The 2014 Directive: May

When I sat down to write this post at the end of March I thought about doing a word count goal, but I decided against it. I’ve already done two word count goals for The 2014 Directive, so I thought I should switch it up a bit. I still think that was the right choice, even though it means that The 2014 Directive was a complete failure in April. If I had gone with the word count I would have knocked the goal out of the park.

Last month I wanted to finish some of the Skillshare classes that I signed up for. I started them, but then I fell into the writing zone and have been working on my novel nonstop ever since. Certain things fell by the wayside because of this, including Skillshare classes for The 2014 Directive. Writing always comes first, though, and I’m excited about the progress I made in April.

Books also fell by the wayside for me in April and that needs to change in May. Reading is like fuel for me. I once read a quote by Stephen King that said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” That quote really resonated with me. May is the perfect time to make reading more of a priority because I recently received a few shipments of books and a bunch of books came in at the library so I have plenty of options. At first I thought about creating a reading list, but I’ve never done well with planning what I’ll read. I have to be in the mood for a certain book. Instead, I decided that I’ll read two books a week. Ideally I’d like to read two books during the week and a third over the weekend, but I’m not entirely sure that would happen every week so eight books it is.

I record the books that I read on Goodreads, on a spreadsheet on my computer, and on a list in the back of my planner. What can I say? It feels really good to add another book to a list! If I remember, I also thought I’d record the books here so that I have a post to link back to in order to track my progress throughout the month.

Books Read – May 2014

1. Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter
2. Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight
3. Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks
4. Smitten Book Club, by Colleen Coble
5. Of Triton, by Anna Banks
6. Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
7. Drowning Instinct, by Ilsa J. Bick
8. Covet, by Tracey Garvis-Graves

What is your goal for May? If you’d like to participate in The 2014 Directive, or if you just want to see what everyone else is up to, visit Jessica’s blog for the linkup.

Previous Directives:
// January
// February
// March 

// April

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