The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. It seems like these just keep getting shorter and shorter.

I really haven’t done all the much this week. Hopefully, next week I’ll have more to report.

Days of the Kill is still on hold for a while. I’m currently saving up money for an editor, and only getting paid every other week at a part-time job, it’s slow-going. I was going to contact the editor at the beginning of May, but since I have less money now than I did at the beginning of this month, that’s not going to happen. Hopefully my fundraising idea will help with that money. I’m also still sending out previews to Days of the Kill to anyone who wants one… Let me know if you’re interested!

The Path to Biological is still going slow. I haven’t really had a lot of time to work on it lately. Seems like life keeps getting in the way. Maybe in a couple weeks I’ll actually be able to work on it for a while.

The Child of Fault is still on hold as well. I decided to take off the rest of April to get my thoughts back together on it, and I’m glad I did. I return to it in just two days! This time, I’m making sure I write every single day, no matter what.

Like I said, hopefully next week I’ll have a better report, especially since The Child of Fault will be underway again. Until next week….stay tuned!

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Typing One-Handed

This weekend, I talked to a writer that is paralyzed in what used to be his dominant hand. I never did catch his name, but I spoke to him for quite a while. He told me the challenges he had learning to use his other hand and learning how to type with just the hand he had available. I decided to try and sympathize with him, so I’m attempting to type this post one-handed.

I apologize for any mistakes I may make and don’t catch.

Already, I’m becoming frustrated and wanting to use my other hand, but I’m attempting to stay strong. I have my other hand pinned in between the wall and my back. I know I can easily move it and begin typing with it if I became too frustrated, but I can’t imagine what it was like for this writer when he first began. He didn’t have the simple advantage of just moving his arm and bring his other hand back if he became overly frustrated.

This will be a shorter post, because I don’t think I can stand this much longer, but this has such an important lesson behind it. We tend to take both hands for granted. While talking to the fellow writer and doing this post, my eyes were opened to a new world.

I don’t think I could imagine a time when I can only use one hand for longer than just a few minutes. It’s definitely a hard road.

After this post, I will never take both hands for granted again.

Try it. Maybe you’ll be thankful for both hands, too.

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday, another update. I’ll try to keep it short. I haven’t done that much this week.

This week has been…chaotic, to say the least. I was out of town for a couple days celebrating my niece’s birthday. It was fun. Still…I didn’t bring my laptop, so no writing.

Days of the Kill is still on hold, at least a little. I am offering a free preview for anyone who asks (email me at whatnottowriteandwritingtips@gmail.com if interested). As long as you’re aware that it’s not the final draft and the formatting is a little sloppy (I’m working on it), we’ll be okay.

The Path to Biological is still going slowly. Seems like I haven’t had time to work on it much (it’s my pet peeve when people say that. Still, when I’m swamped with homework and my parents insist that I can only write uninterrupted after I have my first book out…um, what?). I’ll try to work on it more after I get to a point that I can. I hope that will be soon. It’s driving me crazy not being able to work on it!

The Child of Fault has been put on hold for a few days. I couldn’t motivate myself to write, and as it turns out, I’m horrible with deadlines. Putting The Child of Fault on a deadline was a horrible idea. So, that deadline is no longer existent. I’m not even looking at the thing until May.

Alright, well I guess that’s about it for this week. Until next week…stay tuned!

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Two Years Later

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I can’t believe it’s already been two years since you were born. It seems like just yesterday I was on the way to go see my sister in the hospital because she just gave birth to you.

I still remember when you were just a baby. It’s crazy to think that you’re already two years old. Just like your sister, you are growing up way too fast. Just watching and listening to you this weekend, it amazes me how much you’ve grown. You’re able to say words that I can actually understand now!

As it turns out, you’re a big fan of Barney… I found that out Saturday when I was trying to find a show that would prove as a distraction for you. Not to brag, but that was the best idea I’ve ever had!

I can’t believe how fast you’re growing. Before I know it, you’ll be in school, which will be while you’ll be in Hawaii. What better place to start school than while you’re in the land of paradise?

