Friday, July 20, 2018

This I know for sure...

I hate having my picture taken and will avoid it all costs. Because of this, I'm very careful about taking someone else's photo, always asking if it's okay first. The funny thing is that I like taking pictures. Usually though the photos are of my cats, the bunny that lives in my neighborhood, the flowers in my garden, and any other strange things I come across.

Here's an example of that. I came across this "creature" in the middle of an aisle at one of our local supermarkets.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): The revisions/edits of first 150 pages of Honor Bound are complete. 

Quote of the Week: "Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries." ~ James Michener

What I'm Reading: I'll be starting No One But You by Brenda Novak this evening. My sister just finished it and pressed it on me, telling me I had to read it.

Random Thoughts: I found a new stamp company, SugarPea Designs. I ordered my first order from them and am eagerly waiting for it to be delivered. I'm hoping it will come by the Friday so I can use some of the stamp sets for a couple of birthday cards I'll be making this weekend.

Random Photo of the Week:

                                    Somebody's ready for his close up. 😉

Monday, July 16, 2018

A Lesson Learned

When I was just starting the first draft of Honor Bound, the manuscript I'm currently revising, a fellow author mentioned she writes the first draft from start to finish without doing any editing or revising. She called it her sh*tty, down and dirty first draft. She finds it easier to get her story written this way and she can usually finish the first draft in three months or less.

At her suggestion I wrote the initial draft of Honor Bound this way. I set it aside to rest for a couple of months so I would be able to do any revisions with fresh eyes. During that time, I wrote the second book in the series the same way. After completing the second book, I went back to Honor Bound to start the revising/editing process.

As many of you know, I've been struggling with the process. Revisions have taken much longer than they ever did on the previous two books I've published. While writing those first two books, I revised and did editing as I went along. I would make any changes my critique partner suggested that I agreed with a couple of days after meeting with her. Each day when I sat down to write, I would take the first 20 minutes or so to read the previous day's writing and make any changes I deemed necessary. Working in this manner made the revision process seem easier and much, much quicker because a lot of the editing/rewriting was done during the writing of the book.

Every writer has their own process to get a manuscript to a publishable state.  Having written a book in both ways, I have learned that writing a quick and dirty first draft just doesn't work for me. It takes me four times as long (at least) to get a manuscript to the place where I'm ready to send it out to beta readers.

While I don't regret trying something new when writing a book, I'll stick to works best for me. In the future, I'll be revising and editing the manuscript as I'm writing the story.

Friday, July 13, 2018

This I know for sure...

I don't put a lot of stock in horoscopes, but I do like to read mine in the local newspaper every day. The following is what it said a few days ago:

"The main determinant of today's outcome will be your will. Your ability or inability to accomplish a thing is defined only by your inner determination to do so. If you want it badly enough, you'll do what it takes."

I wrote it down on an index card and keep it next to my writing area as a form of motivation. So far it seems to be helping me stay on track.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What's Up Wednesday

This week...

My Current WIP (Work In Progress): I only managed to get a few pages revised/edited last week. I had a relative come into town and stay for the first part of last week thru the 4th of July holiday. It was nice to spend time with her. I'm working hard this week to make up for last week's lack of forward momentum. 

Quote of the Week:  "Castles are built one brick at a time. Build a little the best you can every day and one day, you'll have a beautiful creation." ~ Unknown

What I'm Reading:  I'm reading Wild Ride by Julie Ann Walker. It's the 9th book in the Black Knights Inc. series. 

Random Thoughts: I'm currently watching Instinct. It was on Sunday nights and is done for the season, but I read somewhere that it's been renewed for a second season. I DVR'd the episode each week and am a couple of weeks behind. While it's a detective show with a who done it mystery every week, it has a lighter side to it and most of the murders take place off screen so it's not bloody or gory.

Random Photo of the Week:

                            Somebody unsuccessfully trying to hide from his sister.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Still Learning Balance

I mentioned in a previous post that I'm working really hard to finish the last of the revisions and edits on my current WIP, Honor Bound by the end of this month. I also have four birthdays and one wedding anniversary coming up from July 25th through August 1st all for close family members that I need to make cards for.

I don't usually do any writing/revisions on the weekends so I can spend time with family. I'm hoping to use a couple of hours on the upcoming Saturdays and/or Sundays to work on the cards. This way I can focus on revisions and edits during the week and still have time to get the cards made before I have to start mailing them out.

I usually focus on one thing to the detriment of other things. With the above plan in place, I should be able to get everything done within the necessary time frame. (Fingers crossed otherwise a someone or two may end up with store bought cards.)