Coming Back With A Fresh Mind

Happy Monday, everyone! I feel like it’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here. I skipped two days last week, which is totally unlike me. I usually have my blog posts done in advance, but I got behind due to writing. I was also busy with my Dad’s birthday, Easter, and other things. I’ve been exhausted and blogging definitely got pushed to the back burner.

It’s weird because I haven’t missed a day of blogging in three years. Still, I’d rather post useful content than post just for the sake of posting. I’m coming back for a fresh mind now, so I thought I’d give a quick (which will most likely turn into a long) update.

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Writing

Sunday Morning: A Collection of 52 Flash Fiction

First things first, writing has been kind of crazy lately. I’ve been working on a lot of different projects and officially know what the self-publishing process is like. My debut book, Sunday Morning: A Collection of 52 Flash Fiction is now available on Amazon. It comes out tomorrow, April 23, but you can still pre-order it right now. I’m still working on a few things – such as getting the paperback set up as well as getting the book out there on other platforms. It’s a work in progress, a learning curve, but hey – it’s on Amazon. I did it. So, if you’ve enjoyed my Short Story Sunday feature on the blog, then please grab a copy of Sunday Morning.

Crossroads

I’ve been working on my next Wattpad novella – which has turned into a novel. Which will most likely have a sequel. It was not supposed to be this way. Still, I’m enjoying myself as I write it. I have a long road of editing ahead of me, but that’s okay. I’ve been keeping notes and ideas for when that time comes.

I’ve been using this story as my project for Camp NaNoWriMo and the 85K90 Writing Challenge. As I write this post, I’m sitting at 45,717 words for Camp NaNoWriMo. So, I only have 4,283 words left to right to reach 50K. I’m hoping to do that today once my blogging is done for the day.

I’ve also been using this story to catch up with the 85K90 Writing Challenge. I edited for a good chunk of the “writing” months so I’m using April’s “finish” month to reach the 85K word goal. Right now I have 77,033 words. I need another 7,967 words to complete the writing part of the challenge. If I reach 50K for Camp NaNo today, that’ll knock down 4-5,000 words and I should be able to finish the challenge tomorrow.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

I’m getting closer to completing this one. I have a publication goal in mind for 2020, though that’s all I’m going to say for now. I’m still working on it, it’s still happening. It’ll be here soon, I promise.

I don’t have too much else to say about it. I’m in the final self-editing stages. Then it’s off to an editor, which I’m currently shopping around for.

Blogging

Posts

I need to sit down and look at my planner again and really get my posts in order again. I’ve gotten behind in getting them set up in advance. I have plenty of ideas but I haven’t sat down to work on posts in a while. This is definitely on my to-do list for the week.

Admin & Maintenance

I’ve been wanting to go through my old posts for a while now. I need to upgrade most of the pages on this site and there are some new things I want to do with the blog. I’ve had the business plan for WordPress for over a year now and I’m just rediscovering plugins. I didn’t realize the many different things I could do with my blog and also how fancy I could make it look.

I’ve had something in mind for a while and I found a way to do it through my blog without creating a brand new website. If I can, I’ll definitely work on that so I only have to maintain this blog and have everything in one place. It’ll make it easier for all of us.

There are also a lot of simple upgrades I want to do for the blog as well. Of course, this is something I’ll be working on throughout the summer (at least, my goal is to have this all done by September). I won’t sit down and do it all at once – no one wants the blog to change overnight. These changes will be slow and subtle. Well, some may not be as subtle.

Still, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve finally found a way to do all these things I’ve been wanting to do for a while! I feel like I’m creating a brand new blog and it’s a good feeling.

That’s It For Now

I was super busy and totally overwhelmed last week with the launch of Sunday Morning and everything else going on. When I tried to get any work done, nothing happened, but I did brainstorm. Now I’m back and feel ready to continue as well as implement my new ideas and plans.

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

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Sunday Morning Cover Reveal

Sunday Morning is here! I can’t believe it. All this hard is finally paying off and it’s (almost) over. There’s still more work to be done, but the brunt of it is over.

This has been a work in progress for such a long time and I can’t believe I finally did it. I never imagined my debut book would be a flash fiction collection, but I’m proud of it. My writing has improved so much. I’m pleased with how the stories turned out. I love the cover I created. I’m amazed I made it this far.

So, I’m pleased to show you the cover for Sunday Morning.

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This is so cool! I can’t stop staring at it. I mean, I like how the cover came out, but it’s actually on Amazon.

Guys, Sunday Morning is available for pre-order right now.

