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Life and Writing

Hello! So, that thing that I’ve been talking about forever (not the baby thing xD yet) has finally happened. I’ve moved, and I have to say that I’m really pleased with it. There is, of course, still a lot to do. We have to get the rest of our stuff (It seems like there is always more stuff to get, eh?) and we need to clean the old house a bit… but our room, our new little home base? It’s set up.

And honestly, I’m really happy. I’ll go ahead and give you a little tour of my general writing area – if you guys want, I can give a better tour in a different blog post. I’m pretty pleased with my setup though.

So, if you check it out… above is my writing desk. I have my screens up, my M&M’s ready, my Fallout, Borderlands and DBZ (and copious pandas) all set up… and it feels really great. If you check it out, right beside my writing desk is the baby’s area! I thought that it would be best to set it up right by where I’d be most of the time so that I can still (hopefully) get a lot of writing done after little Elijah arrives. ❤ He has an adorable little nautical theme, which I am loving so much. He will be within arms reach whenever I need to get to him!

If you direct your eyeballs to the third picture, that’s the view from right beside my desk. It’s a little cloudy today, but living on a lake with a gorgeous deck that I can walk out to… it’s nice. It’s writing with a beautiful view, which is something that I find to be pretty important and helpful when it comes to getting things done.

So, that’s my tiny little tour there. Like I said before, if you want a more in-depth one I will be happy to provide. But… I’m really happy. I feel so peaceful here, and even though there’s still quite a bit to get done before we’re completely done with the whole moving process. We can take it at a nice walk now, instead of running.

And finally… finally… I feel like my writing mojo is coming back. I’m going to dive back into it as best I can, and I’m more excited for that than I thought I would be. It has been stressful to not get writing done; it really does physically and emotionally strain me not to get words out. I’m hoping that I can get back into a pattern of daily writing. I don’t have a solid plan of exactly what I’m going to do – I think some writing prompts, some RP responses, and I’m going to start looking over my novels again. I’m also wanting to get my fanfics going again since they’re a lot of fun to leisurely work on.  All and all though, everything looks bright and it feels good again.

That, my friends, is worth quite a bit!

Anyway, that’s all for this post. Hopefully, I will get back to posting multiple times a week on here as well! I truly miss getting to communicate and interact with all of you!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Life and Writing

Hey, everyone! Sorry it’s been a bit since my last update (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately), but I’m still trying to make sure I poke my head in here to let you all know that I’m still alive.

I’ve just been ridiculously busy!

We’re setting up the new place to get moved in, which requires new carpet, paint, curtains, a ton of cleaning, etc. Doing that when I’m on my 8th month of pregnancy is pretty crazy… but it’s going to be worth it. The room is coming together, and we should be moved in by the coming up weekend. That means (fingers crossed) that I will be around a lot more to get writing/updates done. I think I’m gonna dive back in by doing a week of writing prompts, so I’m hoping that some of you guys can join me!

Other than that, things have been pretty slow as far as writing goes. I’ve been prodding at it a little, but a lot of my time and energy is spent either doing the moving thing or sleeping (this baby apparently loves making me lay down.) The weird thing is, my insomnia hasn’t gone away…. but I still need to get like at least 6 hours of sleep to even think of functioning. I end up laying in bed for hours and hours and hours just to attain that. Once we’re moved, I’m going to have my desktop setup in my bedroom… so it’s going to be a lot easier for me to use that insomnia for writing fuel.

I’m honestly very excited, and I’ve been missing blogging. My goal is to get both Limbo and Cerulean Darkness finished and edited before the year is out. It’s gonna be crazy, what with a newborn around… but I’m going to stick to it. The thing is… I have to keep setting these goals. With Elijah coming, it’s even more important that I achieve them, because I want to show him that you can fill your dreams as long as you push hard enough and don’t give up.

I may end up going back to doing some commission writing as well. I’m not sure. Things are certainly changing… but I’m excited for it!

