Break time is OVER! #amwriting #update

Hey all!

I know! It’s been forever! These past few months I’ve been in and out of the house, gone for weeks at a time. It’s been hard to keep up with stuff. That and not feeling well (more about that later in a separate post) doesn’t make productivity high. So, since I’ve been gone, I haven’t been doing much.

But now I’m back. Life should be calming down, and I’m off to get a head start of everything I want to be releasing in 2016. In case you’re curious…

Editing for 2015/2016 left to do

TBR 12/1/15 — Grace through Redemption (Spirit of Grace #3) — edits with publisher, so only a few more rounds to go!
TBR 6/1/16 — Lost & Forsaken: Missing Persons #1 (A Detective Grace Novel) — in with the beta readers!
TBR 2016 — Deathscape — edits with publisher

Deathscape is a short story that I submitted to Less Than Three Press. It was accepted, so now I’m just waiting on edits and cover and scheduling and all that good stuff. I’ll keep you all updated as I know.

Writing for 2015/2016

Glacial Freeze — this is a paranormal romance novella based in Glacier National Park. It’ll be awesome once I get it written. I have started writing it!
De-Termination (Quarter Life #2) — more adventures of Faye the crazy ass vampire. This is due out Oct 2016
Untitled: Missing Persons #2 (A Detective Grace Novel) — gotta write more Grace because who doesn’t love Grace!
Bronzed Mask — scifi, steampunky, post-apoc awesome story!

Life’s updates are insane, but I miss you all, I miss writing, and I’m getting back on the wagon. =P

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The story continues… #ROW80 and #WIPpetWednesday

As you can see below, I haven’t done much, and I’m heading in a very busy month for me. I’m hoping I get something done this week before I start driving around the entire middle part of our country it seems. I’m pretty sure I’ll be putting close to 3k miles on my car in the month of June with about 5 separate trips. Feel free to shoot me now and save me the pain later. =P

1. Lost & Forsaken — write 1 chapter a day until complete (3.5 chapters to go)

Sunday – none
Monday – none
Tuesday – none

2. Simple Biology — write 1 chapter a day until complete (26 chapters to go)

– This is to start after Lost & Forsaken is finished

3. Outline that novella thing the paranormal romance that has no name so, MILFy thing 3 (14 chapters)

4. Edit Grace through Redemption — 1 chapter a day until caught up, then as they come in from betas

Sunday: chap 13
Monday: none
Tuesday: none

I’m waiting no the next chapter from beta readers, so until then I have nothing to do.

5. Edit Unbound — 2 chapters a day until completed

Sunday: none
Monday: none
Tuesday: none

I swear to better work before Sunday, but I will be out of town Friday and Saturday, so we’ll see.

Onto WIPpet Wednesday.

As a continuation of what I wrote last week…I did finish the outline of this novella because I was trying to avoid writing more until I finish writing Grace. That didn’t work out completely in my head as I did write more, but I haven’t finished writing chapter one yet. This novella is still untitled, so MILFy 3 thing will be in progress as soon as I finish Grace 4.

If you would like to join in WIPpet Wednesday, it’s uber easy and open to all. Just make a blog post with a snippet of your work in progress, correlate it to the date somehow, and link it up here to all the rest of us. We’ll check you out, you check us out, and the world goes round.

Today I give you 15 short paragraphs for the last two digits in the year. I’ve also included the two moments of dialogue from the previous post to help you remember where you were.

“What does she do?”

“Just wanders,” Kay answered, her eyes wide.

“That’s it?” Harper asked. “Doesn’t seem so scary.”

Kay chuckled, rolling her neck. She wanted to go back inside to employee housing, but she didn’t at the same time. Sighing, she stretched her back muscles and stared into the fire. “Well, some people say she kidnaps children. I don’t think so much though. We don’t have a lot of children going missing around her. Stupid adults, yeah, children, not really.”

Harper nodded. “Sounds like a stupid legend if you ask me.”

Kay rolled her eyes. Some new recruits bought it, while others didn’t. It didn’t matter in the long run anyway. She was doing her duty and sharing the legend that had been shared with her, passing down the story to the next generation of rangers at the park so the story would always be alive. Tucking her hair behind her ear, Kay closed her eyes and listened to the sounds of the night.

There was water moving far off, so far off she could barely hear it. The trees rustled in the wind, their branches brushing together to create a constant background noise that she missed during her winter months gone. Kay loved the outdoors, loved being in Glacier, but it wasn’t feasible to work there year round. It was closed most months of the year, meaning she had to find work in her home town for the remaining months.

But three months of Glacier was bliss for her. Bliss in a way she could never quite explain to anyone. She licked her lips and glanced back at the blazing fire. Luckily it was still the beginning of the summer and fire season hadn’t hit yet. Toward the end they wouldn’t be allowed to have their fires, not that other rangers would be interested that far in.

