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.

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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.

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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.

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Writing Goals For 2019

A new year comes with new writing goals! Except these goals are more or less the same as last year’s… meaning, these goals are whatever I didn’t finish last year. I got a lot done in 2018, but… you know what? Let’s just get into it. Here are my writing goals for 2019.

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85K Writing Challenge

I’ve talked about this not too long ago. I’ll be participating in the year-long 85K writing challenge. I plan to get a few projects written, edited, and ready for publication. Between this challenge and three sessions of NaNoWriMo, I think I can do it. It’ll certainly keep me busy, but I’m looking forward to the challenge and I’m beyond ready for it.

So, which projects will I be working on throughout the year? That’s the million-dollar question.

George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you’re certainly familiar with George and Lilah. This dynamic duo have been in my head since 2011 and it’s finally time I kick them out of the nest and they see the world. I still have a lot of edits to go through and I’ve started sending it to my local writer’s group again.

My original plan was to try to self-publish it this year but I’m think it won’t be until 2020 now. I’ve been coming up with plans, deadlines, and a timeline for it all. They will get their chance to see the world soon, I promise. I know it’ll never be perfect, but there’s still some tweaking that needs to be done.

I also need to hire an editor. So, if you’re looking forward to this book and have been enjoying my content for quite a while, please consider joining the journey on my Patreon. It’s an exclusive community where you’ll get inside access to my books, writing process, and a lot more. I’m trying to reach a $500/month goal so I can save for a few months to afford an editor. Every bit helps and I’m looking forward to sharing the process with you all!

Sunday Morning (Vol. 1)

This book was supposed to be self-published in just a few days. Unfortunately, 2018 had to get a few final punches in during November and December and I was unable to work on this book at all. I had to push back the release date, but that’s okay. It’s still going to come out, I’m still going to do it. Slow and steady wins the race, people. I’m super nervous about it but completely excited at the same time.

I’ll be posting more updates on this as the month goes on though. As always, my patrons get a first-look at it all. Also, since I needed to push back the release date I’ve decided to bring back the promo-box!

If you become a patron at the $1 reward tier or higher, then you’ll get an exclusive promotion box mailed to you. Of course, you must be okay with giving me some sort of mailing address so the box can be sent to you. I promise the address will be deleted once the box is sent and that will be the only thing I send you.

This promo-box will include:

  • A signed print copy of the book
  • A bookmark
  • A hand-written thank you post card
  • A surprise

You can head over to my Patreon page to learn more.

Sunday Morning (Vol. 2)

Yes, there will be more. Since the first book is just about done, I’ll be starting work on the second book to be released at the beginning of 2020. I’ll definitely be utilizing the 85K challenge to get this book in order throughout the year.

Secret Project

Yeah, I know. I work on secret projects a lot. My patrons don’t even know what this is yet. This is something I’ve thought of doing for a while but never thought I could pursue it for some reason. With some of the things that happened in 2018, some changes coming to this blog in 2019, I realized that this is something I can do. And I’m going to pursue it.

I’ll be using the 85K challenge to its full ability for this project as well. This project is in the pre-planning stages and I’m not even sure how it’s all going to come together yet. With that said, I’m not sure when I’ll be ready to announce it, but I’m sure it’ll be sometime in 2019… otherwise I wouldn’t be mentioning it now.

Submissions & Contests

One goal I make for myself every year and don’t always follow is submitting my work to magazines, other websites, and contests. I’d like to submit a poem, flash fiction, or whatever at least once a month. Twice a month will be ideal, but with everything else I have planned and going on, we’ll see how it goes. As long as I submit something once a month, I’ll be good.

I have a lot of pieces sitting in my writing folder on my computer and none of them are doing anything. Surely there’s a couple that’s worthy of winning a contests or being published in a magazine, right? I just need to take the time to scour the Internet for the right fit for those pieces.

Wish me luck!

That’s All… I Think.

I believe I’ve covered everything. It’s a lot, right? I know, I’m wondering how I’m going to do it at all. Honestly, if I get just two of projects done, I’ll be happy. I know it’s a lot, but I’m ready for the challenge and I’m eager to get started. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish in 2019.

Oh, Wait. Two More Things.