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Hey everyone! How is the NaNoWriMo Camp experience going for you? So far, it’s been pretty fantastic for myself. I’ve decided I’m probably going to do my blog updates every other day, because it seems easier for me to keep up with. I’ll give you a little info about what’s been happening with me for the past few days, and then talk for a second about a few other things!

So, I’m still caught up on my words (though I need to update my wordcount on NaNo.) I actually didn’t do my words yesterday; instead, I did them all today. It was fairly easy to do, and it was nice not to have to stress about it. I’m happy with my decision of what I am working on, and my word count limit.

I think that everyone needs to know that they can reconsider the amount of words that they’ve set for themselves if they realize they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. It’s important to have fun with Camp, it’s important to feel like you can get your words, that you can do a good job ❤ Because you can! And when it comes down to it, what you’re accomplishing now is pretty damn amazing, no matter what you set your wordcount to!

Other than that, nothing really eventful has happened. I’ll post my writing prompt for tomorrow for everyone to partake in, if they so choose. I may post more than one a week on here, but I’m not sure yet.

Now then, onward to the other thing I wanted to discuss, I’m probably going to post a blog about my thoughts on a netflix series called 13 Reasons Why soon. I may read the novel first o-o I’m not sure. I kinda marathoned it in one day, and now I’m buzzed with thoughts and emotions. So, just giving everyone a heads up that I’ll be interrupting my regularly scheduled NaNo program for that ❤

That’s all for now though ❤

So, until next time! Keep read and writing, and keep being the awesome people that you are!

Author Amanda McCormick

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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!
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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Currently Wednesday

I found a blog post over on Katyupperman’s blog, and I found that it was something that I really wanted to do! It’s a thing called Currently – it informs people of what you’re currently up to… and I thought that it was time that I got back into doing this!


Loving

The weather. It’s California, so it’s not super cold… but it’s really lovely. There’s clouds, and the sun isn’t out… and it’s chilly so I can have my blanket. Being super wrapped in a blanket or rainy weather is my go-to for when I love to write the most.

Reading

To my shame, I’m not reading anything. I’m actually going to change that, because I also want to get back into the habit of having a weekly book update/thoughts. So… I’ll be getting back into that, and hopefully next Wednesday there will be more to read in this section.

Watching

I was watching a ton of Hell’s Kitchen last night, but other than that… I was trying to get into the Walking Dead? I don’t know, I’ve been really tired a lot lately, so I haven’t been watching TV as much as usual. If you have any good recs for shows on Netflix or Hulu, let me know. I’d love to have a new series to jump into.

Listening To

Zayde Wolf. I’ve been listening to a lot of Zayde Wolfe lately, and I’ve really been enjoying it. Especially his album Rare Breed. I would super suggest checking it out, if you haven’t heard of him yet.

Thinking About

Too many things to list on here. I’ve mentioned it before, but there’s been a lot of stuff going on that I can’t quite talk about yet. That’s the thing that I’m thinking about the most… and it’s been really taking up a lot of my thoughts. However, other than that, I’ve really been thinking about how much I want to get back into daily writing. I’m trying to decide what novel project I want to work on, and I’m trying to get back into the swing of my proper daily blogs. It’s been a little bit of an adventure, and as always I’m going up and down. But I have to say that my writing journey is one of my favorite things, and I’m always happy to share it with all of you.

Anticipating

Christmas ❤ I honestly really love spending time with my family and my friends, so it’s a lovely time of year. I’m also looking forward to 2017, and hoping that the coming up year brings surprises, fun, and good things for myself and the people that I care about. Other than that, I’m anticipating getting right and properly back into my writing schedule, because I’ve let myself get off… and now that I’m starting to veer back on course, it’s making me feel so much better.