It’s too surreal for me. I’m proud of it though. I’m proud of my writing, I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

In 2016, I said it was the year of me. Then again in 2017. And again in 2018. I didn’t say it for 2019 because… well, the previous years didn’t work out so well. Maybe I had been jinxing myself this whole time.

Now, look where I am.

Look at it.

Are you looking?

I really want to thank all of you who read and comment on my blog or interact with me on social media. I’ve learned a lot from all of you in the past few years and I honestly wouldn’t have made it this far without your support.

Right now, the book is available for Kindle on Amazon. You can check it out here. No pressure in buying it, but definitely click the link. I’m actually on Amazon!

But seriously, thank you all so very much. Short Story Sunday has gone way farther that I ever thought it would. Now, it’s time to give my attention to my mystery novel… and the next Sunday Morning book.

Thanks again for all the support over the years!

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Sunday Morning Release Date & Special Offer!

I have so exciting news! You all know Sunday Morning has been a long time coming. There were bumps in the road, to say the least, but now it’s finally here. Sunday Morning has a release date and I’m running a special offer on Patreon for the occasion!

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Special Offer

Until 11:59 pm EST on Monday, April 15, I will be running a special offer on my Patreon page. I’ve run this offer before and, because I had to push the release date back, I decided to run it again and give people an extra shot at it.

If you become a patron between now and April 15, you’ll get a care package sent straight to your door with some Sunday Morning goodies in it!

The package will include:

  • A signed, print copy of Sunday Morning
  • A hand-written thank you note
  • A bookmark
  • And other goodies!

You will have to be comfortable giving me a snail mail address. It doesn’t need to be your home, but an address that you can get the package from. This information will be kept confidential and deleted as soon as I get confirmation that you received the package.

With that in mind, feel free to head over to my Patreon page for more info! You can sign up at any tier and get the package plus all the rewards that come with the tier you join at.

As always, there’s no obligation. Just trying to find ways to give back to all the support you guys have given me over the years!

Release Date

I guess you’ll be wanting to know more about this, huh?

As I said, Sunday Morning has had some hiccups. Real life stuff happened and I needed to push the release date back a few times… remember this was originally planned to be released in January? Then February?

Well, I’m not holding back anymore. No more waiting. I’ve set a release date and it’s final.

Sunday Morning is coming Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

I am beyond excited and totally freaked out at the same time. There’s still so much to do in just three weeks, but I know I can do it. I can’t wait to share this project with you. Who knew my Short Story Sunday posts would get its own spotlight?

Don’t Forget

My Patreon special offer ends on Monday, April 15 and the book will be released just one week after that! Whether you decide to join Patreon or not, I’ve been creating public posts on there this week and will continue to do so for the next few days. Be sure to check those out.

As always, thanks for reading and sticking by me through all this. It means the world.

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re just as excited as I am for Sunday Morning! Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Goals [April 2019]

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Reading

I plan on reading four books this month:

1. Battle Scars by Jordan Corley
2. Warriors: The Raging Storm (A Vision of Shadows 6) by Erin Hunter
3. Crookedstar’s Promise by Erin Hunter
4. Death By Pumpkin Spice (Bookstore Cafe Mystery 3) by Alex Erickson

If I can read an extra book or two in addition to those, that’d be great.

Writing

It’s Camp NaNoWriMo time! I’ll be working on two different projects aiming for 50,000 words total. I’m also hoping to get a few other things written as well just for fun.

Also, Sunday Morning is finally being released this month! I know, I’ve been promising it for a while, but it’s finally here. There will be more details on that soon.

Blogging

Once I finish my April posts, which I’m almost done with, I’ll be working on admin stuff all the while trying to get a headstart on May – Mystery Month!

Overall

April is going to be a busy month, but I’m ready!

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

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March 2019 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

This was kind of a slow reading month for me. I read what I wanted to and what I had planned to, but I didn’t read a little bit each day. Most of the books I read within a day or two right before the end of the week. Still, I enjoyed most of what I read and haven’t gotten behind in my reading goal.

Writing

Slow and steady wins the race, right? I’ve been writing, I’ve been prepping and outlining. I planned out my writing for April and am in good shape for Sunday Morning and the other projects I’ll be working on. Aside from making progress on Sunday Morning, I outlined my next Wattpad novella and worked out some timeline stuff for my mystery series. Overall, it was a decent writing month. Not in terms of words but I still made progress.

Blogging

Blogging is still going strong. I’ve been slowly writing blog posts for 2019. Most of my features (with the exception of the wrap-ups and contests and such) I’m able to write in bulk. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. This will save me so much time as the months go by and I only have to worry about writing the day to day content, which I usually write at the beginning of the month. Once I’m done with all of this, I’ll be able to spend more time gabbing on social media as well as writing!

