Life and Writing

As you can all see, I’m not really back on my blogging schedule just yet. However, I am super happy to say that at 1 day shy of the 17 week mark of my pregnancy, my morning (see: all day, all the time, no matter what) sickness has finally dissipated. This blog is just going to be a lot of me musing, thinking, and a general update on me. Hopefully (fingers crossed) I will be able to get back to my blog schedule after this, though I might just do some random blogs until Monday, and then start fresh (I always work better when I do it that way.)

Anyway, onward to the random thoughts.

First of all, I came into this year knowing that I might have a few days where I wouldn’t be able to write. My expectations for myself were still extremely high… but they were high with a little bit of a learning curve for everything I knew was going on with me. I’m sure that a lot of ladies who are pregnant, especially for the first time, are having to figure out everything. For me… figuring everything out came with a one week break from writing. It was the weirdest thing I’ve done in over a year, because I’ve written every day, consistently, for over a year… but this past week has been crazy. My husband has been extremely sick, and I’ve been fighting off the last of my morning sickness. What I haven’t kicked is the exhaustion that comes along with being pregnant. I’ve gone from insomnia to sleeping for 12+ hours a day. It’s so strange. However, it’s seeming to level out… but my body was demanding that I get that rest.

So, I did something that I wasn’t expecting to do… and I listened to my body.

I have to say it was the smartest thing that I could do. I took a week off, and I’m coming back into writing completely refreshed and rejuvenated. I’m going to recommend doing this to everyone – not just to pregnant women, but anyone who is going through something extremely stressful, or who is very sick, etc. Lower your word count – take some days off if you have to… but listen to your body. I know I’m a huge advocate for writing every day, and I still believe that you should.

But every now and then, you have to take a breath. So pick your days wisely, give yourself a time limit, and just know that when you come back, you need to come back strong.

Moving onward, I really… really… really am seeing a direct correlation between the amount of caffeine that I consume and how much I want to write. I miss my giant cups of coffee – they were my writing fuel. I know that a lot of it is probably a habit that I established. I’d wake up – get a big cup of coffee, drink it and write in the morning… and now I can’t do that. It’s spoiled my habit.

I need to make a new habit. It’s the second thing that I’m really discovering in all of this. We can train ourselves to think that certain signals mean that we can or cannot write. You can’t become so dependent on those signals that you can’t write when you don’t have them. I have to learn to write without my big cup of coffee, as much as it pains me. If you can’t have your certain playlist, your certain writing area, your certain writing beverage or snack… you still need to be able to write. We can fight through it together, guys. I believe in us.

Lastly, I’m going to hit on the current… environment of the world, without really getting into my own political opinion. I know that things are hard for a lot of us – unsure, frightening, scary… and I’m just going to leave you all with a bit of advice (I might write an entire post about my thoughts on all of this later, but not now.) But that advice is this: We need our writers now, more than ever. We need our thinkers, we need our people who will give an opinion. We need the people who can offer stories for people to escape into. We need our creative minds now more than ever before. So please, keep on writing ❤ You’re amazing.

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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Hey, everyone! It’s Tag Thursday, and I’m trying to get back into the habit of properly doing my blogging! So, I found a writing tag over on this blog! Make sure to check it out! Anyway, onward to actually answering the questions!


1. Is there a certain snack you like to eat while writing?

I like to have something that is easy to eat, like chips, or sunflower seeds, or something like that. Sometimes when I’m having a writing binge, I’ll have a ton of candy, or actually  get my dinner/lunch while I’m writing. I usually have a ton of coffee while I’m writing, but I’ve had to cut out on that since I got pregnant. *eyes wordcount* I wonder if that’s why my amount of words that I usually write has gone done? Hm, questions… questions indeed.

2. When do you normally write? Night, afternoon, or morning?

It depends, honestly. I have a huge variety of times that I like to write. I used to write a ton at night, but again… the whole being pregnant thing has changed up my schedule. Now, I tend to start writing around 8pm every night. I don’t know why, exactly. But it’s getting to be a habit – if I haven’t gotten my words out by then, I’ll tackle them, because I know that I don’t want to be waiting until I’m tired to do it.

