Hello ladies and gents!
First, I’m going to have to ask my friend Lana to forgive me for using her beautiful illustration without her permission. I quite frankly forgot to ask. I did credit her, however. So … am I forgiven?*
I’m a terrible person.
Second, this is a kind of random post with a bunch of different stuff in it. There will be some writing updates, some life updates, and some random ramblings. AND, of course, I’ll be having some Summer Goals. Because I came up with another batch. #CantDecide
*No, I don’t actually expect you to forgive me, Lana. You can hate me forever … if you want ….
Okay, let’s start with my summer goals. (Becausewe’rekeepingthismovingalong! #speedy)
I do realize we’re already over halfway through the summer … but it’s never too late to make some goals. Am I right? Okay, maybe I’m wrong, but whatever …
- Go to bed and get up at a decent time consistently.
- Get your driver’s license and keep practicing.
- Make a semi-decent sum of money via hard work.
- Finish writing Once a Stratton.
- Write Adae.
- Finish first round of revisions of At Her Fingertips.
- Outline Beyond Her Calling.
- Continue to promote your published works.
- Read North and South and Little Women.
- Read Northanger Abbey and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Finish off review copies.
- Review as many books as you possibly can.
- Ride horses.
- Visit your grandparents regularly.
- Volunteer at the museum. Learn lots of history.
- Feel as if you’ve accomplished something at the end of every day.
- Practice your clarinet, saxophone, guitar, and piano.
See? Lotsa goals! I’m not going to talk about them because that would make this post unnecessarily wrong … but now you know what I’m intending to do with the rest of my #summer. (I don’t know what’s up with the #s …)
|It’s a Horsie!|
I got horse-riding lessons! HOORAH! I literally just had my first today. His name is Peppy. Not the riding instructor. The riding instructor’s name is Cathy. But we care more about Peppy than Cathy at this point.
Juuuust kidding. Cathy’s important, too … because she’s telling me what to do on Peppy. 😉
It was really fun! She said I did great. She kept me on a longline the whole time (which I feel was unnecessary, but he’s a little flighty). I only almost fell off once! (To be fair, Peppy was bucking pretty hard; he got startled.) I think I’m rambling now but that’s okay because you guys understand how excited I am.*
Anyway, someday I’ll get pictures … maybe. I hope so, anyways. 🙂
*Very excited. I don’t usually talk this much.**
**Okay, maybe I usually do talk this much …
|It’s a Museum…y|
I’m volunteering at a museum this summer. Basically, I walk people around and talk about history. I haven’t taken a picture myself, but I found this one on the internet.
So yep. That’s the original Surgeon’s Quarters which were built in the 1850s. And it became a museum in the early 1900s … going on 112 years this fall! That’s pretty impressive, am I right? I really love all the local history and such. Besides, it gives me an excuse to talk about what gorgeous man-killers redheads are. *doesn’t intend to explain that comment*
Anyway, it’s just a cool, fun experience. Maybe I’ll share some more pictures when I’m off my hiatus.
My parents are forcing me to go camping. *weeps* We’re going to the beach – the Nehalem Bay area. They seem to think that the fact that we’ve never gone there (well, I haven’t) is a selling point to me. I’m like, “How will I know if I’ll have fun? I’ve never been there before.” 😛
But yep, I really dislike camping unless I’m with friends. With friends, it’s an adventure … with parents, it’s just dirty. And the bathroom in the trailer is #notgood and I hate using public restrooms.
*rant ends here*
So yes, I’ll be gone from my precious domicile starting Sunday and going until Thursday.
*much weeping and moaning* *realizes I was supposed to stop ranting* *crosses out ranty parts*
|What I’m Writing (And Editing)|
I’ve now written 39,636 words of Once a Stratton. I’m hoping to finish it sometime in August (as it’s obviously not going to be done at the end of this month).
Also, I’ve gone through At Her Fingertips (good ol’ AFOP) for the first time! On paper, nonetheless! *spends way too much money on ink and paper* *or would if I were buying my own ink and paper* #parentsareawesome #everyoneshouldhavethem
Anyway, I’m going to go get all the changes (Revisions Round 1, as I’m calling them) on the computer and then I’ll be looking for alpha readers.
(I’m contacting them individually instead of having a signup form. Let me know in the comments if you’re interested. I’ll consider you, but don’t get too excited. This is an elite taskforce. *is snooty* *and sensitive about her precious AFOP*)
Other than that, I haven’t done a lot of writing. I’ve worked on the outline of Beyond Her Calling a little, but not a lot. I still have a lot of stuff that needs work. I need to do some serious brainstorming.
Different writers write different ways. I have my own technique. But I never really set it in stone. Now I’m going to try it out with At Her Fingertips. There may be some tweaking, but I think this is what I’m going to do from now on.
Kell’s 10-Step Map to an Amazing Book
- Revisions Round 1
- Alpha Readers
- Revisions Round 2
- Edits Round 1
- Beta Readers
- Edits Round 2
- Proofreading Round 1
- Proofreading Round 2
And just like that, my novel is done!
If you’re interested in hearing about this in depth, let me know. I’d love to do a post about my ‘technique.’*
*Honestly, though, it matters little whether you want to hear about it in depth or not. You will.
This will probably be the only post until my birthday (or around then or later). Anyways, I just want to say … I haven’t really been reading blog posts. I’ve read one or two, but not many. And I have no intention of trying to catch up. *shrugs* *is not a good blog-reader*
I think that’s all. Now, as this post has reached over 1,000 words, it’s time to sign off.
What do you think of this wild & wacky post? What are you doing this summer? Did I miss an amazing post by you? I’ll try to read it if you comment a link below. Do you enjoy camping (assuming you’ve been camping at some point)?