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I am working on a book.

WIP news

As promised, I’ll give a long overdue update on my novel. Where do I even begin!!??

Seraphim is the title of book one, book one of the Trials of the Outborn duology.

You read that right!! Duology. Yup. No trilogy here. The choice came as I began examining the novel and discovered there’s more here. But I couldn’t go any earlier in the story than I already had. Not for it to make sense anyways. And that there’s only enough of this story for another book. So. Duology it is!!

The story has taken me and my characters on a wild and crazy ride. Many things have changed. The major plot of the book has changed. Crazy decisions were made and here we are, I’m 12 chapters in to revisions, with 41 chapters total. Things are amazing and crazy and I love the way it’s headed now.

My characters needed this change. They needed me to give them this opportunity to fully share their hearts and souls. So that’s what I’m trying to accomplish.

I hope you all are staying healthy and safe. Drink your water and be sure to tune back in for more updates soon!!

Hiatus

Hello strangers and whom ever is still following my blog!! I appreciate you all sticking around. And don’t blame ya if you didn’t! The impromptu hiatus came as a result of burn out, imposter syndrome and life.

Sometimes things just get overwhelming. As a sensitive person, feeling energy of others, managing my own mental health… things can get out of hand. And fast! And that’s what happened.

I lost sight of balance. I forgot hot or cope and manage life and myself. So things fell off the to-do list. Which means this blog went quiet.

It’s life. Just how it is. I’m going to try to slowly come back here and there. I won’t make any promises. But I’m going to make an effort to be here.

In the next week I’ll share an update on my novel and where I’m at with it. Yes, I’ve been chugging along on it this whole time. No. I’m not done. And I’ll explain more in another post.

Thanks again for reading! If you enjoy an unapologetic, raw and real writer documenting her journey through life and this world- be sure to subscribe and follow along!

Oh and ps. Drink the water! 💋

Editing the First Draft

The first draft. Red pen at the ready.

Happy Monday beautiful people!! I hope you all are doing amazing and hanging in there. A lot of the United States is experiencing weird weather and all sorts of things going on.

I missed the last two weeks, life just got in the way. It happens. I could beat myself up over it but honestly, why? This isn’t a bigger priority over my other responsibilities. So meh. 😜

First draft edits began a week ago or so, and phew! Let me say that damn this is the hard part. I am not loving it. Finding my rhythm and method has taken a lot of painful hours of me staring at my computer and printed manuscript wondering what the hell do I do next? It’s sucked. Totally sucked. BUT! I found an amazing asset, an amazing tool….

ProWriting Aid!

ProWriting Aid is INCREDIBLE! This post is not at all affiliated with the program. It’s amazing for any and all writers of all kinds of skill sets. Not just novel writers. You upload your work, I suggest doing chapter by chapter- it goes faster. And it scans and analyzes the entire chapter. It looks at everything. Adverbs. Grammar issues. Pacing. Spelling. Sentence structure. Sticky sentences. Repeated words. The list goes on and on!! YOU NEED THIS APP!

My biggest hurtle in editing was not knowing where my weak points were in my work. This took the guess work out and showed them all to me. Heck yea!!

So. I am excited about editing now. Fixing plot hole and strengthening the story. Then addressing these things in ProWriter Aid… which is a free plugin attachment available for download using Chrome. With a Premium account for a yearly fee. And it honestly was not that expensive! You should check it out!

I hope this might’ve been some help to you. That’s all I’ve got for ya. Next week I’ll be sharing some thoughts on this book series I read in a little over a week. The first books I’ve read in over 4 years… gasp! I know!!!! Okay. Have fun! Drink water! Grab some sunshine and smile!! It helps!!

Sharing your WIP

Hello beautiful people! I hope you all are safe and healthy on this fine June day. Let me cut right to the chase- do you overshare your work in progress on social media?

What’s too much? 

Many authors are on Instagram, it’s a great place to promote, market and establish yourself as an author and share your work. So it’s a no brainer there’s a lot there. There’s just this common trend that has caught my eye and I myself have been guilty of it as well, over sharing. Or what I consider over sharing in my opinion.

Last week I discussed the prompt usage and the nuances of being part of such prompt communities. And I’m going to take it another step further. I think many authors are sharing way too much about their WIPs online.

HEAR ME OUT!