3. Where do you write?

I either write at my desktop, or recently at my laptop in the living room. I have a little writing corner where I have my laptop/all in one/keyboard, etc all set up. It’s my second writing home, for when I’m not feeling like getting off of the couch.

4. How often do you write a new novel?

At least once a year, since I started doing NaNoWriMo. Now, if you were to ask me how often I start a new novel, that would be a completely different answer. I start new novels constantly, plot them, get excited about them. I’m actually hoping to complete 2 novels this year… but we’ll see how that is going to go. Everything is kind of up in the air right now, depending on how I handle this whole being a Mama thing.

5. Do you listen to music while you write?

I do! I actually listen to my Spotify a lot (Oh, look a link here!!) At least, I think it’s a link. I have different playlists for different moods, but I tend to listen to my Fallout writing playlist a ton while I’m writing.

That could be because I’m writing Fallout a ton of the time when I’m writing. Who knows xD

6. What do you write on? Laptop or paper?

I’ll plot occasionally in a notebook, but for the most part all of my writing and plotting (and everything in between) happens on my laptop or desktop. I used to handwrite (my first novel that I wrote was handwritten), but I have a lot of wrist issues, so I can write by hand for about 5 minutes before everything starts to hurt and go numb. It’s really put a damper on the whole “plotting by hand” thing that I had going on.

But, honestly, with Scrivener and how organized it is now, I really just love writing on the laptop/desktop anyway. If not there, I’m generally on googledocs, cause I can access that even when I’m on my phone, so if I’m out and I needed to take notes, there they are.

7. Is there a special ritual before/after you write?

Uh… I don’t really have a ritual. If I’m writing creativly, I do like to get my music on to block out all of the other sound. Other than that, I just write. I guess I could say that writing on mywriteclub has become a ritual for me, because it gives me those fancy little stars so I can keep track of how much I’ve written. As to a ritual after, I do get up and record how much I’ve written. I need to know, after all. But all and all, I don’t really have something that I have to do before or after – generally inspiration just takes me, and I follow whatever whim it leads me along.

8. What do you do to get in the mood to write?

Sometimes I have a dream. Sometimes I am in the middle of writing a story of a novel. Reviews to fanfics that I’m writing always get me in the mood to write, because it’s amazing to see that people are enjoying what I write.

But… in truth… a lot of the time when I write I’m not in the mood to write. I am of the firm belief that sometimes you have to start, even when you aren’t feeling it. I find that after I get those first 500 words out, the writing is flowing, whether I was in the mood or not. It’s all about getting yourself going, even if you don’t feel like it. At least, that’s how it is for me.

9. What is always near the place you write?

A drink? Generally. I have water, or gingerale right now. Other than that… pens, paper, my calendar to see how much I’ve written. My laptop, if I’m in the living room. I don’t know o-o

10. Do you have a reward system for your word count?

It’s kind of just rewarding for me to get my 1,000 words every day. I will reward myself afterward sometimes, like, “If you finish your words, you can go take a nap.” or “you can have a tiny drink of that soda”… but usually, I just do it. It’s such a habit now that I just do it.

11. Is there anything about your writing process that others might not know about?

Hmm… I don’t know. I mean, usually I’ll sit down and just get at it. If I don’t know what I’m going to write, I’ll just start with a random scene – I let whatever is in my mind at that very moment form the first words, and then I make it work from there. My writing process is a very strange thing, full of ups and downs.

I do have to say, if I don’t feel like I can be creative, one of the most helpful things that I’ve come across is to practice stream of thought. Basically, I open a document and just write whatever I’m thinking and feeling. It really helps to get the words flowing, and then I can usually get down to the creative writing fairly easily after that!


