Vacation

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I will be on vacation from September 14th to September 17th. During this time I will be away from my laptop –and yes, away from my writing (unless I get the urge to handwrite something while I am away). This is a much needed and long awaited vacation, so I hope to return well rested and ready to get back to work.

I will be returning home on the 17th. I have taken the 18th-20th off from work to allow some more days of relaxation and quiet honestly the plan on those days is to get some serious writing done as well.

Just wanted to post a quick announcement. Thank you for all the support, and here’s to hoping this vacation gives me lots of inspiration for when I return!

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Cursed With Power Audiobook

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BIG NEWS: Cursed With Power is being turned into an audiobook. Thanks to ACX I’ve found a narrator, and she and I are more than thrilled to start on this new adventure together. Finally Celestria’s voice is literally coming to life.

All those people who always tell me “oh, but I don’t like reading” –well, we’ve got you covered now! Wherever you are, whoever you’re with, now you can bring Celestria’s story along with you and listen at your own pace.

Bringing my books into audiobook format has been a dream and goal of mine for years now. Recently I decided to make that dream and reality. Cursed With Power will be the first of my books to be released as an audiobook. The rest will be worked into the mix later on. There’s a lot going on right now as far as book releases, this audiobook, and working on Clara and Ezra –so all in due time. The rest of the Magicians series will be worked into being released as audiobooks after their re-release.

As far as the audiobook for Cursed With Power, we’re looking to be done by December 1st. My narrator and I will be working hard to make it possible for CWP‘s audiobook to be ready and for sale by the time Christmas and other holidays hit.

I’m excited (and still in shock), and I hope you’ll all join me in this new adventure we’re taking Celestria on. I’ll keep you updated with our progress!

Goal: hit 50k

This month as far as writing goes has been extremely stressful. I think the problem being that I set goals for myself that were unrealistic. I started writing Clara and Ezra at the very end of June. It’s only August. So having a goal where I finished the book this month was a bit extreme, considering that would have been the fastest I’ve ever written a first draft.The problem we face as writers when we set ourselves up with unrealistic goals is that it brings upon more stress than necessary. I found myself so stressed out this month and, if I’m being honest, disappointed in myself. All of which could have been avoided if I had set goals that I knew I could achieve. And then if I crush those goals and go above and beyond that’s a nice little bonus.

There are only two days left to August. My original goal was to finish this month at 70k words. Now my goal is to finish with 50k. If I hit over 50k even better, but realistically speaking just finishing at 50k will be enough for me.

As far as a completion date for this book, which a lot of people have been asking me, we’re looking at September. Clara and Claire was around 90k, so that’s the goal I’m aiming for with this book too. So I’m aiming to finish the book in September and by October start editing (aka rewriting).

I usually write 1k daily on the days that I do write. Admittedly, as you’ll see tomorrow, there have been days where I didn’t write at all. There have been days where I did not reach my 1k goal. But 1k daily is a realistic goal for me. I’ve done it in the past, and I know I can continue doing it.

I’ve gotten back into using my word count app, Wordly, to track my progress. I’ll also share pictures of that tomorrow as well. And I am still using my calendar with the stars to show what days I reached my goal and what days I did not.

I’d like to make September a more successful month. I would like to learn from my mistakes. Set realistic goals, and remember every now and then I’m going to need to breathe.

I’ll post a more detailed post tomorrow. I know I still am slacking as far as blog posts go, and I’m in the process of working on that too. So please be patient with me, and remember if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat you can get daily updates!

Writing Desk

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A writing desk. It seems like common sense that if you’re a writer, regardless of if you’re aspiring or published, you should have a writing desk. However, for me I’ve gone my whole life without ever having a desk of any kind for my writing. Sure I had a desk when I was younger, prior to pursuing my dreams as an author, but once I got serious about writing I never had a desk. The majority of my writing over the years has been done either in my bed or sitting on a couch. Not ideal.

Last night with the help of my parents and a close friend of mine, we set up my writing desk. This is the same desk that many, many years prior had been a desk my parents bought me when I was a girl. It’s real wood. So when I was looking into having a writing desk my dad offered to repaint the desk black (of course, what other color would I want). And once he repainted it I fell in love all over again.

I still have a lot of ideas of things I want to add to my desk. Quotes, pictures, and other gimmicks I want to place in that space. I bought the knobs for the drawers, and since the desk was repainted to a color I favored, it really does feel like a whole new desk. It feels like it’s finally my desk.

I’m not sure why for years now I’ve gone without a desk for writing. And I know I’m not alone in this. It amazes me just how many of my fellow authors are without desks. (Shoutout if you’re fortunate enough to have an entire office dedicated to your work). My desk is not huge, but neither is my room. In the grand scheme of everything it is still a small space, but it’s a corner dedicated to my writing. It’s the place where I plan on finishing Clara and Ezra and many future books. 

If you don’t have a writing desk, I highly recommend one. Dedicate a space to your writing, even if it’s a small space. If you’re able to, dedicate a larger space to your writing –this gives even more opportunities. It’s not only motivating but it also helps with focusing. Sit down, get to work, and then when you leave that space you can do things outside of writing (or writing related material). 

