The (Almost) Published Life

Hey all, I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in so long! Life happened, and there was nothing I could do about it. Once I could, I was totally out of the blogging habit. All I could do was to force myself up and back into it. So here we go.

Big news, guys. The last you heard was that Days of the Kill was still with the editor. Well, that is no longer the case! The editor is done with the manuscript, I have read through the final copy, and I loved it. Now the fun part begins.

I have been putting promotion off like no other. I know, that’s a bad thing. But give me a break, I’m new at this and the promotion thing is a little bit daunting. Oh, and I also happen to be going through pretty much the busiest month of my life.

Thank God scheduling posts is a thing.

The bad thing about scheduling posts is, I forget to schedule them. I just have to remind myself to do it. I’m hoping I’ll remember to do it on Friday to schedule for Saturday since that’s when I’ll be out of town all day… Maybe I’ll actually remember this time. Unlike last week. Whoops.

This is a big month for me in the publishing world. Days of the Kill should be available for pre-order very soon! I don’t have the exact date yet, but I will definitely let you know when I know. 🙂

Pre-orders won’t be available for long, mind…but that’s because the book will actually be out in March! Again, I don’t have an exact date, but I will definitely say something about it when it happens. Also expect another tab right by the ‘about me’ once it’s available for pre-order. I’ll have a link to wherever it’s sold. No doubt. 🙂

I do believe that’s all the news I have. It’s a really exciting time for me and I wanted to get back into blogging, but I also had to share. I will start up my Road to Being Published series again on Wednesday. Until then…stay tuned!

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NaNoWriMo Eve

‘Twas the night before NaNoWriMo, when all through the house,

All the writers were planning, and saying goodbye to their spouse.

The notes were laid out on the desk with care,

Knowing that midnight would soon be there.

Their children were tightly tucked in their beds,

Not knowing of the month that lay ahead.

And the spouse in the bedroom, and the writer in their office,

Had just settled in for a long month’s hiatus.

When arose from my brain there arose such a clatter,

I snapped out of reality to see what was the matter.

Away to the world of fiction I flew in a flash,

To my characters, to be involved in the mash.

The moon up above shown down on all writers below,

As we kept preparing to say, “Ready, Set, Go.”

We writers must get 1600 words a day,

And catch up quickly if we let life get in the way.

Then all of a sudden a person appears so full of life,

I knew in a moment it’s the villain that causes strife.

More tense than cats, the stress of NaNoWriMo came,

And we screamed and cursed, and called them all out by name:

On tension! On friction!

More words and stress!

It comes all at once!

Never becomes less!

Going crazy all the time!

Climbing the wall!

Go away! Go away!

Go away all!

The sun comes up as I look up to the sky,

Swimming for creativity, but coming up dry

So back to the drawing board I went

Hoping all my energy would not be spent.

And then, I heard a noise, a very faint knocking.

It was the spouse, hoping for a time to start talking.

I turn around in my chair, shaking my head,

Not believing the spouse was out of bed.

The spouse was getting ready for work, the children asleep,

I knew I couldn’t get up, and risk giving a peak.

Sighing in despair, wanting a break from the stress,

I stand up, looking at the laptop less.

The children – still sleeping, and the breathing so peaceful!

I smiled, knowing their day would not be stressful.

They awoke, mouths curved up in a smile,

Not knowing I would be hidden away for a while.

I was torn between them, and getting the novel written,

I knew giving up was never an option.

The youngest came up and rubbed his belly,

As I spread on his toast, strawberry jelly.

I went back to the room,

Saying I would be out by noon.

The oldest came in,

Wanting to talk once again.

The children all running around with nobody watching,

I called their grandmother, who came in without knocking.

I sat down and wrote, then put my head down to rest.

Maybe, I would get this written yet.

NaNoWriMo isn’t easy, but it is very much worth it.

To get through it, you don’t always have to throw a big fit.

Writers everywhere will be out of sight,

So I leave you with this as I sign out for the night:

Off you go now,

There’s so much to do.

Good luck to everyone participating this year.

Maybe next year I will, too.

The Road to Being Published

Hey all, sorry for not getting a post up on Monday. Somehow that fact that it was Monday escaped me…

For now, it’s Wednesday, so it’s time to look at how far I am with being published.

