The Money is Coming

I’m so sorry for not posting for over a month, everyone! I’ve been swamped with school things and getting ready for vacation. And then, of course, there was the actual vacation… Anyway, I’m back to the real world and hopefully, back to posting regularly.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know that I’ve been saving up money for an editor. It’s been a slow, tedious process, but it’s finally getting close. After all these months, I may be able to finally change what I say on Wednesday’s about Days of the Kill.

I was on vacation for two weeks. I missed an entire pay period, and I don’t get paid time off. But you know what? I was looking at the bank the other day, and as it turns out, I got paid for my vacation time anyway. Say what? Mind you, I’m not complaining. It was a nice surprise.

I’m so excited. I’m just over $300 short of what I need for the editor. One or two more paychecks should cover that. I’ll finally be able to say that Days of the Kill is with the editor instead of it being on hold! I’m so glad that I’m able to do that. I’m sure everyone is tiring of seeing the same thing over and over again.

Guys, maybe you’re like me and you’ve been saving up for an editor for months and months at a time. I know, it gets really tiring. But don’t despair: I know from experience that the money does come. Just keep looking toward your goal.

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Three Months Later

This is a bit late, but I didn’t have a chance to post all weekend. My nephew turned three months old on Saturday. It’s so hard to believe three months have gone by! I still remember when I held him in the hospital like it was yesterday.

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He’s grown so much in the past three months, it’s crazy. I don’t get to see him as often as I would like, but he still likes to smile at me! I haven’t gotten a good picture of him smiling, but he does. He was smiling at me before I got him out of the car seat last night when my parents and I met up with my sister and her family.

I was telling my brother-in-law last night that since he likes to eat, just wait until he’s a teenager. That’s when it dawned on me — all three will be teenagers before we know it! Oh, jeez… No, no, no! Slow down, time!

My nephew has gotten so big in the past three months. He’s definitely not the little tiny thing you see in the picture above. He can actually hold his head up now!

Well, I guess I’m done going insane about how fast time has gone by for now. Until Wednesday, why don’t you look at his picture and think about how cute he is? 🙂

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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

Yet another Wednesday, so time for another update.

I’m so excited about how far I’ve come on Days of the Kill. I have my third chapter almost done with editing for the second draft. I’m pretty sure I can finish it tonight. I’ll have more time since my parents will be gone a little longer.

It sounds weird that my parents being gone is my reasoning for having longer to edit, but I do most of my editing Wednesday nights when they’re gone. I try to edit most days, but Monday and Wednesday I can’t stay up late since I have work the next morning. So, the only time I can get editing done on Wednesday is when my parents are gone that night.

I only do it at night because I have homework to do during the day. Let me tell you, balancing college and writing is not easy. It’s so worth it, though. I love it.

When I was in second grade, I got the award for Best Story Teller. That’s when I got the idea to be a writer. Typical, right? I started long ago, just like a lot of writers do.

I can’t believe how far I’ve come. My first novel completely flopped, so this is the first time I’ve ever gone through the editing process. It’s so exciting to think that I’m going to be published one day. I know I can get there. I just have to keep believing in myself.

I know I can finish the third chapter tonight on Days of the Kill. I just know I can. I don’t think it will take that long, either. I’m also working on The Healing for my NaNoWriMo project still. I’m almost halfway done with that! Tune in Monday for more details…

Thank you all so much for your continued support. It means so much to me that you always support me in my writing career. See you guys next Wednesday for another update, and make sure to check out my journey as a first-time NaNoWriMo participant on Monday.

The Road to Being Published

Ever since I was just seven years old, I have wanted to become an author. I didn’t know what it was called at the time, but I always wanted to write a book and let people see it. I always wrote stories. I even got the award for best story-teller in second grade.

I’m finally realizing this thirteen-year-old dream of mine.

Okay, so I’m not really close to being published yet. Nowhere close. I’m getting there, though. Right now, I’m in the process of working on my second draft. I’m not really too fond of the editing, but it has to be done, right? Especially with all the stumbling blocks, it’s hard to believe that I’ll ever get it done. I’m not quitting yet, though. There is no way I’m quitting when I’ve come so far.

Every Wednesday, I’ll keep you updated at how far I’ve come. I plan on getting pretty far every week, so it’s not the same thing that I’m saying every single week. Maybe I’ll get the second draft done in just a few weeks, and send it off to a friend of mine who will hopefully agree to look at it! If not, I’ll skip that step and go straight to beta readers. Hopefully, I’ll get a handful of those.

I currently have five pages of my second draft done. Hopefully next Wednesday, I’ll have even more!