Little known fact about me: every person in my family has had a supernatural experience–except me.
The closest I’ve come to having an experience for myself was actually my hubby’s experience while I was sleeping in the same room. I was not conscious, so needless to say, I don’t get to claim that ghost story as my own.
I’m not sure if my lack of experiences is part of why, but I’ve always been fascinated by people’s ghost stories–their retelling of their brushes with the supernatural are one of my favorite things to talk about.
Soooo, I thought I’d blog about it.
I have a short stack of stories from my sisters, hubby, and Mom that I’ll plan to re-tell here over the coming weeks. How about you? Care to tell your #ghoststory? I would love to let you tell it here! Hit me up here, on twitter, or on facebook!
One year ago today, I made this post on my personal Facebook profile:
I’m recommitting to my author-self after spending some months on the back burner while I, you know, grew a person, etc. I am using a new writing software I’m really on fire about (Scrivener–check it out if you’re into writing long form!) and I am going to attempt to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) next month, though I can’t promise I’ll accomplish the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month (a strange thing to say for me, since I used to put down 10,000 words per day with some regularity–pre-kids, of course.) Anyway, I say all this to create a certain amount of accountability, as well as to shake up my own inspiration.
In the last year since writing that, I’ve released a short story and finished writing a full-length novel. I’ve attended a writers’ conference, and participated in critique sessions with a writer friend.
Basically, I’m just saying that I kind of rocked last year’s goal. YAY for goal setting! So, now I have to figure out what my next goal should be… Definitely something about getting my latest novel into the light of day, but more specific than that is still up in the air. It’s like a world of possibility is waiting to be defined!
How do you go about goal setting? Do you make plan at the beginning of each new year? Or do you plan quarterly? Whatever you do, how does it work for you? I’d love to know!
It’s time for another ‘What Am I Working On?’ post!
Right now, I am deep in edit-mode for the project I’m currently working on: a paranormal romance set in New Orleans, code named CLOAK (click the link to go to the Pinterest board for this project). I mentioned CLOAK in my last ‘What Am I Working On’ post, where I was only about halfway through the first draft. I gotta say, I’m pretty happy with how efficiently I finished that draft–and the overall quality of it!
My editing process goes something like this:
- Read/Revise/Edit in Scrivener – this step is mostly about spotting obvious errors, tightening up scenes and taking care of any final to-dos. This is also the step where I confirm the order of scenes and make the first pass at inserting chapter breaks.
- Export to MS Word
- Read/Revise/Edit in MS Word + Grammarly – In this step, things get more serious. I read the whole books again, with a tool called Grammarly (think MS Word spell checker on steroids) running alongside. In this step, I also firm up the chapter breaks and further nitpick sentences.
- Send to my Alpha Readers for review! (This time, I have 4 Alpha Readers lined up and ready to go!)
- Take a break – while my Alpha Readers read and comment, I try not to look at the manuscript at all, so I come back to it with fresh eyes for step 6.
- Apply Alpha Reader notes – In this step, I go through each set of Alpha Reader notes and apply them to the manuscript. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions, but for the most part, this is very cut and dry.
- Final Formatting – This time around, I’ll be formatting it for submission to publishers/agents, which means some different tweaks than formatting it for e-book publishing.
- Send to my Beta Readers for review! – I’m not sure if I’ll be sending this to Beta Readers this time around. My Alpha Readers are awesome. It will depend on what kinds of notes I get back from them if I feel the story needs another round of review before submitting. So this step is TBD.
- Submit! I’ll be pitching this manuscript at Emerald City Writers Conference in October, so its first submission is coming up quick! Ready or not, here I come!