“What else does she do?” Gladys asked, bringing Kay out of her thoughts and back to the legend she was sharing.

Kay shrugged. “It’s said she didn’t appear until the early 1900s. She’s been here since before the park was a park.”

“How do you know it’s a she?”

Frowning, Kay looked over at Jackson. “Because she looks like a she?”

“Don’t all ghosts look alike anyway? Billowy, white, ethereal?”

Her brow furrowed, and Kay shook her head. “She has long white hair. I think she’s more doing a disappearing act than the whole Casper the ghost thing. I haven’t heard any stories of her levitating or glowing anyway.”

“So she could be real.”

“I guess,” Kay answered. “But she’s seen every year all the time. She’s not just a tourist, and she’s been here since before the park was established. She’d be damn old if she was real.”

And that’s all I have for you today folks! Catch you on the flip side!

A break and some refocusing #ROW80

Well, I just got back from the SO’s graduation, and wow, it was busy busy busy. So needless to say, I got not much done. However, I wasn’t getting much done on my goals before that. I realize I need to reevaluate a bit and then hunker down and do some work.

A few things have happened since I maybe last posted. I don’t remember much. My book, Memoir in the Making, released with a week long release party on Facebook and a tour. And oh boy, talk about time consuming, way more than I thought it would be. I’ve also been gearing up for my next release on June 1, and that party. Not to mention, I asked to have a release date bumped from June 2016 to December 2015, meaning I don’t have anything written yet that will release in 2016.

Which is a scary thought for me. I’m a planner, and I usually always have these things done well before I need to have them be done, so yeah, freaking out slightly on this one.

Goal for this year is to write 2-3 more books so I can have some 2016 releases. I’m almost done with one book! yay! but that leaves at least one more than needs to be outlined and written. So much work to do!

For those who were following my goals, I’m redoing them a bit. I finished my May copy-edit and my second one bounced on me, meaning I don’t have a copy edit until mid-June now. *evil laugh* This also means I get to massively focus on my own work for the first time in something like 8 months. So here goes, new goals and how I shall achieve them.

1. Lost & Forsaken — write 1 chapter a day until complete (7 chapters to go)

2. Simple Biology — write 1 chapter a day until complete (26 chapters to go)

3. Outline that novella thing the paranormal romance that has no name so, MILFy thing 3

4. Edit Grace through Redemption — 1 chapter a day until caught up, then as they come in from betas

5. Edit Unbound — 2 chapters a day until completed (round 1), 2 chapters a day until completed (round 2)

There be my new goals through the rest of this round of ROW80. Here’s to hoping I get them all done!!

It’s Sunday!! #ROW80

Good morning! I only have about negative 5 minutes to write this before I have to run off to add day churchy stuff, but I’m here writing it.

Right now I’m juggling day job stuffs, release day for TWO things stuff, and maybe writing and editing stuffs but not really very well. If you missed my last blog post, I had two things release on the 1st. One is a full length novel, my first romance, and the second is a short story in an anthology.

My romance novel, Memoir in the Making, has been ranked in the top 35ish on Amazon since its release. w00t!! And I have a week long release party to go with it, and all I can say, is thank God for my PA Amber. I don’t know what I’d be doing without here right about now. Probably running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

So in light of that. I’ve been slacking a bit on my ROW80 goodness. BUT! I did finish Camp NaNo on the last day of Camp, but I finished with 51186 words in Lost & Forsaken. I started 15 days in, so I didn’t quite expect to actually finish on time.

1. Write 3k words a day on Lost & Forsaken until finished.

Wednesday: 2764
Thursday: 3749
Friday: 0
Saturday: 0

2. Edit 2 chapters a day on Her Run for Rachael

3. Edit 2 chapters a day on shorts for Kaden

DONE! I finished this on Thursday and sent them back to her. I started in on my next copy edit, “Emily: Stepping Stones #1” by Jasmine Lee. Goal is 2 chapters a day until I finish and to finish before I have to drive down to Texas. I edited Friday but not Saturday, and I’m not sure if I’ll have time to do it today.

4. Edit 1 chapter a day on Unbound: Book One of Quarter Life which is my own thing that’s supposed to be coming out in Oct.

I haven’t done this at all. Hopefully soon!

 

If you want to check out my new releases. They be here

Memoir in the Making
Young Love, Old Hearts anthology featuring A Blizzard’s Blow

 

Or better yet! Come join in the awesome fun at the week long release party with tons of amazing romance authors joining in. That’s over here.

