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The 14th Annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale has begun, running now through July 31! My books will be 50% off for that time so feel free to grab this deal!

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Dahlia Part Three has been released!

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It took way longer than expected but it’s here! Part three to the Angel of Flame series is now available at most major retailers, Smashwords, and my own shop here on this blog.

Eventually I will release a collection of this series with a special extra but next up I will be working on a sequel to an older story of mine as my project for Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s a crazy thing to do but if it gets more content up for sale so I can finally make a living at this, I’ll do it. So, look forward to me complaining about that.

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Today’s Workout: So far so good?

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Yesterday I did do my bodyweight workouts but I will tell ya, I felt so freaking tired around 4pm, I called it a day, did all the stuff I needed to do, and went to bed early. I have no idea what happened. I got up early for a day off, did a few chores, then it was like someone flipped my night-night switch and all I wanted to do was sleep.

And yet, in some ultimate fuckery, I spent the night tossing and turning without actually getting any sleep.

But, thanks to coffee, I have a fair amount of energy today. I had a quick walk, did the above workout on my Wirk peddler, and I think I’ll have enough energy to grab the kettlebell after dinner.

Also, shameless self promotion, my new book is out in two days! If you’re one of my Patrons, you already got a sneak preview. This is the third in a complete trilogy and you will not have any idea what’s going on without reading one and two. Hope you check them out!

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Today’s Workout: Kettlebell for the stress…

Since I have to work this weekend (cries softly in the corner), I decided that my runs will be Mon, Wed, Fri and do weights on the off cardio days. 

The stress? Not having to work the weekend (although that is a contributor) but I learned today that Draft2Digital, where I self-publish all my books, has aquired Smashwords… After I went through all the *@&%@&$%@-ing trouble of manually adding all my books there…

I guess I’ll just use D2D going forward (since it’s SO much easier) but this couldn’t have happened in a more ironic way since I just released my NaNoWriMo project on both platforms. When I’m 18 total titles deep at this point…

Moving forward, I guess I’ll just use D2D and manually add books to my profile? Heck if I know. I’m tired.

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Today’s Workout: Week 3 Day 3

After doing what I should do around my birthday, whatever I want, I’m back to my running! And since I haven’t given up on my desperate attempts to not lose my house by supplementing my dismal income by selling my writing, I put Shelley up on the teadmill and I was able to do a little bit of writing during the walking portions of c25k. I could only type with one hand since I have to hold the phone to count my steps on the app, but hey, any words cound as progress.

And you’re damn right I’m 41 and have stickers. Let me enjoy things.

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Writing Update: Current Project and What’s Next

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Right after my newest release, I started work on the third and final part of my Dahlia series. Even with an outline, I floundered a bit with the introduction but things are moving along. I can’t give an estimated release date yet but I am having fun working on this series.

What I really want to do next is another installment of Go Away Girls. I already have an idea for it, I just need to outline it before I start it.

Right now, my sales are not in a place where I can take time to work on really long projects; like the next installment of my vampire series. I’m getting there VERY slowly but I’m keeping my projects short so I can publish more books more often. I have 18 total titles under my belt and I’m pushing for 30 or more before the end of the year. I am looking into bundling these shorter works together. I just need to figure out how I want the covers to look.

For sneak peeks and earlier news, check out my Patreon!

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NaNoWriMo Day 22

I am behind. And, I don’t really feel bad about it because over the weekend, I was doing chores and writing until almost 3 am. Last night, I decided getting some halfway decent sleep was more important.

Only to be woken at 3 am because my nose decided breathing wasn’t important anymore but, whatever. I need to whip out the humidifier…

As as I’ve stated before, I think this story is going to be under 50k words overall. I have the one big fight scene and the conflict resolution and I’m done. As, I’ve said, I may end up adding more words in the editing process (since I have been reading back over what I’ve written and a TON of descriptions need to be filled in and/or fleshed out) and I’m looking forward to that process! I want what I’m picturing in my head to be clear to others when they read it.

I think what I look forward to most about all this is when it’s done, I can start working out again. I sneak in words all day, I go home for a really fast dinner, fast shower, then I’m back at it for a few hours.  This has consumed my brain and time. It’ll be nice to take 30 minutes for a quick run to clear the stress of the day, then go write some more. Or maybe do some reading; since I’m behind on my reading goal for the year. I also need to keep doing needlework so I can use up all the yarn I bought. I guess December will be as busy as November even without this challenge.

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NaNoWriMo Day 19

It is so adorable that in October I thought I would be doing daily updates like it would totally fit into my day while I try to furiously write, work full time, function as a mom, and also a human being all at the same time. Ah, how young and foolish I was a few weeks ago…

Anyway, I beat my word goal today! If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Twitter, or Tumblr, you’ve probably seen me express my prediction that I won’t meet my word goal; not because I won’t hit the 50k word goal on time, but because the way my story is playing out in this rough draft, I may reach the conclusion before I hit that word count. Does that count as a win? Because I think that counts as a win. It’s just how I planned for the story to turn out and I am not going to pad the story with extra words to hit this goal. After editing, it may be longer (because I’ve been reading through my Freewrite drafts to make suure I keep character names straight and things like that) since I know there are places where descriptions can be expanded so the reader knows what the fucking hell is going on. I want this to be a good story, not a 50k word manuscript that will be a good story if I bash my head against it enough.

I am enjoying this story. I like working in this world and it’s characters. I think I may have something pretty cool here and I don’t want to fuck it up with restrictions. So, as I sit here at almost 11:30pm, I think I have a good thing going. This is harder and easier than I thought it would be. I suppose coherent thoughts about all this will have to come together around December 1st.

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Open for Business!

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My store is ready! I’ve got most of my short stories ready for sale and I’m thinking of moving the longer books there, too.

I’ve still been doing some needlework, that I sell here, and I may post them in the store here as well but I kinda like my existing needlework shop. But, we’ll see how much I can get done.

For now, I’m going back to prepping for NaNoWriMo and I’ll be posting more consistent workout updates.

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