So, there we go! Tag Thursday! If you end up doing this, link back to me so I can know!!! I’d love to read your thoughts and answers!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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Deep Magic: A Contemporary Gothic Fantasy by [St. Kevern, Gillian]So, let’s talk about what I’ve been reading. I haven’t finished the book yet, but I went into my Kindle Market and flipped through the free books… and I found this.

It’s called Deep Magic, and it seems to be part of a 3 book series. I’m a sucker for a good trilogy, so that drew me in right away. As is the tradition for a lot of books that are free on Amazon, the first one was free, and it looks like I need to purchase the other two.

I’m not super far into it, but from what I’ve read as of yet, it seems like it is something that I’m going to end up buying the rest of. I’ll go ahead and grab the description for you guys!

Oliver Evans spent his youth spinning one tall tale after another until it got him over his head in trouble. Returning as an adult to his grandmother’s cottage in Aberdaron, Olly is determined to put his past behind him and settle down. But the misty Llŷn Peninsula hides dangerous secrets. Olly is torn between the Longing, a powerful force driving him away from the only home he has ever known, and the growing conviction that the merman prince of his childhood make-believe is real–and in desperate need of Olly’s help.

There is more truth in Olly’s stories than he realises. If he is to have any chance of righting past wrongs and rescuing his prince, Olly must navigate the truth in his old stories and discover the magic right in front of him. But Olly has a powerful enemy on the Llŷn, an ancient king who would like to end Olly’s story-telling permanently.

So, it’s a pretty nifty M/M fantasy type romance novel, and I have to say that it’s certainly snatched up my attention and is going to do a good job of keeping it from what I can tell. I’ll admit it to you guys and anyone else who wants to know, I am such a sucker for M/M romance – I don’t know why, I can’t tell you exactly why, but it has to be one of my favorite things to read (and to write, for that matter), so the fact that this contains that is enough to really snatch my attention as well, and keep me reading for a while.

I should be getting more of this read tonight or tomorrow. Hopefully, by next Friday I’ll be able to give you an actual book review and let you know my thoughts on it. So far, it’s fairly well written and I’m enjoying the characters. I’m curious about where it’s going to go.


As far as the novel, that is all that I have on it for right now. But I’m going to give you some more of my reading thoughts in general, and what you can expect to see on these Friday Updates.

What I’m really wanting to do is delve into the world of authors that aren’t well known, books that aren’t really talked about, self-published authors. The fact is, I think that they don’t get enough recognition, when in reality they can be some of the best hidden gems that there are in the novel world. I set myself a goal of reading 52 novels for the year, but even if I only find half of that in good self-pub and lesser known authors, I’m going to be pretty happy about it.

With that being said, if you have a novel that you can recommend, if you are a self published author who wants me to review your book, or if you know someone who could use the publicity of being featured in an in depths review, just let me know. You can either comment here, or send me an email at amandaleannemccormick@gmail.com. It’s one of my resolutions for the year – to reach out, to review self pubs, and to do everything that I can to help authors who aren’t getting noticed enough noticed.

I know how hard they work on their books, and I know how much they deserve it, so!

Now, this isn’t to say that I’m not also going to be reviewing traditionally published books, because I certainly am. There are some releases that I’m excited for, and a few other novels that have been out for a while that I’m going to get to… but expect to see a big variety from me.

That being said, this particular blog is just about wrapped up. I hope that you guys enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to tell you more about the novel that I’m currently reading!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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Life and Writing

Hey, everyone! So, the day for that explanation that I’ve been talking about has finally come. I was waiting for a particular day, a particular date… and it’s here now, so I’m ready to share. I’m gonna take a small break from writing talk (though not really, cause it has a huge impact on my writing) and talk to you about what’s been going on with me. A warning: if you don’t want to hear about pregnancy/troubles with it/emotions surrounding it, just skip this post and suffice it to say the first trimester of being pregnant is what has put a hold on my writing.

Now, for those who do wanna hear ❤


Just a little bit into November, I had this epiphany – this realization, if you will. I… hadn’t had my period for over a month. I bought a test on the day of my very first write in ever, took it… and spent the entire write in wanting to go home, because it came up positive.

