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.
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.
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.
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.
NaNo begins in two days! Two! Can you believe it? NaNoWriMo 2018 has come up so fast that I’m not sure what to do with myself. I’m usually more prepared but this year is different. I know what I’ll be working on and it’s nothing new, which is usually what I try to do.
The whole point of NaNoWriMo is to spend a month writing 50,000 words and just getting the basic bare bones of a first draft of a novel on paper. The challenge is also to start something new. You can prep, but you can’t do any writing until midnight November 1 and you keep writing bit by bit each day until the end of the month. I always try to start something new, but I haven’t the past couple of years. I have so many projects that I don’t want to bury myself deeper.
This makes me a NaNo Rebel.
I don’t mind though. The point is to finish something (or start something) and to make progress. Any progress is progress, no matter what you’re working on or how far along you are in it. Or eve how far you manage to get in a certain amount of time.
I write my short stories in advance for my Sunday blog posts. I usually write them during a Camp NaNo session (because, as I said, I try to start a brand new novel each November). I didn’t work on next year’s stories though during April or July… I don’t know why. I honestly can’t remember what I worked on instead.
Still, I’m going to work on these quick flash fiction pieces throughout the month and get the majority, if not all, of 2019 written. It’s 52 stories. I’ve done it in a month before, I can do it again. I’ve already gotten all the prompts and the layouts down. I just need to write the stories.
Speaking of my Short Story Sunday, I’ll also be working on Sunday Morning. I have another round of edits to get through as well as publishing duties to do. Again, unless it’s Camp NaNoWriMo, I try not to edit. But this is something I need to get done sooner rather than later.
If you don’t know what Sunday Morning is, you can check out this post here. This book is being supported by my Patrons on Patreon. If you enjoy my blog and my creative writing overall, please check out my Patreon. It’s an exclusive community where you’ll get an inside look at my work and we can chat easier with one another as well. There are special rewards and, if you give $1 a month beforeDecember 9, 2018, you’ll get a special promo box for Sunday Morning when it’s published!
George Florence & The Perfect Alibi
I won’t be working on this one as much or as hard as I probably should. However, the other two projects are going to take priority. I’ll still give this one a bit of attention though. You can be sure of that.
What are you writing for NaNo this year? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.
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.
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.
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 Morningis 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.
What projects are you currently working on? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.
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.
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.
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.
So here we are. Halfway through July, which means we’re halfway through 2018. I’m not sure how that happened, but I’m going to continue making the most of each day and work hard toward my goals. I have a lot I want to accomplish this year. Here’s how I’m doing so far.
We’re almost done with our second and final Camp NaNo session for the year. For me, I have about a week left of writing since I’ll be going on vacation the last week of the month.
I’m counting hours this month, which is something I’ve never done before. I’m editing and my goal was to edit about 2 hours a day (one hour for each project). It totaled to about 44 hours (I forget how I calculated it) and that was too much.
A lot has happened this month in real life and things have been busy. Plus, counting hours is really unmotivating. I don’t know why. I thought counting hours would be easy since it usually takes me an hour to write 2,000 words. It takes me an hour to get through a chapter of editing (sometimes). But for some reason, when counting hours, I just stare at the clock and can’t wait until I can stop writing to go play video games.
So, I dropped my hours from 44 to 31 so that I have to do an hour a day. That’s been more doable for me, though I do have a get a little ahead since I won’t be doing anything next week. Still, things are going much smoother.
George Florence & The Perfect Alibi
It’s back to the drawing board with this one. I started off the month editing, changed a bunch of stuff (meaning, the way the plot is executed) and now I’ve written myself into a hole. I was retyping the last draft I edited and I can’t go much further because I’ve changed too much. I have to completely rewrite about 80% of the novel.
This book just won’t end. Did you know I’ve been working on this since 2011? This will be the third time I’ve had to do a complete rewrite.
I feel I’m getting close though. I’ve started the outlining and planning process again trying to decide what to keep and what needs to be changed. I’m looking at the novel with a different approach. Hopefully, this is just what I need to finally complete this novel.
Please, let this be it.
I’m also in the editing stages of another project. I can’t say too much on this project yet as it’s exclusive for my patrons on Patreon at the moment.
If you want to learn more about the project, I encourage you to check out my Patreon where you can support the project for as little as $1 a month.
What’s in it for you if it’s only temporarily exclusive to my patrons? Well, for one they already know what the project is and they get sneak peeks of my process and where I currently am in production of the said project.
Plus, when the project is released, my patrons will get some special goodies as a special thank you for supporting me and my creative work.
I have a problem. And the problem is that I want to do too many things. When I say too many things, I mean I want to do all of the things.
