Nanowrimo 2019: Thank God It’s Over


This is 10 days late, but I did want to still take the time to talk about my experience with Nanowrimo this year. First and foremost, I want to congratulate everyone who participated –whether you won or not, it’s still a huge success that you took part in this event and challenged yourself.

For me personally, this was my first time being able to seriously dedicate 100% to Nanowrimo since 2014 (the last time I reached the 50k mark). Last year I did try to participate, but I only made it about 5k, and I think that was because Clara and Ezra had just released and required my full attention.

This year I was reminded how truly challenging Nanowrimo is. I mean, 50k in 30 days is no joke. Now if you’re a speedy writer (especially with first drafts) maybe that’s not the case, but for someone like me who is very slow when it comes to first drafts (and just writing in general) those 30 days felt like half that.

Nanowrimo 2019 Final Thoughts:

  • pick a story you’re happy with. Don’t worry about other people reading it, don’t worry about if this is something you’ll ever publish, etc… Write what you want to write. Period. This seems obvious, but I’ve had years where I was trying so hard to write the next book I wanted to publish that it actually hindered my performance.
  • Accountability apps are your friends. I’ve talked a lot about “Wordly” on here, so I’ll try not to repeat myself too much with that recommendation, but it’s honestly the only word count tracking app I use these days. For writers with Android (because I found out Wordly is not made for Android users yet *sad face*), my suggestion would be an app called “Word Keeper.”
  • I also discovered a new app called “Forest.” This is another app I really want to do a separate post (or maybe even a video?) about because it’s just such a great app if you’re a writer, but I used this app a lot during Nanowrimo –and am still using it this month while editing Clara and Daphne. It’s great for holding you accountable –especially when you’re on a deadline
  • Don’t let doubt win. I can’t tell you how many times this year and in previous years I doubted myself, I let my insecurities ruin the story I was writing, and hence it also ruined my productivity. You can do this, and even if you didn’t win this year, you still did something outside your comfort zone, and for that you deserve recognition
  • Don’t make Nanowrimo all about winning. This year I went in with one purpose: to write a story I had been wanting to write for a long time. Because if not now, when? I saw so many people talking about how they were finally writing a story, finally making progress on something they were passionate about –and at the end of this challenge that’s what really matters.
  • Be willing to make sacrifices. Nanowrimo is pretty brutal, especially if you’re like me and aim for 500-1000 words on a good day. So suddenly be thrown into the chaos of writing over 1600 every day or catching up to get back on track can be a little daunting. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made, and that’s okay (as long as you’re not overworking yourself)
  • Change up when, where, and how you write. Sometimes this makes all the difference. I went from on my laptop, to handwriting, to even typing up a chapter on my phone (something I rarely ever do). If something it’s working for you, or you’re getting frustrated, make a change and see how that works out for you.
  • Nanowrimo is a great way to test out new ideas. For me, it was my chance to write a story I’ve been thinking about for a long time (and just couldn’t find the words for). It doesn’t really matter what you write as long as it’s important to you. Maybe it’s a backstory for that character you love, maybe it’s a genre you’ve never written before, maybe it’s an alternative ending (and aftermath) to a story you’ve already written. Regardless of if you hit 50k or not it gives you a good indication of what you have to work with, and how you feel about the project you’re working on. Is this something you would still want to work on after Nano is over?
  • Nanowrimo isn’t for everyone, and that’s ok. I almost wish they would make it in any month other than November because end of the year is always so busy for me –plus there’s the holidays to factor in as well. I saw so many writers out there this November just writing, regardless of if they were doing it for Nanowrimo or working on their own projects. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to participate in Nano during a release month, shortly after moving, etc just because I was worried about missing out on something. Don’t worry –there’s always next year! And if it’s just not for you either way, that’s ok too –do what works best for you.
  • Definitely plan your writing time. Near the end of Nano I was putting in so many extra hours to reach the 50k mark, and it was stressing me out. This was due to falling behind early at the start of the month and never taking the time earlier to catch up, which really hurt me near the end. It’s definitely not something I want to do again next year if I participate, so plan out your writing time the best you can. Set a goal for each day, and if you miss a day, definitely try to catch up as soon as possible –so it doesn’t come back to bite you at the end

Now if you’ve made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read through this. I still have a lot of thoughts on Nanowrimo, and one of my biggest regrets this year was not being able to update my website with daily or at least weekly updates on my progress. I honestly speak every free minute writing my novel, so unfortunately I never found the time to update you guys on here.

