Budget, Budget, Budget!

I’m pretty much broke. Like, flat broke. Well, I have a couple hundred in the bank (at least), but when I need to make payments to an editor…well, you get the picture.

I think all writers struggle with that. At least at first. Then some of us hit it big and never have to worry about money again. Others…well, not so much. Personally, I’m hoping to make it big, but we’ll see how that goes. Don’t we all? I do always say, “When I’m rich and famous…” Never hurts to think positive. 😉

So, what do you do when you’re on a budget? I’m just limiting the amount of time I spend on Amazon (Amazon addict, especially when it’s almost my youngest niece’s second birthday…look out, bank account!!!) and living paycheck to paycheck. Life of a writer, am I right?

I’m personally a big fan of Thumbtack right now. Over the next 24 hours, I’ll be getting emails from editors so I can get an idea of who would be a good fit for me and who I can afford. Yes, I realize there’s such things as payments, but even those have their limits.

Now, for those of you who have been reading my posts for any length of time might be questioning: didn’t I have an editor already?

Quite simply: yes. I did. I still do for future projects.

While she did an amazing job on my manuscript, she wanted me to get one more editor. Mostly, she wanted me to get a content editor, but I can’t do that! My manuscript defies all normal murder mysteries… But, I will get another editor.

Now, I did have one in mind, but apparently, that one isn’t much good…and is unprofessional. Beware of those, writers. I’m so glad I found that post about her.

Well, I guess that’s about it for this week. Wednesday, we’ll look to see how far along I’ve come again. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. I always look forward to these. 🙂

I’ve done pretty well with writing this week, I have to say. I’m not quite as far as I would like to be, but I’ve still done pretty well for barely having any of the weekend to write.

Days of the Kill is still with the editor. I thought I would be working on it by now, but I’m not. I don’t mind, though. She’s taking the time she needs, and I totally respect that. I’m glad she is. She’s still a fairly new copy-editor, but the work I’ve seen so far is absolutely amazing.

Something weird happened with The Path to Biological. It wouldn’t take me to the place that I stopped at, so I had to start over with the third draft. It was disappointing, but I’ll be alright. Maybe I’ll still reach my deadline anyway. Well, my self-imposed deadline. Really, it’s okay. I’ll get through some of that faster this time, and I have Saturday dedicated to writing, anyway. 🙂

I’ve done really well with The Child of Fault this week. I’m getting really close to having 30,000 words written. I found this spreadsheet on my Writing Accountability Group on Facebook, so now I’m forced to write at least that many words a day. But, I’m not complaining. It makes sure I write so I meet my deadline. I’m not going to complain about that!

I have now reached five videos for my vlog. I’ll be doing my sixth today. I got my first couple comments last night. They were mean ones, like, “Go kill yourself,” and “You’re a stupid bitch.” I hadn’t really thought about how I would react to the horrible comments that can happen, but I decided you know what? These people don’t even know me. They don’t know what I’m really like. Yes, I’m extremely awkward and maybe not the most comfortable in front of a camera, but I decided to do a vlog so I can maybe expand my audience. I’m not letting a few mean comments get in my way. And hey, even though they didn’t like it, they still took time to watch. And besides, it’s called The Awkward Writer for a reason. 🙂

Well, I guess that’s about it for this week. Hopefully I’ll have Days of the Kill back by next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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Being Productive With a Child

I don’t have children. However, I have a four-year-old niece. Well, I also have another niece and a nephew, but the four-year-old is the only one that comes to visit for the weekend. The other’s can wait until they’re two. My youngest niece is almost two.  My nephew is only a month and a half old. I forgot where I was going with this.

OH YEAH.

This past weekend, my four-year-old niece came to visit. Now, I always struggle to find time to write when she’s here. She’s extremely active, and it takes both my parents and I to reign her in sometimes. So, as a result, I didn’t get Saturday to write like I wanted to. Such a pain.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my niece, but sometimes, it’s frustrating when I don’t get things done that I would like to get done. I admire parents… Especially single parents.

Usually, I end up getting absolutely no writing done when my niece is here. It seems like there’s never any time. Well, this weekend, I found time, like I’ve been so big on ranting about lately. It was time to shape up and take my own damn advice.

So, I found time to write. In the middle of the night.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. I’m crazy to write in the middle of the night like that, right? I know you’re thinking that… Don’t deny it.

