Duh.

Hiatuses.  Don’t ya love em?

It’s been a while.  I know.  I have no excuses.  No good ones at least.  Just hadn’t felt like blogging much.  Then my credit card was charged to keep my website my own for another year, and I realized I should probably do something with this.  I am paying for it, right?  And it’s hard to get and keep fans if I abandon them for lengthy period of times.

Duh.  <—–The sound of my reality check.

So, I guess I’ll start with a writing update.  I am still writing.  And I’ve come quite a long way.  The first draft of the first novel of a series is almost done.  It’s a bit different from what I’ve put on Wattpad.  No paranormal anything in the new one.  It deals with love, yes—after all, it is somewhat of a romance.  But it also deals with domestic abuse, the strength of women, and unlikely heroes.  I’ve put my heart and soul into this story and have fallen in love with the characters.  I can’t wait to do future novels with these fictional folks.

I’m going to be self-publishing this one.  I don’t have the patience to deal with agents and publishing companies.  Plus, I really don’t care what one person thinks about my writing.  I don’t want one editor or agent coming between me and the world.

So, til next time…

I have returned

Now that the vacation is behind me, I have nothing but work to look forward to.  Joy.  But I didn’t come home empty handed from Florida, and I’m not talking about souvenirs.  I came back inspired.  I have written 3,000 words since I came back and couldn’t be happier.  (Cue girlish giggling.)

I did try to write while I was down there, but the writing machine in my head must’ve been on vaca, too, because I had nothing.  And I know if I try too hard, all that comes out is garbage.  So I gave up for the week I was down there and just tried to enjoy myself.  Much fun was had, but now my brain seems to know it’s back to business.

I also just realized today that X-Team Three is well over half done!  It still doesn’t feel real, though.  Finishing the first draft is only the beginning.  Then comes editing, second draft, editing, editing, oh and did I say editing?  Then the third and hopefully final draft.  This novel needs to be perfect because it’s going on Amazon when I’m done.  Then I can actually say I’m a published author.  (Self-published, but who’s counting?) 😉

Oh boy!

Going on vaca tomorrow, but DON’T YOU WORRY YOUR LITTLE SELVES!  I will be writing still.  And I’ll probably be deleting it all when I get back in two weeks.  Why?  Because I intend on drinking pretty much every moment I’m awake, and writing and drinking don’t mix.  Unless your intent is a bunch of garbage that you probably won’t remember typing in the first place.

IT’S GONNA BE FANTASTIC!  I CAN’T WAIT!

(ugh)

I’m still out here writing. I swear.

The updates on X-Team Three have been slowing.  I’ve been working on another story, too.  A new/young adult paranormal novel.  I don’t know if I’m going to put this one on WattPad, however.  This one may go straight to Amazon.  Which is where X-Team is going to go when it’s done.

I’ve decided to skip the whole find a literary agent and publisher thing and go straight to self-publishing, probably using Amazon.  I’ve found way too many authors with awesome novels on Amazon who were never able to get a publisher to take on their work and now they’re on best-seller lists.  It’s shown me that trying to get one person (a publisher) to like what I’m writing is counter-productive.  What you want to do is get your work out there for the masses to see.  There will always be someone who likes it, and that someone is undoubtedly NOT a publisher.  I don’t want anyone filtering what I write because one person doesn’t like it.  That’s not fair to me or whoever it is out there who likes what I write as well.  One of my favorite authors just made the USA Today bestseller list, and she self-publishes.  That’s shown me it’s possible, and at this point, that’s all I need to see.

But, a new part was just published for X-Team on WattPad.  This one’s from Jocelyn’s point of view, and she has it out with Az.  I had fun writing the short but heated fight between them.  And then the way it ends is swoon-worthy.  Just the way I like fights to end.

Writer’s block

So I’m stuck on a scene during which Az and Theo duke it out and I can’t figure out how I want to do it.

I’m stuck. Badly. And the worst part? I get all my best ideas while I’m driving but when I get home, BAM, they’re gone and I can’t remember any of them. I know I came up with the solution to this scene a couple days ago while driving, but forgot it of course, and now I’m trailing behind.

Just as I’m starting to get followers on WattPad too. 🙁

It’s getting hard

I’m kind of at a loss on how to get my story out there anymore.  I’ve advertised on Facebook, Twitter, WattPad itself, and I’ve asked all my friends and family to pass on the link if they know anyone who likes that type of story, but the read count is still barely trickling up.  It’s sort of demotivating.  I guess it’s good that I’m not writing the story to gain anything like money.  I enjoy what I’m writing.  That’s what counts to me.

But one of the reasons I enjoy writing is so that other people can enjoy what I write, and I’m just not getting that impression.  I only have one follower on WattPad and that’s a family member.  I’m the only one voting for my story.  I’m at a loss on what else I can do.

This is definitely teaching me patience.  I was reading a book on how to get started with WattPad and the author said that the first story he posted had 13,000 reads by three months and that 13,000 is on the low end of what a successful story should have.  I’d die if I had 13,000 reads in three months!!!  (Die happy, don’t get me wrong.)

I just wish I knew of something else I could do to get this story out there.

Slow going…

Whelp, it’s back to work for me today.  After five days off and tons of writing, things are going to start slowing down again.  It’s hard to write when I’m supposed to be running two ambulance stations.

But…I am still writing.  I actually got 200 words of Lawson’s next part done today.  That means at least 800 left.  I always try to post parts of 1,000 words or more.

I will let everyone know when Lawson’s part gets published.  Until then, see ya!

Part 16 is published

Holy crap, that was a hard part to write.  It took at least five different drafts before I got it to a point that I was semi happy with it, and then another couple hours of editing to get it publishable.

Describing Az in his full demon glory is disgustingly difficult.  Ugh.

A little help, please…

So, today is my wedding anniversary, and my hubby is off saving lives (he’s working.)  It’s six years, which isn’t one of the important years, but the fact that he tried to get it off and was denied because no one would cover his shift for him makes me, well, sad.  Not only that, but he found out last night that he has to work Father’s Day as well.  I took five days off work to spend with my husband, and I’ll only have seen him on two—yesterday and (hopefully) Monday.  🙁

But, I got to spend the day with my family which is always rejuvenating.  My son got to scream and play with his cousins.  Much Mexican lasagna was consumed by all (except my son because unless the food has sugar, natural or man-made, he won’t eat it.)

I got some more writing done.  Two more parts published on WattPad today.  A prologue (which gives us a little peek into what Az was like pre-Jocelyn) and another part for Lawson.

I spent about two hours last night while hubby was out mowing the lawn writing down the plot lines of the story and combining them which took a lot more work than I thought it would.  I had originally started X-Team as three separate story lines that weren’t going to collide.  But I had a change of heart and have managed to combine them all into quite the little novel.  There are still a few kinks that need to be worked out, but the plot line is pretty much done.  Phew!

One last thing:  as a new writer on WattPad, the one and only thing I would love to know is whether it’s just family and friends reading my work or if strangers are enjoying it, too.  If you guys know anyone who might be interested in paranormal stories, share the WattPad link for my story with them.  It’s been entered into a contest (yay!) but I need to widen my reader base.  Like, A LOT.  So, any help you guys can provide would be awesome.