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...

February 2021 Update

January was a weird month. I had intended to start working on BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL and return to my usual blogging and writing streams once kiddo returned to school, but as it turns out, my brain needed a longer break than originally thought. I did work on a...

January 2021 Update

Writing went rather smoothly in December, though my word counts were lower than I would have liked. I was able to write every day before the holiday break, except for one day when I was sick (probable food poisoning). Some days, I netted a negative number of words,...

2020 Year End Update

Well, we have finally made it to the end of this weird year, and that’s saying something, all things considered. We’re still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, obviously, but we managed to make it through a momentous election, too. Between Biden’s win and the...

December 2020 Update

November went more or less as expected. I didn’t write at all the first week, with the election going on (was that really only a month ago?!), and afterward, I struggled with rewriting the first chapter of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL, but I eventually got all the...

November 2020 Update

I finally finished my Draft 2 outline and started the rewrite of BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month, and I’m now almost to 10,000 words total on that, with the prologue rewritten and polished and now working on Chapter 1. I’ve been struggling a little bit with...

October 2020 Update

I fully turned my attention to BLOOD OF SALT, TEARS OF PEARL this month, creating some brief character profiles to help with revisions, completing the first readthrough of my first draft, and I’m now working on restructuring the novel with a new outline for the second...

September 2020 Update

I dabbled in a few different things in the month of August, between getting ready for the start of the school year and then falling back into that routine. I spent most of the two weeks since school started reading, relaxing, recharging, and doing odd things around...
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