Thursday, October 16

Thursday, October 9

Weekly Writing Update

This week has not been great in terms of productivity, but I am trying my hardest! I had a few very rough days...

I'm sorry, I know it's gross, but this scene in Madagascar 3 (video here) cracks me up every time. And sadly, it is how I've felt recently.

Unfortunately, my constant illness leaves me feeling a bit like this:

Nevertheless, I must prevail! In one week I edited two more chapters. Not a lot of progress, but it is better than nothing. I have not, however, conquered the dreaded Chapter 11. I will though. In fact, I'm working on it today. But I can't force it, and I can't be too hard on myself...

And on top of my pregnancy, we have entered the busiest time of year for my family. Birthdays every week, along with events and holidays galore.

Okay, wrong holiday, but you get the gist. Either way, I'm trying to cut myself some slack. I am hoping to edit Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 this week so I can send Chapters 11-15 to my CP, Jen. We will see how I do!

Wednesday, October 1

Writing Update

It has been a shockingly long time since I've done one of these, so I'm just going to jump right on in.

Despite my best intentions, I wasn't very productive this summer. I'm afraid a did a lot of this:

And this...

And some of this...

I also did a lot of throwing up, but I didn't think a GIF of that would go over well ;)

Needless to say, I'm pretty upset with myself. My only saving grace is the fact that it's not my fault. Baby has decided Mommy needs to slow down big time. I am almost always exhausted, and this first trimester has done a number on my body. It is hard to write, edit, or focus on anything when your body demands sleep, with the occasional visit to the porcelain throne. It took me a long time to accept that I shouldn't blame myself.

I feel a bit like the baby is doing this to me already, demanding my attention:

In any case, I did get some work done. The first 105 pages of my story have been through my Alpha, my CP, and now two beta readers, which means it is completely done. All of them adore it, which makes me so happy. I have been told on numerous occasions that this story is going to be The One!

As for the editing front, I am currently stuck on Chapter 11. I have moved on and worked on 7 other chapters so I'm doing something, but I'm afraid I'll need to return to the dreaded chapter eventually (probably sometime this week). I think if I don't, my CP might harm me in some fashion.

I'm not going to post any guesses on when I'll be done this sucker. I wanted to be done a very long time ago. I should have been done a very long time ago, but writing is a fickle mistress. And with so much going on in my life, I can't begin to fathom when I'll finish. I will say that I am so close it hurts.

I'm hoping to do a weekly update as I work again. We'll see if that happens, but my intentions are good!

How are your stories coming along?

Wednesday, September 24

A Much Needed Update!

Hello everyone!

I know it has been forever since I've posted on here, and for that, I apologize. I have been sorely tempted the past few months, but I was carrying a big secret and every time I started to post something, my secret came spilling out. So I held off and waited.

But finally, after nearly three months holding silent, I can finally talk about my surprise! My husband and I are expecting our first child!
Powell announcing his new responsibility as guard dog!!!
We are absolutely thrilled by the news. Based on my early symptoms, we suspected about a week in, but we didn't want to say anything until I hit the 12 week mark. I have been to the doctor for all of my regular checkups, and I've already had three ultrasounds (one to date the baby, and two for genetic screenings). The baby is due April 6, 2015, and everything looks wonderful =)

Now that I can actually talk about what's been going on in my life (all-day nausea, for one), I'm going to start posting more. Obviously, this has taken up a huge chunk of my time this summer. As close as I am to finishing A Highlander's Ransom, it is difficult to write and edit when you're exhausted, nauseous, and throwing up 24/7. I am on two different types of anti-nausea meds right now, so I'm hoping that helps. I'm also entering my second trimester, which means my nausea should pass soon. Hopefully I will get back to writing full time in the next week or two! I need to finish this book!


Friday, July 4

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