Goodbye, 2016!

It’s so weird to think that another year has come and gone. I accomplished a lot this past year, yet it’s all kind of a blur at the same time. I started taking author requests for book reviews, I started having guests on my blog, and I started a newsletter!

Let’s recap what happened this year…

Goodbye 2016

January

-I edited George Florence
-I edited Take Over
-Most popular post: January/February 2016 Writing Contests

February
-I wrote and researched George Florence some more
-I wrote some Short Story Sundays in bulk
-I started a new blog about video games, Double Jump with Kris
-Most popular post: February/March 2016 Writing Contests

March
-I edited George Florence some more
-I outlined The Lost Girl and prepped for Camp NaNo
-Most popular post: March/April 2016 Writing Contests

April
-It was Camp NaNo and I wrote The Lost Girl (I wrote about 50,000 words)
-Most popular post: World Building: Build a World You Love (Part Four) (a guest post written by Nthato)

May
-I went back to editing George Florence
-Most popular post: Work is Hard

June
-It was Mystery Month
-I edited George Florence for the first half of the month
-I edited The Lost Girl the second half of the month
-I attempted to do a 24-hour read-a-thon, which didn’t go as well as I had planned
-I outlined and prepped for Camp NaNo
-Most popular post: How To Plan a Crime When Writing a Mystery Novel

July
-I wrote 50,000 words of Hunter, the novel you guys voted for me to write for Camp NaNo
-I attempted to edit George Florence a little bit too, but I don’t think I did
-I read two books a week
-Most popular post: July/August 2016 Writing Contests

August
-I edited both George Florence and The Lost Girl
-I read two books a week
-Most popular post: 5 Techniques to Edit a Novel

September
-I finished writing The Lost Girl (I never finished the full story during Camp NaNo… and yes, I started editing before the story was over)
-Most popular post: 5 Quotes by Mark Twain

October
-I wrote The Lost Girl
-I wrote and edited two short stories for two contests
-I prepped for NaNo
-Most popular post: October/November 2016 Writing Contests

November
-I wrote 50,000 words in Short Story Sundays for 2017 for NaNo
-Most popular post: November/December 2016 Writing Contests

December
-I barely wrote, just prepped and planned for the new year with writing and blogging
-Most popular post: December/January 2016/2017 Writing Contests

I did a lot of editing this year… but George Florence is still not ready. I’ve been trying to figure out the series instead of looking at each individual novel. Sounds complicated, I know, but I have my reasons for doing it that way.

I’m sure 2017 will be great, if not better!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Going Out With a Bang

I had a post idea for today, but I never wrote it.

Kris, our friend, and I were supposed to have a Harry Potter marathon. The full eight movies right in a row, with comfy clothes, food inspired by the movie, etc.

I made butterbeer cookies, Kris made sorting hat cupcake, and our friend made chocolate frogs.

I was going to have pictures for you all, but I never ended up going.

I woke up Christmas Eve morning with a terrible head cold and I can’t get rid of it.

So that’s how my winter vacation from work is going… the kids got me sick and I had to cancel all my plans. I’m supposed to go to Disney on Ice tomorrow and I won’t be going to that, either…

I haven’t gotten sick once throughout 2016 and it’s been a weird year. I’m ending it with a bang, apparently.

So, if you’re wondering why I haven’t commented on your blog or respnded to comments on my own blog, this is why.

I’m writing this on my phone as my head has been throbbing too much to go to on the computer.

At least I’m getting the sickness over now and I’ll be starting the new year fresh as a daisy!

Goodbye 2013!

New Year

 

 

Today is the last day of 2013. How weird is that? I decided to do something special on here in celebration of 2014. I spent most of the morning going through all my blog posts from 2013. I had a good few laughs at the things that happened and there were also a lot of things that I couldn’t remember that happened. Oh, and I wish I counted all the typos I have made in my blog posts…sorry about that!

Anyway, I thought it would be cool to recap on everything that happened in 2013. I know WordPress sends something about views, stats, posts, pictures, comments, followers, etc. But my report is going to be about everything that actually happened in real life. And I know I don’t post every day or post about everything little thing that happens in my life, we can still get a pretty good idea on what’s been going on.

