Puerto Rico 2016

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 12:03 PM

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Sorry for the lack of updates. I really need to get back into being productive with my work. Recently I've been fortunate enough to travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico this past Spring! It was lots of fun and I really enjoyed it. I went with my family and a friend so I wasn't alone. Here's a few glimpses of my travels. 

I had plans to wind down and write or sketch but that didn't happen as much as I had hoped since we were constantly moving more than I expected which was fine. We were there for a week and while it was drizzly and partly sunny, it didn't deter us from enjoying ourselves. I actually appreciated the clouds so I didn't have the opportunity to burn myself before my friend's wedding. 

Her wedding was good! No major mishaps so I'd consider it a success. Most things went according to plan and other than a few minor downsides (cold weather where we had to wear a strapless dress and heels as well as a light rain) it went well. A lot of people didn't speak English so there were people rudely talking during the wedding ceremony and reception speeches. Other than that, I think it was good and I'm so glad it's over. Sorry, no pictures for that since it's a private thing but know that it was successful. Now I can focus on the things I want to do! AKA find a full time job and work on my art and writing.

Now on to the photos!

Pics as we're descending towards Puerto Rico.


Watercolor/Colored Pencil Fun

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 8:00 AM

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Yikes! Sorry guys! Trying to get back into updating! Ok, so a few new things I want to mention since my latest update.

Updated my online store at Storenvy! I now have buttons, stickers, a blank notebook, an ashcan sketchbook(limited quantity), and a minicomic(limited quantity), and my ORIGINAL ARTWORK. You know, if you're into that kind of thing. ^_~ I currently have everything 20% off! Use the code: GrandReopening20 at the checkout. Below are some of of the originals I have up for sale. I've used watercolor and colored pencil on them and they will be protected with a fixative.






I have updated my portfolio website domain as I've recently learned about not renewing domains and it can be expensive, especially if you don't renew right away. Apparently you have to wait several months for it to be available again and since I didn't want to pay the redemption fee on top of the domain cost, I opt to wait. Learn from my mistake. Currently it's ELHuey.com but I plan to buy back my previous domain which is EAHuey.com.

I'd like to redesign the website when I can figure out what I want to do for it. For now, it's fine as is but if there are any issues or problems you see and want to let me know, feel free to contact me (find my contact page) or tweet me (@aisazia)! I'd love to hear your suggestions.


I know I missed my quarterly newsletter in December. There were so many things that happened that distracted me, I just didn't have time to make it or update it. Truthfully, I also felt I didn't have too much to add to it either. Something I shouldn't have a problem with this coming newsletter.



Life Update + Traveler's Notebooks

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 8:00 AM

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Hey guys! Been a long time! *glances at calendar and gasps* It's been about 4 months since I last blogged!

I want to apologize for it! Lately, I've been doing more reading the last few months and updating my other blog during the end of 2015 but this first quarter of the year has been lacking but I have a good reason for the last few months. Unfortunately I haven't been motivated to read now but I do want to get back into writing/sketching. No good reason why other than I hadn't been feeling like it but once I get started I don't have a problem finishing.

I've been waiting on beta reader feedback and recently (in Feb) received all the expected feedback but now I've been too much of a chicken to go back in to read and revise. All the feedback are reasonable and makes sense, I'm just not motivated to dive in and revise which isn't bad, I'm just procrastinating. While waiting, I wanted to write in February but was only able to get under 6k written which sucks because my goal was 20k. Still, it's progress and better than nothing.

Going to suck it up this month and go through my drafts and feedback when I can. Although, I already know that there is going to be a rehaul of the story including fleshing out characters and world. However, I realized this is going to be a busy month for me and know that it won't be possible. I wanted to do April Campnanowrimo this month but that already went belly up. Instead I decided I'll just read my current drafts and try to outline them if possible so it'll be a bit easier to revise.

Last month I've been asked to be Maid of Honor for a friend but it turns out she wants her wedding in May so technically we have 2 months to plan it.

Yeah, you read that right. 2 months! 

So all the bridal shower/bachlorette, decorations, dresses, etc. Yeah, needs to be done soon. Like yesterday. Fortunately, we have the dresses and some of the stuff done but still have lots to do. I'm glad my friend is pretty laid back about things but that also can be hard when coming to making a decision. I feel like everything is going to be rushed so she won't be able to enjoy anything...Oh well...I'm happy for her and I'm going to do my darndest to make things as easy as possible for her when the day comes. Unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be an all day affair. Like get up at 6am and done at 11pm sort of deal. That is including travel time. *dies* Anyways, enough of that, just wanted to explain why I haven't been as active as I should have been. You can read more in my quarterly newsletters if you're interested.