If anything my goal with having a desk now is to really work on focusing. I get easily distracted. Sometimes after I’ve been writing for a while I need a break, and sometimes that break turns into countless minutes on Facebook or Pinterest or messaging someone. These breaks are okay, but it’s important to know when to break and when to get back to work. One of the things I want to purchase for my desk is a timer, so I can set a specific time for how long I’ll write, and then when I hear the buzzer, take a break for x amount of time. I don’t have all of the details worked out, but I’ll keep you updated.

 

I’m not going to lie. August is proving to be a difficult month. I am behind. Most days I am panicking over this first draft. But I am trying to get back into a schedule. I am trying to get back to be consistent with my writing. And one of these months, whether that’s this month or next or two months from now, I want to get into the schedule of writing daily and consistently. Not having long periods of time with 0 words written. I don’t want to keep feeling guilt for my lack of writing. I want to write, get the work done, and then go about my day. That’s the goal here. It’ll not only help me get books done but it will help with releasing books sooner. More on that later, but for now fingers crossed this desk will help me get back on track.

Where do you write? Post a picture of your writing space in the comments; I’d love to see.

Month in review: July 2017

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Now that I’m finally back into the full swing of writing, I’m also trying to revive the blog (and I swear I’m getting there… baby steps)!

July was a hard month for me. After a 7 month writing break I started writing again around the 28th of June. I started out in July with 8,656 words in total for Clara and Ezra. I finished this month with approximately 30k (because I’m writing more tonight after this post). Now I’ve never claimed to be a fast writer. I actually know for a fact to be on the slower side of writing (especially when it comes to first drafts). You’d think with working on a sequel this would be easier, but I went from writing a mystery novel to writing a murder mystery novel. So yeah, a bit more complicated.

So again want to shoutout to V.E. Schwab for sharing her wisdom on Twitter about how she tracks her progress. Like her, I also finally decided to go out and buy a calendar specifically for my writing progress.

Now keep in mind the days you don’t see any star stickers are days when I wrote 0 words. (The days with heart stickers on days when I wrote but hit under 1000 words, hence did not reach my daily word count goal.) Sadly there’s more days with 0 words than I’d like to see, but this goes to show… You can always improve.

Hitting a total of 30k this month isn’t by any means huge. My goal was actually 40k, which I’m obviously not going to reach tonight. But if we’re being honest I also can’t be entirely disappointed with myself. This is still a strong start after a 7 month writing break. This is still a strong start for someone getting back into writing while juggling a full-time job, life, and unexpected twists at every corner. (And did I mention my cat?)

Overall? July was a good start. It was a fresh start and it gives me hope. I think this calendar system is amazing, and I wish I had known about it years ago. This month was all about trial and error for me. I saw what did work and what didn’t. I tried new things and I organized myself.

As for next month, I have bigger goals I’m setting for myself. In a perfect world I’d love to see Clara and Ezra complete by the end of August. But I also know that’s very optimistic and somewhat unrealistic for myself (because I know the pace at which I write), so it’s also very likely I don’t finish in August and it instead is finished in September.

At the very least I want to hit 80k in August. Clara and Claire was a total of 90k by the time I was finished with that book, so I’m guessing this sequel to be that or over.

The sooner I finish this first draft the better. Everything else will be easier to determine and plan out once I know how much (or how little) I’m working with.

I have a lot of hopes for August, and I hope I reach them or even better yet surpass them. I’m really trying to get this book out to you guys as soon as possible while also ensuring it’s in its best form.

Just wanted to thank everyone so much for all the support this month. Along with writing Clara and Ezra this month the 2nd edition of Cursed With Power released and we celebrated the book anniversaries for Shadows and Embers and Bloodline Inheritance (who knew I had so many book anniversaries all in one month). Your support with my new release and my current WIP means the world to me. Can’t wait to see what we accomplish for August!

CWP purchase links

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Cursed With Power is now available. I didn’t have my laptop with me, but I wanted to post all the purchase links. Here are all the websites where you can purchase the book!

Paperback

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, Createspace

Ebook

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Also remember there will be copies available at the book signing on October 14th. So if you’d like to purchase copies from me directly just message me and let me know.

The ebook is live and the paperback is available to be shipped. Signed copies will be available at the book signing if you’re interested.

Thank you so much to everyone who made the release day successful. I can’t wait to re-release the remainder of the series.

Cursed With Power RELEASE DATE

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Title: Cursed With Power

Series: the Magicians (#1)

Edition: 2

Release date: July 23, 2017

Cursed With Power is set to release this Sunday, July 23rd. This will be the 2nd edition of the book, featuring a new book cover as well as a new interior design.

Copies will be available for purchase in paperback and ebook format. As always if you’d like to buy the book directly from me (and have it signed) contact me and we can work out the details.

I’m hosting a FB online event on the day of that will feature a live Q & A as well as guest appearances from other authors. It’s going to be an all day event, and I’m really excited to be sharing Celestria’s story again, so I hope if you’re able to you’ll join me.

I’ll be updating all of my social media with the set release date. Stay posted for purchase links this weekend!