Already off the Wagon

The bad news? This being the first post in awhile means that I fell very behind on my promise to blog more often. The good news? It’s Lent now, which has always been the better time for me to get my act together. And I’ve also been spending a good amount of my time writing- several short stories, personal pieces, and getting back into editing Painting the Roses Red. I even started writing poetry again under my other alias. So even if it seems like I might have fallen entirely off the face of the earth, I am still here and I have been working on my writing! I’ve also been able to get into a rhythm at my new job and with my new friend groups as well, which makes it easier for me to schedule time to write, edit and promote.

How are your first months of the year going? Did you start off on a good foot or slip back into bad habits immediately?

Big Announcement!

So, I’m sorry for being a bit AWOL lately. I know that I promised that I would be more on top of my blog postings tis year, and I was really doing so well there for a moment.

But at least I have a really good reason for having fallen off the grid: I’m getting married!

My significant other proposed over Halloweekend (see picture of adorable pumpkin, hand carved by said significant other for the most amazing proposal ever). Of course, this means that the day after the wonderfully romantic proposal I suddenly realized that I’m going to be getting ready for a wedding in the next year or so. And if I want to lower my stress for then, I’ve got a lot of work to do starting now.

Thank you for all of your support and patience during this time. I’ll try to keep everyone updated on all the fun stuff, and I’ll work hard at making sure that my writing work doesn’t suddenly take a back seat to this latest life change. Prayers and good thoughts are always appreciated!

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Updates: Halfway Through!

Man, has this year been a whirlwind. My second novel, To Dwell in Dreams, has been published for almost half a year, and yet I’m barely only halfway through the first draft of the third. I was so excited for The Thing About Apples as well. I fell in to the pit of letting the rest of my life take precedent over my writing, however, and I find myself far behind on my own deadlines.

Which is not to say that I’ve been having a horrible time. Sure, some of the delay has been coming from family issues, relationship bumps and a couple of super stressful weeks here and there. But I also let some of the good things get in the way- new video game releases that I was looking forward to, volunteering as a mentor at my parish, losing more than fifteen pounds through dedicating myself to new work-out regimens, spending time with family in my free time, etc. This has been awesome, and I have really enjoyed it- but I do regret that I allowed my writing to be one of the first things to take the back burner when other things vied for my attention. I in no way want to be giving up these new things that I’ve been getting back in to (though I’m perfectly fine with giving up the stress!). Instead, I am committing myself to streamlining my drafting processes, as well as my submission processes (mostly for my short works at the moment) so that I can fit everything in together as much as humanly possible.

For Christmas I bought myself new binders, new notebooks, new sticky-tabs and new pens so that I can write more on-the-go. I finished that new video game I wanted (Dragon Age: Inquisition, for those wondering), so I can fit more typing in in those hours after work that was being taken up with gaming. I’ve been letting other people volunteer where I usually would have volunteered myself first, so that I can save that energy for times where I specifically am needed. I am reaching out to those in my circle who have expressed interest in helping (via beta reading, help editing, help advertising, etc) and getting ready to create new promotional materials for myself as an author, to take to new events that I’m excited to get my name out there at.

2015 is going to be a time for me to really gear into this whole ‘writing’ thing. I’m settled back into my family home, I’m stable in my relationship, and I have a job stability that I haven’t had before. I’m going to take this opportunity to push myself as far as I can to achieve my dream of one day becoming a full-time author, able to pull my weight in a family unit on my writing alone. As always, I appreciate all of the support and prayers that I have gotten through the years, and ask that you continue to keep me in your thoughts as I keep trying to produce better, more exciting stories for you in the upcoming years.

What are you going to do different this year, whether you are a writer or a reader, and what has been keeping you back from that?

Updates: Finishing Up, Starting New

As of today, I am done with 110k words (404 Word pages) of my current project, a fantasy re-imagining of the world of Wonderland titled ‘Painting the Roses Red’. I ended up going straight into editing rather than beginning my next project, and have been steadily editing the ever-loving spit out of this project (with the help of some extremely patient and passionate beta readers) for two months. At the moment I have about two or three more chapters left to finish up- but they are the ending chapters, which in beta reads needed the most dramatic overhaul, so they’re taking the most time. My plan is to finish this project by mid-week next week, and then begin the process of letting the project go to submission.

Which couldn’t come soon enough- I’m itching to really be able to fully dedicate my attention to The Thing About Apples. I have all of the characters hanging out in my head, fully fleshed out and ready to go, and I feel like they at least deserve a plot at this point in time. It’s going to be a nice, refreshing thing to be writing a brighter coming-of-age story to go into the Once Upon a Reality series, especially one that speaks so clearly to my own coming-of-age experiences. Now that I’ve settled in to my new house, new full-time job and volunteer work, I’m looking forward to being able to get back into a good routine with my writing work.

Make sure you head on over to my website to check out the first two books in the series, ‘Till the Last Petal Falls and To Dwell in Dreams. If you already have your copies, don’t forget to leave a review or send me a picture of you with your copy!