WIP Wednesday [May 2019]

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This week, in particular, hasn’t been productive at all. The weekend was a weird one – with things online and in real life. It was a good weekend, but some things aren’t great and there was some weird news.

I won’t go into detail about everything, but I did already mention my grandfather going into the hospital. I’ll say that he went back into the hospital but hopefully, he’ll get to come home today. So, we’ll see what happens with that. He’s okay for the most part though.

It was also Mother’s Day so things were busy anyway. Needless to say, I didn’t get anything done over the weekend.

Which, in turn, poured into this week. I was so exhausted and out of it on Monday and Tuesday. I’m trying my best to get back into the work groove today.

So, that’s my update. I haven’t worked on anything this week. Hopefully, the rest of the week goes better and smoother.

And honestly, it’s been most of the month too. I haven’t edited as much as I planned at all. So, we’ll just see how the rest of the month goes. Fingers crossed I can get something done and everything else goes okay.

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Writing Challenge Update

April is over tomorrow, which is totally crazy to me. It’s been a busy month, so I’ve decided to give you guys a writing challenge update. I participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and it was also a Finish month for the 85K90 Writing Challenge.

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Camp NaNoWriMo

I wrote over 50,000 words on my next Wattpad story, Crossroads. However, the story is far from over and I’m going to have a lot of editing to do. Like, a crazy amount of editing. I’ve kept notes and have a better idea of which direction I want the story to go in. In fact, I don’t even know if I’ll “complete” the first draft before I start editing. I have a better understanding of my characters and know what I want them to accomplish.

With that said, I think I’ll spend the next couple of days doing a more thorough outline. In the end, I ended up with over 54,000 words for the novel, so I’m pleased with that. There will be scenes that will get cut out, but most will stay.

It was a successful Camp NaNo session and I even had the chance to throw in a 10K writing day as well, which was great.

85K90 Writing Challenge

This year-long challenge is wrapping up the first portion. “Writing” months were January through March with April as a “Finish” month. April can be used as a break or to catch up if you’ve fallen behind. I counted Crossroads toward the 85K goal, though that still left me with quite a bit left over to write.

I edited a lot during the first few months of the year so I didn’t truly start keeping track of my progress with this challenge until March. Thank goodness Camp NaNo fell on a Finish month so I could kill two birds with one stone.

Aside from Crossroads, I counted any writing I did for Sunday Morning and George Florence & The Perfect Alibi. I also counted any short stories or flash fiction I wrote for my patrons on Patreon. This allowed me to reach the 85K goal just this past weekend. My sister and I went to Barnes & Noble and I banged out the final 4,000-or-so words I had left to reach the finish line.

What’s Next

I’d like to say I have today and tomorrow as a break, but I’m still working. May marks the beginning of the “Edit” months. I’m going to start working on editing the second volume of Sunday Morning, continue revising George Florence & The Perfect Alibi, as well as edit and revise Crossroads.

It’s going to be a busy month, but I have a calendar for the month on what I’ll be working on which days. May, as far as I know, should be a fairly quiet month too. There are no major holidays, no school vacations, or anything of the kind. It should be a smooth month for writing.

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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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My Camp NaNoWriMo Goals

2019 is already a quarter gone. Which is totally weird to me, but hey! It’s the first Camp NaNoWriMo session of the month and I’m super excited to be working on a new project and some old ones. So, here are my Camp NaNoWriMo goals for the month.

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Crossroads

This is a working title for my next Wattpad novella. It’s an RPG-style fantasy. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before. It was inspired by the video game Octopath Traveler. I created my own world and characters. I made great outlining progress on it in March and have been breezing through the first few chapters in this past couple of days. I can’t wait to see how the first draft turns out! Crossroads will be coming to my Wattpad on June 3, 2019.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

George and Lilah are killing me. We’ve been together for so long at this point that they really just need to find their own place and get out of the nest. Don’t get me wrong, I love them to pieces. But this book, the first in a series, has been a work in progress since 2011 – give or take. So, this month, I’ll be continuing the revising stage. I’m only going to work on it during weeks two and four of Camp NaNo though. I don’t want to work on too many projects in one day for an entire month straight. In addition to revising, I’ll also be continuing my timeline for the whole series and planning the other books. I need to get my head on straight with this one.

