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So, almost needless to say, I did not reach my goal of editing the entire book by the end of April. However, I did get done with the first part of it. Sent it off to my friend to read, as promised. And .  . . haven’t touched the book since. It is just SO MUCH WORK to edit a historical novel. I mean, how can one even possibly get that much information into one’s head to make sure it is accurate? It is super overwhelming.

I have worked on short stories a little. I even edited one and sent it to three magazines for publication. I know – the chances of it actually being published are like – nil. But – it is the first time I have ever sent anything to a REAL magazine, so it is a big step for me.

I am now trying to get over my fear of failure (as per usual) and start editing again. But part of me just wants to work on Ethrill instead because that is still being created. Do all writers struggle this much with actually finishing a product?

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I have very little to say by way of an update, which is why I have been putting off writing since the last time. I’m just – plodding along.

  • Editing my book, which is going far slower than I would wish it – and I am getting so many notes stacked up about the edits that have to be made, it is quite discouraging. Perhaps next time I won’t wait until the book is “done” to do actual research. But I don’t know – I seem to actually finish books when I do that. Still, I’m trying to move one piece at a time and not get too discouraged. It will be done eventually.
  • Working – not traveling as much right now, which is a nice change – I’m able to keep on my diet, do housework, and get on a schedule, more or less – and you all know how much I love schedules.
  • Dieting – as usual. Maybe this year I’ll actually lose it? My sister and I are doing weekly check-ins, which is helpful for keeping me on for the most part. I don’t like confessing I didn’t lose weight.
  • Daniel and I are not really working out this time around – we have decided instead to practice dancing and learn new dance moves by watching YouTube videos. I assume eventually we will start doing actual workouts again, but dancing is so much fun and we actually have room in our new apartment!

Anyway – that’s about it for me. Hopefully next time I’ll have more exciting things to say – like being done editing my book or something!

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am constantly writing schedules. I think that if I can find a schedule I can stick to, then I will have a more organized life and I will be able to fit in EVERYTHING that I want to do and learn (which, by the way, is a lot). I write and rewrite and rewrite schedules and lists in an attempt to organize my days in such a way that not only will I be able to write, research, read, submit items for publication, work out, do devotions, make all meals, and clean the house,  but also learn the piano, learn Russian, work on additional books and stories, learn more about writing, visit exotic locations (such as the library) AND have free time, watch movies/tv shows, play games, and spend time with my husband. You get the idea.

So – my latest attempt involves getting up between 5:00 and 5:30 in the morning to give myself an hour and a half to two hours before I have to get ready for work to fit in anything involving writing that I can free up my evening a little as well as get to bed at a reasonable time (hard for a night owl, but necessary when you have a career). This has been my goal for approximately two weeks and I’ve already rewritten my schedule accordingly about 3 times. I’ve succeeded twice. Once last week and now this morning. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

Despite the difficulty of getting up at what I think is an ungodly time in the morning – there is still something really nice about having a completely silent house to work in – and more than that – not feeling like I SHOULD be doing something else – because I know everything else can wait until evening. It helps me actually concentrate more on all my writing stuff because I have no distractions or guilt about not doing other things. So I do hope I get up tomorrow too. After all, a writer who also has a career and ambitions outside of writing has to make sacrifices somewhere. Sleep might be one of them. I’ll let you know – or maybe just write another schedule.

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It has been so long since I have written any posts, that I am sure you all thought you were free of my ramblings. I cannot even believe it is January 2017 – I feel like it was just a couple months ago that I was writing the January 2016 post. I am too scared to even look at what my goals were over the last year, since I am certain I failed at all of them.

I did, however, finish Picture of the Past and got to a book length of Ethrill, even if I didn’t finish it, per se. I am now working on editing PoP, which I have this feeling is going to be a very long process. I can’t believe how much work has to be done on it, just reading back through it! I mean, part of me knew it, but I am struggling to not become overwhelmed now that I am actually reading through and taking notes on what has to be rewritten, what scenes are missing, huge parts that need to be taken out, and most of all, the research I need to do that I strategically skipped while I was writing it so it didn’t bog me down. I can’t decide whether that was a good strategy or not, but I guess I will figure it out as I continue writing. I didn’t get anything published last year, which is rather depressing to think about, so I am not going to dwell on that. Instead I am going to dwell on the thought that I write because I enjoy it, not to become famous or published.