By things, I mean I want to continue blogging on here and on Double Jump. I also have three other ideas for blogs. If they all come to be that’d be a whopping total of five blogs (maybe more).
I want to keep writing and reading. I want to write for magazines and other blogs. I want to write and publish my own novels. I want to continue writing book reviews and beta read for others among other freelance type work. I would like to, one day, create an online literary magazine and share the work of others, especially new writers trying to get their voices heard.
I want to start a YouTube channel for both this blog and my gaming blog. I want to continue talking and reviewing books and video games as well as convey fun and entertaining information about the two topics to everyone.
There are so many other things I want to do. I want to create comics (with Kris because Lord knows I can’t draw), I want to create a video game, and there’s so much more that I can’t even really talk about. (Mostly because it’s ridiculous. Like, I want to create music and I don’t know the first thing about that.)
I don’t know where all of this came from. I don’t know where I got these ideas. I don’t know why my brain aches to be so creative. One would think writing a couple books and running two blogs would be enough, but no. I want to do more.
I want to teach myself to film and edit videos. I want to teach myself how to create a video game and see what makes my favorite games tick. I want to share my learnings with all of you, my blogger, gaming, and writing friends who have been in touch with me for years now.
But… it’s hard. No one said it would be easy, I knew it was going to be hard. Still, I honestly didn’t think I’d be at this point in my life.
It’s one thing to have almost 5,000 followers on this blog (seriously, thank you guys!) but it’s another thing to sit down at my desk one night – last night – and create a massive to-do list on things I have to get done with what I have now as well as what I need to do in order to start new projects.
It’s a lot and I’m excited. I can’t wait to get started on any new projects or to continue old ones. I actually have a publication timeline (as long as I can get certain things in order on time, things should go according to plan).
The downside of it all is money. I quit my job almost a year ago to pursue these many passions. I’m lucky to still be living with my parents who are supportive and encouraging enough to allow me to try this. I had freelance writing and babysitting to fall back on, but babysitting hasn’t been as consistent (their dad got a new job and they don’t need me as often) and the freelance writing… well, that hasn’t been consistent either. Most of the gigs I do are for free to gain experience and while there’s nothing wrong with that and I’m grateful for the opportunities, I still have bills to pay and I feel kind of stuck. The few gigs I have had that are paid haven’t been consistent either.
I by no means am complaining about any of this, even though it seems like it. It’s confusing and a learning curve. I am the definition of a struggling artist and it’s honestly kind of cool to give myself that title as frustrating as it may seem. It’s not easy to teach yourself all these things, let alone doing everything yourself.
I don’t want to say quitting my job was a mistake because I wouldn’t have made it as far as I have this past year if I was still working full time plus babysitting. Nine hours have been added to my day and it’s been wonderful. I can actually have a life too and hang out with my friends once in a while.
I don’t have a lot of bills and the bills I do have aren’t much, which is great. But when I made my list of things to do the other night, I bummed myself out.
I need to find an editor, I need to find a book cover artist. I need to buy certain equipment for a YouTube channel (I can start now and plan to soon, but in the near future I’m going to need some other stuff). I want to have the ability to host giveaways for you guys among other things.
I apologize for this post being too rambly or woe-is-me. I don’t mean to come off like that, if I am, and I don’t mean to complain. I feel like I know most of you well enough and you, hopefully, know me well enough, that I feel comfortable explaining this to you as I try to gather my thoughts.
I think money in general – having enough to get started, because let’s face it, you need to put in money in order to make money, and also getting compensated for all your hard work – is a common problem amongst us writers; amongst artists and creators in general.
When you have the discipline like me to work from home for 12 hours a day creating blog posts, graphics, creative writing, filming, etc., you want to be compensated for your hard work. We put our hearts and souls into these creative projects.
People like it too. I’m grateful for the number of followers I have. I have a good amount of daily views who read, like, and comment on my posts. I have a pretty good relationship with most of my readers and I’ve made a lot of friends.
There are a few people out there who enjoy my Wattpad stories, who have told me they’re looking forward to my YouTube channel whenever I start it (fall 2018, just so you know). There have been plenty of people who have told me they can’t wait for my mystery series to come out. (I’m not revealing my publishing plans yet just in case something happens, but it’s coming.)
This is why I started a Patreon page. I’ll admit I feel a bit odd asking for donations. When I think of donations I think of charity organizations for something more serious than me creating a novel or video series for YouTube. Still, there’s nothing wrong with asking for commissions for your hard, creative work. The rest of the world doesn’t really see it as such and creators need to make a living too, right?