I also want to talk more about my Nanowrimo novel –which is still untitled– but I think I’ll save that for another post (since this one is already going longer than usual).

Overall I’m really happy I participated in Nano this year, but next year I definitely want to have a better plan (with my actual story and with my writing schedule). This year I was so unsure about whether I actually wanted to participate, and then when a story idea came to me I just jumped right in –no outline, no plotting, no characters names… nothing. It was chaotic and super disorganized. Definitely not my usual style.

Again I just want to remind you guys that the work you did in November is truly special. Even if it’s a hot mess, like my Nano project is currently, it’s still amazing that you took on this challenge. The writing community was especially supportive for Nanowrimo, and I saw so many people sharing their progress and cheering others on (from day one until the final hours).

I think we all have a lot to be proud of. We wrote our stories, and at the end of the day, that’s what really matters.

I hope December can be just as a successful and productive month –though, hopefully less hectic.

That’s all for now, guys! Let me know how you did in Nano in the comments, and please tell me about the stories you wrote.

Until next time, happy writing!

NaNoWrimo 2019

So I’m a day late posting this, but happy NaNoWriMo to those of you who are participating this year!

I am happy to report that I am participating this year and thought I’d take a second to talk about my project.


My project is currently untitled, but it follows Ava Greene, a psychic, who, after seven years, returns to her hometown. It’s an adult paranormal/mystery, and as of today I’m a little over 3k into the story.

I’m most excited this year because I’m stepping out of my comfort zone. My books usually always end up being fantasy mixed with other genres. But this year I decided to do something different, and I’m excited to see how it turns out, even if it goes horribly.

The idea for Ava’s story was actually inspired by a story my dad was telling me about a real-life psychic. (Can’t remember the guy’s name, so I’ll have to look that up later.) After that the rest of her story kind of just came to me in pieces. I’ve been figuring it out as I go, quite literally winging it –because I’ve done no prepping for this novel whatsoever.

I have to say it feels good to be participating in NaNo this year. Last year I wasn’t able to because it was right around the release of Clara and Ezra, but this year I decided to go for it, even though I’ll admit I rarely ever make it to the 50k mark.

While participating in NaNo, I’m also still editing Clara and Daphne. I’m trying to make time for both projects every day, but obviously I’ve made reaching my word count a priority because I figured if I’m really going to participate this year I should at least give it my all.

For those of you also participating in NaNo, I wish you the best of luck! This sort of challenge is never easy, but remember, try your best and don’t give up. Really the only way you can lose is if you give up altogether. Set little goals for yourself and work toward those. Reward yourself as often as possible because, trust me, every bit of encouragement helps. Tell your friends and family about your book and get excited about it. 50k is a great start to your first draft, even if it’s sh*t.

And for those of you not participating this year, I see you. We’ve all been there, and I understand this type of challenge isn’t for everyone. If you’re still doing your own writing/editing/revisions/planning this month, be proud in the work that you’re doing. If you needed a break from writing for a month, I applaud you even more. Self care is so important, and we as writers can easily forget and neglect this aspect. Take care of yourself. And remember, there’s always next year!

That’s all for now! I’m still trying to catch up today, since I slacked a little yesterday, so I should get back to my novel. I’ll be posting tips, frustrations, and more as the month continues for anyone who’s interested.

Happy writing!

Clara and Daphne: 1st Draft Complete

So I’m super late on posting about this, but on Saturday I finished the first draft of my WIP, Clara and Daphne.

For those of you who may be catching up, or somehow didn’t hear about this book I’ve been talking about nonstop, Clara and Daphne is my next upcoming release. It’s scheduled to release sometime in 2020.

That being said, now that I have the first draft done I wanted to talk about what’s next. And let me tell ya, I’ve got my work cut out for me.

So my first draft finished roughly around 87k. This is a little lower than the 90k goal I set for myself, and ideally I’d like to add more to this book, as the whole series thus far has gone over 90k per book. I’ve already got some ideas of what I want to add in.

