May 2018 Goals

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Reading

I plan on reading four mystery novels for Mystery Month! There will be more information on that later, but there will be four mystery book reviews this month.

Writing

May is going to be another busy writing month. I’ll be working on multiple projects again.

1. Write Brave – This is my next Wattpad project. I outlined the novel last month and now I’ll begin writing the first draft.

2. Rewrite George Florence – I edited the second draft of the first book of my mystery novel series last month. I changed a lot in the story (the main death, actually) so I have a lot of rewriting to do. The good news is, after about 7 years working on this book, I finally figured out a title!

3. Write Perplexed – I’ll be writing another mystery short story for this collection.

I’ve done pretty well try to make it so each month I have an edited, outline, and/or writing project, but this month is all about writing. We’ll see how it goes.

Blogging

Blogging will resume as normal. It’s Mystery Month, but as I said, there will be a post on that in a couple days. I’ll be finishing up my May posts and then begin planning for June.

What are your plans for May? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Take Over Is Live! [Wattpad]

Happy Monday!

After a busy April of Camp NaNo, blogging, and other projects, I’ve finally published my latest story on Wattpad.

It’s called Take Over and is YA general fiction. It’s not the kind of story I’d typically write, but I had originally written this story for NaNo a few years ago. Like, a long time ago. I can’t even remember.

I liked the idea though and wanted to see it through. I couldn’t see it being published, but I think Wattpad is a good fit for it.

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Here’s what the story is about:

Senior year of high school is all about living it up and making the most of your final year before stepping into the real world. For Roxie Smith, she just wants to get through the school year. She doesn’t mind quietly doing her homework and begin prep for college. High school hasn’t been her favorite fun time and she can’t wait for summer to roll around again.

For her friends and Brad, her boyfriend, however, they really want to leave the school with a bang. They want to be a legendary senior class and they want to go down in history for all the classes after them.

Brad comes up with an elaborate plan to take over the school and teachers disguised as the annual senior prank. Roxie knows it’s a bad idea. She knows it’ll get out of hand. Her friends shun her when she decides to take no part in the take over. None of the teachers believe her when she tries to warn them and she has the whole school against her.

Some say senior year is the best. For Roxie, it’s going to be a long one.

I hope it sounds appealing to you and that you’ll give it a try. This has been long in the making and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

You can read the story HERE. I plan on updating one chapter every Monday through Friday.

I’d appreciate any reads and feedback. I hope you guys enjoy!

I hope you enjoy the story should you read it! Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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April 2018 Goals

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Reading

I’m finally a little ahead in my reading again! Books reviewed this month are books I’ve already read and the reviews are waiting to be published. The books I read this month will be for May, which I’m excited for. Be sure to catch up with all the book reviews I’ve done on my Reading List page.

Writing

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time! As usual, I overbooked myself. Camp is so flexible with projects and word counts that I decided to get as much done as possible. Of course, I had forgotten I’m going on vacation in the middle of the month… Still, any progress is progress so I’m keeping my goals. Challenge accepted.

  • Write George Florence – This is a rewrite of the current draft I’m on, I edited the draft last month. So I’m basically just re-typing it.
  • Write Perplexed – My goal to write one more short story for this mystery collection.
  • Write Short Story Sunday – For the past couple of years I’ve been using Camp NaNo to write the flash fiction for this blog in bulk. I have 27 more stories to write for 2018 so I plan on finishing them all.
  • Outline Brave (working title) – My next Wattpad story is another fantasy, though it won’t be anything like The Scribe. There will be dragons and it’ll be great.
  • Publish Take Over – My second Wattpad story will be going live today! I’ll leave a link here when it is. Please read and enjoy.

So, yeah. April is going to be a busy month when it comes to writing. I created a calendar and decided what to work on each day and I calculated the daily word count out so I can miss a week due to my vacation.

 

Wish me luck.

Blogging

Due to all the writing I’ve planned for myself, I’ve already gotten my blog posts for April all written. I even got a good chunk of May done so I can finish May up in my downtime from writing. I can start light planning on June in the meantime as well. For the most part, my main focus is going to be writing.

What are your goals for April? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Wrap Up: March 2018

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Reading

Remember at the beginning of the year I said I wasn’t going to buy any books until April so I could go through what I have on my shelves already? Well, I read two total. I’ve kept up with my reading but it was all author requests. I read two from my shelf and haven’t even posted the reviews for them yet.

I’ve read some good books so I’m not complaining. Be sure to check out my Reading List and Goodreads to keep up with what I’m reading and my reviews.

Writing

I got a lot of editing done this month. I worked on George Florence and edited Take Over, which will be published on Wattpad in April. I’ve been doing a lot of prep for Camp NaNoWriMo. I’ve also done some handwriting which has been refreshing.

Blogging

I got my blog posts for April done and out of the way. I’ll be going on vacation again and with Camp, I don’t want blogging to eat up too much of my time. It’s going to be a hard balance enough as it is. I’ve also planned May and got some posts done for that as well. I feel good!

Overall

March was a lot of prep because I realized April may kill me. So I got a lot done! It was good.

Posts To Remember

1. 8 Types Of Blog Posts That Get Attention
2. 23 Places To Promote Your Blog Posts
3. Blogging Tools That Really Support You And Your Blog

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March 2018 Goals

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Reading

I plan on reading 4-5 books this month. I have a couple of authors’ requests to catch up on and I also have a couple of books I read back in December that I haven’t reviewed yet. So here’s to a catch-up month!