…But I’m not going to mention them just yet! Just be on the lookout early March for one of them.

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WIP Wednesday [December 2018]

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I mean… what is December, really? It’s filled with holiday shopping, wrapping presents, prepping for family, gathering with said family and friend, and stress. Lots and lots of stress.

So, what did I accomplish this month? What have I been working on? Nothing really writing related, that’s for sure.

I’ve tried and I’ve little bits here and there, but for the most part I’ve been dealing with real life things. Some good, some bad, unfortunately.

Most of my December work in progress has been prepping the blog for 2019 as well as coming up with a decent timeline and plan for my writing for 2019. Which, I’ll be writing a blog post about soon and also in January.

My thoughts are all over the place at the moment, if you couldn’t tell.

This week has been tough since this past weekend didn’t go as planned so now I feel like I’m rushing to get things done before Christmas. I have a lot of things to do this week that has nothing to do with Christmas so I feel like I’m scrambling. I’m usually in good shape at this time but I only just wrapped my gifts yesterday. Normally they would have been under the tree two weeks ago.

But what can you do?

It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me. I see the tree in my living room, the lights outside everyone’s houses, the chill and snow is in the air, everyone is baking… but I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the time to sit and enjoy it. I hope I’m able to finally take a breath this weekend and take in the festivities of Christmas and enjoy it all because we all know it’s going to be over in a blink of an eye.

So, yeah. That’s what’s happening on my end. Busy with lots of things but writing and sometimes blogging have had to take a backseat. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 Wrap Up

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Usually when I do these updates for NaNoWriMo I’ll list my daily word counts. Except I don’t have any word counts for this past week.

Well, that’s kind of a lie… I was determined to reach 50,000 words by Thanksgiving and I did exactly that. On day 21 I wrote 3,802 words and on day 22 I binged writing in the morning and wrote 3,952 words which gave me a grand total of…

50,121 words!

I haven’t written anything since. Thanksgiving was busy and then I went away for the weekend. I didn’t write at all the past couple of days because I was catching up with other work.

According to NaNo, my lengthiest novel was from 2016 at 52,000 and change. I’d love to beat that which means I’d have to write another 3,000 words or so by Friday.

I’m not sure if I’ll get the chance to do so. Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas festivities haven’t quite set in, yet this week has been kind of busy. So, we’ll see what happens. I’m not going to validate my win on NaNo just in case.

Short Story Sunday 2019

Thanks to NaNo, I’ve written 52 shorts for my Short Story Sunday in 2019. So, that’s great! It’ll save me a lot of time next year. Some of the stories are certainly better than others, but I’ll edit and proofread them before they go live and it’ll all be good. Hopefully.

Overall, NaNo went well for me this year. I’m pleased with the work that I got done. I have to admit, I’m glad it’s over for another year though!

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WIP Wednesday [November 2018]

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I’ve been making great progress this month with the help of NaNoWriMo.

Word Count

Day 8: 2,551
Day 9: 2,008
Day 10: 2,022
Day 11: 2,276
Day 12: 10,231
Day 13: 0
Day 14: 0
Week Two Total: 19,088
Overall Total: 31,898

All of those words are for Short Story Sunday 2019.

I was pleased I was able to give myself a 10k-day. My sister had work off that day so we got together with members of our writing group early in the morning. I ended up writing about 4,199 words with them at the cafe. I took a break when we got home, but then I wrote some more. I took another break and then hit 10k by 9:00 pm.

I was exhausted by the end of it and I really had to push myself, but I was determined and I did it. I also beat my “wordiest day” from November 10, 2017 which was 10,103 words. Next year I’ll plan on writing 10,232 words (at least) to beat it again.

This month, so far, has been great for my writing. I’m looking forward to continuing it throughout the month.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 Update One

I have no intro for this. The past few years I’ve been updating my weekly progress for NaNo. So, I’m doing it again. Here’s my NaNoWriMo 2018 Update One.

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My daily goal is always to write 2,000 words. I like the even number over 1,667 words. I also try my best to get it done by the time Thanksgiving rolls around at the end of the month. Here’s how I’m doing so far.

