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Writing Quest Update: September 2022

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Hello Family, Friends, and Fans!

This past month has been a struggle.

Challenges

I have been working hard on an intense class for school that is a writing workshop. The good news? I am getting some valuable feedback on my novel Poseidon’s Pearl: Book One of the Poseidon’s Object Series. The bad news? The class is a lot of work, so I have to put the assignments first over my second editing pass of the full manuscript.

Not to mention, my mental wellness challenges have flared up for the past couple of weeks, draining my energy so my productivity has gone down in an effort to be kind to myself and let myself heal.

Even though I’ve had some challenges, I have been making small steps of progress in other areas.

Successes

I am working, slowly, on re-structuring Write of Passion so my team doesn’t burn out again and hopefully we can continue to publish journals and anthologies for your reading pleasure. It won’t be up and running any time soon, but I am working on it.

Secondly, even though this class is intense, I am working ahead so when I have completed all the work for class I can do on my own, I will just have to do the week-by-week assignments and will have more time to write. Plus, I am getting invaluable feedback that is helping shape my novel.

I discovered a new emotional arc for my characters in Poseidon’s Pearl and am going to revise the work to emphasize this aspect. I am in no rush to publish, but I am working on making the work as good as it can get.

Finally, this blog post is a miracle of itself, that I took the time to write it and post it. I was half-planning on a social media annouccement that this month’s update wouldn’t happen, but instead of writing that, I wrote this update.

Thank you for reading my life updates! I have a treat for those of you who have made it this far: I’m going to share a short excerpt of Poseidon’s Pearl also known as PO1. Enjoy!


Sienna:

After taking a deep breath, I decided I would go for a swim to relax and gain some mental clarity. I toed off my shoes and headed towards the water. I loved the feeling of the warm sand between my toes. The ocean felt like bath water at this time of year, at the end of dry season, when heat still permeated the air. I dove under when I was waist deep.

Something changed as I swam forward. Before I knew what was happening, I felt the water pulling me deeper, tossing me around, and dragging me out to sea.

A riptide. The sting of the salt when I opened my eyes didn’t bother me. I struggled, trying to get my bearings and figure out which way was up so I could ride the current and get a breath of air.

My heart pounded in my ears and throat as the need for air burned in my lungs. Involuntarily, my mouth and nose opened. I breathed in nothing but water. My body tried to cough the water out but that just made me inhale more.

This was it. I was going to die.

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Writing Quest Update: August 2022

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Hello Family, Friends, and Fans!

It has been a while since I have posted. I’m trying to make that a more regular thing, now that I am on a routine every day. My routine varies only when I make plans to leave my dwelling. Some of these are necessary, like doctor’s appointments. Others are not as often and not as necessary, like taking the puppy for a car ride, or socializing with friends.

However, this routine allows me time to do everything I love and everything I have to. Every day I make time for reading, homework, writing activities, social media, cleaning, taking care of myself, and free time to do whatever I need to do.

This allows me a certain level of productivity and tasks that mean that I can post more regularly, and even may start a newsletter in the future, though I’m going to start with blog posts and work my way up to newsletters. Both will hopefully be on a monthly basis.

An Introduction

I am a steamy paranormal romance writer, but I have dabbled a little in contemporary romance and fantasy romance, all with a healthy dose of steam.

The reason I write is because I want to provide entertainment, escape, hope, optimism, and a safe haven for readers in this tumultuous world. I want readers to know that there is such a thing as a healthy relationship in romance books, and that it’s a possibility for the reader, too.

Keep in mind that healthy relationships do not mean no drama. It just means the characters have a healthy level of respect for one another, even when the drama happens.

Some readers like darker themes, such as bully romances and possessive alphas and stalkers. If that’s one of your cups of tea, more power to you! But you aren’t going to find that with me. No hard feelings! There’s room for all writers and readers, whatever you are into. I’m not for everyone, and I’m okay with that.

What I’m Working On

I have a series of books that I am working on outlining, writing, and editing. I am going to publish them, eventually, but I will stockpile the manuscripts for now until I feel comfortable with the process, that is, how long it takes me to write, edit, proofread, and complete the drafts and having a cushion of ready-to-publish manuscripts so I can release them on a regular schedule.

My debut series will be the Poseidon’s Object series. The first one, Poseidon’s Pearl (known on my social media as PO1), is with the professional editor, sent today after spell-checking it and sending a list of things I would like the editor to look for in the manuscript. I finished the self-edit on July 30th, 2022.

The second book, Poseidon’s Vortex (known on my social media as PO2), is outlined with subplots and I just finished my second chapter today. The term “with subplots” is important because I didn’t have any subplots outlined when I first wrote Poseidon’s Pearl. During the self-edit of Poseidon’s Pearl, I added in all the subplots, so it took a lot longer for me to complete the self-edit than it will for Poseidon’s Vortex.

