I have been having a hard time finishing my second novel - this isn't news to anyone. I open my Drive document, re-read the last few paragraphs, scribble down where I want the chapter to go, and then just open some tabs and do anything besides write. When I do write, I keep thinking my writing is terrible. I want to go back and fix all the mistakes I've made. I feel like I can't go forward with my writing until it's perfect. This has been a huge problem for me in the past. Ev
Well, the day has come. I'm going back to my regular job. I've been off work since early June while recovering from ulnar nerve surgery. I basically got carpal tunnel, but in my elbow. It's been a . . . painful recover, but I've learned a lot about myself in these past six weeks. I've learned that I can keep myself busy without a job and without full use of my left arm. At first, I was scared I would only be able to sit on the couch and watch TV for over a month, that I would
There's no easy way to put it; sometimes life just smacks people with hard situations and it sucks. When life sucks, there are typically a few options. You can give in to the suck. Sit around, cry, feel bad, watch a lot of TV, distance yourself, ignore the problem - you know, be anti-social. And sure, I do this sometimes. Heck, I do it a lot. Sometimes you have to wallow a little just because. But the key is this - don't wallow too much or you will never get out if that funk.
It's been quite the journey going from someone with a raw manuscript written in 30 days to someone with a finished and published product. I had a lot of help from some talented freelancers, but I also had some help that set me in the wrong direction. This would be how I found my first editor.
I asked my local NaNoWriMo group about editors, and someone suggested an editor. I looked up the editor's Facebook and saw she was decently priced. About a week later, I sent my manusc
So, as many of you know, I went into this self-publishing thing pretty blind. I knew some vague things, like I should publish on Amazon and I would definitely need an editor, but I didn’t know how to do it on my own. That’s when I found some great Facebook groups. The first group I want to talk about is the 20Booksto50k group. This group’s main focus is to help writers become profitable in their craft. There are tons of documents to help with various topics, but the member th
I've been working hard on so many different projects these past few weeks. I have been promoting my first novel, which I am extremely proud of, but I'm also attempting to write my second novel at the same time. I've had to deal with set backs in the form of bad editors and Amazon formatting issues. I've been working over at my day job. I'm still trying to get healthy both mentally and physically. But this post isn't about me complaining, it's about what I realized as I laid d
Hello everyone! Hope you had a great Easter. I spent the time taking a break from writing. Every one needs a break once in a while. I feel like I get burnt out if I do the same things every single day for months on end. I even took a break from working out for three days to let my body rest. Anyway, it's Monday and I'm feeling ready to get back at it! I may have to post-pone my second novel until summer, unfortunately. I have some health issues going on, which is why I've bee
Hello everyone! It's been a while, but I wanted to share a few things with you. First of all, my print edition of That Time I Broke Time is out now on Amazon! Order a copy with Prime for $9.99 and pay no shipping costs! Order here today! I have also decided to do a giveaway of That Time I Broke Time. Just sign up here for a chance to win a free print copy of my novel :) Contest ends 4/3/2018 at midnight. Other than that, things are progressing slower than I'd hoped, but they
I'm trying my hardest to get the print release of That Time I Broke Time and the first edition of That Time My Future Disappeared out, but I've been running into some issues. First, Kindle Direct Publishing hates me and my cover art. I've been trying to upload my cover to KDP for over a week now! My designer, bless her heart, has been working to get the size requirements correct. We're talking about four revisions so far. Not to mention the 100 different revisions of the insi
As many of you know, my first novel was published with some errors. It's been quite the experience finding a good editing team to make sure my manuscript is up to far, and I'm here with some good news! I just uploaded a new version of That Time I Broke Time to Amazon! While the changes won't be live for up to 72 hours, I am so happy to have a better manuscript out there for you all to read. If you have already bought my book on Amazon or with Kindle Unlimited, you don't need
Hello everyone! I wanted to take some time to talk about time management, and how I find time to write, work, have friends, and a S/O. The first thing I realized is that there are only 24 hours in a day. If you take out 7 hours for sleeping, that only leaves 17 hours a day. As of right now, I still have a full-time job that is not writing, so that's another 8 hours, plus an hour for lunch, and 30 minutes for commuting. Now my total number of hours per week day is down to 7.5.
Hello Everyone! I didn't forget about you :) But I did run into a few set backs recently. After reading reviews of my first novel That Time I Broke Time, I realized my editing team was not up to par. While I can edit others' writing, it is difficult for me to edit my own writing. I had hired an editor and even had a few friends proofread, but many errors slipped through the cracks. So, I decided to re-edit my novel myself as well as hire a new proofreader! I'm hoping this pro
I've been working on That Time I Broke Time's sequel for almost three weeks now. I haven't made too much progress aside from three chapters and a rough outline, but it's definitely a start. HOWEVER... I did come up with a title after many days of failed attempts! That Time My Future Disappeared Ellie ends up traveling to the future, but it's not what she expects. Now it's time to finish this manuscript so you all can read! Remember to subscribe to my newsletter. I'll be givi
Hello everyone! I've been MIA for a while, and I apologize, but I needed some rest. My friend came up from Texas. I haven't seen her in 8 years, which is far too long to go without seeing your close friend. We went to an anime convention and had a blast! I posted a few photos on my Instagram. You can see who we cosplayed here! But back to what's been going on with my next novel and That Time I Broke Time. Well, honestly, not a lot has been going on. I have a solid two chapter
With the release of my first novel, I've realized I want to make writing my career. This is going to take a lot of effort on my part, as I am currently working full time. However, it's not impossible! I've been writing about 500 words a day for over a week now on my next installment in my "That Time" series. I love these characters and being able to play with time. It's one of the best things about writing sci-fi - there are very little rules as long as you don't have too man
Well, today is the day. My book is now available on Amazon. I can't believe my dream has come true. I also can't believe I'm already writing my novel's sequel. I'm almost two chapters in! I'm proud of what I've accomplished. It may have taken me a few years to get my first book together, but now that it's out there, I am not afraid to keep on going. I see big things in my future. I want to publish a novel every other month this year. Let's see if that happens! I'll be happy i
Well here it is! My first novel available for pre-order. Click here to pre-order today! It's weird to think a novel I wrote in a month during NaNoWriMo is now available on Amazon. I'm sure the real shock will be when it's published in a week, but right now, everything feels a tad surreal. I'm not even sure where to go from here; I just know I'm proud of the work I've done. I hope you all enjoy the book as much as I've enjoyed watching it grow into a real novel over the past