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Baby, I’m ready to go!- Writing Goals and Me

Aloha everyone!

I had so many people show concern for me, because of the volcano eruption, the earthquakes, and general horrifying events that never seem to quit. We are fine, all that volcanic activity has been on the Big Island. I made this map so people could know. I think we’re maybe a thousand miles away from all of that? There was a fear that a tsunami would result from all of that, but fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening either.

Do you remember that song from the 90s by Republica, Ready to Go? That’s how I’m feeling today. I’ve made a deadline for myself. I want to have my cozy mystery in my beta readers hands by June 10th. Not a lot of time, but incredibly doable.  (If you want to beta read it, let me know, I’ll add you to my secret group. Email me at: penpaperpad78@gmail.com)

Blood Roses and Honeysuckles is still a thing that exists in the world. I have one alpha and one beta taking it on at this time. They’re helping me to realize it’s not the flaming hot cheeto of sewage scum that I thought it was. I just needs some work.

Would you like to know more about my plans for the second quarter then check out this video. In this video, I’m also talking about a colleague of mine who is in a terrible situation and is trying their damnest to find their way. They are offering their editing services at an extremely discounted flat rate of $100. Watch the video. Pinned at the top of the comment section, there’s contact info.  If you’re in need of edits or proofreading, please contact them.

I’m asking everyone this week, is there anything that reminds you of me and the things I do? Whether it’s a color, a phrase, a song, whatever, no idea is too big or smile. This might come up again later. You may also see this question in other places.

Thank you so much for reading this and checking in with me.

Did you subscribe to the newsletter? If you haven’t, you should. There’s a monthly short story serial that happens in there. It’s a fun good time, or so I’ve heard.

How are you doing? Have you been writing? Working on something new these days? Tell me down in the comments, you know I want to know everything.

Take care!

Aloha y’all

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New Year- New Me?

Nope, same old me. Sorry y’all. I don’t think I’ve ever been one to think that an extra number of the calendar meant I was going to totally reinvent myself. I just want to try harder on the things that I’m already doing. Not very revolutionary, but that’s ok. Change takes time and all the things I want to do won’t shake out in one calendar year.

But it can be a great start.

Here’s one thing I did. My new logo! What do you think? It’s featured on my newsletter and it’ll pop up in different places this year.

One thing I’ve been doing a lot of is just thinking about what I want out of my writing life. Out of this life, period. Puzzling things through and wondering what I was going to do. Where is my writing headed? Is the direction I’m going the path I’m intended?

Am I ever going to write on that blog again?

I started figuring some things out.

And then the bomb dropped in Honolulu. Or rather, it didn’t drop. And I got to thinking, probably too much about life and living it. And what I’m looking for out of this life. It’s so short. I think I needed that reminder. I don’t have the time to waste.

I’ve neglected you for far too long on this blog. I’m going to be visiting you much more often. I also have a newsletter that goes out every twice a month. Maybe more if something amazing is happening. I’m starting a serial short story on there. If you’d like to get regular updates from me and read a not-so cozy mystery, then sign up.

But I wanted to go further into it. So…

Here’s what I thought about with my writing:

And here’s my thoughts on my bookish goals:

What are you doing for your 2018? Look out y’all, I’ve knocked the cobwebs off of here, so you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of me.

Sidenote: I was interviewed by Burgess Taylor about all sort of writerly goodness. And I did a written interview with Julie Reeser on her blog Persephone Knits.

Also, this Thursday on my channel at 7 p.m. EST, I’m going to host a write-in. I’ll be livestreaming and writing, so if you want to chat and get some work done, come see me!

Aloha y’all! 

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Last Day of NaNo | Win, Lose, or Draw?

Aloha everyone!

As I predicted, I’ve let some dust build up here as I worked on my novel for NaNoWriMo. Let’s knock down the cobwebs and dust off this place, shall we?

2015 winner

I won NaNoWriMo! I won the day before Thanksgiving during my #writestuff virtual write-in that I hosted with Burgess Taylor and Amy Tasukada. Here’s our write-in. If you still have some words to write, you can write along with us. Or you can check out my awesome (which is pretty debatable) victory dance.

I’m kicking around the idea of doing a weekly video of my editing process for this novel. Would y’all be interested in seeing that here? I’m still debating it, but leaning toward- sure. It’ll keep me accountable and I think it’ll help me to realize what works for me and what doesn’t. I edited my poetry collection and The Reverie Journal’s collection, but I haven’t edited an entire novel that was mine. I’m excited…and nervous. I talk about it a bit more here:

I also, verified my novel on camera, showed off some of my baking skills, and basically was all smiles for Thanksgiving and turkey day eve. I hope if you celebrate Thanksgiving that you were surrounded by loved ones and good food. (I suppose that’s just a good hope in general, Thanksgiving or not.)

That about lets you know what’s been happening on this little bit of the island for the past few weeks If you want to ask me questions for a Q&A video, plop your questions in the comments. I’d like to do a Q&A video sometime later this month.

How did your NaNo go? Did you refocus your energies on something else? Did you hit your goal? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing about your journeys.

Aloha, y’all

 

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