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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was fun-filled! The second Embrace the Darkness paranormal event on Facebook was a success. We had some technical glitches on the first night. Things were so much better on the second night. Although I spend most of my days on the computer, hosting that event wears me out every time.

Let ‘s see how I did with my writing last week:

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Work on the draft for Cursed Hearts. Projected goal for the week:  6,601 words [roughly 943 words daily]. Short 1,461 words for my goal.

*Work on the draft for the horror story. Projected goal for the week: 2,156 words [roughly 308 words daily]. Short 146 words for my goal.

*Work on draft for the alien short story. Projected goal for the week: 1,491 words [roughly 213 words daily]. Short 763 words for my goal.

To be honest, I spent some time working on the new brand. It took me away from getting these things done.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Work on the draft for Cursed Hearts. Projected goal for the week:  11,904 words [roughly 1,488 words daily]. I need to finish this week. If not, I’ll have to finish it in December.

*Work on the draft for the horror story. Projected goal for the week: 2,816 words [roughly 352 words daily]. I have thirteen days to finish this before the first draft is due.

*Work on draft for the alien short story. Projected goal for the week: 1,072 words [roughly 134 words daily].

*Finish prep for NaNoWriMo.

3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:

I turn in his arms and look into Victor’s eyes. “Stop it. We were destined to be together despite this curse. I believe that. I thought you did, too.” [Kelsie, Cursed Hearts]

Victor and Kelsie learn why they are cursed—a sorceress, in love with a vampire, cursed him and his succubus lover. The curse is far reaching, it dooms both species. Of course there’s a catch. The sorceress had an ‘arrangement’ with an incubus so she spared incubi from the curse.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Writing in two very different genres. It’s hard to write dark and twisted and then turn around and write things not so bleak. I think I may have a solution to handle it. It will take utilizing some new organizational skills.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIPs:

Cursed Hearts

I love how I’m weaving in the back story details without being heavy with it. Handling back story is always difficult. I’ve been focused on ‘littering’ the story with the information through conversation, but even the conversation segments are brief. Just enough detail to let you know what’s going on without boring you or dragging the story to a halt.

Short Story Submissions

I love utilizing an outline with these stories. I hadn’t touched them in a few days, but going back and reading over the outline and the last passages of the story and I’m able to pick it back up. I’m still a pantser but I’m learning to appreciate the outline.

News…

Don’t forget the New Adult Scavenger Hunt starts this Wednesday!

NewASH on Twitter (@NAScavengerHunt)

Facebook (NA Scavenger Hunt)

Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/936229823097234/)

Website (http://newadultscavengerhunt.com/)

It’s official I’ll be signing at:

August 2017: Once Upon A Book, Frankenmuth, Michigan

September 2017: Penned Con, St. Louis, Missouri

October 2017: Great Lakes Book Bash, Kalamazoo, Michigan

I’ll let you know if I add anything else for next year.

How am I feeding my soul this week…

I’m reading a couple of ARCs by Caroline A. Gill. I just finished a book by Stacey Marie Brown. I’m eager to finish her Collector series.

That’s it for this week.

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