Crossroads is my next Wattpad story that was originally a novella turned into a novel turned into the first book of a trilogy. I’ve been wanting to talk about what inspired the story for a while and I thought now was the time to do so.
The Seven Deadly Sins
One of the big inspirations behind this story are the seven deadly sins and their counter virtues.
I have six main characters all who find each other in one way or another. They help one another out on their individual journeys though not lightly in the beginning. Each character was inspired by one of the seven deadly sins.
I only used five of the sins thought – I took out gluttony and lust. Yes, I do have six characters, but I’ll tell you the math in a minute.
The virtues that act as counterparts to the sins are listed in the same order as they are above:
Again, I only used five taking away abstinence and chastity since those are the counterparts to gluttony and wrath.
Each one of my characters represents sin and a virtue that is not the counterpart to their sin. They all, in a way, balance each other out. They learn from each other and, over time will inadvertently learn about their counterpart through one of their companions. Thus, becoming better people and la-dee-dah.
(Oh, and I use five out of the seven instead of six because of the characters doesn’t pertain to any of that. But, you’ll see when you read it.)
How did I come up with this?
Accidentally. I had started writing my characters and as I had learned more about their background, motives for their own goals as to why they’re helping the other characters, I realized they sort of fit into their own categories. Somehow, I thought of the deadly sins and there we go. It was a huge inspiration for their motives and story goals.
It’s been a lot of fun to write, actually. Novels tend to have a certain theme that goes along with the plot and a lot of it has to do with my characters’ choices, whether they’re right or wrong.
There are two more things that inspired Crossroads. If you’d like to learn more about it, you can check out the post I made about it on my Patreon page.
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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!
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
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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After a busy April of Camp NaNo, blogging, and other projects, I’ve finally published my latest story on Wattpad.
It’s called Take Over and is YA general fiction. It’s not the kind of story I’d typically write, but I had originally written this story for NaNo a few years ago. Like, a long time ago. I can’t even remember.
I liked the idea though and wanted to see it through. I couldn’t see it being published, but I think Wattpad is a good fit for it.
Here’s what the story is about:
Senior year of high school is all about living it up and making the most of your final year before stepping into the real world. For Roxie Smith, she just wants to get through the school year. She doesn’t mind quietly doing her homework and begin prep for college. High school hasn’t been her favorite fun time and she can’t wait for summer to roll around again.
For her friends and Brad, her boyfriend, however, they really want to leave the school with a bang. They want to be a legendary senior class and they want to go down in history for all the classes after them.
Brad comes up with an elaborate plan to take over the school and teachers disguised as the annual senior prank. Roxie knows it’s a bad idea. She knows it’ll get out of hand. Her friends shun her when she decides to take no part in the take over. None of the teachers believe her when she tries to warn them and she has the whole school against her.
Some say senior year is the best. For Roxie, it’s going to be a long one.
I hope it sounds appealing to you and that you’ll give it a try. This has been long in the making and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
You can read the story HERE. I plan on updating one chapter every Monday through Friday.
I’d appreciate any reads and feedback. I hope you guys enjoy!
I hope you enjoy the story should you read it! Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.