Sunday, December 7, 2014

Updates & December Goals

I know, I know. I disappeared again! But I had good reasons; moving, work, everyday life, oh, and having a baby! On November 9th at 9:17 PM our second son, Elijah, was born weighing 7lbs, 2 oz. He was a month and four days early from his due date. Even though he wasn't supposed to be here until around December 11th, he is perfectly healthy and a definite joy. :)

So since I've been home  I've had more time to work on getting things organized and on track again with editing. Really trying to crack down and kick these edits in the butt. I haven't been working on writing, but I will as soon as I'm done working on this round of edits. Trying to focus on getting BMTL as clean as I can so I can query soon.

I've also been in search of a new long-term critique partner. So that's been taking up some of my time too.

I'm thinking of starting to post goals on here to be held accountable. I have this thing where I work great on something for a little bit and then somehow screw it all up and go into a funk of not working on anything for months at a time. I'm tired of doing that and just want to get on track and keep working with serious intentions of getting published. When I am able to find an agent to be represented by, I'm not going to be able to do this. I'll have deadlines that I will need to meet and be serious about. So I need to get my butt in line and work as though I'm already represented and with deadlines.

I've also been trying to be more active in two writing forums I'm in, one is Agent Query Connect which I absolutely love and is a great help, and also Absolute Write. AQ Connect is filled with people serious about getting published and some are already published or represented. You can get help with Queries, synopsis, basic writing questions, publishing questions, and just everything you need in order to land an agent and getting published. An amazing place to get feedback on everything. And Absolute Write is filled with talented writers from all genres and types, not just novels. It's a little more laid back. Both are great places that I highly recommend.

Sometimes on the forums in AQ Connect we list our goals for that current month, a few serious ones I had on mine for the month of December was:

1. Figure out where I left off in editing - This I've already done, so it's scratched off my list!
2. Get everything organized and on track.
3. Create an editing schedule with some deadlines.
4. Finish edits for chapter #3-#8.  - So far chapter 3 and 4 are done.
5. Get back to working on my blog! - Working on this now, obviously. :P I want to try and post something at least once a week. Maybe I'll work on posting my progress each week for now to help keep me on track.

Hope everyone is doing great! Happy writing & editing!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2014: Day Two

Today got off to a rough start with writing. I didn't start writing until the afternoon and even then I only wrote for about twenty minutes before having to move on to other things. But then after my son went to sleep, I was able to start writing and I thought I'd never get on track when I finally put in a good word count and finished my first chapter! Progress! :)

Can't wait to get further in and to the "fun" parts. Romance, of course. ;) Oh, and all the other drama and excitement that will happen.

Here are my stats for today! :) Hope everyone had a great day, and for those of you participating in Camp NaNo, hope you made your word count goal today and surpassed it with flying colors. Keep up the great work! Don't give up! :)

Daily Goal: 646 words
Total Words: 1, 099
How many words over today? I went over my word count goal of 646 by 453 words. :) 

Week One Goal: 3, 876
How many more words until weekly goal is met? Only 929! That's exciting! Two days in and I'm already nearly to my first weeks goal, though it is a bit short due to this week only containing 6 days of July. But still! :P 
How many more words until monthly goal is met? 17, 053! Lower, and lower. 

Total words together: 2, 947! :) 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2014: Day One

I know most of you have heard of, and maybe even participated in, National Novel Writing Month, a.k.a. NaNoWriMo. Or even further shortened to NaNo. For those of you who live under a rock, NaNoWriMo is where seemingly insane writer's gather around and race the clock to finish a 50, 000 word novel in one month. Yes, you heard correctly; 50,000 words written in one month. It only comes around once a year though; in November.

But something awesome happened a few years ago and the amazing creators of NaNoWriMo started Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place in different months within the year before November. The last one was in April, and now it's here once again in July!

It's the same concept, but a little more laid back than November's NaNoWriMo. During Camp NaNoWriMo you may choose your own word count goal as long as it's within the word count goal guidelines and then just. . . write! Write to your hearts content towards your goal and come July 31st, if you've met your goal, you win! *throws confetti*

My goal for July's Camp NaNo is: 20,000 words. 

That is only at least 646 words a day, every day, until the end of July to meet my goal. :)

Since I'm participating, I'll try to update every day for a recap of my word stats. Here are my status for Day One of Camp NaNoWriMo July 2014.

Daily Goal: 646 words
Total Words: 1, 848
How many words over today? I went over my word count goal of 646 by 1, 202. Not bad for the first day. :) Hope I can keep it up!  

Week One Goal: 3, 876
How many more words until weekly goal is met? 2, 028 more words until I meet this weeks word count goal.

How many more words until monthly goal is met? 18, 152 more words until my goal of 20, 000 for this month is met.

If you're participating in Camp NaNo, please share your word count goals and how you did on the first day! :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Hello everyone! I haven't posted updates in so long, so long in fact that I had to create a whole new blog and copy everything over because Google wouldn't let me login to my account! I couldn't even recover it!

But oh well, what's done is done and I'm slightly starting fresh with a blog. I need to start posting more! I will definitely start trying to post more and update more on my projects and also Bring Me To Life, which I'm still in the middle of editing, by the way.

I've set new deadlines for myself for my current projects, hopefully I'll stick to them. I really want Bring Me To Life complete and edited as much as possible so I can begin the fantastic--and slightly scary, okay, A LOT scary--path of Querying an Agent and hopefully getting one and continuing down the yellow brick road to Publication.

I may post my new deadlines on the blog so I can have other witnesses, the very few who may see them at this point, see them and make them more real.

That is all for now and I promise I will try to be back with more updates and maybe goals here and there and start putting more things up on this new blog and post things about my current projects, etc.

Also, if you know of any great blogs I should follow, including yours if you have one, please let me know! :)