NaNoWriMo – Conclusion

Welcome! I hope everyone is well.

It is the end of the month which today is the last day to complete NaNoWriMo. As a writer, it can be a struggle to write at any time.

I struggled with my writing this NaNoWriMo. I knew how I wanted my book to go and believed I had enough of a layout to make through my book.

In the mid-second week, I revamped my entire layout to add more to my book. Still, I struggled with this book.

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Now back to the task. Each day I wrote, I wanted to add adventure into my writing to give it more hype. To keep you the reader enticed.

No, it’s not totally where I want it to be. But that’s why it’s only a first draft. There will be a lot of edits, adding, and tweaking as the book becomes a final product.

To write 50,000 words in a month. Well, that is a great accomplishment. One, I finished on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at 4:58 PM. Yes, I was doing a happy dance.

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Thank you all for supporting me as an Indie Author. Now, that NaNoWriMo is over with I will get back to writing more posts.

NaNoWriMo Update #2

Welcome. I hope this post finds everyone doing well.

It’s now a couple of days over mid-month of NaNoWriMo. Yes, I am still behind on my project Dragon Quest, which is Book Three of The Elite Series. If you have been a loyal fan, you know I have changed the book title. There is a reason for this: I am looking to spin off this series to make a new series.

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Ok, back to the task at hand. I plan on working diligently through the rest of the week to get caught up. It’s my goal to be back on track by the beginning of the next week. It will be interesting to see if I can pull it off.

Thank you for stopping by. Please say, hi! I will read any comments you would like to leave. As for now, I’m off to perform a writing sprint. Maybe, just maybe, I can get out a good thousand words before it’s time to cook dinner.

Ta, ta for now. Wish me luck!

The Elite Series Book Two – Cover Reveal

Ok, before I get into all the useful juicy details about the new book cover.

If you have not gotten your eBook copy of The Elite Series Book One – Dragon Fusion. Now is the time for $3.99.

Yes, that’s right, Book One – Dragon Fusion eBook will be going on sale for $.99 available on Black Friday through Cyber week. Don’t let this opportunity pass. It would make a great Christmas gift.

Now, Book Two – Dragon Squad.

To celebrate the national novel writing month. I chose to share with you Book Two – Dragon Squad cover reveal.

Yes, you are right Book Two – Dragon Squad will be on pre-order for $3.99 by the end of the month. Make sure you pre-order your copy.

  • The battle of the Giants proved to El they could not do this alone. If they want to survive, what she feared was coming. They would need help—approval required from the Queen to create a magic army called Dragon Squad.
  • Now, with the Dragon Squad in turmoil, will they band together as they search for clues to El’s disappearance?
  • A turn of events, death now at their doorstep, as the enemy lurks within the shadow of their ranks.
  • Will the leaders band together to save Pangusy, or will fear rule them to a discussion they’d soon regret?

Are you ready to see the cover?

Of course, you are the reason you are here.

Well, here you go?

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My Writing Journey

Welcome, it has been a little over a year since I started on the journey of my blog site. I have to say thank you to all that have followed, liked, and commented. You have inspired me to continue to move forward with these posts.

Even some of you have supported me in my career as an Author. I greatly appreciate it. I have to say it has been a struggle. For anyone that thinks writing a good book is easy. I am proof to tell you it is not. It is a lot of hard work, especially when you are an Indie Author.

Why? Good question, wherein traditional publishing helps you with all the steps that need to be taken to get the book published and noticed. Yes, I mean help with some of the marketing side. As an Indie Author, if all falls on the Indie Author to do everything. If one has the money, they can outsource some of the duties. Otherwise, the Indie Author has a full plate to make their career successful.

This year has had a lot of ups and down, besides the Covid-19 virus. It was a sad time when we lost my Mother-in-Law. May she rest in peace. Plus, one of my favorite actors of all time Sean Connery. The bad reviews I got, which I am thankful for it helped me to understand what I did wrong. I have since fixed. Yes, I hope to get all the errors out with the first book, so when I move on to the second, it flows more smoothly.

