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Quick Update and NaNo Plans

There hasn’t been a ton of posting going on here since January, so I thought I’d do a quick update. ^-^

General Update *salutes*

Life is trending about the same as it was earlier this year. I’m choosing to focus on dealing with how things are atm, but I have a few hopeful plans for changing things up and finding a better steady-job/writing work ratio. We’ll see how it goes.

In other news, you can find me on Twitter now! What!? I started earlier this year, and was surprised to find it not nearly as terrifying as I’d thought. If you’d like to check out my ramblings in real-time, my handle is @JennIsWriting. Be advised that my writing updates are still scattered and I have a lot of feels about things political… I also live-tweet Critical Role on most Thursdays. If all that sounds good, come on over. ^-^

I’m planning on doing some updating and fixing things around the blog. Continue reading

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May Update

Is it almost June already? Good goshness, I feel like I’ve barely gotten anything done at all this month! There has to be two more weeks left, right? *sigh*

I’ve been doing so well this year, but May was definitely a record bad month for writing. (Reading too, I got through like one book. >.<) The superstitious voice in my head says it is because I made a plan to do something big and specific this month: editing. To be honest, it’s probably more because I missed every single Writer’s Group meeting due to bad scheduling at work and being sick. Also, the end of ‘Beneath the Red Lantern’ is stumping me right now. It’s one of those weird head-spaces I get into where every thing I think to write sounds stupid.

I did manage to edit a flash fiction, which I plan to post next month. ^-^ I also got together with the Life Enrichment director at my work and came in to read a couple short stories to the residents. Definitely one f the high-points of the month! I had so much fun, and they all seemed to enjoy the stories. I learned something very interesting from this experience: reading your work to an audience makes you acutely aware of all the odd phrases and sentences that need tweaking. I actually found myself changing some wording around as I read, because it just sounded better. I even skipped a sentence or two. O.O

Maybe reading to an audience isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I really recommend it. At the very least, read out loud to yourself as if you have an audience.

 

The other high point of the month is that Lucas and I celebrated our third anniversary! ^-^ We went out to a high-end restaurant and everything! I told Lucas my only request was somewhere I could wear my lace dress without feeling out of place. Boy did he deliver! haha Continue reading


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April Update

So it’s been over a month since my last post. Considering that post was about failure, this fact may seem a little ominous… The truth is that almost nothing I did this month felt worthy of its own post. More like a sentence or two each. And, since I’m still somewhat wary of Twitter, I thought I’d combine them all together in an all-together update for April. ^-^ And a quick overview of my writing plans for May.

Life – The long work hours continue. I was expecting them to level off a bit. Then we ended up being down a person, so everyone’s working loooong shifts until we fill in the gaps. I’m beginning to think this might always be how it is at this job. XD Such is life, I guess!

In more fun news, I went to Get Lit At the Beach again, at the beginning of the month. Lucas was even able to go with me this time. ^-^ I have to admit that one of the highlights for me was that Terry Brooks remembered me from last year, and we chatted a bit. *shiny eyes* Much like last year, I had a great time listening to the presenting authors talk about their careers and processes. Lucas and I also met some great people that we hung out with, and it was just a fabulous weekend all around! Continue reading


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All-Around Update

I’ve been a bit silent this month. The main reason is that I’ve been working tons of extra hours at my new job. Yep, bringing home the turkey bacon like a boss! ^-^ The side reason is that the Scholar and I have been looking for an apartment, and the stress has been getting to me. Sooooo, lots of Netflix and Legend of Dragoon.

I don’t know if it’s because I am a reader and a writer, but there are times in my life when I can almost see the chapter breaks. I feel a page turn; and then there’s only a short paragraph and a bit of blank page left before the beginning of a whole new chapter. That’s how I felt when I stepped on the little plane that started my family’s move back to California. And, when I walked down the aisle at my wedding. ^-^

It’s how I felt about a week ago, when we signed the lease to our first apartment.

Oh my gosh, we have OUR OWN PLACE! ^o^ Continue reading


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Writing Update

I completed the wizardy short story I was working on! Huzzah! I feel really good about it too, partially because it didn’t turn into a behemoth like the last one. I think it may be less that 6,000 words when it’s all typed up, even less when I edit it. I think that’s going to be a lot more marketable than TMO’s 9,000+ word count. ^-^ One thing I feel odd about is that it still doesn’t have even a working title; that never happens with me.

Another thing I finished up this month is the typo edit for Romaine. It’s all ready for some beta readers to peruse… but I haven’t yet gotten that whole thing organized. It’s pretty simple, I already have a few people who said they’d be interested. I just need to get in contact with all of them and figure whether I want to do this in more of a group setting, maybe with Google docs or Dropbox, or whether I want to stick with the classic approach and just send the story out by email. At this point though, between work and family stuff, I think beta organizing might have to wait till after Christmas. For that matter, so will typing up the second draft of my wizard story.

Another thing I need to get back on track with is sending Take Me On out to magazines Continue reading