Word Count

Day 1: 2,203
Day 2: 2,125
Day 3: 2,175
Day 4: 2,114
Day 5: 2,061
Day 6: 2,132
Day 7:
Haven’t written yet this morning!
Week One Total:
12,810

Not bad, right? I had a steady stream of words each day. Day 3 was Saturday as well as Double-Up Day. I don’t know why I thought Double-Up Day was later in the month, but I wasn’t planning on that. When I found out I had decided to attempt 4,000 words.

I ended up not getting the chance to write until much later at night. I usually write early in the morning but I didn’t make my word count that day until around 10-10:30 at night. It just so happened that other things were going on that day (good things, of course) and I had decided to put my attention towards that instead of focusing on writing.

I thought Sunday, November 4, would be a good day to write 4,000 words and pretend I did it for my own Double-Up Day, but that didn’t happen either. I was at church for a few hours, got my 2k in, and then had other work that needed to be done. Maybe this weekend I can aim to give myself a mini writing marathon.

Projects

I spent the whole week working on my Short Story Sunday 2019 project. That is, if you don’t know, 52 shorts/flashes – one for every Sunday of 2019. These will be under my Short Story Sunday category next year.

I also put the last finishing touches of November’s short story for my patrons. They’ll be getting their exclusive story from me on Saturday, November 10. If you’d like to receive a patron-only short from me each month, then please join me on Patreon for only $1 a month. If you want to see what it’s all about, you can check out my Patreon page here.

I’ve also been working bit by bit on Sunday Morning. I’ll have more information on that as soon as I can, but if you’d like to be the first to know, then Patreon is a great place to be.

NaNo Week One

I can’t believe the first week of NaNo is already done. It was a good week though and I feel like I got a lot done. I’m happy with my progress and I’m looking forward to what I’ll get done in week two.

How did week one go for you? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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WIP Wednesday [October 2018]

We’re already halfway through October. The weather is finally starting to turn more Fall than Spring and things are getting pretty chilly. I’m not sure I’m ready to start wearing coats again. I guess I just need to stock up on more coffee.

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George Florence & The Perfect Alibi

I’ll admit I haven’t really worked on this novel this month. I’ve had it in the back of my mind but I have a couple of other projects that I’m thinking about. I have sat down and created some sort of plan/schedule/deadline/thing for this one though. Once I get Sunday Morning figured out, I’ll start working on this again, which should be soon.

Sunday Morning

This is a collection of flash fiction I’m working on. I’m almost done with another round of edits and then I’ll start another rewrite. Sunday Morning is planned to be self-published in early 2019. My patrons over on Patreon are making this book possible. I’m running a special promotion on my Patreon for all who join my community over there. For $1 a month you’ll get a special book box which will include a copy of the book with a patron-exclusive book cover, a hand-written thank you note from me, a bookmark, and more! (I’m still thinking of ideas.) This offer ends on December 9, 2018.

If you enjoy my work on this blog and read my stories, please consider joining me over on Patreon where you’ll get fun rewards based on the tier you sign up at as well as access to a fun, exclusive community where you’ll hear news first straight from me! You can check out Patreon here. Or you can sign up directly here.

Patron Only Short

The last project I’m working on for this month is a short story for my patrons. One of the rewards for signing up at $1 a month is an exclusive short story from me each month. This short story is written in help with my $3-patrons in which they can name a character and give me a prompt to write about. Again, if this is something that interests you, please take a look at my Patreon.

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A BIG Announcement!

Guys, I have some big news! This is something I’ve been planning for months and have done a great job keeping my mouth shut about it. The secret has been hard, but I think it’s finally time to announce it.

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I’m self-publishing a book.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that I’ve struggled with balancing writing life and real life, teetered back and forth between getting self-published and traditionally published, I’ve spent a great deal of time querying to agents and publishers, and have submitted to many contests and magazines.

I’m only published in the way of this blog, guest posts, and a few gaming websites I contribute to. I’ve never had someone – a “professional” – tell me they think my writing is worthy enough to be published and sit upon bookshelves in stores and libraries.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized I have plenty of approval. I have you guys. You guys have been reading and commenting on my blog for over six years now. There are nearly 5,500 of you following and plenty of people signed up for my newsletter. I thought, if you guys enjoy my blog so much, why wouldn’t you enjoy something self-published from me?

So, I present…

Sunday Morning, a collection of flash fiction.

