Writing

Fall Updates & NaNoWriMo!

As always, I am terrible at keeping up with my blog. Firstly, apologies. The truth is, I haven’t had much to update because until a few months ago, there wasn’t anything to update. I fell into the giant blackhole of writer’s block.

That being said, the last couple of months have been really great for my work.

I completed the fourth draft of Halflife (which is a whole hot mess in and of itself, but here we are). I am currently trying to complete a readthrough and a cursory edit by the end of the month.

I’ve also jumped back into joint writing with a long time friend and brilliant author: Lauren Sevier (her debut novel SONGS OF AUTUMN is releasing November 21, 2020. I’ve read it, and it’s brilliant! Check it out by clicking here!)

We started a project many years ago on a whim, and have finally gotten back into it. Look out for our first joint project to be published in 2021!

GUNS & SMOKE is a post-apocalyptic western romance. Writing this was the most fun I’ve had writing in a long time. I enjoyed it so much that I think I’m going to embrace the Romance genre. Nearly every story I’ve ever written centers around some sort of romance or romantic elements. Romance does not equal erotica.

For this year’s National Novel Writing Month, I am embarking on a journey to write an entirely new project.

As is normally the case, I can’t contain my characters to just one story. A SHIELD OF STARS is the first in a trilogy about a priestess who gives up the world she’s known for over half her life to find out the truth of what happened to her mother. It is an Adult Fantasy Romance novel. The normal NaNoWriMo goal is 50,000 words, but I am going to shoot for 75,000, which puts my daily at around 2,500. It’s not going to be easy, but it will totally be worth it.

I have gone back and forth on Halflife for years. I started this project thirteen and a half years ago, and I feel like I’m so so close to getting it into the right form. All of that said, it’s still not quite where it needs to be. I would like to traditionally publish this one, but it may not be the first to get done.

We are self-publishing GUNS & SMOKE next year. This will be my debut novel (super scary to think about!). While I am working on it, I plan on shaping up HALFLIFE and A SHIELD OF STARS. For me, it’s important to not get stuck on HALFLIFE, as I have been.

It feels wonderful to be able to dive into my craft. When I’m writing, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and the last couple of months have been full of happiness, which is a new and welcome change to the way things have been over the last few years.

I’m going to try my best to keep up over here. I’ve got a couple of book reviews in progress, so keep an eye out!

As always, thanks for reading!
Abbie

P.S.: I decided that I wanted to do Christmas cards with my animals this year. Check out a sneak peek of them below!

I adopted Bree this past spring. She is the absolute sweetest pitty I’ve ever met!
I think Klaus is the most photogenic dog I’ve ever met.
Sirius was an AMAZING model!
Writing

What’s Goin’ On?

Hi there! I wanted to give a quick update on my book journey for anyone interested.

So far this year, I have read 49 books! My Goodreads goal was only 55 (five more than last year, but enough to give me wiggle room). I’ve read a lot of good books, some bad, and I am currently on A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon. I adore the Outlander series. The television show on Starz is phenomenal, but the books can be a bit…much. I read the first book around the time season one finished. So while I read, I watched the show. The second book, DRAGONFLY IN AMBER is my favorite of the five I’ve finished. These books literally take me months to read. I’m hoping to finish this one before the month is out. I have an entire shelf full of To Be Read books, including CARAVAL, CARVE THE MARK, and MISTS OF AVALON (rereading; I love MoA so much!). I’ve also really wanted to do a reread of the TWILIGHT series. Mostly because the books weren’t all that horrible. Except for the sparkling vampires.

On to other topics, what’s going on with my writing?? Well, it’s a long story…but. HALFLIFE is officially on hold. I did a hardcore edit, taking notes and line by line edits done by beta readers, and finished about 75% of the manuscript. I added an extended prologue (which is now chapter one), and, in total, nearly 10K words were added to the total word count. It was completely unintentional. The ending of the novel needs a lot of heavy rewrites. Last week I was feeling very uncertain about the project. There is still so much work to do on it. I have my doubts about if there’s even a market for this kind of novel right now.

I love the characters and the story, but it’s such a big project that I’m feeling anxious and overwhelmed about it. So I need to take a step back from it for a while.

That being said, back in December I started scribbling down some ideas for a new Young Adult story. It’s very, very, new, but an idea that I’ve always wanted to pursue. I wrote less than 10K words for it at the time. I’ve decided to pick it up. Regardless of how my other projects are going, I know that I need to keep writing, and I haven’t been writing. My therapist (yes, I’m seeing a therapist, but that’s another topic for a different day) thinks it’s a good idea for me to move away from the other projects I’ve been working on. If only to give me an opportunity to separate myself from the pressures I have put on myself, as well as the subject matter. HALFLIFE, especially, deals with some very real issues that I’ve personally been dealing with for years. A little separation can be a good thing, I think.

So…what’s it about?

I’m not telling. Not now, at least. Nothing may ever come of this story, and I’d really rather keep it to myself right now. Just know, I am writing, I am creating, I am working toward that ever present goal of being a published author.

Thanks for reading,
Abbie