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I saw one of those things on Facebook yesterday.  You know, the inspiring quote put over a lovely picture that can never be attributed to just one originator.   But this one caught my attention because 2016 was particularly rough to me in the second half. The biggest and worst thing to happen to me in 2016 was that my health got worse to the point where I lost my job in November.

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So that just happened.

So the good news first:  One of my stories managed to garner an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest!  I’m still super-excited about that, and I have one submitted for last quarter, and one I’m working on to get submitted for this current quarter.  I have a few other stories I’m working on for other anthologies as well.  I feel like I’m so very close to making that leap into published territory and I am stoked.

The not so great news:  I am out of school for the foreseeable future.  I don’t care to go into all the reasons.  They’re multiple and complex and y’all are no doubt tired of hearing me talk about my stupid health.

But what does this mean?  This means that since my last classes ended a week ago, I haven’t gone a single day without writing at least a thousand words or some sort of outlining/pre-writing activity.  It means that I’m deciding to take this as a sign from the Universe that I am supposed to be pursuing a different path than finishing my university education at this point in time.   It means, basically, that this is the time to push forward on writing and do awesome things.

Now that I have time to write without feeling guilty about what homework should be getting done… there are going to be a lot of awesome things ahead.

Keep me in your thoughts, and wish me luck.  (And of course, buy my books when they come out! :P)

Whee.

So I might actually pass this class, now that this has arrived on my doorstep.

See y’all in seven weeks, when lit theory is over.

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About Coffee

Life happens, especially with chronic illness, and I think we all understand that.  Today I just want to talk about writing, and some of how it works for me.

I’ve decided to give the Soldaris Saga a little bit of a break.  I was getting far too frustrated with it, and grumpy about having to set other ideas on the back burner because of it.  Yes, I know that’s not how editing and publishing deadlines work.  But since I don’t currently have an editor, a publisher, or a scheduled date of release, I thought it was time to give myself a break and let me feed my muse for a while.

I’ve got an awesome fantasy romance coming together, and an episodic KDrama-flavored story I want to start on Wattpad or something (yes, I’ll post details when I get it going, and yes, I will probably talk about the KDrama addiction in a later post),  and I’ve been posting Shadowfighter, and writing for class, and writing short stories to submit (including entering Writers of the Future two quarters in a row now), and meanwhile Soldaris continues to fix itself in the back of my head.

This is the hardest part of writing for me.  The being able to step back and let it go on its own.  For me, it’s like brewing coffee.  You add the coffee to the machine, which is the characters and the world-building, you add the water that makes it all work, which is the plot…  and then you sit back and let it percolate.  And eventually it all comes out through the filter of author’s vision and writing and editing, and you have your coffee.  But it doesn’t happen instantly, and if and when it does…. Well, there’s a reason instant coffee doesn’t sell well.  It’s because it’s just not as good as the brewed stuff.

So maybe I’ve been a little more delayed on my big projects than I might have liked.  But for now? It’s all still brewing while I work on the smaller stuff, and that’s okay.  🙂

Dear Characters

Dear Characters,

I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you these past few months. I’ve had a lot of major life transitions this past year: got laid off, found a new job, moved to a new city, broke up for good with the love of my life-up-until-now, ventured unsucessfully into dating again, got promoted to another new job that had some really intense training, started school again, had a car die on me and got a new one, got bad news about my health and started making big lifestyle changes, and finally decided that rocking the single life is where it’s at. I’ve leveled up quite a bit as an adult.

But all these things, both the bad and the good, leave me feeling like I had to put my writing life on hold to manage them.  There’s a backlog of unpublished blog post drafts that I got ideas for and never finished.  A dearth of tweets and Facebook posts. That goal I had of getting published before LTUE 2016? Not going to happen in the next three weeks. The novel revisions and rewrites I was going to finish for the Soldaris Saga are still waiting to happen. And the first drafts of anything else were never even touched.

But.

The good news is, with the exception of possibly moving to a different apartment two blocks from my current residence in May, I think I’m done with the major life-stressing transitions for now.

What does this mean for us?  It means, dear characters, that I will be able to return to your worlds and devote more time to your stories.  It means that I can return to that part of me I’ve been missing where I sit and enjoy the magic of making you come alive from mere words, and the richness of environs beyond my mundane surroundings.

It might take me a while to get back into good habits, but the neglect ends here and now.  I’m coming home to you. Please wait for me.

Love,
Me

The only constant

It’s been said that the only constant is change.

This has been proven to me in ridiculously dramatic ways over the last six weeks, since just before LTUE.  (And yes, there will be a conference report coming, but I think I can be forgiven for being otherwise occupied the last three weeks.)

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The Year of Dreaming Bigger and Reaching Higher

I’ve been quiet for a while, at least on my blog.  I’m more active on Twitter and Facebook because they’re a much shorter format.  (And you can find both off to the right-hand side!)

But this past weekend I attended the Life, The Universe, and Everything writing symposium again.  Those of you that have followed me for a while know that this is one of the biggest highlights of my writing year.   I’m still processing it all.  But as always, I will have plenty to say about it once that processing is done.  🙂

But the biggest, best thing I got out of it this year is a renewed confidence in my talent, skill, and ability to be an up-and-coming professional.  And because of LTUE, I know what the theme for 2015 is meant to be.

2015 is the Year of Dreaming Bigger and Reaching Higher.

This year, I believe in me.  This year, I believe in taking everything that the previous years have given me, and applying it to making something incredible of my life.  This year is the one where I build the foundation that will allow me to quit my day job next year and write full time.  And this year is the one where my life finally becomes everything that I want it to be, not what everyone else around me says it should be.

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