Sunday Morning (Vol. 1)

Of course, I’ll be working on some finishing touches, marketing, etc. This collection of flash fiction will be here at the end of the month! More information is on my Patreon Page and I’ll also be talking about it more in-depth on the blog tomorrow, April 4. Yes, this means a release date (which you might already know if you head over to Patreon).

Sunday Morning (Vol. 2)

There is a title for this one that I’m not sharing yet. The first volume compiles the first 53 stories I’ve ever posted on my blog, revised and remastered. I’m taking the next 52 stories from the blog and putting them into volume 2. I’ll spend the final two days of Camp NaNo putting this together before I begin the rewriting stage in May.

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WIP Wednesday [March 2019]

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Writing

I have to be honest. I haven’t really been working on anything writing-specific this week. My sister is due to have her baby any day and I was so sure he’d be here by now. With that said, I’ve actually been just doing little things here and there while I wait.

I have done some things though. I started a Fiverr profile not too long ago. I’ve been working on adding more services to that as well as the Services page here. Slowly, but surely, I’ve been knocking things off my to-do list.

Blogging

I’ve been working on a lot on the blog as well. There are so many posts I can write and get up on the blog ahead of time. In the end, this will save me so much time in the long run so I can focus on writing and other things that I plan on doing outside of the blog.

So far, I’ve gotten all my Short Story Sunday shorts up, scheduled, and ready to go! I’ve also been getting a lot of drafts up for posts that I can write and schedule in advance as well. The Quotes are done for the year and I have drafts for the Character Asks as well. Those two features are every other month. The quotes didn’t take too long and the character asks should be quick-ish as well. I even have drafts for the WIP Wednesdays, Goals, and Wrap-Ups for each month. Of course, I can’t write these posts in advance, but at least they’re already set up, graphics and all. I just need to write them and schedule them.

My never big project is to get all the Time To Write prompts up here. That will take a while. Short Story Sunday took a couple of hours. Still, I’m happy to be making such progress! I plan to have this all done by the end of March. Come April, I can get into a better routine of getting that month’s posts done at the beginning of the month if I can. I can also get into a routine of reading and commenting on other blogs again, getting active on my social media again, etc.

Also, writing. It will free up so much writing time.

That’s It For Now

March has been the month of catching up and getting ahead especially this past week. I’ve been trying new things, such as Fiverr, and really prioritizing all my work. I’m getting somewhere!

What have you been working on this month? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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WIP Wednesday [February 2019]

I feel like such a broken record every month, but… here we are: the middle of February. These months seem to be getting shorter and shorter.

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Sunday Morning (Vol. 1)

I honestly don’t have much to say on this except that it’s almost done. I promise! I can’t wait to finally get this book out of the nest.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi (Book 1)

I will be creating a plan of action for this one. This is almost done as well, I can feel it. I’ll probably use the 85K90 Writing Challenge as a timeline to get this one done. The major thing that may slow me down with this one is hiring an editor. So, we’ll see how things play out.

Fiverr

I officially made a Fiverr account! I’ve already gotten my first gig and a 5-star rating, so I’m pretty proud of that! As of right now I’m offering beta reading and content writing services, though more will be added over time. You can check out my Fiverr account as well as the Services page on this blog to learn more.

Patron Story

I completed writing February’s story for my patrons. This is the longest one I’ve written being over 3,000 words. I think it’s a good one though and honestly, my favorite one I’ve written so far for my patrons. That has been posted on my Patreon exclusive for all my patrons. If you’d like an exclusive short story each month, feel free to join my Patreon at any tier.

That’s It

I honestly have to say, February has been slow on the writing front. There’s been a lot of other things going on between work and real life. I’ve actually worked a good amount on smaller projects rather than my bigger projects. I need to sit down and look at what I want to get done by the end of the month and go from there.

