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A WRITER’S SOUL: My Weekly Goals & Such

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Happy Sunday! Here’s hoping for a GREAT upcoming week. Why? I have Once Upon A Book Signing next weekend in Frankenmuth, Michigan. It’s the second year for the event and I’m looking forward to going home to Michigan. My mother will be joining me as my table assistant this time around since the minion is getting ready to head back to college. Let’s see how I did with last week’s goals.


1) LAST WEEK’S GOALS:

*Continue revising Delivering Sin by Nadirah Foxx. My goal is to revise at least five more chapters. I came up a chapter short since I took a mental health day during the week.

*Continue writing the draft for Finding Me. My goal is another four chapters. Done! I’m in the middle of Chapter Nine.

*Determine what the short story will be about. I’m close. I have the makings of an idea. I’ll know on Monday whether or not I’ve been accepted into the anthology.

2) THIS WEEK’S GOALS:

*Continue revising Delivering Sin by Nadirah Foxx. A modest goal this week since I leave for OUAB on Thursday–I’m looking to revise four more chapters.

*Continue writing the draft for Finding Me. I’m looking to add four more chapters.

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

A haunting melody—a guitar version of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata—greets me when I open my apartment door. The street lights bathe the room and surround Colton’s figure. He’s seated in front of the window bent over my guitar. Sorrow so deep mixes with overwhelming pain. It reaches out to my soul and crushes any residual anger I harbor. This isn’t the time or place for it. Instead, I push my feet forward and close the distance between us. Colton’s playing is raw and so fucking emotional. The man has unmeasurable talent. He should do something with it. [from Finding Me]

This is the first time Colt’s pain is felt musically. It’s the start of a scene that could go quite differently than what’s written. Colt had an audition as a dancer and bailed when he got word his father, the Najex, was in the club. JJ gets a chance to see an honest side of Colt and it’s disturbing.

4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK:

An avalanche of WTF moments. If you recall, last week I faced an issue with burn-out. Well the sensation quickly morphed into a mild depression. Thankfully, I had a close friend to help me through it AND my husband was there as well. It seemed like there was one little thing after another like a small nugget of snow becoming a huge ball at the end of a long hill. My husband helped me become aware that in writing Colt’s story, a very emotional one, I had to ‘go there’ in order to identify his feelings. Once I got past his issues, the avalanche began. I’m hoping the nugget of snow stays where it belongs this week.

5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP:

Finding Me… My goal is to craft an honest relationship story between two men. Any such tale is challenging, but this one is more so because it’s paranormal in nature. It would be too easy to take a ton of liberties, but I don’t want to do that. Both men are living as humans and their approach will be similar, but not identical, to the real world. Definitely not an easy piece of fiction.


How I’m feeding my soul this week…

I’m all caught up on Game of Thrones! Can’t wait to watch the latest episode. I also have an ARC by Sunniva Dee to read.

That’s all for now.

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