Let me guess. You’re too tired late at night. You need to get up early. Your kid wore you out. So what? You want to get that book published, don’t you? Well, the middle of the night or during nap time it is.

Okay, so I’m more talking about what belongs on my other site, but still. It’s annoying when people make excuses.

I can’t say that writing in the middle of the night is the best idea in the world, but sometimes, it’s necessary. I like sleep as much as the next person, but when you’re under a self-imposed deadline (or an actual deadline!) like I am, it’s kind of important to make some time for yourself…

So, when is the best time to write for you? Let me know in the comments!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. I love these!

I’m really excited about how the week has gone. I hit a major milestone. Or at least, I think it’s a milestone. Maybe not for more experienced authors, but for me, it is. Yay. 🙂

Days of the Kill is going really well! It’s still with the editor, but I got a snippet back the other day, and I’m so excited about that! The manuscript is already sounding so much better than it was. She figured out a ton of sentences that were bothering me. I’m so happy about that.

The Path to Biological is going a little slowly, but it’s going along. I’m hoping I’ll be able to pick it up more on Saturday, but my four-year-old niece will be visiting, so…we’ll see. It’s on the third draft, though, so hopefully I’ll see a lot of improvement! It’s a major rewrite draft, though, so I’ll still probably have to write a fourth draft before beta readers are brought into the picture.

The Child of Fault is going slowly again, though I do have just under 25,000 words down. I did almost 5,000 words this week! That’s not a lot, but hey, I’m glad I was able to get that much done. A lot of time I don’t. We’ll see how far I can get by next week.

I guess that’s about all this week. I’m looking forward to seeing how far I get next week. By next week, I should be working more on Days of the Kill! Until then…stay tuned!

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The Concert Experience

Last night, I went to a Third Day concert. For those of you that don’t know who Third Day is, they’re a Christian rock group. Look them up. They’re awesome. I may or may not have a little bit of a celebrity crush on the lead singer, Mac Powell…

This wasn’t my first concert to go to, but it was definitely the best. With the lights going everywhere and the fact that they were everywhere on stage, it was a fun night. I was rocking out right there!

Regretfully, I didn’t take any pictures. I thought about it briefly, but if I’m being honest, I was too busy enjoying myself to be worried about taking pictures. Oh, well. Next time, maybe.

I admit, there is one thing that bothers me. The opening act was signing autographs after, but not the main act. Ellie Holcomb (who I’m not as familiar with, but enjoy anyway) was signing autographs and not Third Day. I didn’t bother getting her autograph because I’m not that familiar with her work.

This happened another time, too. I went to a Casting Crowns concert, and yet, Sidewalk Prophets was signing autographs. I actually got to hold a conversation lead singer, David Frey, though… It was amazing.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. It was a great concert, and had everything you could ask for, even encores! Everyone was demanding more, and they BROUGHT IT ON! This group does not disappoint.

So, what groups do you want to see, or have you seen recently and really enjoyed? Feel free to let me know!

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another time to look at how far along I am in my journey of being published.

I have to say, it doesn’t really seem like I’ve come very far, but I really feel like I’ve done a lot. so, I’m excited about it.

Days of the Kill is officially off with the editor! I sent it to her last Wednesday evening. I’m so excited to see how far I’ve come with that. It was just last May when I started the first draft for that… Less than a year later, it’s off with the editor. I can’t believe it.

I’m currently taking a break on The Path to Biological. I start up with the third draft tomorrow. Well…after work, anyway. I’m so excited to get started on the third draft. Not so much that one of the characters needs a major rewrite, but hey, if I can get that, I’m not too worried about it. So, we’ll see how that goes.

The Child of Fault has come a long way! I finally hit 20,000 and almost to 21,000. How cool is that? It’s amazing how much you can get done in one week if you’re working on just one manuscript. But, I made the decision to work on three at once, so I’m excited for the times that I get to work on just one. The Child of Fault was being sadly neglected. I’m glad to have time to work on it.

Lastly, I can’t believe how many people have liked my Facebook author page! I’m not even published yet and have over two thousand likes! Thank you to everyone who has liked my page.

I guess that’s about it this week. Hopefully I’ll have Days of the Kill back from the editor next week. She said I would have it back within fourteen days!

Until next week…stay tuned!

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One Month Ago

I can’t believe it’s already been a month. It seems like time is just flying by faster and faster. It was just one month ago today that I couldn’t get a post up on Monday because I was in the hospital.