I’m still going to have my mystery novel come to light sometime soon, but in the meantime, I’ve been working on Sunday Morning.

I’ve been writing a short story/flash fiction piece once a week on this blog since… 2014 or 2015. I now have well over 200 stories. With some encouragement from a few people, one of them being Annette Rochelle Aben when I was on her podcast, The Magic Happens, back in 2016.

Honestly, this is something that’s always been in the back of my mind. However, so many people say, “If it’s online, no one will want to publish it.”

Well, I’ve decided to go through every single one of my Short Story Sundays and rewrite them all. I took the first 52 stories I ever wrote for this blog and posted on here (trust me, they’re not pretty) and I’ve been editing, rewriting, revising, rewriting again, and editing some more. Honestly, some of them weren’t bad, but the majority of the stories are vastly different from when I first published them on here. If I do say so myself, I’d like to think my writing has improved a lot and I’m pretty impressed with myself.

Sunday Morning will be the first of many flash fiction collections from me. I plan on rewriting, expanding, and improving upon all the flash fiction I’ve ever posted on here. By the time I get to the stories I’ve posted in 2018, I’ll have improved even more.

Now onto the really good stuff…

Unless you just skim my posts, I’m sure you all know I have a Patreon. My Patreon is there to allow me to continue writing for a living. This is so I can keep creating full time for a career (whether it’s creative writing, YouTube, or more… trust me, I have many plans). While my Patreon will help me pay my bills so I can create for a living, the money will first and foremost go back into my creations – blog maintenance, an editor or book cover artist, equipment for YouTube, and so on.

I’ve already met a couple of goals with the help of a few patrons. They have no idea how grateful I am to have them with me on this journey.

Needless to say, when I said I kept Sunday Morning a secret, I kind of lied. My patrons knew about it and they have known about it for quite a while now.

To thank my patrons for being part of this journey with me and encouraging me along the way, I wanted Sunday Morning to be super special for them.

With that said, if you sign up to be a $1 patron, you’ll get…

1. Your name on a special Patron acknowledge page in the book.
2. A special edition Patron-only book cover. Meaning the books I send to Patrons will have a slightly different book cover than those who are not Patrons.
3. You will get a free print or ebook copy of the book! You can choose which format you prefer.
4. A bookmark. I plan on creating a bookmark to go along with the book for the print copies. I’ll probably also create a digital bookmark that you can print out if you choose the ebook format.

And those are just the perks you get for Sunday Morning if you become a patron! There are so many other rewards on my Patreon such as an exclusive patron short story written by me that will get sent to your inbox monthly, ARC team recruitment, a monthly Q&A with me, and so much more!

The best reward of all is that you get to join an exclusive community with me and my other patrons. You’ll get the inside scoop on my writing journey, creative writing process, and overall chit-chat and get to know one another. You guys are the reason I’m able to keep writing. You guys have been the ones to encourage me along the way so many years. Patreon is a way for me to give back to you guys with these rewards and have a deeper relationship with you all.

This is a limited time offer!

I’m going to need a chance to gather my bearings so I’m only offering this special reward until December 16, 2018! That means if you become a $1 Patron between now and December 9, 2018, you’ll get the $1-tier rewards on my Patreon along with the reward for Sunday Morning just listed above.

Why December 16? Because of the release date. My patrons already know when that is, but I’m holding off in announcing that part for now. One announcement at a time.

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Guys, I’m so excited! (And totally nervous!)

I truly can’t wait to share this journey and this book with you all. I hope you like it and I hope you’ll join me on this amazing adventure! (That I’m, admittedly, trying to figure out as I go along.)

Of course, there is obviously no obligation to sign up for my Patreon. You can pay as much or as little as you want, though please don’t if you can’t afford it. You can also cancel at anytime, no fees and no commitments.

Though it would mean a lot to me if you checked out my Patreon page to see what it’s all about. If you think you already know that you want to join me on this journey, you can immediately sign up to be a patron right now.

Thank you all, so much! I hope this news made you as excited as I am. I can’t wait to share this with you along with the inside scoop with my patrons. Also, thank you to everyone who is already a patron. You guys mean the world to me and I 110% mean that from the bottom of my heart!

What do you think of the news? Are you excited? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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