Goals for 2015 #amwriting #amreading

Back in December I wrote a post talking about my goals for 2015, kind of a general post of what I wanted to accomplish. Since the first quarter ended and I got a bit behind because of life (that darn Easter thing again), I thought I’d update you all now instead of waiting another month or two. I made goals for reading and writing. (PS if you wanted to look at the previous post, it’s right here!) They’re below:

Reading – more books than last year, so more than 25

Writing –

Grace through Redemption (Spirit of Grace #3)
Bronzed Mask
De-Termination (The Second Quarter Life)

Thus far in 2015, I’ve not done so well on my “goals” but it’s not as though I’ve been doing nothing at all.

Reading — I’ve read 7/26 books so far. Reading has taken a back seat at the moment because of the insanity of life. Oh and my editing business on the side that I had intended on closing up this year booming. I still have 7 months to read 19 books. I think I shall achieve this goal.

Writing — here’s where it gets sticky

Grace through Redemption (Spirit of Grace #3) was written and finished in January. It’s currently in the beta reading process.
Bronzed Mask – not started
De-Termination (The Second Book of Quarter Life) – not started

Lost & Forsaken — Should be finished writing it in early May
The Domme (cowritten with Rachael Orman) — should be finished by June — also we need a title for this piece =P

Publishing

I mentioned that I wanted to publish 2-3 books per year, and I’ve succeeded in that this year.

Memoir in the Making — releases May 1, 2015
Fallen from Grace (Spirit of Grace #2) — releases June 1, 2015
Unbound (Quarter Life #1) — releases October 1, 2015

I’ve also had two short stories in some anthologies, which I’m hoping to be doing more of in the next few years.

“Energy Feed–Quarter Life short” in Love is a Mess — released Jan 3, 2015
“A Blizzard’s Blow” in Young Love, Old Hearts — releases May 1, 2015

 

trying to keep up #ROW80

Well…I’m back!!! I’ve got a lot going on in general, but it always seems to pile up. This week the SO was home for 4 days straight, which seriously cramped my style in writing a bit. Yesterday I drove about an hour to meet another awesome writer whom I’ve connected with online, and it felt so good to be in that world again. Kansas is very isolating sometimes, and I miss all my writer buddies in Texas for sure.

However, I am still making good writing progress. I was talking to a friend online the other day and we were chatting about writing and writing and characters and writing. I mentioned I never had the intention of being a full-time writer. At least not until I retire from my amazing day job. Said friend told me I write a lot for someone not intending to be a full-time writer. I’d have to agree, but why not make good practices of it now? Why not build the audience now while I have time and don’t have worry about it? Why not hone my skill and craft now while I’m not dependent on the income?

All makes sense to me at least. Not that said friend disagreed at all. I think I’m just a conundrum. Which is normal for people to finally recognize that about me. I’m also someone who likes to keep busy.

Anyway! What you’re all here for is a ROW80 update post from me, not some rambling. But my goals were limited this week due to the SO being home more often than anticipated and due to my lack of sleep. It happens.

1. Write 3k words a day on Lost & Forsaken

Wednesday: 1659
Thursday: 4316
Friday: 2382
Saturday: 4083

I’m still on track according to my schedule, but that’s because I’ve been averaging 4k words on days when I write a lot. I’m actually about 1 day ahead of where I should be. The entire novel is at 36,000 words in 9 full days of writing time, so I’m pretty darn proud of that. I’m also working on revealing the secret of what this novel is on the 30th to my FB groupies because I hate keeping secrets like this when I don’t have to.

2. Edit 2 chapters a day on Her Run for Rachael

3. Edit 2 chapters a day on shorts for Kaden

I haven’t worked on this at all yet. Since I wanted to finish this before May (I have another edit coming in May that hit my email this morning), I need to get going. I anticipate about 8 more hours of work on it.

4. Edit 1 chapter a day on Unbound: Book One of Quarter Life which is my own thing that’s supposed to be coming out in Oct.

I got behind in this. I’m supposed to be editing chapter 15 today or tomorrow, I think, and I’m still on chapter 10. A few hours to catch up won’t take long, I just have to find the time to do it.

 

These were my goals through the month of April, so as soon as May hits, some of these goals are going to change a bit. Some added, some deleted. Right now, I’m looking at

1. Write 3k a day on Lost & Forsaken until it is complete.

2. Write a few short stories (2 a week) when Lost & Forsaken is complete OR dive straight into a new novel.

3. Edit 1 chapter a day for Jasmine.

4. Edit 1 chapter a day on Unbound.

5. Get back on track with Open When blog posts.

Secrets Unbidden #ROW80 & #WIPpetWednesday

Morning! I can hear the birds chirping outside. It’s been my morning wake up for the last week or so. That means spring is officially 100% here if the birds are back. Such an amazing change to see. My wrist has been hurting a whole lot the past few days, meaning I’ve been walking around with an icy hot patch on underneath my brace. I don’t think it’s anything too serious, just too much typing and crocheting, of which I’ve been doing a TON of. The crocheting has calmed down since we mailed the packages for donation at church, but the typing shall continue (at least I hope).

