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Farewell to October

October’s Writing

October’s cumulative word count is 29,953. I like to think a lot of that was written on The Last Assassin, but I’m honestly not sure. Approximately 7,300 was written on short stories.

I’ve prepped for NaNoWriMo, deciding on what I want my bullet journal word count tracker to look like for the month, doing a little bit more worldbuilding, working on The Last Assassin, stuff like that.

On top of my more pressing writing with The Dark War Trilogy, I’ve also come up with ideas for a couple of short stories to connect to it as well as two new worlds, one of which I’m fairly consistently thinking about and working on developing. I think it’s going to be really cool when it’s done, and I’m glad it’s being subtle enough to not get in the way of TDWT, lol.

October’s Reading

I’ve actually kind of done a lot of reading this month compared to most. I finished Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. I’m also in the midst of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson, and The Darkling Child by Terry Brooks.

October’s Blogging

Because this has been really long in the past, I’ve decided to leave out the character interviews and weekly updates this month.

Mourning Marie – Short Story Sunday

The “Boxes” I Stick My Characters In

What Makes a Character Likeable

Charming – Short Story Sunday

My Story Binder

One Shot – Short Story Sunday

The Struggle of Sitting Down To Write

Book of the Month Review: Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

NaNoWriMo Pre-Update

NaNoWriMo Resource Round-Up

Farewell to September

Another month is done, and NaNoWriMo is only a month away. Hooray! But before we get into prep for NaNoWriMo season, let’s backtrack and see what I did in September.

September’s Writing

Over the course of September I’ve written 46,865 all totaled, 20,621 of which was on The Last Assassin, my current WIP. I also wrote almost three short stories, which were 14,559 words altogether. I also created an author Facebook page, which you can find here, and I’ve started cleaning up my Pinterest account to add it to my platform. Guys, platform is hard. Very hard. I also created a Patreon page, found here, and changed the name of my blog. Then of course I’ve written a lot on my blog, and I sent House of Mages to my editor.

September’s Reading

I finished Graceling this month (read my review here), and I’ve also been working through Light of Eidon, The Hobbit, North! Or Be Eaten, and The Fault In Our Stars. There are several other books on my “reading” shelf, but I’m not actually reading them at the moment.

September’s Blogging

All of my blog posts from the past month:

Life of a Teenage Homeschool Writer

Friendship Bracelets & Seashells – Short Story Sunday

Writing Terms & Abbreviations

Character Interview: Detren Everlind

Jac & Jiles – Short Story Sunday

If I Had a Fandom…

Character Interview: Pellan Shyle

Love Is…

What To Do When You Can’t

Rainy Days & Coffee Grounds – Short Story Sunday

Music and Writing

Character Interview: Ismena Ivery

Weekly Writing Update – September 17 to 23

While I Was Sleeping – Short Story Sunday

My Favorite Music

Writing Resource Round-Up

Guest Character Interview: Emma White

Book of the Month Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Weekly Writing Update – September 24 to 30

Farewell to August

August’s Writing

August has had a lot of worldbuilding and development for The Dark War Trilogy. I’ve designed flags, royal seals, a brand for traitors, I’ve created all the advisors I think I’ll need for royal councils, I’ve come up with a new way to timeline that’s working really well for my overlapping storylines, and I’ve finished several character profiles, among other things.

I’ve also written a short story, which you can read here, and gotten my blog on track to be posting regularly.

Also, I finished my third draft of House of Mages on the 26th, which I’m super excited about because it means come the sixth I can send it off to my editor and get it polished up. ^-^

August’s Reading

I’ve done some reading this month. I finished First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks and The Collective by R.S. Williams (see my review of that here), and I’m in the middle of several (read: fourteen) more books. I won’t list them all, since there are a lot, but so far they’re all really good. I’m particularly enjoying Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Hobbit by Tolkien, and North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson.

August’s Blogging

A list of the posts I’ve published this month:

Character Development

The Dust Thief – Short Story Sunday

I’m Publishing A Book Soon(ish)

My Writing Role Models

Character Interview: Roran Brance

Through A Character’s Eyes

An Interview With Me

My Bullet Journal

Sea Glass & Pressed Flowers – Short Story Sunday

My Writing Process

My Experience With Collaboration

Character Interview: Nissa Quail

Idea Organization

This Is His Story – Short Story Sunday

Writer’s Block: How To Deal With It

Guest Character Interview: Taya Pars

Book of the Month Review: The Collective by R.S. Williams

Farewell to June

Hey! Two recap posts on time in a row! Progress! Let’s get started, shall we?

