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Refilling the Well

I haven’t been writing a ton lately — though, I shouldn’t really say that I haven’t been writing a lot. I’ve done probably close to 70,000 words.

Maybe more.

That’s the actual problem — I spent 6 months recording my writing every day. I recorded where the writing was going, what I was working on… pretty much logging my every move.

And it wasn’t just that. I spent six months writing like it was the last six months I would ever be able to get out words… because I randomly decided that I was going to write one million words in a year.

And then for some reason I decided that I was going to do it in half that time.

I have always been the kind of person who likes to push myself to see how much I can accomplish, how fast I can write. What the quality could be pushed too even though I was pulling 20,000 word days. And honestly, even though I got a little jibberish towards the end, I was pretty pleased with what I turned out.

And it wasn’t that I was burned out from writing — like I said, I’ve still done about 70,000-100,000 words since March. But… I haven’t been recording.

I haven’t been taking it super seriously.

I took a bit of a break, and that was probably good for me. For a while, I didn’t do anything but watch a ton of streamers and writing a ton of fanfics… and now I’ve crossed from that stage to wanting to read a lot.

We refill our creative wells in different manners. Writing a bunch of fanfiction actually makes my brain excited to write novels. And then reading… well… reading really, really gets me in the mood to write. I recently got a fantastic pair of wireless earbuds that is allowing me to listen to audiobooks a ton, which is helping me to get through a lot more books.

I’m pretty happy with the spot that I’m in, creative-wise. I had a few days where I felt like I wasn’t doing anything, where I felt like I was slacking and failing as a writer because I wasn’t cranking out 20,000 words a day.

And then I got over that, because it’s not realistic to keep up with that pace and I realize that.

But… pushing myself in that fashion made me realize what my limits were, what my minimum could be. A while ago, I thought that 1,000 words a day was a good minimum for me.

I’m thinking once I get back into daily writing and recording, I’m going to up it to 2,500 or 3,000. I don’t think that it will be much of an issue once I get back into the swing of things.

And even though I’ve fallen off of it majorly, I want to get back to recording my writing daily. I think maybe if I do end up starting a TikTok, I might even start recording it there verbally so I can have a new level of accountability.

The possibilities are endless. I’m going to kind of just be lazy and read as many books as I can for the rest of this month… and then I think next month I’m going to start really working on writing/recording/noveling again.

I’m excited. And honestly, if anyone here would like, feel free to join in on the ride ❤ Accountability buddies are so important.

In the meantime, I’m trying to figure out what kind of blogs people might like to see! If you have any ideas, let me know! And if you have any good book suggestions, let me know!

I’m excited.

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Red, White & Royal Blue Review

“First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?”

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I can’t believe that I haven’t written a review on this book before. The thing is, I’ve read it twice. I’m probably going to visit it a third time. This book has quickly turned into one of those comfort novels for me that I come back to time and time again when I’m in the mood for a pick me up. There are only a handful of books that wiggle their way into my heart like that, so I’m glad that I found this one.

Honestly, there are so many things to enjoy about the book. First, such a fantastic addition to the LGBTQ+ community is never unappreciated. And the fact that the storyline is so compelling and their relationship is honestly so sweet as it develops is really a requirement for a 5 star rating for me. I like angst as much as the rest of the world, but you have to level it out with development and comfort on the other side of it, and this book did just that.

It isn’t just the relationship that I enjoyed, though. I really, really like the characters in the story. Not just the two male leads, but all of their friends and surrounding cast. Everyone in this book is honestly charming for different reasons, and it’s a breath of fresh air to me. I frequently find myself loving main characters and feeling like the side characters aren’t given enough depth to really enjoy. But honestly, I would read an entire novel about June, Nora and Pez all on its own. (Hint hint, author. Hint hint.)

I also really enjoy the depth of the storyline itself. It touches on something that I know a lot of people hold close to their hearts — if the election in 2016 had gone differently. I know that I personally would have preferred the reality presented in this book.

Overall, it’s honestly just amazing. There are some really poetic and beautifully written moments as well. The two main characters share emails with one another, and I honestly I could have read a book of just that.

I would also like to note that the Audible version for this book is superb ❤ I’m always really iffy on if I enjoy audible narrations, but this one was 10/10.

I’d recommend this book to anyone (I actually recommend it to everyone!) It’s a fantastic plotline, a great romance, and overall just a hit for me.

