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*Whew!* Building Website is HARD WORK!

Today is dedicated solely to working on my new website! If you’re on the new website already, then you can ignore this sentence. If you’re not, you can look forward to a new website very soon! :-) I am currently working on editing the stylesheet of the child theme to the parent theme I have chosen. It is H.A.R.D. W.O.R.K. with all caps! Still, I know I will feel very accomplished once I’ve gotten it all tweaked and pretty. :-)

I hope that once I announce my new website URL, those of you who are following me will continue to do so from the new site. :-) Thanks to everyone who has read my existing blog.  I really appreciate your readership and your comments!

Thanks for stopping by,

~L.M.

About Me · Dreams · Editing · Indie · Observations · Positivity · Publishing · Writing

The Long Road Ahead

The beginning of a rough draft is always exciting and magical–like unicorns and fairy dust. Somehow, that random spark of an incredible idea seems to settle in our minds and then (usually at night when you’re trying to sleep), the spark grows and flares into a huge undeniable story. Such an instance happened to me last night when I was trying to get some shut-eye. I needed to flesh out the idea I had for the third novel in my Tales from Niflheim. Of course, a bevy of ideas began to fling themselves at my mind–vying for my attention. Somehow, I was miraculously able to remember them this morning. It’s a good thing, too, because I was way too tired to get out of bed and write them down.

So, despite waking up feeling kind of sick, I sat down and was able to start the very first page of the first draft of  my sixth novel (I say sixth, because I wrote four manuscripts last year and one so far this year.) Words always seem to fly from my fingers on the first 1/3 of manuscript. Things typically get tough in the middle (can I get an “Amen”?) and then by the last 1/3, things are back to flowing again. It’s sometimes hard to remember on the first few days of a new novel that there is such a long road ahead.

For some people, this keeps them from attempting to write a novel. “It’s just too hard to finish!” they might whine. For me, I think the long road ahead is an adventure to be experienced, returned from, and shared with the world. I love every aspect of writing a novel. I love the tingling beginnings of an idea in the brain…the cemented relationship of drafting and editing…the formatting and prep-work for publishing…I adore it all. That’s part of why I chose to go with indie//self-publishing. I like having my hands in it all–getting them messy and covered with wordy goodness. I love making cover art and learning about the marketing process. I may not always love these things, but for right now, they’re just a part of the long road to producing a book and getting it out to the public.

For you, does the long road of brainstorming, drafting, editing, and prepping seem daunting or exciting? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 

Regardless of what your thoughts are on it, I truly hope you enjoy your writing! Happy Friday!

Thanks for stopping by!

~L.M.

 

About Me · Editing · Indie · Writing

Moving to Paper for Some of the Day

Good morning, all!

Well, yesterday was an extremely busy, but productive day. I was able to finish the first draft on the sequel to the novel I’m currently prepping for publishing. I also finished the 5th edit on THAT novel. *Whew*.

Today, I’m moving to notebooks and pens for the morning. I need to start some planning for the next novel I’m writing and get some overall “universe” brainstorming done. 🙂

I’m mostly a pantser like I’ve said before, but for the beginning, I tend to plan out a few things before I jump in and see where a story takes me! 🙂

I hope you all have a fantastic morning! I’m off to get my writing done! 🙂

Blessings,

 

~L.M. ❤

About Me · Indie · Publishing · Reading · Writing

Coming to the End…

I realized yesterday that I am very close to finishing up the first draft of my newest manuscript. This time is always hard for me. It’s not so much hard from a writing perspective, though there certainly are challenges in tying up just enough ends to satisfy the reader. It’s hard for me, because I grow so attached to my characters. I love them. Wrapping up their stories in a satisfying way for me is sometimes hard. I like books that give me hope for their continuing story, even if I’m not there to read about it. I try to give my stories that same quality. At the end of each manuscript, I can only hope I’ve succeeded in doing that very thing.

My manuscript will probably clock out between 80,000 and 90,000 words. My novel I’m currently prepping for publishing is 100,000+, so I feel somewhat sad that I couldn’t extend their journey a bit longer. But sometimes…you just know. For me, I knew yesterday that I would finish the current chapter, write one more, and it would be the end.

