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A Glimpse Into What Comes Next…

I did a little writing, did a little reading, did a little exercising, did a little watching TV…. You get the gist. It’s been a regular ol day around here.

I can’t say as I have much to blog about. I’m not feeling the least bit inspired. Nothing is coming to me. Nothing at all.

I did get some really good stuff written today though. Which I always feel like is more important. I like blogging, and it’s good fun. I enjoy interacting with everyone out in the world. But my heart is with the characters I’ve created, in the world I’ve built, with the stories I’m telling. So when it comes to pouring my energy into something, if I stumble around here a bit, it’s not the end of the world, so long as I’m still standing upright when I flip my laptop open to work on the current manuscripts.

Also. Random piece of info you may or may not care about… I have a plan that spans a lot of books and a lot of years. Ya girl is going hard! 😘 Anyway, this first series I’m working on, my Sweetgum Valley Series, will have 12 or so books. After that, well I’ve already been tossing around an idea for the next series that will come after it. Sweetgum Valley is a fictional town set in the North Ga Mountains. When I was ruminating on where I’d go next, I thought, I think I’ll stick closer to home next time with a fictional coastal town, set along Georgia’s coast. We have a ways to go before getting there, but it’s in the back of my mind, and someday we’ll see it come to life!

Heather. ❤️

I Have A Plan….

I did a horrible, awful, absolutely ridiculous thing…

I committed to a blog post a day in 2020. (Yes, I know… I know. You don’t have to say it.)

And then, to make matters worse, I announced it here on my blog like a lunatic. That’s right. I told everyone I’d do it. Now I’m obligated, you see? 

Never fear, I have a plan though! (I thought it over while I was trying on jeans at Tjmaxx earlier. I’m nothing if not a multitasker…)

So here goes…

Some days, I will have all the time in the world, and I’ll write one up and post it on those days. 

Other days, I’ll have less time, or I’ll be busy, so I’ll have some pre-written things waiting in the wings and they’ll be posted then. 

At this time, I have no pre-written things, except novels… which I’m not posting those here in their entirety, obviously, so I’ll have to get a few posts written. But that should be fun. I’ll do it when I’m in a writing mood, and they’ll be waiting on me when I need them. 

Problem solved! You’ll get a post a day, only they won’t always be written on that day. You just won’t know it. Which honestly, is a genius idea and makes this goal a lot more achievable. People probably do this all the time. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before now. 

And I’m realizing, at this moment, as I’m writing this post…. That I wrote and published the post where I announced this whole scheme, this morning, around 1 am. So now, while I’m writing this at four in the afternoon on December 31st, I’m going to have to wait and post it tomorrow, on January 1st… seeing as I already have a post for the 31st, and I don’t want to waste this one on the same day.

Figures. But that’s okay. I’ll finally get to use that nifty publish later option I’ve never bothered with before. 

Anyway, this is my plan. I’m going to do my best to stick to it. Let’s hope I come out on top. We’ll see. Fingers crossed. 

Heather. 

Why Do I Do These Things To Myself?

I’ve been thinking… Yeah, yeah, I know… I probably shouldn’t do that… but I already did it, so here we are.

I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think if you’re going to start something, you should start immediately. Don’t wait. Start today. Thing is… if I start something today… It’s the 31st of December… so technically I’m starting something that rings in the new year.

Does that make it a new year’s resolution? Maybe. But given that I’m starting on December 31st… I’m giving myself a pass. This isn’t a resolution; it’s a commitment that begins today. (Please don’t point out the definition of either of those words, nor synonyms. No need to state the obvious. Please let me pretend. 😉 )

Anyway, that leads me to this….

I plan, fingers crossed, to write one blog post a day in 2020.

Now I know you’re probably thinking, yeah right. (Deep down inside, I’m thinking the same thing. Don’t feel bad.)

But! Let me just say this. Two years ago I went on a weight loss journey and committed to working out an hour a day, seven days a week, no exceptions. For five months, the entire time it took to lose 40 pounds, I did just that. Every. Single. Day. No matter what. I worked out. Every once in a while, because life gets in the way, I’d have to cut the time down to 30 minutes, but I never missed a day.

If I could do that then, I can do this now. No excuses.

Now I would like to add here, I still work out regularly, I didn’t just quit. The goals changed once I reached the initial goal I’d set out to achieve. It’s a different amount of time and a different amount of days, and I don’t stick to it quite as rigidly. I sometimes switch or flips days, stuff like that, but I’m still committed to regular exercise, and I still  make it happen.