Basically my to-do list is looking something like this right now:

  1. Edit/read over 1st draft. Make an Excel sheet to get organized and have a better understanding of the overall plot, developments, key events, etc
  2. Start on 2nd draft. Aim to add more words, rewrite scenes that need more work, strengthen plot/characters/development. Sometimes my 2nd draft becomes the revise/rewriting draft (where a lot changes from 1st draft vs 2nd)
  3. Beta Readers/3rd draft. With Clara and Ezra I did three drafts with one being a major rewrite because the 1st draft had a lot of issues and was way too short. This book doesn’t have the shortness factor, so depending on how edits and 2nd draft goes we’ll see if I do a third draft then send to beta readers or vice versa.

Now keep in mind this list is just a rough idea of the work I have a head of me. I won’t know more until I work through editing this 1st draft and see how much needs fixing. Now that I have the skeleton of the story, which is the most crucial part of this process, I at least know the structure is there –I just need to fill in some things here and there.

As of right now this book is still on track to release in 2020, and I hope to keep it that way. I’ve admittedly taken a small break from writing since Saturday, but I plan on starting edits/read over this weekend.

Also, I plan on finally writing up a synopsis for this book. When I started this book I honestly only had a vague idea of where it was going. I had some ideas but wasn’t sure how they’d turn out. Now that I know the full story I’m going to write up a synopsis that I’ll share first on Patreon and then later this year or the start of next year everywhere else. So if you want to read it first before anyone else, be sure to stop by my Patreon page and sign up.

All in all, I’m very happy to be done with this 1st draft of the book. I know it seems like there’s a lot of work to be done before release, and there is, but I’m also confident I can manage it now that I’ve tackled what I think is one of the hardest parts of this whole process.

Thank you guys so much for your overwhelming and ongoing support for this book as I get it ready for release. I can’t wait to share more details with you soon!

That’s all for now. I’ll be back soon with more updates, I promise!

Happy writing!


September Goals

Happy September guys! Hard to believe August came and went so quickly, but we’re that much closer to Halloween, so I’m pretty happy.

August was not a good writing month for me. Even though I came up with a new daily goal for my writing I still had a hard time getting in those daily words, mainly because I found it hard to make time for my writing.

But today I’m focusing on September goals because it’s a new month and that means change, and hopefully the good kind.

September Goals:

  • Reach 80k in Clara and Daphne
  • IGTV episode talking about Vellum (interior formatting program I use for my books now)
  • Reach 500 daily word count goal at least 5 times a week
  • Update Patreon rewards –more on this later, but I’m going to be updating the rewards to focus more on helping/benefiting writers (as right now that’s where I want to focus most)

So obviously there’s a lot of work ahead of me this month. I’m eager to reach 80k in my WIP because remember my end goal is to hit 90k, and usually I tend to struggle when I’m this close to the end. This first draft has really been knocking me on the ground more times than I’d like to admit, but I think once I’m actually finished and can start the editing/re-writing process that will help make draft 2 easier on me. Right now I’m just trying to get the words down on the paper.

As far as releases go, I don’t have any others planned for the rest of this year. I’m working hard on finishing Clara and Daphne so that can hopefully release sometime next year (hopefully).

That’s all for right now. I know this was a quick and brief update, but that’s kind of all I have happening right now.

I’m eager to hear what your September goals are for yourself –whether they’re writing related or not. Be sure to share your goals in the comments below so we can cheer each other on.

Wishing everyone a successful month! I’ll be back again soon!

Happy writing!

New Release: Thicker Than Blood (v. 2)

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Happy (belated) release to Thicker Than Blood!

Sorry I’m a few days late writing up this post, guys. I forgot how hectic releasing a book can be, and usually I write up the post a week in advance. But anyways, here I am, so let’s talk about this book’s release.

The backstory:

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Left: 2014 cover. Right: 2019 new cover

For those of you who don’t know, TTB originally released back in 2014. It was the second book I self published, and at that time I still didn’t really know what I was doing. I didn’t have the money at the time to buy a custom cover, so I bought a pre-made one (not that there’s anything wrong with pre-made covers, but the one I bought didn’t match the genre of the book) and I also did the interior design myself… in Word… without having any idea how to do something like that (so it was pretty rough looking haha).

Fast forward to now! We’ve finally made it to release day. There were some days I worried I would never make it to this day. This book’s re-release has been in the works for several years now, and these past couple months I put as much attention and work into this book to ensure that the re-release wouldn’t have the same errors as the original.

Mind you, the story itself hasn’t changed. But I edited the book (again), fixed minor issues here and there (that you won’t notice unless you read the original), and obviously we got a new cover (thanks to Hell Yes Design) and I redid the interior design (thanks to Vellum).

