February 2019 To-Do List

  • Finish final contest prize
  • Edit some existing projects
  • Work on Brothers Apart contest entry

January was a busy one with the goals I had set, and with a pretty significant drain on my energy that came about at work, but I made good progress on many of my goals the last month. I also got to take a very relaxing and much needed vacation to recharge some of the writing motivation.

There is nothing quite like good friends, cozy days, and not having a schedule.

Friendly reminder: If you have a prompt or an idea for a post, be sure to check out the contact page, which contains a form to send an idea right to me (it is anonymous; you don’t even have to fill in a name if you don’t want to!).

January 2019 To-Do List

  • Finish writing Goldfish and begin the editing process
  • Work on prizes for the Thanksgiving Contest
  • Post more content on the blog

New year just in time for me to be getting used to my new blog. I have a plan for some regular scheduled posts during each month, as well as any spontaneous shenanigans I get into. If you have a prompt or an idea for a post, be sure to check out the contact page, which contains a form to send an idea right to me (it is anonymous; you don’t even have to fill in a name if you don’t want to!).

Contest Winners

First of all, thank you to those who entered the contest, and thanks to those who followed it! I hope everyone had a good time! Oscar certainly had some chances at good food for Food Day~

In Third place, earning a 500-600 word story written by me, we have:

Food Day?  by  @nightmarejasmine​ 

This is such a cute little story. I can totally see Oscar being flustered that anyone would be angry on Food Day. He’d do his best to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves and having a lot to eat. It’d be the best day for him! Thank you so much for this charming and adorable story!


In Second place, earning a 1k word story written by me and a greyscale chibi by @creatorofuniverses​ :

Food Day  by @nightmares06

I loved this story about Oscar preparing for Food Day (he’s got to have all his chores in order for the big day!) and then going out borrowing. It really showcases how good of a borrower the little guy really is, and he earned some fantastic foods for all his effort. Thank you for bringing his celebration to life!


In First place, earning a 1.5-2k word story written by me and a colored chibi by @creatorofuniverses​ :

Oscar’s Food Day  by  panicattacknz

This story was such a ride! I was never sure where it might go next, but it all came together into such a lovely Food Day for Oscar. I especially love him helping his new buddy to work out his own Thanksgiving woes, and enjoying a warm meal with him in the meantime. Something tells me Sam and Dean would want to bring him more pie, if they could. Thanks for the wonderful Food Day adventure!


Thanks once again to everyone for helping Oscar have a good Food Day! I will be in contact with you soon to discuss your prizes.

Announcement

I’ve been so excited to come this far that now that I’m here, I hardly know what to say. Years and years of planning and writing and editing (and repeating those steps until I wanted to pass out) have finally come to fruition.

I’m so proud and pleased to announce that Bowman of Wellwood is now a published book! ( Lulu often runs some kind of promotion, so be sure to keep an eye out for extra discounts )

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From simple origins as a side project and something to muse about in between classwork and my other stories, Bowman and his friends have grown and developed more than I ever could have imagined. He used to be a nameless little muse, the figure I would imagine flying among the trees whenever I went on a road trip as a kid. Now, Bowman is all grown up, along with Jacob and Rischa and the rest.

I have to give credit where it’s due. I couldn’t have made it to this point without encouragement from my friends and the people I’ve written together with over the years. Thank you all so much for what you’ve done for me, @creatorofuniverses @nightmares06 @borrowedtimeandspace @bittykimmy @little-miss-maggie

Currently, the book is only available on the Lulu shop. However, I am in the process of preparing it for distribution on other sites such as Amazon and Barnes&Noble; more announcements will come when that process is complete. The next step will be to create an eBook format for those who don’t want to have a physical copy with that gorgeous cover (the artwork for which was created by Anthony Avon ).

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NaNoWriMo!

I’m back and ready to kick some butt with an all new story for this year’s National Novel Writing Month!

The story, working title Imperfect Storm, will feature Elias Dawn and Eral the Arbor Pixie. Those two heroic dorks had an unconventional start to what is now a very trusting and exasperating friendship. I’m excited to explore their characters in more depth this month.

I will be posting excerpts from the day’s progress every day that I get anything done, so my followers will be able to follow along with glimpses of their first adventure as a team.

Writing Process

(This one got forgotten by accident because I’m terrible about simply remembering things)

The first step in my process is to be comfy. Not fall-asleep comfy, but the type of comfy that won’t leave me stiff and unable to move when I’m all done. Sometimes that means I sit at the kitchen table, other times at my actual writing desk, and still others I am curled up in as little space as possible with my phone and some quick thumbs. Being comfortable minimizes the distractions around me, especially on days when focus is hard to come by.

Next, I decide if I’m gonna play music; usually the first couple of songs tell me whether or not I’m in a writing-with-music sort of mood.

I try to set a small goal to write every day so I don’t get into a daunting task (getting in this habit makes something like NaNoWriMo much easier to do, when you choose to take the challenge; you’re already used to having a goal number every day). I look at my goal, usually 200 to 500 words, and because it is manageable, some fretting goes away. “It’s only 500 words! That’s easy!” Sometimes, I end up with a lot more because I don’t go into it dreading how huge my goal is.

Stare at an open document for at least thirty seconds before you decide you don’t want to write for that story. Give it time to appeal, and if not, it’s okay. Pick a different one. If you’re like me, you have a hundred other story ideas waiting for you to poke at them.

Once a story is picked, I usually read through the last few paragraphs or maybe a chapter (not the whole story. This is a Trap). Then, with the mood set and my comfy chair chosen, I can actually make words to add to the story.

There are some purists who say never to edit a single thing until the story is all done but like. How many stories get left behind in the dust? Sometimes, those stories can be revitalized and our love for them rekindled if we just go back and spruce up older chapters, and that’s okay. So if you are doing the step of reading the last few bits of your story and you just have to change something, do the thing. Trust your instinct when it comes to your story, because really if someone else could tell it better than you, they would be doing it already.

Have fun. You’ve got this.

NaNoWriMo Approaches!

And I will be participating. What is NaNoWriMo? It is a delightful way to shorten “National Novel Writing Month,” and if you’d like to know more about it, I’d recommend visiting their page. It’s great fun and it’s a good way to keep practicing with that writing!

I participated in NaNoWriMo last year, and I was able to achieve the word count goal of 50,000 words with a few days left in November to spare. The result was the first novel in what I hope will become a series, Fairy Tales: Bowman of Wellwood. This year, I will be writing the sequel to Bowman, a story titled Fairy Tales: Teven of Nowhere.

I fully intend to update this blog periodically about my progress on Teven and I may, on occasion, include quotes or excerpts I’m particularly proud of.

If you are participating in NaNo too, best of luck, fellow writers! You can do it!