Patreon Post – September 17 – Progress

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Today I reached 4000 words in Maybe Not Her! The draft is now at 62 pages and I’m very pleased with how it’s coming along. At this rate I’m hopeful that I’ll be done with the collection by the end of October. Then I’ll let it sit before I go back and start editing.

In other news I’ve finished with one editing project for Patchwork Press and it’s on to the next! This is other book is by an author I’ve previously worked with, and I really liked the book I edited, so I’m super excited to be working with her again.

Collecting Chaos is slow going, but I wrote an entire chapter this week and now I need to sit down and do some more plotting for the book. I’m just over the 8000 word mark, and at this rate it will be a couple months before I’m finished with it.

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September 13 – How Goes The Writing

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It’s hard to believe that today is already the 13th of September. The month seems to be flying by, completely without permission from me. 🙂

So far September has found me knee-deep in my editing internship. My boss is putting out a book this month, and myself and a few other editors are helping her with the final draft. It’s been a fun book to work on, full of magic and werewolves and prophesies.

I continue to write a poem every day. Maybe Not Her is now at 57 pages and 3838 words.  I’m starting to feel like the poems are a bit repetitive, but that’s a problem for the next draft. Right now my only goal is to finish at around 100 pages.

My novel writing has been much slower going. Still at less than 10,000 words, I find myself only being able to write a few hundreds words here and there. Still I’m pleased that I’m getting any work done on it at all.

And that’s all I’ve been up to! Thank you again for reading!

The End Of August – Looking Forward

As we come to the end of August I’m looking back at all that I’ve done and not done.

In many ways it’s been a very productive month.  I’ve worked hard on my poetry and went beyond my goal of adding 1,000 words to the draft.  I was also very busy editing, which paid off with me adding a new novel to my portfolio.

I wasn’t as successful with my own novel writing, but that is what next month will be for.
In the next month I hope to continue my work on my poetry book, I would like it to be at 100 pages or more. Making it my longest poetry collection.  I would also like to continue writing my novella Collecting Chaos, hopefully finishing it by the end of September.

I also need to edit my novel from Camp in July.  I barely touched it this last month, and I need to continue to push forward with this.

I also need to edit my novel from Camp in July.  I barely touched it this last month, and I need to continue to push forward with this.

I hope this next month is successful!

Currently I’m….

I’ve seen a few posts like this before, so instead of a book review I thought I’d just do a mini update.

Reading: I only just started this book, but I’m really excited to read more. The first chapter has been very well written, I love how vivid it is. Plus a story about a woman gladiator sounds super badass.  Find on Goodreads.

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Writing: These days I’ve been mostly focusing on my third poetry collection, Maybe Not Her. I’m 2728 words in, which is about 33 poems. I’m hoping to make this collection my longest one yet.  I’m also supposed to be working on my novella, Collecting Chaos, but that’s taken a back burner for now.

Watching: I’ve been watching a couple of things these days. Last week I got the first season of The X-Files and started it.  So far it’s been pretty cheesy, but it’s also a good show to have on in the background when I’m cleaning the house.

I’ve also been watching the latest season of Game of Thrones with Grant and another friend Sarah.  This season has been quite interesting, and next Sunday the last episode comes out.  It’s getting rather suspenseful!

Listening: The other day Grant had me listen to a band he’d found, and I’ve pretty much been listening to it every day since. It’s called Caravan Palace, and the genre is Electro Swing. Here’s a link to one of my favorite songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7JOa3dISg0

End of Camp NaNo July 2017

Originally published July 26th on Patreon. 

Today I decided to just finish up my novel. I didn’t have enough story to bring it to the full 40k, so I rounded off a chapter and added an epilogue and the final wordcount is 37,467. Which is not bad! The story is finished, and now I can rest until August 1st.Next month I’m going to jump into editing. I’ve made a goal to edit 1 chapter a day, and spend at least 1 hour on the chapter.  I hope to have a polished 2nd draft by September 1st.

Also in August I’m going start a new novel. I want to write 30k on it. That’s 1,000 words a day, which isn’t too bad. I didn’t want to overwhelm myself considering I’ll be editing this month as well.

Come September I’ll be looking for places to publish TPP.  More info on that later. All in all, I’m content with where I am.

sylvia plath, submissions & camp updates

Note: This is an update from my Patreon, it’s a few days old but I liked it so I thought I’d republish it here. 

Last night I finished reading the Journals of Sylvia Plath. It was a long read and at times hard, but it was also very interesting because I found myself relating to her so much. It was like looking into a mirror. Like Plath I’m also married to a writer, like her I have depression and anxiety, I write poetry and want to be known as a writer. I loved reading her honesty, it was somehow comforting to know that even a well known writer like Plath could get writer’s block and fall into depression after rejections came in. I loved her life and vitality, I loved her love of people. It was such a great experience to read her journals, I recommend it to you all.

Because I was reading about Sylvia Plath I was inspired to write a few poems this week, and I even sent two into a magazine. Fingers crossed! I hope that at least one of them gets in. It’s been awhile since I’ve sent poetry out, but I have hope that my writing is getting better.

Camp NaNo is now in it’s 5th day.  This weekend has been crazy. I had no time to write, save a few hundred here and there. It was kind of depressing, but at the same time I was too busy to be bemoan it too much. I am now at 18k, and I have high hopes that I’ll make it to 20 before the week is done.