Last night we had some kids stay with us from UMass. They’re bicycling across the country to raise money for brain cancer research, and needless to say, they weren’t expecting Kansas winds. They were very sweet, and I wish them the best, but it was great to connect with some people from “my neck of the woods.”

But enough rambling from me. I shall get to ROW80 and then explain WIPpet Wednesday and my woes.

ROW80

1. Write 3k words a day on Lost & Forsaken

Sunday: 0
Monday: 4543
Tuesday: 4091

I didn’t write on Sunday because sometimes Sundays are just insane for me. If I don’t wake up early early on Sunday morning, then it’s likely I won’t get any writing done for the day. I was doing work stuffs all day on Sunday (day job), so I never got around to do anything writing-wise.

2. Edit 2 chapters a day on Her Run for Rachael

3. Edit 2 chapters a day on shorts for Kaden

I haven’t worked on this at all yet.

4. Edit 1 chapter a day on Unbound: Book One of Quarter Life which is my own thing that’s supposed to be coming out in Oct.

I did manage to do my one chapter a day so far. Oh, no I didn’t, now that I look at my calendar. =P I’m 1 day behind. I’m not quite sure how that happened? Sunday perhaps when I did nothing, but I’ll catch up on this one easily.

WIPpet Wednesday

Now for WIPpet and my explanation. So…I’m not telling anyone about this novel I’m working on. Not really anyway, and I decided I needed to reveal this secret sooner rather than later because, let’s face it, I SUCK at keeping secrets like this. So my plan is to ramp up excitement on FB and twitter and stuffs and then reveal this novel on June 1st, so I don’t have to keep it a secret for well over a year. What this means, though, is I’m not going to be posting a lot of WIPpets from it or any at all, because that would just spoil the secret.

In honor of not telling secrets, this WIPpet is from a short story I’m possibly writing for submission. I’m not sure I like it though, and I can’t figure out why. This is a sci fi short about some people in space. And I’m not giving you more context than that, only because I know this can be taken in a dirty dirty fashion even though it’s not written that way in context.

My math for today is simple…2 + 4 = 6 for 6 very short paragraphs.

“See that?” she whispered, breathless.

How I longed to hear that tone in a different setting. Clearing my throat, I looked down at the white paper feeding from the tiny printer in the top of the station. There were squiggly lines covering it, and when I glanced back up her at her, Kapri’s cheeks were flushed darker and her chest rose and fell rapidly.

“Yeah,” I answered.

“It’s small. But it’s there.”

“This is small?” My voice squeaked, and I swallowed to get it back under control.

Kapri gave me a sharp and pitying look, her thick brows coming closer together and her eyes narrowing. “Yes, this is small.”

If you would like to join in WIPpet Wednesday. Post an excerpt of your WIP (Work In Progress) that relates to the date in some form or fashion and then link it all up here.

The Writing Maverick #ROW80

Good morning!! Today is going to be a busy day for me, and until the SO goes to work, I may not get any time to write. Which is a sad day, but a necessary part of the balance of life. I write much better in the mornings than I do in the afternoons or evenings or nights. I have so much more focus, far less distractions. Anyone else feel like this?

So I’m hoping I get my minimum word count in for today, but if not, I do have a plan. I’m one day ahead of where I should be in terms of my 3k a day goal, so that means I can skip a day, right? This novel I’m working on, Lost & Forsaken, is very different from the others I’ve written like it. Which is nice, but at the same time, it’s hard. I feel as though my characters are struggling with it just as much as I am.

I’m catching up with Camp NaNoWriMo though! It’s my own fault for starting two weeks late into Camp, but I think I can make it up, barring any major emergencies. I’m 20% through with the book already, and about 31% done with Camp NaNo, so I’m definitely making progress finally. I’m about to start chapter 5 today, and once I complete that, I’ll be 25% of the way through concerning chapters =P Progress! Progress! Progress! (If I keep telling myself that, then maybe I’ll keep writing.)

ROW80 goals for the rest of April!

1. Write 3k words a day on Lost & Forsaken

Wednesday: 3133
Thursday: 4151
Friday: 3079
Saturday: 5094

2. Edit 2 chapters a day on Her Run for Rachael

I actually took a whole afternoon on Thursday and just finished this off for her. Her release was coming up, and I wanted her to have it sooner, so this goal is complete.

3. Edit 2 chapters a day on shorts for Kaden

Due to editing more on Rachael’s I didn’t quite do this. I’m still on the first chapter of the third short story. Tomorrow I’ll get back on track though.