June’s Writing

I actually haven’t done a ton of writing this month. I worked on several chapters of House of Mages’ third draft, and then got really irritated at it and decided to set it aside until after July’s Camp NaNoWriMo.

Those of you who have read a lot of my blog have probably heard of The Half-Elves. Well I decided one evening to just write something random with them, and I got a two-page short story out of it, in which they actually acted like themselves. I actually posted it, come to think of it. You can find it here.

And I’ve also started plans on a new trilogy, which I talked about in my last post.

June’s Reading

I haven’t read much this month, either. I did read Heartless by Marissa Meyer, however, and I highly recommend it. It was sooooo good! It was heartwrenching at the end (no pun intended), but it was so good. I’d warn you not to get attached to anyone, but that’s an impossible feat, so I won’t suggest trying it.

I’ve also been reading The Collective by R.S. Williams, since I won it in a giveaway (which surprised me, since I don’t tend to win things). I plan on reviewing it once I’m done.

And, if this counts, I read a story that a friend of mine wrote when he was about eight, which had me rolling on the floor laughing, particularly when coupled with the sarcastic comments that he and friends of his had left on almost every other line. My favorite quote from that story was definitely, “Drink this, you great big flashlight!”

Other Fun Stuff

My choir got to sing at Wolftrap with Celtic Woman on June 20th! It was a spectacular experience, although to be entirely honest the excitement seemed to be on a fifteen-hour lag. I didn’t freak out until about ten the next morning, lol. But it was really, really cool to hang out with the choir and meet Celtic Woman and sing in front of thousands of people and just… it was amazing. (Dude, I performed on a stage that Lindsey Stirling has performed on! *squeals*) I called the late excitement “post-concert euphoria.” (I’m a fan of The Space Between Us, so I had to make a reference to it, even if no one got it.) Just being on the bus with the choir is a great experience, because we sing the entire way, randomly bursting into VeggieTales or Disney or Phantom of the Opera or three-year-old choir songs. It’s great, and there’s never a very long lag in the music, because someone will always get us started again on something new. I adore my choir. ^-^

On top of that, one of my fellow choir members and I talked about writing several times this month, which is really cool because I don’t have very many writing friends I’ve met in person.

And in a similar vein, I’ve realized I have a couple of really great friends that aren’t just online friends. (My online friends are still fabulous, by the way.) I’ve often bemoaned my lack of “real life” friends, so it’s really cool to realize I actually have more than I noticed.

I’ve also had a song written about me now. *checks that off bucket list* One of the above mentioned friends wrote a song about each me and another friend, which was cool. ^-^

So overall it’s been a pretty spectacular month. How have you guys been this month?

Farewell to April and May

I am so, so bad at doing these regularly. *facepalms* Oh well.

April’s Writing

I ended up writing 40k on The Heart of the Baenor for Camp Nano, instead of my goal of 60k. And that makes a three-time losing streak for Camp Nano. Hooray. I wrote 54k during Camp, though. The last week was spent hopping between random stories because I fell into an awful writing slump. :P

April’s Reading

I didn’t do a ton of reading in April, actually. I read about half of First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks, and I read part of The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler, but that’s it.

May’s Writing

Well, April’s writing slump decided to continue into May, so the beginning of this month was entirely nonconstructive. I wrote a tiny bit on a new story of mine (like I really need another one, right?) and progressed tHotB about 500 words. Woopdeedoo.

I did, however, start the next draft of House of Mages. I’m working on getting the money for an editor, also. (If you’d like to help out, I started a GoFundMe page for it.)

I also started on the first book of my series The Daughters of the Hylands, which I’ve been planning for years and just haven’t been able to get working. This is my third try, and I think this one will actually turn out okay. Here’s hoping.

May’s Reading

I continued April’s reading, as well as reading The Curse of the Spider King, the first book in the Berinfell Prophecies by Wayne Thomas Batson, and starting on Timebound by Rysa Walker. Both are very good, and Curse of the Spider King may have bumped Dreamtreaders down on my top five list.

 

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