Personal Update

Hello everyone! Wow, it’s been a bit since I’ve just casually posted on here and not done an interview, huh? Well, I thought I would do a bit of an update on what’s been going on.

My writing has been going really well! I haven’t written much in the past couple days, but it’s still a much faster process than I had anticipated. I’m already on chapter 12 of Sparrows and it’s going in an… interesting direction. I haven’t really outlined anything, since I’m more of a panster, but I think that’s what makes writing really fun for me! I’ve introduced some new characters that I’m still trying to feel out and get to know. I think that’s something I really struggle with. I may need to do some interviews for them too. At the beginning of the story, I have more fairy things, but now it’s kind of going away. I need to find a way to put them back into the story more, cause from what I’ve heard, you guys really love Raoul. I mean, who doesn’t? He’s super lovable. But things are going well and I can’t wait to finish it and start editing to make it even more amazing. Then beta reader time! Wooo!!

Check out these awesome fan arts I’ve gotten recently too!

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I’ve been heavily involved in Twitter too. (if you don’t follow me, you should, just sayin’.) I am active everyday on there, doing writing challenges and just having fun with other writers and people. It’s an amazing community that I had no idea even existed. Originally, I met a lot of writers on FB groups, and that’s a majority of people I follow on Twitter now. It’s been such a great platform and I may actually end up weeding out Facebook all together. And also, I WILL be doing a massive giveaway on Twitter once I hit 1,000 followers! *wink wink*

Also, if you didn’t know, I published my book on Barnes and Noble! Yay!! Of course it’s only the eBook version, but if you happen to ask for it at the store for like, a physical copy, it may end up getting sent there. How awesome is that?! It’s also on a bunch of other places that I put in the “Book” tab up at the top. Check ’em out!

Another cool thing is that I recently did a Podcast with Samantha Hendricks about dreams and writing and every little thing in between. We may even end up doing some reoccurring segments talking about dreams and books about dreams/books inspired by dreams. I’ll definitely post it here once it goes up! Sam is so awesome and I hope we get to talk much more!

I am still working on something in particular that I’m VERY excited to share with you all. I’ve discovered a site called Zazzle, and it’s a place to customize things with your logo’s, artworks, or whatever you want. I have been going crazy with all the different merch I can do for Fliers! Like keychains, hats, mousepads, cups, bottle openers, magnets, like SO MUCH STUFF. All of course Fliers related! I’m thinking I will launch it on November 1st. 😀

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Just an example of some things I will have in the shop!

Another awesome thing, I do have my cover art done for Sparrows already! But, it will be a little while before I show it off! May make changes to it. We’ll see!

Other than that, I’m still doing the freelancing graphic design job for Del Webb as well as my FT job at the resort. It’s been pretty great! I definitely feel like sometimes I am doing too much, but none if it really feels like work, which is what it’s supposed to be like, right?

Well, that’s about all that’s going on with me lately! I’ll talk to you guys again soon! ##

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Sentiments of Inspiration

Are you have trouble writing anything? Do you think all of your writing sucks and you want to toss into into the depths of hell to burn for eternity? Are you so frustrated with anything related to writing and want to hide under your bed? Fear no more. Save this list for future use when you are having troubles in writing town.

  • You’re awesome. Don’t let anyone (or yourself) tell you otherwise.
  • You are doing something creative with your life, don’t take it for granted.
  • You’re alive. Seriously. I should have put this at the top.
  • Laptops and Starbucks would fail without writers.
  • You’re doing what most people can’t, or are too lazy to do.
  • Be proud of yourself – writing is fracking hard.
  • In your close nit group of friends, you’re probably the only writer, and you should brag about it. (not too much though; don’t be that writer.)
  • Coffee companies would go out of business if not for us.
  • You have the power to do whatever you set your mind too, even kill people you don’t like. (fictionally, of course)
  • With great power, comes mediocre responsibilities.
  • You’ve probably given a lot of cats a home. Yay adoption!
  • You turned down a bunch of vanity publishers. Good for you!
  • Every book has the potential to be turned into a movie one day. ‘Cause that’s just the direction the film industry is going these days.
  • Or a television show.
  • You get to discover the best music when writing.
  • Wine companies would go out of business if it weren’t for our crippling anxiety.
  • You’ve probably made the best writer friends (because writer friends get each other, man.).
  • If you haven’t made any writer friends, I suggest looking for them. Also, I’m a writer, and always need friends. 😉
  • You can probably type super fast!
  • Your handwriting probably isn’t bad either?
  • You own like a lot of super cute coffee cups too, I bet.
  • You’re able to picture something in your head and write it down for others to see. How freaking awesome is that?!
  • The world would be extremely dull without writers.
  • I mean, there would be no books, movies, shows, music, literally nothing.
  • Fancy pens!
  • If you don’t finish your book, how will your favorite author ever read it?!
  • You gave someone an emotional response from something you wrote. !!
  • Your name could some day be a household name.
  • You get to sign your name to something you created, making it even more special.
  • You can work at your own pace. Whether it take a year or ten years, it doesn’t matter. As long as you finish.
  • Notebooks!!
  • If you self publish, you’re basically an entrepreneur, which is even more impressive.
  • Even if you don’t become incredibly successful, just relax.
  • Whether your goal is 2000 words a day, or 20 words a day, you’re no less and no more a writer.
  • You may complain how much you hate writing, but you know you don’t hate it, silly.
  • You can make money off stuff you wrote!
  • Criticism can be painful. But know that one persons opinion shouldn’t break you.
  • Hard liquor companies would go out of business if it weren’t for us wallowing in self-doubt.

And I’ll say it one last time: You’re alive. Take advantage of it. We are all on this earth for a very short amount of time. Your books… can live on for eternity.

FOREVER.

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