CEFJ #92 Awesome Kick off to 2019! (1/14/19)

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Hey ya’ll!

Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you guys after the kick-off of the new year, but I’ve also been getting LOADS done. I’ve even reached a bunch of milestones across grad school, novel writing, publishing, marketing, AND at The Bohemian Badass. Not bad for the first two weeks of 2019, I think! 😉


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CEFJ #91 Happy New Year! + My Creative Goals for 2019! (01/02/18)

Happy New Year, my Badass Boos!

Sooo… I have a total of 145 separate goals that I’ve planned for 2019. I don’t necessarily get into every single one here, but I do layout a master plan for how I’d like 2019 to go. I’m SO excited about what this year will (hopefully) bring, and I hope this podcast will get you amped about your 2019 goals as well!


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MY CREATIVE GOALS FOR 2019!

PRODUCTIVITY GOALS:

    • Develop a solid schedule that works for me and my creative output / process while also keeping me healthy, happy, and balanced
    • Develop even DEEPER focus to finish projects on time!
    • Hit 1,000 fiction words per day with my writing regimen
  • Hit 500 blog / non-fiction words per day with my writing regimen

HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND FITNESS:

    • Maintain a steady 4x a week exercise regimen
    • Maintain a delicious, steady, low-calorie, nutrient dense diet of mostly veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins via smoothies, buddha bowls, healthy breakfasts, soups/stews, and wholesome snacks for the whole of 2019
    • Be able to jog for 40 minutes straight by training for it weekly
  • Sleep WAY more (8-9 hours per night) + naps.

EMOTIONAL & SPIRITUAL HEALTH:

    • Engage in ACTIVE positive self-talk
    • Continue filling my blessings jar
    • Keep graduate school away from my spirit and my art
    • Continue a daily spiritual practice, through meditation, prayer, or just focused breathing
    • Deepen my spiritual practice through a study of chakras, astrology, tarot, scripture, and other practices
  • Continue going to therapy and do the work of unlearning bad habits and toxic mindsets

CREATIVE UNI:

  • Take as many courses as possible in TV Writing, Screenwriting, Directing, Filmmaking, Entrepreneurship, Business Marketing, Book Marketing, Creative Writing, and Game Design / Programming.

GRADUATE SCHOOL:

    • Use every aspect of grad school to build my business and forward my creative career as an ARTIST, not as an academic
    • Stay focused on what I am here for; staying in charge of my own destiny
    • Prioritize my needs, acknowledge my limitations, and set clear boundaries
    • SELF FIRST!
    • Take advantage of my waning responsibilities in grad school as an opportunity to build up other areas of creative entrepreneurship and creative interest
    • Finish and submit Masters’ Report
    • Finish and submit Masters’ Thesis
    • Finish History of Musical Theatre course
    • Finish teaching The Haunted Screen 150B course
  • GET YOUR MFA DEGREE IN MAY 2019!!

RESESRCH, WORLDBUILDING, & SHADOW DEVELOPMENT:

    • Research and work on the story bible of the ASYLUM trilogy
    • Research and work on the story bible for THE WORLD OF NEVER AFTER (includes The Hitmen of Happily Ever After series, The ForNever Files series, and the Godsman series)
    • Research and work on the story bible for THE BOOKS OF EZEKIEL series
    • Research and work on the story bible for THE FORGOTTEN trilogy
    • Research and work on the story bible for the SENTIENT trilogy
    • Research and work on the story bible for the WHEN IN ROME TV mini-series
  • Research and work on the story bible for the IMMORTAL TV series

THE BOHEMIAN BADASS:

    • Blog at least 1x a week at The Bohemian Badass
    • Podcast at least 1x a week at The Bohemian Badass for “The B-Badass Podcast”
    • Send 2-4 newsletters per month to our Creative Badass community
    • Finish and release the “Metaphor Maven” course suite
    • Finish and release the “Plot like a Badass” course suite
    • Finish and release “Writers UnBlocked” course suite
  • Finish and release the “Breaking Badass” Challenge course suite

THE DOLLHOUSE:

    • Continue to publish short-form video content for The Dollhouse vlog and blog and podcast
    • Create and grow The Dollhouse’s “Single Mom Creative” community
  • Support and love on single moms trying to hustle their ways to creative infamy!

