December 2021 Update

Writing: I finished Part 1 of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month! After one round of intense rewrites and two rounds of edits over the course of several months, I managed to reduce the original word count of the first eight chapters and two prologues from 61,541...

November 2021 Update

I didn’t get to make as much progress on rewrites this month as I wanted as I was sick for the last two weeks. But progress is progress, so I won’t complain. I did run into a bit of a snag on one particular scene that I’m still trying to figure out, but I should get...

October 2021 Update

Writing: I’m really proud of the progress I made on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL in September. I finished rewriting Chapters 4-6, finishing up Part 1 of the rewrite. I then printed out those pages and have been going over them again to try to improve them further,...

September 2021 Update

Writing: I didn’t do a lot of work on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL in August, between kiddo being out of school and husband on vacation (and the endless hours of video games we all played together), but I did finish revising a scene that’s been the most difficult to...

August 2021 Update

I’ve been spending my time between working on an outdoor project, playing video games with my husband while he’s on vacation, and occasionally sitting down to write. I made a lot more progress this month than I expected to, and I’m happy to report that I finished...

July 2021 Update

Writing: I realized rather belatedly that I forgot to send out a monthly update for July! This will be brief, as the vast majority of June was spent in recovery after my gallbladder surgery. I’m finally feeling better, and my creative brain is itching to work on...

June 2021 Update

A rather brief update this month as I just got home from vacation (Colorado) late last night, and tomorrow, I go in for surgery to have my gallbladder removed. I’ve been in and out of the doctor’s office nearly every week for scans and tests this month after a...

May 2021 Update

Writing: I realize that every blog update I’ve posted this year has begun with “it’s been a weird month”, and unfortunately, the trend continues. The motivation woes and pessimistic defeatism I posted about last month have thankfully abated, but unfortunately, I spent...

April 2021 Update

2021 has been a strange year for me so far. I am really struggling to find the motivation to work on my fiction most days, and when I do, it feels like I can never do enough. The rewrite of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL feels like an endless, torturous slog I’ll never...

March 2021 Update

February was another off month for me, featuring a bit of nihilistic defeatism that made me question why I even bother with writing and publishing anyway. I go through this on occasion, especially when writing is particularly hard or publishing is in turmoil or a...
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