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My Writing Journey

 

It’s Monday! That’s right the first Monday AFTER the time change. How many of you got to work on time? If anyone’s circulating a petition to ban Daylight Savings Time, I’ll gladly sign it.

Let’s see how I did last week BEFORE the time change (no promises this week)…

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Critique partner chat: It’s the last one for this round of revisions for Rescue. I’ll be doing a complete read-through and then sending it to beta readers in mid-April. Done. IF you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll get a peek at the book cover blurb and tagline for Rescue!

*Revise Chapters 3 and 4 of A Demon’s BirthrightDone! I have actually revised Prologue and Chapters 1 through 9!

 

*Continue planning Restore. I rewrote the original ending for Rescue. Essentially, I took the beginning of Restore and made it the new ending of Book Two. I sat down and started writing out a long narrative-type outline for Restore. It’s marked by scenes so, all I’ll need to do is start writing those scenes. I’m being more pesky about this book since it’s the last of the trilogy. Storylines must be wrapped up. 

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*I must finalize author business steps! Hate to put this on a projection list, but I work best with deadlines. I have been procrastinating on the simple stuff, like an author headshot, for way too long.

*Revise Chapters 10 – 15 of A Demon’s Birthright. My goal is to have this as perfect as I can get it before I head off to UtopiaCon in June. I want to pitch the trilogy to a publisher.

 

*Continue writing narrative outline for Restore.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [Taken from A Demon’s Birthright. The main character, Raevyn, is having a hard time believing her heritage and her destiny, which includes a bond with a Lycan.]

I needed to put on my big girl panties and learn to deal with it all.

This journey didn’t become palpable until I received my cover design. When I laid my hand on the bookmarks, reality sunk in. By the end of the month, I will be a published author. There is no try. There is no do-over. The dream becomes a reality—seeing my name on a published book. Time to craft a new facet of the dream.

I always imagined that ONE book. My dreams never entertained what happened next. By the end of this year, there will be more than ONE book. The Alliance Chronicles will have Books One and Two plus the first novella published. I will have THREE short stories published in THREE different anthologies. And the first book of The Tales from Chimeria, A Demon’s Birthright will be published (either by myself or a publisher). Proof that my dream needs a little expanding.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: An over active muse! This, however, was a fun challenge. My muse kept throwing ideas at me. I spent a lot of time during the week running out of showers to write down trains of thought. It’s how I got my tagline for “Rescue”. She’s screaming for a contemporary romance. We’ll see how that turns out. <laughing>

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: [A Demon’s Birthright] My urban fantasy is New Adult. It’s letting me push the limits on what I can write. The characters, especially the female lead, are edgy. There’s diversity in the characters (ethnicity and supernaturally). It’s sexier than The Alliance Chronicles. Where my dystopian crosses genres (it starts out mature YA and continues in NA), The Tales from Chimeria series is only New Adult. But, it’s not erotica, which is trending in New Adult. I’m letting my imagination soar with this new series. I hope my critique partner is ready to fly with me. <smile>

That’s it for this week!

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