Let’s Not Talk About March

Let’s Not Talk About March

Let's Not Talk About March Dear Blog, Boy, a lot has changed since I last wrote. Except when it comes to my monthly word count totals. Ugh, let's not talk about the dark days of March. On the bright side, I shouldn't have too hard a time beating March's word count. I'm really trying to see the positive here. Okay, so we have a new month ahead of us. It's April (you know, in case you didn't know). The weather is slowly starting to warm up (YAY!). And I hear the peak of that COVID-19 curve is expected about mid-month for the United States. March was a whirlwind for my emotions. The stress of having a pandemic in the middle of a kitchen remodel is rough. I still have no kitchen (no counters, no sink or dishwasher, no oven) and the cabinets are delayed two weeks (so far). I've been washing dishes in the bathroom sink (which is not large) and in the bathtub, and...
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Sometimes You Just Need a Self-Intervention

Sometimes You Just Need a Self-Intervention

Sometimes You Just Need a Self-Intervention Dear Blog, It's been a while since I last wrote. The truth is, I didn't do any writing. Not because I didn't want to, I did, but because we were busy ripping our kitchen apart and figuring out details for cabinets, countertops, and the usual things that come with remodeling the kitchen of an old 1949 house. We've finally come to a little lull as we wait on an electrician to give us a quote (what's with no one calling you back these days?). While my husband was in annual training over the weekend, I had some time to myself. But I didn't do any writing (well, a few words here and there, I don't want to lie). I feel like I'm stuck. This past month has been frustrating. I've hardly written a thing. My current project has not been flowing through my fingers like the last one did during my 14-day plan. It's been a complete...
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Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations

Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations

Creativity Challenges and Plot Structure Limitations Dear Blog, Last Thursday, I was in a pickle. And as of today, the following Monday, I still am. This plan has not been going as, um, planned. I feel like I'm pulling teeth with this story. I finally reached the first major plot point the other day and am happy with the results. I think the major problem was that I had my basic outline already, but up until last night, I hadn't fleshed out anything else. I was also struggling with the fact that the plot structure spread out the few big events throughout the whole book. Well, I switched it up. See, with this story, we go back to training at Faction 73. Back to where Gabe and Emerson started training in Blackout (Book #3 in The Hexon Code series - keep in mind I'm now writing Book #6). I want my readers to be able to connect with Tessa, but I also don't want to bore them...
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