MARKETING & COMMUNITY BUILDING:

    • Submit free book lead magnets to all free e-book sites
    • Optimize Patreon page for Rebel Ragdoll
    • Build out the websites and blogs for current businesses and brands
    • Build out the social media outlets for current businesses and brands
    • Author Relationships:
        • Continue to forge really awesome rships with authors through select author collaborations and targeted NL swaps
      • Do massive USAT bestseller list push w/ boxset
    • Grow my OFFWORLD Community
  • Research & activate marketing strategies for social media outlets

CREATIVE PROJECTS I WANT TO FINISH:

Novels/Novellas

  • Co-written USAT boxset novel
  • The Books of Ezekiel
      • The Lock In (BOE #3)
      • Hollow Point (BOE #4)
    • Nom de Guerre (BOE #5)
  • 2054 Series
      • Novella #2 of the 2054 series
    • Novella #3 of the 2054 series
  • The Hitmen of Happily Ever After
      • Loosey, Goosey (HOHEA #1)
    • Rose n’ John Does (HOHEA #2)
  • The Godsman
      • The Godsman, #1
    • Forge of Death, #2
  • The ASYLUM Series
      • Sodom, #1
      • Lustrum, #2
    • Sanctum, #3

Screenwriting

    • The Monster Between Us, #1
    • Sandman, #2
  • Untitled Sandman Screenplay, #3

TV Writing

    • Ezekiel TV Workbook + Bible + Pilot
    • Immortal TV Workbook + Bible + Pilot
    • The Camille TV Workbook + Bible + Pilot
    • Surrogate TV Workbook + Bible + Pilot
    • Inherit the Earth TV Workbook + Bible + Pilot
  • When in Rome (Wenin Roam) TV Workbook + Bible + Pilot

Playwriting

  • Morien (full-length musical)

The Bohemian Badass

    • Self-care Journal for Artists and Entrepreneurs
    • Badass TV Series Development Checklist (at canva.com)
  • Plot like a Badass course suite

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CEFJ #90 Creative Achievements for 2018! (12/31/19)

2018 is OVA, BABYYYY!!!

And thanks for tuning into the round up and wrap up of my Epic, Fantastical Journey of Creative Achievements for 2018!

So, THIS. YEAR. WAS. ON. FLEEK. Publishing? On point. Directing? Super fly. Dramaturgy? Total domination (even though I didn’t want to, lol). Not to gas my head up, but I really bust my rump this 2018, and I DEFINITELY saw the fruits of my labor, and I’m super proud!

I have recorded these achievements on a vlog and a podcast, but you can also choose to just look at the bullet points below for a quick summary of what I got done this year!


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Bulleted Summary of My 2018 Creative Achievements

My 2018 round up is divided into a few sections, so check out the Table of Contents below to find the one you might be interested in!


Table of Contents

  • Novel Writing and Publishing for 2018
  • TV Writing & Series Development for 2018
  • Research, Worldbuilding, and Shadow-development for 2018
  • Directing for 2018
  • Dramaturgy for 2018
  • Reader & Author Relationships for 2018
  • Marketing & Platform-building for 2018
  • Professional Development for 2018, I: My Personal Creative Uni
  • Professional Development for 2018, II: Graduate School
  • My Media F’empire: Rebel Ragdoll in 2018
    • New Adult Noir(e)
    • Rebel Ragdoll Press
    • Rebel Ragdoll Productions
    • The Bohemian Badass
    • Brands & Subsidiaries in Development and Up to Bat: The Blackheart Boulange, The Dollhouse, ChickRogue Studios
    • Rebel Ragdoll
  • Personal Achievements for 2018

Novel Writing & Publishing Achievements for 2018

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • finished and published The Camille (novella)
  • finished and started editing The Lock In (BOE #3) (novella)
  • co-published and launched the 2054 anthology
  • co-published and launched the UPRISING box set
  • became an Amazon bestselling author in SEVEN categories!
  • wrote for / worked on The Books of Ezekiel series, the ASYLUM series, The Godsman series, The Camille novella series. The Hitmen of Happily Ever After series, and The One Percent series

Worldbuilding, Plotting, and Development Achievements for 2018!

