Friday, January 6, 2017

2016: In Review | 2017: In Action

So, I have been pretty much trash at actually updating this blog, lol. But new year, same goals but this time I have a plan. See below for a summary of the shit show that was 2016 and then my action plan (kinda) for 2017. 

Let me know how your year hwas and whether you have any goals/visions for 2017!

2016 in Review

My 2016  can pretty much be summarized as follows: 

I lost both of my grandmothers' in the first half of the year. My mom's mom passed in February, my dad's mom passed in April. Both funerals happened a month after they passed due to outside complications. One of my closest friends also went into a crisis in March and wasn't released until mid-May. During that time all, I could think of in my head was 'deaths come in threes' which had me on edge and anxious.

Work also became pretty hectic. We won new accounts but people on my team were also quitting so I've been managing a heavier workload.

Writing wise - I did get some outlining and plotting done, but not as much as I needed to be where I wanted to be. Good news is that I've been inspired and there are a bunch of scenes floating around that will add that oomph to FFYT when I get my ass in gear and really write.

2017 In Action

2017 I definitely want to focus on getting my writing together. When I was sixteen I thought I would've been traditionally published by 25. I turned 28 last year and I'm still struggling to get through rewrites.

So, my plan for this year is to treat writing like a job. I have pulled together a writing bullet journal with deadlines/check-ins and milestones. It'll be interesting to see if it actually has an impact on my writing.

I'm probably going to join my local RWA chapter. Working with other romance writers might be critical in helping me improve. I also think it'll be a great resource when it comes to the editing/publishing stages.  

I've also signed up for Shonda Rhimes' MasterClass. It might not be novel writing specific, but there are some skills that are transferable that would be great to learn. Say what you will about Shonda (and this is from someone who has never made it past the second season her one of her shows) she can write an amazing opening to grab you and the characters start out fascinating. I'm really hoping seeing how she does it will help me with my process.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Here have some Judi

Hey y'all,

Happy Easter if y'all celebrate it, if not I hope you're having a good weekend!

I know it's been a while and I'm not going to bother with excuses, just going to provide writing updates.

I've decided to treat Judi and Missy's stories as a series. Their stories can stand alone but they connect slightly through each other and I figure it makes it easier to show they're connected if they have a series title.

As a result I've renamed Missy's story to flow better with Judi's (and talks to the plot of her story). I give to you:

"Fall For Your Type"
Book 1 : It Was Only a Kiss
Book 2: It's In His Kiss (IIHK)

Below the cut I have a IIHK snippit that provides you guys with a spoiler regarding what Judi has been up to (but is spoiler free on what's going to happen in Missy's book).

Read at your own peril -- it's an unedited first draft and even some names still need to be figured out. This is about five years after IWOAK and if some things don't line up with what you remember it's because this is set after the revised version of IWOAK I'm currently working on. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

fic alerts

Hey all,

Super quick update. I've written a new outline for FFYT (Missy/Vince story) that I think is cute and follows a theme I had started in IWOAK which I'm sure y'all will figure out as soon as you read it, lol. I'm making it my project for my writing course so hopefully that'll be a great way to get further along in the story while improving my writing overall.

It's an interesting class in that it feels like there aren't any actual lessons the way I'm used to or even assignments the way I'm used to (you don't get grades, just teacher feedback) so on one hand having deadlines is good for me since I didn't drop all that money just to waste it, on the other hand it doesn't feel like I'm learning anything I don't know.

But I'm writing which is what I want and one of my biggest fears about writing courses was having someone try to change my writing style which I guess would happen if we got actual level grades.

Sidenote: has my worked been reviewed/boosted on any other sites lately? The past few months I've been getting faves/follows on IWOAK and I haven't updated that in like a year and there's no new info on it but quite a few people who I'm not familiar with have reached out about it. I'm just curious since I googled myself and nothing new popped up and I just hope these guys aren't expecting me to put up a story that is still being torn to shreds and reworked, lol.

How's everything with you guys? Read anything good lately? I've started a new job recently so my reading is once again on the back burner but I might start rereading The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley although the last time I tried to reread an old favourite it didn't stand up to the test of time sadly.

Saturday, July 11, 2015


It has been forever since I've written anything here and I'm sorry about that! I just keep getting bogged down in things and putting writing on the back burner and then I feel like shit for being so behind. Currently I'm looking into registering for a novel writing course at a local uni near me. I'm working full time so it'll be an online course, but I think it would be a great way to push my writing to the next level.

I just fed up with writing currently. IWOAK is complete, the first draft, but the second draft is just a struggle to get out and I don't know why. FFYT has stalled major and while I have new ideas for other works they never get past the first few chapters.

I keep thinking I've figured out where the issue is and then it doesn't work and I just get stuck. But at least with the course I can get feedback and a structure that might help and then next steps will lead to me finally letting go and letting the story be the best it can be.

Now normally I would post a snippit or something, but I honestly have nothing of my own that's worth sharing. So, if you guys are into steampunk novels, check out The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook, it's high fantasy with a bi-racial (Chinese and White) heroine and I really enjoyed it.

Courtney Milan has a NA (new adult) novel out called Trade Me, which is about a rich white boy trading lives with a hardworking Asian American girl.

