October 29

If I thought things were crazy in March…

1429208_25583604If I thought things were crazy in March, I was wrong. Dead wrong. At this time, I don’t really want to publicly discuss what is going on in my personal life, but suffice to say, when I do explain it in the future, many people will understand why the radio silence for so long. Those that know what is going on can tell you, you wouldn’t wish what I’m dealing with on anyone.

All that said, things have, for the interim, slowed down and is a little less crazy for the time being. I know the insanity will return soon enough in the future. I don’t look forward to it, but it is what it is.

Unfortunately, said previous insanity has stalled out The Wolf Siren but I do hope to finish it and start a few other projects in the next few months before the second round of insanity ensues.

As I write this, NaNoWriMo is a few days away. I wasn’t planning on participating, at least not originally, but my pesky muse has other things to say.  While I do have a project titled in there, I’ve got other projects I’m working on as well and with this NaNo, I’m counting every word of fiction written towards a project towards my NaNo Goal.  After all, the goal of NaNo is to try to get you to write every day (or as often as possible since we know life is a bitch).

Anne Saucer, (now everyone knows her as Mariana Campos, and I are still working on our future Think Happy Club books. As can be expected, things going on in my personal life affected that as well and haven’t moved as far forward as I had hoped (and I’m sure she hoped as well).  I am resuming work on those and hope to have something to her soon so we can publish a few new books still this year (might be far fetched plan, we’ll see). I also plan to self-publish a book of poetry I wrote years upon years ago (when I was still a teenager) hopefully by years end.

While I can’t promise to be posting more often or more regularly, I definitely will try. My writing has definitely fallen to the wayside and I need to bring more focus back to that.

Until next time….

November 1

It’s November 1 and I have two questions…

reading-book-by-candlelightNovember 1 marks the beginning of National Novel Writing Month. I’ve been signed up for NaNoWriMo for the past 5 years, knew about it for even longer. Last year was the first year I really tried to participate and wish I hadn’t because I had unrealistic expectations of myself. Who was I kidding? There was no way I was going to be able to meet or exceed word count each day (or catch up) between packing up my apartment, cleaning the new house, moving into new house, unpacking, cleaning and finishing moving what remained from the old house, being sick and everything else during November. Hell, I didn’t even have access to my personal computers to write for almost two weeks – yet I thought I could do it so I could finish off The Wolf Siren. I was only a few thousand words into it, needed a lot more. I think I ended up with a little more than 15,000 added to it. I can’t remember.

Fast forward a year where I have been writing sporadically. My novel count looks like this:

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Not too shabby, but I still have 52,000 words to go to complete this, edit it, then send it off to the publisher that has requested to see the finished version before I shop it out anywhere else.

While I know NaNoWriMo is for new ideas (and believe me I have a ton of them), I really want to get this novel finished first. If I have pauses in this one I may add to a new one in the same world/series, but I hope to really put this one to bed this month and then keep writing.

I see NaNoWriMo as a time to help me achieve my goals, even though I write all year long. It’s a nice go at solidarity and makes things go better.

Now, on to the questions I mentioned in the headline.

  1.  How the hell was July the last time I posted here?
    Well I know how…sort of. I just swore I had made posts here. I guess I had the intentions to and I forgot and I vow to get much better at posting here on a more regular basis than I have been. To start with that, I’ll be posting screenshots of writing progress, excerpts as well as some exercises.
  2. How the hell is it November already?
    Time sure has passed fast this year and it seems like it’s continuing to fly by. My birthday, which was August 1, seemed like only a few days ago, the beginning of October seemed even sooner and yet we just held a Halloween party and released the Think Happy Club Halloween Color Along in this month.

2015-10-30 13.06.22We have a lot in store for the holidays with Think Happy Club. I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.
My writing partner – Deathly Treats- is telling me I should get to work. Now that I’ve got this blog post done, I should probably get to working on supper so I can work on my novel.  I still have stickers from last year to use for word count.  YAY stars!