This is March

My writing schedule has some fluctuation to it. I bet that’s normal.

For the month of February, I was able to start my next book. I outlined. I contemplated. I fleshed out some ideas, and dumped others. And by the end of the month, by golly, I had two finished chapters. Only two, but I like them, and I feel fairly confident that I’m going to keep them.

But now it is March. March is the month for editing…someone else’s project. So, I am spending a great deal of time on that, and little to none on my own writing.

That’s okay, though, because April is coming. And April is my month again. Maybe I’ll write two more chapters. Maybe I’ll write three. Who knows.

But I like having this sort of schedule. By pulling away from my writing, I can focus more on what I want to say next, instead of stumbling around trying to find a direction. It also keeps me wanting to write, instead of having to write. So, there’s that.

I hope your March is wonderful, and if Spring hasn’t happened yet, rest assured: it’s right around the corner.

LJS

Welcome to February

My latest editing project is published.

I have completed many chores, tasks, and other ephemeral. I believe I have put off writing for as long as I can…

Tomorrow, the Superbowl notwithstanding, I shall write!

Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how I do…

Meanwhile, have a great February…I’ll see you on the other side.

LJ

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Happy New Year!

Happy 2017! I am super excited for all the experiences this year will bring…although outdoing 2016 will be tough. That’s okay. Bring on the adventure! I’m ready!

2016 saw me publishing my very first book through Amazon, Private 101. private-101-twitter-card

You can find it by clicking here.

While that is amazing in and of itself, now Amazon has rolled out a beta program allowing me to publish that same book as a PAPERBACK. [Whaaaaat?! I know, right?!]

So, by the time you read this, there is an excellent chance that you can find my book either as a Kindle ebook, or as a paperback!

Apart from that, I’m looking at different ideas for my next book…stay tuned!

LJS

The Holiday Drag

Do you ever get to feeling like the holidays, while perfectly nice and all, are kinda difficult to slog through, especially when trying to get back to writing?

I love the holiday season. I celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s at a quiet, but much enjoyed pace. It wasn’t always like this.

Not so long ago, I raced through the holiday season with the shopping, the parties, the events, the wrapping, the decorating, etc. etc. etc.

Now I celebrate this season with a single lit candle, occasional cups of hot chocolate, and lots of snuggling. This is what’s important. This is what matters.

I’ll get back to the writing end of things soon enough.

Happy Holidays to you all.

LJS

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The Next Great Adventure in Writing

I am so happy with how many people have read my book! I had no idea that it would get that much attention…I thought maybe a couple of people would find it and read it, maybe. Hahaha! The reality is so much better than I thought.

I’m not sure yet what my next writing project will be…I am looking forward to starting a new book, but I have so many different ideas bouncing around in my head, I will have to choose one and begin!

What a wonderful adventure this is turning out to be!

LJS

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Private 101 is here!

It’s finally happened! I can hardly believe it…my book that was first written TEN YEARS AGO is at long last a real thing! Dreams DO come true!

It’s been a long haul, with lots of changes and necessary restructuring…the final version is very different than what I originally started with…but now, I’m a published author! This is an amazing feeling!

Private 101: One Lesbian’s Army Training is a book based on my own experiences going through Army Basic Training. However, along with of course changing all the names, locations, etc. I have also taken a LOT of poetic license with the experience, itself. A great deal of it is fictionalized, but the foundation is built on truth.

When I went through training, things were different than they are, today. Cell phones and Skyping were not real, yet. People still wrote letters. And women, while receiving the same Basic Combat Training as the men, were also not prepared for battle quite the same way, as they were not allowed to serve on the front lines, yet.

This story takes particular liberties when it comes to the amount of lesbian sexual activity. It isn’t ALL fiction, but most of it is.

It is available on Kindle Unlimited: Private 101 on Amazon

After you read it, let me know what you think!

LJ

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3rd draft, 4th update

Well, I knew September was going to be busy, and I did not anticipate having any time to work on my current project, and…I didn’t. So there you go.

I did, however, finish the editing project for another author’s book more or less on time, and that one was published the first week of October, thereby freeing me to get back to my own writing project. Yesss!

So the project as it stands now, is as follows: I have definitely settled on 15 chapters. All 15 are written, but now I am doing some serious editing (3rd draft). At this time, about half way through October, I have finished Chapter 9, and am starting to poke around at Chapter 10. If this schedule continues, I’ll have all 15 chapters in reasonable shape well before the end of the month.

After the 15 are done, I will read through it all again to test read it and search out any lingering errors before turning it over to my writing partner to do with it what she will, regarding any errors, flow problems, development issues, etc.

But at this stage, I feel reasonably confident that the book should be ready to go and published on Amazon by the end of the year. Yay! I have been so concerned about this book for so long, it really feels good to finally get going on it and feel so strongly that it actually could turn out to be something fine.

So, that’s MY update!

 

3rd Draft, 3rd Update

Where has the dang summer gone? I swear it was just here five minutes ago.

So here’s my sad report, aka 3rd update on my 3rd draft: I have done nothing, repeat nothing, with my writing. Not a thing. I have managed a little editing for someone else, thankfully, but I haven’t even gotten back on track with editing their major work, which I SHOULD have begun mid-August.

I blame the media (why not? everyone else is) for bringing me hours upon hours of coverage of not one but TWO major party conventions, and then following it up with, yes, days and days of the Olympics. Wasn’t the amazing coverage, well, amazing?!

I now have crawled out of my cave of non-stop TV-watching, blinking in the sunlight like a sleepy gopher, only to succumb to the siren call of pre-season football. It’s a darn conspiracy, I tell ya.

But I have high hopes for September: I plan to get back on track, editing my book one day a week, and working on editing the other project for publishing by October 1st. Wish me luck…it’s been a long summer, but this fall, I have got to get with it! Sheesh!

3rd Draft Update

My adventure with the 3rd draft is going along swimmingly, much to my relief.

I have fifteen chapters to work with, and I had gotten somewhat through the first five when I realized it just wasn’t working.

So, I backed off a bit and spent some time just thinking about the draft and how I wanted it to look when I was through.

That analysis time paid off in that now I have a much better view of what I want my book to be when I’m finished…so I can begin making serious adjustments towards that end, now.

So, I went back and rewrote Chapter One. For the 4th time. And I love it. Finally, this is really looking like the book I wish I could have written from the beginning.

Now? That’s one chapter done, fourteen to go, but this time when I reach the end I’ll know it’s all over but the final polishing. And that’s an achievement I can live with.

I’m back to editing stories and books, so I won’t have as much time to work on my project, but now that I know exactly where I’m headed, that just isn’t nearly as important.

Next Stop: 3rd Draft

I am super psyched! I finally have the 2nd draft of my book completed, which means I can finally think about moving forward on the 3rd draft.

I have completely formatted the book, and now it’s time for the true metamorphosis.

In an earlier post, I described this process like changing an apple into an orange. An update, then. I took a relatively normal-looking apple and have now, at the conclusion of the 2nd draft, changed it into an ugly apple. Next step: a 3rd draft, which is changing my book into an ugly orange. Then it’s all about the final polish.

I had really hoped I would be at this point of the process by August 1st, and as that’s tomorrow, I’ve achieved the first part of this goal. The 2nd part was to be ready for the more creative portion of the draft. Again, to follow the example, changing an apple into an orange is a lot of work, and you end up with one ugly orange.

But, I am truly excited to be at this place, this stage, at this specific moment. I’m getting all my ducks in a row, and starting tomorrow, I can finally move forward on this project! July is in the books, and August looks positively amazing.