What have you been working on this month? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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2019 Writing Schedule

Normally I spend December prepping for the next year. I get a work schedule in place, I go through my books and writing, and I figure out what I want to accomplish for the following year. Technically, I did do most of that. It’s just that I’ve had a couple of realizations within this past month and I’ve decided to change some things. Well, not change things per-say, but I’ve decided to do some things differently – change some habits and be more open and less stressed. (Which, I guess, is changing things…)

I’m sure you all know at this point that I’ve been participating in the 85K90 Writing Challenge. January is a month of writing though I’ve been using this month to outline and prep. So, if you take a look at my progress tracker on the page, then you’ll see that I’m extremely behind. I’m not behind at all though, I’m just figuring things out. The nice thing about this challenge is that you have three months to write 85k words, but you also have April as a buffer in case you get behind. (April is also Camp NaNo where I’ll be writing 50k words regardless, so I think I’ll reach 85k by the end of April in no problem.)

The other day, the kids I babysit had a lot of homework. They were both sick the previous week so they had a lot of make-up work on top of their regular homework. It took them about an hour to an hour and a half to get their home done each day all week. So, I let them have a little extra iPad time throughout the week because they worked so hard and they were exhausted.

Thus, my brainstorming session.

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I made a chart in my Brain Dump notebook for the entire year following the schedule of the 85K90 Writing Challenge. January, February, and March are writing months. May and June are editing months. August and September are prep for publishing months. October and November are publishing months. April, July, and December are finish months, which can be used to finish whatever you didn’t yet or they can be break months. Then there’s also Camp NaNoWriMo and NaNoWriMo in April, July, and November. Two happen to follow on break months and the other happens on a publishing month, which will most likely continue to be prep for me.

I knew I needed to prioritize my writing and figure out what projects I wanted to get done this year. I needed to look at which stage each project is already on and line them up with the appropriate months.

In 2019, I’ll be working on six to seven books. It seems like a lot, but honestly – I’m including Sunday Morning, which will be published soon. I’m also including two novellas. Yes, I’m going back on Wattpad. It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on there and I have a couple ideas for some short works. I definitely need to update my profile and such, but I’m planning on publishing two more novellas on there this year.

In addition, I’ll be working on George Florence & The Perfect Alibi, volume two of Sunday Morning, another project I’m not ready to announce yet, and… whatever I decide to write during NaNoWriMo in November. At least I have some time with that! Who knows though, I might use that month as a “rewrite” month for certain projects.

I’ve prioritized my projects and broken them up into the outlining, writing, and editing stages. I’ve designated each month of the year to work on two or three of these projects. As long as I stay focused and everything goes according to plan, I’ll have a few books completed by the end of the year. I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve updated the My Books page if you’d like to see the projects I’m working on and tentative deadlines for them.

Do you have a writing plan for 2019? Do you have a backlog of books to work on like I do? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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WIP Wednesday [January 2019]

Well, we’re already in the middle of January and it’s time for me to give an update of what I’ve been working on. So far, the month of January has been getting away from me. I keep thinking we celebrated the New Year just the other day and it’s already been a tad over two weeks.

I have to be honest, I haven’t been working on too much. There are a lot of projects to work on, but the biggest thing I need to do is prioritize. Even though I listed everything I want to 2019, I’m trying to figure out what can be done now. What should get done first.

One thing that I know for sure that I need to get done as soon as possible is my debut book, Sunday Morning.

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Sunday Morning

It’s crunch time for me on this one. I’ve been giving the majority of my focus and attention on this collection of short stories. The writing and editing is done. I just have to do another proofread of the book. Other than that, it’s all technical stuff from here on out.

It’s taking me extra long because there’s a lot of research involved as I figure out how to self-publish. Hopefully it all goes well and I don’t mess anything up.

I’ve also been working hard on setting things up for my patrons. If you join my Patreon at the lowest tier by January 20, 2019, you’ll get a special promo-box when the book is released. So, yeah… lots of things to do!

Submissions

I’m still working on submitting to at least two places this month. I submitted one thing and now I need to find someplace else. I have a few ideas, but I’m not sure if I’m going to go with all of them or just one. Normally I wouldn’t question it, but the entry fees add up.

That’s it for now.

That’s been my January so far and most likely will be the rest of my January. I feel like I already need to start planning my February.

What have you been working on this month? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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