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Is Blogging Dead?

I wonder, sometimes, if blogging is dead. The internet is an ever-changing platform. People are constantly finding new places to communicate. Where blogs were really popular before, people had it condensed into 280 characters for a tweet that was still meant to convey emotions.

From there, I feel like it changed to a picture on Instragram. And from there, it seems like TikTok and 30 seconds for your story is the new thing to do.

But there are still some of us who are trudging along on their blog. Of course, I’m hitting up the other social media platforms (I just got on the linktree kick <— Go ahead and click it to hit up my other social media sites), and I try to be active everywhere that I can… but I’ve seen so many people just completely drop off of blogging.

I don’t know. There’s something about it that’s so wonderful to me. I’m writing down my thoughts, getting to use as many characters, as much time, as many words as I want to convey them. I can share full stories here, I can link to those other places if I do something cute there (let’s be real, I never managed to make a Youtube channel, so me making a TikTok is questionable, but I’m going to attempt it). But… there’s something about a Blog, about getting to write, which is all that I’ve ever wanted to do to begin with…

Well, it feels right to me. I still see active people here, and I still see people reading the things that I put out via my analytics. People are still around, and people still want too write their thoughts out instead of doing it via a small amount of characters, a video, a picture.

Call me greedy, but I want it all. So… is blogging dead? I don’t think so. I think that blogging just reaches out to a different demographic of people, and I’m fine with that.

Circling around on this thought, I’m going to try to post here more. I have a ton of book reviews that I need to get up, and I’m going to start one of my challenges again (maybe an A-Z challenge again, or something equally fun!) So stay tuned for that!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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MilWordy and Life.

 Gosh, so… where have I been? I was updating you guys on Milwordy. It’s a thing that I started in September and the goal was to write one million words in a year.

Okay, so anyone who follows me knows that I kinda overdo things. That I’ve always kinda over do things, really. Which means that I’ve been… away from writing on my blog because I’ve been…

Focused on writing?

Does that make sense?

I hope that makes sense.

Anyway, I’m pleased to say that I hit the one million markbefore February ended. That means that I wrote one million words in six months.

Yeah, I told you I kind of overdo things.

So my focus has been wildly on that — I haven’t really been thinking of much else. The good news is, I did crank out an entirely new book and some of a few others. And a second draft!

The bad news is… I let my blog slip. I really hate doing that, and I would like to be updating this sucker at least once a week if I can (more, if I could ever establish proper habits). So, I’m back at it again now that my MilWordy goals have been met.

And where am I going with it after now, since I have six months left?

I set a goal for two-million words in one year. I really don’t expect to hit that. Like, that’s lofty goals and I don’t know that I wanna push myself through pure insanity again. It was a lot, and I’m really proud of the fact that I got as far as I got… and I’m really enjoying the break that I’ve been taking for the past little bit.

I’m probably going to ease back into writing. I’m kind of reading through an entire manga (because I want to ruin my life with Attack on Titan), but after I’m done with that, I’m planning on setting my goal toward 1,000 a day. And then moving that up to 2,000 a day. And then getting that back up to 5,000 a day. If there’s anything that MilWordy taught me, it was the fact that if I’m really working at it, I can write 10,000 words easily by noon.

So cutting it down to 5,000 for the entire day shouldn’t really be pushing myself. During that time, I had 30,000 word days. They were stressful and exhausting and rewarding… and I don’t want to ever feel like I need to have days that large again.

But at the same time, I want to be able to if I randomly needed or wanted to.

I don’t know. MilWordy was really a good practice for me to see where my limits were, where I could push myself past. One of these days when I have the day completely to myself, I’m going to see how much I can really write within a 24 hour period. We do 24 hour write-a-thons on my writing server every month. I wanna really get to it.

So… yeah.

I guess that’s an update on me? I’ve been writing a lot, and now I”m going to turn back to putting that writing into my blog and other places! I can’t wait to get back to being here on the regular!

If there’s anything y’all want me to write about or anything you want to see, let me know! 

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Mid-NaNo Check-in!

 Hey everyone! We are mid way through NaNoWriMo, and it has been a crazy month so far. I’m working on two projects, so I’m basically doing a double NaNo, so it’s been extremely hectic on my end. It’s a good kind of hectic though? I’m really enjoying what I’m getting out as far as words go. Of course, I’m going to have to do the traditional Post-NaNo edits… but I’m starting to actually get a method down for how I do that, too… so I’m really excited for everything.