Just to add some visuals for you, I've been adding to my Traveler's Notebook collection...here are my latest acquisitions. :D I've bought and sold a few but didn't take photos as I knew I wouldn't keep them. My hopes is that I'll bring them with me and write/sketch as I go instead of relying on a computer to type things up and motivate me to sketch on the go more. Personally, I prefer handwriting my novels, I feel like I get a better flow of the story and easier to not go back and edit. Anyways, hoping these babies will get me motivated to write more. They are so pretty and feel amazing. *pets* Do you guys use them? If so, let me know! Share with me your social media so I can stalk follow you!







Nov 2015 Nanowrimo Wrap Up - WritingProject: Countdown #3 - Update #5

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 8:00 AM

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Countdown Series #3


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: 42,639
Week's Total WC: 7,417
Total Story WC: 50,056

Daily WC:
  1. 0
  2. 0
  3. 4,252
  4. 3,165

Last 200 words:

Maggie beamed, “Good, I’ll wait here.”

Eddy grinned at her and tugged on my arm but I stopped then walked over and gave Maggie a hug. She paused confused for a moment but then embraced me back. “It’ll be fine,” she whispered and rubbed my back comfortingly.

“I’ll miss you,” I said which made her bark out in laughter.

“You’ll be back in an hour or two, silly. I’ll see you soon.”

I half waved unable to tell her the entire truth as to why I said it and tears threatened to leak from my eyes but I valiantly held them back as Eddy gently directed me out of the room.

Once the door closed I felt Eddy embrace me tightly and he murmured by my ear, “I have a gut feeling. I won’t say it aloud because I don’t want to jinx it.”

I choked out a laugh and pulled back slightly, “When have you ever been superstitious?”

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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 7,417

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.
  • Once I missed a day it seemed to snowball and I had the crazy idea that I could catch up. Technically it's true but was a close call and I didn't like feeling rushed at the end.
  • Even at 50k the story is far from over but I intend on finishing it later. Not sure if I'll do it in December yet.
  • Apparently I can more or less do 3-4k right before bed as long as I'm focused enough. Technically it's in a sitting or two as I do get up for breaks when I feel like it. Kind of proud about this and wished I was able to do that everyday. My record is about 6k in a day.
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End of the Month Thoughts

Total Words This Month: 50,056

Surprisingly, I'm not as burnt out from writing as I've been in other months where I've written this consistently. Normally I need a few days or a week break between but I was ready to write on Dec. 1. I should have, but didn't. Whoops.

While typing is convenient, I still prefer writing long hand for stories and may attempt to do that in the future again. Maybe during one of the Campnanos. Gives me a better reason to write on the go or while I'm out. I realize I don't particularly enjoy writing on my phone. Autocorrect is my enemy.

Getting started is the hardest part for me when I begin a writing session but once I get going for awhile I tend to be able to pound words out fairly easily. As long as I know where the story is going. Fortunately, I did for this story so the outline was extremely helpful and I will try to do this for the future again.

Glad this story is mostly done with but it does need fleshed out as I tend to write bare bones the first time around. I do need to go back to the first book and finish that story. I also have to figure out the over-arcing themes and ideas over the entire series. I want to know all the details before I go any further with the series so I know where it will eventually end.

Overall, I'm fairly happy with how this month went. I stuck to my outline fairly well and didn't deviate too much. The outline helped when I got stuck on what to write about that day and I know I skipped a lot of transitions. Each plot point beat in my outline seemed to generate about at least 1k of words for me. I technically had 20 beat points but some of those merged or I skipped in general so I think I did well. I made my goal for the moment and I know I'll have to add more to the story that I skipped or needs fleshed out.

I'm proud of my win and hope to be able to use this to motivate myself to keep on moving forward and doing my best. I do plan on doing Campnano next year but from now till the new year, my hopes are to do revisions and planning.

I hope you guys are enjoying reading about my progress of this series with me. Let me know what you think of these updates and what you'd like to see more of in the future!


