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Happy Monday! Are you ready for Christmas? We’ve finished our shopping and now it’s time to get the Christmas Day dinner planned.

Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals.

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue with the rough draft of Renegade. By week’s end I should be at 38,398 words. Finished the draft!

*Continue with the revisions on Cursed HeartsWorking.

*NEW PROJECT: Planning/plotting a new short story for an anthology with a circus theme. My story is about a freaky, terrifying circus with a ringmaster who has the ability to turn people into living dolls. I have an idea, but I’m considering not taking on this project. It’s cramming a lot into the month of January for me.

*NEW PROJECT: Planning/plotting a novella for an anthology with a rags to riches theme. My story is a gender bender version of Cinderella. There’s dark magic in this tale. Working.

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

With this being a holiday week I’m only planning on doing the revisions for Cursed Hearts. I finished the read-through last week and did the first round of simple revisions. I’m currently using ProWritingAid software to do a deeper revision before sending it out to a critique partner for feedback.

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

“Believe it or not, I have my own skeletons I wrestle with. Sometimes it’s easier facing your demons with someone who cares.” [Dr. Leslie Kapernecki, Renegade]

This passage sums up the atmosphere in Renegade. Mark has his demons, Asher’s still wrestling with skeletons along with Dr. Kapernecki. Even Liam Martinez has some ghosts haunting him. No one’s safe in the last book in the series.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Realizing my limitations. As much as I enjoy writing short stories, there’s a good chance I won’t be doing one for an anticipated anthology. I’m still debating on it. What it boils down to is time. I have releases planned for January (Release) and February (Cursed Hearts). The second book still requires my attention for revising, editing, and then formatting. The deadline for the first draft of the short story is the end of January. I might be pushing my limitations if I take on the short story, too. I’ll think on it for another few days and then make the decision.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: [Cursed Hearts] I love how this book expanded from the short story. After doing the read-through last week, the idea behind the second book in the duology came to me. I have some things to hammer out and a little research to do before I start writing this draft.

News…

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How am I feeding my soul this week… 

I’m close to finishing the third book in Cambria Hebert’s Gearshark series (love these books!).

That’s it for this week.

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