4. Edit 1 chapter a day on Unbound: Book One of Quarter Life which is my own thing that’s supposed to be coming out in Oct.

This I have done! In fact, I did two more chapters than I was supposed to just because I could. =P I’ll skip doing it today though, so I can focus on writing when I get home from work.

Ch-ch-ch-changes! #ROW80

So I’m making some changes to my goal list for this round, mostly because I finished my book and have other things to focus on. Also, my computer will be in the shop for the next two weeks or so, meaning the audio recording is not going to happen this round at all. I just hope they send me back a fixed computer. Meanwhile, I’m back to my old laptop.

Also…I spent the last week in Texas. It was fabulous! Now back to the real world and working hard.

1. Copy-Editing at least 60 pages a day

2. Blog Posts: ROW80 (Sun & Wed), Broken Taboos (Mon), WIPpet (Wed), Open When (Sat) and 1 extra post during the week.

3. Writing 500 words/day on The Domme

4. Reading 4 books by March 1st: Pianissimo by Lauren Shiro; The Bridge: Traitor by Erik Schubach; The Bridge: Inner City — Gargoyles by Victoria Cobretti; Silence out Loud by Geonn Cannon

 

Those are my new goals, starting tomorrow I’m diving in head first into them!

Thanks for all the support =P

#ROW80 update — Almost done!

Hello all! My in laws are in town this weekend, so I’m going to make it quick. I have been writing! If I stick with my plan, I’ll finish this piece on Feb 8th or around then, which is just before I leave for a whole week to go to a conference.

So here’s my update

Here’s my ROW80 update.

  • write 1667 words a day
    • Wednesday – 2102
    • Thursday – 2371
    • Friday – 2836
    • Saturday – 6096
  • Blog posts each week:ROW80,WIPpet, Open When, and 1 extra post
    • Did this last week, have two extra posts for this coming week. I think it’s all set.
  • Audio: Record/Edit a chapter a week
    • Not done

As for the writing front. I’m very close to finishing this novel. 3 chapters and an epilogue. So if I write 3k words a day, or average that, I can finish by Feb 7th. I have myself one extra day for a just in case day. I leave on the 9th for Texas for a week, so yeah, would really love to get it done before I spend a busy week down there.

Time and time again #ROW80

I finally got days off. Friday was my first day off since January 3rd, and I took it and ran with it. It felt soon good. Now I’m sitting here on Sunday morning kind of wishing I had just one more day off to finish resting up before head off to work, but alas, it’s Sunday, it’s God’s day and church must happen.

I got two calls last night, both of which took far longer than normal. I ended up talking to my mother for the better part of three hours. Then a friend from graduate school called. I haven’t talked to him since I got married. We spent over half an hour catching up. It was great! I definitely need to do this more often. It kind of felt like I had actual friends.

Other than that, I’ve been writing up a storm. I hit 30k in Grace through Redemption, which is usually my slowing point. I don’t know why, but for some reason in almost every novel, I hit 30k works and then next ten thousand are a huge struggle. It’s only not happened twice. So I’m pushing through it.

Here’s my update for today.

 

  • write 1667 words a day
    • Wednesday – 3797
    • Thursday – 2631
    • Friday – 3775
    • Saturday – 4470
  • Blog posts each week:ROW80,WIPpet, Open When, and 1 extra post
    • I got all posts done except Open When yesterday…but I had two of them this week since I’m still catching up from November, so it’s not that big of a deal. I’ll just posted a second on in this coming week on Tuesday.
  • Audio: Record/Edit a chapter a week
    • I’ve not done the recording. But my speakers in my computer are miraculously working again…I don’t trust it.

 

A quick update on a busy weekend #ROW80

Hey all!

My weekend went from semi-busy to crazy busy in the span of about 4 hours. Friday I was supposed to have a half day off, usually it’s a full day off, but I ended up driving four hours to Wichita and 4 hours home. Saturday I had a funeral, and today I have a very full day. So…that means my writing has been lacking.

  • write 1667 words a day
    • Wednesday – 2024
    • Thursday – 3612
    • Friday – 3078
    • Saturday – 0
  • Blog posts each week:ROW80,WIPpet, Open When, and 1 extra post
    • This one gets fun. I did this all this week. Since today starts a new week blog wise…it’s going to be crazy. I have a post for every day this coming week.
  • Audio: Record/Edit a chapter a week
    • Didn’t do this yet.

 

That’s my quick update for today. I’ll hopefully have a more extensive one on Wednesday. I plan on taking some afternoons off this week to make up for my lack of time off this past week. Here’s to hoping I get the chance to do that.

Goals for the first round of the year! #ROW80

Well, it’s the start of a new round, meaning I have to make some goals up. I certainly should have been thinking about this a lot sooner than just last night and this morning. So I guess that means my goals are likely to change.