Purchase Links:

Amazon: paperback

Amazon: ebook


The paperback will also be available on B&N, but that usually takes a couple weeks before it shows up (for whatever reason) –so I’ll update this book when I have that link (and you can find it on the books page as well).

What’s Next:

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It’s really refreshing to see the covers coming together, and now they actually look like a series standing side by side!

Now there’s only one more book left in this series that needs a new cover –and once that’s done the entire series will be complete! It’s taken a long time, but we’re so close, and I’m excited to be almost done with this project so I can focus 100% on new stories.

I can’t guarantee when Bloodline Inheritance will be re-releasing. 2020 is when I plan on releasing Clara and Daphne, so unless I need more time with that book and decide to push back the release date, it might not be until 2021 that BlIn re-releases. But who knows, plans constantly change, and I don’t have that solid of release plans for the future, so for now hold tight, and we’ll see what next year brings us.

Lastly, before you go, I just wanted to thank everyone for their ongoing support with this series and my writing in general. It means a lot to me, and you guys made release day a success. Thank you so much, especially for your patience, since the re-releasing of this series has been quite time consumed and even at times unpredictable.

That’s all for now, guys! I’ve got some serious writing to catch up, so I can finish this first draft. In the meantime please go give TTB some love and check it out, won’t you?

Happy writing ya’ll!

August Goals and Quick Update

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Happy August, ya’ll!

Not going to lie, July was a really busy month for me, and I definitely do not reach my writing goals. To be honest the free time I did have was dedicated to getting Thicker Than Blood ready for re-release.

But now that it’s August I’m determined to get back on track. So here’s what I have planned so far for this month:

  • reach 70k in Clara and Daphne –this was my goal for July, so it’s on here again because I didn’t reach it, and I’m so close! I’m currently at 67k, and I’m hoping with having a vacation this month that’ll actually help me have more spare time to write.
  • TTB releases August 10th. There’s still time to pre-order the ebook if you want to start reading on release day! We’re 6 days away, so yes it will occupy my time for the next week or so, but I can focus more on my WIP now that we’re so close to release.
  • The Hollow Knight pantheon is not at all writing related haha. But it’s the video game I’ve poured over 200 hours in, and I’m still working to complete the pantheon, so if anyone has any tips I’m desperate!
  • Last but not least, I’d like to have new posts either for the website or new content for IGTV. It’s been difficult keeping up with my website, writing, and everything else in between, so I do apologize if I’ve been slacking. But I have so much I want to share with you guys, and hopefully this month I can some more content on here (or IGTV)

So those are my goals for this month. I’ve switched my daily word count goal from 1000 to 500 because I’ve been struggling so much lately with everything that’s going on. 500 is much more achievable for me at the moment, so I’m eager to have a better go at that this month after TTB‘s release.

My final WIP word count goal is to end at 90k. I’ve still got a ways to go, and now it’s looking like I might not finish until September or October –depending on how writing goes. It’s the first draft, and for some reason I’m really struggling with writing the last 20k or so.

What are your goals for this month? Let me know in the comments below, so we can cheer each other on!

I’m looking forward to all that this month has to offer, and I’m determined to make it my most productive and rewarding month yet!

Happy writing, ya’ll!

TTB Pre-order and Release News

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Hey guys! Sorry I’m late on posting this –this month has been super busy for me, but I have good news.

Thicker Than Blood will be releasing on August 10th. If you haven’t already check out my Instagram –you can see what the proof of the paperback looks like! (It looks great!) And in the meantime while you’re waiting you can pre-order the ebook on Amazon.

If you pre-order the ebook now you’ll be able to start reading the book on release day, August 10th!

The new edition includes a new cover (designed by Hell Yes Designs), new interior formatting (because I finally have a program for that), as well as some other minor changes. All in all, the book has improved greatly since 2014, and I’m excited to be sharing the new edition with you. We’ve come a long way since then, and it’s nice to see Alaire’s story finally getting the makeover it deserves.

I am so excited to be re-releasing this book and right around the anniversary of its original release too (Aug 1, 2014)! I’ll be keeping you guys up to date with purchase links and hopefully be doing a video on IGTV later this month about the release.

Thank you guys as always for your support. We’re so close now –not too much longer!

Thicker Than Blood Cover Reveal

Good morning everyone, and happy EARLY cover reveal day!

