So, CampNaNoWriMo is hardly over. The campfires are just cooling down and our sleeping bags need to be washed, but it’s time for the next challenge because when you’re a writer there is no such thing as downtime or vacation. My mind is always working on a story, or a character, or a PTSD blog post. I can’t help it, it’s how the madness manifests in me. As an author/writer/creator, I’m always working on something. So JuNoWriMo here I come!
CampNaNoWriMo was a huge success for me. I wrote 90K words! JuNoWriMo is a little different than camp though. The goal is preset, 50K words and I have a plan already!
I usually blog about PTSD and if you come here for that don’t be discouraged by the different topic, this is what I do when I’m not talking about the subject that fills every corner of my life. I will be continuing to blog even while I write. It helps, a lot, to have something that I love to do and for me that’s writing love stories! Even my husband gets in on the action, discussing books ideas, plots, and characters with me for hours. My work is available for free right now, just check out my links to the right. And make sure you make time for fun too!
One of the goals I have for JuNoWriMo is to write an anthology of short stories, four or five of them, and offer it up on Amazon for free. I think it’s a great way for new readers to get a sample of my writing style and see if they like it. I have a series planned that I will begin sometime next year and I’ve decided that each of my short stories will be about one or two characters from the series.
Interested yet? The first story in the anthology is the most developed so far. It’s called “The Table of Misfit Donors.” I’ll include the synopsis in a future update post.
Each story will cover a bit of their backstory or an unrelated story, so reading the short stories won’t ruin anything for you in the series, it will just familiarize you with the characters a bit. I have three stories laid out, and characters for two of them outlined and I will be working on the rest of that this month in addition to editing and revising other works which can be found here on my blog.
I’m really looking forward to JuNoWriMo. It will give me a chance to work on a project I’d be too likely to put on the back burner. And, if I get myself in gear, it will free me up to re-read the novels I have in revision as I prepare for a second revision. You see, I am new to this fiction writing and it’s going to be slow for me while I learn how to not bore you to death with my fumblings.
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In my recent posts I’ve been describing
PTSD as a troll that hides in the shadows and frightens us. I’d like
to take a moment to reflect on that metaphor.
don’t think they’re all bad. There are the trolls that appear in the
Hobbit, they’re bad, they want to eat you. There are the trolls that
appear on Facebook, they’re bad too, and I think they might also want to
eat you. But then there are the trolls like PTSD, and mental illness, the little things
in our lives that hide in the shadows and tell us to be afraid of
them. In reality we don’t need to be afraid of them, we just need to
make friends with them because these trolls, when properly understood
won’t eat us, they’ll help us grow. They’ll help us to be more
self-aware, mature, and independent and those things are all so good
because they are what make you unique and let them help you grow to be stronger. Step on the other ones.
comes with PTSD. I blog about PTSD once a week, searching the
mountains of information out there and bringing you the best of what
I find. I review a book on PTSD every other week. And I publish a weekly encouraging reflection and tweet
encouraging quotes for PTSD survivors daily, follow me to be
encouraged. Together we can make a difference.
trying to encourage those of you living with it I’m an author. I
write romance. I just finished my first book and I am revising and
editing it. With any luck it will be published later this year, in
the meantime you can get a sample of my work on the web for free. Original
work can be found here, and fanfiction can be found here. Let me know
what you think, and tell me how you found me!
goals with a final word count of 90,417 words. In actuality
I wrote much more than that this month because I also worked on some
PTSD blog posts and other projects. My primary work this month was
Catch a Falling Star. I also worked on organizing my blog and
building a plan for a regular PTSD column. Finally I continued
working on my social media platform, reading, and I built a PTSD
Pinterest board to add to my collection. I will be taking May off of
writing challenges but I will be participating in JunoWriMo which has
a preset goal of 50K words. My plan is to write an anthology of 4-5
short stories that I can publish and offer for free as a sample of my
usually blog about PTSD and if you come here for that don’t be
discouraged by the different topic, this is what I do when I’m not
talking about the subject that fills every corner of my life. It
helps, a lot, to have something that I love to do and for me that’s
writing love stories! Even my husband gets in on the action,
discussing books ideas, plots, and characters with me for hours. My
work is available for free right now, just check out my links above.
And make sure you make time for fun too!
sitting on my kindle waiting for me to read it through. I have a
planned field trip to Washington DC this month with my daughters and
I will read it while I am there, taking notes on what I need to
change. Once I’ve done that I will begin the second revision, maybe
Compromise is done as well. It is a shorter book only hitting 40K
words. I’ve had so much fun writing it. I’ve migrated the first two
books into Scrivnener and I am revising and outlining them to prepare
them for publication. Also, as I mentioned in my last update, these
three books fall into the category of adult romance and I had to
decide how to advertise them. I have made a page for my blog that has
an adult warning when you enter it. It’s called The Manic Writer:After Dark and will house any of my adult romance, and adult romance
my final update for CampNaNoWriMo! I’ve had a lot of fun challenging
myself with Camp in April and I am looking forward to June! If you
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We’re almost done with CampNaNoWriMo with only a week left to hit our goals. I’ve been hard at work revising Catch a Falling Star and I’m still making good progress on The Compromise which I have yet to post a page for. I have been falling behind in my goal to blog weekly on PTSD though. My word count is just above 70K so I have a week to hit my goal of 90K and I think I’ll do it despite the challenges that lay ahead of me in this final leg of my camp journey.