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • Researched, developed, did worldbuilding, and developed story bibles for:
    • The Asylum series
    • The World of Never After (covers The Hitmen of Happily Ever After series, The ForNever Files series, and the Godsman series)
    • The Books of Ezekiel series
    • The Rapture series
    • the 2054 Anthology
    • The Morien serialized novel series
    • The Immortal serialized novel series
    • The Camille serialized novel series
    • The Surrogate serialized novel series
  • Prepared cover production spec docs for series covers

TV Series Development and Writing Achievements for 2018

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • started development on the Morien TV series (drama)
  • started development on the Ezekiel TV series (sci-fi/fantasy)
  • started development on the Immortal TV series (urban fantasy)
  • started development on The Camille TV series (sci-fi)
  • started development on Surrogate TV series (survival horror)
  • started development on When in Rome TV series (a TV mini-series adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roman History Tetralogy)
  • designed a TON of TV writing worksheets, templates, and courses for my personal use & for The Bohemian Badass

Directing Achievements for 2018

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • Directed ALLIES (spoken word performance)
  • Co-directed GENERATOR: DEATH OF KING ARTHUR (full production)
    • Directed MORIEN within the GENERATOR: DEATH OF KING ARTHUR (full production)
  • Co-directed ERASED (full production)
    • Directed SEEKING BETTY (10-minute play)
    • Directed DELETED (10-minute play)

Dramaturgy Achievements for 2018

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • DEVELOPMENT DRAMATURGY:
    • finished a one-round development process for LOST SOULS + dramaturgical protocol (10-minute play)
    • finished a three-round development process for THE PARASITES + dramaturgical protocol (10-minute play)
    • finished a three-round development process for THURSDAY + dramaturgical protocol (10-minute play)
    • finished a one-round development process for JAZZ + dramaturgical protocol (full-length play adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel)
    • finished a one-round development process for BLOOD + dramaturgical protocol (full-length original play)
  • PRODUCTION DRAMATURGY:
    • actively dramaturg’d THE PARASITES during our 5-week rehearsal process for ERASED
    • actively dramaturg’d THURSDAY during our 5-week rehearsal process for ERASED

Rebel Ragdoll F’empire Achievements for 2018

Publishing, film/TV production, game design, and creative skills education… all in one!
Helping amazing creative single moms one inspiration at a time
Where you can get your grade A dark & gritty reads in the genres you love!
The Blackheart Boulange
The podcasts at Rebel Ragdoll!

The Bohemian Badass Achievements for 2018

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • Infrastructure
    • set up accounting and financial management software for The Bohemian Badass
    • applied and GOT LLC status for The Bohemian Badass
    • filled out the majority of my business plan for The Bohemian Badass, including doing competition research and researching my target market and audience
    • set up SEO for The Bohemian Badass through Google Analytics
    • finished the REST of the legal pages for The Bohemian Badass: Badass Privacy & Comments Policy, Badass Copyright Policy, Badass Terms & Conditions Policy, Badass Cookie Policy, Badass Return & Refund Policy, Badass Affiliate Links Policy, and added them to the website
    • renewed domain name
  • Branding
    • chose branding, colors, fonts, and graphics templates for business
    • rebooted & re-designed the full website for The Bohemian Badass, including deciding on the content, categories, webpages, and general layout for the brandBranding & Building
    • optimized website for mobile
    • developed a dope Affiliate Marketing strategy and opened accounts at select Affiliate sites
    • installed WooCommerce online store
  • Content Creation
    • The “Breaking Badass” Challenge: fully outlined the challenge
    • The Self-Care Journal for Artist-Entrepreneurs: designed the content for the journal and FINISHED the basic templates and layout for the journal!
    • The Bohemian Badass Scrivener Templates (for courses and lead magnets): worked on the Plot like a Badass template; updated and FINISHED the Badass Horror Novel Scrivener Template, the Badass Horror Screenplay Scrivener Template, and the New Novel + Plot Builder Template
    • The Bohemian Badass Podcast: recorded, uploaded, and posted episode #5 (1 podcast)
    • The Bohemian Badass Blog: recorded a MailerLite tutorial for an author; and then turned it into a blog post (1 blog post)
    • Created, edited, finished, and polished a bunch of worksheets, workbooks, and writing tools, including: 
      • Log Line for Your Life Worksheet
      • Mastering Your Genre Workbook
      • Horror Film Development Workbook
      • Horror Film Story Grid Template
      • Horror Film Character Development Worksheets
      • Horror Film Site/Situation Worksheets
      • Horror Film Case Studies STUDY GUIDE
      • TV Series Development Checklist
      • Testing Your TV Show Concept Worksheets
      • TV Series Development Workbook 
      • TV Series Bible Template Workbook
      • Plot & Character Arc Planner for Your TV Episode
      • Five-Act Planner for Your TV Episode
      • Mysteries & Reveals Planner for Your TV Episode
      • The Elements of a TV Series Franchise STUDY GUIDE
      • TV Series Pitch, Proposal, and Bible Development STUDY GUIDE
      • Screenplay Development Workbook
      • Sequences & Beats Checklist
    • finished the script breakdowns for “A Quiet Place”, “Alien”, and “Aliens”
    • generated over 600 of blog post ideas, over 200 different info products, and organized them into MASSIVE spreadsheet
    • planned out monthly blog content theme for the next 6 months (Sept ‘18 – Feb ‘19); worked hard on filling in editorial calendar for 2018
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course, Part I: The Anatomy of a TV Series, including the Study Notes and TV Series breakdown templates, TV Series Development checklist
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course, Part II: Developing Your Badass TV Series, including the TV Bible template and development workbook, created a TV Series Plot Development worksheet
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course Part III: Developing the Pilot, including the Perfect Pilot worksheets, TV Dev Act Planner
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course, Part IV: Writing the Pilot, including
    • designed an awesome coaching program for The Bohemian Badass
    • wrote a “best practices” sample guide for ARC recruitment
    • wrote a “best practices” sample guide for List Engagement