I did a poll on Instagram to see if you guys wanted the cover reveal early, and the answer was yes! And luckily I had a lot of extra time on my hands this morning to make this possible, so without further ado let’s talk about this new cover.

First I want to show you the original cover that’s been with this book since 2014…

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2014 1st edition cover

So this original cover from 2014 was a premade cover I purchased at the time. There’s nothing wrong with premades, especially if you can find someone who has a great variety of them, but there were two main problems with this cover. One: you couldn’t tell what genre the book was just from looking at it. And two: the cover didn’t go along with the other book covers for the series. Hence why the entire series has been redesigned!

But let’s get to what you came for, the cover reveal:


And the book jacket:


Cover design by: Hell Yes Design Studio (the same designer who also did the cover for: Cursed With PowerClara and Ezra, and Shadows and Embers)

There you have it! This is the new cover for Thicker Than Blood. And since it’s been so long since I’ve talked about this book, here’s the blurb:

Alaire Sencler is not the man he used to be. He left behind a foul and bloody past to be with the woman he loves, but the memories never allow him to forget what he did.

While the White magicians raise an army, their leader hides his true reasons for going to war. Meanwhile the Dark magicians seek out a new haven, one that might keep them hidden long enough to prepare for the war that is raging on outside their doorstep.

Though Alaire has a unique gift and the woman of his dreams by his side, he has yet to come to terms with Esmour’s death and what the future holds for him. New faces and the revealing of the fifth Dark magician offers hope, but only the strongest will survive in the final battle.

Whoever said “blood runs thicker than water” never knew what it is like to be part of the current.

And there you have it!

There’s obviously still a lot more to say about this book, which I’ll save for another time.

Re-release date: June 2019 (TBA) –date might change. For those of you who don’t know I somehow lost the final copy I had saved of this book so I’m retyping it (while look at the actual book itself) and also fixing it up as I go.

What comes with the re-release? New cover, new interior design, corrected formatting (I’m fixing a lot of because back in 2014 I didn’t have the software I do now to make it look pretty), and bonus chapter

I think that wraps it up. Let me know if you have any other questions about the re-release, and please give this cover some love. I’m very happy with how the designer took my ideas and ran with them –she made the cover everything I imagined and more! And just wait till you see what we have in store for book #4!

Thank you guys again for all your support!

TTB Cover Reveal Sign Up

So this month has been crazy busy, but I’ve finally decided on a date for the cover reveal.

On May 18th (that’s a Saturday) I’ll be revealing the cover for Thicker Than Blood. This is book 3 in the Magicians series, and it originally released back in 2014 (holy cow, that feels like forever ago!).

So this month I’ll be revealing the NEW cover for this book, and I would love for you guys to help share it.

If you’re interested in sharing the cover, please go sign up here.

I’d really appreciate your help in sharing this cover because quite honestly none of this would be possible without you guys!

Thank you guys for all the support –it means a lot! And while this is a short post, I’ll try to post again before the big reveal day. In the meantime I’ll be counting down on Instagram if you want to follow along.

Stay tuned!

April Update

Hi guys! It’s been a while.

I’ve been focusing so much on trying to complete this first draft of Clara and Daphne that sometimes I forget to give myself a break. That or during my breaks I just sleep.

I wanted to post a quick update because I feel like a lot is happening while I’m working on this first draft. You might have heard if you’ve been following along on Instagram.

As you may or may not know by now Thicker Than Blood is re-releasing this year. Version 2! With a new cover and new interior design (now that I actually have a program that helps make this possible).

Today the new cover for TTB was finished, and let me say… this one has blown me away. Perhaps more than all the others because I don’t think I even knew what I wanted until I actually saw the final product. It’s perfect in every way.

The last couple of books I’ve released have all had their cover art done by Hell Yes Designs.  She also designed the new cover for TTB. Mind you, the original and first cover was done back in 2014 and was a premade. Not that there’s anything wrong with premade covers, but I’ve learned the hard way that custom covers are worth every penny –and so much better (in my opinion) for your book. (That may be a discussion for a later post.)

Anyways, now that I have the new cover I’ll be planning a cover reveal date soon. I’m still working on getting the book print ready.

But stay tuned because I want to do the cover reveal soon because I’m hoping to get the book out maybe next month? Spring release and just in time for summer!

I hope you guys are as excited as me to see this new version of TTB –the wait was well worth it.