Welcome to a new edition of Friday… Day! As you might have heard earlier this week, I’m in need of a change-up. This series will officially focus on my publishing efforts, even though that’s essentially what I’ve been trying to do for weeks.
On to the updates! Continue reading Friday Publish-Day: A New Deadline
I realized this week that I don’t have a nicely illustrated map of my fantasy world.
For anyone familiar with fantasy novels, having a beautiful map for the reader to reference as they journey through this fictional world is, like, where 60% of the enjoyment of fantasy stories comes from. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: I Need A Map!
Last Friday, I touched on the changes that were beginning to manifest in the third draft of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.
As one of two leading protagonists in the novel, I knew that Jaed’s characterization was paramount to both a well-balanced story, and an enjoyable read. Achieving that has been easier said than done.
Continue reading Creativity Sessions: Finding a Character’s Heart
I had a revelation this week. Rather, a revelation was given to me by someone else. I have devised a plan to both motivate myself towards the end of Manuscript: Beta and get a headstart on the review process with my beta readers and editor — all in one fell swoop! Continue reading Forward with the Second Draft!
I have crossed the 130,000-word threshold for Manuscript Beta: of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento. Now I just need a NaNo-style month of writing to finish! Continue reading Friday Write-Day: A NaNo-Style Month… to Finish My Beta!
I’m back! PW and I landed safe and sound in Baltimore last night and were happily reunited with our lovable pup. Continue reading The Reset After the Long Hiatus
Mostly this is a response to Stevie’s ‘What Inspires Me To Write?‘, because I didn’t know what I wanted to post today. Please bear with me while I ramble… Continue reading Inspiration: A Conversation
My short story has been submitted to Five on the Fifth’s contest! I read through Wolf’s Moon Night on Sunday night, making a few small changes, then again on Monday night. I finally worked up the courage to submit it on Tuesday, one day before the deadline. Submitting to a litmag — and particularly a contest — is daunting. Continue reading Friday Write-Day: The Revision Plan
Lesson #37 from finishing my first manuscript: Try to find that balance.
Accomplishing anything effectively is about balance. Finishing the first draft of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento over the last few months was a bit tiresome. I had not met my monthly writing goals since the end of NaNoWriMo 2015, and I was constantly falling behind – according to my own exceedingly high standards. I just wanted it done, but I didn’t always have the motivation or the willpower to just sit down and write.
Continue reading Writing Lesson #37: Writing Consistently is about Balance
Well, it is actually finished now, at least for the current moment. Manuscript: Alpha has been revised, printed, bound, and sent off to my four lovely, devoted, selfless alpha readers. 176,000 words, plus a glossary, and a crudely drawn map to guide their mental wanderings as they read. Continue reading Manuscript: Alpha is a Go – and it has a title!