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  1. Love this! Yes, writing is definitely passion πŸ™‚ I have read books where the grammar is spot on and structured well, but lacked any sort of passion in the writing, making it a very boring read. I think as a writer, it’s all about finding that balance πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on completing the first draft πŸ™‚ I fear I may never get to that point lol Had half my novel done, then came to the realization that it lacked a solid structure. Oh well. Better to figure it out half-way and start over than to figure it out when completed and having to entirely start over!

    1. Have you tried starting with a full outline? Write out the idea of the story in full, including the ending, before you start. It’s easier to catch structural errors when it’s that small, also easier to make quick changes. I’ve had success with that.

    1. Weekend has come and gone (again) and I think the end is only pushing further away.
      I can’t seem to get the hang of this “quantity over quality” mindset!

  3. Mine also is giving especially to the nieces/nephews ( after mine lol ). Seeing Kileys face yesterday and saying ” Auntie Missy is so sweet ” made my day! β€οΈπŸŽ„

  4. Love the giving feeling, and also LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that I have an excuse to watch all kinds of Christmas movies!!!

  5. I’m a big fan of journals and writing down random ideas that occur to me. I also love just writing down things that happen in my life––you never know when something might turn into a story idea. πŸ™‚ Also that excerpt is so intriguing! The narrator seems really twisted and I’d be interested in reading more about them.

  6. Elementary teachers come up with the coolest ideas! It’s so funny — when I read the comment you left on my blog with the list of ideas for summer, I thought, ‘She’d make a great kindergarten teacher.’ I have several good friends who teach elementary school and they, along with my kids’ teachers, inspire me with their creative, hands-on, never-ending bank of activities. Hope you’re having a great week!

  7. Hi! This is Carrie from A Writer and Her Adolescent Muse! I’d like to either interview you or have you write a guest post for the blog. Just let me know which you prefer and we’ll go from there. πŸ™‚

  8. That was 100% my childhood. I didn’t pass swimming lessons one year because I “needed another year of growth.” I didn’t make the traveling field hockey team. I never made a varsity team – field hockey, lacrosse, or volleyball – in high school. The closest I got was “swing player” who would fill in on Varsity if someone was injured or sick. Same idea as alternate. I was told I would never play lacrosse in college and got lucky going to a school starting a new team and got to walk on and play my first two years before I decided I liked other things more. With sports, like everything in life, we don’t do it for the recognition. We do it for the love of the game and playing and taking chances. The love of the game never goes away, but disappointment is temporary. Playing with your heart for the love of the game is the most important thing, and the only time you should stop doing something is if your heart is no longer in it. Keep at it, G!

  9. I did the same thing last summer, Tab, although I do put lipstick on once a day for some crazy reason. So freeing! Don’t miss it at all. πŸ™‚

  10. I’m right there with you. I stopped wearing it about 5 years ago, (though I never wore much anyways, powder, mascara, eyeliner and a little shadow) but I don’t miss it at all. And I agree that I don’t look that different without it. Of course I have dark eyelashes and eyebrows, so that may help a little. This may change if I inherit my mother’s dark circles, however. LOL If I do wear anything for a special occasion, I can’t wait to get home and wash it off! Let the inner beauty shine!

  11. Good for you. I feel like I’m in the same boat. In fact, I wrote a post the other day about my frustration with getting a foot in the traditional publishing door and wondering if it’s all worth it. I didn’t post it, probably for the same reasons you debated about this post. I’m considering Smashwords and CreateSpace. I know I’m not going to make any money. But if I’m writing and nobody is reading, then what’s the point, right? Best of luck to you!

    1. You’re echoing my thoughts, Lisa. If no one is reading than what is the point? PLUS if you don’t risk big you can’t win big…right?
      I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
      Best of luck to you!

    1. For my independent book I designed the cover myself (I dabble in photo editing already). For the self published I paid someone to do it and the cover is GORGEOUS. I would highly recommend looking into a cover design service (mine was through lulu when I published).

  12. So excited for this new chapter in your life! Mostly because I will get some awesome reads our of it! Sending you all the goodness!

  13. This is not right. You should not have to look over your shoulder in your own neighborhood because some creepy guy thinks it’s okay to treat women (mind you a woman he doesn’t even know) with such I’ll respect. Sorry you had to deal with this. Glad to hear you’re safe.

    1. Hi Madison!
      Keep writing. Anytime you’re writing something there are good days and bad. There are days when the words just don’t want to flow. My advice is to always keep writing!
      For more specific topics you can check out my YouTube channel. I talk about lots of things there.
      Thanks for asking!
      Tabatha

  14. That is a massive list of daily tasks, but you seem to be disciplined enough to accomplish them based on your progress report. I like how you have a bunch of creative projects going on at once. That’s how I work too. It can be overwhelming at times, but if I can get even a small amount of each task accomplished per day, I feel like that’s a win.

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