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Happy Monday everybody! How was your weekend? Mine was interesting and enlightening (I’ll elaborate in a bit). Let’s take a look at how I did last week with my goals.

1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Continue work on the rewrite of Rebel. I’ll finish the chapters for Act Two, and move on to Act Three. Done! I’m close to reaching the climax!

*I have the idea for a prequel for the Alliance Chronicles. I might explore it this week. Didn’t touch it.

*Go over the outline for All Things Dark & Magickal. I did something a little different (I’ll explain in a minute).

2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:

*Finish the rewrite of Rebel.

*Continue posting to Instagram about All Things Dark & Magickal. I’m doing a WIP challenge for the month. This is helping me to get this thing written. The deadline for the rough draft is May 30. I hope to start it as soon as I finish Rebel.

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

“I’m a man who loves you. Bottom line. I’ll do everything in my power to protect you and our kid.” I squeeze her hand. “I’m not a political wannabe or a power hungry leader. The heart of the boy you met years ago still beats in me. Time and necessity, however, made him stronger and hopefully a little wiser.” [Zared, Rebel: the Alliance Chronicles, Book 3]

Readers finally learn the parts of Zared he’s been hiding from Tru. She feels like she doesn’t know him. He tells her what she should know…that he loves her.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Handling constructive criticism. My husband pointed out that I’ve never handled it well (at least as long as he’s known me). My modus operandi is to take the info, debate it, mull it over, and start finding fault with myself. I beat myself up for days (I’ve gotten better, and have gotten it down to 24 hours) before I get on board with the program.

So, want to know what the issue was? In a nutshell it was feedback considering some choices I’ve made as an author. I thought the decisions were good. This friend pointed out how everything we do as writers is part of a learning curve. We have to be able to accept criticism gracefully and act on it accordingly. It took me less than 24 hours to reach the same conclusion she did. I thanked her for her advice (it was spot on). I’m now acting on it.

What surprised me… No, what floored me was my husband’s reaction to the feedback. He simply told me to do what I needed to fix it. Bottom line.

I may never get past the way I react to criticism. I do handle it much better than when I was younger. Back then, I was ready to fight for my right to be RIGHT. I have learned, over the years, that I do make plenty of mistakes. I’m not going to be right even a third of the time. I just need to remember to stop the mental bashing and move forward.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: The amount of action. According to an infograph I found on Pinterest, best selling novels have, on average, fifteen obstacles. When I looked over what I’ve done so far in Rebel, I have the fifteen. Now, this is not saying I wrote a best selling novel. I think the idea of having this number of obstacles keeps the story moving along.

How I’m feeding my soul this week…I’m in the middle of the steamy romance by Nikki Belaire.

That’s it for now.

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