For instance, there are a few days during the week that encourage snippet sharing. I have done this. And still might share a quote or something here and there. However, if you share 7 paragraphs each snippet, and there’s 52 weeks a year- unless your book is incredibly long- you’re sharing at least one snippet from each chapter… if not more. What are readers paying for? And are you ruining certain surprises for them?

I don’t know about you, but I love discovering the story as I read. I love learning the characters and the history as I read. It’s why I love to read. How much are we ruining for the reader when we share all these things online?

I’m not saying don’t promote your book, your story.. I’m not saying not to… but I am saying is be mindful. I went through and removed almost everything about my characters and story off my Instagram page. You see very little now. You will find dark poetry, personal stories of my battle with ptsd and therapy. You’ll find my highs and lows with writing, you’ll see my love of nature and photography. You’ll see a lot of me! And that’s what I want readers to love. I want readers to fall for me! Not just my stories.

Just some food for thought. Chew on it. Let it rest on your tongue a bit and get the full flavor. You can spit it out and shake your head or swallow it and adjust your approach. Do what you feel is right and what you’re comfortable with always. This is just my opinion and my thoughts on these things.

Drink your water and get some sun. Have an amazing day and keep plugging ahead on your dreams!

Well, this it is with surreal excitement that I can say I’ve finished the first draft of Seraphim, book one of Trials of the Outborn series.

LIKE WHAT!!??

I set that goal for myself a few days ago, the end of this particular path in sight, the light at the end of the tunnel could be seen blinking it’s beautiful sparks at me. And I arrived at the clearing and am currently basking in the glow of this new light. The writing journey is a series of these paths, each one unique to the writer of course but to the story, to the genre and to the moment, so many variables. For me, this path consisted of a fiery beginning when the story came to light. When Emric came to me in a dream like place and opened my eyes to this love that could survive centuries. I traveled along the road with Emric, seemingly easy, paved and well laid out until the road quickly turned to gravel and shortly after to quicksand. Swallowing me whole, I remained lost in this place, circling about and wondering where to turn, how to change the scene, where would help come from and if it would ever find me. The story stalled. And I wept, I cringed and had to put it down. Laying myself within the clutches of burn out and quicksand, up was down, and down was up, no left or right just spinning in thought.

Until a slippery moment surfaced and life was breathed deep into my lungs finally. The sand was coughed out and cleared, the trees parted and I saw a tiny foot path, just wide enough for me to explore. It was slick with uncertainty and still I pressed on, driven by a force that refused to led up. That was when I wrote my novella, a spin off, a prequel to Seraphim. Unknowing it was the fuel I needed to jump back in and travel again alongside Emric. And with the words of a dear friend, I dove into the depths of this trail, mostly submerged, waist deep in muck and gruel. Still, the voices of my characters pushed me through. The support of my friends made me keep going. Holding me accountable, providing room to vent and breathe and scream when the trial seemed hopeless. Still I kept going.

I’m so glad that I’ve come through, the path changed again, become dry and lighter, easier to travel along. It became a race to the finish line. Distractions arose and tried to stop me. But I continued. And here I am. On the other side of that path. The meadow here of flowers and butterflies has me resting and catching my breath. I’ll lay here for a bit I think.

The next path is unknown, uncharted territory. But I’m preparing my maps, preparing my tools and weaponry. I will face the awaiting trail in earnest. Here’s to the editing process!

I will keep you posted in my progress. The goal is to post every Sunday. At the least. I do hope you are enjoying your day and getting sleep. Drink your water. And breathe some fresh air! It’ll help your soul. I promise. Till next time. 🕯

Novel update!

The last time I wrote about my novel it was called The Fractured Veil. Well that’s changed. A lot has happened since then. And it’s for the best!

The Fractured Veil is still alive and well. Emric and Arryn are still on their journey. Not much has changed as far as the content goes. But the title has changed. And I have a series name!! This is when you all gasp!

The Fractured Veil is now simply Seraphim, book one of Trials of the Outborn.

It took me spending a few months developing a book from the point of view of Arryn, prior to when Seraphim occurs to realize I needed to revisit and finish that book first. So. That’s what I did. After a few betas read the book, I determined that while it wasn’t a waste of time. It certainly took a bit longer for me to get back into the novel than I would’ve liked.

The first draft is nearly done, and then the revisions and edits are to follow. It’s an exciting and stressful time. I hope you enjoy hearing more behind the scenes and if you want more head on over to my Instagram. Thanks again and happy reading!