No, I wasn’t hurt. I wasn’t even the patient. I was a visitor. The patient was my sister. And her new baby boy.

That’s right, I was awaiting the birth of my nephew. I can’t believe it’s already been a month. Sophia and Kendra have grown up way too fast for my liking, and now Little Benny is, too.

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If we’re being honest here, I love playing the aunt role. I love seeing this kid when I can. Unfortunately, my sister’s family lives three hours away and I don’t get to see him or my nieces as often as I would like to, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.

Of course, I had to spoil him rotten before he was actually born. I may or may not have blown most of a paycheck on baby clothes. So much for saving up for an editor. Whoops.

I can’t believe it’s been a month. Kids grow up way too darn fast, and it aggravates me, but I love that they do.

In Little Benny’s short life, his parents have already said that they’re moving. Wait, what? That means I have to go even longer without seeing this kid! Don’t get me wrong, I love that they get the opportunity to be stationed somewhere else (the proud dad is in the Army), but hey. I want to watch this kid grow up, dang it. Guess I’ll have to stick with pictures. Sigh.

Anyway, I got away from my point here. He’s growing up fast, and he’s so cute!

Well, I guess I’ve rambled on long enough. Wednesday, I’ll talk to you again about how I’m doing with my progress of becoming published. Until then…stay tuned! Oh, and look at the picture of the adorable one month old. 🙂

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another day to look at how far along I’ve come.

I have to say, I’m really excited with how I’ve done this week. Maybe it’s because I reached a couple major milestones. Well, it’s major for me, anyway. I know it’s part of the normal writing process, but I’m not even published yet. Let me live in my fantasy world.

I’m so excited about Days of the Kill! I have a deadline to get that to the editor TODAY. Well, a self-imposed deadline, but still a deadline. I’m so excited about that! I may have procrastinated a little, but I love that I’m getting really close. I have a couple more hours worth of work before I can send it off! I’m so excited. If only my bank account was as excited as I was. Sigh.

The Path to Biological is going along really well. I just finished editing the second draft last night! I can’t believe it. I have a long way to go still, but that’s what other drafts are for. I’m not worried. My beta readers and editor will get what I missed for me. Even though I have a long way to go before I get there.

The Child of Fault is going along really slowly. It seems like I can never get a solid hour to work on it. It’s frustrating. I have just over 13,000 words. The good news is, since I’m taking a week off from The Path to Biological, and Days of the Kill is about to be with the editor for a couple weeks, The Child of Fault will be the only manuscript I’m working on for a few days. I’m so excited!

I can’t wait to see how far I can go. I have to say, I’m really glad I have a publicist, because marketing is my weakness. She’s already trying to find reviewers for my book! Not to mention she set me up with my editor. That’s awesome.

Finally, I would like to say that my vlog should be returning this week! And hopefully, it will be going for a while. Though I have to say I don’t know about next week. Ugh, I started it at the worst time. I have fun doing it, though.

Well, I guess that’s about it for this week. Next week, Days of the Kill should be with the editor. Until then…stay tuned!

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Meeting Deadlines

I haven’t really talked all that much about meeting deadlines. Today, I would like to change that.

I have a major deadline coming up. Well, a self-imposed major deadline. I need to be sending my manuscript to the editor by Wednesday, March 4. Can you believe it’s almost time to send my book to the editor? I can’t. I still remember when I was just starting the first draft…

I won’t say I remember it like it was yesterday. It was definitely not yesterday. But, I do remember it very clearly. I started writing it in May. It does not seem like that long.

Anyway, back to deadlines. It’s hard to meet the deadlines sometimes. I can’t believe I have actually made myself a deadline to get my book edited by a professional.

There is one problem to meeting this deadline. Distractions. Those gosh darn distractions seem to get the better of me a lot. I try not to get distracted, but well, it happens. I really must start turning off social media so I can’t get on for a while. That’s the biggest problem (then again, I also just got distracted trying to figure that out. Hmm…).

Distractions. They’re a huge problem. I’m telling you. It’s taking me forever to write this post because my mind is everywhere else. Ugh.

Okay, I really just need to turn my phone off. That’s being a big distraction right now.

I’m telling you, distractions are all over the place. It’s so hard to meet deadlines because of it. But, if you can meet your deadline, you’re that much stronger because of it.

So, are you ready to turn everything off? Get to it, then! Go get your work done.

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