July Campnano 2015 - Countdown #1 Update

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Countdown Series #1


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Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 56,641
Week's Total WC: 4,007
Total Story WC: 60,648

Daily WC:
1. 0
2. 1,586
3. 0
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7. 354
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21. 2,026
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28. 41
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31. 0


Last 200 words
I had my suspicions something felt amiss, especially since Sedric didn't once take his eyes off the piece of paper with the pizza orders. He took the pad and walked to the far corner of the room, "I'm going to order the pizzas now. Last chance to change your orders."

Chase and Dylan walked over to listen in on his order to make sure that he ordered correctly. Zadie walked over towards me, "That was odd, wasn't it?" I made sure that Sedric was preoccupied before nodding, "Yeah, I didn't trust them."

"We tried to keep them away from your personal items," Eddy said, "But they were pretty slippery."

"I appreciate it," I said taking a deep breath and releasing it, "I couldn't keep my eyes on them the entire time."

Eddy leaned in, "We can do a sweep of your apartment before we go, to make sure that they didn't put any bugs or cameras in here."

I nodded, "Thanks." Having them sweep the rooms would reassure me that they hadn't done or tampered with anything. Still I couldn't fight the chills that gave me goosebumps from having Griffith and Ottis in my apartment.

 
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Thoughts of the Month

Total Words This Month: 4,007

Yikes, this month was not very productive at all! So many things hit me at once. I just couldn't get motivated to write. :( 
  • Started ok the first week but then I had to prepare for vacation the next week but we were leaving on this Saturday. I did not plan ahead and has last minute things to do before packing.
  • The 2nd week of the month was my vacation. I had a great time but we drove all day Saturday then the following Saturday on the way back. It made me exhausted. It took some time for me to recuperate and to unpack.
  • Don't really have a good excuse for the last two weeks other than trying to get readjusted to my normal schedule.
  • I did have some terrible back pain where it hurt to sit. I think it was something I ate but I have no idea what it was so that worried me.
  • I went to a local YA Author Festival which was fun on the fourth Saturday of the month.
  • Unmotivated to write I decided to read instead and that's been helping. Especially since I'm terribly behind on my TBR list.
Overall, not my best Wrimo but it's still better than nothing. I'll continue aiming to finish this story but looks like it'll take a little longer than I wanted. Also I'm hoping to get some revision and editing done in August. Not sure what projects or how that's going to work out yet but I'm thinking about it.

How did you guys do for your Campnano? Better than me I hope! :D

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Review: Shoplet Featuring Schneider Pens

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 9:00 AM

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I've never heard of Schneider Pens but apparently they are a pen company in Germany! Stride, Inc. is the manufacturer of 15% of their writing products but I got these pens courtesy of Shoplet. I had the option to try these pens and I thought I'd give it a try!

The products:



June 2015 Junowrimo Wk 4 - WritingProject: Countdown #1 and WYDM - Update #4

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , , , | Posted on 3:25 PM

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Countdown Series #1


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 52,379
Week's Total WC: 4,262
Total Story WC: 56,641

Daily WC:
  1. 1,136
  2. 0
  3. 0
  4. 0
  5. 0
  6. 0
  7. 2,007
  8. 0
  9. 550
  10. 0
  11. 569
  12. 0

Last 200 words

What could I do? My eyes slid to the gas stove and the matches I knew were in the drawer. I could blow this whole cabin down. Take them down with me.

Unfortunately, I didn't know who could be around and didn't want to hurt any by passers. I still didn't know who could be outside. I heard another knock, more insistent than before. I thought about peeking out the curtains but then it's possible that they could see me too. I bit my lip. I'd have to peek in the peep hole and hope I didn't make too much noise getting to it.

I slid off my shoes not trusting that they'd be quiet on the hardwood. I got up and slowly made my way over to the door. My heart thudded panicky in my chest wondering if these people would be friend or foe. There were little creaks from the floorboards thanks to my weight but after pausing I realized they didn't notice. I shifted my weight testing the board in front of me before putting my full weight on it. 

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Would You Date Me?!