Other Updates:


Nov 2015 Nanowrimo Wk 4 - WritingProject: Countdown #3 - Update #4

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 8:00 AM

Countdown Series #3


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: 32,406
Week's Total WC: 10,233
Total Story WC: 42,639

Daily WC:
  1. 1,968
  2. 1,689
  3. 1,671
  4. 1,669
  5. 1,149
  6. 2,087
  7. 0

Last 200 words:

It frustrated me how they were so blind to Sammy and what an amazing kid he is because who knows. Sammy could have turned rebellious and did all sorts of incredibly bad or terrible things. He could have sunk into a deep depression. Yes, they were treating him but they weren’t there for him emotionally.

Sammy needed people he could connect to, someone who would listen to his plights or problems. He needed to be guided and having the only people he could connect to be either a butler or locked in their offices didn’t help. He needed people who would be there for him no matter what. Put his needs before theirs and ultimately be a guardian to him. I knew the Fitzgeralds weren’t but I couldn’t quite figure out why that was because as far as I could see, they had a great life.

Again, I don’t know their past troubles or what they’ve had to deal with but until I find out more about them, it’s better to stay under their radar. I wouldn’t want them to restrict our time together with Sammy because it wouldn’t kill just us, it’d kill Sammy too.


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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 10,233

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 was so proud I was able to motivate myself to write almost all week when I didn't feel like it. Wrote so late though, right before bedtime so around 9 or 10 pm but it also meant I went to bed later than I expected.
  • Really wished I kept up with Reverse Nanowrimo because I ended up getting busy during the holiday weekend. I could have wrote but ended up spending time trying to wipe my desktop (I use my laptop more) so I could possibly resell it.
  • I missed one day and it snowballed from there.
  • Am glad that my family isn't huge about holidays but I still need to spend time with them. Fortunately they didn't nag me as much as I thought for me spending so much time in my room again.
  • Whoops, posted this way late. Forgot to post it on Friday as I was still busy wiping my computer. EDIT: Posted this before I finished this post. Sorry!


Other Updates:

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




Nov 2015 Nanowrimo Wk 3 - WritingProject: Countdown #3 - Update #3

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 5:18 PM

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Countdown Series #3


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: 18,650
Week's Total WC: 13,756
Total Story WC: 32,406

Daily WC:
  1. 1,765 
  2. 1,689 
  3. 1,791 
  4. 1,895 
  5. 1,789 
  6. 3,143 
  7. 1,684 

Last 200 words:

“You keep those boys in line,” I said stealing another kiss. “Check up on Sammy too when you can.”

“Of course,” he said and kissed me on the forehead then stepped back, “See you in a few days.”

I walked back holding his hand as long as I could before I turned around and headed towards the line. Zadie and Amelia stared around pretending to not be watching Eddy and I but I knew they had and I didn’t care. They were already half way through the line so I’m glad I ended it there when I did. I turned back around halfway to them and saw Eddy there with his thumbs hooked on his short loops and I felt my heart stutter. I was still hopelessly in love with this man. I can’t believe that being away for only two days will already be this tough.

By the time I reached Zadie and Amelia they were teasing me with their moony eyes and kissy noises which I could only roll my eyes at them and laugh. “Come on girls. Like you haven’t already found a guy who makes you swoon.”


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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 13,756

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.

  • Dropped the ball on updating this week. Good news is that I finally caught up and am back on track!
  • Forcing myself to start to write is working because once I'm in the groove the words start flowing easily. One day I hit 3k and didn't even realize it! I'm always pleased to see that happen.
  • I proudly was able to keep the word count up and exceed it some throughout the week to get me back on track. There were times I wasn't motivated but I stuck with it. 
  • The thing about forcing myself is that I ended up staying up late which made me exhausted the next day which didn't help motivation which made it a terrible cycle of not being motivated then me being exhausted the next day. Set your priorities better than me.
  • Hoping I'll be able to keep it up this coming week as I know it'll be the holidays and the busiest time of the month for me.

Nov 2015 Nanowrimo Wk 2 - WritingProject: Countdown #3 - Update #2

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 1:26 PM

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Countdown Series #3


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: 9,810
Week's Total WC: 8,840
Total Story WC: 18,650

Daily WC:
  1. 0
  2. 300
  3. 460
  4. 3,092
  5. 587
  6. 2,593
  7. 1,808

Last 200 words:

I remembered that he loved soccer but for now I decided that he didn’t need a reminder of what he couldn’t do right now but I had bought him a soccer ball which I hoped he would use one day in the future. Besides the basics I didn’t add too much of anything else because I wanted him to fill the rest of it himself. My hope is that he learns to show himself to us. Even though he has been little by little I know that there’s a part of him that he shut out from us and while I knew that it would be best to give him space I also wanted him to know that we’d be there to help catch him and help dust him off if he needed it.

