Friday, March 9, 2018

And Yet, I Persist

          Its been a few days so I figured it was time for another blog post. I actually do have some news in this one. Mostly that I am healing and the end is finally starting to come in site.

          I am still having headaches if I try to work a full day or work up at my old speed, and that is not for my writing/editing of my novel, just my normal work. I'm starting to find that if I'm not taking proper care of myself (plenty of sleep, plenty of water, food that isn't just junk) then the headaches can become omnipresent. On the other hand, most of the times, that omnipresent doesn't hurt badly, its just a constant, an almost unnoticable drag on anything I try to do, but enough, and one that will solidly get worse and worse until, I've rested myself enough. If I stress too hard over something, same thing. For my physical wounds, most of the under-skin bruising is finallly gone and I have noticed that if my face gets cold enough (standing outside in temperatures lower than -10C or blustering winds) makes my face hurt along certain places. I assume those are the places where I fractured my skull, though I have no proof of that, since they didn't show me the x-rays and I wasn't really up to asking at the time.

          I have been able to write creatively, but anything more than 10 or 15 minutes and I start feeling it. Despite that, I am back to editing. I have finished nearly two chapters in the last week (slow going, but as I said, creative writing/editing still hurts) and have started writing chapter four, which is one of the ones that needs to be done from the ground up. I also figured out some character motivation and a plot issues that I knew were wrong, but couldn't figure out why. I should be sending my first novel in soon for its final edit and some cover work, so everything is getting better on that front as well.

          Still, while I'm happy to be writing, a lot of my focus is still on my art, since in general, art doesn't hurt my brain at all. I'll have a few new pictures to show off soon and hopefully I'll have some good news on that front later.

          I think that is where I'm going to leave it today. A nice update, to keep you informed and to keep my mind working. What have you been up to and what personal victories have you acheived? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Little Update

And look, another blog post! I'm still healing, but I am getting better, I was able to work my day job every day this past week. Though I had a headache two or three days, they were light and easily controlled by a little bit of Tylenol. I am still having trouble editing, but I did work through a story snag that was giving me grief. I also haven't been drawing a lot; catching the flu will do that to you.

And I think that is where I'll end this today. A little more everyday is my current goal though, expect me to start posting more regular updates and more interesting content in the upcoming weeks and months.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Back

     Or at least I should be now.
     In November, I finished the rough draft of book three of my Kitsune-Ken series and I finished editing the first book. That first book is officially ready to go to my editor and after that, I can work specifically on publishing it. I also started editing book two of that series. I've gone through it and worked out new chapters I need to write as well as general story edits and what order they go in. Unfortunately, I had to put the editing on hold. 
     In January, I ended up injuring myself pretty badly when I took a nasty fall down an escalator. I'm healing, but as I've found out, concussions heal slowly... Hopefully, I'll be back to editing soon, but please, be patient with me in the meantime. 
     Since I have been unable to write lately, I have been working on a lot of art. I may eventually open up an Etsy store for my designs, but that will be later if I decide to go ahead with it.

This, for example, was an adorable fox I coloured just using two Copic markers
     If you want to see what I've been working on, I now have an Instagram account as well as my Facebook page. Follow me at @foxy_writer and let me know what you've been up to in the meantime.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

WIP Soundtrack

          Today on #WIPJoy, we're playing with soundtracks. My characters are in a fantasy world and don't generally have a way to listen to music whenever they want, so I never think of them as having a soundtrack. On the other hand, I create soundtracks for my books religiously, so here are a few songs for each of my main characters. I have way more songs than this, but this is just a sampling of songs that don't leave my playlist when I'm writing these characters.

Kuzunoha
Monster by Imagine Dragons

Deckard
Hero by Skillet

Richard
Hero by Darren Hayes


Himiko
This Life is Mine by Casey Lee Williams

Songs About the Story
Red Like Roses by Casey Lee Williams
This Isn't Love by the Birdsongs

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Keeping busy

          My tendinitis is acting up... again? Still? At any rate, I'm under doctor's orders to not abuse it and take painkillers steadily until it starts feeling better. The doctor said a week or two and it been nearly double that now, so hopefully it will be fine soon. On the one hand, I though I'd be dying without my ability to write. And while I will be soon, I have found things to keep me occupied.