Yes, this did put Book Two – Dragon Squad behind my schedule. However, I am now back on Dragon Squad, has it planned to Launch on February 28, 2021, my birthday. In support of this, I have put Dragon Fusion on sale. Dragon Squad will be up for pre-sale in a couple of weeks. I will let you know the exact date.

Some other things for you to watch for will be the Reveal of Book Two Book Cover. Also, I will be holding several virtual online book signing of Dragon Fusion Paperback. We will have prizes. All this will take place in November.

One more thing, I almost forgot to mention. When Dragon Squad goes up for Presale, anyone that buys a book before the launch day will go into a pot for a drawing to win a tremendous gift on the day of Launch. Yes, if you buy more than one, you get an entry for each one. I will reveal the prize on Launch Day.

I am excited we are going to have some fun, as you can tell. So if you don’t want to miss any of these wonders dates, please sign up for my email so you will get a notification. As some of you know, depending on how the algorithm is working will depend if you get to see these such post on a particular platform.

If you liked this post, please like and share to get the word out to all. I hope to see you soon.

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Doom’s Day – Election Day!

Welcome, today is election day.

Yes, I know the last thing you want to do is stand in those long lines with all the people to fill out the ballet.

You might be wondering, is it even worth it?

Well, the only way to find out is to have your voice heard.

I have to say. I believe this year’s election is going to be an interesting, long, drawn-out one. There is so much of a division within our country. Plus, the fear of outside influences doesn’t help matters. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that it may or may not happen. It is sad, we stand divided right now, but if a tragedy occurred from abroad, we would unite as a Nation. Why can’t we come together as a Nation without a tragic event such as 9/11 to unite us as a country?

The reason I called this blog post-Doom’s Day? Because it’s the way, I feel. Never before have I felt an election could make or break our country like this one.

All I can say is I pray both parties can resolve their conflict quickly so we can get back to taking care of our economy, which will lead to taking care of the people within this country.

It is sad our country is broke. Think about it as you sit down to do your monthly budget for personal or business. Never in your wildest dreams would you allow yourself to become 24 Trillion dollars in debt because you would be bankrupt before that happened. In knowing this, you would cut your budget to get it to meet the budget.

If we don’t bring the manufacturing jobs back home to the United States, we as a country won’t survive. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out. The budget needs to be cut drastically.

I know I will piss off a lot of higher-ups. But their salaries need to be the first to be slashed. The American people are living off far less. If we can do it, so can you. Yes, you are apart of our government. However, you put on your pants the same way we do. We make this country as a whole.

We, the people, need to hold our government to the standards the rest of us live by. They get paid an enormous amount while we the people are barely scraping by. The money needs to help pay down the debt caused by the massive printing of money, lowering the value of the dollar.

America used to be self-preserving. We need to become so again. I got in a fight with a younger gentleman on social media because he wanted the minimum wage to go up. I instructed him every time the minimum wage went up, so did everything else across the board (housing, rent, food, utilities, and gas). It didn’t help anyone. The only thing that will help this situation is to lower the cost of living.

I fear for the fate of our country. Please, have a blessed day!

Covid-19 Update

Well, here in Texas, we have seen a spike in the number of cases. As of now, we have 242,007 cases.

This past weekend we went to the local store near our house. When we went inside, it had become the norm for people to wear no masks. However, this time everyone in the store had a on a mask.

The store was even busier than usual. One employee in the store she had to call in help for the line was longer than I have ever seen it before.

As the case rises, I fear we will be in for lockdowns again. It was nice to have somewhat of normal freedom. I hope we can maintain our freedom by wearing masks.

Good friends of ours are now in quarantine because they had some people over to visit who end up quarantined.

Now, my husband is sick. I am praying he doesn’t have the virus, and it’s just a cold.

When you decide to go out of your house, please take precautions to protect yourself and your family. Be safe!

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What is National Novel Writing Month?

Yes, today is the first day of November, marking the beginning of NaNoWriMo, which means we have roughly 30-days to write 50,000 words.

Are you participating in this challenge?

If you are, I hope you have all your notes, research, and other stuff together you have planned out that way, you’ll have no trouble making your challenge become a reality.

By some chance, you have not gotten everything together. Fear not. You still have time. Start with what you have run with it and strive to achieve that goal. You can do it.