New Adult Noir(e) Achievements for 2018!

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • Wrapped up the December 2017 “25 Days of Box Sets” giveaway, which was SUPER successful
  • Created an awesome lead magnet and landing page for New Adult Noire
  • Updated New Adult Noir(e) website
  • Ran two FREE BOOK promos for January 2018 and February 2018
  • Ran two AUTHOR EXCLUSIVE PROMOS for April 2018
  • Put NEW ADULT NOIR(E) on hiatus for the rest of 2018

Rebel Ragdoll Press Achievements for 2018!

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • published a novella (The Camille) and a new start to a brand new series
  • re-uploaded e-book covers and new e-book files to all distributors for both THE GIVEN and THE TAKEN
  • published the paperback version of THE GIVEN
  • published the paperback version of THE TAKEN
  • started publishing process for THE LOCK IN (BOE #3)
  • applied and GOT LLC status for Rebel Ragdoll Press
  • finished marketing plan and model for Rebel Ragdoll Press

Rebel Ragdoll Productions Achievements for 2018!

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • went shopping for film scheduling and budgeting software
  • engaging in gaining directing experience
  • worked more on my film trilogy, SANDMAN

Other Rebel Ragdoll Brand Achievements for 2018!

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • The Blackheart Boulange
    • updated, designed, and edited The Blackheart Boulange, The Blackheart, Bakery, and The Blackheart Boudoir websites
    • updated some websites and did some backend website development
    • decided to put The Blackheart Boulange on hiatus until fall of 2019 / fall of 2020
  • MYSTERY Romance/Erotica/Lifestyle Author Brand
    • went brand kit shopping
    • worked more on developing a brand identity
    • developed a preliminary visual business model
    • started developing blog posts for brand
  • The Dollhouse
    • got back and approved logos for Badass Black Single Mom
    • reserved the domain name for this brand
    • created and uploaded 5 video content pieces for the brand

Marketing & Community Growth Achievements for 2018!

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • learned a LOT about marketing through mostly hands-on experience
  • invested in and collected a bunch of industry research materials for science fiction and fantasy markets at Amazon.com
  • Marketing Plans & Marketing Models
    • created standing marketing plan for co-published box sets and anthologies
    • finished designing full marketing model for my Colby R. Rice brand
    • finished designing full marketing model for my Rebel Ragdoll Press brand
  • Co-Launches & Co-Publications:
    • co-planned and co-launched the 2054 cyberpunk anthology
    • co-planned and co-launched the UPRISING box setCo-Launches:
  • Marketing:
    • General: did some exploring of social media outlets; updated squeeze pages and pop-ups for New Adult Noir(e) and for Colby R. Rice; updated websites as needed
    • Patreon Page Launch: updated Patreon page with ALL new posts, revamped Patreon description, and launched it! (I still need to update my milestones/goals + reward levels)
    • Scored an Instafreebie special promo for GHOSTS OF KOA!
    • FINISHED a complete reboot of my author marketing funnel!
  • Reader Community:
    • Reader Interaction: noticed a significant uptick in reader engagement, retention, and feedback
    • Reader Demographics: finished my reader survey, and now I have a great idea of who is in my reader community (nearly 400 respondents took the survey)
    • Growth & Culling of Reader Community: added 16 members to my Dark Council list (rabid fans!), 7 members to my Dark Council FB community, and 5 members to the Offworld FB community; removed all cold subscribers and add back active subs
    • Growth of Patreon Community: I have TWO Patrons now!
  • Co-Creator Community:
    • Author Community: community has grown through my online interactions with authors, the 4-author collaboration, and New Adult Noir(e) Author Community; engaged in many individual author promos and NL swaps
  • Blogging / V-logging:
    • recorded, uploaded, posted 37 new episodes for the Epic, Fantastical Journey of a Black Female Sci-fi Writer Podcast
    • added 1 episode to Unapologetically Melanated Media Crit vlog
    • recorded and posted 5 new episodes for creative single mom vlog