I haven’t really done a lot this week. Handwriting a draft tends to slow everything down.

Days of the Kill is still with the editor. I don’t know how much longer she’ll have it, but I plan on asking her here in the next couple days if I hadn’t heard from her by then. My guess is by the first of November (wow, it’s almost November. Can you guys believe it? Where has 2015 gone?).

The Path to Biological is going slowly. I’m handwriting the current draft, but I know it will go a lot faster once I get past the handwriting part. Currently I have 126 pages to go… Quite a lot when you think about handwriting all of that!

The Child of Fault is on hold currently. It’s not a priority to me at the moment. It will be, though. I finished the second draft not too long ago and so I can afford to take a little break from it.

Bethany’s Corpse is also currently on hold. I finished the second draft of that not too long ago as well, so I’m taking a small break from it. It’s time to focus on other things.

Next week, I will be adding another book to this. Starting NaNoWriMo is just right around the corner! See you guys next week!

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The Road to Being Published

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to look at where I am in my journey of being published. Man, I’ve missed this.

Days of the Kill is still with the editor. I don’t know exactly how much longer it will be, but I know she’s getting close to done. I’m trying to not ask her too many times how much longer. I don’t want to be known as “that” client! I know it’s close, though. So close, I can almost feel it. I guess I should go ahead and type out the acknowledgements the first chance I get so that’s ready to go.

The Path to Biological is going slowly. I just started working on revising from beta readers. Man, it’s going to take a major overhaul. I never knew just how hard changing a book from first person to third person would actually be! It has to be done, though. Oh, well.

The Child of Fault is okay, I guess, though on hold currently. I finished the second draft, so that’s good. It still has a long way to go before the beta readers see it, but I have no doubt that I can get it there, whenever that may be.

Bethany’s Corpse is on hold as well currently. I finished the second draft not too long ago, though! There’s still a lot wrong with it, and I’m certain I have certain things mixed up in the story, but I’m working on it. I have no doubt that I’ll get there.

I’m so excited about the way things are going. One of these days I’m going to tell you I’m published. I’m getting there, I tell you!

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

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Birthday Celebration

Hey all, sorry I haven’t posted much besides about my niece’s birthday in almost a month. Things have been kind of crazy, although I will admit that I took last week off to celebrate my 21st birthday.

Which is exactly what I was going to talk about today.

I turned 21 on Saturday. It was a day of sleeping late and spending the afternoon doing absolutely nothing, which was great. It was the first Saturday in forever that I’ve been able to do that, so it was nice to not have to worry about going anywhere.

That is, until that night.

I’m not complaining about having to go out at night, though. In fact, I had planned that about six months ago. I went to go see Sidewalk Prophets and Tenth Avenue North in concert. It was a lot of fun. But before that, I went to go eat at Olive Garden, which was nice.

I loved getting to go see those two bands. It was a great night. It was fun, and I got to meet two of the guys from Sidewalk Prophets after, and even took my picture with them!

To wrap up the whole birthday celebration, I guess I should just say one thing: Happy Birthday to me!

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Five Years Later

You know how people are always saying time goes by really fast? Well, it does. It only seems to go by faster every year.

I believe that’s especially true when kids are involved.

Over the weekend, we celebrated my niece’s fifth birthday. Her actual birthday was yesterday. I can’t believe she’s already five. I still remember the day I met her when she was just thirteen days old.

Sophia 13 days

It’s crazy to think she’s not that tiny baby that was just an armful anymore. I can’t believe how much time has passed by!

In the past five years, she has grown into a happy, energetic little girl who’s favorite color is pink, favorite thing is My Little Pony, and firmly believes she is a princess.

We celebrated her birthday on Saturday with a My Little Pony themed bowling party. It was a bit chaotic with a bunch of preschoolers trying to bowl, but it was also a lot of fun! Sophia was a bit disappointed when she found she had to take turns, but she was so excited to get started.

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As is true with any kid, it’s not always easy. It can be really hard get along with her sometimes when she’s not behaving, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Happy Belated Birthday, Sophia. I will always and forever love you!

The Road to Being Published

Hello, everyone. I apologize for not posting lately. It’s been crazy around here.