It’s been a while!!! HI!!

Well hello there, I apologize for my absence but I really don’t have any excuse. Life is life and sometimes things fall off the radar as more important things come into focus. That’s just how life works. Being a busy mom of a non stop toddler, writing my own trilogy and running a small business doing book covers and formatting them, the blog kind of slipped off. Not that I didn’t want to come here and share what I’ve been up to but honestly, it just never happened. Ahh well!

So what have I been up to…? Well! I wrote a book, a novella, and was super excited for it!! Still am! However, this book was more of a prequel to the series I was working on and tabled last year… after sending it to a handful of beta readers I realized I couldn’t release this before book one of the trilogy. Soooooo. I turned my attentions to the novel. Where I rewrote most of it. And am nearly finished with it. It’s been a wild ride!! And I’m excited to share more of the characters. If you’re familiar with The Fractured Veil then you know a lot already. I’ll follow this blog up with a special post for the trilogy title and book ones title.

If you’re just joining don’t worry! I’ll have lots to share and plan on being here on a regular basis. Thanks again for sticking around and if you’re just joining. Thanks for reading!!!

Remember to breathe, get some fresh air and drink your water today!

Latest Cover Designs

Hey there friends!! Hope this week is treating you all well so far. I’m ready for the holiday. I’ll just say that. Quick short post today, I wanted to share some of my latest book cover designs.

What a Week!

Hello readers!! Welcome back! It’s a new week!! Happy Monday to everyone and phew let’s hope this week goes better than the last!! Last week was the longest ever.

It’s been a good week since my last post, I started off pretty hot and heavy here and fizzled out. Kind of my MO. But ah well. Such is life. Last week began with my sister being in the hospital. She’s fine. Not Covid. She went in for severe abdominal pain and had to have surgery to remove her gallbladder. Her liver though was quite inflamed and bought her a couple more days in the hospital. Scary for sure. Thankfully she’s fine.

My writing has completely shut down in terms of my novel, I decided to re-outline what I had written so far and double check pacing. Looking for plot holes and making notes of anything to add. It was a quick alternative to editing what I had written. And it really helped. I’m excited for what’s to come and anxious to see the book come to an end. Book two I’m super excited for, there’s so much history and research involved. It’s going to be a lot of fun to write.

In other news I’m readying my house for Christmas and getting everything prepped and ready for the holiday that is fast approaching. It’ll be here before we know it!! I’m so excited to see my lil dudes face this year!! How are you all handling the approaching holiday?? Getting things ready?!

My other question is this… I see a lot of authors on Instagram use a greeting of sorts, “hey there wayfarers, stargazers, sirens…” is that something you enjoy or do you roll your eyes a bit reading it?! Let me know! Drop a comment!!

Have a wonderful day and week ahead, posting will be once a week unless something pressing arrives and I can’t wait to share it. Drink your water, get the fresh air and enjoy the little moments!!

The Fractured Veil Characters

Good morning, if it’s morning for you. It’s 4:41am for me… why am I up…. a toddler of mine went to bed too early, and I have chronic insomnia. A recipe for long nights and even longer days. But that’s a different topic for a different day!!

LETS TALK ABOUT THESE AMAZING CHARACTERS!!!!!

Here is my protagonist, my main male character, Emric.
Introducing my main female character, Arryn.
I’m pleased to present my antagonist, my third main character, Samson.

Through shadow and time, the heart wins out over the mind, under cloaked passions and with tempest connections you’ll find the divine.

Emric lands himself face to face with a red headed siren in a coffee shop on the coast of the Pacific Northwest town of Anacortes. Quickly she challenges his demonic charge as a bounty hunter of souls here on earth. But Emric has a secret.

While working in Anacortes, Washington, Emric must decide if this alluring redhead Arryn is worth altering his entire life for and destroying the only foundation he’s known through centuries of time.

Become a fugitive of Hell while confronting personal demons of his own, buried deep within himself which could sabotage everything or ignore the tugging of heartstrings altogether?

Emric must decide… his existence depends on it.

Stay tuned for more as I slowly reveal more about each one and other aspects of the story. These characters have been such a huge joy exploring and getting to know them. I absolutely love them and think of them throughout the day.

Drop some comments about your first impression of these three!!!

Thanks again! Enjoy your day!!