Professional Development, Part I of II: Graduate School & Teaching

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • officially reached the 5/6 mark of my graduate program!! I am ALMOST DONE!
  • finished all my final four grad classes (Theatre & Culture II; Period Styles – Architecture; The Dramaturg & the New Play Process; Experimental Dramaturgy)
  • managed two TAships at once in the spring (Pop Entertainment 160D; The Haunted Screen) and one in the fall (Pop Entertainment 160D); graded a BUNCH of papers
  • learned a HELL of a lot about international horror film history, re: the aesthetic movements and the industries
  • taught five full lectures, one on Gothic Architecture, one on Blackface Performance, one on Aristotelian drama, and two on Suzan Lori Parks
  • FINISHED my Artist’s Manifesto
  • job prep by brainstorming all my skills and experiences and trying to figure out how to monetize those skills

  • MASTERS THESIS
    • finished and submitted prospectus for Shakespeare MFA thesis, which will become the necessary background research for my modernized adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roman history tetralogy
    • finished a first read through of Shakespeare’s Roman History Tetralogy, which will also be the foundation for a TV show adaptation
    • finished my Masters thesis plan for a TV pilot adaptation of Shakespeare’s Roman History tetralogy + a TV Bible + a dramaturgical casebook

Professional Development, Part II of II: My Creative Uni

  • GENERAL
    • TV series development and TV writing (via my summer study)
    • Novel, anthology, and box set promotion (via hands-on experience)
  • MARKETING
    • 5 New Ways to Get Instagram Followers in 2018 MASTERCLASS (Later)
    • How to Create a Proper Marketing Plan for Your Next Book” masterclass (Reedsy & Draft2Digital) masterclass
    • How To Master Amazon Data To Sell More Books
    • “Mastering Amazon Data To Sell More Books” masterclass (K-lytics)
  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP
    • How To Build a Business with Your Current Skills (Tiffany the Budgetnista)
    • Publish Your Thing: Audience Magnet Arsenal 2.0
    • Publish Your Thing: Create Your Own Service & Coaching Business Already
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Make Your Site Remarkable Already
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Visual Arsenal
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Launch Your Engaged Group Already
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Create Your Profitable Funnels Already
    • 5 Shifts to Turn Your Expertise Into a Profitable Business That Transforms Lives
    • YouTube Jumpstart Course (Jesse & Kong)
    • Author Success Method course (J Thorn)
    • “5 Shifts to Turn Your Expertise Into a Profitable Business That Transforms Lives” masterclass (Rosetta Thurman)
    • “Your Lifestyle Service Business Course” classes
    • “From Prospect to Paid Client” Masterclass
  • CREATIVE
    • started learning Unity
    • finished the script breakdown for “A Quiet Place”
    • The Creative Penn PODCAST
    • The Sci-fi Fantasy Marketing PODCAST
    • The Indie Film Hustle PODCAST
    • How to Create a Binge Worthy TV Show WEBINAR (Screenwriting U)
    • Learned to use Dragon Naturally Speaking Software
    • The History of International Horror Films
    • Creating a Binge Worthy TV Show, MODULE #1: Developing Your Series
    • The Perfect Story (JA Huss) masterclass
    • Shonda Rhimes Teaches TV Writing masterclass
    • The Business of Fashion Course (Business of Fashion)
    • Marc Jacob’s Fashion Design Masterclass (Masterclass)
    • Diane Von Furstenberg’s Building a Fashion Brand Masterclass (Masterclass)
    • Mira Nair Teaches Independent Filmmaking (MasterClass)
    • Spike Lee Teaches Independent Filmmaking (MasterClass)
  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
    • The Happy Black Woman PODCAST

Self-Care, Wellness, and Glow Up Achievements for 2018!