I swear this post wasn’t a ploy to ask for people to donate to my Patreon page. I’ve been holding these thoughts and feelings in a for a while and decided I should share them with all of you. I hope most of you understand where I’m coming from. Still, if you want to at least check out the page, please feel free to do so. It’d make me happy.
Like I said, I’m grateful and I can’t believe I’ve come so far in less than a year. No, I’m not “there” yet and there’s a lot that’s slow due to budgeting, but I can’t complain.
Thank you guys, for everything. Especially for making it this far in this post.
Have you ever felt like this before? Whether it’s money or the fact you want to do so much and don’t have enough time or resources to get it all done? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.
So I’ve been working on a thing lately. That thing is called Patreon.
This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time now. I finally decided to take that leap and just do it.
I work hard and create a lot each and every day. Unfortunately, it’s not a paying job. That’s what Patreon is for.
What Is Patreon?
Patreon is similar to Kickstarter. The difference being that Kickstarter focuses on one large project whereas Patreon allows your favorite creators to be “tipped” for their work.
Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy for creators to get paid.
For example, I create blog posts and fiction for my audience all the while teaching myself photography to better my blog graphics and writing prompts. I’m also in the process of starting a YouTube channel to go along with this blog. Patreon will make it easier for me to get the equipment I need to create bigger and better content for all of you.
Why Did I Choose Patreon?
I chose to join Patreon so it will be easier for me to create content. I can create more and it will be better quality when I can get the tools I need.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while you’ll know I quit my job almost a year ago. I’ve come so far between then and now with my writing and blogging. So much has improved and grown. I’ve been able to give this blog so much more love and attention now that I have 8 hours added to my day. I would like to keep it this way.
My babysitting money can only get me so far, especially when I have bills to pay. Getting another job – full-time or part-time – is not out of the question (unfortunately, it is 2018 and we all need money in order to survive), but if I could stay home and continue working toward my dream, that would be ideal.
That’s where Patreon comes in.
Where Does Your Money Go?
I’m not asking anyone to pay my bills – though if you want to, who am I to stop you?
Seriously, your money would go toward this blog, my YouTube channel, and my writing. I would love to upgrade to the WordPress business plan, I need some equipment for YouTube, and I want to better my skills with photography and Photoshop, etc.
If you check out my Patreon page you’ll notice a list of “Goals” on the left hand side. They start off small but, as you can imagine, it adds up. I budgeted everything out and came up with those numbers as the bare minimum. Again, your money will go toward exactly what I say it’ll go toward on my Patreon page.
Are You Obligated To Pledge?
No. You are not obligated to give me any money.
If you read this blog on a regular basis, that amazes me and I am so grateful. I never imagined how large this blog would grow when I first started almost 6 years ago. However, that’s why it’s getting harder to keep up with the blog because it’s grown so much and I’m running out of resources and tools to continue creating great content.
So, no. You do not need to give me any money. I thank you for reading my blog and commenting and sharing my posts. That makes me warm and fuzzy!
How Much Money Can You Pledge?
As much or as little as you want. I have my Patreon set up as monthly payments so you can pledge as little as $1 a month.
What I love about Patreon is that the control is completely up to you. You can pledge as much as you want, whether it’s an amount I set up as a reward tier or not. You can stop the payments whenever you want, you’re not locked into supporting my work for a year or anything like that.
What’s A Reward Tier And What Do You Get Out Of This?
Reward tiers are what they sound like. I set up rewards for certain amounts that are pledged to me. For example, if you pledge $1 a month to me, you’ll get access to the Patron-only feed on my Patreon page. This means I can interact with each and every one of you, get to know each other better, and you’d have exclusive access to what I’m currently working on, sneak peeks, and a lot more. If you pledge $25 a month, you’ll get your name on a special thank you page on this blog and my video credits on YouTube. You’ll also have access to exclusive monthly Q&A videos from me.
Needless to say, you get a lot of out supporting me and my work. If you enjoy my content, you’ll get bigger and better creative works from me. You’ll get certain rewards depending on how much you pledge, and we can keep in touch on a closer level through the Patron-only feed.
I think I’ve covered everything. If you have any questions about it, don’t hesitate to comment below. Or just check out my Patreon page and see if your question is answered on there.
If you’ve read through this whole post, I commend you. Thank you so much. If you follow my blog, share my posts, comment, or just read a post here and there, thank you so much.
If you check out my Patreon page, thank you so much. If you decide to pledge any amount to my work, thank you so much!
I seriously wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of you reading and supporting this blog and my writing. I am truly grateful and just know that I appreciate each and every one of you. Patreon will not only allow you to support me further, but it will allow me to give back to all of you. Thanks.
Thanks again for reading this post! Whether you pledge or not, if you enjoy my content, please share this post around. It will help me out a lot. Also, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I’d love to chat!