 

Wishing

Oh, still wishing that I had my own writing room. My desk is more than just a little cramped – my writing area is scattered with post-it notes and notebooks and loose sheets of paper everywhere. I want a bigger desk, with organizational ability. I want my own writing room, where I can go to concentrate. I’d happily share it with my husband – it could be my writing room/his room to make music… but a creativity room.

That sounds pretty damn amazing to me.

Making Me Happy

Oh, what’s making me happy. Hm… friends, family, the fact that I’ve kind of found this inner peace with myself that I’ll talk to you guys about later. As always, my husband is making me happy. Life has been looking really up for us – he got a full time position at his job (He was working basically full time before as a Special Education assistant, but he wasn’t getting the full time benefits). We’re looking to move (hopefully for the last time) in the next yearish… and all around, life is looking up.

As always, writing is still making me happy. Even though I’m not doing it as much as I did before, and even though I feel a little like I’m getting behind, it still makes me happy. It’s always going to be my peace, and my solace, and sometimes it takes me getting right and properly back into it for me to remember that… but that fact always ends up coming back to me.

 


There we go! This weeks Currently, dipping you back into all of the things that I’ve been doing, but haven’t been telling you about. Hopefully next weeks will have a little more information for everyone, and hopefully I’ll have gotten back into reading. Honestly, I miss that, and I know that it’s super important for my creativity. If you have any good recs, let me know!

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

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BookWow, so, it’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, hasn’t it? I’ve been doing a poor job of keeping the blog up to date this month, and I do apologize. Things have just been a little hectic, and I suppose that every now and then, it’s okay to have a month where you’re just hitting your minimum goals and getting by on that. I usually don’t settle for it, but I’m allowing myself to this month, and it’s been refreshing. Between the heat and new room mates moving in, I’ve had my mind elsewhere.

Don’t worry, I’ve still hit all of my writing goals, and that’s what we are about to talk about!

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So, as you can see… I haven’t been doing a horrible job. I’ve been getting my words in, and a few extra. I’m at 50k for the month. I looked at my yearly calendar, however, and realized that I should really write about 19,000 more words this month in order to be at 700,000 for the year.

So.

We’re going to see if I can manage to do that over the next few days. (I still need to edit that calendar so that the 30th is its own day to count words.) I’m going to have to lay off of my biggest distraction this month (other than everything that I mentioned.)

What is that distraction?

tumblr_od7g68vrtn1r12q27o8_1280Well, this is that distraction. It’s my newest Fallout character, and his name is Salem, and he’s been the biggest damn distraction as of late. I don’t know why, exactly, other than the fact that he started to get a damn good story developing in my head the instant that I started creating him.

Honestly, the stuff that I’ve written for him has taken up a lot of my words for this month. I’ve been thankful for it, because I love creating new characters and worlds. With my Fallout Characters, quite often, I’ll actually end up writing enough original content for them that they could have their own standalone novels, if they so chose.

That’s the case with Salem, so it’s not a complete waste… but when I spend all of my free time during the day playing Fallout instead of writing about him…

Well, you can see how it becomes an issue. So, as much as it wounds me, I might have to tuck Fallout away just a little bit, if only so I can hit that 19000 words that I want.

My poor Salem. I’ll be back to him, I swear.

Anyway, that’s my monthly update as of yet. I’m sorry that I haven’t been doing my weekly updates, as usual. I’m going to try to get back into it, since writing my blog is a good part of me staying on track with my writing ventures. For now, I’m going to get off of here and see if I can’t crack out a few thousand words of editing my novel.

Sidenote: My Discord Group (click to join) is starting to rev up for NaNoWriMo! If you want some help with plotting and a group to stay steady with after, feel free to click and join!

Until next time guys!!! Keep reading and writing, and keep being absolutely awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick

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Weekly Writing Update

So, do you remember how I was really afraid last week that I wasn’t going to do very well for my word count for the month? I was kind of in despair, kind of thinking that I was doing a poor job. Well, after this week… I feel like there’s a distinct possibility that I could still break at least 90k this month if I really put forth the effort (and don’t find myself completely lost to the Nuka World DLC that comes out tonight for Fallout.)