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft of a romance/contemporary novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: A story that was going to be based off a couple of characters in my head that were supposed to be a comic. Then I realized I need a story before I actually draw it. lol

Last Update WC: 18,744
Week's Total WC: 3,300
Total Story WC: 22,044

Daily WC:
  1. 1,375
  2. 0
  3. 0
  4. 0
  5. 0
  6. 0
  7. 0
  8. 0
  9. 0
  10. 0
  11. 0
  12. 825
No excerpts since I'm hand writing everything and don't want to type it up as I go but have some blurred pictures instead! lol *dodges tomatoes*


Visual evidence on how much I wrote in the notebook. XD



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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 7,562

Decided to list some of my thoughts I've had during the week to give you a little more insight on my progress and/or struggles.
  • Skipped the check in last Friday since I hadn't written much and decided to finish off on the last day of the month.
  • Notice all the zeros? lol I ended up feeling a bit burnt out and fell into a lull and got stuck with writing. 
  • Still enjoy working on two stories at a time so I'll probably do it with July Campnano.
  • Unfortunately I am not able to catch up with my word count goals but I'm not too worried since I'll work on it again in July. 
  • Handwriting takes me longer to write than typing but I like how it flows on paper better.
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End of the Month Thoughts

Total Words This Month: 40,342

So I didn't make my overall word count goal of 60k but I didn't do too bad. I've made a little over 40k which is better than I thought but less than I had expected. It looks like 40k is something I can consistently do during a month. Anything more than that is pushing it for me.

I could have pushed myself to do at least 50k but I decided against it since I'll be working on at least one of the projects during July. I'm pretty sure I'll work on Countdown #1 but not sure if I'll stay with WYDM?! since I feel like I need to plot it out better since it took a weird turn. lol

In the mean time, in July I'll be going on vacation for a week so my expected turn out will be less than I'll expect. Initially, I thought 25k for the word goal but I've since lowered it to 20k because I think I'm going to spend more time plotting for my other story during my vacation and I'm not going to track those words. Writing takes no vacation! lol

My goal is to finish Countdown #1 so I can work on the other books in the series. Then my second project will most likely be plotting. Not sure which project I'll work on. I may focus on one or two for plotting, depends if I get stuck...either way I'm excited to be nearly done with the first draft!

I'll probably run through it once or twice and fill in any plot holes the best I can before I move on to the next book. Then I'll let it sit and focus on a different story. :)


Did you guys do Junowrimo? If so, fantastic! How did you do?


Other Updates:

Update #4
Update #3
Update #2
Update #1

June 2015 Junowrimo Wk 3 - WritingProject: Countdown #1 and WYDM - Update #3

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Countdown Series #1


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 46,025
Week's Total WC: 6,354
Total Story WC: 52,379

Daily WC:
  1. 616
  2. 720
  3. 2,754
  4. 1,077
  5. 593
  6. 774
  7. 0

Last 200 words:

I heard him curse. He stood there slouching over the table and my traitorous heart wanted to go comfort him. I gripped my arms to hold myself in place. He mumbled something. I strained my ears to hear what he said and I got glimpses of it. "Why couldn't you have stayed just a little longer." My chest turned as cold as I felt while I froze in the cooler. "If you stayed just a little longer I would have gotten you out of there. Now I need to find her before anyone else does." He planned on rescuing me? I shook my head, he was too late. I would have froze to death. He pounded the table again and sent more glass flying.

He grabbed a broom and dustpan from the opposite corner of the room. Slowly his shoes turned towards the broken glass and he kneeled to sweep it into the dust pan. He scooped the glass into the trash and he turned back to the table and his elbow must have knocked it down because a bottle fell. I heard him curse again and I realized as it rolled what it contained.


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Would You Date Me?!


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft of a romance/contemporary novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: A story that was going to be based off a couple of characters in my head that were supposed to be a comic. Then I realized I need a story before I actually draw it. lol

Last Update WC: 16,269
Week's Total WC: 2,475
Total Story WC: 18,744

Daily WC:
  1. 825
  2. 1,375
  3. 0
  4. 1,375
  5. 1,375
  6. 1,925
  7. 0
No excerpts since I'm hand writing everything and don't want to type it up as I go but have some blurred pictures instead! lol *dodges tomatoes*




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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 8,829

Decided to list some of my thoughts I've had during the week to give you a little more insight on my progress and/or struggles.