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time to look at where I am in my journey to being published. I love these. 🙂

I haven’t gotten that much done since I’ve been gone… Motivation has been a real struggle. I will say, though, that while it hasn’t really been a lot, it’s been a decent amount.

Days of the Kill is with the editor, and we’ve been sending the file back and forth to each other for the past week or so. The final draft is so close to done I can almost see it! This is a really exciting time for me.

The Path to Biological is with the beta readers — assuming anyone else gets back to me. I’ve had three get back with me, and it looks like it’s going to be a task and a half to improve it. That will not be fun.

The Child of Fault is going well, I suppose. I just recently finished the second draft, so yay. I’m beyond stuck with how to make a scene believable, though. That’s going to be the major struggle, I think.

Bethany’s Corpse is what I’m working on now. I haven’t gotten that far in the editing — just a few pages. I need to work on it more, and I hopefully will today or tomorrow.

I guess I’ve done more than I thought, now that it’s all typed out. I suppose it just didn’t seem like it.

Hopefully I will have even more to report to you next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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The Road to Being Published

It’s Wednesday, so it’s time again to look at my progress with being published. I always look forward to these. 🙂

I’ve gotten quite a bit done this week! I’m so excited about my progress, and quite proud of how far I’ve come.

Days of the Kill won’t be on hold for much longer. I know, I keep saying that, but it’s so true. The editor is supposed to get with me today or tomorrow and say that she’s ready for the manuscript. Here’s to hoping that it doesn’t take too much more editing!

The Path to Biological is officially off with the beta readers. I’m so excited. The waiting game begins with them. I’m so looking forward to getting back opinions. I just sent it out a few days ago, but it seems like forever ago!

The Child of Fault is officially in progress. I’m on the second draft. I’m having to change quite a bit, but I guess that’s why it’s called a draft. It’s so tedious. But I am so glad that it’s going somewhat smoothly.

Bethany’s Corpse is still on hold. It probably will be for a little while longer. I don’t know how long exactly, but I will get to it eventually. I promise.

I’ve made so much progress this week! I hope to have even more to report next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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And So It Begins

I hit the most exciting milestone of my career so far yesterday. I had my first author interview! Feel free to check it out here: https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/here-is-my-interview-with-s-courtney-killian/

I had a blast answering questions and I’m sure my awkward side showed through. I couldn’t believe that it was actually happening. It was even more surreal to be reading it this morning!

I know I could have answered some of the questions better, but it was my first interview. I’ll get better as time goes on, assuming I do more. I hope I do. It was a lot of fun getting any readers of this website to get to know me more.

I guess this interview is the biggest step of my career so far. I don’t know how many interviews I’ll have, or how successful I’ll be, but as long as I have fun, I really don’t care. I’m writing because I love it.

It was a really exciting step, and I can’t wait to see where my career takes me. I will definitely be keeping everyone updated!

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The Road to Being Published

It’s Wednesday again, so it’s time to look at how far along I’ve come in my journey to being published. I love these so much. 🙂

I have exciting news this week! I have done so much. Well, more than usual, anyway.

Days of the Kill is still on hold, but not for much longer! I have an editor I can afford (thanks to the publisher that recommended her to me!), and I should be sending my manuscript off to her by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. I’m not really sure which one, but from the sounds of our conversation last week, it should be soon. I’m so excited. Month after month of saving up money is finally over.

The Path to Biological is coming along really well. I edited almost 100 pages in just two days. Can you believe that? I can’t. I haven’t had time to do that…well, ever, I don’t think. Just a few more days, and I should be hunting for beta readers. This is such an exciting time.

The Child of Fault is going slowly. I admit, I haven’t done anything with that since I’ve been on vacation. I’m still in the middle of the second draft. Oh, well. I’ll deal with that once I get my focus off of other things.

Bethany’s Corpse is still on hold as well. I lost track of how long ago I finished the first draft… I’ll get to it when I get to it, I suppose. I haven’t quite decided I know when that’s going to be. At least I know I’ll be looking at it with really fresh eyes.

I mentioned this last week, but I actually have a real shot of being published by the end of the year, or at the beginning of next year. When I got hung up on saving money, I really thought it wasn’t going to be any time soon. But it finally is, and things are finally going my way. I talked to a publisher last week that really wants to take me on, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I’ve done so much this week, and I hope to have even more to report next week. Until then…stay tuned!

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