I bounced on my toes in excitement at how much I hoped he would love this room and love staying with us. I couldn’t stop the smile that found itself permanently tattooed to my face. The possibilities of raising him. Already I knew that he would grow into a magnificent young man. Just a few nudges here and there and he would live a healthy and fulfilling life.

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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 8,840

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.

  • HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH! 
  • Have not been exercising. *hangs head in shame*
  • Not keeping up with the reverse Nanowrimo method as I had intended. I've fallen behind and have yet to catch up. I just need an over 3k day and I'd be caught up to the typical Nanowrimo standard.
  • At least I've been able to keep up for the most part. I could do better.
  • Biggest issue is getting motivated to write despite having the time to do it.
  • *gasp* Almost half way through the story, word-count-wise.


Nov 2015 Nanowrimo Wk 1 - WritingProject: Countdown #3 - Update #1

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , , | Posted on 8:00 AM

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Countdown Series #3


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: 0
Week's Total WC: 9,810
Total Story WC: 9,810

Daily WC:
  1. 1,668 
  2. 723 
  3. 3,180 
  4. 2,087
  5. 2,152

Last 200 words:

I looked around at the three, “Do you guys want to come?”

Zadie gave me an apologetic look, “I’m busy doing something. I’m not sure if bombarding him with unfamiliar faces is a good idea right now.”

Chase shook her head, “I already have some plans with Victoria. Can we get a rain check?”

“Of course,” I turned to Dylan, “How about you?”

Dylan half shrugged, “Let me check my calendar.” After a pause he nodded and grinned, “I’m free.”

My lips twisted in false annoyance then remembered our current state of dress in pajamas, “Then get ready in five minutes.”

Dylan took off yelling behind him, “You’re such a slave driver.”

“You haven’t seen nothing yet boy!” I called after him.

Chase and Zadie picked at the leftover bacon. I slid off the stool, “You know you two can stay as long as you want. Just make sure to clean up and lock up after you’re done.”

They shared a look and nodded. Zadie shot me a winning smile, “Don’t worry. We’ll take care of everything.”

I smiled as I glided up the stairs. Those two were up to something but I didn’t have the time to figure it out yet.

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Thoughts of the Week

Total Words This Week: 9,810

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.

  • Tough to get motivated the first few days. Once I got in the rhythm I was able to get a good amount done. Wasn't able to do the Reverse Nanowrimo method as I had hoped but at least I'm on track for now.
  • I know I'm going to fall behind this weekend as I'll be out of town. Hope I can make it up afterwards.
  • Surprisingly wrote more than I thought I would for the first week. Almost 10k.
  • The writing this time around isn't as fluid or sophisticated as my previous stories. Soldiering on and will fix it with revisions. Trying to get the bones down.



How do you Track your Writing Projects?

Posted by Aisazia | Posted in , , | Posted on 11:46 AM

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Hey guys! I apologize for the lack of posts for over a month, nearly two months! Yikes! Just know that I've been trying to find a full time job so that has been my priority lately. I'm still trying to write and sketch but it has since been put to the side but I'm aiming to get back on that soon! Especially with Nanowrimo coming up! Going to try and get an outline finished for that!

I just wanted to thank you all so much for following me on my crazy creative journey. I noticed it's been awhile since I've posted a process post for you so I decided to do that today! This is something totally new that I started that I wanted to share with the hopes it might help someone else too! 

If you use it, let me know what you think and if you make any changes! I'd love to see what you did and if those changes to made it work better for you! My layout may not work for you and as this is a process, things will change but this is my basic layout.

Below is an example of a spreadsheet that I made on Google Sheets which is free and I can update or access it from anywhere. It's fairly self-explanatory. I list the date of month for the word count, the project name, then the completed monthly word count, the total word count, and the writing level/draft. The last column is optional which I explain below.

(Sorry, wanted to keep the projects private but I identify them by color)

July Campnano 2015 - Countdown #1 Update

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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: 56,641
Month'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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