  • Had caught up and wrote over the word count at one point for Countdown #1 but on Thursday I needed to take a break for mental health reasons.
  • Slowly catching up on WYDM?! This story is taking me on a crazy ride and I'm trying to catch everything it's throwing at me.
  • Tweaked these posts making my weeks end on Thursdays instead of Fridays because I haven't written anything by the point I'm ready for the posts to go up. Edits all previous posts to reflect the correct numbers. Excerpts and pictures remain the same.
  • Still undecided for my project for July's Campnano at the moment.
  • Unrelated to writing, I've been looking into online writing groups and CPs. Always looking for good reliable beta readers as well so shoot me an email if you're interested!


Other Updates:




June 2015 Junowrimo Wk 2 - WritingProject: Countdown #1 and WYDM - Update #2

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , , , | Posted on 12:00 PM

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Countdown Series #1


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 37,510
Week's Total WC: 8,515
Total Story WC: 46,025

Daily WC:
  1. 0
  2. 530
  3. 0
  4. 0
  5. 4,433
  6. 2,191
  7. 1,361

Last 200 words:

Then her husband needed to use the restroom but the boy wouldn't go so he left him for a few minutes. Maybe there was too much partying, food, or whatever excuse, everyone assumed that someone else had an eye on the boy. Turned out no one did." My chest clenched waiting for more. "He died. In the water. We didn't realize he was missing until it was too late. Found him a few miles down the shore."

"That's terrible..." said in awe not able to believe that happened.

"That's not the worst part. The husband was found with his head cracked open in the bathroom. Seemed that he slipped on water and fell." My eyes widened in horror and he continued, "They found his cousin in a car accident. Apparently there was a freak isolated storm and she drove off the road and into a ditch and hit a tree."

"Is she dead?"

He snorted and dropped his gaze sadly, "Almost. She's in a coma. Been there in that state for at least five years."

I let the weight of his story sit as I tried to digest it. Alma, no matter how crazy she sounded, maybe I should listen.

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Would You Date Me?!


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft of a romance/contemporary novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: A story that was going to be based off a couple of characters in my head that were supposed to be a comic. Then I realized I need a story before I actually draw it. lol

Last Update WC: 10,082
Week's Total WC: 6,187
Total Story WC: 16,269

Daily WC:
  1. 0
  2. 2,750
  3. 2,750
  4. 0
  5. 0
  6. 0
  7. 678
No excerpts since I'm hand writing everything and don't want to type it up as I go but have some blurred pictures instead! lol *dodges tomatoes*





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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 14,702

Decided to list some of my thoughts I've had during the week to give you a little more insight on my progress and/or struggles.

  • I still enjoy switching between stories. Surprised this is working for me, maybe I can get 2 drafts done quicker at this rate. *fingers crossed* (Handwriting one project to typing the other project seems to work fine with me and doesn't confuse me as I thought might happen.)
  • Skipped some days with no one to blame but myself because I felt uninspired and unmotivated. Now I regret it. lol
  • Keeping inconsistent to my word count goals. Caught up on one project's word count. I fall behind on one project as I try to catch up on the other.
  • Not exercising because it's too hot outside. ^_^;;
  • Not sure if I'll finish these project by the end of June. Wondering if I should work on these project in July or work on a different project for Campnanowrimo July. I'll be taking a week off for vacation.
  • Celebrated my Mom's birthday this week. A year from her birthday, I'd like to self-publish a book that I'm working on right now on that day.


Other Updates:




Review: Shoplet Featuring Fellowes Laminator

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 5:54 PM

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I hit the jackpot with this review. I've always wanted to try using a small laminator and I got the chance to do that with Shoplet today!

The product:



We'll start with the appearance. The cover material is made of some sort of plastic and I think it's fairly durable as long as you don't drop it. I really like the slim line appearance. It makes it easier to store while you're not using it. It's boxy but sleek and you can't go wrong with a neutral silver and black color scheme. It's also not too heavy, I'd guess about 5 pounds.

June 2015 Junowrimo Wk 1 - WritingProject: Countdown #1 and WYDM - Update #1

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , , , | Posted on 9:00 AM

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Countdown Series #1


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 34,343 (from April Campnano 2015)
Week's Total WC: 3,167
Total Story WC: 37,510

Daily WC:
  1. 0
  2. 1,059
  3. 2,108
  4. 0

Last 200 words:

I tried to keep my expression neutral at the frustration that stormed in his eyes. He took a deep breath and shook his head, "No, it can wait."

