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: 6,875
Total Story WC: 23,144

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: 13,229

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:

Update #3
Update #2
Update #1


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. 530
  2. 0
  3. 0
  4. 4,433
  5. 2,191
  6. 1,361
  7. 616

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:

Update #3
Update #2
Update #1


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. :)


Review: Shoplet Featuring BIC Pens

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

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BIC Pen reviews! I had an invitation to review these items and when I saw them, I was sold. Read more to learn why!

The products:

Upcoming Quarterly Newsletter + Beta Reader Poll + Sketches

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , | Posted on 1:41 PM

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Hello friends! Hope all is well on your end of things. Life is going well, no major complaints here. Glad the weather is lightening up. It's the coldest February we've had here for decades. 0.0;; Hope it doesn't happen again soon but I'm glad it's March now. Now, you didn't come here to hear about that! Onwards!

Writing related, I've been able to get myself to revise more of my WIP but I'm not going to lie. I've been struggling. I had a tough time writing this project and it's even harder to revise and edit it. My perfectionist self wants to make sure that it's perfect before I send it out even though I understand that it won't be so I've given myself a few days of a break but now I think I'm able to start back up again. I've managed to force myself to keep at it but I'm at a point where I'm questioning all that I have so far but I will persevere and knock this draft into submission.

My goal is to get it done next week and then do another read through to make sure it's all good before I send it to my betas. I will send a separate newsletter for Betas. 

*stares at calendar* Oh snaps, my first quarterly newsletter will be going out March 15! It's not too late if you want to join! *points right to the side bar* You'll get exclusive tidbits from me and you'll be the first to know anything important coming up. 

If you've signed up to be one of my beta readers there will be a poll in it! Tis important for betas! It may or may not have to do with you choosing what swag you'll get for being a beta reader. ^_~ It also has a few questions I have for you to help me out with related to my book and you guys as a beta reading group.

As always, follow my twitter (@aisazia or @he_anev) for my latest information or if you want to chat. :D

My goal is to have the draft completed by March 14 then do another read through to fix things which I'm sure to have missed. I want to send it to my betas at the end of the month and have it as flawless as possible but it still might have issues! You can apply here if you're interested! There are incentives to be had!

Also, there seems to be some confusion about applying. I need people to apply both on Google Forms and for my newsletter. Some people have applied on Google but not for my mailing list. I may add you to the list if you signed up through Google Forms but if you're no longer interested, no worries, just unsubscribe. No hard feelings. :)

Till next time!




Blindfolded Love and Life Update + Sketches

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 10:48 AM

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Hello friends! I know I haven't been posting regularly but I haven't had too much to update you guy with concerning my projects. If you follow my twitter (@aisazia or @he_anev) then you pretty much have seen what I've been up to lately.

I've been in the slews of editing and I'm about half way done with my 2nd draft. So I'll be trying to finish that and maybe a 3rd draft before I send it out to beta readers which you can apply here! Since it's my first time editing a project of such lengths I fear it's taking longer than I expected. I apologize for that, I have severely underestimated how long it takes one to edit.

Still I am persevering and the cold doesn't really help. It's been below zero where I'm at and it makes me want to be even more of a recluse than I already am. haha 

Oh! I have a new instagram account if you want to follow me there! Not much on there yet but I'm mostly on twitter. lol

Anyways, I took work off yesterday because I didn't want to deal with the cold so I cleaned and refilled my fountain pens. I hope it encourages me to do more sketching and writing. Went to work today but my car wouldn't start so fortunately my mom had work off so I could borrow her car. lol I contemplated not going to but I was already ready to go and I need the money. XD I hope my car is more cooperating in the future, I just replaced the battery... :/ It would be a terrible time for it to go out on me.

Until I finish, I'll just keep trying to post as new things arise. I've been reading and posting reviews on my other blog more regularly, mostly because I need to have it done. I suppose I should set more deadlines on myself because then I'm able to get more done. But then I always feel terrible if I miss a deadline. lol

That's about it for now! Hope you all stay warm during this winter freeze!