I just got back from a work trip to Cocoa Beach, which was amazing. I loved being next to the ocean in January! And Daniel and I are taking a trip to Florida again next weekend, using the free tickets we got from JetBlue last year after our cancelled flights. So I am pretty delighted. I currently am assigned to exercises in Florida, Colorado, and, as of today, Washington. Oh, and an internal one that I don’t really count. So I am pretty delighted with the load so far, even if it will be busy.

Anyway, that is it for now, since I am back in the office for the first time in a week and there is actual work to be done.

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Last year I was so good about writing multiple times during NaNo. It rather kept me going, you know, feeling like people were enjoying keeping up with my progress, whether it was true or not. 🙂 This year. Well, I got a very good start, as you know. And I was actually quite good at continuing. I was ahead in my word count almost the entire time, until last Sunday. Then I was out late and woke up sick Monday morning and everything went downhill from there. A week later and I’ve not written a word. On the up side, I am finally feeling well again. Mostly, anyway. I am at my in-laws for the week, where I will now be attempting to balance teleworking with family time and writing. I was going to give up on NaNo. But two things are keeping me going:

  1. Daniel. Apparently he doesn’t think I should quit.
  2. Stubbornness. I just don’t like losing. So, I am going to keep trying.

Anyway – the short story thing seems to be going fairly well other than the previous week. It is nice to have shorter goals. To begin and end things fairly quickly. To increase my creativity by forcing myself to come up with multiple story ideas. I really feel like this will be good for me in more ways than one. Here is to hoping all of you other NaNo writers out there are doing better than I!

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It is officially NaNoWriMo! So,to celebrate it,  I am sharing the November 1st NaNoToons – because they are the best. And, although I was up past midnight last night, no I did not start writing. But I don’t feel guilty. You know why? Because Daniel is bringing me to a wine/coffee bar tonight specifically to get a good start on this year’s book! I’m super excited about it. I think it will be a great time to get going, and I am going to trust that the words (and story ideas!) will come. I’m such a Pantser!

It’s November 1st! Huzzah! The writing has begun! Yes, I’ve changed the look again. I made it match the NaNoWriMo facebook cover. For those of you new to NaNoToons and don’t know who Mel and Tala are, their main arc started last year. I probably should explain all the characters. And update the cast page. […]

via 2016 – November 1st — Nanotoons

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One more day to NaNoWriMo!!! Am I scared, you ask? Why yes, yes I am. Terrified that I am going to sit in front of my keyboard and have absolutely  nothing to say. But I’ve won NaNo twice in a row now, and I am determined to make it a third! And if there is anyone more determined than me – it is my husband. Yup. He insists (as you will also see if you visit Once Upon a Story) that I am going to do it, and that I am going to actually keep up on my wordcount this year so I am not trying to cram 5,000 words a day in the last week of the month. He has grand plans for how to accomplish this too – apparently, he is going to play video games every evening after dinner until I finish my word count so that I can’t be distracted by him. And he knows how much I hate to feel ignored when he plays video games for an extended amount of time. So it will probably work. Oooh, and I came up with a great way to get ideas for short stories, since I’m kind of drawing a blank right now, but you’ll have to visit Once Upon a Story to see it, because I don’t feel like typing it all out again. 😛

Daniel and I did a photo shoot yesterday! A mutual friend (someone from college) has decided to go into photography (is there anyone left who hasn’t?) and asked us to model for her to help build her portfolio. In exchange we will get a few free pictures and have the option to purchase the rest at a flat fee. Even if we just stick with the few free pictures, I think it will be nice. We had fun shooting pictures, too – at least until a sudden storm sent us scurrying into the underground mall, cutting it short.

Oh, and you should be proud of me – I already ordered our Christmas cards for the year! I know. So ahead of schedule. Let’s hope I get them out on time now that I worked so hard to order them in time.

And in case anyone is still reading this and curious about my progress on Ethrill. . .I am unfortunately not going to make it to 100,000 words before tomorrow. I gave it a good go, though, and am at 88,000. My hope is to make it to at least 90,000 and then I will feel like I actually wrote a decent amount and will probably have to split it into two books anyway – so it counts as finishing, right? As nervous as I am to start the short story series for NaNo, I am that excited to start editing Picture of the Past- I know – who would have imagined excitement to EDIT your book? But I am so eager to have a finished book – and I know it will be way more work than I think it will be right now – but I think it will be worth it. Plus, I do like having an excuse to research historical fashion and events – and this not only gives me the opportunity, but further ingrains it into my memory because I’ll have to implement it into the book. The main thing I need to do, I know, is to integrate one or two other story lines into it so the book isn’t so completely focused on Elizabeth. I need more depth. I’m kind of nervous to figure out how to do that, but I’ll give it a good try.

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