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A New Year (2023)

It’s been a month or so since I stopped writing on the blog. Everything got away from me this past month. I hadn’t been able to properly manage my time. However, I want to start the new year with goals. Why not a resolution?

I think of a resolution like a decision. You decide to do or not to do something. In the grand scheme of things, it’s great but it hasn’t worked for me. Maybe I didn’t put too much effort into it. Saying this, a goal is something I can work toward. They can be measured.

Some of my goals are aimed at creative writing, and some are aimed toward daily life, etc.

For Creative Writing:

  • I want to write more on the blog. If not weekly then bi-weekly at least.
  • I want to finish the first draft of my second novel (in a series)
  • Start sending out queries for the first book in a series
  • Become more active on social media e.g. more daily posts (3 or 4 a day)

For Daily Life:

  • I want to be healthier which means exercising a bit and eating healthier e.g. choosing yogurt over a donut
  • Manage household chores a little better

Creativeness:

  • Continue drawing
  • Keep learning digital art
  • Crochet and finish more projects

The best thing to remember is to break it down into manageable steps for each goal. That way, I won’t become overwhelmed with everything I want to accomplish in the new year. But, first and foremost, enjoy the little successes.

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Adjusting

It’s definitely been a few weeks since I posted any updates. Overall, I think I’ve adjusted to the new school year. A few students withdrew so it makes it easier. I’m not as stressed anymore and I find myself crocheting and writing more so that’s always a bonus.

On the writing side, as I might have mentioned before, I am no longer seeking to publish my Wattpad story at the moment due to some exciting news coming in October (keep your eyes peeled). So, for now, it stays on the platform.

Since my Wattpad story is out of the picture, I’m working on another story that I’m getting ready to send out. I’ve sent this story out before – a long time ago – I think I’m ready to try again. However, I’ve made some manages to the story and how I wrote it. I’m hoping I’ll finish it by the end of October.

I’m well aware Nation Novel Writing Month is coming up, but I’ll make a different post about it later. For right now, I’m not sure if I’ll participate. I am working on world-building for a novel I’m planning on writing, but it’s still too early to tell.

Here’s hoping I’ll be a bit more consistent on the updates. Until then, take care.

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Readjusting & Optimism

One week down, one more to go.

It’s that time of the year again when school is right around the corner, and the workdays are filled with training and setting up the classroom. Let’s not forget waking four hours before I’m used to waking up. I find myself trying not to sleep at 9 pm. Not to mention, I have one more week of training before school starts.

Most importantly, my writing schedule has been thrown out the window.

It mainly has to do with the fact that I’m not editing anymore, and I’m still writing the last book of a trilogy. But I also know I’ve been busy and tired. I still write on the days I need to, but I don’t write as much. Definitely feeling it today since I’m catching up on the word count for the week.

Moving forward, I’ll stick to writing two chapters a week instead of one. So, Monday through Wednesday/Thursday is one chapter, and Thursday/ Friday to Sunday is another. This new schedule will only be until I get feedback from my beta readers. Luckily, some friends and family wanted to be beta readers for my book.

This past week, I compiled a list of agents with my genre AND started on my query letter. I’m not excited to start writing the synopsis, BUT I do want to wait for my beta readers as well in case I need to fix plot holes or consistency issues, etc.

Overall, I’m excited to start the next step of becoming a published author. While the road is long and full of potential roadblocks, I feel like I’m making progress.

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August . . . It’s coming

We’re at the end of July which means my work is going to start up again. As far as I know, I’m teaching first grade again. Definitely going to have some changes this year. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad. It also means that my vacation is coming to an end. I won’t have the same amount of time as before.

It’s a little unclear how my work schedule will affect my writing schedule, but I’m hoping it won’t affect it too much. Granted the first two months will be super busy and thankfully, I won’t have extra training (?).

My biggest fear is to stop writing altogether. Sure, writing a sentence or paragraph is still writing, but I want to make faster progress on my WIPs. I’ve gotten into a groove and I don’t want to loose it.

In retrospect, this might cause me unnecessary stress due to the fact that I want to write more but can’t because of my schedule. Then, writing will become a chore and I won’t enjoy it as much and . . .

I’ve definitely been overthinking this.

I think I need to roll with it. Balance is everything.

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Guess Who’s Back

So . . . .

It’s been a while since I last posted anything on here. Needless to say, a lot has happened. There were some seatbacks and detours but some of panned out.

I got married three months before COVID.

I became a teacher the following school year.

I adopted two cats (Princess and Olive).

Been teaching for two years now and it’s been keeping me so busy. Especially this past school year (just finished).

I’m still playing and running Dungeons & Dragons.

And lastly (?), I started streaming video games.

I haven’t stopped writing and I’ve tried sending out query letters before, but they weren’t chosen. Not giving up so I decided to try my hand at self-publishing (at least for one online work). My other works will (hopefully) be published traditionally.

Now that my summer break has started, I’ve really buckled down on writing more. I’m also hoping to post more on here as well.

That’s it for now. Sorry for any mistakes, typing on my phone isn’t the greatest. Thanks for stopping by.