At first, I thought I might make it a trilogy. Now, I’m thinking I’ll probably keep the novels as connected, but-could-be-stand-alone works. I like having a world in which characters connect and interact, but each story is a story of its own, too. We’ll see.

Do you ever feel strange when you’re nearing the end of a first draft? For me, there is a strange sense of finality–even though there is SOOOOOOOO much more work to be done to prepare it for publishing. I just get so melancholy and happy at the same time. It is a weird feeling.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how you react to the endings of your stories! Are you happy? Sad? Do you treat yourself when you finish a rough draft or do you wait for when you publish? Share!

Thanks for stopping by,

 

L.M.

About Me · Dreams · Editing · Indie · Publishing · Reading · Writing

Changes to the Blog!

Happy Saturday, all!

WOW. I slept in really late, due to the fact that I stayed up past 1 AM reading a Zoe Winter’s book. I am coming to you (sleepy-eyed) this morning to announce some fun and exciting changes to the blog!

“But it looks the same!” you might protest. Look closer. You’ll see on my pages above the entries that there is now a News! page and a Books page! As well, in the drop down menu beneath Books is the Tales from Niflheim page. Time is quickly moving towards my deadline, which is August 31st! My first book should be available on Amazon and the Smashwords distribution sites by Fall 2012! As soon as I know it’s available on those sites, I’ll be having some release week excitement on the blog!

Now, these pages are not super thrilling at the moment, because I am still gathering the material I’d like to put on those pages. As soon as I’m ready, though, I’ll update them and make them look shiny (yes, that’s a Firefly reference.)

Also new is the Facebook Fan Page link to the right on the sidebar. It’s underneath the Twitter feed. Go ahead. Go check it out! You know you want to. 🙂

I am in sort of a surreal state of mind right now. I am actually on track to meet my deadline, I am actively prepping my novel for publishing, and my life-long dream is about to come true! SO exciting! *little girl squeal ensues*

Have a very happy Saturday!

~L.M.

About Me · Writing

Big Day Ahead

Been a while since I did a daily schedule post, so I thought I’d give it a go for today’s entry. My husband and I have family coming over tonight, so a thoroughly good house-cleaning is in order I think. 🙂

8-8:30— Check email, social media, do blog post

8:30-9:30— Write at least 2,000 words on manuscript

9:30-10:30— Maiedae Work

10:30-11:30—Edit 30 pages on novel

11:30-12:00—Reading period

12:00-12:30— Lunch break

12:30-1:00— Finish up any last minute work

1:00-5:00— HOUSE WORK!! Preparations for company tonight. 🙂

Since I have a LOT to do this afternoon, I’m trying to stick to a very rigid schedule and get everything finished so that I can get my house all shiny and sparkly for visitors! Sometimes this is doable–I’m hoping today is one of those days!

I hope you have a terrific Friday! Have some fun!

 

~L.M.

Creativity · Wednesday Wanderment

Wednesday Wanderment

Every week needs a good link-love post! I thought I’d showcase some of the places I’ve wandered in the interwebs lately. Enjoy! There are some jewels in here!

Favorite Blog of the Week

>>Yawatta Hosby— This girl is a very dedicated writer and editor! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading her posts about writing, life, and her own personal journey! Check it out!

Favorite Posts and Articles of the Week

>>Swap your iPad for a Notepad

>>Two Writing Desks are Better than One

>>Diagnosis: Storyteller

>>Five Winning Habits of Successful Writers

>>Re-versioning, Not Retelling

>>No, Just No

Currently Reading

>>Small Gods by Terry Pratchett

>>Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author by Zoe Winters

Currently Writing

>>The sequel to the novel I’m prepping for publishing!

Random Non-Writing-Related Link of the Week

>>When Will the PDA End?

I hope you enjoyed my Wednesday Wanderment! I thoroughly enjoy reading articles and blogs. I hope you’ll enjoy the links and that they will be of value to you in your quest to become a better writer or reader!

Thanks for stopping by,

L.M. ❤