ACHIEVEMENTS SUMMARY:

  • Self Care Upgrade: recommitted myself to self-care FIRST, sleeping better, more common spiritual practice, created and maintained a self-care, exercise, and food diary, kept my self-care in mind if not at the forefront of my day-to-day experiences
  • Physical Health Upgrade: LOST 16 LBS!; celebrating new body; eating better, regular exercise regimen, better physical care, LESS MEAT, MORE VEGGIES (on a trial basis) and am doing my research on meal planning; got real info on nutrition; started a slow transition into a mostly veggie diet
  • Spiritual Health Upgrade: maintained a relatively regular spiritual practice & deeper spiritual awareness; learned to trust my intuition and divine guidance
  • Deep Focus: reminded myself of how to take one thing at a time and to focus on it until it is done (has worked really well)
  • Hobbies and Play: started lightly dabbling back into some hobbies (drawing, crocheting, coloring, fashion design)
  • Hired My Village… because single moms NEVER have to do it totally alone if they don’t want to! 😉
  • Grad School Recusal: took days off when necessary; stood up for myself and my rights when necessary; tried my best to stay out of grad school politics; stayed away from campus/grad school/faculty as much as possible

So there it is, y’all! My 2018 in a nutshell. This year was BALLER!! SUCH an amazing year, and I’m SO EXCITED for all the cool stuff I did! I hit a LOT of goals that I set last year, and I exceeded others I hadn’t even planned. Year of the Director, Shadow Developer, and Novelist indeed! The leftover goals from 2018 are now being marshaled into my Creative Goals for 2019, so stay tuned for the next post: CREATIVE GOALS FOR 2019!

So grateful. So elated. So ready to start the new year! Hope your 2018 was just as fulfilling, and here’s to a brand new year! <3 xoxo

Write on, rock on,
<3 Colby

CEFJ #89 Still Being Creative + Combating Holiday Blues. Let’s Talk About It, Fam! (12/24/18)

Hi all! So this week has been far more lax than usual because I’m trying to honor my body, mind, and spirit with self-care, rest, and reflection during this holiday season. I’m still getting things done, but am pacing myself, and giving myself a LOT of time to think.

In my downtime, though, I feel the spirit of solitude and sadness as I long to be with my family on the East coast. So, how am I staying creative, resting, AND combating holiday blues? Well, join me in this episode to find out!


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CEFJ #88 NOVEL #3 IS FINISHED!!! + Other Awesome Achievements (12/17/18)

It’s been two weeks since I’ve been on here, y’all, but guess what?! I JUST FINISHED MY THIRD NOVEL!

Yes, the third novel in my Books of Ezekiel series is DONE! I’m in the editing phase and aiming to have it released by Monday, Dec 30. Not only that, I finished my semester in graduate school on a really strong note. From there, I’ll be starting my work on:

* adapting Shakespeare’s Roman History tetralogy into a TV mini series
* finishing up the plotting, outlining, and worldbuilding of my co-written novel for the USA Today Beseller List-aiming box set I’m apart of
* finishing up some awesome filmmaking courses
* finishing my Master’s Report: developing a 6-show season comprised of classical stage plays, but adapted for a more modern and diverse audience, and,
* CELEBRATING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS!

This had been such an amazing, productive, blessed, and incredible year, and I cannot WAIT to do my quadrimesterly and yearly round ups. Feeling super happy and proud right now, and I can’t wait to share the rest of these weeks’ updates with you!


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CEFJ #87 The Power of Finishing Energy (12/3/18)

Heyoooo! I’m BACK, and I’m ready to tackle December with what I call “finishing energy”, i.e. taking projects that are mostly completed and bringing them to their final states! So I’ve been working on wrapping certain projects up in the past week, and I’ll be doing even more of that in December.

To boot, I’m also in a space of *extreme* gratitude re: my experiences in graduate school. By taking a perspective of “experience itemization” (trying to look at every single experience I’ve had in my MFA program and figuring out what skills I gained and what portfolio pieces I’ve developed), I’ve actually really discovered the deep value of my MFA. Furthermore, I’m understanding how far I’ve come personally, and how much I’ve developed as an artist and a person.

Anyways! Let’s get into it. There are quite a few projects on my plate to finish, so check out the podcast to find out!


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CEFJ #86 The Past 6 Weeks = On Creative Fleek! (11/26/18)

So it’s been forever and a day since I’ve been on here! Six weeks to be exact, and a lot of things have unfolded in my life since then. Mainly, I’ve been focusing on finishing up this semester of graduate school, and that (alongside a few select creative projects) will continue over the next five weeks as well.

Still, there’s plenty of novel writing, screenwriting, and learning about filmmaking and musical theatre that’s been going on. Mainly, I’m aiming for a December 20th release for “Hollow Point, Part I: Fraternity”, the next novel in my dystopian-urban fantasy series, The Books of Ezekiel. So let’s get into it!