Happy Birthday, Kendra. I love you more than words can say.

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The Road to Being Published

Before we start off, I would like to say that it’s been exactly one year since I started with WordPress! Not this site, but my other one. Crazy to think it’s been that long.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s Wednesday, so it’s time for another update at how far along I am with my writing.

I admit, this week hasn’t been the greatest with writing. Seems like during the weekend, I was just absolutely drained and couldn’t motivate myself to write at all. Yesterday was like that, too.

Days of the Kill is on hold until I can afford the editor I want. I may look into another editor that I just followed on Twitter and see if his rates are any more affordable. Right now, I won’t be able to afford anyone, seeing as my bank account is in sad shape, but I’m trying to save money. Gosh darn e-books I see on sale are so tempting… Really need to not buy so many.

The Path to Biological is still going really slow. I haven’t had much of a chance to work on it at all! It seems like ever since I said would dedicate Saturdays to writing, I haven’t had a chance to. It gets really frustrating. Every Saturday is busy. Freaking ugh.

The Child of Fault is going…fairly well. Although I’ve discovered that when I finally get done with the first draft it’s going to need a major rewrite. I think this is the novel that has needed the biggest rewrite to date. I have almost 40,000 words, though. If I get to write this week more, I should get there.

Yet another Saturday is coming, and it’s another one where I won’t have a chance to write. That’s okay, though. Saturday is the day of my niece’s birthday party. I can’t believe she’s going to be two!

Well, I guess that’s all for this week. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to give better news about writing. Until then…stay tuned!

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Money Struggles

Being a writer can be absolutely crippling to your bank account. As someone who is currently struggling to get enough money to get an editor, I would know. It’s more than horrific to think about.

I guess all authors struggle before they get their first book out. Heck, most authors probably struggle even after they get their first book out. Unless, you know, you’re JK Rowling or someone with her kind of money.

I recently got in contact with an editor that I think could do a really good job with my manuscript and undo all the damage that the first editor seems to have done. I know, I said the first editor did a really good job. Well, after looking at the sample edit that the second editor did, I’m afraid I have to take that back, as much as I didn’t want to.

I look at the money that I spent on the first editor. It’s not a bad deal. I spent just over $500 on her services. Not bad when you think about what most editors cost, right? Well, I guess you get what you pay for, which in this case, I’m afraid wasn’t much.

I think what pains me most is the fact that I had no reason to not trust this editor. My publicist actually got me in touch with her, and said that she could do a really good job. As much as I love what my publicist is doing, I had a really good feeling about her.

While talking about this, I guess what could have happened was, she really did do an amazing job with it, but the second editor has a completely different view. I happen to trust the second editor… She’s getting to be fairly well-known.

I’ve gotten off-track. Anyway. The point is, being an unpublished writer can be hard, and extremely frustrating when you need services, but you don’t have the funds for it. I think paying the editor will be the hardest part. When that’s over with, I can move on to the cover art while I’m working on the edits.

I guess that’s about it for this week. I may or may not be able to post next Monday. I’ll be getting back in town on Sunday, so I should be able to, but we will see. So until then…stay tuned!

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Two Months Later

WordPress says it’s April 10… In Texas time, however, it’s April 9 for another 50 minutes. So. Here we go as an April 9 post.

Two months ago, my nephew came into this world. I can’t believe how much time has already gone by. Wasn’t it just yesterday that my family and I were headed out of town to see him?

Hard as it is to believe, it really was two months ago. It was on a Monday, and I didn’t get to do a post. That’s okay with me, though. I was holding a baby. You don’t disrupt Aunt KK (as Kendra calls me since she can’t say my name) when she’s holding a baby!

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Time is flying by so fast, and it’s so hard to believe. Is it just me, or is 2015 flying by faster than all the other years? Even 2014 didn’t fly by so fast, in my opinion…

Maybe I’m just getting old. I’m not certainly not a teenager anymore!

I only get to see my nieces and nephew once a month most of the time, but once in a while I do get to see them more often. I was blessed enough to be able to see them on Easter Sunday, so I was able to sneak in having his picture taken close enough to being two months old.

