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“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”
– Dr Seuss
MY DRIVING PRINCIPLES
I had a single goal for the month of April. After years of restructuring my story, and months of suffering writer’s block, I was determined to finally finish developmental edits for my book. Between figuring out certain health issues (and removing stress factors) and random, but numerous life emergencies, I had fallen far behind on my goals. Whenever I was able to invest time in my book, I made little progress from being too distracted.
Well, it’s been a LONG time since my last post and I’ve got a lot to catch you up on. First of all, I’m sorry for not sharing anything yet this year. October snuck up on me and I still feel like it should be February. I’ve had a lot going on at home and this website ended up taking a backseat. The good news is that the chronic pain issue I’ve dealt with for 8 years is finally manageable and I’m in the process of building new habits in our household so that things start running smoothly again. I hope, from now on, I won’t have to choose between my personal and professional lives and I can update things more regularly.
If you are a writer, there’s a good chance that you’ve experienced writer’s block or you get hung up looking for the exact right words. This is actually half of the reason that I’ve struggled with writing blog posts lately. Writer’s block is an unfortunate part of the job, but there are things that you can do to combat it and see your project through to completion. (Reminder to self!)
I won Camp Nano! Kinda… April did NOT go as planned (When does it ever?) due to quarantine homeschooling. Teachers, parents, and students were kept busy working out an entirely new system of education and, naturally, there was a learning curve. I barely wrote anything for a couple of weeks because I was focused on helping my son with his work. My Camp goal was only 20,000 words, which would normally be a breeze, but it seemed like an insurmountable feat given how little time I actually had to write.
Who else is excited that we’re not only starting a new year, but also a new decade? The 2010s definitely taught me a lot, but I feel like they were more about laying the foundation for my future and 2020 is where it all starts coming together. I made significant progress toward my goals over the last year, so I’ve decided that my focus word for this one is going to be VISION. My 2020 vision is all about publishing my debut novel and finally achieving a life goal that I started 19 years ago.
It’s been a while, but I’m finally back with another book review! I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Maverick Moses’ dark fantasy debut, Karma’s Children: Discovery, in exchange for an honest review. I’ve followed Maverick on social media for some time now and love his YouTube videos. I’ve also very much enjoyed watching the evolution of his creativity on Instagram. That said, the following review is my personal opinion of his book, and I’ve tried to be as unbiased as possible.
“After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
– Philip Pullman
New Adult Writer | Self-Publishing Author | Fantasy, Dystopian, & Fairy Tale Retellings | Aspiring Photographer | Road Trip Enthusiast | Ravenclaw
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”
– Robin Williams
WIP QUICK LOOK
A young man struggles with strange dreams throughout his formative years, causing him to feel even more isolated from his peers than usual when the dreams begin to affect him during the waking hours. As he gets older, and the divide between himself and others only seems to grow, he begins to wonder if the dreams are more than just dreams.
When he loses someone he cares about, he returns to his childhood home and finally unlocks the secret that’s plagued him for years. Confronted with this new knowledge, he must decide whether he’s willing to let go of all he knows and face untold dangers for the chance to be a part of something he never thought possible, or remain safely behind and face a future of solitude.
A debut novel, and the first in a New Adult Fantasy trilogy.
* Percentages subject to fluctuate throughout the publishing process.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
– Toni Morrison
FEATURED AUTHOR VIDEO
To all the aspiring authors out there, this week’s featured video is all about editing your rough draft!
I love Sarra Cannon’s videos because she manages to be informative, motivational, relatable, and inspirational in the way that she shares her ideas. She reminds me that it’s okay to take the time I need to do my story justice, and that the journey is just as important as the destination. (Something I know but of which I often lose sight.) Her tips are thoughtfully presented in a down-to-earth way, and I often find new perspective and direction in honing my own writing methods in a way that fits my personal work style. Having edited the rough draft for my first book already, I still found the advice in this video quite useful and I will likely reference it again when it’s time to work on Book 2.
Enjoy the video! I hope it sparks an urge to start/continue writing!
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
– C.S. Lewis
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