1. write 1667 words a day

I really liked this goal from last time, and I think it did really well in keeping me writing. So I shall do it again!

2. Blog posts each week: ROW80, WIPpet, Open When, and 1 extra post

3. Audio: Record/Edit a chapter a week of For by Grace

I’ve been slacking on this and not doing it at all, so that means I really have to get to doing it.

 

Those be my goals. Now here’s to accomplishing them!!

It’s that time of year #ROW80

It’s that time of year when things all get smashed together in a short period of time. Happy things and sad things. Death and dying are oh so prominent throughout the holiday season. I just got off the phone with the funeral director of the funeral home in this tiny little town (he runs about 5 funeral homes I think), and he said he’s so busy this week that he can’t go to every funeral.

You might be wondering why I was on the phone with the funeral director…someone died. That’s really the only reason he would have to call me. Someone died and I get to meet with the family and work on the funeral. Someone died because that’s what people do. They live and they die, and a lot of times it happens right around the holiday season.

I can’t tell you if it’s just because people get to see all their friends and family one last time and they finally feel as though they can let go, or if it’s depression that pushes them toward suicide (that number largely goes up just after the holiday season), or if it’s simply just a mutual end of time and start for new beginnings. But it happens, and I’m sure almost every funeral director can attest to it.

Anyway, I did go off on a bit of a ramble there. My week will be filled with Christmasy things with family and planning for a funeral on the 27th. Here’s my ROW80 update.

1. Write 1667 words a day.

This isn’t happening, but I did write a little bit yesterday!

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

This happened this week! My extra post was a cover reveal and I did get Open When up and ready. I have Open When scheduled 2-3 days a week until I can catch up with them all.

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

This happened. I edited one chapter of Unbound, finished a copy-edit so I’m finally copy-edit free!! Meaning, I also to a slight break from editing but will jump back into it real soon. I have 3 books out next year, so I need to get on that.

4. crochet one round of border a week

I crocheted two rounds this week, and I finished the afghan. Pictures to come probably on Wednesday check-in, since it’s been off and mailed and hopefully said person will receive it by then!

 

Have a great holiday season! And remember, tell your loved ones how much you love them. Life is short, and it always ends.

Counting down the days #ROW80

Well, I’m certainly counting down the days! To so many things. I’ve received kind of a scheduling of releases for 2015, and I have to say, I’m going to be one busy chicklet. But I’m crazy excited about it, too. Every year I have a goal of publishing 2-3 novels, and I’m certainly hitting that goal and more next year.

Here’s just a quick list of what I know for sure is happening…

Feb 2015 – Love is a Mess anthology w/my short Quarter Life: Energy Feed releases
May 2015 – Memoir in the Making releases
June 2015 – Fallen from Grace releases
Oct 2015 – Quarter Life: Unbound releases

There are potentially 3 more anthologies and a novel to be released in 2015 right now too, so yes, crazy, I know.

Other than that, my biggest struggle right now is time and finding time to do everything and be everything I need to be in my life. It’s a countdown in days. One to the new year, one to the end of ROW80, one to Christmas, one to my mother’s arrival, an one to my lovely significant other getting home from work. A countdown with deadlines and so much work to do.

Anyway…to my update!

1. Write 1667 words a day

somewhat keeping up with this. Wrote a bit on my co-written piece, a bit on Grace, and a about 5k words on a short story for submission. So I am writing, just not sure how much each day, but writing is the point.

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

Did this for the most part. Missed Open When again. I really need to start that up next week.

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

Definitely did this many times over to the point where I’m not counting.

4. crochet one round of border a week

I DID THIS! I crocheted 3 this week. That means I have 2 left and the project is done. w00t!

The New Year, goals for 2015 and reflections on 2014

Since we’re close to the end of the year, I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals for this year and my goals for next year. I always have the goal to simply read more books than I read the previous year (for pleasure only) and I certainly accomplished that.

This year I started a blog review site with another reading and writing cohort. It’s provided a lot of work and a lot of greatness. The goal is to read three books a month, so I know for a fact I succeeded in reading more than last year. It wouldn’t be hard since last year I think I read four books total for pleasure. The wonders of being in graduate school.

My second goal is writing/editing related. My goal is to publish 2-3 books a year, which means I have to look forward a lot. This year, 2014, I’ve managed to do that. I published For by Grace (Spirit of Grace #1), Across Worlds: Collision (S. A. Snow pen name), and Ashes Fall (James Matthews #3). I was really worried about not having anything to publish in 2015 because I didn’t really start writing until July. Life was a bit crazy there for a while.