My Current WC is: 62,003 words! A ton of that has gone into my co-written projects that I’m doing with this wonderfully amazing individual, and then the at least 20,000 of it is on my second novel out of a trilogy. I’m trying to just actually finish the trilogy without breaking to do books in between, because I have another unfinished trilogy that went to the wayside because of that. 

And I really like this story, so I don’t want to let it slip away from me just because I got distracted with another project. I really do suffer from a major case of ‘shiny new idea’ syndrome, and I’m trying to kind of drift away from that as much as I can. It’s not conducive to editing, to finishing anything… to… well… anything that could be remotely considered productive, when you think about it.

And since I want to actually be productive, I’m trying to focus down. I think that NaNoWriMo was a wonderful time to do that. I’ll just have to carry it through and do another NaNo in January or something so I can make sure to finish the series out. I already did a small round of edits on the first novel, too. 

I’d love to hear how all of you all make sure that you work through your novels when it’s more than a stand alone. Do you try to work on them all back to back? Do you give them a breather and do something else in between? 

What are your methods? What works best for you? If you have experience in this, write a blog and share with the class! Other than that, I’d also love to get a NaNo check in from everyone who is participating in that, and a MilWordy check in for everyone who is participating in that!

I basically want to be inspired by the amount of words that everyone is getting! Please, let me know! 

Until then, I’m going to try to get back to consistent blogging soon. I usually get more throughout the month here, but I’ve been so focused (and distracted) with the things going on in my life that I’ve been having to put all of my writing focus onto the books. I would like to say that I’m ashamed of myself, but it’s getting me words and making me feel very productive.

But I’ll try to be back around more consistently! And if you want to catch me in the in between, check out my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandaleannemccormick/ I’d love to follow for follow so we can fill up our feeds with inspiration!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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NaNoWriMo Kick Off! <3

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I love the banner this year.

 Hey there everyone! How are we doing today? I didn’t do my normal NaNoWriMo kick off day post yesterday because it was a little hectic. I do want to say that I did my normal FirstDay10k! I actually ended up getting 15,000! So I was pretty pleased with my progress. Honestly though, I just love NaNoWriMo. There’s something so fantastic about a huge group of people coming together with the goal of getting words.

Things are a little different for me this year, since I’ve been participating in MilWordy. I’ve been getting such huge numbers for the past 2 months that I’m going to be pushing myself a little harder than I usually would. I’m trying to finish 2 drafts for NaNo. I really think that I’m going to be able to do it, because I did take the time to do some proper prep before the month started on both of them. I have my general plot and my proper beats down, and I think that I’m going to be able to get through them.

And honestly, low-key, there’s a part of me that wants to finish three drafts for the month, but we’re not going to get that crazy quite yet in committing to that. In a perfect world, I will finish the trilogy that I’m working on and the book that I’m writing with my friend. But in a realistic world, I’d love to finish the second book in the trilogy and the book with my friend.

We’ll see how things go.

Anyway, this is my normal check in for the month. I’m going to be trying to post NaNoWriMo updates, tips, tricks, the works as often as I can. I notice that in October I tend to fall off of posting anything that isn’t spoopy writing prompts, and this year I was making them all from scratch on Canva so it was even more of me just posting those. But now that October is over with, I’m back.

And I’m here to give you your first tip!

Find a group to write with! 

Join my Discord Server if you’d like ❤ We have contests, accountability, we’re going to be doing a giveaway for the people who win NaNo, and we’re generally just a really fun group to be around. 

Or, if you would prefer something more intimate, find some groups on facebook, or get a group together on the NaNo website. It’s just really important that you find yourself some accountability buddies for NaNo, since I think that one of the most important and really essential parts to the whole thing is finding your people. 

I know that’s a tip that I give all of the time, but it’s honestly one that I can’t say enough. I really don’t think that my writing progress would be where it is if I hadn’t had my Discord group around for as long as I have in tandem with my husband who really cheers me on every chance that he gets. I’ve met some of the most important people in my life through that group, and I know that I wouldn’t be half as happy or half as productive without them.

So… find your tribe. Come join mine if you want to ❤ Just find your people and stick with them! 

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Currently – October 2020

 Hey there! We interrupt your scheduled Horror Prompts to bring you an update on the writer! I thought that it would be a good time to go ahead and get you another Currently Post put up, because it can double as an update for my MilWordy progress. I’ve been so into writing that I haven’t updated you guys on my writing? It’s bad… but at the same time… good for me for being so into it? 

