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Happy Monday… it’s a holiday! That makes it a GREAT Monday.

Let’s see how I did last week…

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue work on short story project. I’m ten days away from the deadline. I need to write a minimum of 119 words daily to meet it. Story submitted. I already know I’ve got some things to edit, but we’ll see what the editor thinks.

*Demon’s Birthright: Make changes based on suggestions from critique partners. Retitled – Demonic Descent. Working on chapter rewrites.

*Address notes/suggestions for RescuePut to bed. It’s with a group of wonderful women, my tribe. 

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

I’ll be taking it easier on myself this week as I start prepping for the UTOPiA convention.

*Work on Demonic Descent chapter rewrite: Chapters 4 – 7

*Start rough draft for Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles Book 3

*Research Fighting for Second

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: [from Demonic Descent]

“I’d rather be a beast by your side than nothing without you.” (Cullen)

Demonic Descent has an evil aunt who wants those things that were never hers to have, the keys to the kingdom. So she lures the mate (Cullen) of her niece to the Otherworld. The longer he stays in the realm, his humanity eats away. His mate (Raevyn) has made a deal for him to return to the human world unscathed. He doesn’t want to leave her behind after they’ve discovered how much they love each other. Priceless.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Last week was a mixed bag of tricks. I had high days and low days. Sounds pretty typical of most people, right? Well, high days and low days can be a hazardous mix for creative types. On those high days we get a lot done. Last week I completed TWO projects. On the low days, however, I tend to flounder. I don’t know what to do with myself. It’s a spark of something fresh that I’m looking for. Usually when I hit a low day (and realize it) I start creating something new.

Up until a few days ago, I was working on three different projects simultaneously. It feels great to finish things, especially two projects. But now I’m staring at the beast of monotony—one project. My mind doesn’t want to focus on it. Other shiny things dance in my peripheral vision. New projects tempting me.

You would think such splintered focus would work well in a 9 to 5. It sucks! I was a slave to someone else’s solitary focused projects. Jobs that required the ability to multi-task sucked more. Doing multiple jobs at the same time with dissimilar outcomes has never worked for me. Although I may have more than one project going, nowadays, they are all centered around the same thing—writing. I’m either scouting marketing ideas, actually writing, or planning to write. Or I’m educating myself by reading . It’s all interrelated.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:  Demonic Descent stretches my imagination. It forces me to learn new concepts and expand my writing horizon. It’s challenging in a good way.

I had never been a fan of pure fantasy writing. Books like Lord of the Rings didn’t intrigue me. Then I learned about the paranormal genre and urban fantasy. My interest was piqued. I had to write these stories. It’s what motivated me to consider writing a paranormal novel. When I started weaving in elements of a real world vs. a fantasy one, I knew I’d stumbled onto the urban fantasy genre.

I admit it’s fun writing. I’ve also discovered that these books don’t write quickly or easily. You’re doing a lot more worldbuilding. You’re creating characters that don’t exist anywhere, not just the typical ghosts, werewolves, etc. This takes time. I’m letting Demonic Descent have whatever time it needs to develop the right way. Extensive rewrites are happening before I tackle a new section. It promises to be an interesting journey.

That’s it for this week!

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