But I did. In 2015, I will be publishing Memoir in the Making on May 1 and Fallen from Grace (Spirit of Grace #2) on June 1. I’m hoping to have another two in there, actually. Yeah—go figure. Quarter Life: Unbound, which I’m almost done with my edits before I send to the publisher, and a co-written novel with Rachael Orman that we haven’t quite finished writing but are close and that we have yet to name.

So here we go…goals for the year 2015

Reading – more books than last year, so more than 25

Writing –

Grace through Redemption (Spirit of Grace #3)
Bronzed Mask
De-Termination (The Second Quarter Life)

Maybe I’ll add in a fourth book in there. I feel like three is too few even though that’s my goal. It really depends on how quickly I get to writing this year unlike last year. Also why my focus this December is editing, so I can knock most of it out of the way before the new year starts. I’d love to get going with writing right off the bat.

The game of life #ROW80 update

Ahhh. It’s Sunday morning, and I’m finally doing my Sunday ROW80 update post, for the first time in two weeks! Life got in the way, but that’s the game of it I think. I’m getting back on track slowly, but it’s still all a work in progress. Which, I do believe, is yet another point of life.

I announced on Wednesday that I have a story releasing on 12/15, and I’m gearing up for that. It’s a co-written short story, which makes it very interesting to say the least. We’re both working to promote it, but at the same time, it’s a short story, so not as much as if it were a novel. We are also co-writing a novel, and that seems to be going very well.

We have a release blitz for Loneliness Ebbs Deep, the short story, if anyone wants to join in!

As for the rest of life, things are going. After much thought, I’ve decided I need to focus on editing right now instead of writing. I’m still writing, but not on my own work. My original plan was to finish Grace through Redemption before the new year, but I got a bit behind in editing. I don’t want to end up even more behind than I already am, so that’s my focus. I think it’s reasonable.

As for the novel I’m co-writing…we have added words this week. Not much as my partner was in the midst of final edits and I’m in the midst of many editing projects. But words were written! Here we go for the rest of the check in.

1. Write 1667 words a day.

We’re at 27382 in word count and going. My guess is we’ll get back on track and do a lot of writing this coming week.

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

I’m doing much better at this. I did ROW80 twice this week, WIPpet, and I had 2 extra posts. I did not, however, doing Open When. I’ll need to write a months worth of them to make up for being behind.

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

I’m going to list these out to make it easier.

Ella’s Love: 0 chapters edited and 23 chapters to go
Spellbound: 0 chapters edited and 11 chapters to go
Unbound:
Round 1: 12 chapters done 13 chapters to go
Round 2: 5 chapters done 22 chapters to go
PTB: 1 chapter done

4. crochet one round of border a week

I have not done this, but it still does need to get done.

A day of rest #ROW80

On Monday I finished NaNoWriMo. On Wednesday I finished the novel. *sigh* I wrote that whole book in 14 days, which is something I have done before but I haven’t done it in a long time. I usually prefer to let it drag out a bit more. For some reason, the novel just wanted to be written, and written as fast as I could go. I probably could have gone faster had I not had a job to work at too.

But I finished a novel in 14 days. Talk about crazy. I started the novel itself a few days before NaNoWriMo but didn’t count any of the words before for NaNo. I’m still even shocked that I wrote a romance novel. I love to read them, but I’ve never been all that interested in writing them. They’ve always moved too slowly for me, but for some reason, this one just sprung from my fingers.

What this means is that I have two novels completed, one in October and on in November, and now I need to edit them both. And that’s where everything is slowing down. One has been stuck in editing, meaning nothing has been sent to beta’s in about 3 weeks now, and it’s frustrating me beyond all else. The second one hasn’t even begun the process yes, but… I don’t want to overwhelm my beta readers. So I’m feeling stuck and overwhelmed with editing.

Not to mention I have 3 copy-edits this month…so editing has become my life and writing has gone to the wayside. I enjoy copy-editing, but I enjoy writing even more. I certainly enjoy editing other people’s pieces far more than editing my own. There’s just more a thrill about it.

I’ve decided, since my fingers wouldn’t leave me along for 14 days, that I’ll be taking a break from writing until tomorrow. So my word counts for this half of the week are nil. But here we go…

1. Write 1667 words a day.

Wednesday: 7767
Thursday: 0
Friday: 0
Saturday: 0

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

No extra post this week, and I forgot the Open When post for yesterday, so I guess I’ll do it tomorrow. =P

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

Definitely did this. I did about 200 pages on a copy-edit for Mara White. I did a chapter on the copy-edit for S. K. Hart. I did about 4 chapters of my own with the final run through on those. I just got a new copy-edit in my email on Friday, so I went through the prologue of it last night before bed.

4. crochet one round of border a week

Haven’t done this at all. But I thought about doing it, and I told myself I had to do it, so that’s progress!