It's not a bad read, but I didn't love it the way I thought I would.

Let me know if you guys like them or not, or if you've read anything good. My reading has slipped to the wayside and I need to step it back up.

How's everything with y'all?

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Friday, November 21, 2014

False Starts

I think the hardest part of writing is thinking you have something and then having it fizzle into absolutely nothing.

I've been working on FFYT (may be retitled to No Good Deed) and I'm having the hardest time getting the opening down. I'll write a shit ton of words, get quite far into it and then get stuck and no matter what I do I can't move forward and I realise that I've been going down the wrong way.

With some stories I can just cut a few plot points/chapters and while that can result in my losing over 15,000 words at least I still have a start that'll work for me. Not so with Fall For Your Type. I keep having to take a step back and try and rethink how to work it and it's just, it's really frustrating and blocking me when I try to work on other projects.

I don't know how to get out of this slump. And a large part of me thinks it might be a result of the change in my sleeping patterns -- when I was writing fairly consistently I was in university/highschool so I could stay up and write until five in the morning since I usually got inspired at like eleven at night. Now I'm in bed by ten thirty and just getting up at six to be at work for nine feels like such a hassle.

Writing on the train is hit or miss. It just really sucks. I'm going to change my writing set up up, possible change my room around during the new year when my fam will be willing to help me rearrange everything and see if that'll help put my ass in gear.

How's everything with you guys? Hopefully life is treating you well and whatever you're trying to accomplish is going the way you want it to.

See beneath the cut for a few sample openings for Missy's story. I won't post everything I've written because what's the point but figured I'd share something.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Hey all,

Just thought I'd do a check in and let you guys know where I stand writing wise since I've been offline for the past few months.

I removed IWOAK from FP last night. I'm getting into the heavier lifting stage of rewriting it and after going over it I just didn't feel comfortable leaving it up. Also, to all the people who reread it, more power to you because that's 200k words of rambling for a lot of it and unnecessary detail.

I'm definitely going to be tightening it up, cutting unnecessary subplots (some I'm actually considering transferring over to FFYT since it'll work in the context of that story a lot better, especially since I'll be aging the characters up by about two years to make it flow better with the pacing).

Fall For Your Type is coming along, I'm on the fence on whether or not I should post some of the rough opening chapters on here if I'm going to try and publish it as part of a series/duology.

This whole thing is a lot harder than I thought it would be. Like, I knew the actual process wasn't easy but still, it feels like an uphill battle.

I think that's about it.

I hope everything is going well in your lives!

Saturday, February 8, 2014


Hey you guys, sorry for being so late with updates!

I hope everything has been going well for you guys and 2014 has been better than 2013!

For me, things are quite a bit different. Work has been hectic, I was moved to another team and now I'm working on three accounts instead of just focusing on one so I had to learn the ropes and then there was a mass firing (I wasn't let go) but we were given additional responsibilities so I've just been focusing on staying on top of everything in my main job.

Writing wise I've been doing a lot of thinking, not just about IWOAK but my other completed stories that I should have rewritten and revised but haven't gotten very far on. It doesn't make sense that I'm having such a hard time to get really into the writing/rewriting of finished stories (WDC, IWOAK) or stories I already have major plot points figured out (FFYT, OMN).

The main issue is the mind set I'm in now versus the mindset I was in when I started. When I started When Doves Cry I was 17, and about 21 for IWOAK. My writing style has changed (for the worse in some cases, but I will fix that once I start writing again) as well as the way I think certain things would go down.

For example, based on how close Judi is to her mom, at sixteen she would've definitely had told her that some strange boy she met at a houseparty was blackmailing her into a relationship. She trusts her mother implicitly and truly believes that she can handle anything thrown at her, the fact that I had her keep it a secret wasn't true to the character I was trying to build.

However 17 year old Judi, starting university younger than all her classmates and already feeling too childish to stick it would try to handle it herself, if only to prove she's not a child and to try and keep her parents from making her move back home.

I get to keep the fact that she's basically a baby but put her in a setting where certain actions and scenerios are more realistic. And I'm finding that AJ is really shining as an 'older character'. He's 19/20 but you can see how the whole situation with his family has hit him a lot harder here then you do in the original.

I just really need to get the voice down. I want the same casual tone but I need it to be a bit more distinctive and for Judi's rambling to show through without it dragging on.

I have the opening done but I'm not feeling it. I'm also rereading the original and making notes from there, subplots I want to keep, cut, or transfer to Missy's story instead and man, kudos to all of the people who reread that book regularly. It is massive.

I mean, it's over 100,000 words and it took me way too many years to write, but I never really took in how big it was until now. I need to take a picture of it all printed out so you can see how huge it is. I'm definitely going to make it tighter and quicker paced in the rewrite, hopefully I'll still be able to set the scene/characters the way I want.

Fall For Your Type is surprisingly going well, Missy and Vince are behaving though I'm going to put it back on hold as it doesn't make sense to write it when IWOAK is going through such major changes.

Read about my thoughts on my WDC progress or lack there of beneath the cut.

**IMPORTANT: If you're reading/rereading IWOAK, get it done before the end of the month. I'll be taking it down sometime during the beginning of May since agents/publishers are not fans of works being up for free and I'm doing my best to take this whole thing seriously. **