting and annotating last year’s anthology submission for a piece I wrote on Bast as an early warrior goddess (yes, she was) for Bibliotheca Alexandrina.3/12
  • Start drafting reviews for this latest round of Facing North. (Mind/Body/Spirit Pagan book reviews by actual Pagans.) Finish reading the last book from that stack – most likely on Friday, since that’s my reading day.
  • If possible, dig up something I’ve already written for Green Egg since I don’t think 10 days is really enough notice to concoct a new submission.3/14
  • Work on that book proposal.
  • Dig up an old spell/prayer for Janet Callahan’s Pagan Child’s Book of Prayers. (Due August 1.)
  • Check my Facebook save list – I’ve been finding a lot more anthology submission type things over there. Eventually I do want to inch towards stuff outside the Pagan market.

Remember, from week to week you’ll see some of these repeat.  Realistically this stuff takes time, especially since I do have to go to the gym, cook dinner, volunteer, and live a life with some social interaction lest my creative well run dry.



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