I’m 27, married, I have a wonderful supporting husband and a lovely circle of family and friends. Being pregnant isn’t a bad thing – it’s actually a beautiful, joyous, amazing thing. Josh and I were both really excited, and so we called the doctors and got my dating appointment set up; basically, that’s where they give you an ultrasound to see how far along you are.

At least, that’s what I thought was happening?

I didn’t expect to really see anything. I was maybe six weeks. I wasn’t even sure if I was that, because my period is abnormal. I couldn’t see my normal doctor because she was out of town for a few weeks. I honestly should have taken that as a sign and waited, but they wanted me to come in as soon as possible, so I did.

And I got my scan.

And the doctor couldn’t see anything but the little sac where the baby eventually grows. She smiled, she said it was either I’d gotten my period date wrong (I hadn’t, but the fact that I wasn’t always normal didn’t seem to register to her?) or there was something wrong and it wasn’t a viable pregnancy. She signed me up for some blood tests and sent me on my way without any type of comfort, or anything like that. “I’ve seen it go both ways, so…”

That was it.

I was a little shocked, to say the least… but I took a deep breath and went home. I did something that I haven’t done in a loonnnnnngggg time. I prayed.

Let’s backtrack a little – I’m not really a religious person. I believe that there’s something out there, but I am a firm believer that people are way too good at screwing up for me to let a person define it for me. My childhood experiences with religion (in a very southern kinda Kentucky) had kinda soured me on it… so it wasn’t something that I was really into. I’m of the mind that there is something, but people aren’t capable of understanding it. Through this experience I’ve learned that you can have faith without it being the definition of an organized religion – I can still have my values and beliefs that we can’t understand the actuality of a higher power… but I can still believe in it, and that’s pretty amazing for me. And honestly, it made all of the difference in this situation.

Okay, anyway, I prayed. And I got just… the most peaceful feeling. It was weird, but I felt better about it. So, I went to my blood tests, and I had taken two of them and was on the way to my third when my doctor sent me an email.

I think that this is probably a miscarriage. Your numbers aren’t exactly where they should be.” She basically told me that it was her professional opinion that my baby was dead, but to go ahead and take my third test.

I’d done it by then, and I was so damn devastated. I ignored that feeling of peace – shame on me – and I cried.

I cried a lot, until my husband came home… and he told me that I couldn’t do that. That I had to think positive. That I had to be positive. And almost like everything was aligning, I get another email.

Your numbers still aren’t where I want them to be, but they have raised. Come in for another scan and we’ll see what’s happening.”

I was so elated. She basically removed the death sentence that she’d put on my little baby and gave me hope… and that was when I realized something. Prayer and positive thought are really powerful things. They really make a difference, and that feeling of peace that I felt initially was something that I should have trusted. Faith is something that I hadn’t felt in a long time, but I felt it then.

So, we went back to the doctor, and I had positive thoughts. I flooded myself with positive thoughts. And I prayed, and I said “You show her, baby, you show her the strongest little heartbeat that she’s ever seen. You prove her wrong.”

We went to the doctor… and… there it was. A strong heartbeat. My baby. It was there, and it was healthy and perfect… and she looked up at me and said, “Oh, wow. I can tell you congratulations now.” She was glad that she was wrong, but she wasn’t sorry that she’d been so harsh. I kind of had to take a step back and realize that sometimes it is really all about having the right doctor.

So… she completely removed that death sentence, and the entire month of November that was basically uncertain Hell for me suddenly got better. And I kept up with those positive thoughts and that prayer, because I realized how important it is. I realized that miracles really can happen, and that things that seem hopeless can be okay. I know there are other people who are in the position that I was in, and I want them especially to know that things can be okay, and that giving up hope is the last thing you should do. Just hold on, stay strong, and keep your positive thoughts and prayer going into the Universe ❤

I went to my next scan (with my actual doctor)… and things were perfect again. Little tiny flailing limbs that would someday be arms and legs. Strong heartbeat. Perfect baby.

