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July #writemotivation

At the end of April I came across the hashtag #writemotivation on Twitter and while I’ve been a bit wary (read: uneducated) about hashtags in the past, this one caught my eye. A bit of research into it later, and I was signed up for the May #writemotivation. This meant that I was putting my writing goals out there, published on K.T. Hanna’s blog – the genius behind this group – and my own. Despite knowing I was getting married and and going on my “minimoon” in May, I made some lofty goals.

If you’re reading this, a writer, and are unfamiliar with #writemotivation, check out K.T. Hanna’s blog. I highly recommend you sign up next time around! The basic premise is keeping others motivated via Twitter and blog commenting and checking on on each other’s monthly goals. Writing can be so solitary, and I feel like this was just the social boost I needed. The people are LOVELY and I’m so glad to have found the group.

So since I’m not getting married this month (sadly, as it was a total BLAST), I am dedicating myself to getting the majority of the rest of my WIP first draft finished. Here are my July goals:
1. Finish new round of edits to MS #1.
2. MS #1 x5.
3. Finish edits to WIP to Chapter 9.
4. Write 10k in WIP.
5. Balance job hunting with writing, CP/Beta work, and blogging. Be realistic!

The last one might be trickiest. I’ve taken on another CP and another Beta – happy to have found them! But this means I’m still finishing (but delaying finishing, at the same time, as I’m enjoying them WAY too much) the OUTLANDER series, while reading several other WIPs/drafts of other writers. And regardless of my writing goals, I still need to spend time on the job hunt. I’m hoping we can relocate to Scotland so I’m looking for jobs there – but this job hunt-around, I plan to be very picky about what I apply for, spend an entire afternoon if I can on each application, and focus on what would be worth moving for. Also still looking for work in the Bristol area, though I feel like I’ve been beating my head against the wall in that respect for over 2 years now.

So I’ve got to be realistic, but I know I can do this. No big plans; I can’t go away this month because the UK Border Agency has my passport as they process my new visa (don’t get me started on the nerves!!), and part of me knows that even if I get an job interview this month, I don’t know how well it will go without my passport in hand to show them. So I’ve got plenty of time and NO EXCUSES 🙂

I will be doing the rounds on all my fellow #writemotivation writers’ blogs and Twitter and hope to see yours soon 🙂

Photo credit to Hugh Lee and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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A month later; or I married my Scottish prince in a castle, and now I’m ridiculously behind on blogging. :)

This is why I’ve been away. Proof I’ve not just been lazy 😉

It’s been awhile since my last post and I want to thank every person who kindly posted encouragement, support, and well wishes for the wedding and my time away. It was absolutely awesome. We had the best weather imaginable (85 degrees and sunny in Scotland. Unheard of!); my mother and sisters and aunt came, as well as some friends from England, Scotland, and as far away as California, and a lot of us had some time before the wedding day to spend either in London or up north together. The only thing I wish was that I’d had more time to spend with everyone who travelled so far, who I miss, and that was the only hard part about getting on a plane to Corfu at 8:30 in the morning the day after the wedding. 🙂 The ceremony was short and sweet, the minister lovely, Andy the piper played the songs I requested absolutely beautifully, and marched us back up the aisle to Scotland the Brave at the ceremony’s end.

We had a fantastic week of relaxing in Corfu, which I highly recommend. I’m not very good at relaxing, it turns out, especially after 5 months of wedding planning, so it took me about 4 days to actually realise it was perfectly acceptable – expected, even – to do nothing but lie in the sun, read, sleep, eat, and drink cocktails by the pool. I got into the swing of that REALLY well in the last few days. Then we topped off our honeymoon with a few days hiking in the Cairngorms in the Highlands, and a visit to Inverness and Culloden Battlefield. (Not very romantic, that last bit, but in a very strange kind of way, to those of you who’ve read any Diana Gabaldon books…).

So now I’m back, and have finally (more or less) caught up on unpacking, thank-yous, name change stuff and a full inbox. Now it’s time to get back to job hunting, and writing of course. On my to-do list is to migrate to wordpress.org and host my blog somewhere externally – which I’m hoping to do this week. That means a venue and name change! I think it will be cheyennecampbell.com, but I’m still deciding. I hope anyone following my blog will follow me when I move!

And I promise my next post will be less a list of reasons why I’ve been away, and more about writing. Thanks for reading! Hope YOU had a fabulous May/start of June!

xxx

Mrs. Campbell

 

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The venue, Broomhall Castle in Menstrie, outside Stirling, Scotland.
Me with the incredible piper, Andy Ward.
The cake topper, made and hand-delivered by my amazing friend Amanda, whom I met and lived with in California, who is from Manchester, England, who now lives in Mississippi Seattle.
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