Reflections and Writing Goals

Happy New Year everyone!

I’ve been looking at my goals. I didn’t set any, at least none that were public for 2019. I think I needed time to kind of do my own thing without the pressure of scrutiny. This post shows my goals for 2018.

We’re in a new year and a new decade. I wanted to reflect some on last year and what I’d like to do for this one. I may do a decade reflection later this month, but I wanted to start smaller than that. (And even this has been a doozy to try to assemble.) Let’s take a look at last year and what I hope to accomplish this one. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Patreon:

I started a Patreon! I had some requests to create one so that people could support me. I do a lot for the writing community and it’s all free. Having people support me and my endeavors help to keep me going and hold me accountable. Plus, it’s really incredible to have people who are interested enough in the work that I do to support me with even a dollar. If you’d like to join my cozy community or see what I have to offer over there, c’mon over.

My main hope is to reach a threshold of 50 patrons so I can put my books into paperback. In order for me to do that, I’ll need to pay my cover designer to expand the designs for the Mystic Eye series, and to design new covers for the Beach Bound series.

And of course, none of that is free.

If I can get more support from Patreon, I would be able to do one book at a time after I received a monthly payment. And it’s an excellent way to gauge community interest and engagement.

My Writing:

Books happened y’all! I released two: Murder to Spare and Wiped Out. They were so much fun to write. I’ll be writing and releasing their follow-ups this year, hopefully, two for each series and a surprise or two along the way. I’ll also be writing short fiction works on my Patreon for one of my upper tiers so check that out. They might link to the ongoing series, or they may just be random topics that caught my eye. I want to do more creative writing this year outside of the books that I’m working on. I may even explore poetry again, but no promises on that front.

And of course, I’m still working on the freebie that I’ll be giving out this month for my patrons, people who are subscribed to my newsletter or who sign up for it. I changed up my newsletter a bit as well, now that I think about it. But that’ll have tinkering here and there as I go along.

I also started my street team! It’s pretty quiet in there as I’m still learning how it works and what I should be doing with it. It’s a learning curve, but I’m up for the challenge. If you’d like to be one of my Riot Readers, join us!

Productivity:

With my productivity: I started using a Productivity app and I keep track of my work in a little book. I host a weekly write-in on my YouTube to keep me and my writing friends motivated. You’re more than welcome to come and hangout with us. We do timed sprints and then chat in-between. They’re generally 2 hours and it’s a great way to force me to get the work done. I do them every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern, which is generally 8 or 9 am HST depending on the time of year. If you subscribe and ring the notification bell, YouTube should let you know when I’m streaming.

I have a journal that I do morning pages in when my mind feels too cluttered and of course, my planner is key to keep me going. For this year, I want to write at least 1k words daily and edit a chapter. The stretch goal is 3k words and 3 chapters.

Rediscovering my journalist roots:

My writing buddy and good friend, Carrow Brown and I started a podcast called AuthorTube News. We discuss issues in the publishing community from an indie and traditional published perspective. It’s been a great way to get to use my journalist background in a way that fits into my current world. I’m excited for us to get better at this, create more content, and share our viewpoints with all of you. The latest episode is about the dumpster fire that has been the controversy in the Romance Writers of America (RWA) organization. Here’s the latest episode:

Bookish Stuff:

Like a lot of us, I’m a book hoarder. Though these days ebooks are more my speed, just for the sake of being able to move them. I realized I was reading more of fiction than my writing books. WAY more. In order to combat that, I created Writers Workshop. A group of friends who are trying to keep up with that nonfic reading and I get together on the Saturday of each month to discuss one writing book. It has been such a help and I’ve really been learning new things to push my writing career forward. There’s also a Goodreads group if you want to join it.

For 2019, we’ve added some new people to chat and we’ll be trying to utilize the Goodreads a bit more. I’m excited to see where this collaboration can go.

I’ll be releasing a video this week talking about our latest choice. Here’s the playlist so you’ll be able to find it.

I’ve created a Goodreads goal of 50 books for the year. I use it more as a way to keep track of what I’m reading, though I did a pretty poor job of that in 2019. In 2019 my goal was 100 books and for the first time, I didn’t reach it. I’ve been prioritizing writing over reading. I think 50 books is an excellent number to keep me still reading, but to also give me wiggle room to explore my writing more.

#writestuff

#writestuff is going strong! Chatting with other writers about their work, their lives, and even commiserating about the writing life, in general, is the highlight of my week. The chat still happens every Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern and of course, there’s the FB group where we can keep in contact between the chats. I’d love to see this grow this year and I have some ideas in store. Just you wait and see.

NaNoWriMo

We had another successful Project AuthorTube (formerly known as Project WriteTube). This is where myself and 12 other writers give advice and encouragement for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This is my favorite collab that I do annually and I can’t wait to do it again this year! I’ll be adding in new people and trying new ways to get people excited about it. I did an IG challenge for 2019, but that didn’t pan out as well as I wanted to. Oh well. Those are the breaks.

Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I was asked to be part of 2019’s NaNoWriMo YouTube channel, which was incredibly excited. Sen pai noticed me. It was an excellent opportunity and it got me in front of a lot of new eyes, which was lovely.
Here’s one of the videos I created:

I feel like there’s probably much more, but I want to keep this to big-picture items and things that I’m continuing to do in 2020. I plan to update this blog and my website. It would be lovely if I could merge them in the future, but I’m not sure how to do that. I pay for hosting for both of them, and to lower costs a little is always helpful.

In any case, thanks so much for being here and supporting me. I hope this post finds you well and in good spirits. In the comments, let me know how your 2019 was and what are some goals for your 2020.

Aloha y’all!

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Twitter Chats- How do they work?

I know this is one of those pretty old school things on these interwebs, but it’s still new to some people. So I thought I’d write up this post and give you a brief rundown about chats on Twitter.

Let’s get started!

 

Is it TweetChat or Twitter chat?

It’s referred to as both, but I tend to skew to TweetChat. I like the way it looks.  

What is a TweetChat?

A tweetchat is a conversation on Twitter that uses hashtags to keep up with the chat. There’s generally a topic, a moderator, and a scheduled time/day that people chat on that topic. 

How do you find a TweetChat?

There are tons of way to find chats. Often you’ll find them by searching for topics that you’re interested in on Twitter or via the internets. Word of mouth works really well. And there’s people who keep track of chats for you. For instance  Free Writing Events is run by a developmental editor who keeps track of free writing events, including tweetchats.

Mine is #writestuff which happens every Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST. 

How do you join in a TweetChat?

Generally speaking, the tweetchat will have an opportunity for you to answer a question introducing yourself. And that’s it. You join right in.

With my introduction I ask people to introduce themselves and something else whether it’s about their WIP or something that goes along with the topic of the day.

Mine like many others is a Q&A form where I ask a question and everybody else gives an answer. And then we comment on each other responses and have a conversation.

It’s too fast, how do I keep up?

I like to use a 3rd party app to help me keep up with chats. Tweetdeck has been my go-to for the last five years or so that I’ve been involved in chats. Basically, you’re able to track different hashtags and topics, in addition to any Twitter lists you’re following. 

I know that people use other apps like Hootesuite and Twubs, but I haven’t used them for this. So I don’t want to speak on that. 

Tweetchats
How do they work?

Is there any Tweetchat etiquette?

It’s good to let your Twitter followers know that you’re going to be participating so they can temporarily mute your tweets if they’re not interested in seeing more.

Hashtag is king in Tweetchats. If you want people to see your part of the conversation, then use whatever hashtag is designated for that chat.

Be polite and try to engage others in conversation. It can be unnerving, especially if tweetchats are new to you. But once you get the hang of it, they can be a lot of fun and a great way to interact with other people with similar interests. It’s nice to not be yelling into the void.

I hope this post was helpful. Do you have a favorite tweetchat that you like to attend? Any questions, comments, concerns? Let me know in the comments!

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Murder to Spare Preorder Extravaganza!

Aloha y’all! I wanted to give you an update on the progress with my writing and where I am today.

Murder to Spare Book 1 in the Mystic Eye Bookshop Files is up for preorder today!

I’m in love with is cover. Mariah Sinclair does amazing covers.

The excitement is so real, I can barely contain myself.

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In honor of this momentous occasion, I’m hosting a party on my YouTube channel! It’s Taco Takeout Tuesday Celebration! I’m so excited, y’all! I’ve got some great friends who are pitching in donations for a couple of giveaways. I’m going to let know everyone’s name and link up the Amazon here. I’m so hyped y’all! It’s all happening at 7 p.m. Eastern!

There’s two giveaway bundles: one from my mystery friends and the other is from my AuthorTuber pals. The AuthorTube bundle ranges from horror to erotica to fantasy. There’s something for everyone! I’m going to list these amazing authors below, click on their names to check out their Amazon listings.

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Mystery authors: (alphabetical order)
Hillary Avis
Misty Bane
Shannon Kaper
Alina Popescu
Christine Zane Thomas

AuthorTuber authors: (alphabetical order)
Carrow Brown
Dana Gaulin
Minx Kenocha
Lindsay Mead
Dal Cecil Runo
Sarah Scharnweber
DL Stewart

Here’s the synopsis of Murder to Spare in case you want to read it:

Isa loved two things above all else- her family and books. When her aunt asks her to move back home to help keep the bookstore afloat.  Isa dropped everything to help.

Little did she know that an innocent girl’s night out would lead to the town bully’s murder behind the bowling alley. Isa is pushed past her stewing resent against her high school sweetheart to help clear his name.

Between a new kitty, a struggling bookstore, and a whiskey-swilling aunt who rules the town with an iron fist and a tarot deck, Isa doesn’t know which side is up.

The more she looks into Whisper Valley secrets, the more entangled they became. Can she tangled the web of lies or will she strike out?

Murder to Spare is a book one in the Mystic Eye Bookshop cozy mystery series. Join Isa on her adventures solving crimes in her hometown and making her little part of the world a better place.

If you’re interested in preordering, please do. It’ll also be available in Kindle Unlimited, but you can’t preorder it there. It’ll be live on August 13th.

Thank you so much for the support all of these years. I appreciate you being here. You mean the world to me.

Much aloha to you all!

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