As we go through this month, I will be posting periodic updates on how well I am achieving my goal. I encourage all participating to drop a line below in the comments below about you are fairing with this challenge.

This is a time when writers come together. We help each other with inspiring words plus encourage to write more. So as to make our goals.

In completing this challenge, we are that much closer to having one more book almost finished for our awaiting fans that are drooling for the next release.

Good luck to all my fellow authors.

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Fright Night!

Yes, tonight is Fright Night. So you better be careful and look around each corner as you walk down the road because you never know what might be hiding on the other side.

You might be stalked by something mysterious in the shadows behind you. It could be a ghoul, goblin, vampire, witch, werewolf, monster, or ghost.

Make sure you have plenty of light with you so you can see what is sneaking up on you. Is it a child in a costume, or is it an actual creature of the night?

One prominent place you might want to avoid is the cemeteries. Forsyth zombies come alive, and they will be stalking about out for fresh brains. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to become one of the creepy, creepy zombies.

The thing you want to do is hit every house with a light on. So, you can collect all the wonderful candy. But you want to make sure to check your candy. To make sure there are no puncture holes in it, or you will be sick if not dead.

Delicious candy in hand. You might want to eat only a few pieces at a time. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a massive belly ache.

As you venture out of your home this Halloween night, remember to be safe from all the freight that might happen this very night.

Happy Holloween, my ghoulish friends.

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Why Is Journaling Important?

There are many reasons to do a journal.

It could be to express yourself whether you are angry or upset. Maybe you are happy and want to make a record of the experience. To read at a later time to remember how you felt.

As a writer, it essential to have a journal. To write interactions amongst people. It gives you a sense of what someone is doing.

Are they mysterious, or do they act confident? What do the people look like? Is there something that stands out to you? Their color of hair, their eyes, or maybe their body build. Could they be doing something that interests you? The way they hold their glasses. Lift their pinky finger while they drink hot tea.

A writer can use all these things when they build their characters.

Maybe one person had an attitude you liked. But another had the haircut that would fit your character. Or you heard a catchy name.

Not only can it be about people, but places as well. Is there a mural you liked you want to add to your scene in your story?

It is much easier to write all these good ideas than remember them in your head. I don’t know about you, but I have so much going on in my brain. I have learned it is best to write it down.

I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. You never know when inspiration is going to hit you. If you have your journal, then you can capture it into words on paper to transform into a marvelous story for all to hear.

It can even be helpful to write a blog post.

How do you ask?

You might hear a discussion that is worth writing about or needs researching. Then you realize it wise to share with the world.

Maybe you try a new restaurant or coffee shop you think could be an idea to share. You will need to note down what you liked best about the place. Maybe even the person named that served you.

You could be on the pier to see something unique happen while someone is fishing or boating. It best to write it down while it is fresh in your mind.

A journal doesn’t just have to be about writing. It can be a journal of pictures as well. They can give you a lot of detail to look at to base your story.

You may want a way to keep up with everything you need to do during the day. A journal can be a great way to do this.

As you speak with a client, it can be a significant source to document their feelings, dreams, and what they hope to accomplish. You can read back at the office about each client you visited to know where you stand or what it is you need to check out to make notes. Did they have a specific problem?

You can see there are a lot of important reasons to have a journal. I personally love to write down the events that happen in my life, good or bad. So, I can go back to read all the things I have gone through in my life. The ups, the downs, and what I am grateful to have.

You can use a notebook, or you can even journal on your phone or computer. It all works.

Have you ever found a family member’s journal? Then sat down and read it to learn so much about their life you would never have known if you hadn’t read the book. If you don’t write in a journal, I encourage you to try. You might like it.

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Scribblersquest – Memorial Day Weekend

Well, another week has come to an end. I don’t know about you, but the days seem to be flying by with my family being at home—Binge-watching Black Lightning on Netflix. Yeah, we are now on season three. Texas is working on phase III of reopening; however, my husband’s work is still down. Hopefully, they will be back in swing come the end of this month. Then my work schedule will get back on track.

