writing

What I’m Watching: Moreau House

With Moreau House about to come out, I thought it would be fun to list some of the movies and television shows I watched to get into the headspace for this book. Charmed This is an old standby. Since I own the entire series, it's usually on in the background when I'm writing fantasy of… Continue reading What I’m Watching: Moreau House

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goals

Goals, Old and New

The 2017 Goals: Send out at least 1 query every week I did pretty well on this, I think. I did take a month off, but sent out way more queries in other months. Release The Spider's Web on Amazon (once rights have been returned) Done! Reduce the yarn stash by 50% um....No. Save for… Continue reading Goals, Old and New

MHMon

#MHMon: Anxiety, depression, and the inability to reach out

It's been a while since I've pulled out this hashtag. For those unfamiliar, #MHMon is Mental Health Monday, which I started doing on the first Monday of the month to discuss mental health and creativity, how they intersect, and how they impact each other. I haven't been using it much lately, though, because...well, honestly, it… Continue reading #MHMon: Anxiety, depression, and the inability to reach out

life

October 2017 wrap up

Send out at least 1 query every week I sent out over a dozen queries this month, which makes up for the ones I didn't send in July. Release The Spider’s Web on Amazon Reduce the yarn stash by 50% I'm starting to think this goal is pointless. I'm still knitting. I haven't been buying… Continue reading October 2017 wrap up

nanowrimo

Nano Boot Camp: Week 5

We're more than halfway there, now! Are you feeling the pressure? Write 1,000 words per day Write 6 days per week Begin outlining. Commit either the first two chapters to paper, OR sketch out a rough idea of the overall plot arc for the book. Identify the opening scene, the turning point, the low point,… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 5

books, writing

Quarterly Writing Check In

There's only 3 months left in 2017 (when did that happen?) And with one of them taken up by Nanowrimo, I thought I should check in on where I stand with my 2017 writing goals. ALL FOR ONE–Not only did I finish writing and editing this book, but I also entered it in a contest,… Continue reading Quarterly Writing Check In

nanowrimo

Nano Boot Camp: Week 4

It's October now, time to start getting into some advanced-level prep work. Write 750 words per day Write 6 days per week Continue researching. Start working with your characters. Create a cast list, and include a few lines of description for each of your main characters. You may want to print this off so it… Continue reading Nano Boot Camp: Week 4

books

Things to do while waiting for #Pitchwars or Query responses

1. Work on your next book. You're not planning to rest on your laurels, are you? 2. Send out another round of queries. Obviously, this doesn't apply to Pitchwars, since that's against the rules, but I recommend sending out multiple queries at once. I usually batch mine in groups of 3-5. It takes about 30… Continue reading Things to do while waiting for #Pitchwars or Query responses

books, life

A Hard Thing

I know this isn't one of my regular blog update days. But I didn't think this could wait. As you all know, we recently became a single-income household--not by choice. We've been doing what we can to rectify the situation, but it hasn't been enough. Right now, we're about $400 short of being able to… Continue reading A Hard Thing

books

The Frankenputer lives!

This week has taken a huge load off my shoulders. The wedding dress went off to the bride on Friday, and on Saturday Ash and I attended the Mid Ohio Indie Author Book fair. It was a lot of fun, particularly when a little girl saw Ash's sign for drawings-on-demand and asked how much it… Continue reading The Frankenputer lives!