"If it's important you shouldn't wait."

His warm hand reached over and dwarfed mine. He squeezed mine gently and stared into my eyes as if willing me to believe, "You're important."

My eyes searched his and my traitorous body began to radiate heat that burned on my face. A wicked grin appeared on his face when he noticed my red face. He turned back to his phone and held it up showing me that it was completely off. "No more distractions. I promised you a fantastic date and I'm going to deliver."

A wry smile popped on my face, "Doing great so far."

He whipped towards me trying to decipher my meaning. He raised a pointed finger at me in warning, "You jest but I'll show you!"

I crossed my arms not impressed and focused my attention from his finger, which was surprising well kept, and followed it up to his face. I threw a smirk on my face and challenged, "Then prove it."

Sedric gave a brief nod,

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Would You Date Me?!


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft of a romance/contemporary novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: A story that was going to be based off a couple of characters in my head that were supposed to be a comic. Then I realized I need a story before I actually draw it. lol

Last Update WC: 8,400 (from Nanowrimo 2014)
Week's Total WC: 1,682
Total Story WC: 10,082

Daily WC:
  1. 1,238
  2. 444
  3. 0
  4. 0
No excerpts since I'm hand writing everything and don't want to type it up as I go but have some blurred pictures instead! lol *dodges tomatoes*


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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 4,849

Decided to list some of my thoughts I've had during the week to give you a little more insight on my progress and/or struggles.

  • Struggling with time management. All my friends want to hang out during my writing time.
  • Trying to exercise more which hopefully helps with my writing.
  • Word goal may have been more ambitious than I originally thought. Falling behind easily.
  • The plot I originally had for WYDM has decided to change a bit which is throwing me off.
  • I am enjoying switching gears between the two stories. Handwriting one project to typing the other project seems to work fine with me and doesn't confuse me as I thought might happen.
  • Am not able to make up the word counts for both projects at the same time. I keep switching by writing the project which has fallen behind the most. XD






June 2015 Junowrimo - WritingProject: Countdown #1 and WYDM Intro

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , , , | Posted on 9:00 AM

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Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates. Things have been busy and I haven't been able to keep up for a bit. I have been reading which is good, but I'm still far behind on my TBR list. I'm behind on everything! Will try to fix that in June! 

I'm planning on doing Junowrimo! I had thought to only work on one project but decided to do two projects instead. The goal is 30k for each project which makes 60k total. That is 1k a day for each project meaning 2k a day total.

I've been able to do 2k before but that can be tough and only for one project. I wonder if working on two projects will make it easier for me or more difficult. We'll see how this little experiment turns out. One other thing to note is that I will be typing up one project and handwriting the other. I prefer the later when I write the first draft but the main reason I'm doing this is because I had already started writing both of those in the respective formats so decided to keep it up. Fingers crossed that I'll be able to do keep it up and do both!

In art news, I've been watercoloring and sketching but haven't been taking as many photos as I should lately. Whoops. I'll try to do that when there is some good lighting, it's been raining off and on here. I did go on a little art supply shopping spree but that was because I happened to see a clearance sale and I couldn't resist. I really shouldn't have a reason not to use all my supplies! Anyways, hopefully I'll be able to change things up a bit and maybe sketch some of the characters in these projects instead of my other story. I'm sure you're tired of seeing them all the time. XD

Now on to the projects! They are both projects you've seen from me before so it shouldn't really be anything extremely new. I did realize that the Countdown series is not going to be sci-fi anymore, it's paranormal. I think. Unless someone tells me otherwise, it is going to be paranormal for now. lol Again, my goal is to finish these drafts so I'll take as long as is deemed necessary, I'll carry this on through July for Campnanowrimo too if needed. I'll just switch it from Junowrimo to July Campnano in my header post.


Countdown Series #1


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get a first draft this novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: I read a story on tumblr and read comments that said someone should write a story based off that topic. The suggestions and my desire to expand on it inspired my own version. It's paranormal (not sci-fi as I originally stated).

Last Update WC: 34,343 (from April Campnano 2015)



Would You Date Me?!


Want to follow my daily progress? Follow me at:
Twitter @ HE_Anev
Project Goal: To get an additional 30k for the first draft of a romance/contemporary novel.