I gave another huge splash of prayer and positive thought, and moved on to the last scan that I had on the 5th. And it was life changing.

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My kiddo had gone from a little bean to a little person. It had developed arms and legs and eyes and years and a nose… it had a perfect little profile, and I have to say that I’ve never felt more in love. I’d crossed that really unpredictable time – the first trimester – and I’d made it to the second, when things get less scary for losing the baby.

So, that’s where I am at. The last three months have been a roller coaster, and one that I couldn’t have gotten through without finding a little faith again, without a lot of positive thoughts, and without the best support system that a girl could ask for.

I’m probably going to post one a week with an update on this – how pregnancy is changing my writing, how things are going… because I think that a lot of writers are also Moms, and I know I’d be interested in reading it.

But that’s my little update, and my reasoning behind why things have been so crazy. Thank you so much to the people who were supportive during this time, and thank you so much to all of you for being patient while I wasn’t around ❤

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Writing Prompt

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but it’s good to be getting back into the groove of things! I am changing the day that I post my writing prompt to Monday, because it just flows better. I’ll be experimenting with my schedule on and off for January to figure out exactly how I want to settle into it! Anyway, I won’t waste a ton of time chit chatting, let’s get straight into the prompt, shall we?

You’re writing one day, when suddenly you find yourself pulled into your own story. What happens?

I thought this would be pretty fun – it’s also a way to talk about what you’re currently writing without having to spoil too much of the plot! I thought that it would be an interesting prompt to start the new year out with, if for no other reason than to get you interested in your current writing project again.

I will be posting my response on Saturday! On Sunday, I will do a second blog to link all of the responses that people do, so that we can make sure to share the fun around! If you end up doing this writing prompt, just make sure to link back to me so that I know, that way I can get you linked up and shared out properly on my blog! If you’re doing it on something other than wordpress, just comment a link to it on this blog, and I’ll make sure to still link back and share, regardless of the venue!

I’m really glad to be back to blogging properly, and I have to say that I have missed you guys, especially getting to see your responses to my writing prompts! I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

 

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Monthly Wrap Up

Scratch the month in the photo and bring it up to the word yearly, and you’ll have exactly where I am! I’m going to go ahead and get my Yearly Writing Update, and I apologize for the fact that I haven’t give you monthly updates for the past little bit. Like I said (like I’ve said way too much) I’ve been busy and having things going on a lot… but all of that should be coming to a head soon, and I should be able to go into what’s actually been going on! I’m excited for that.

Anyway, no need to explain those things. Let’s get on with the update!

yearHere it is. It’s just a small chart, and it seems like it doesn’t hold that much… but goodness me, it holds all of my writing for the year. I can’t believe that I got so far. Let’s start first with the goals that I set for myself.

Main Yearly Goal: Write 1000 words every day of the year. I am super proud to say that I accomplished this! There were times when I thought that I wouldn’t be able to, and times when I wanted to cheat and count writing that really shouldn’t count… but I sucked it up and I made it through. I stuck to my personal goals and the parameters I set myself at the beginning of the year… and I made it. I had to fight for it some months, and some months it came completely effortless… but I made it. And more than that, I really learned a few things about myself. Writing every day helps with my stress, and it truly does form a proper habit. On the days that I didn’t get to write my words until close to the end of the day, I felt stressed, I felt unhappy, I felt incomplete. Writing is a part of me, and this year of experience taught me that.

2016 Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in the year. As you can see, I didn’t accomplish this goal, but I’m not upset about it. I set my stretch goal as something that I will have to perform excellently to achieve, as something that I will have to super push myself to do. It’s something that I can work towards, so that I have the ability to push myself and to better myself. I didn’t make it, but I made it extremely far. If I’d have kept my goal of only 1,00o words a day, I would have had around 400,000 words.

Instead, I have nearly 850,000. I doubled what I wanted to do, I doubled my minimum goal. I damn near got to my 1 million. It gives me hope, and it gives me something to work even harder towards in 2017.