I usually blog about PTSD and if you come here for that don’t be discouraged by the different topic, this is what I do when I’m not talking about the subject that fills every corner of my life. It helps, a lot, to have something that I love to do and for me that’s writing love stories! Even my husband gets in on the action, discussing books ideas, plots, and characters with me for hours. My work is available for free right now, just check out my links above. And make sure you make time for fun too!
I usually blog about PTSD and if you come here for that don’t be discouraged by the change in topic, this is the rest of my life. I find it helps to have something that I love to do and for me, writing is it! My hubby and I sit and discuss my book ideas, developing plots and characters for hours sometimes. It makes for great fun and we bond while we do it. Make sure you make time for fun too!
Catch a Falling Star is right on track to be revised by the end of April. I finished chapter 21/41 this morning and re-posted it for reading at FictionPress. One thing I’ve realized is that I will never be completely content with what I’ve written, I will always think it could be better. I guess I will have to learn to live with that.
The Compromise is coming along well and in creating the villain in it I’ve realized that I have a very dark side in my mind. He is truly awful. Perhaps that is fodder for a later blog post?
I’ve completed 24K words in it so far, so only a little over 4K in that this week but I lost Monday to a homeschool class and part of Tuesday to a sick dog. I am determined to finish the first draft this month. I’ve also realized that the first two parts of the trilogy, currently titled The Romance, and The Contract, will need major rewriting to be worth publishing but I am looking forward to that.
So that’s the update for this week. We are halfway through Camp and I am excited to be reaching my first ever Camp goals. Are you participating in Camp? Are you a writer who wishes you could just get that novel down? Tell me your thoughts.
first update but I have lots to tell! My original intention was to
spend all of camp editing and revising Catch a Falling Star and I
have been working towards those goals diligently. I’ve also been authoring a new story that’s been keeping me up nights and demanding to be written and working
on developing my blog here. It’s exhausting to have so much I want to
write and actually try to make time to get it all done. My sister
says there is no such thing as no time, you make time for the things
you want to do but in reality sometimes the words flow faster than I
can type and I do need to sleep, eat and move away from my desk
chapter 12 in Catch a Falling Star and I’ve been updating it on FictionPress as I go. That puts me ahead on my goals
sheet that I created here. I’ve written almost 20K words in the new
story subtitled The Compromise, and I’ve written one, as yet
unpublished, blog post. My word count is sitting at 31980, and I
upped my goal to 90K since the new book is flowing so fast. The blog
is moving slowly for me which is odd since my specialty is research
writing and that is pretty much what I am doing on it but we are
moving forward with it and that’s what counts, right?
new story, I have a fanfiction that’s been very popular and I’ve
decided to rewrite it and publish it. (Yes I know it’s been done
before but it’s a very good story.) It falls outside of the genre I
usually write being a bit more explicit than my usual romance work and I
expect I will publish it under a pseudonym for that reason. So far
it’s two parts and The Compromise would be the third part making it a
trilogy. So far it’s the best yet of the three and I am very excited
about it. Of course the other two will experience revision before
they’re published so that they are fully cohesive.
year and the trilogy I will have written 5 (FIVE!) books this year!
Not too shabby! Now to wade into the waters of indie publishing.
Anyway, there’s my update, a few days late. Thanks for visiting!
It’s day one of camp and I am off and running. I didn’t feel well yesterday and I’m tired today as a result but I’m pushing through regardless. I am going to finish my first edit of Catch a Falling Star this month! My schedule can be found here.
My first goal in camp is to edit chapter 1 and make it more interesting. I’ve noticed today that there’s a lot of extra activity in it and I am working to get it out of the way. I think I made good headway on that this morning. Tomorrow I will finish it and re-post the new chapter to FictionPress.
I also worked on the synopsis today and I feel like I did a good job with it. What do you think? Would you read this book?
Naomi knew when she filed for divorce that Gannon Sharp wouldn’t let her go quietly. Five years later he’s still stalking her and now he’s threatening to kill her. She’s ready to move on. She thought she’d be able to when she bought a condo in a gated community until her real estate agent lets it slip that the unit next to hers has been purchased by a man who has silver hair and owns his own business. If it isn’t Gannon then who is it? Will she ever be safe from Gannon? Her family and friends are urging her to move on and start over but how can she consider romance when her ex-husband is everywhere she goes?
I am 2400 words into my 75,000 goal. Do you think I’ll make it? I do! Check back and watch my progress. This one will be a best-seller when I’m done writing it and you will be the first to know about it!