2020 is life on hard mode

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On what should have been my second day of work, I woke up with a slight fever. Now, I was pretty sure it was nothing serious, but I didn’t want to lie to my manager so I told her when I got in. I ended up going home and scheduling a COVID-19 test for later in the day, and yesterday afternoon it came back negative, so I finally had my second day of work today.

Despite having two days off, I didn’t get ahead of my NaNoWriMo goals because I was still not feeling great. Still, I’m not super behind so I’d say I’m still doing okay.

Things are getting weird. I started writing from the middle of the story instead of the end. Each section/chapter has time stamps so I’m considering not going in order at all and just sorting them in editing. But we’ll see.

November 3rd word count: 3835
November 4th word count: 6426
November 5th word count: 8381

I haven’t done NaNoWriMo since college, I don’t think. And it was high school when I last finished and edited a NaNoWriMo novel. I forgot how much work this is. I was like “yeah, I did this before, no problem.” No, there is a problem. This is a lot to write. And I don’t really have a plan, other than send a bunch of people to hell. YOLO.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo, are you on target or will you need this weekend to catch up?

Nanowrimo Day 1 and 2

If you don’t know, National Novel Writing Month kicked off today, starting the 30 day stretch to hit 50,000 words for a novel. The days are broken into smaller goals of 1,667 words.

I want to get back to writing. I want to get my projects finished. Even if they’re not perfect, I want to be proud of what I did. So I’m participating in NaNoWriMo with the hopes that focusing away from the projects I’ve been stuck on forever and getting used to writing on a schedule will help me move past this rut I’m in.

So my novel for this month is called House Party, Descensio. It’s a suspense/fantasy/comedy. Or so I’m planning. But as it’s for fun, I can do whatever I want.

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So I’ve spent about the same amount of time making the ridiculous cover as I did writing today, but hey, any progress is progress.

I also started a new job today. And the election is tomorrow, for us Americans. I must say, I CANNOT wait until this election is over and done with so I can stop seeing so many political ads. The worst is when I’m running at the gym and each TV has a different political attack ad on. Like, can someone who knows about the history of politics tell me if there was ever a time when presidents used their own merits as campaign points, not just the shortcomings of the opponents?

But I digress. Writing is going okay, but it’s only day two. Hopefully I can keep a steady habit for the next 28!

November 1st word count: 1694
November 2nd word count: 2993

Let me know in the comments if you’re also doing NaNoWriMo this month! What’s your motivation, and have you participated before?

This is a blog

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So I will say, writing-wise, I’ve been all over the place. I should have been killing it over the summer as I was “working from home” during quarantine (ie. doing nothing), but instead I watched a bunch of anime and redecorated my apartment.

It’s been so long that WordPress has changed how you write a post. It’s all very new and strange.

I may join in on NaNoWriMo next month to try to force myself to write. Only it won’t be in line with my current stories, it will be a present day narrative of a party.

Every time I go to write I feel like “what’s the point? I’m not the next Neil Gaiman,” and it becomes harder and harder to remember that I enjoy writing for fun. I’ve done it since third grade. I might have less free time now, but I’m still the same person.

The status of my next novel, Beyond a Dream, is “locked for editing.” I decided to tear it apart and now have to piece it back together and bridge the gaps. Why? Because I don’t have an editor, and the more I read the more I want to refine my writing. But it all takes so much time and concentration, and sometimes I don’t have the energy to put towards it. I want to revise Wildflower Crown and Kiss of the Fey the same way because I’m a little embarrassed at them now that I have grown a bit as a person but am afraid if I take the books down off Amazon to edit that I’ll leave them like that forever and never write again.

So yeah, here’s my attempt to get back on this site and start writing again!

Release and Rerelease

My third novel, Beyond a Dream, is currently being read by beta readers. After that will be the final edit, and then I can set a date for release!

Since I’m currently sitting around waiting for my readers to get back to me, I’ve been thinking on what project I want to work on next. I have two new stories I want to write but I keep thinking about Kiss of the Fey. I started the first draft of Kiss of The Fey in high school. I was in college when I finally published it but my writing has matured considerably since then. (It’s been three and a half years already?? How does time move so quickly??) Because I still love the characters, I believe my next project will be to rewrite Kiss of the Fey and rerelease it as a second edition. (One of the benefits to self-publishing!) At the same time I may work on one of the new ideas I have floating around.

I know I haven’t been active enough in the community for anyone to care about updates like this but that’s okay. I just don’t have the time to promote and socialize with other bloggers like when I was in school. That’s just life, I guess.

Novel Editing Mistakes to Avoid

Found a solid post by M.L. Davis over at Uninspired Writers:

Good morning, superstars. I hope you’ve all had a brilliant week.

For me, it’s been another week of editing. Does it ever end? With editing on the brain it seemed only appropriate for this weeks blog post to focus on editing. And so I’ve made a list of novel editing mistakes to avoid. Take a look…

Click here for six editing tips to get your novel in shape.

Experiencing Love’s First Bloom in Wildflower Crown

A huge thanks to Melissa the Orange for the nice review 😀

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Wildflower Crown
Charlotte Cyprus

An innocent free-spirit, aptly named Wild, finds herself in the middle of a royal mess. The king and queen, then, compels her to help them save their kingdom. As she partakes in etiquette and history lessons, Wild also learns about love itself.

Like Wild, this is my first foray into romance – in novels, that is. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this novel. It is funny, interesting, and quite easy to read.

The book is rather short at under 150 pages, but it is well-paced. The love scenes are tasteful, not unnecessarily long. I also liked how simple the ending is, it is quite sweet actually.

A few things about the novel irked me, however. The word “scowl” (and its other possible manifestations) appeared too often throughout the novel. There were also a couple of spelling and grammatical errors. All of these…

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Book Review: Wildflower Crown

Thanks so much to Wren for the review!

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Wildflower Crown

After reviewing the novel, “Red Queen,” by Victoria Aveyard I got a message from author Charlotte Cyprus asking me to review her book. After reading and reflecting upon the book I am happy to announce my official review on the fantasy book, “Wildflower Crown.” Charlotte Cyprus or Bethany writes romance novels and likes fantasy as well. “Wildflower Crown” is self-published and is available at Amazon.com. She has also written the book, “Kiss of the Fey,” and while I haven’t read it, the description peaks my interest. You can read that description and learn more about the author at her blog.

“Wildflower Crown” tell the story of a girl who is given away to a lady in town when she is a baby. As the story goes on, it is revealed that Wild whose full name is Wysandra is blamed for killing a boy just by touching…

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