Overall

March was busy. Aside from work, I picked up some extra babysitting jobs and got a new nephew! It was a good month and I’m looking forward to April.

Posts To Remember

1. March & April 2019 Writing Submissions
2. My Diagnosis Story [Mental Health Monday]
3. How Many Drafts Does It Take?

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

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Goals [March 2019]

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Reading

I’m going to do my best to start ahead with my reading this month. Books I’ll be reviewing will be:

  • Warriors: Shattered Sky (A Vision of Shadows 3) by Erin Hunter
  • Death By Tea (Bookstore Cafe Mystery 2) by Alex Erickson
  • Warriors: Darkest Night (A Vision of Shadows 4) by Erin Hunter
  • Mann Cakes by Mysti Parker
  • Warriors: River of Fire (A Vision of Shadows 5) by Erin Hunter

Books I’ll be reading this month are:

  • Battle Scars by Jordan Corley
  • Warriors: The Raging Storm (A Vision of Shadows 6) by Erin Hunter
  • Death by Pumpkin Spice (Bookstore Cafe Mystery 3) by Alex Erickson
  • Crookedstar’s Promise by Erin Hunter

As a reminder, my Book Review Policy is only taking requests until the end of the month. If you’d like me to read and review book, you can read the policy and send me an email by March 31.

Writing

As usual, I’ll be working on a bunch of different projects. I’m going to continue (or I guess finally start) the 85K90 Writing Challenge, which is still in the writing stage. With that said, I’ll be writing the first draft of one project and rewriting a new draft for another project.

I’ll also be prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo in April by outlining a third project, which will be a novella for Wattpad.

Blogging

I want to get some blog maintenance done. I’m just about done with March’s blog posts and I was also able to get ahead with certain features that I was able to write well in advance, which means the rest of the year is pretty much 25% done for every month. So, aside from writing some blog posts here and there and keeping ahead on that, I’d like to organize the categories on this blog as well as go through and update some older posts.

Overall

March is going to be an interesting month. It’s going to be long. There are no school vacations which means I’ll be babysitting a lot and I’m also getting another nephew any day now. (He’s not due to come until March 14, but I have a gut feeling he’ll come early.) So, lots of work but I know there will be plenty of family time as well. I’m looking forward to it.

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

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February 2019 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

February was a good reading month. I read what I had planned to read and have gotten a good amount ahead of my book reviews as well. I think I’m finally out of my reading slump. I think it helps that I’ve been planning on what to read again. I had originally stopped that because I didn’t follow through with it, but I’ve been sticking with it lately.

Writing

February was a decent writing month. I was able to get a good amount done and I even was able to dedicate an entire day to writing so I could catch up with a lot as well. It was great.

Blogging

Blogging was something I worked the most on this month. I was able to get so far ahead – I got March’s blog posts done as well as graphics and blog posts written for certain series that I can write ahead of time. My Short Story Sundays, Time To Write, Quotes, and other series are completely written and scheduled for the rest of the year! It’s a great feeling and I’m glad to be able to focus more on blog maintenance as well as writing and freelancing now.

Overall

February was a great month. I got way more done than I thought I ever would and I feel well prepared for March and beyond!

Posts To Remember

1. February & March 2019 Writing Submissions
2. The Difference Between Flash Fiction & Short Stories
3. What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder? [Mental Health Monday]

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Goals [February 2019]

Well, January is already gone. Here are my goals for February 2019.

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Reading

I’m ahead in reviews due to reading extra before 2018 came to a close, but I’m not necessarily ahead with my reading. I’m on par for that at least. With that said, I’ll be reviewing books I read in January for this month and the books I read this month will be reviewed in March.

Reviews this month:

  • Warriors: The Apprentice’s Quest (A Vision of Shadows 1) by Erin Hunter
  • Death By Coffee by Alex Erickson
  • Warriors: Thunder and Shadow (A Vision of Shadows 2) by Erin Hunter
  • 10 Steps to Hero by Sacha Black

Books I’m reading this month:

  • Warriors: Shattered Sky (A Vision of Shadows 3) by Erin Hunter
  • Death By Tea by Alex Erickson
  • Warriors: Darkest Night (A Vision of Shadows 4) by Erin Hunter
  • Mann Cakes by Mysti Parker
  • Warriors: River of Fire (A Vision of Shadows 5) by Erin Hunter

Remember, my Book Review Policy is only open to requests for another two months before I close it for the summer.