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So, there we go, and boom baby. Do you see that 10k day :3 Do you see the subsequent 4 and 6k days? I’m pretty damn pleased with myself, to be quite honest. I didn’t think that I was going to break 60k this month… I honestly was worried about doing well at all… and it was that worry that really sent me propelling forward. It’s just proof to the fact that you can honestly do anything, if you set your mind to it.

If you see that you’re falling behind on something… worrying about it and letting yourself get defeated isn’t the answer. Instead, redouble your efforts, and do the best you can. That’s all that you can ask of yourself… and quite often, you’ll find that doing so gets you more than you ever realized you could achieve.

Heh. Honestly though, you just need to do it. Push forward, give it your all. Give it 100%, and then find that random reserve that you didn’t know that you had and give it that, too. You can accomplish such amazing things, if you simply set your mind to it. You can accomplish anything that you try hard enough to attain.

So, just do it, guys. ❤ I believe in you. Believe in yourself!

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

Author Amanda McCormick

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Weekly Writing Update

Hey everyone! I’m still pretty groggy this morning (I didn’t really sleep last night), but I wanted to go ahead and roll out my weekly writing update for this last week. I’m disappointed in my progress (even though I’ve had some good days), so I’m trying to make today as big of a writing day as possible. I’m already very close to 2k for the day, and it’s only 8:43 AM. So, we’ll see how it goes. But this post isn’t for today… it’s for last week, so let’s delve into it.

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So, as you can see… I’m still doing okay on my wordcount. I even had a 4k day yesterday, which was fairly nice. But I’ve also had too many under 2k days for my own good, and I’m simply not where I want to be. I really wanted to end out this month with close to 100k words. I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to get there, but I’m going to get as close as possible.

Still, part of my major issue with not being able to write that much is slowly fading away – California heat is a bitch. But we’ve had cool days now… and I’m hoping that they’re slowly coming around to stay. A lot of what I’ve been writing has been blogs, rp, and a little fanfic work.

I’m actually hoping to get a new chapter up for my Fanfic, and then work a lot on changing When Flowers Fall over to first person/male perspective. So, we’ll see how far I can get on that – I suppose I’ll be able to tell you about it in my next weekly update!

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

So, writing had been going a little slower than I’d like this week. (I say this, but honestly? I’m still hitting my 1k, and having quite a few 2k days.) I guess it’s just going slow for me in comparison to what I want it to. I had wanted to have a few 5k days by now… which, I still have plenty of time to do.

Things have been a little busy – we’ve been cleaning out my mother-in-law’s garage, which is sapping a lot of my energy. Anyway, onward with the chart update!

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As you can see, day 14 and I am already 30 words over my minimum writing goal. What I would like to do is get closer to 100k again for the month. I’m going to have to step my game up in order to do that, but I think that it’s something that I can totally accomplish. I’m going to run a few crawls, and try out the little flex muscles of my new chat room that I made on Discord. (If anyone who is a writer wants an invite, just message me on here. It seems like the code expires every so often, so o-o I’d have to get you a new one?) But… yeah, I think that things will go fairly well.

I’ve been working on a few different things – RP, of course. I’m still carrying on with my When Flowers Fall novel. I’m thinking of actually taking a few days, plotting that properly, and keeping it until November as my NaNoWriMo project. I’m not sure yet. It’s oddly getting closer to that fantastic thing called National Novel Writing Month, and my gears are already turning in anticipation.

But, that’s for another post! For now, I’ll leave you with my word count of 31,030 words, and the hope that by the time you see me next Monday, I’m going to have doubled it.

I know, it’s big dreams. But I’ll try my hardest to get there!

Until then, guys! Keep reading and writing, and keep being awesome!

Author Amanda McCormick

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