Update | Change of Plans

“Success in life is not how well we execute Plan A; it’s how smoothly we cope with Plan B.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

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It’s update time and my plan has gone to hell LOL Part of me is relieved. I was supposed to have submitted a Hugs or Kisses story by the end of last month, but… I was writing, and I was in a great flow, and then I hit 11k and the either-or stories have a max limit of 12k and I was nowhere near the end. So I emailed JM and said I won’t be able to do it.

I would’ve loved to continue on that story but since I still have other deadlines, I put it aside for now. I’ll get back to it later because I really liked writing it, and I’m 11.322 words in, so… 

I haven’t decided if this means I won’t do the either-or stories or not. Since I’ve written them all as a series it would feel weird to jump ahead, though they are pretty much standalone so I guess I could. We’ll see.

Right now, I’m writing on a Dozen story. It doesn’t have a title yet – I hate when stories don’t have a title, there will always be some panicked moments right before it’s time to submit it when I desperately try to come up with something. Anyway, JMS Books is turning 12 in July, so there will be a lot of stories that have something to do with 12, much like we did when JMS Books turned 9. I wrote Nine Stones then 😄

And after that, I’ll tackle Holly’s August story. We’re moving forward, people!

Since the last update post, I’ve written 25 092 words, which brings me up to 111 988 words so far this year. I’m 42.95% done, though we’ll see about that. I think I’ll need more than the 250 000 words I’ve written as my goal to get all the stories done. Time will tell. If I keep the same speed I have now, I’ll have written 250 000 words by November 25 – I think I’ll need them sooner than that LOL

Update | Clearly, I’m out of my mind

“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”

– Earl Nightingale

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It’s time for an update, and clearly, I’m out of my mind. I’m looking at my list of deadlines and wondering what the heck I was thinking when I thought I could get through them all.

I’ve submitted Holly’s June story, so I’m halfway through her deadlines. The main problem is that from here on out, I have two deadlines a month except when we hit July, then I have three. And yes, four of them have a max word count of 12k, one of 15k, and two of 20k, so really it should be doable. With the right story idea, it is doable. I just need a break and clear my mind, I think.

I’ve had Holly’s releases on March 26th and April 2nd, and Ofelia has one on April 9th, plus I had the deadline of Holly’s June story, so this last month has really just been about surviving, and I feel like curling up in a corner and cry for an hour or two.

It’ll pass. Don’t worry. And I’m turning forty today, so effing birthday crap on top of everything else. Deep breaths and a clear plan will get you a long way LOL

I wrote 21.904 words during March if I’ve remembered to add everything. I have the feeling there is something I’ve forgotten, but if there is, I guess I’ll have to live without those words. Those almost 22k brings me up to 82.283 words written this year, and that leaves me 32.91% done with my goal. I have an average of 884 words per day so far during 2022, which is more than I thought I had since I’ve spent a few weeks writing blog posts for all my releases.

I made all my Q1 deadlines in time, so yay me. Only three quarters and 12 stories to write… *Deep breath* Many of them are short stories, many of them are short stories, many of them are short stories.

I can do this!

Giveaway | April

Book Giveaway

Giveaway time!!! Yay! This month last year, Holly released Blown Away. It’s a short story written for Big Wind Day, so it’s a windy little tale. Since one of the main characters is a bear shifter, we’re having us a bear theme for this month’s giveaway.

One of the favourite stories that I’ve written as Ofelia is Elevator Pitch. I love it. It has a bear shifter who gets stuck in an elevator with a claustrophobic bat shifter LOL.

These stories are pretty similar. As we’ve established, both have bear shifters, and they both have a sweet tooth since it’s common knowledge bears do 😁. Both have quite unusual shifters as the other main character – a bat shifter and a blue jay shifter. And in both stories, they’re trapped together. Bjorn and Cecil are trapped in an elevator, Arvid and Espen are trapped in Espen’s house since it’s too windy to go outside with trees falling all around them.

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Espen Urso would rather stay inside and enjoy a nice, sweet cake than be out in the worst storm of the year. But there’s a group of alpha shifters trespassing, and he needs to defend his territory and keep the people in his village safe. A group of wolf shifters he can scare off, but when he realizes they’ve hurt a defenseless little bird, he loses his patience.

Arvid Rai is having a bad day. He’s an omega on the run, with a group of alphas on his tail. If there hadn’t been a storm, he could have easily flown away before the stupid wolves got their hands on him, or the angry bear noticed he was in his territory. But there is a storm, and the idiot who grabbed him broke his wing, so now he can’t fly anywhere. Still, he deems it best to stay with the growly bear rather than having the other alphas fight over him.

Espen has never believed in the myth of omegas, and it isn’t until he takes Arvid in he realizes how much trouble he’ll be in when shifters from near and far learn he has one in his home. Will he be able to keep Arvid safe from other shifters? Is it even possible to defend his territory with an omega in it?

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Bjorn Ritter only wants one thing – to live his life away from nosey, demanding bears. That’s easier said than done when you’re the son of the female running the Bayside Bear Community. Cecil Baxter might be a bat, but he grew up away from shifter communities and he’s doing his best to continue to keep his distance. Shifters aren’t an accepting bunch and Cecil has never fit the norm.

Already facing a dreaded meeting with his mother, the last thing Bjorn needs is a stranger using his elevator to escape a pack of werewolves. And Cecil, whose day just seems to be getting worse and worse, could really do without the added stress of finding himself trapped in an elevator with a huge bear shifter.

Still, what could go wrong in three minutes?

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