Inkslayer’s Journal Entry 2

The long trek to publication continues. This week I saw my first sketches for the cover to Beyond Here, and I’m beyond stoked.  This all wasn’t feeling real until I saw them. 

With this being the first time I’m seeing sketches I’m debating on pushing back the publication date to the first week of June. When I’m thinking of this I don’t know if it’s my own fears talking or if I’m being rational. I don’t want the cover rushed, but I want it out in the world too…Ugh! 

Thoughts? 

Oh well. Brief update today. Until mext time have a writeous day!

Inkslayer’s Journal Entry 1

Hello Writeous Ones!
Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve written a personal blog. A long, long time. Plenty has happened in that time: my daughter is about to go to college, my girlfriend (my favorite author) is living with me, that whole President Creamsicle thing happened *ugh*. Hmmm…what else, what else?

Oh! I’m finally going to publish my first book!

It’s only taken forever but it’s happening. As of this moment Beyond Here is set to go out into the world on May 31st of 2017. I can’t begin to explain how nervous I am about this…but also relieved. 

Getting this story out into the world has been a looooooong process. Towards the end of last year I had a tenative offer from a small press to publish Beyond Here. Of course I was ecstatic about the opportunity. Someone other than me believed in my story! But in that excitement I got lazy. It needed plenty of polish and care that I neglected to give. So 2016 passed and then came February of 2017. By this time I was aware that the offer had fallen through, but with that a fire was ignited in me to take matters into my own hands. I believe in this story. I believe in me. Also it became time to stop talking about it and to make it happen. 

The biggest thing to get over was my own fear. Fear held me back for the longest time. Now it’s time to start trusting in myself and living in my possibilities. 

Hopefully I’ll be doing more of these mini updates from now on. Until next time have a writeous day!

My Writing Week (February 2nd – 8th)

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Hello writeous ones! It’s a new week and time to meet a new goal. As far as last week goes it didn’t go according to plan. My word count petered out at about 3000 words. No excuses but it was an equally frustrating and amazing week which is still getting better with news I just received moments ago. At this very moment my hands are trembling. It’s something that has been plaguing my relationship for over a year now. One day I’ll piece the story together for y’all. But I shall get 5000 words in this week. I shall.
Are you all meeting the goals you set out for? Well I have to process everything that’s happened so until next time have a writeous day!

My Writing Week (January 19th – 25th)

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Happy Martin Luther King Day! I hope you are enjoying it. It’s that time again. My goal so far this year has been to participate in the #1KADayChallenge with exception to the weekends. All in all equaling 5000 new words a week. This last week finds me about 500 words behind. Booo. I can make that up though…hopefully. LOL
Looking ahead, by the end of February I want to be finished the first draft of Nytemares and Dreamscapes. Then I’ll use March as time to type it up and edit. Sounds good, right? Yeah, I thought so too.
I’m still figuring out what to read or listen to next. What are my writeous minions reading now?
Well I need to head back to work, until next time have a writeous day!

My Writing Week (January 12th – 18th)

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Hello writeous minions! Once again it’s tome for an update ๐Ÿ™‚ As you may know I’m taking part in the #1KADayChallenge where you write 1000 new words each day, well, minus my weekends. So in total that’s 5000 words a week and 20000 a month. Whelp, I’m a day behind. Boo. Hiss.
I know, I know. It’s been a crazy week. To manage the words I did I’m proud, because that means this is a lifestyle for me. Where ever I am I’m writing. It’s not a choice anymore.
One thing I took from 2014 was that I’m not an aspiring writer. I’m a writer. Being a writer is who I am. Even if I’m never traditionally published I am a writer.
Does anyone else feel this way? You should ๐Ÿ™‚
Well I have to get started on writing if I’m going to catch up. Until next time have a writeous day!

My Writing Week October 27th – November 2nd

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The goal was for another 5000 words last week. Unfortunately I came nowhere near that mark as I stumbled to barely 3000. It’s going to sound like an excuse, and to tell the truth it is, but I had quite a lot to deal with last week. As I say that though I realize if I was a professional writer under a deadline I couldn’t hide behind that reasoning.
Fake it till you make it, right?
So my goal for this upcoming week is 7500. That should make up for the stumble, right? Okay, wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚
This week I am also going to post some older scary stories until Halloween starting today. By Halloween I should, no, will have a new short story up to celebrate the holiday.
So I must jump into the mix to make that happen. Until next time writeous minions have a writeous day!!!

Wednesday Writing Quote

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I tried to find a quote to better mirror how I’ve been feeling and what’s been running through my mind for awhile now. Surely the right phrase is out there writeous ones. Perhaps I will find it when I’m better suited to handle the right words.
I think I may have depression.
For the longest time I’ve told myself that I’m just going through a rough patch. Heck I’ve even romanticized the “put upon writer” character. Lately though I know it’s more than that. It’s not like I don’t have things to be depressed about; life, job, illness, etc etc. These things have been and will be there. The thoughts of closing the chapter on my story before my time are the most troubling. And these thoughts will come out of nowhere.
This happened many times growing up as well. The feeling of needing to isolate myself, those voices telling me how worthless I am. They would come and go with no explanation. Back then I didn’t understand it, but now I know what it could be. I know there are treatments, options.
I’m writing this because I’ve seen all the research which boils down to creative people are much more likely to suffer from mental illness. That means as I may be struggling, some of you are as well. The first step is identifying your symptoms. Next seek treatment. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Your mental health is important. You. Are. Important. Please don’t wait until it’s too late to do anything to help yourself.
Until next time have a writeous and healthy day.

My Writing Week September 14th – 20th

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Aaahhhh! Another week down, another goal to set. It was a busy week writeous ones. Unfortunately that means not fully meeting my goal. For the week I managed around 3500 words in Nytemares and Dreamscapes. Close to the 5000 mark but not what I intended. This week is focus and sacrifice as the goal remains 5000 new words. Can I do it? I shall. I speak it, and I’ll live it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Took the kids to the library this weekend and well,…we walked out with way more books than intended. LOL But I’m so glad I have two children who enjoying reading and being nerdy. If nothing else goes right in my life at least I’ll have that knowledge.
Right now I’m finishing up Alabaster by Caitlin Kiernan. Such an amazing and dark read. I find myself not wanting the story to end. I want to stay in this world of vengeful monsters, angels with ulterior motives, and young Dancy, the albino child hitman of mercy. Yes, it’s my type of story.

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I started listening to The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling. Only three discs in and already I can tell I’m going to love it. J.K. is a straight up master of storytelling. Oh to be her for but a moment.
So excuse me while I indulge my author fantasy for a bit as I wish you a good bye until next time. Until then have a writeous day!