Progress has been made! #ROW80

I’ve been making lots of progress on my writing despite this being the week from hell. I worked 12-15 hour days starting with last week Sunday and going all through Friday. Saturday was luckily only a 6 hour day, but man am I exhausted after that. That doesn’t include any writing time. However, thanks to this awesome thing called daylight savings, I’ve been waking up at the God awful hour of 5am this entire week. Meaning, I spent 2-3 hours writing before chaos hit each morning.

I’ve managed about 6,000 words a day on this novel, and honestly, it was my saving grace this week. If I didn’t have that much writing progress I would feel like I hadn’t done anything this week. It’s crazy how time just disappears, but I’m so glad I used it wisely. Seeing as how I don’t get a weekend this week, I’m rather proud that I’ve made it to another Sunday morning.

For those of you who don’t know, I did end up switch my NaNo novel. I’m writing a romance (mostly because it’s payback for people who said there wasn’t enough romance in my novels, so now I’m going to saturate them with it). I’ve tried writing traditional romance novels before and have always failed because frankly I find them a bit boring. However, for some odd and random and totally unexplainable reason to me, I have not failed at writing this one. In fact, I should be done with the novel some time this week. YAY! But that also means I need to figure out the whole editing thing, what I’m going to write next, and then go with the flow.

I’ve overextended my normal beta. I love her to death, but I can’t keep shoving things in her face otherwise she might break, and I certainly don’t want that happening. So I’ve decided to try and find some new betas. If you’re interested in being a beta on this oh so awesome lesbian romance novel I’m about to complete this week, please let me know in a message or email (singing2cats@gmail.com).

Now…onto the real update.

1. Write 1667 words a day.

Wednesday: 6100
Thursday: 6137
Friday: 5883
Saturday: 6124

If you’re curious:

NaNoWriMo Wordcount: 40063
This Novel that Needs a Name Total Wordcount: 49268

I expect this novel to be about 75,000 words, so I’m very close to finish it, and if I can keep up 6k words a day because of these darned 5am wake up calls, then I can certainly finish it this week.

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

I managed all these posts this week! I almost forgot the one for yesterday because I had to preside at a funeral, but I remembered just in the nick of time. I really need to sit down, write a bunch out and schedule them for myself.

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

I did some copy editing earlier this week, but halfway through the week I was just hanging on for dear life, so I didn’t get much done beyond Wednesday.

4. crochet one round of border a week

Not done, again, and why is someone not yelling at me about it?

Sunday Morning! #ROW80

Good morning all! I wanted to get this done before I went to church this morning and lost half my day away. I was gone over this weekend at a church assembly, which was awesome, but it also means I didn’t write on Saturday. Here’s to hoping I can make up some of the word count today and tomorrow.

I might have been a little overzealous. I decided to tackle a new project between now and NaNoWriMo. It is somewhat related to NaNo, but not entirely. I want to write a companion novella with short stories to the first novel in my police procedural series. Meaning, there’s going to another 40k words added to the “book” from the secondary character’s point of view that is far more on the romantic side. The book itself is not romantic at all, and it wasn’t intended to be. However, a lot of reviewers aren’t happy with that and knocking off stars because of the “lack of romance” in the book.

It puts me in an odd place. I never intended for there to be romance in it. It’s not a romance novel at all, and it was never intended to be a major subplot but just have a touch of it in there. So to constantly be knocked down for something I intentionally didn’t add in because people “think” a novel needs romance when it contains the word “lesbian” in the description really bothers me. Books are books. Whether genre fiction or romance, and frankly, LGBT et al novels are not synonymous with romance. We deserve books about gay heroes and heroines and whatever the gender neutral of that would be who don’t have a romance going on the side. Not everyone is in a relationship and not everyone is in a relationship that takes two minutes to fall completely madly in love and then has the other person become their life. No…that’s not how life works.

Anyway…rant over. I’m writing 40k words before NaNoWriMo, which means that I have to write around 5k words a day, and since I missed yesterday, that means 7.5k today and tomorrow. Oh lordy. AND I want to publish this thing on Amazon by mid-December, which is an also insane goal, I’m aware.

Here’s the update.

1. Write 1667 words a day.

Wed: 725
Thurs: 4955
Fri: 5214
Sat: 0

2. keep up with all blog posts ROW80, WIPpet, Open When and add in 1 extra post a week

So did this! Yay! My extra post this week was “how it all started” concerning how I started writing and why I continued to write. I also wrote the 3 blog posts to be posted in November for my publisher.

3. Edit at least one chapter a week on something.

I self-edited the first story in this new thing I’m doing. I have a slew of edits to do today though, so I’ll finish this goal quickly for the coming week. =P

4. crochet one round of border a week

I did not crochet one round of border. I did, however, crochet two scarves while at assembly. I always bring something to do with my hands when there. It helps me listen better.

 

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