If I can work out self-discipline for that, I can make it work for this.

So I’m going to try! Give it my best shot, at least. Let’s hope my best is decent, eh?

Heather.

 

I Did It! :D

Y’all wanna know what I did? Hang tight… I’ll tell ya. 🙂

It’s been a minute since I’ve been here. I haven’t typed up a blog post since about September, October-ish. The last time I did, it was to tell you all that I was finally doing it. Like for real, it was happening.

If you read that post… you know I’m talking about my book. I’ve struggled to get it off the ground for years now… but this was the year. It was finally happening.

There were times I almost popped on here to give you updates, talk about word count, and regale you with tales of my writing escapades. Part of me wanted to share it with you guys… another part of me was tired of sharing all those things and then letting you all down… letting myself down.

I knew this time was different, but that didn’t mean you guys had any way of knowing that. So instead… every time I got excited, or hit some small milestone… I shot texts off to my best friend, called up my Mama, or talked my husbands ears off… because believe me, I was excited. They were all probably sick of me at various times along the way… but they were with me, all the way.

My mama read intimate scenes so she could inform me whether they were classy or not… she said I wasn’t allowed to embarrass her.. 😀

My best friend… read, I can’t tell you, how many snippets of text and provided feedback, which she wholeheartedly demanded credit for, mind you, and all the while complaining because she wanted to read the whole thing and I was moving to slowly for her. Apparently, I needed to speed it up.

My husband… who, let’s face it, understands things like alien ants taking over the world far better than he does two people falling in love… soldiered on head first into sounding board mode and engaged in countless plot point discussions, despite his disappointment at the lack of sci-fi. 😀

God… well… that almost speaks for itself doesn’t it? If He hadn’t turned my life upside down and inside out this past year, in the best possible ways, we wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t be typing this and we wouldn’t be having this discussion at all. He kick-started everything and He gets all the glory.

As for myself… cause I did write the thing after all… 🙂 — I stuck with it. On days I didn’t wanna… on days I did wanna… and every day in between. I believed in myself, and for the first time ever… I didn’t care what anybody else believed.

There is so much freedom in that, I can’t even tell y’all.

So… In September, on the 14th. I sat down and started working again. I had roughly around 7,000 words. I now… Four & a half months later… have a completed, 80,000-ish word novel.

Say what?! Yeah… I did it! — I didn’t do it alone! But I definitely did it!

Now what? — Well, Gotta edit the blasted thing. But we’re gonna dive right in. Then I’m gonna turn around and dive right on in to the wonderful world of publishing…. (Y’all pray for me… I thought writing it was scary… eeek!) — At the same time… we’re gonna get started on book 2! Keep on rolling!

I started on this book 2 years ago… and couldn’t get it off the ground. — Well, y’all… it’s off the ground now… we’ve taken flight… and it’s only just beginning. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

I Have Returned… :)

I’ve been a bit off the radar for a while. Part of me had no idea what to write about on here anymore and another part of me felt extraordinary pressure to work on my current project. I felt like if I didn’t, then I was somehow failing. Although I have worked on writing my book a bit here and there over the last few months… I wasn’t doing nearly what I could have been doing.

About two weeks ago I sat down one day and just worked hard. I poured more into those few hours than I had put into the last few months. When I was finished, I saw a path to the future. For the first time, since I started this journey, with the blog, two years ago… I saw everything come together in what seemed a lot like an epiphany moment. It’s hard to explain, but I now see a future in my work.

I now see a path to completing this first book and going on to do more. A path which I could not see prior to that day. Which is part of what made it so difficult to keep going. I couldn’t really see where it was going or if I’d even make it there.

I’ve worked with these characters so much that I feel like I know them personally, lol, I’m not crazy. It sounds a lot like imaginary friends and fictional buddies… but really, it’s not as insane as it sounds. 🙂 — It’s what makes this whole thing so worthwhile. I want to share them and all that they have to offer with everyone else. I just have to get their stories out of my head and onto the paper in just the right way. So that you can all know them like I do. — You’ll like em, they’re pretty cool. 🙂

Anyhow…

I have a goal: To complete the first run-through of this book by December. I made that goal in January. I have now lost 6 months of time to really work on it. However, I will not change my goal… I will just work twice as hard to reach it.

You guys will meet these people eventually, I promise. 🙂

Heather Marie. 🙂