Anyway, let’s get going with the Currently!

Loving

I am currently loving Among Us. It’s not even the game that I’m loving (because I rarely get a chance to place it). I’m currently loving WRITING about Among Us. I know, I’m such a little silly person, but it’s honestly been so fun to write fanfics for. I think that part of what makes it so great is that it’s such a… I mean, there isn’t really any personality or even storyline put into the game. The only thing that you have is the scenario given to you, so you have free reign to pretty much do whatever you want. I was inspired by a comic (I’ll link it HERE) and it gave me something to run with… and I’ve kind of gone really crazy with it since then. 

I’m not even upset, because I have friends who are doing it with me! (Shout out to Sushi and Scarlet <3) and it’s been a really fun writing experience. Anything that can get me super excited about words is honestly something that I like to chase as hard as I can, because the more I write, the better a writer I become. That’s how I always look at it.

Reading

I’ve been reading a lot of web comic stuff lately? I’m rereading Blood Bank (Uh, super 18+ warning there, folks. Read at your own risk). And then I’ve been reading my friends fanfics. It’s been a lot of fun. I’m obviously still reading Brandon Sanderson, but I’m going a little slower through that than I was since the last time that we talked on this blog about my reading… I’ve been picking and threading through a lot of things, so I know that I’m kind of falling behind on my reading challenge, but that’s all right. I’m still reading a lot — I’m just also writing a lot more than I’m reading. I’m sure that by the middle of the year, when the hype of MilWordy dies down, all of this will get a little bit easier on me and I’ll have found some kind of balance.

But until then, it’s not like I’m mad about the fact that I’m getting so much writing done, amirite?

Watching

I think that I have to just plead a case of what I said above. I haven’t even been watching that much, because I’ve been pretty consumed with the children. If you want to get technical, currently (and always) I’m watching a ton of CocoMelon, the ABCs, Micky Mouse Club House… >_> You know, all of those parenting essentials. 

I can tell you that before this month is over, I’m going to be currently watching a lot of horror movies. Halloween is seriously my favorite time of year, and they end up slapping a bunch of my favorite movies onto my streaming platforms. I love horror as a genre, it’s honestly just… *Chefs kiss* one of my favorite ones to watch. I really want to delve more into writing straight up  horror without any type of romance attached to it. I can do that easily enough in shorter stories, but I’ve never attempted a novel that was just a straight across horror story.

I might do that soon, who know?

Writing

Guys… didn’t we go over this earlier? It’s okay, because I actually have an answer aside from just Among Us fanfiction, and I would say it weighs in heavily enough that I can still talk about it. I recently picked up an old novel that I was working on a few years back. Because it had been so long, my voice always changes, and I want to put everything into first person, I ended up rewriting the first 13 chapters of it that I had. And because I can’t seem to help myself… what was supposed to be a stand alone novel has turned into a trilogy. 

A few days ago, I sat and worked on it all day long, and I ended up cranking out 25,000 words on it in one day… like, I’m pretty swept up in working on the rewrites and now fresh writes for this book, and I don’t regret it for even a moment. I just want to keep prodding until I’m finished, and I have full intentions of having this first draft done before October is over and done with. That will still leave me with two more novels that I need to finish (and I think the goal will be to finish them before 2021 <3), but that isn’t going to be all that horrible. I don’t have that much left of this one.

We’ll see how far I can get on that.

It’s honestly really nice, though, revisiting an old story. I’ve dropped off of multiple novels this way, where I mostly finish it and then I trail off at the tail end… and I’m using MilWordy as an excuse to really get things finished. I’ve been writing like a madwoman, and I’m at 250,000 words so far. I think if I just try to keep up and keep on how I am, I should be able to finish a few different novel drafts that I’ve been leaving hanging throughout this year.

That’s the plan at least.

So what am I currently writing? Novels. All. The. Novels.

Listening To

If you want to take this in a very, very literal sense, I’m currently listening to someone count to ten over and over and over again. Ha. If you want to take it in a less literal sense, I’ve actually here recently gotten into listening to people do covers of older songs and flip it from Major to Minor key. I’m a serious sucker for haunting melodies that sound like they could be really good backdrops in films for dramatic scenes. It’s the writer-brain. I want to think of how the things that I’m writing would look, if they were on film, and what’s a better way to do that than if you have the proper music for it. 