I didn’t even realize what today was. It came up so fast! I will always be happy that he’s in my life. I may complain about the kids a lot, but at the end of the day, even though Sophia and Kendra don’t always do what they’re told, and I’m sure Little Benny will be the same way, I still love them. My nieces and nephew are still a big blessing in my life.

I guess I’m done gushing about how fast time has gone by. I’ll be back Monday to regularly scheduled whatever the heck I come up with. Until then, why don’t you take some time to gawk over an incredibly adorable two-month-old? 🙂

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The Road to Being Published

Another Wednesday has come, so it’s time for another update. Have I said how much I love these recently? 🙂

I’m pretty excited with how this week has gone. It’s had it’s ups and downs, but what week doesn’t? I do believe I’m getting closer and closer to feeling like an actual author.

Days of the Kill is going places. I really hope not down the drain, because that would be bad. I got in contact with the second editor, and her sample edit is amazing. I love her work. The bad thing is…she charges a lot more than the other editor! I don’t know how I’m supposed to be able to afford that… She said she doesn’t usually do payment plans, but she’s willing to work with me, which I’m thankful for. As a college student, I pretty much have no money, which means I need people to be willing to work with me.

The Path to Biological is going really slowly still. I haven’t had a Saturday that was free to just work on it! Or any day, really, for that matter. Curse you, life! Curse you. Anyway… I’m not even 100 pages into the third draft yet. Hopefully, that will change soon. I may be doing two chapters at once, but all the chapters are short, and I need the time to work on more than just two a day!

The Child of Fault is going well. It was slower than I had hoped, but word count wise, I’m actually right on track to finishing it. I’m so excited about that! I’m so ready to see how the first draft ends up. Now, if only this loop hadn’t been thrown in… Gosh darn it.

I guess that’s about it for this week. I’m really excited about how well it’s gone. We’ll see how much farther I can get by next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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Easter Sunday

For those of you that celebrate Easter, I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating. For those of you that don’t, I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I, personally, celebrate Easter. It was a fun time of being with family.

I admit, at first I was a little disappointed that my nieces and nephew weren’t staying with my family the entire day. My sister took them to a family friend’s house…more stuff to do for the kids. After I calmed down, I understood.

One problem remained…how was I going to keep myself entertained? Well, books solved that problem.

ANYWAY. I’m getting off track here. I loved being with my family all day, even if I don’t always enjoy every second of it. I especially enjoyed the chaos that happened right after church. As it turns out, trying to take a picture with all three kids at once is pretty much an impossible task. I managed to get a picture with the two girls together, and one with my nephew separately. I have not received that picture yet, though. My dad took it and hasn’t sent it to me yet. Maybe I’ll post it when I actually get it.

Being with family isn’t always easy, but enjoying the time you have with them is absolutely crucial. Whether or not you celebrate certain holidays, being with family is important, and the best part is, you can appreciate them every day of the year, even if you don’t always like being with them.

I leave you with the picture I got with my two nieces. Until Wednesday…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

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

I’m really excited with how well this week has gone. I got Days of the Kill back from the editor (yay!), and I finished looking through what she did with it. I have to say, she’s amazing. She did a great job with it. Now, she just wants me to get one more editor… I think I know just the one, too. I just have to get my bank account prepared…yikes!

The Path to Biological is going slowly. I’m still working on the third draft, though I do plan to be able to work on it for about an hour on Saturday, at the very latest. Maybe today, too! Maybe. I hope. I’ll get to the fourth draft eventually. After draft four comes beta readers. That won’t be for a little while, at least.

I’ve got to say, The Child of Fault has come along really well. I’m getting closer and closer to the end of it! I have almost 35,000 words written on it. I’m so excited! I’m definitely looking forward to getting the first draft done. I can already tell it needs A LOT of work. But, I suppose that’s what first drafts are for, right? 🙂

I’m so excited about how this week has gone. I’m looking forward to what next week brings!

I guess that’s it for this week. Next week is another update. Until then… Stay tuned!

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