Wednesday, March 13, 2019

March 2019 Update

The LGBT short story is finished, but missed the due date and word count. Not bummed out, though. It was a nice story to write, and I'm going to shop it around.

Oh, if you get a chance, buy the anthology from Wild Musette (https://wildmusette.com/collections/stock/products/frog-porridge). You will see that I'm a contributor there. So happy about this! I ordered a physical copy for myself.

The second novel is back on track. Had some kinks that I needed to work out, and it's looking good. I am really aiming to finish it this month.




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Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday, February 8, 2019

February 2019 Update

I kinda' slowed down in finishing the second book. I often wonder if this slow-down is caused by my subconscious not wanting to finish it. Crafting a book is so immersive, so much so that the characters in it feel like real people I've journeyed with.

I'm still at the 90% mark on this book, but I feel confident in finishing it this month. (Note to self: finish the fucking book!)

Another reason why I slowed down was my outline. I reviewed and innovated how I craft my outlines (for the trillionth time). At this moment, I am very very very very happy with it. It's a cleaner look, and it stimulates my imagination better than the previous method. Maybe some day in the future I'll share my method if it holds up.

When I'm done with this book, I'll focus on short stories and maybe a movie script, which I'll call "Project A". I initially slated Project A as a novel, but after crafting the outline, it's looking more like a movie script. We'll see.

Lastly, I'm restarting the "copywork analysis" again. I had posted these every other Friday, but now I'm aiming every other Monday. The weekends will allow me to catch-up if something happens within the week.

Weather is warming up, and my mood has thawed. Looking forward to this month.



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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 2019 Update - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Quick one--

I am still writing. Won't ever stop writing. Will not stop writing. Will continue to write until I'm buried in the ground.

With that said, I've stopped listening to some writing podcasts that I frequently listen to. Whenever I listen to those podcasts, I feel pressured to finish my novels as quick as possible. The ones I frequent usually has this mantra: the faster you write, the more books you'll have; the more books you have, the more likely you'll get a purchase.

So they say.

Personally, I don't want to write fast. I like to take a trip through my imagination, taking in the scene and experiencing what my characters are going through. But I don't want to write slow either. There are more stories in this noggin of mine, and I want to breathe life to them.

I'm at ~95% on this second novel, and it's dragging. I feel that my subconscious is telling me to slow down because the next venture seems scary. I plan on writing a new novel, and with every new novel, it's uncharted territory.

As far as my copywork exercises, I will put those on hold until I get into the groove of things again. The winter weather just crapped on my lunch time routines (can't copy some great works when it's twenty degrees outside!).

Brrr...



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Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 2018 Update

Still writing, still working on the second book.

As for the copywork exercises, I've paused that at the moment. I blame the cold weather. I do my exercise during my lunch time at work. I like doing it outdoors, taking in the fresh air and the sun. Well, winter came along and took a giant dump on that routine.

Anyway, I'm also having a writerly identity crisis: do I stick with self-publishing or do I focus on traditional publishing? Money, it seems, is not the deciding factor for me. I want a good editor, but I don't have the budget for a GOOD editor. A good avenue for me is getting into traditional publishing. But then again, that's like winning the lottery.

We'll see how it goes. Maybe it's the winter time blues...



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Thursday, November 8, 2018

November 2018 Update

Now at 70% with the second draft of the second novel. At this rate, I think I'm going to finish at the end of December. This book will then be released by next year.

I need to create again...

The revision phase has shackled me to pruning mode, but my psyche is begging for creation mode. To sate that hunger, I'm planning on writing short stories, planning outlines and world building. Those I'm scheduling during my lunch hour at work.

But if that's the case, then my copywork exercise would be bumped off. Usually, I do my copywork during lunch hours. That said, I'm planning on doing these exercises every morning.

Of course reading comes in between. I read in the train, read while eating, read before going to sleep, read when there's nothing good on TV (or wait for my husband to come back home so we can binge watch Netflix).

Looking at this, I am fully devoted to my writing craft. Because of this, I am losing my interest in playing video games. The last game I played to the fullest was Octopath Traveler. After that? None.

I'm not even excited for Spider-Man or Red Dead Redemption 2 even though I had expressed my excitement on those titles. They're available now, but I can't seem to nudge myself in clicking the "buy" button.

Though it may be a loss, it is also a gain.



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Friday, October 12, 2018