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2pobb8oXPyHofe1Qekr8rS?si=7n7FC42_TPmetM1HXIYtXg

This is actually the playlist on Spotify that I’ve been digging a whole lot, so if anyone wants to check it out, they are more than welcome. 

Thinking About

Gosh, I’ve been thinking about a lot of things… and I can’t say that all of them are nice. There’s a really, really anxious and uncool climate right now, and I’m feeling like it will probably stay this way until November and a little after. I’m hoping it will get better by then. Other than that, though, what I am trying very, very  hard to do is just… think about my writing. Think about  my family. Think about creativity and positivity, because I have two small kiddos in the house, and the last thing that I want is for them to sense that Momma is stressed and take that with them.

It’s not something that I’m going to do to them. They’re too little to understand anything that’s going on. When they’re older, I’ll have a discussion with them about how to be a good person and how to be a shit person, with clear examples. But for now… what they need to worry about is telling me when they need to potty, and letting me know that they need more cereal and poptarts and juice, you know? 

Other than that, like I said… I’ve been thinking about writing a lot. I’ve really been delving into my books, to my thoughts about my books, and what I want to do with them. The trilogy that I’m working on right now is something that I am starkly aware would suit self-publishing more than traditional publishing. The other two Duologies that I want to finish with Milwordy are things that I think publishers would be more interested in. So I have this toss up of… what am I going to do with all of my novels. Should I spend this year and get a pretty kick-ass backlog of things done and then just try to do self-publishing with a bit of a blanket for a cushion so I can get things up frequently? Should I focus on those books that I know a publisher would actually have interest in and work on those?

I’m weighing my options a lot, because I want to use MilWordy as an opportunity to get those multiple options ready, and then at the end of 2021, I want to actually follow one or both of those avenues.

It’s time, right?

Anticipating

Ahhh… I am anticipating… what am I anticipating? Getting a house, I guess. The one that we were trying to get before ended up not passing snuff for inspection, so we had to let it go. Now we’re kind of just on the hunt for the perfect thing, and I know that once we find it we will be able to jump on it without hesitation.

It’s just the fact that now that we’re actually actively looking… nothing that we want is popping up. That’s kind of the way of the world, though, isn’t it? Once you’re actually looking, there’s nothing. I am aware of the fact that as soon as I stop looking, there’s probably going to be eighty thousand choices.

That’s my luck.

Nah, that’s the worlds luck.

I know that we’ll find what we’re looking for, though, and when we do… it’s going to feel really amazing to make hopefully our last move and settle into a house that is our house, one that will belong to us, that we can make our own. I want that a lot. I am 100% anticipating that a lot.

Wishing

I am currently wishing… that my children could find a moment to find some chill? Ha. No, they’re rambunctious and crazy and distracting… but they’re also both 3 and under, so of course they are. I don’t mind it, and I would rather them be active and crazy than unhappy. I am wishing that I could get at least a good hour of uninterrupted writing time, though, because that always feels pretty amazing for me.

I’m wishing that people will be smart about things in the next few months, so maybe we can actually make a better future for my kiddos to live in instead of the bullshit that’s been going on for the last four years.

I’m wishing that this novel goes smoothly. I really want to finish it up within the next week or so if I can, because I have the preference of starting on the second book sooner rather than later. I’m just really excited about it, now that I’ve gotten it all plotted out.

I’m currently wishing, more than anything, that all of my friends and the people that I care about stay safe and find happiness.

Making Me Happy

My kids. My husband. My family. My friends. My awesome writing server. Among Us. Fanfiction. Venom. Writing. Monster. Coffee. Dr. Pepper. My kitties and puppers. The weather cooling off. Fall. Horror movies. My kick ass three monitor set up, which I’ll have to do a blog on for you guys so I can desk tour you.

There are so many things that are currently making me happy, and it’s hard to list them all. The fact is, I’m really blessed in my life and I know it. I’m surrounded by amazing people and opportunities, and even though there’s a lot of bad shit going on in the world right now, there’s also some really amazing stuff… and I’m not going to forget that in the wake of the bad. 

So yeah, there’s my currently! I’d love to get a fun update on all of you to see how you’re doing, so if you want to, go ahead and fill it out and link back to me! I hope everyone is doing well, and I hope that you are getting in those words! 

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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