The Road to Being Published

Once again, I apologize for not getting a post up on Monday. I have no laptop currently because it is in the shop, so it is more difficult to get a post up. I’m not making any promises for next week.

Well, I was right about being able to start typing out my third draft by this week, but I was wrong about how far along I would be. Very wrong. I’m only a few pages in, which is unfortunate. I was hoping to be much farther along than about five or six pages. I was able to do one full page on Monday, but that’s when the incident happened.

My dog broke my laptop.

Yeah, you read that correctly. I was sitting down on the couch editing and then my dog, who was right beside me looking out the window, decided to start barking and ran into my laptop. So, the screen broke and I have to get a screen replacement. No laptop for a while. Fun, fun.

I was hoping to be able to finish the third draft by the end of 2014, but that’s not gong to happen now. I guess I just have to get used to the fact that things like this will happen. Writers always have something happen to them, and I guess a destroyed laptop is one thing that has happened to me.

I don’t like it, but I guess I’ll just have to deal with it. I may not have a laptop, but I still have my dreams. I hope to be able to continue as soon as I get my laptop back, but we will see.

The man at Best Buy said that I would have to wait two weeks at the most, but I’m hoping it won’t be that long. Bear with me as I try to get my laptop back and try to pay for a replaced screen.

Thank you for your continued support, everyone.

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The picture makes it look minor….

The Road to Being Published

I know, I promised to keep posting on Monday’s even though November is over. I get that. I had a cold, okay? Deal with it. Back to Monday posting on, well, Monday.

I’m really excited as to how much progress I’ve made on Days of the Kill. I’m part way through the fifth chapter for the third draft! I’m still editing on paper, mind you, but I’ve made a ton of progress in the past week, wouldn’t you say? Forcing myself to do ten pages a day has done a lot for my progress. Before I did ten a day, I would just say, “I really don’t feel like doing that…” and not doing it. Now, I still say that, but guess what? I force myself. I’m really proud of myself for making myself.

Ten pages a day is about all I can stand right now, but hey, once I start typing it, I may just make more progress than that. At least, that’s what I’m hoping. If not, well, I’ll just hope I can keep up the ten pages a day thing. You read that right. Typing ten pages a day. Insanity, I know.

I’m still taking a break from The Path to Biological (formerly known as The Healing). It feel like a while since I’ve looked at it, but I’m taking a month break from it. It hasn’t been a month yet. Quite frankly, I’m kind of glad. I’m not looking forward to the big task of filling in all the holes. So many holes…

Next week, who knows where I’ll be? I’ll probably be typing out the third draft, even though I don’t know where I’ll be in it. Until next week…stay tuned!

The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update.

I’ve been pretty productive with my third draft of Days of the Kill so far. Or, at least, I would like to think so. I’m on the second chapter for writing out edits, and getting fairly close to the end of it. So, I’ve come pretty far since last Wednesday.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m sick and tired of my manuscript, but I’m pushing through. Since I had a tendency to put it off, I’m making myself do ten pages a day. Ten of them. That way, I’m not wasting time. I’m getting it done in a reasonable amount of time. I’m not forcing myself to overdo anything. Ten pages is about all I can stand of my work, but hey, I’m getting it done, at least!

The cat is glad I only do ten pages a day, too, but that’s beside the point.

One thing that keeps me going is knowing that one day I will be published. But, the only way to be published is to keep pushing through. I plan on going the traditional route, just because I have no idea where to even start with self-publishing. So, to get accepted into a traditional publishing house, I have to keep working on it, and keep editing it until I feel like I can’t get it any better. I’ll get there, I know I will.

Now, to talk about The Healing since NaNoWriMo is over. I loved doing that. I loved writing it. Is it horrible and not worth reading? Oh heck yeah. I’m not giving that to anyone to read right now. It’s embarrassing. Really, it is. You don’t want to read it right now. Trust me I know these things.

I’ve put The Healing on hold for a month so I could take a break from it and really buckle down on working on Days of the Kill. I was putting Days of the Kill off a little, I admit, for The Healing during November. No more, though. I’m ready to get it done and over with.

I’m excited to get to the next draft. Really, I am. I’m not ever going to be totally sure these books are perfect. Is anyone ever really sure? I’m going to have to trust the editors and the publishers. Writing can be one big roller coaster ride. I’m all buckled in and ready to go.

NaNoWriMo 2014

I know, I know, it’s December. I don’t care. I have to write a conclusion post, don’t I? Besides, I didn’t get to write about it last week. Dumb glaucoma testing.

It’s no secret that NaNoWriMo 2014 was my first NaNoWriMo participation. I experienced all the emotions I’ve heard about. All the enthusiasm at the beginning, being stuck and wanting to put it off in the middle, and the inching closer and closer to the 50,000 word mark and getting really excited again at the end. Every single thing I heard about, I experienced.

And I loved it.

My NaNoWriMo project is nowhere near a decent first draft, but I put it away for about a month. I’m hoping that by putting it away, I’ll have a clear mind of how to even start editing it. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to read it right now. It’s bad. And there’s a lot of holes. A lot of holes.

Until I start working on my NaNoWriMo project again, I’m going to keep working on editing Days of the Kill. I’m working on the third draft of that. Yay! More about that on Wednesday.

I can’t wait to see how The Healing (that name is going to be changed… I haven’t quite decided on to what, though, so for now, The Healing stays) turns out. I can see a bestseller, but for now, as I saw a Twitter friend put it last night, “All I’ve got are words and dreams.” (Thank you, Guy!)

Hey, everyone’s got to start somewhere, right? Why not start in November during NaNoWriMo and transform that dream into words? I can’t wait until next year. And you can bet that I’ll be updating every single Monday about NaNoWriMo 2015.

As for what I’ll be doing on Mondays until then…well, I guess we’ll see!