Reflections:

Overall, 2016 was a pretty amazing year for writing. I ended up getting back into fanfiction fairly hardcore throughout the year, and I’ve made some fantastic relationships and expanded my writing ability over it. I’ve started on a second draft for my novel Cerulean Darkness, which is something that I’ve never ventured into before. I’ve also set a pace for myself for my writing this year.

I’m going to do at least 500 words every day in creative writing – original creative writing – throughout 2017. I’ve gotten more comfortable with short stories, with writing prompts, and with blogging. I’ve expanded my readers by so many, and I really have to thank all of you for that. You’ve been amazing, and an inspiration. Getting to talk with all of you and get your input as well as getting to know you has been a real pleasure.

I feel like I’ve grown as a writer in 2016. I feel like I’ve expanded my abilities, and opened so many doors for myself… and I’m so excited to walk through those in 2017 and see where they lead. I’ve set myself some fantastic goals, and I can’t want to start striving for them!


I would love to hear about your year in review. How did you do on your writing goals? How have you grown as a writer? Let me know!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! So, the New Year is going to be ringing in here at California very soon! I’ve been talking to a few of my friends about Resolutions, and I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting their opinions on them via facebook and other social media… and actually putting them into a negative light. I figured that a good way to get my blog on would be to go ahead and talk about resolutions and how I handle them.

In truth, I think that they’re fantastic, if you approach them realistically. People who swear up and down that they’re going to go to the gym every day, twice a day when they’ve never gone to the gym in their entire life >_> Hmmm… see, that’s jumping the gun a bit. I think that making the resolution to exercise at least twice a week is more plausible. For me, I always set two goals, because it makes things easier.

I’ve talked about this before, but this just seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about it again – I have a few goals for myself, and I’m pretty happy with them. I’ll lay my goals out!

Goals Number One: Write 1,000 words a day, every day for 2017. (A note that this may be adjusted up or down accordingly, depending on how things play out over the first of the year.)  Write at least 500 words in creative writing every day. – Stretch Goal: Write 1 million words in a year.

Goal Number Two: Read at least 1 book every month in 2017 and get a review up! – Stretch Goal: Read a book a week for 2017.

Goal Number Three: Finish the first Draft of Limbo, and pick between Limbo and Cerulean Darkness to finally edit for a second draft. – Stretch Goal: Finish both second drafts.

Goal Number Four: Blog Every Day. – No Stretch Goal, but go easy on yourself on the days that you can’t. Try to get out a minimum of at least 3 a week, as long as things are going all right. 

 

So, as you can see, I handle my goals a little differently than a lot of people that I know. I put two levels to my goals – a minimum… something that I know I can handle. It’s still pushing myself to do something new and something that I might not otherwise do, but it’s not so stressful as going all out on something that would be super taxing and easy to fail. The stretch goal is in place so I will push myself. I shouldn’t be taking it easy. I should be trying to better myself.

I look at it this way – if you’re gonna to try to go to the gym… give yourself two levels of it,or a midpoint goal. Say: I’m going to exercise twice a week, even if it’s just a walk. Midpoint to: I want to go to the Gym twice a week and work out for an hour. And your stretch goal can be going to the gym every day. You might not make that stretch goal, but working towards it, I bet you’ll at least hit that minimum goal you set for yourself. Don’t think of Resolutions for the new year as something that you have to do, and the end all to everything. Think of it as something you can do to better yourself, and something that you can accomplish.

And most importantly, don’t beat yourself up over it. You can make the year amazing just by staying positive and having a good attitude!

So, I’ll see you in the New Year, readers! I’d love to hear about your Resolutions and goals!

Until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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The Little Paris Bookshop
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Honestly, I was a little disappointed with this book. It was one of those novels that looked so perfect from the cover and the premise… and it was something that I thought I would enjoy as a light little read. Sadly, I was mistaken. I couldn’t get through it, and I didn’t enjoy it. The idea behind it was fantastic, and it wasn’t poorly written. I just couldn’t connect with the story or the characters.

