Great-Grandfather’s Birthday

He was 93, yet he was gone long before that. Today is his birthday. He would have been 96.

I can’t believe that nearly three years has passed since my great-grandfather’s death. Alzheimer’s is a terrible, terrible disease. It slowly made his memory go. Eventually, he forgot who his own family was. Eventually, his body forgot how to work.

Anyone who has a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s knows how devastating it can be. We don’t want to acknowledge it, but we can’t deny it’s there. We want to pretend it’s not, but yet, it is.

We know by the blank look in their eye that it’s there. We know by continued repeat questions that it’s there. We know just by talking to them that it’s there. It’s devastating to us to watch them go through it.

If there’s one thing my great-grandfather remembered, it was his truck. It went to my dad after his death. That truck was his everything. He would get lost on his walks, so my grandparents put a gate just past next door. It was already a secluded area, but they still needed that gate. Who knows where he would have gone otherwise.

Like I said, he loved his truck. His keys were taken away from him long before his death, but it was still his. He would get lost between his house and next door, so my grandparents had to go get him. His eyes would light up when he saw that truck.

Just from watching my great-grandfather, I think there’s one thing that Alzheimer’s patients remember. Maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. They forget a lot, but there is one thing that they hold dear.

Maybe holding on to that one thing is a step closer to curing Alzheimer’s. Maybe, just maybe, if we work together, this terrible disease can be cured.

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update to see how far I’ve come. Oh, joy.

No, really, I like doing this. It’s just been a long day, you know? Anyway, enough about that. Time to talk writing. Whoo-hoo!

Okay, so I got beta reader feedback from, well, the beta readers. Well, only two gave me feedback, and one was a while back. I looked over it, though, and yay! It’s actually helpful. Both of them are. Now, I just need to get back at them for every single bad thing they said. Wait, what? I totally meant that I need to take their suggestions seriously and edit Days of the Kill. Yeah, that’s totally what I mean. No evil planning here. Nope. None.

In all seriousness, I’ve edited the first chapter of Days of the Kill based on their feedback. Actually, it helped. The first chapter is a lot better, and the hate at the beginning isn’t anywhere near as strong. I like that. It was way too strong before.

The Path to Biological is coming along well. I’m on page… 60 or 70-something. I’ve actually come a long way. It’s better than I thought it would be. Maybe it was that hour I took one night… Then I got sleepy and couldn’t work the other hour on The Child of Fault. I went to bed instead.

The Child of Fault is coming along extremely slowly. I just…ugh. I always run out of time. I have almost 13,000 words. I was hoping to be at 20,000 a long time ago. Maybe I’ll be able to play catch up on Saturday. I hope to be able to dedicate all of Saturday to writing. At least every other Saturday, because, you know, I started hanging around this guy and plan to the other Saturdays… It’s not a date, so get that out of your heads right now.

Wait, what were we talking about again? Oh, yeah, writing.

I’m excited to announce that I now have a publicist! That’s right, I was noticed by a publicist. She came to my Facebook page and contacted me. And she rocks. Seriously.

She set me up with an editor. How cool is that? I actually have an editor now. Okay, so I know it’s normal to have an editor, but this is a first for me. So allow me to believe that it’s amazing.

Well, I guess that’s all for this week. I know I rambled on a lot. Sorry about that, guys! Next Wednesday will be another update. Until then…stay tuned!

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Beta Reader Day

Today’s the day. The day I’ve been dreading. The day I’ve been looking forward to. The day…wait, where was I going with this?

Oh, yes, today is the day that I’m supposed to get feedback from the beta readers. Key words: Supposed to. I’ve only heard from the two currently, so I have no idea how far along I’m going to be able to get with that. They’ve both said the beginning is a little heavy, so I’ll be fixing that. I also feel like I can work that out. I’ll give everyone a week before I totally freak out. Because if I have to, I will freak out and demand feedback. I’m surprised one beta reader in particular hasn’t gotten back to me…

I love my beta readers to death, but I can’t revise if I don’t have feedback. I mean, really. What’s up with that? Well, I guess I could always go off the feedback I have already and then revise the rest myself.  I suppose I could do that if I needed to before sending it off to the editor. We’ll see.

I know, I’m not going to get feedback from every single beta reader. Nobody does. Still, I did expect more than two. I guess that’s what I get for only getting eight beta readers. Oh, well.

In other news, I hired a publicist today. Or yesterday. Or really, she hired herself. I don’t really know. Point is, I have one. Because she came across my Facebook author page and messaged me. I’m so excited!

Well, I guess that’s all I really have for today. You guys, I’m really excited about how far this could go. As long as those gosh darn beta readers get back to me, the possibilities are endless!

That’s all for today. Wednesday will be another update. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Once again, I’m sorry for not getting a post up on Monday. My four-year-old niece was visiting and things were a little…chaotic, let’s say.

i have to say, I’m pretty disappointed with the way things have been this week. It was just a bad week for writing in general. Especially since I didn’t have my laptop for part of it. Yesterday was the first time I had written in eleven days. Far too long!

Days of the Kill comes back from the beta readers on Monday. I can’t wait to get it back. I’m nervous, yet really excited about the feedback I’m going to get. I still haven’t heard from anyone else about what they think. They have five days… The clock is ticking, beta readers.