Writing

  • Edit George Florence
  • Edit Take Over
  • Write Perplexed

I’m planning on just plugging along with all of these projects. Take Over will have priority over the others since I’m planning on publishing it on Wattpad in April.

Blogging

I’ve got March planned out, I just need to finish writing all the posts. Then I want to get a good chunk of posts written for April because of Camp NaNo… Camp NaNo is in a month, guys… I don’t really know how that happened…

I also want to start planning May while I’m at it. For reasons.

What are your goals for March? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Wrap Up: February 2018

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Reading

I read less than what I had hoped to this month. I got so ahead in my reading and then got so many requests from authors that my book reviews are a bit out of order. Still, I can’t complain. I’m keeping up as best I can.

Writing

My writing was a lot slower this month than I thought it would be. I worked a little bit on my projects, but it was the bare minimum. I was more focused on organizing my writing (which needed to be done desperately!) such as my notebooks and Dropbox.

I also officially set things in place for my Patreon account and also Freelance Writing. So, it’s not that I didn’t get anything done. It was just not what I originally planned.

Blogging

I kept up with my February blog posts pretty well and even get a decent headstart on March’s posts. So all things considered, I think I did the best in the blogging category. I’ll take it.

Overall

February took a different turn than I thought it would, but I still got a lot done and I’m looking forward to what March may have in store for me.

Posts To Remember

1. Meet Ari Meghlen, Writer
2. 5 Tips To Name Your World [World Building]
3. 3 Types Of Worlds [World Building]

How did February treat you? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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I’m On Patreon!

So I’ve been working on a thing lately. That thing is called Patreon.

This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time now. I finally decided to take that leap and just do it.

I work hard and create a lot each and every day. Unfortunately, it’s not a paying job. That’s what Patreon is for.

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What Is Patreon?

Patreon is similar to Kickstarter. The difference being that Kickstarter focuses on one large project whereas Patreon allows your favorite creators to be “tipped” for their work.

Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to get paid.

For example, I create blog posts and fiction for my audience all the while teaching myself photography to better my blog graphics and writing prompts. I’m also in the process of starting a YouTube channel to go along with this blog. Patreon will make it easier for me to get the equipment I need to create bigger and better content for all of you.

Why Did I Choose Patreon?

I chose to join Patreon so it will be easier for me to create content. I can create more and it will be better quality when I can get the tools I need.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know I quit my job almost a year ago. I’ve come so far between then and now with my writing and blogging. So much has improved and grown. I’ve been able to give this blog so much more love and attention now that I have 8 hours added to my day. I would like to keep it this way.

My babysitting money can only get me so far, especially when I have bills to pay. Getting another job – full-time or part-time – is not out of the question (unfortunately, it is 2018 and we all need money in order to survive), but if I could stay home and continue working toward my dream, that would be ideal.

That’s where Patreon comes in.

Where Does Your Money Go?

I’m not asking anyone to pay my bills – though if you want to, who am I to stop you?

Seriously, your money would go toward this blog, my YouTube channel, and my writing. I would love to upgrade to the WordPress business plan, I need some equipment for YouTube, and I want to better my skills with photography and Photoshop, etc.

If you check out my Patreon page you’ll notice a list of “Goals” on the left hand side. They start off small but, as you can imagine, it adds up. I budgeted everything out and came up with those numbers as the bare minimum. Again, your money will go toward exactly what I say it’ll go toward on my Patreon page.

Are You Obligated To Pledge?

No. You are not obligated to give me any money.

If you read this blog on a regular basis, that amazes me and I am so grateful. I never imagined how large this blog would grow when I first started almost 6 years ago. However, that’s why it’s getting harder to keep up with the blog because it’s grown so much and I’m running out of resources and tools to continue creating great content.

So, no. You do not need to give me any money. I thank you for reading my blog and commenting and sharing my posts. That makes me warm and fuzzy!

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How Much Money Can You Pledge?

As much or as little as you want. I have my Patreon set up as monthly payments so you can pledge as little as $1 a month.

What I love about Patreon is that the control is completely up to you. You can pledge as much as you want, whether it’s an amount I set up as a reward tier or not. You can stop the payments whenever you want, you’re not locked into supporting my work for a year or anything like that.

What’s A Reward Tier And What Do You Get Out Of This?

Reward tiers are what they sound like. I set up rewards for certain amounts that are pledged to me. For example, if you pledge $1 a month to me, you’ll get access to the Patron-only feed on my Patreon page. This means I can interact with each and every one of you, get to know each other better, and you’d have exclusive access to what I’m currently working on, sneak peeks, and a lot more. If you pledge $25 a month, you’ll get your name on a special thank you page on this blog and my video credits on YouTube. You’ll also have access to exclusive monthly Q&A videos from me.

Needless to say, you get a lot of out supporting me and my work. If you enjoy my content, you’ll get bigger and better creative works from me. You’ll get certain rewards depending on how much you pledge, and we can keep in touch on a closer level through the Patron-only feed.

Anything Else?

I think I’ve covered everything. If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to comment below. Or just check out my Patreon page and see if your question is answered on there.

If you’ve read through this whole post, I commend you. Thank you so much. If you follow my blog, share my posts, comment, or just read a post here and there, thank you so much.

If you check out my Patreon page, thank you so much. If you decide to pledge any amount to my work, thank you so much!

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I seriously wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of you reading and supporting this blog and my writing. I am truly grateful and just know that I appreciate each and every one of you. Patreon will not only allow you to support me further, but it will allow me to give back to all of you. Thanks.

Thanks again for reading this post! Whether you pledge or not, if you enjoy my content, please share this post around. It will help me out a lot. Also, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to chat!

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