One woman's amazing journey from hobby writer to published author

NaNoWriMo is Coming

So this will be my tenth NaNoWriMo.   I feel like this deserves something special, at least in terms of the way I do things.  I’m totally splurging on a t-shirt even though I never have before, and donating to the non-profit, and all of that fun stuff.  Having a job is nice.

This year I’ve decided to revisit an old, old idea that I had in high school, but really just didn’t have the maturity and sophistication to pull off back then.  Although to be honest I’m not sure how much maturity and sophistication you actually need in order to pull off a 90s anime-flavored space opera romance…

So in preparation for November I’m binge-watching Robotech and reading Stardoc again.  My outline is actually starting to resemble an outline instead of random thoughts.  I’m totally a planner, not a pantser.  So it’s good to see it coming all together well before the 31st of October.

I’m getting excited.

Anyone else joining me this year?

So, I’ve been quiet…

But here’s why:

I didn’t want to say anything until it was official, but I  finally have a worthwhile and fulfilling full-time job.  The past few weeks have been filled with paperwork and interviews, and yesterday I finished my first week at work.  It is awesome.  This is the job I want to keep until my publisher says I have to start going on book tours.  And since I haven’t been picked up by any big publishers yet, it may be a while still before that happens.  And I am oddly okay with that.  This gives me a chance to actually focus on writing when I’m at home, instead of stressing about other things I “should” be doing.

Anyone else who writes can tell you just how much chronic life stress will take a toll on your ability to connect with the ideas and inspiration just sitting inside you waiting to be tapped.  And thinking about things today, I realized that I’ve had something close to ten years of a lot of stress.  No wonder I haven’t been anywhere close to as productive as I might have  liked.  I’ve spent a lot of time learning how to let things go and how not to stress about things not under my control.  I’m hoping that once financial stress starts easing its death grip on me, that productivity will shoot up.  It usually does.   I’m curious how many other writers experience this stress cycle with their writing.  (Don’t be afraid to comment!)

Anyway.  That’s the extremely good reason that I’ve been so quiet these past few weeks.  Looking forward to doing awesome things with this new chapter of my life.


So you’ve probably all noticed that I’ve stopped posting regularly.  I want to take a minute and explain why this is.  It’s a simple answer, really.

Because I stopped writing.  

I got so wrapped up in producing content for my blog, making sure that I had a blog post every day, that I started neglecting the reasons that I was here in the first place.  When I became literally stressed over the last book of the week post (that I still haven’t posted), I realized that this had become a problem.

Since giving up the focus on daily content, I’ve written two short stories, some scenes that are going to find place in longer works, and I’ve gotten ridiculous amounts of outlining and planning done for the next major project.   I’ll admit I probably swung a little toward the other extreme by not blogging at all, but I feel like I’m back to being a writer and aspiring novelist.  Not just a blogger.

So I’m not going to do the daily posts anymore.  I’m still going to post when I’m moved to do so, and keep everyone updated on what I’m working on, of course.   Nanowrimo is fast approaching, too.  So thanks for bearing with me.  I know with this new focus on productivity I’m going to have plenty to share.  :)

Sunday Report: August 3

What I accomplished this past week:

  • Finished sorting the GLIIH, yay!
  • Changed the visual theme on my blog.
  • Job interviews for jobs that aren’t writing.  I am happy about the idea of having a more steady income, but it’s still depressing on the “I’m a creative person wanting to support myself with my creativity” level.
  • A whole lot of evil writer’s block that I’m going to go ahead and blame on stress outside of writing things and the resultant fibromyalgia fog.
  • A pretty sexy manicure because my creative energy needed someplace to go even if the writing was dammed up.

What I’d like to accomplish this week:

  • Break the block and get the creative energy flowing back into writing instead of nail polish and photoshop.
  • All the stuff I didn’t get done in the past week because of the fibro and other stresses.

What I’ve accomplished this week:

  • Survived a rather nasty fibromyalgia flare.  Pain is starting to go down, energy and ability to concentrate are going back up.  Sort of.  It’s a process, not an instant “feeling better”.
  • Got more plotting done on the Soldaris Saga.
  • Got more writing done on the Soldaris Saga.
  • Managed to go out and enjoy myself with the family.

What I’d like to accomplish this week:

  • Keep recovering from the flare-up.
  • Finish the sorting of the GLIIH.  It’s been a more intensive project than I expected.
  • Finish my reworking of the story to submit to the Writers of the Future contest.
  • Write and submit a very short story for a contest on a blog I follow.
  • Get all my blog posts this week.

Playlist: Dagon

A little bit of a different mix on this character from the Soldaris Saga today.  In no particular order.  Enjoy!

  1. Black Blade- Two Steps From Hell
  2. The Riders of Rohan- The Elbereth Orchestra (David Arkenstone)
  3. Stand Strong, Stand Together- Christopher Lennertz (Mass Effect 3)
  4. Army of the Dead part 2- Manowar
  5. To Glory- Two Steps From Hell
  6. If I Die in Battle (Orchestral Version)- Van Canto
  7. Light from Darkness- City of the Fallen
  8. Field of Cormallen- The Elbereth Orchestra (David Arkenstone)
  9. United We Stand, Divided We Fall- Two Steps From Hell
  10. Overture to the Hymn of the Immortal Warriors- Manowar

Today is an idea fodder article.

I’ve been getting some fun ideas from the mysterious hole that appeared in Yamal, Siberia.  Incidentally, “Yamal” means “end of the earth” in the local native language.   A second hole was discovered as well, helping to clear up the origins, but it’s still fun to play with in my head.  Ideas like what could be down there, how it was formed if I ignore the scientists, what sort of science-fiction I can craft from the explanations of the scientists… Lots of fun idea fodder there.

This crazy hole in the earth at least has an explanation.

I think I could have some fun with world-building, with a quarry of that size…


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