January:
–I was in the middle of writing The Blank Page.
–Dick passed away. Dick was an old man from my church. He did a lot for the church and the people apart of it. He passed away from a long hard-fought battle of lung cancer. It’s really hard to believe that it’s already been about a year since his death.
–We switched from Verizon to Comcast. My laptop still has internet issues because of this. It’s been almost a year of me fighting with my internet connection, too!
–My flash drive died and I lost everything. All the novels I was currently working on and already completed. All my lesson plans for Sunday school, everything for work, all my homework, among other things. I literally lost everything.

Feburary:
–About a week after my flash drive died, I finally got back into writing. I started writing Take Over (as The Blank Page was lost and I was too discouraged to re-write it). I worked on Take Over for the entire month.
–I got my driver’s license.

March:
–I prepared myself to write Saving Each Other for Camp NaNoWriMo in April.
–I continued writing Take Over.
–I sent my picture book Asking Bobby to a publisher.
–I came up with the idea of starting a vlog.

April:
–Wrote Saving Each Other for Camp NaNo and finished it. Began the second part, Seeing Things. I also finished Take Over and began writing The Blank Page again.
–I wrote one haiku a day for the NaPoWriMo, but finished after April.
–I finished my first vlog, but decided not to post it
–I began writing Far Away in a notebook
–I was interviewed by Briana Vedsted
–Did a Booky Questions and Blog Hopper survey
–I made a goal to finish The Blank Page in May, which never went through.

May:
–Attempted to write The Blank Page and the three novels that are written in that novel. None of them got finished.
–Made a writing and editing schedule which stuck for a little while.
–I was nominated for the Sunshine and Super Sweet Blogger awards.
–I began editing Diary of a Lover while my mom began to edit Take Over.

June:
–Finished the fourth draft of Diary of a Lover. I tried to print it out to let Kris edit it, but the printer broke.
–I began to edit Hunter because I didn’t want to start a new project before the next session of Camp NaNo in July.
–My sister Lisa moved out with her boyfriend, my two cousins moved in with my grandparents, and I graduated with my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
–Began to write a Pokemon FanFiction that is still not finished.

July:
–I decided to write Cybertra for Camp NaNo, but ended up not finishing it in the end. I ended up not being into the story anymore. Needless to say, I lost that NaNo session.
–Kris and I tried out a new writing schedule, but after going on vacation for a whole week, the schedule died.
–Decided to do contests and post stories into books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul.

August:
–Sam, a boy I babysit for, wanted me to write The Babysitting Adventures of Rachel which is about the two of us. I never wrote it, although I had plans to.
–I thought a lot about my future. School, work, writing, etc. Wondered where I was going to be in a few years and how I was going to get there.
–Comet, my uncle’s dog, was put down due to cancer.
–I had a tough time writing so I wrote a silly prompt and it ended up sparking a few new ideas.
–We began to remodel Lisa’s bedroom so Kris and I could have an office. It is now complete and we call it the “Blue Room.” Don’t ask why, we planned on calling it our office.
–I finally got a new flash drive.
–I continued editing and outlining Hunter and began to write and outline Hunted, the sequel.
–My co-worker was laid off due to low enrollment leaving me with a promotion, but it was only me and one other teacher with all the kids.

September:
–Work started as me being a teacher and school started which was my first semester at a new school for my bachelor’s.
–Gloria, a member of my church, passed away.
–I asked for information about Smashwords and got a lot of nice feedback along with others. I still have to finish researching Smashwords, PubIt!, CreateSpace, and Kindle Direct Publishing.

October:
–I prepared for NaNo in November. I planned out the novel using sticky notes, index cards, and a big poster board with Kris.

November:
–I hit 50,000 words on Detective Florence for NaNo 17 days into the month. I am still currently working on the novel. I have a little over 70,000 words so far.

