It’s the Friday before Memorial Day weekend and I am amazed at how long I have been blogging weekly and how close my husband is to graduating. The time has passed so quickly and yet, we’re only about halfway through the whole year. Like the beginning of the year, I feel like the half of the year is a good time to reflect on what I would like to do in this blog and how to adjust it to more of what I strive to do with my writing. So here’s my news. I need a break from blogging. Suggestions
At the end of each month, I try to publish one “news” post to keep everyone updated on my writing progress. This monthly update is a great time for me to reflect and also a nice time to be encouraged by my audience. So here it is, some updates from me: *Etania is slowly coming together and I may publish the first revamped chapter here on the blog. Stay tuned! *My story was not chosen for an award by Short Fiction Break. Although I am disappointed, I keep my chin up as I know God blessed me with the voice
If you only read one post, read these updates. These posts are where I ask for your help in promoting my writing and business. These posts are where I tell you what has been happening in my life. These posts are what I pray you will see why you support me in my work. I thank you for reading them, for it is people like you that help me continue to do what I need to do. So what’s new in the life of Marie? I published a short story on Short Fiction Break. My short story, Be Strong and
It’s the end of February, and that means I give you five updates about my writing, my life and what projects I want to undertake in the next 30 days. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions. Etania is currently under the editor’s pen. I received the feedback from my beta readers and editors so that I can now work on Etania, one page at a time. I am also reading Structuring Your Novel and Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland. Both of these books probably should’ve been ones I read before starting to write, but now
At the end of each month, I like to do a short update of what I have been up to so that my followers can know how long it will be until I finish the next book, why I might not be responding to emails, and overall fun facts. So, what five things is it this time? My husband and I applied and were accepted into an apartment. After searching and wondering and praying, we finally are able to move out of my parent’s house and into our own place! We are so excited to start establishing a place to
Not only am I planning on self-publishing Etania, I am thinking that I am going to change how the blog will work, as well as my email list. I will be publishing one post a week called “Five Minute Friday” which will focus on news about my writing and reading. Then, if I have time, I hope to publish at least one review a month about either a book, movie or travel spot that relates to the genre of fantasy or inspired me in my writing.
I finished the first draft of Etania, which is currently 108 Microsoft Word Pages. I spent two weeks editing it and making sure it was the way I wanted it to be before sending it to editors and beta readers. I am hoping these people will give me the feedback I need to expand and refine the book so it is suitable for publishing. If you’d like to be a beta reader, feel free to contact me with my page above or by emailing me at email@example.com
Today I finished Part one of my upcoming novel, Etania! I am so excited to be 1/3 of the way through my book and closer to finishing by the time November comes around. The way I have measured this success is by dividing my novel into the three parts of most plot outlines: beginning, middle and end. This division is based on K.M. Weiland’s plotting advice, which you can read here. Then I made word count goals based on about how long I would like my novel, which is about 75,000 words. Part one and three are to be about 12,500
As of the middle of July, I am now a contributing blogger to a wonderful website called SteamPowered Dreams, which is also a publishing company. They are currently not posted yet, but when they are, I’ll definitely add them here!