In Writing

Scheduling/Calendar

One of the most important things I have learned with my writing is to make a schedule. I get so wrapped up with editing or writing I forget to do other things like eat or to clean the house. A schedule is in order; I set up a blocked timeframe during the day. You will want to make sure that you remember to schedule a time for exercise, even if it is to go for a walk. You may think you don’t have time, but you can dictate your writing into your phone using MS Word or Google Docs while you walk. Yes, it will make for a bit more editing on the back end, but it will allow you to conquer two things at once.

I suggest you make a schedule. I have watched Sarra Cannon at Heartbreathing, on YouTube, she has journals for everything. Personally, I don’t know how she keeps up with them.

I am a one calendar type of gal. I will use different ink to make it easier to see the different things I have scheduled throughout the day. I will even change it up, so I’m not doing the same thing daily. I don’t want to get into a rut. I like being in charge of my schedule; that was one thing I hated when I had to work a 9 to 5 job. It was up to someone else as to what I would be doing during the day.

When I start my scheduling on my calendar, I start with my bills, I put them in red, so I know they need to be a priority. Next are birthdays and holidays, which are done in pink and highlighted with a small picture. Then I make any appointments I will do in blue. Any income which is due to coming in, I like to keep track of this, which I put in green. Then I schedule a blog post which is in gold. Any editing or writing to be done will be in purple. Dinner is in light blue, which I will schedule out a week at a time, this cuts down on time for I take the meat that I will be using for the week put in the refrigerator, which means its thawed when I pull it out to cook. I don’t have to worry about forgetting to pull out first thing in the morning or it not being thawed enough to cook come dinner time.

If you are looking for another way to set up a calendar, I recommend checking out Sarra either on Youtube(Heartbeathing) or on her website www.heartbreathing.com. She has an in-depth video on schedule for her calendar.

Indie Author

As an Indie Author, we have to wear many hats. At times it can be overwhelming. Authors who go through a traditional publisher have a team of people to help them. We get to do it all on our own, which means a lot of research to learn the ends and outs of what you need to do to get your book ready.

Once your book is ready to be sold, the next task is Marketing, which has been a challenge for me. I recommend to all set aside a sizable budget for Marketing. It seems everything that can help sell your book costs. Plus, you have to remember the rule of selling, which is your customers need to see your product at least seven times before they’ll buy it.

If you are on a tight budget, you can do a lot of posting adding different hashtags to get it in front of other people besides your friends that are on your newsfeed page. You will want to post to more than one platform to see which one gets the most activity. I post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Linkedin.

Current Work

Well, this week I have worked roughly half the week. I set out to edit the first half of Dragon Squad – Book Two in The Elite Series.

You know it sucks when you start a writing project, then you go back to continue to work on that project; it is no longer there. Yes, I save my work to my cloud drive, but somehow I still lost the first six chapters of Dragon Mage – Book Three in The Elite Series. The good thing is I pretty much remember what I had written, so it’s just a matter of retyping the contents. This time I will ensure I have saved it with a backup. I won’t make the same mistake of losing it again. I guess at some point in a writer’s career, we all go through issues like this one.

I’m not too upset. I was going to rewrite the beginning of this book anyways. It makes it easier for now; I won’t get caught up with what I had already written the first time.

Blog Recommendations

I checked these Blogs out this week, they both have great advice:
20 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started a Blog by The Blonde Abroad. This article is great if you want to start a blog or you already have, just want some direction. She even offers a Blogging Master Class.

Lifesfinewhine by Pooja covers Lifestyle, Food, Travel, Beauty, Mental Health, and Blogging Advice with all this information you can’t go wrong.

Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day is Monday. As you barbecue, spend time with your family and friends take a special moment to remember all those who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Yeah made this world a better place in which we live today.

Did you know that Memorial Day used to be Declaration Day the first year it was observed on the last Monday in May 1868, to May 1970? In 1971, it became a federal holiday of the United States renamed to Memorial Day.
Please fly your flag proud for all who served; they gave the ultimate sacrifice to the land they loved for the freedom they cherish. So others may have a better future.

One more thing, don’t complain too much about all the war movies that will be on all day long on this day. It is a reminder to all of what the servicemen and women when through while serving.

 

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