Stage of writing: First Draft

What inspired my current project: A story that was going to be based off a couple of characters in my head that were supposed to be a comic. Then I realized I need a story before I actually draw it. lol

Last Update WC: 8,400 (from Nanowrimo 2014)


If you're curious about my math (I adjust as needed but I always underestimate my current word count):

  • Write 7 pages like normal in my current Staples Sustainable Earth Composition Notebook
  • Count words by line for each of those 7 pages then divided by number of lines on the page (25 lines)
  • Take averages of all 7 pages then find average words per line = 11.2 words
  • 11 (words) x 25 (lines) = 275 words per page
  • 1000 (daily word count) / 275 = 3.64 pages
  • Round up and overestimate word count = 4 pages a day

Thus I need to write at least 4 pages a day to make my daily word count.



First Nomad Satchel Outing and Sketch

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 10:33 AM

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Hey everyone! So if you don't follow me on Twitter or Instagram you probably don't know that I finally got my Nomad Satchel! I've been so excited for it since I helped Kickstart it last year! I decided to do my first Urban Sketch at my local mall at Barnes and Noble, because where else would I shop at the mall?

This post isn't going to be a review at all, it's just a sneak peek. I'm still using the Nomad and trying to figure out the configuration I want to use but I do plan on doing a review for those of you who are curious. So far I like it but I do have a few minor issues with it that others may or may not have the same problem.

Here are some photos of my sketchbook and some of the tools I used. I used my Noodler's Brush Pen with Noodler's Black Ink. XD Keeping it simple with just using ink. I met up with a friend and we both sketched a little something and chatted. It was tons of fun!


The image I tried to capture at the mall.


This is just a sketch I did using Strathmore Gray Toned paper for the first time. I need to find a better white for highlights. The colored pencil I used wasn't very bright...you can hardly see it.


Otherwise, in writing news, I'm still waiting on some feedback from my beta readers. The end of the month is approaching and I hope I get a few more responses by then.

I've also kept myself busy with writing a short story for a submission during Campnanowrimo. I've not quite done as much outlining as I would have liked for two of my series but I still have a week or so to work on those. Would really love to start working on those stories.

What about you guys? What have you been up to lately?


Draft Sent to Betas + April Campnano + Sketches

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , , | Posted on 10:08 AM

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Hey all! Apologies again for the inconsistent blogging schedule. As you know I've been working on my novel and life took over. My car decided to have issues and I went out to hang with some friends too. Oh, and family came over to visit so I've been busy. lol

Well I finally did it!

I SENT A DRAFT TO MY BETA READERS!
So if you signed up and didn't get an email from me that has the draft and questionnaire, please let me know!

This is a huge step for me because I've been working on this project off and on for years. I've talked about it a little but besides allowing some people to read the prologue (which I ended up cutting) no one else has read anything I wrote.

Originally I wanted it as perfect as I could make it but it finally hit me that it won't be perfect. Eventually I realized I just wanted it done. lol So I just decided it was good enough to send to my betas. Of course, as the deadline approached my muse decided to add some last minute scenes which ultimately will help with the flow and pace but might need smoothing out.

I'll make those edits once I get feed back from my betas. :D Depending on what feed back I'll get, I might do a second round of beta readers so if you're interested in beta reading for me and missed this round. Go ahead and sign up here and I'll add you to the next round if I decide to do another round. :D You'll also be included for future beta reading.

I have plans to work on a few things during Campnanowrimo but I've already fallen behind. I plan on catching up. I want to work on a few outlines for two series of mine. I'll flesh those out but I didn't know that the minimum word count is 10k. I don't write that detailed of an outline so I decided to add a short story that I want to submit for an anthology. I'm a little stuck at the moment but I hope to find a spark of inspiration soon.

I've been working on some watercolor experimentation. You can see those on my Twitter or my Instagram.

Also I got my Nomad Art Satchel! Been excited to get this for awhile! I'll have to play around with it some more, but I want to do a review on it. As there are few reviews online, I thought I'd try to be helpful and share my thoughts. :) Look forward to that!

Yikes, a lot more things have happened than I thought. lol That's it for now, I'll see you guys the next time! Stay cool! Enjoy the weather if you can! It's rainy but at least the temperatures are fairly nice. :)