Writing

February is going to be that kind of month. As usual, I’ll be working on multiple projects.

Sunday Morning (Vol. 1)

I’m planning on publishing this by the end of the month… or, the beginning of March depending on how my marketing timeline works out. I also have to leave some room for error because… well, I’ve never done this before.

Write Project A

I brainstormed some ideas and thoughts for this one in January. Now I want to try to get the first draft done by the end of the writing period of the 85K90 Writing Challenge.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi (Book 1)

I’ll also be rewriting this as well. I need to get my edits down into another draft so I can do it all over again… yay!

Submissions

My goal was to submit my writing to at least two places each month. I submitted only one thing in January and didn’t hear back (I was supposed to hear back on February 1st if I won), but that’s okay. February is a new month and I’m aiming on at least two submissions… or maybe three to make up for last month!

Blogging

Why I chose the shortest month of the year to get ahead with all my blogging, I’ll never know. But, I ran out of time in January to get certain things done, and I made a timeline for myself in February for it. I’ll be getting the posts done for the month in advance as well as some series posts that will occur throughout the year. Wish me luck!

Overall

February is going to be busy but, unless the unexpected happens, February is wide open so I can try to get as much done as I can. We’ll see how it goes.

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January 2019 [Wrap Up]

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Reading

Reading was, I’ll admit, slow-going this month. I think it was because I was ahead for reviews so I felt like I was ahead with my reading. I did finish reading what I had planned to read this month though. I’m hoping to get more reading done in February though. I’d like to get back into that habit.

Writing

I had planned a lot of writing for the month of January, but plans changed. I ended up doing a lot of planning and outlining instead. I can’t complain about that though. I still made progress. I also officially started my Fiverr account. This is something I’ve flip-flopped on for a really long time and decided to do it in addition to the services from my blog. Mostly though, I’m still plugging away at my books.

Blogging

January was a good month for blogging. I got so many graphics done ahead of time, which was be super time consuming. I have a list of series that I can write for the whole year, which I plan on doing soon. Overall though, I got my January and most of my February blog posts done.

Overall

January was kind of a weird month. I didn’t get done what I had originally planned on getting done, but I still accomplished some things. January was a huge planning month for me and I got myself organized and prioritized a lot of projects. So I feel good.

Posts To Remember

1. Why I’m Opening Up [Mental Health Monday]
2. Writing Goals for 2019
3. Why I Chose To Join Patreon

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Organizing My Notebooks

Here I am, still organizing! I went through my books the other day and now I’m organizing my notebooks. I’ve felt so good going through all these things and more. Maybe I’ll talk about the more part later on, but I think I’ve overloaded you guys with so many organizational posts lately!

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I have more notebooks than I can count. I’ve got a drawer under my bed filled with notebooks that have been used and filled. I have two other bins under my bed filled with notebooks and journals that have yet to be used. I also have a three-shelf bin in my office. The top holds my accordion folders with my manuscripts and various drafts in them as well as notebooks that are being used for current drafts and projects I’m on right now.

I had gone through those last summer (I think) and that’s why they each have their own little home. I also have a filing cabinet in my office that has two drawers. The bottom one is filled with Kris’s things and the top drawer is… overflowing with my stuff.

I give each of my writing projects a file folder that holds the current draft as we as an research or loose-leaf notes. I didn’t count how many folders I had in there, but the drawer was filled enough that when I opened the drawer, it would sag because it was so heavy with folders and paper.

I have a list of stories I plan on writing and when I was younger, this list used to be pages and pages long. So, instead of waiting until I officially began a project, I made a folder. For every. Single. One.

Half of these weren’t even “ideas,” mind you. If I came up with a title idea that sounded cool, I turned it into a folder because… I’d come up with a plot to go along with that title at some point, right?

So, I put the live action 101 Dalmations movie on Netflix over the weekend and I tackled that drawer. It took me almost two hours to go through it all. (That time could also be because I got distracted by the movie at times.) I saved the folders of stories I knew I was going to write soon or in the future. I put the other folders to the side and went through them separately. I wanted to double check I would never write those stories and I also had to go through any research or notes that might have been in the folders. Most of the folders were, however, empty.

My drawer is now just a little less than halfway full. I can open and close the drawer smoothly because it no longer weighs a ton. Not to mention I can fit the folders in standing up now rather than stacking them on top of each other to make them all fit… and then taking them all out one by one to look for that certain folder.

Looking at it, it doesn’t seem like I did much but it really made a difference. I feel so good that I’m slowly going through all my things and de-cluttering everything.

Have you gone through your notebooks and writing lately? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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