I’m going to stack it up to a case of good book, wrong reader, because it seems to have lovely reviews.

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That’s all for this review – sorry it wasn’t that long.

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
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About Those Holiday Things

Posted: December 22, 2016 in Creative WRiting

Life and Writing

Okay <3! As you can tell from the title and from the fact that I’m still not managing to post daily things… it’s the holidays, and that means that things are crazy. I’m probably not going to get onto a completely regular blogging schedule until the new year, but I will try to have a few posts coming in between those, just to let you guys know what’s going on! I guess I’m just going to spend this blog talking about what to expect in the coming year, yeah?

I have… *checks calendar* like 9 more days? 10? Something like that (didn’t really check the calendar) until the year is up. I’ll have made it to my minimum goal of writing 1000 words a day. I’m really proud of that, but sadly I will have fallen short on my secondary stretch goal of writing 1 million words. Look, I’m going to get to like 900,000 ;-; I was really close. I was almost there… but the things that came up recently (those things that I keep talking about and not quite explaining) have had me somewhere else in my head. Honestly, though, I’m really proud of how far I’ve come, and I’m super proud of the fact that I’m going to finish the year out with that 1,000 words a day goal met. I know that I can get there easily, so I’m not worried about failing this close to the end of the year. The only thing that I wish was that I had more time to get in those last 100,000 words… but that’s sadly not possible.

This year.

I’m trying to decide what I’m going to do with my 1,000 words a day goal for next year. I know I’m going to keep it at at least 1,000, but I’m trying to decide if I want to crank it up a little. There were a few days where I struggled for those 1,000 words, but most of the time I managed to do it within a few minutes to a half an hour. I’m wondering if maybe what I want to do is set myself a 1,000 words/one hour a day towards writing goal. I think that could be doable. I’m wanting to get myself a proper writing schedule because I’ve really heard that writing at a certain time every day helps… so I’d like to see if that’s true. It’s something that I’ll be trying out, come the new year.

I’m going to do my hardest to finish rewriting/redrafting Cerulean Darkness before the first Camp NaNo so that I can spend the two Camps finishing my novel Limbo. Ideally, I’ll have two second drafts done and somewhat polished up enough that I can seek out beta readers and actually get going with them. They both have sequels (they’re both duologies) so… it’s something fun and exciting, and that’s the big thing that I want to get done in the next year.

Really, though, I’m just going to take it a day at a time. Making plans is good, and it really helps, but making sure that you do what you need to do in order to take care of yourself is just as important. It’s why I haven’t been around so much in the last bit – taking care of myself is 100% important, though I have missed blogging! I’m thinking of making some new headers for my blogs and getting my schedule a bit more hammered out. If you guys have any suggestions on what you’d like to see, just let me know! I’m always super excited to write things that interest and help all of you just as much as I am the things that I like to write.

Reflecting on this year, it’s been a good year. There have certainly been some ups that were fantastic, and some downs that were horrible… but I’ve grown as a person and as a writer. I have my health, I have my family, I have my friends… and really, isn’t that what matters?

How has the year gone for you guys? Do you have any new years resolutions or goals that you want to set for yourself? I’d love to hear!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Tag Thursday

Hey guys, it’s December, so I figured I could go ahead and do this. I’m going to try to adjust it to match my book characters instead of being a book tag as usual. I found this on the Goodreads forums, actually! Anyway, let’s get on with it, shall we?


“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” – Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love to hate.

Hmm… out of all of my villians, I think that the one that I love hating is probably Lucifer. >_> Oh, yeah, I mean Lucifer, as in the Morningstar, as in Fallen angel. He’s included in two different series that I’m writing, and even though it’s two different series, he’s actually the same character. He’s so charming, and eloquent, and dangerous… and you have to love to hate him, because he’s everything tempting, and everything that you want him to be… but you know that he’s never going to be any good for you. He’s really fun to write, and I think that’s why I love to hate him so much – trying to make sure that I write a character that’s truly tempting while remembering that he’s evil is just so delightful.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree this year?

