Tag - Editing

New Year, New Home, New Goals

We’re finally in our house!

  • The Kitchen!
  • Dining Room!
  • Living Room!
  • Master Bedroom!
  • Ensuite!
  • Tupperware!

(Do you think I have enough Tupperware? Probably not…)

We moved in on December 30th, so we got to bring in the new year in our new home. I am currently writing this in my half-setup new office! Woo, first time home owning!

Anyway, now for something not as exciting… I failed at my 2015 goal of finishing a full first draft of a novel. I know, I know… LAME! But I did get further than I ever have before, so that’s something right?

But now it is 2016, and I am setting the bar even higher! (Then, even if I don’t reach it, I will probably get further than I did this year. That’s my problem… Not setting the bar high enough!) This year I am going to PUBLISH my first book. Crazy, I know. I’m going to dive right into The Tree of Eternity and get this book DONE. New year, new home, new (lofty) goals!

How am I going to do this? I’m going to write. And edit. And write. And edit. REPEAT. Until I am done. Then I am going to put it out into the world and see what happens. Oh, and start writing my next book (Which will be the first of a trilogy that I am super excited about!).
I better get to work!

What are your goals for 2016? Comment below so I can stay on your case 😛 (And please stay on mine!)

Writing Resource? Writing Excuses!

I already wrote about Brandon Sanderson, but I purposely left out the podcast he is a host on so that I could talk about it here!

Day 5 of the A to Z Challenge is about the podcast Writing Excuses! (click here for the full list of topics)

Writing Excuses

About three years ago, I discovered that Brandon Sanderson and two of his friends (Dan Wells and Howard Tayler) do a weekly podcast on writing. I was stoked but I didn’t want to just jump in in the middle, so I started at the very beginning and started my way through the 15 minute (or so) clips. They’re about everything from characterization to plotting vs. pantsing to conventions, and everything in between.

I am still behind. I know, I know. I really should catch up!

Now, they have added another host to the podcast, Mary Robinette Kowal, although I have not yet listened to many of the episodes with her yet. (Yes, I am that behind)

Basically, Writing Excuses is a great source of information and anecdotes from successfully published authors. And, not only that, but at the end of each episode (except in the first season), they say a writing prompt to get the listeners writing instead of just listening.

I also just really like their catch phrase…

Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.

Do you listen to Writing Excuses? Because you should!

What serial style writing resource do you go to for advice or inspiration? Leave a comment below!

My Versatile Blogger Award Nominees

The Versatile Blogger

Fellow blogger and writer Sally A. Moore has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you very much 🙂

Basically, the VBA is a game of tag. I have been tagged and now I must tag 15 other blogs/bloggers that I enjoy. I also have to list 7 things about myself.

So, in no particular order, here are my 15 nominees for the Versatile Blogger Award! These are all people (or groups of people) that inspire and inform me on my writing journey…

1. Ksenia Anske: She is a lovely/crazy Russian whom loves vodka, ballet, and socks. She also has great advice for writers and is exceptionally open about her writing adventure! She also gives away her books for free! (Remember when I said she is crazy?)

2. Katie Cross: A self-publishing powerhouse! Seriously, she blows me away with the ideas she comes up with for marketing her book series (The Network Series).

3. Raven Oak: She posts helpful tidbits about Scrivener every Saturday as well as other entertaining and informative posts!

4. Matt Price (Matt’s Tech Corner): Okay, so he is my husband… But seriously his blog is great! He even writes about me sometimes 😉

5. Lori Lesko: Honest and open about her writing journey.

6. ProBlogger: They post some really great tips and advice for running a successful blog.

7. K.M. Weiland: Gives lots of helpful tips for writers.

8. Rachel Thompson: Lots of helpful social media tips for writers and really any entrepreneur.

9. Kate Tilton: She has some great book reviews as well as give tips to writers. She also is all about connecting readers and writers.

10. ReadWriteMuse: They post a great variety of writing related information and anecdotes. Love it!

11. Quill Pen Editorial: Some good tidbits about editing now and then 🙂

12. Jason Cantrell: Entertaining and sometimes informative posts about his writing and life adventures.

13. Ann Bisky (Bisky Scribbles): She hasn’t posted much recently (hopefully she will get back on that!), but she is quite entertaining when she does!

14. Angelina Williamson: I just like her writing style. She talks openly about her writing journey.

15. D. Emery Bunn: And another blogger who blogs about writing! He also does reviews and interviews and such.

Please make sure to check out each of these bloggers!

And now my list of 7 things about me!

1. The first book I wrote was a short picture book in elementary school about a frog that was trying to get home for Christmas. I gave it to my Gramma and she always kept it in her china cabinet in the dining room. Now that she has passed away, it still sits in the same china cabinet at my parent’s house until one day when I own a house and it can sit in my Gramma’s china cabinet in my dining room.

2. I have had the same favourite band for 15 years. For those who know me, this doesn’t come as a shock. (PS, the band is Linkin Park!)

3. My favourite book series is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Sometimes I wish more of my friends and family had read them but then other times I am selfishly happy that I have it for myself.

4. When I was a teenager I thought I would never want kids. Then I thought I would only want boys. Then I thought one of each. Now I really just want girls. I think that’s because everyone I know that has had a baby recently has had a boy.

5. I have about 11 unfinished first drafts of novels. Seriously, I need to actually finish something…

6. I used to hate the idea of an e-reader, but now I do about half of my reading on my kindle. I still prefer paperbacks though! (I also like hardcovers but they are expensive and not very portable.)

7. Sometimes I doubt myself so badly that my fingers become completely immobilized and I cannot write a single word.

Thanks again to Sally!

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award nominees:

  • Display the Award Certificate (go ahead and steal it from my post)
  • Write a post and link back to the blogger who nominated you – that’s me!
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers
  • Inform them of their nomination via comment on their blog
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

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