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Writing Quest Update: December 2022

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Hello Again, Family, Friends, and Fans!

How is it December 3rd already? Time has flown by. But that means I’ve been keeping busy!

As always, here is an update on what has happened this past month.

Write of Passion

As an inexperienced technology person, I have accidentally deleted all of the past issues of the Write of Passion Literary Journal. I am genuinely sorry for those whose work is no longer available. I don’t have the energy to try and restore it, and I am closing shop as a small press. Fractured Realities and Shadows Redefined will both stay available for purchase.

But this is not the end of Write of Passion. For now, it will lie dormant as I focus on school. However, it will get a reboot. It may not stay a small press, but it might pivot to something new and exciting. Stay tuned.

Writing Journey

I have been editing or writing something down almost every day and have been tracking my word count. For November, I wrote more than 30k words. That’s a lot when I was also doing schoolwork, dealing with many appointments and social gatherings, and not participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). However, this is a huge difference between the month before (12k words) and the month before (around 5k words).

I want to get this book to you as soon as possible, so I have to start taking my writing just as seriously as my education. I’m doing overhaul edits with it right now, and the trilogy for the same couple turned back into a standalone with the secondary characters’ stories as the second book in the series. I’ve never set deadlines for myself, but I think I need to start if I ever want to get this book to you.

I’m also dealing with some pretty serious burnout and some major changes in my life, such as finding a new living situation. So taking care of myself is my first priority, followed by school, then writing.

Do you have any pointers or tips to make setting deadlines easier or how to calculate deadlines? Are your deadlines flexible or solid? Do you use milestones? I would love to hear how you set your goals!

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I’ll be back on January 3rd, 2023, with another update! Stay tuned!

P.S. 2023?! Just twenty years ago, it was the eighties! I also don’t know why I think the eighties were twenty years ago when my parents hadn’t even met. I certainly do have an “old soul.”

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Writing Quest Update: November 2022

Hello Family, Friends, and Fans!

I chose this image intentionally, because the month of October was all about scrapping ideas and making new ones. Topics this article will discuss are the course I am taking in Entrepreneurship, Write of Passion, new schedules, and, of course, my writing journey.

Entrepreneurship Class and Write of Passion

I was excited to take this class because I felt like it would help me figure out how to fix my problems with Write of Passion, and help me figure out how to get it up and publishing again.

What actually happened is it showed me that the Write of Passion literary journal and anthologies were a lot of work for very little gain. If someone dropped the ball, there would be a ton of work that someone else needed to deal with. I was honest with myself and realized that it would not be possible for me to keep running it as is.

I have some plans in the works for the future of Write of Passion, but I am not quite ready to share them yet, as I must inform some of the team of the changes, before I announce it to the public.

In short, Write of Passion will be pivoting in a new direction.

New Schedules

The month of October was an experiment where I attempted three different schedules.

The first had me working from 9 to 5 with two fifteens and a thirty-minute lunch break. As I am not a morning person and am super lucky, I do not have to keep to this schedule.

The second was adjusting the other way and being a night time person, starting work at 3:30 in the afternoon and ending around 10:30 at night. In order to keep this schedule, however, I had to drink a scary amount of caffeine a day and I was not comfortable in doing so.

The third one, like Goldilocks, was a happy medium and the perfect solution. At 11:30 in the morning, I practice my Spanish. From noon to 1:30 in the afternoon I read for fun. I then have three blocks of time separated by thirty-minute breaks that end at 8 at night and then I watch my favorite TV shows and head to bed at 10 at night.

Writing Journey

I learned that I get in the mood to write by reading a chapter or two in a writing reference book. I also figured out that I am best at writing in the evenings.

One of the writing reference books that helped me was called Paused to Prolific by K. Webster. She suggested having several projects going at once, and I have found that immensely helpful for the way my brain works. I do not get paid to recommend her book. It helped me, and I want that for others.

Now I am working through three projects and counting school writing as my last project, with school being the priority and then rewarding myself for doing schoolwork with writing on a fiction project.

I tripled the word count output I had for September this past month. And I am celebrating by, you guessed it, spending more time writing my fiction works.


Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Merry writing, F3s!

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Writing Quest Update: October 2022

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Hello Family, Friends, and Fans!

Mental Health:

I’ve got to be honest with you: September was rough. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I feel like I was run over by a bus, then stomped on by a stampede of Clydesdales, and finally got peeled off the sidewalk piece by piece with a snow shovel. In other words, I’m not doing so well.

What has gotten me through each and every day was the promise that tomorrow is a new slate, a new day, a new chance. Even if it did suck, again, there was always tomorrow.

Writing:

I have been slowly working on the third draft of Poseidon’s Pearl by reading and highlighting everything I want to change. And then a peer reads my writing and now I have to fix a major plot hole in the setting, in River’s character arc, and basically re-write the book. But it will be SO MUCH BETTER when I do. And I’m saving all of the old versions, too, so if I think I over edited it, I can just pull up a previous draft and go from there.

I am also drafting the first draft of the sequel novel to my published short story. The story of the one Pyro that survived. More to come on this later.

Thank you for keeping up with me!

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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.