• Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Happy Dance,  Mechanics,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Writer Life: Outlining & Worldbuilding

    There are words on the page!! My official story notes are organized, and I has words on the page!! 😀 I finished the Neil Gaiman Masterclass, and the last few lessons really bolstered my spirit. ^_^ I decided to start tackling my notes, took me three days, and in the process, I started a document and got words on the page! Basically, it’s either going to be good or it isn’t. That’s all I have to worry about. Or rather, not worry about. It fits my current philosophy on life about not making things too difficult. Instead of giving myself seven options, I give myself two. I can give myself two…

  • Happy Dance,  NaNoWriMo,  Work-In-Progress

    NaNoWriMo Update!

    GUYS!! ^_^ Things are still going well! Things are actually going well! I can hardly believe it. 😀 Current word count: 33,896 I’m expecting the first draft to end up on the shorter side, maybe around 60k, but we’ll see. I have a “finished” mini outline. I say “finished” because I thought it was finished last time, and then I realized that I had three Mondays in a row, and well, that doesn’t happen in real life outside of a metaphorical sense. And also, I had to rearrange things because there was a minor change in the story, of course. I can’t wait to be in editing mode. This is…

  • Happy Dance,  NaNoWriMo,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Updated Rewriting Plans & NaNoWriMo

    NaNoWriMo is underway, so I have a nearly mid-month word count update below. 😀 I wanted to talk about rewriting again, because it’s relevant to the work-in-progress. ^_^ I woke up one day with a solution to the larger “Puppet Box” issues! Just like BOOM. Solved. 😛 Actually, I had a dream the night before that I was a werewolf, and I was all stressed because I was trying to hide it from my neighbors so they wouldn’t try to kill me, but my guide was all like, “No, you’re hiding so you don’t have to kill them.” And for some reason there was this super creepy Santa-thing in a…

  • Announcements,  Books,  Happy Dance,  Indie Author Life,  Novels,  Poetry

    Release Day Party: Garden of Ravens

    Poetry book is out today!! 😀 To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to go over the different sections and talk about them or whatever. ^_^ I organized things in a way that I thought would make sense or at least a way that made sense in my head. If you’ve been around the cafe for a while or have read any of my books, you might recognize a few poems, as everything that’s published on this blog or in a novel are also in this book. That might account for maybe ten poems, but they’re here. I’ve mentioned that I write song lyrics for fun sometimes, so some…

  • Closet Mad Scientist,  Happy Dance,  Indie Author Life,  Poetry,  Work-In-Progress

    Poetry Writing Update

    The poetry book is coming along! I’m in the final pass before formatting, making last minute changes and getting rid of stray lines I don’t like. I can’t say I LOVE everything in the collection, but I like everything, so that’s good. ^_^ The next step is to decide on some design elements. I have vague ideas of what I want. I don’t really like random sketches in my poetry books, so I’m not doing that. The plan is some kind of decorative thing to lead into each section, and then some kind of picture at the end of each section. I’ll be making decisions this weekend, I hope. I…