1. Reading
          Okay, so this is always my first fall back and this time it came with the added bonus of allowing me to start editing it since every edit includes one full read-through to see where it currently stands. I put the second novel of my Kitsune-Ken series on my Kindle app and 5 chapters in, I can say thats its well written but I will need to rewrite/replan the beginning of it. I changed one thing in my first novel and completely killed the original conflict the novel started off with. That's why I always start off with a base level read through.
          I also picked up a few books, the Howl's Moving Castle series, Your Name and Romancing the Inventor. I haven't started the series yet, but the other two are amazing so far and I would totally recommend them. Fair warning if you do pick up Your Name; it doesn't explain the cultural context of pretty much anything and assumes you'll already know it (sort of like a book set in modern day England wouldn't explain what a biscuit was or why they were having it with tea). So if you know something about Japan, this is an awesome read. If you don't, be aware, its going to take you a bit longer to wrap your head around it.

2. Inktober
          Inktober, if you missed my last blog post, is a monthly challenge to improve your inking skills. Annoyed by my pens inability to blend at all, I went out and picked up some copic markers. They are amazing. If anything, its my art ability that limits their potential. (See pictures below).

3. #WIPJoy
          Unable to do anything by half, I am also filling my resting time with the #WIPJoy challenge. Created by an author who wanted to interact with her story a bit differently, #WIPJoy challenges you to answer questions about your current work-in-progress everyday. I didn't start it until yesterday, so I'm currently behind, but I am catching up. Check out my author page on Facebook for all of those updates.

          So, yeah... this is how I fill up my resting time. What's keeping you busy this week?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inktober

          I'm going to divert a little from my normal track here and talk about something other than writing for a few minutes here. October has now become Inktober, with a hashtag and everything. Yes, it's another challenge month, and this one I thought was quite fun. The idea is to improve your inking skill and draw a picture in ink every day this month. Since I am a good copy artist, but not a very good artist, I've decided to take part. The drawings don't take more than 20 minutes a day for me to do, but so far, I've had fun. I'll add in the three pictures I've done so far below, but I warn you, they are laughably bad. Please let me know if you'll be joining in #Inktober with me and what your favourite picture of mine is in the comments below.

Day 1 - A character from the video game Journey. Not great, but I had fun creating one essentially from memory.


 Day 2 - Inuyasha. I was going to draw a chibi-Inuyasha, but the eyes got messed up and I decided that regular adult Inuyasha was better... also, for no discernable reason, he's naked.

Day 4 - I missed day 3 and decided today to do a Sailor Moon picture. I told you, laughably bad. I have had the most fun trying to figure out how to shade these pictures though. The pens I have do not mix together at all and most of them are too dark to be used complementarily. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Business Planning

The worst thing about September is that the cool weather starts coming in and when you're already stressed, you catch bugs every week or so. Last week, I caught a minor one that didn't do much more than kill my concentration. This week, I caught something that has taken me out for two days.

Thus, I'm a bit behind on my numbers. To get back on track, I'm updating my business plan for the next four days.

I have mentioned my business plan, yes? Basically, it's just me writing down what my goals are for the year. I write them in loose strokes, and the closer I get, the more I refine them. This month, my goal is 15,000 words, 1 short story, 8 blog posts and quite a lot of editing, 4 short stories and my novel.

As I mentioned I'm a bit behind on my writing, 2,301 words worth, as of this morning. I have finished my short story of the month, a little vignette for my husband called Nala's Tale, a story about one of his characters slaves in our Pathfinder (evil) game. So, I have just over 4k to do, in four days. Even sick, I can try to do 1,000 a day. The whole reason for leaving my current daily word count at 500 is so that if I fall a bit behind, I can still play catch up, after all.

On the blogging front, I have only completed five blog posts, if you count this one, which is a bit short of the eight I wanted. On the other hand, I should get one more this month and that will bring it up to six. Still lower than I'd like, so I'll have to try harder for next month.

The last thing on my business plan is editing. Normally, I try to separate out editing months and writing months, but I decided to put the two together this month and see how it worked out. The first thing on my list was editing my novel. I'm not done it, but since only one person has gotten back to me with comments so far, I'm taking that off my list and will move it into October. The other editing I wanted to get done was four short stories, I have looked over 2 of them and am halfway through editing one. Both of the other ones I looked at need a nearly complete rewrite, which may become a task for next month, but I should be able to finish the one story I'm halfway done before the end of the month.

So, what have I learned? Well, mostly that I need to either up my word count, or lower my editing amount, while I figure out how to increase my speed. Part of that speed will come as I do it more often. Part of that will be higher when my tendinitis isn't acting up and I don't have any sick days. However, I prefer to leave room in my plan for life to butt its nose in and mess everything up. It saves me from some of the guilt of not meeting goals since at least some of it(like my novel not being edited) was really beyond my control.

Do you have monthly goals? How do you keep track of them?