Update | Time to Reassess?

 It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.

– Pat Summitt

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Update time!!! I’ve eh… lost myself in a bowl of colourful M&Ms, I’m afraid. I’m quite frantically working on Holly’s October story. It was supposed to be done already. I told my lovely publisher that I was writing a story for National M&M Day, and they wrote me into the release schedule. I said it would be quick and easy – colourful little chocolates should make for a quick and easy story, right?

Ah, this is life as a… discovery writer 😆 We’re now 51.637 words into a rather dark tale about a rescued blood slave and his vampire. Yup, exactly how I’d planned it 🙄 But there is chocolate.

Every single word of those 51.637 words I’ve written since the last update post. I’ve also added a little to my advent stories, not a lot, just a little fiddling. All in all, I’ve written 52.192 since last month.

That leaves me with a total of 242.308 words. Since I’ve told WordKeeperAlpha (where I keep my stats) that my goal is 250.000 words this year, it says I only have to write 7.692 more words. I can tell you that I will write more than that since I haven’t done Holly’s November story yet. I haven’t even decided which day to write about. I need to get out of my M&M addiction before I make a decision 😊

On average, I’ve written 1106 words per day, which is pretty good since there are days when I don’t write a single word. And I’m predicted to reach my goal of 250.000 words on August 18th. We’ll see about that. It all depends on how many more words I need to finish the M&M story. I don’t think I’ll need 7k, it’s almost wrapped up, and once I’ve reached the end, the revising starts and that normally doesn’t generate a lot of words. I add some words, but I also delete a lot of words. We’ll see next month if I’ve reached 250.000 words or not 😁 either way, I think I might need to reassess.

How are you doing with your goals? Is it time to reassess?

Read Around the Rainbow | How does music/noise affect your writing?

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It’s Read Around the Rainbow time! Every month, we’re a bunch of authors who blog on the same topic. This month’s topic is:

How does music/noise affect your writing?

I’m sensitive to noise. If there is too much noise around, I get panicky and sooo exhausted. Being in rooms filled with people is a nightmare, that buzz of voices. I can’t hear what the person next to me says when I’m in a situation like that, and it completely drains me. I avoid parties and gatherings like the plague LOL

When I first started writing, I only had one child. I was on parental leave, and I wrote smutty M/F for my own amusement, not with any plan of ever publishing anything. I wrote when my son was sleeping, and hubby was away working. In silence. Blessed silence.

Then I had more children, and silence became a scarce commodity. I started listening to music while writing – not because I wanted to listen to music but to drown out the noise of four children playing and a husband plucking on the guitar or whatever he’d be doing.

Nowadays, I write early in the mornings before the kids get up, so I could write in silence, but I put on music right away without thinking. It’s become part of the routine. 

I don’t really hear what I’m listening to when I write. I disappear into the story, and the music is just there, in the background, blocking out the real world, but I have a list on Spotify called Play it Again, Sam. On that list, I save songs that spark ideas.

I often put on random Spotify lists when loading the dishwasher or cooking or other fun stuff, and sometimes there is a line in a song that sparks an idea. I wrote The Drunken Dog after having heard Longer Than You’ve Been Alive by Old 97. I was baking, and it came on one of those random Spotify lists. I don’t think I’d ever heard anything by Old 97 before, but while kneading bread, a vampire rockstar came alive before my eyes LOL

Check out what the others have to say!

Addison Albright

Fiona Glass

Ellie Thomas

K.L. Noone

The Drunken Dog

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Zev Nightfall has a secret. For two years, he’s been the beta in a loosely knitted werewolf pack, but he’s not a werewolf. He’s a crossbreed, part wolf, part fae, which is a death sentence in most packs. That’s not his only problem. One night he meets Otis, a vampire. Shifters and vampires aren’t friends, yet fighting is the last thing on Zev’s mind.

Otis Miller is in the middle of rebuilding his rockstar persona. Again. A hundred years ago, all he had to do was to move when people started noticing him not ageing. With cameras and social media, it doesn’t work anymore, and he isn’t sure he has the energy to start over. Then there is the shifter coming to the bar where he’s singing. He makes Otis want to jump off the stage and never look back.

Zev knows he shouldn’t get involved with a vampire; he has enough problems as it is. But Otis is alone and vulnerable, and it tugs at Zev’s heartstrings. Normally, Otis stays away from other supernatural beings, but something about Zev makes him want to curl up on his lap and forget about the world around them. But how would two people from enemy species make things work, and will Zev’s pack ever accept not only a crossbreed but a vampire as well?

Buy links:

Gay Paranormal Romance: 12,121 words

JMS Books :: Amazon :: books2read.com/TheDrunkenDog

Update | We’ve Got This

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

Benjamin E. Mays

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It’s update time!!! I’m feeling pretty good. For the last two months, I’ve felt like I’ve been rushing to get things in before the deadlines, but now I’m a bit more in control.

Holly’s advent story is with my beta readers, and I’ve just finished the first draft of mine, so yay! We’ve got this 😁 All stories for the third quarter have been submitted, and while it gets a bit weird now since I’m writing the December stories before I’ve written the October and November stories, I’m sure I’ll sort it.

Since the last update post, I’ve written 42.908 words which is pretty good. I believe I wrote some of them back in May, maybe. It says I created the Scrivener file for Dear Diary on May 26th, but according to my notes, I didn’t include the words in the June update post. I think I have the right numbers now.

It leaves me at 190.116 words so far this year, and only 59.884 words left to write to reach my goal of 250.000 words. I feel it’s more about the stories than the words, though. But, in case you didn’t know, I like stats and this is a way to keep track of things.

To reach my goal of writing 250.000 words in 2022, I only need to write 330 words per day for the rest of the year. Should be easy, right? If I keep the same tempo I have so far, I’ll have reached 250.000 words by the 28th of September. Cool, right?

If I keep it up this month, I might have time to go back to the story about the Halfhide pack I abandoned back in May. I want to write that, but I don’t want to feel I have to stress through it. We’ll see how everything plays out.

How are you doing with your goals??