Editing The Path to Biological is slow-going. I’m on page 135 for editing. You would think that’s pretty far along, but when I’m going backwards trying to make sure the plot is the same, well…it’s not really all that far. 40-something pages in. I’m pretty sure.

The Child of Fault is slow-going as well. At least a little. I’m just over 11,000 words in. I was hoping to get to 20,000 by today… Try again this week. I did manage to get two chapters written.

I’m excited to announce that vlogging returns this week! I’ve fallen in love with it, and I’m so excited to get to it. The link to my YouTube channel is on my contact page, so feel free to subscribe to it! (I won’t ask every week. I promise.).

As lacking as it is, that’s it for this week. Hopefully I’ll have more to report next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

I’m sorry for not getting a post up on Monday. Well, not really. I was out of town meeting my baby nephew and taking care of my nieces while my sister was in the hospital.

I admit, I’ve barely done any writing this week. I haven’t had a chance. I’ve barely been able to keep my head above water with school and work. And that was before going out of town. Things have been chaotic, let me tell you.

I haven’t heard anything else from my beta readers for Days of the Kill. They have twelve days… They had better get back to me. Oh, I guess my anxiety is getting back up again. Moving on now…

The Path to Biological is getting harder and harder to edit. I’m starting to notice more and more plot changes. Once I get to the third draft, it will be a little bit easier, I hope. I’m not sure how much easier, exactly, but easier. At least I’ll be done with trying to make the beginning of the story the same plot as the end. I’ve already seen one thing that I’m going to have to change…

The Child of Fault is coming along fairly well. I have a little over 10,000 words. I was hoping to get there last week. Instead, I  got there this week. Oh, well. Things happen. Life happens. Maybe I’ll get about 10,000 words in this week. Or not, since my laptop is at my sister’s place. I managed to forget it. Joy.

I’m not too thrilled with the fact that I haven’t done much, but things happen. Meeting my nephew was a happy occasion. Taking care of my nieces was a chore, but still fun. Sometimes.

I won’t be doing a vlog this week due to not having my laptop, but I’ll get back to it next week. I’m looking forward to getting back to it. Wednesdays are fun for me. Most of the time. Check out my other two. The link to my YouTube channel is on my contact page. 🙂

Here’s to hoping to a better week writing-wise!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update.

I have to admit, this week wasn’t the greatest writing wise. It seems I let a week slip by and didn’t get a lot of writing done. Shame on me, I know.

Days of the Kill is still with the beta readers. I don’t get that back until February 23. I can’t wait to get it back! I’ve gotten feedback from a couple people. A good friend of mine said that it was a page-turner, and another friend basically said the beginning is complete shit and I need to change it. Believe it or not, I actually appreciate both. I haven’t heard back from the other six yet, but they still have nineteen days. 🙂

Editing The Path to Biological has been slow. It’s hard to edit a book that had the plot change so many times in the first draft. It’s not impossible, but difficult. I’m still working backwards on it. I believe I’m on page 150-something…

The Child of Fault is coming along fairly well. I was hoping to get to 10,000 words by today, but that didn’t happen. I have 8,555 words done. Still not bad, but I was hoping for more. Oh, well. Can’t have everything, I guess.

I started an author Facebook page a week ago today, and I’m so excited to already have 217 likes! Most of the people that have liked the page I don’t even know. I’m so excited about that. I have support coming from all around.

I’m also excited to announce that I have started a weekly vlog! Episode one is up on YouTube. I will be adding my YouTube channel to the contact page. I hope you all will check it out. I have to admit, 13 views for the first episode isn’t too bad.

I can’t wait to see how much I get done this next week. It might be less than this week, because I will be out of town from Sunday evening to Tuesday afternoon for the birth of my nephew. As a result, I may not get a post up on Monday.

I will see you guys next week! Until then…stay tuned!

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My Rise to Fame (I Hope!)

Less than a week ago, I started a Facebook author page. Type in Author S. Courtney Killian, and you’ll find it. I’ll put it in the contacts page…eventually… Someone remind me to do that later pretty please. 🙂

In the time that I’ve had the page (five days), I’ve received 150 likes. That’s right, 150. Most of them aren’t even friends on Facebook. I invited a few friends, I admit, but most of the people that have liked the page have never even heard of me.

It’s safe to say that I’m in shock.

I’ve gotten the likes (and comments, and likes on statuses, and posts on the timeline…) with minimal marketing and no books published, so who knows what it will be like when I’m actually published? Hopefully the people on my Facebook page will actually want to buy the book as well. I’ve received so much encouragement already from people I don’t even know!

Not everyone has this success, and honestly, I don’t know how I do. I’ve always just been a small-town girl with a crazy big dream. As well as this is going, I may just end up having that dream come true. Just think, if even just most of the people that have liked my page buy my book, I could go up a few places in ranking. I’m getting quite a few likes each day and I’m planning on publishing in November, so we’ll see.

I’m still average on Twitter, and less than average on G+, but let’s just hope that I can keep up the fame on Facebook. I know, I’m not really famous, but it never hurts to dream. 🙂

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