December:
–I won NaNo and I talked about focusing more on my writing
–I lost my teaching job. The preschool closed due to low enrollment and no money. I am still jobless.
–I survived my first semester for my bachelor degree.
–I got the new Pokemon games and a Kindle for Christmas!

So there you have it. A breakdown of everything that happened to me in 2013. But as I looked through my old blog posts I realized probably about 90% of everything I started was never finished. I know I say this all the time, but for 2014 I’m really going to buckle down and get something published. Or get something ready for publication. No more goofing off.

My resolution for 2013 was to read 50 pages a day and write 1,000 words a day. I stopped keeping track long ago, but I know I did not make the reading goal. I most likely didn’t make the writing goal, either. I doubt I wrote 365,000 words this past year. While there were some days I wrote 10k, there were so many other days that I didn’t bother to write at all.

My resolution this year is…

–Finish editing a novel or two
–Read more
–Freelance: Enter writing contests, send stories into magazines, etc.
–Finish what I start

That last one is for everything, not just my writing.

I hope everyone had a wonderful 2013 and I wish everyone the best in 2014! 🙂

Hello 2013!

I Can’t Believe Another Year Has Come And Gone…

 

I hope everyone had a great holiday and a lovely New Year! I spent last night at my friends house with my sisters…our host fell asleep. But it’s okay, we woke her up 20 minutes before midnight! We watched the people in New York…no one would be able to drag me there for anything on that night. Too many people and it was way too cold. Plus, I like to go to bed right after midnight…even though I didn’t. But that’s besides the point.

Anyway, I got a new little nifty gadget from Santa! I got an iPod Touch. I know some of you probably don’t think that’s a big deal because most of you probably have the iPhone 5, but my phone is an old Sony Ericsson flip phone that I have had for a few years and it still works wonders…even after I accidentally drop it a million times a day. His name is Caleb and I love him.

But speaking of Donny (this is what I named my new iPod), I have used him quite a bit. One of my favorite things is the WordPress App that I have for it. That’s what I used when I wrote my last post oh so long ago. But at least now, I can update while I’m in class at school! Isn’t that great? 😀

But let’s talk about the new year. The past two years I have had the same resolution and both years I started off the beginning of the year really well and followed it. Then half way through the year, I would either get bored or just forget about it. That resolution was to read more. So, I think I might try it again, but we’ll have to see how it goes. I am on GoodReads and the link to my profile is on the Come Find Me page of this blog if anyone wants to check it out (I also have the app for that, too!). I also just joined the 2013 Reading Challenge on there with a goal of 20 books. It told me that I only read eight books last year. That’s kind of sad…but kind of a new record for me, I guess.

Another resolution: write more. I feel as though I say this every single day, but I really am going to start writing a lot more. Here’s a little bit of news for you: I finished Saving Each Other. Remember that NaNo I was trying to accomplish? Well, I finished it in the middle of December. The only thing is that I’m going to try doing something  a little different…

My sister came up with this idea and I’ve decided to follow through with it because I believe it would work out better this way. Instead of Saving Each Other being one book with sequels, I’m going to have it be in one book. Saving Each Other is just the first part. So I guess you can say that I finished one part of a book that’s going to have five parts. So, I edited my To Do List page and replaced “finish Saving Each Other” with “finish Seeing Things.” I also got rid of the whole write 360 pages by the end of the year…I think I got to a little over 200 pages. Not bad, at least.

So this is what I’m going to be doing this year: reading more and writing more. Let’s hope that I can keep it up with school and work!

Happy New Year everyone! And good luck with all your resolutions! 🙂

Merry Christmas!

And a Happy New Year!

So it has been a little while since I have updated this thing; however there is a lot that has been going on. For example, I got sick. Yes, again. I came down with the stomach bug. And, to make the story more interesting, I came down with it right in the middle of finals week for school. I missed my math final, but my professor was nice enough to let me go in the next day to take. Except she wouldn’t shut up while I took the test…

Anyway, there are a few updates I would like to share; especially about my writing, but I’ll save it for later. I just wanted to come on and wish everyone a Merry Christmas! 🙂

Hoping Santa Clause was good to everyone, I will update soon with some good news!