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…
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?) 😉
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.