Okay, so I’m going to change this – instead of what book do I most hope to see under my Christmas tree, it’s going to be what book would I most love to see finished and printed out, so I could place it under my tree. And for that, I’ve actually been debating this a bit. It’s why I haven’t gone so far as to really dive into a new book yet. I’m not digging my NaNo novel, so I’m actually setting that aside. I’m either going to finish my second draft of Cerulean Darkness, or finish my first draft of Limbo. So either my high fantasy novel, or my Zombie novel. I’m debating between these two, which means that it certainly won’t be done before Christmas, but alas… new years goals, I suppose?

“Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer” – Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Well, I feel like a lot of my characters do this? I want them to grow as people, after all… but I think the one that does this the most is Rose from my Limbo series; she begins the story really doubting herself, and wondering why she even managed to survive the zombie apocalypse as far as she has… and she grows and develops through the story to be a strong individual who can fight and really make a difference. The transformation of a character is a really interesting thing to write, and it’s fun to make sure you pace it correctly.

“Santa Clause is Coming to Town” – a) Which character do you think is at the top of the naughty list and b) which character do you think is at the top of the nice list?

Ohhh… heh, okay. So, at the top of my naughty list is actually my character Salem from my Fallout fanfiction series. He’s a raider, so he’s basically the kind of person who takes what he wants, how he wants, when he wants. He doesn’t really give a damn about it, either. He’s so fun to write.

As to the nice list, I’ll stick to my realm of Fallout and say that my character Quinn is on the nice list. He does some things that are horrible, but he always does it for a reason. And about 99.9% of the time, he’s being a very, very good boy. He’s mischevious as shit, but he also does everything that he can to save everyone that he can. That’s my baby Quinn though xD

“Frosty the Snowman” – Which book just melts your heart? 

Hmmm… I think that if any of my books got me emotional, it would be Cerulean Darkness that got me the most emotional. I have some big things happening there, and big things happening in the sequel, and it just makes me feel so emotional for my characters. I love to make my babies suffer, but damn xD That rollercoaster gets to me.

“Feliz Navidad” – Pick a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

My novel Riptide predominately takes place in the ocean. It’s about mermaids. So… that’s certainly a country that isn’t my own, and I have to say that it’s a really fun thing to write and navigate. That one needs a lot more research though, and I’m not upset about it. It’s going to make it so much more fun to write.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Which Christmas book do you use to spread the Christmas joy.

You know, I couldn’t answer this, even if I was writing about books instead of my books. I haven’t read a Christmas book. I am going to try to write a Christmas Short story for the blog though, so maybe that’s what I’ll go with. Story TBD – Christmas Story for the blog xD

“Sleigh Ride” – Which character would you choose to spend the holidays with?

Uhm, if I could pick any of my characters to spend the holiday with… I’d probably pick Lex from my Limbo series. He’s kind of pretty awesome, and I feel like we could get into pretty much any shenanigans that we wanted to? I can’t talk to much about it, lest I spoil the fun… but he’d be a pretty damn fun fella to spend time with.


“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – which book, that you didn’t like, would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

Uggh, I don’t really want to sacrifice any of my books? At the moment though, I’d get rid of The Melding – it’s my NaNo novel that I just did. I’m just super not feeling it, and I feel like if I’m going to end up doing something with it, I’d have to completely rewrite it anyway? So burn the pages, I don’t care. I like a bonfire anyway.

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Which book do you think everyone should read?
This just seems self-absorbed to twist into my own writing. I guess if I wanted anyone to read one of my books out of all of them, it would probably be Cerulean Darkness. I think that’s the book that I’m most proud of, and the one that I’m probably going to end up pursuing publishing with first. Either that or Limbo. One of the two.
I don’t know x.x

Anyway, that’s it for this tag. I hope that you guys enjoyed it, and I’d love to see if you do it yourself! Just tag me if you do!

So, until next time, you guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being amazing!
Author Amanda McCormick

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