What To Look Out For: Future Plans

If you join my Facebook group or follow my Twitter, you will receive little posts and updates on a more regular basis about my writing journey. I will hopefully be posting monthly blog posts and then, as I get closer to publishing, a monthly newsletter with a free short story when you sign up that I have yet to write.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I hope you will join me on this journey to becoming a published author and that you might find something interesting, intriguing, informative, or worthwhile in my writing.

Until next time, F3s!

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Capital “T” Truth: A Poem

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What does mental health mean to me? 
Taken literally, it’s having a healthy mind. 
But what does that entail? 

Basic functioning, of course. 
Hygiene, jobs, leisure, and responsibilities. 
A contributing member of society and familial units. 
Cooking, cleaning, caring for others. 
The Basics. 

Then, we go deeper, to 
healthy relationships and habits. 

How? 

Your relationship with yourself comes
first and foremost. 
Others come and go, 
but you always deal with yourself. 

So why don’t we make it easier? 

Loving yourself and who you are will make life much easier— 
and more enjoyable, too. 

After (or let’s face it, sometimes as) you learn to 
love yourself, 
you’ll find friends along the way. 
Like-minded people. 

Get healthy with yourself (or start that journey,) 
and others will naturally join you. 

Every day you make choices. 
It’s not a one-time thing. 

One choice. Every day. To 
love yourself. 

How?

Figuring out the lies we tell ourselves, 
challenging them, and 
replacing them with a new, healthier thought or truth. 

Recognize that feelings are not Truth. 

Truth is this: 
We are all human, and as such, 
we have certain things we are entitled to. 

Love and belonging. 
We are all worthy of these things. 

Grace when we make mistakes. 
We are human and imperfect. 
Shit happens. 
And when it does— 
either we are too hard on ourselves, or 
others are too hard on us. 
We all deserve grace and understanding. 

And the final Truth? 

We are enough exactly as we are. 
Oh, there’s always room for improvement. 
But the key to happiness lies not 
in the future we strive towards, nor 
the past we replay, but 
in the present moment. 

Breathe. Feel the air expand your lungs. 
Enjoy the feeling of being simply 
Alive

Love yourself and you will believe Truth. 
Knowing Truth makes basic functioning less of a chore. 

Others are drawn towards Truth-seekers 
and often relationships— both 
platonic and romantic— 
benefit from the foundation of 
Worthiness. 

And it all starts with:
Love. 

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Writing Quest Update: March 2022

Three Important Messages

First, I would like to congratulate everyone for making it through this pandemic so far, and to give my condolences to those who have lost someone during this time. It’s been a long two years.

Second, I would like to address my absence. Like so many, the pandemic has affected my mental health, and there were some external circumstances that impacted me even more. I had to take a break from writing, editing, social media, school, Write of Passion, and other areas of my life.

Third, I want to say that I am easing myself back to productivity and taking baby steps to make sure I’m addressing my health, both mental and physical, and energy levels. I have accepted that I will never be consistent when posting here, and that’s okay.

Thanks to all of you who have continued to support me through this time and who continue to return to my site and take the time to read these. You truly keep me going. Welcome to all of you who are new! I’m glad you’re here and I hope you’ll return to read my work.

Future Plans

I am making some tentative plans for my writing career.

First, I am revamping Write of Passion to become a small press that publishes anthologies. Yes, that means we are doing away with the quarterly journal and working towards releasing one anthology per year. It was a tough decision, but what it came down to was that the people who kept it running in my absence worked super hard and it was taking a toll on them.

As someone who understands mental health, I figured the best path forward was to lighten the load for everyone at Write of Passion.

Second, I am attempting to establish a routine for myself. I have two themes per day that I will focus on. Today was school and writing, which means I did my schoolwork for the day and am now focusing on updating my author biography, website, and blog.

I also have plans to edit the first draft of Poseidon’s Pearl today, and over the next few weeks, hopefully complete it. I will not be releasing it soon, as it will need to go to the editor first and I want to stockpile a few manuscripts before I publish them so I can keep up with a regular release schedule so there isn’t pressure to finish a book on a certain timeline and I have some wiggle room for my mental health.

I am going back to college to complete my Bachelor’s in Creative Writing and then have plans to apply for the MBA program so I can bring Write of Passion to the next level, as well as my writing. I am taking business courses in undergrad as free electives.

A Note On Productivity

I’m not planning too far ahead and will take each day as it comes. A friend of mine reminded me that productivity is based on what you can do right now. It has nothing to do with what you could or should be able to do based on history.

Be kind to yourself, cut yourself some slack, and take care of your mental health.