It’s the last Monday of the month, so that means I owe you a newsletter. If you haven’t already signed up for my newsletter, you can do so here. You’ll receive a welcome message, though I can’t guarantee that you’ll receive this week’s update, as I am moving my newsletter to email sign-ups only.
This will be an example of the content you would get in my newsletter which will go out every last monday of the month.
Hello everyone! What a month this year has been, not only with current events (which I’m not even going to touch) but with personal lives, too. Is it just me, or has anyone else experienced the upheaval of 2020 first hand?
All I can hope for is that 2020 is front loading the bad stuff so some truly great things will be coming up in our future. Life is a roller coaster: with every hill there will always be a valley. Let’s just hope that the hills match the valleys in sheer grandiosity and intensity.
As promised, here are some updates:
Write of Passion Literary Journal is becoming Write of Passion Publishing Company! This decision was made when we split from Balance of Seven as a publication, and now have the freedom to go and become what we want.
The team wanted to become a publishing company and so we are currently ironing out the details of what that will look like. If you want to support us on this journey, we are looking into creating an Indiegogo campaign in April.
The February Issue of Write of Passion comes out in a couple of days on February 1st, 2020. Make sure you go to writeofpassion.com and sign up with your email to get it sent directly to your inbox!
I will publish my first book, Poseidon’s Pearl (editing stage), on the tentative date of June 1st, 2020, through Write of Passion Publishing. This will be a test run of sorts to see how long it’ll take the company to get through the editing process, publishing process, and marketing process. The editing process is long and arduous for me, so wish me luck!
I am also working on several other projects, including a sequel to Poseidon’s Pearl with a couple of side characters from that book getting their own story (drafting stage), and a sequel to the Dragons Within short story (percolation phase). You can buy the Dragons Within Anthology on Amazon. The link is on my Publications page. I am also playing around with a contemporary romance idea of a girl going back to high school for a second chance with her crush (percolation phase). That one’s been bouncing around in my head for a while, but I seem to have a block whenever I sit down and write it, so it might never see the light of day. But we’ll see.
I had to unblock myself from writing the sequel to Poseidon’s Pearl (tentatively called Poseidon’s Portrait) so I read Story Genius by Lisa Cron and followed her advice to flesh out my characters and their motivations. I think I will use this any time I am blocked.
Books I am reading right now:
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
Silence (Book #3 in the Hush, Hush Series) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Write Naked by Jennifer Probst
Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Just Don’t Mention It by Estelle Maskame
Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame
Circe by Madeline Miller
As it gets closer to launch time for Poseidon’s Pearl I will send you a link to Book Funnel with the first three chapters of the book, for your reading pleasure. I am also working on a short story prequel to Poseidon’s Pearl for my fiction writing class at school, so stay tuned for that to come out soon.
If you want to get more monthly updates like this, sign up for my newsletter on the home page of this website, or click here. These updates will come every month on the last Monday, and will keep you in the loop with all of the things I am working on, thinking about, and planning in the many areas of my life.
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story” -Terry Pratchett
I’ve been silent lately and focusing on several things in the works.
For one, I am getting a short story published in Balance of Seven’s new anthology coming out November 21st, 2019 called Dragons Within: Guarding Her Own. If you keep up with me on my social media pages, you’ll have seen a lot of the posts promoting that. If not, I hope you check them out!
I also have been editing my first novel, Poseidon’s Pearl, that I plan to publish in 2020. I’m still figuring out the self-editing process before I send it to the editor, so it may be awhile.
In line with that, I am working on a short story that is the prequel to that novel as a freebie for my newsletter. I haven’t gotten my newsletter up and running yet, but I will by January of next year. At least, that’s the hope. I will keep you updated on that, as well.
I have been struggling lately with keeping up with my writing, but NaNoWriMo has kicked me into gear. I am now working on a contemporary romance.
I am also experimenting with outlining my novels to an extent. It’s getting easier to outline rather than just sitting down to write without a plan. I am officially a plantser!
I am also keeping busier with a healthy lifestyle by exercising three times a week for 45 minutes each, eating healthier, and keeping up with all of my projects. Those include running Write of Passion Literary Journal, marketing for the Dragons Within launch on November 21st, schoolwork, my writing projects, NaNoWriMo, reading every day, and being an admin of the Creative Central Facebook Group for women and non-binary writers.
If you’ll notice, I am no longer a part of Functionally Fictional or Coffee House Writers. While it pains me to have to leave them, it was necessary for my mental health as I was running on empty for a long time and finally succumbed to burnout in May and have been recovering ever since.
You’ll notice I added a page with my publications (where you can find and order Dragons Within: Guarding Her Own) and changed the name of my posts page to “Blog.”
One thing I’d like to mention about Dragons Within: You can order it now through the 28th of November for only $0.99! We (the other authors in the anthology and me) are trying to hit bestseller status on amazon, so please order or preorder it when you can. Between now and November 21st would be best. You can get your copy through the links on the publications page.
Thank you so much for your support. I will try to be more active and post blogs more often than I have been. Maybe I should join Coffee House Writers again, just so I have a deadline schedule as motivation. Probably not. I already have enough on my plate. Besides, I don’t want to burn out again.
Again, sorry for the silence. If you are still here, thank you for sticking around. It means the world to me.