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CEFJ #85 Q2 Creative Achievements Round Up! (10/12/18)

The second quadrimester (meaning from May 1 – Aug 31) of the year is over, and I’ve gotten a BUNCH done. Again! I know this update is late, and we’re already 30% into the last quadrimester, but better late than never, right? Lol!

Anyways, here’s a comprehensive round up of everything I’ve gotten done! I’m *STILL* having a lot more fun (and “success”) this year, and I just hope I can keep up the momentum!

(Don’t want to listen to the podcast? As much as my voice sounds like honey on a hard-on, I totally get it. 😉 Just check out the bulleted list of milestones below!


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QUADRIMESTER #2 CREATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS
(MAY 1 – AUG 31)!


Grad School & Teaching:

  • finished my second year of grad school out of three
  • finished my second year of teaching out of three
  • finished my new play dramaturgy protocol
  • wrote an artist’s manifesto
  • successfully pitched my Masters thesis on Shakespeare’s Roman history tetralogy
  • job prep by brainstorming all my skills and experiences and trying to figure out how to monetize those skills
  • dramaturg’d Claire’s, Dominique’s, and Adia’s plays (minimally)
  • taught a full lecture, on Aristotelian tragedy

NOVEL WRITING

  • wrote and finished my novella, “The Camille”
  • ASYLUM Worldbuilding: developed a pre-quel trilogy plot line for ASYLUM series; worked on the plot grid and character arcs for the entire series
  • RAPTURE Worldbuilding: started brainstorming on the RAPTURE 7-book series, added it to the project slate, and started working out a loose book-by-book plot
  • BOOKS OF EZEKIEL Worldbuilding: continued developing plots, world, and character arcs
  • Novel Writing WORD COUNT: 14,572
    • mostly worked on The Books of Ezekiel, the ASYLUM series, and the Hitmen of Happily Ever After series
  • started development on the Morien serialized novel series
  • started development on the Immortal serialized novel series
  • started development on The Camille serialized novel series
  • started development on Surrogate serialized novel series

TV WRITING

  • learned a LOT about TV series development and TV writing with my summer study
  • designed a TON of TV writing worksheets, templates, and courses for my personal use & for The Bohemian Badass
  • started development on the Morien TV series
  • started development on the Ezekiel TV series
  • started development on the Immortal TV series
  • started development on The Camille TV series
  • started development on Surrogate TV series

DIRECTING

  • reformatted and resubmitted my two 10-minute plays
  • worked on my first directing plan
  • sat a bunch of pre-production meetings
  • created a series of rehearsal plans
  • wrote up and sent along the casting notice for ERASED
  • attended two 5-hour rehearsals and made some final decisions on casting

PUBLISHING

  • published a novella (The Camille) and a new start to a brand new series
  • planned and co-launched the 2054 cyberpunk anthology: blurb writing, ARC team recruitment, NL swap organization, giveaway set up, email automations for three lists (ARC list, general list, and giveaway list)
  • planned and completely set up most of the UPRISING box set launch: ARC team recruitment, NL swap organization, giveaway set up, email automations for three lists (ARC list, general list, and giveaway list)
  • became an Amazon bestselling author on 6 lists
  • got ranked at #54 in Horror (somehow)!
  • updated project and development slate for Rebel Ragdoll
  • applied and GOT LLC status for Rebel Ragdoll Press

MARKETING

  • learned a LOT about marketing through mostly hands-on experience
  • invested in and collected a bunch of industry research materials for science fiction and fantasy markets at Amazon.com
  • created marketing plan for the 2054 anthology
  • recorded and uploaded 15 new podcast episodes
  • finished designing full marketing model for my Colby R. Rice brand
  • finished designing full marketing model for my Rebel Ragdoll Press brand
  • removed all cold subscribers and add back active subs
  • engaged in many individual author promos and NL swaps
  • got a new Patron on Patreon!

THE BOHEMIAN BADASS

  • Infrastructure
    • set up accounting and financial management software for The Bohemian Badass
    • applied and GOT LLC status for The Bohemian Badass
    • filled out the majority of my business plan for The Bohemian Badass
    • set up SEO for The Bohemian Badass through Google Analytics
    • finished the REST of the legal pages for The Bohemian Badass: Badass Privacy & Comments Policy, Badass Copyright Policy, Badass Terms & Conditions Policy, Badass Cookie Policy, Badass Return & Refund Policy, Badass Affiliate Links Policy, and added them to the website
    • renewed domain name

