• Facts of Life,  Writing Journey

    The Land of Neverending Moutains

    The writing journey – whether drafting, editing, trying to pick out a title or a new idea, whatever – is filled with hills and valleys and swamps and quick sand and storms and well, you get the point.Ā But it’s all worth it. šŸ™‚ In title news, I’m officially on the title rollercoaster with “Legion.” I’m tentatively thinking ofĀ retitling itĀ “Unrest.” I’d like to call it “No Rest for the Wicked” but I’m afraid that’s me thinking things are funny again that may or may not actually be funny. Haha. But speaking of, one of the mountains I recently tackled was the chip I had on my shoulder after a story I…

  • Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Report #17 (June) & 18 (July)

    Hiya, folks!Ā So, last month, I didn’t do a marathon update, because while I had written that month, I was about to shelve the story I was working on. I know, right?! I didn’t want to talk about it because I was actually kind of sad about it. I loved the idea and it was going well, but at the same time, it was feeling forced and hard and stupid, and it was making me unhappy. Since I had a pact with myself to stop forcing crap, I dropped the story like a cigarette in an anti-smoking commercial for teens. šŸ™‚ Anywho, onto to the stats! Last report wordcount + chapter…

  • Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    #WIPMarathon Report #16 (May)

    MAY!! ^_^ It’s my birthday month, so it’s always the time of year I start re-evaluating my goals. šŸ˜€ Last report wordcount + chapter count: Phantom Silence = 4907 new words out of 21282 total words, Chapter 13 Current report WC + CC: Phantom Silence = 0 new words this month out of 21282 total words, Chapter 13 “Untitled Paranormal”Ā = 14903 words, Chapter 6 Random Idea: about 5k -I play around with super jumbled ideasĀ sometimes to suss out the plot holes and see if there’s any hope.Ā This is the second time I’ve done this for this idea. It’s very dark and lots of fun, but it’s not making any sense…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writer's Block,  Writing Journey

    On Shaking Things Up

    Last November, a pep talk came along from the writer of the Divergent series, Veronica Roth. You can read it here. It was about shaking things up. One thing in particular that stuck out to me was when she said, “Let go your process. Let go of stressing out about your process. Let go of finding your process. Let go of all of it.” She said some other things about stop trying to be perfect. And then she closed with this: “Donā€™t be a plotter or a pantser, a strict butt-in-chair person or an exercise-doer, a beginning-to-end-er or a time jumperā€”donā€™t be anything other than whatever you need to be…