I think this question came up more than a dozen times over the last year. At first the question was, why write? Why waste the time? Why focus on writing? Why not try harder to find another job?
It is one of those questions. One that leaves my brain spinning. Why write a book?
I have so many stories to tell! That is the answer.
Can you imagine? You’ve lived the life of your protagonist in another world filled with magic and monsters or adventures in outer space?
If my main character’s life was really my own in a parallel universe, well efff.. that would be insane! Being a detective hunting serial killers and werewolves? OH MY! I’m not even sure if I could fathom what something like that would be like in real life.
Why write a book?
For fun? To declutter your brain? To express yourself? To pretend to be someone else? To be an actor without having to be in front of the camera?
There are so many reasons to write. It is hard to even just pick one.
Why would you write a book? Why would you share your imagination?
The answer? Why not.
I’ve committed to this process and seeing what comes of it. Where does that leave this sparkly unicorn of a person?
This weekend, we escaped RV Resort Land. Resorts serve their purpose. They come with concrete slaps, paved roadways, pools and amenities we’d never use. The best part about all of this for me was getting my new desk set up organized… though my funkopop dolls are not on their shelves right now.
We have quickly learned that resort life is not for us. The last place we parked at full time was amazing. We would have enjoyed more if we weren’t on the ‘kid row’.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore children. We’re still going through the medically necessary steps to transfer our last embryo. While we feel that we’re blessed to live in a time that IVF is possible, it doesn’t come with emotional pitfalls.
In this case nearly twenty of them running wild, unsupervised. The worst thing that happened while we were there included a young man leaning against the patio of our rig and kicking, YES KICKING!! Mr Wizard’s motorcycle.
I probably don’t have to explain why that environment made it hard to focus in and write.
During our last few months in Resort Land I finished HB90 Bootcamp and Publish and Thrive. Two courses offered by Sarra Cannon that help you get focused in and get shit done.
And it helped. Hello Q2 KanBan board!!! And check it out!!! I’ve got one of those major projects complete already!
I finished the rewrites of my first novel and sent it off for proof reading on Friday.
There is still a sense of ‘Did that really just happen?!?!?!?’ It did. And now I am anxiously awaiting news from my editor who is making a last pass through the changes, commenting on loop holes I may have missed and proof reading.
What does this mean now? It means that my new office set up now comes with a view of trees and an occasional campfire.
It means that there is still a lot of work coming. I need to make a decision on cover art, go through the rewrites of my second book and so much more.
This is where those changes I mentioned last week are coming in.
I got organized. Crazy? Yes!
In doing so, it’s getting easier to get shit done. I have six blog posts, two news letters and social media posts planned in addition to setting up a series bible to help keep things inside of the White Moon Paranormal Mysteries Universe as concise as possible.
I guess this means I need to set up a News Letter service?
What else will you find here? That’s not hard. Life as a writer who camps full time can be as boring as it can be exciting. We’re even working out the particulars to host a writing productivity stream that will include a live campfire and maybe me sneaking out to make s’mores. I’m currently running a poll on Instagram in order to determine which chocolate makes the best s’more. I am torn between classic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Hershey’s White Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane.
That’s right, it is actually day four of these insane edits. I made it through to the end of my last round of developmental and line edits… only to move on to a list of words and phrases that I over use and ones that I use incorrectly.
Running through this list of words and phrases will complete my work on Exile, my debut novel. From here it goes off to my editor for one last proof reading.
While Exile will be done, I’m afraid to say it won’t be released until the fall. I’ll have my cover and formatting done, get author proofs, but then things will wait for a bit as I plan to rapid release the first three books in this arc of White Moon Paranormal Mysteries.
This does change a few things for me moving forward.
What are those changes?
You’ll be hearing about them soon! I promise! Let me get through these crazy edits and I’ll tell you about all of the coming changes in our lives.
Fall and winter months in Texas are normally my favorite. After months of adventures in our house on wheels, we’re back and trying to enjoy the cooler weather, roosting season and everything it brings, and taking care of medical needs before we’re on the road and exploring again. The hardest and also most amazing part of this winter is knowing that we may not be cleared by our doctor until next fall!
Luckily for us, COVID has not been a factor. My husband Mister J works from home and my job right now is to write, edit, copy edit and get my first release ready for publication. I have to say that the creative process is insane and our adventures have definitely helped.
What I can tell you is the start of cedar season and the hurry up and wait that comes with IVF and all of bells, clicks and whistles that these winter months that I normally enjoy have been nothing but exhausting. Luckily this exhaustion isn’t stopping me from writing.
Now for some updates!
Chronicles of Eden
Supernatural mystery toeing the line with suspense/thriller themes. There are plenty of werewolves, vampires, serial killers and more trying to disrupt Eden Fox’s life. There will be a chance for horror, a chance for gore, and maybe even a little bit of romance on the way.
The final draft of the first installment of these series is off to pre-readers for comments and nit picking before final edits are made and we go out for copy editing.
Comments on the state of Eden’s current adventures include the following:
In development is an adventure that stems from the rabbit hole of conspiracy theory videos that have been a source of fascination and laughter for me for years. This actually stemmed from videos about particle accelerators ripping hole in the fabric of space and time and even sent me on an adventure to Cornell to explore the particle accelerator hidden beneath the soccer field.
This project will be a long time coming, but the adventures the research will bring could be fantastic as I’ll be sharing bits and pieces of research here and there which will hopefully include another trip to NY once travel and quarantine restrictions have been lifted.
This project will likely be stand alone and has read to other research binges that include topics like Randonautica, UFOs, BigFoot, the Paranormal and more.
My start date for this MilWordy was November 2, 2020. With 294 days remaining I’ve completed 272,704 of 1,000,000 words. I really want to create some sort of widget that can show my progress. Maybe a gage or a thermometer?
Write With Us Community Calendar
There are so many amazing writers and authors out there sharing their craft and encouraging old and new writers alike to conquer the blank page. We’re working on building a resource that will allow authors to post their live streams to a community calendar that will be viewable on our site.
From write ins, live reading of their work, workshops and even just hosting live streams while they write, this is a chance to put as many of us out there in one place as a resource to the community. It’s a bit of an ambitious project, but we’ll see what happens with it.
While we await the completion of the Write With Us project and get our calendar up and running I will be posting a list of streams that I plan to attend during the week or in the case of Monday next which ones I would attend if I wasn’t wrapping up some IVF shinanigans.
A review of Daisy Chains by Blue Coutell and Blow Out, a Sheer Disaster by Terri Reid. I’m excited to share with you my thoughts and how and where you can find these amazing reads.
Sneak peek Saturday is almost here and I’ll be sharing a blurb from somewhere within the Chronicles of Eden Universe.