  • Branding & Building
    • chose branding, colors, fonts, and graphics templates for business
    • designed the full website for The Bohemian Badass, including deciding on the content, categories, webpages, and general layout for the brand
    • optimized website for mobile
    • learned how to use the Divi website development software
    • developed a dope Affiliate Marketing strategy and opened accounts at select Affiliate sites
    • installed WooCommerce online store

  • Content Creation
    • finished the script breakdown for “A Quiet Place”
    • generated over 600 of blog post ideas, over 200 different info products, and organized them into MASSIVE spreadsheet
    • planned out monthly blog content theme for the next 6 months (Sept ‘18 – Feb ‘19); worked hard on filling in editorial calendar for 2018
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course, Part I: The Anatomy of a TV Series, including the Study Notes and TV Series breakdown templates, TV Series Development checklist
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course, Part II: Developing Your Badass TV Series, including the TV Bible template and development workbook, created a TV Series Plot Development worksheet
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course Part III: Developing the Pilot, including the Perfect Pilot worksheets, TV Dev Act Planner
    • finished creating a rough draft of the Badass TV Course, Part IV: Writing the Pilot, including
    • designed an awesome coaching program for The Bohemian Badass
    • wrote a “best practices” sample guide for ARC recruitment
    • wrote a “best practices” sample guide for List Engagement

CREATIVE UNI

  • updated summer goals; checked on and updated 3-year creative plan; updated portfolio with more achievements
  • FINISHED the script breakdown for “A Quiet Place”
  • FINISHED 17 courses and am in the middle of 4 more courses
    • sat and finished “How to Create a Proper Marketing Plan for Your Next Book” masterclass (Reedsy & Draft2Digital) masterclass
    • sat and finished the Creating a Binge Worthy TV Show, MODULE #1
    • sat and finished The Perfect Story (JA Huss) masterclass
    • sat and finished the Shonda Rhimes Teaches TV Writing masterclass
    • sat and finished the Publish Your Thing: Audience Magnet Arsenal 2.0 course
    • sat and finished 5 Shifts to Turn Your Expertise Into a Profitable Business That Transforms Lives
    • sat and finished How To Master Amazon Data To Sell More Books
    • sat and finished Publish Your Thing: Create Your Own Service & Coaching Business Already (byRegina.com)
    • sat and finished The Business of Fashion Course (Business of Fashion)
    • sat and finished Marc Jacob’s Fashion Design Masterclass (Masterclass)
    • sat and finished Diane Von Furstenberg’s Building a Fashion Brand Masterclass (Masterclass)
    • sat and finished YouTube Jumpstart Course (Jesse & Kong)
    • sat and finished Author Success Method course (J Thorn)
    • sat and finished “5 Shifts to Turn Your Expertise Into a Profitable Business That Transforms Lives” masterclass (Rosetta Thurman)
    • sat and finished “Mastering Amazon Data To Sell More Books” masterclass (K-lytics)
    • sat and finished “Your Lifestyle Service Business Course” classes
    • sat and finished the “From Prospect to Paid Client” Masterclass
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Make Your Site Remarkable course
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Visual Arsenal 2.0 course
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Launch Your Engaged Group Already course
    • sat the Publish Your Thing: Create Your Profitable Funnels Already course

BOOKS/SCRIPTS/TV SERIES FINISHED:

  • Writing the Pilot by Will Rabkin
  • Writing the Pilot: Creating the Series by Will Rabkin
  • 30-Day Challenge Meal Plan, Week #1 by Betty Rocker
  • Developing a Series with Series Bibles: A Production Guide for Writing Series Bibles for TV, Film, and Fiction! by Wade Pena & Phil Zizza
  • The Walking Dead Pilot
  • Breaking Bad

CEFJ #84 Hello Theatre & Directing, You’re Awesome? (10/8/18)

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Hi boos! So, my podcast is short, but I have some awesome news: we have officially OPENED and CLOSED our black box production, ERASED, and it’s gone super well! I have some quick closing thoughts on my experience as a dramaturg and director on this show, so tune in!


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CEFJ #83 Not Sure What This Podcast Title Should Be, But I’m Chillin’ (10/1/18)

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It’s been two more weeks from the last podcast, and honestly? Things are going GREAT! I’ve been pretty busy with my directing stuff, but because that’s the main project I’m focusing on right now, I don’t have much news to report on in other aspects of my life.

Still, I managed to help wrap up our launch of UPRISING, get some writing done on The Books of Ezekiel series, and do some reflection on where I’d like the rest of this year to go.

So tune in! Today’s a short podcast, but an upbeat one. 🙂


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