One Book Down, 4 Left to Go!

When I wrote the Welcome to 2017! post I mentioned that I thought that I’d have to extend The Warlord’s Daughter to 100,000 to finish the story. I figured that it would take me another week to do this, but the second I started the new scenes everything went downhill. I ran headlong into a big problem: I really wasn’t happy with the results.

Okay, so that is putting it lightly. I hated the new scenes. They felt all wrong. I think I scrapped the first scene I worked on twice, possible three times before I took a step back to really think through the scene and what I wanted it to do for the story. While outwardly, The Warlord’s Daughter seemed to need it, it really didn’t. All I really needed was to add a few lines to a scene I already had in the book and done!

The second scene I wanted to going to add was more needful, but I was having trouble with it because it’s from a secondary characters point of view and I knew it was going to open a small subplot thread that I couldn’t close without returning to the characters point of view again. The solution was once easier then I thought it would be. The scene ended up turning out better than I thought it was going to.

I scrapped the entire third scene as it would be similar to a scene I wrote for book 2.

Writing the end scene became a problem that has kept me from being done with The Warlord’s Daughter already. Strangely, the perfect solution to my problem occurred the day I watching my girls crash and burn on the sled for the umpteenth time. Not sure why watching them was necessary for my creative brain to realize that I splitting a scene in half and rewriting it a bit would work very nicely.

I finished The Warlord’s Daughter today!

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This scene was one of those that makes a perfect ending. I had moved it from the front of The Scout’s Captive to end The Warlord’s Daughter a few weeks back. Now I have taken the first part of the scene and made it the end of book 1. The rest of the scene can go back to the beginning of The Scout’s Captive.

It was a simple solution with an easy fix that worked out so much better than what I had been attempting to do with the end of The Warlord’s Daughter. I couldn’t believe how much better the end of the story worked out. It tied up all the threads while not leaving the story on too big a cliffhanger (it really couldn’t be helped) or giving away the next book in the series.

So now I’m off to pick up my reward for finishing The Warlord’s Daughter ahead of schedule before starting The Scout’s Captive.

My Reward: Miracle Morning for Writers

What is that? you ask. Well, The Miracle Morning for Writers is:

Need to find more time to write–without sacrificing the important things? Looking to consistently discover great book ideas? Wish you could generate a steady income from your words…or increase what you already make?

The solution to these questions is to change what you do first thing in the morning. And that’s why you should read The Miracle Morning for Writers: How to Build a Writing Ritual That Increases Your Impact and Income (Before 8AM).

The Miracle Morning for Writers combines Hal Elrod’s global phenomenon with Steve Scott’s proven writing habit techniques (which helped him get on the Wall Street Journal bestsellers list). You learn how to take charge of your morning and maximize “the rest of the day” for your writing efforts.

Here’s what you’ll discover in The Miracle Morning for Writers:

  • How a morning routine can change every area of your life (Including your health, happiness, finances and relationships).
  • The proven strategy for “finding the time” to write–even if you have a full-time job.
  • Our method for selling lots of books (and the 8-step process to build it).
  • Steve’s favorite app for tracking your great ideas and researching your next book.
  • Hal’s process for overcoming the limiting beliefs that hold you back from success.
  • “Flow state” and how it can forever eradicate writer’s block.

You will also learn:

  • 4 business models perfect for writers, how to get started, and which one we recommend.
  • The 10-step process for publishing a book that readers love.
  • 6 tools for improving your writing skills.
  • 2 techniques for doubling (even tripling) your daily word count total.
  • How to find the “80/20” of your book-based business.
    The Miracle Morning for Writers is your key to building a writing habit that will increase both your income and the value you provide to the world.

Planners Are So Not Working for Me!

2017_writers_notebook_plannerWell, it’s the second week of using my 2017 planners for work and life. I bought both planners this year to check them for any printing issues before placing them on Lulu for those who didn’t want to print them to buy.

Since I absolutely hate wasting stuff, I tried to figure out a way to use them both. By week one (December 25 to January 1), I already saw a problem with how I was going to use them. I tweaked the system and tried it for a second week (January 2 to today).

The system I devised looked something like this:

  • 2017 Project & Task Planner was to be used at the beginning of each day to show what I want to accomplish each week, to plan out my projects for the week and year, to record deadlines/events/appointments that will change how I plan my week, and to give me a good overview of what I wanted to get done.
  • 2017 Writer’s Notebook Planner was to be used at the end of the day to track how I used my time (using the time tracker), to show what I actually accomplished each day, to record my scheduled posts, to write down my day reflections (work journal and goal for 2017).

Both versions of this system ended up being too complicated, too time-consuming, and just plain old annoying. I really, really hated using both planner throughout the week. Also decided that I’m never going to be one of those writer’s who journal and dropped the work journal idea from this year’s goals.

2017_task_plannerThis morning I decided that it was time to return to the drawing board and figure out how I could utilize both planners. I even did some internet research and read article after article of how others used multiple planners.

After about an hour of reading I knew that the multiple planner idea wasn’t going to ever work for me. Having two different planners to keep track of things just isn’t feasible for the way my brain works or for how I work. Also I just don’t have that much stuff going on now that I’m not designing covers any more and I use a wall calendar to record my family’s schedules.

So I’m scrapping my planner system and trying something else.

I wish that I had someone I could give one of the planners to so as not to waste it, but everyone I know that wanted one bought one and I’ve already started writing in them and I doubt anyone would want either of them now. So instead I’m going to use one planner at a time, possible for a few months before switching to the other one. This way I can see which features I like better for when I design another one for 2018.

That said, I’m curious to know if anyone has any suggestions for how they use their planners? For those who bought one, how are you utilize your planners? Do you have any suggestions for next years planners?

Setting up your Writing Schedule

1. When are you most creative?

I know I’m most creative around 6-8 at night, but I’m often caught up working on other things. Maybe I need to just dedicate this time, but when I don’t always know my work schedule, it’s hard to dedicate that time.

2. When can you always dedicate that time? Every day?

I talked about this in my intro. I’m free early in the morning and late at night. If you want to successfully dedicate yourself to writing every day, it make sense to find the same time. Every single day. Even the weekends (the idea of waking up that early on a weekend is awful, but if I want to be serious, I need to do it).

3. Set a time frame.

I like to focus on writing in 30 minute time frames. If I wake up at 6:15 to write, that’ll work. In the morning, I have thyroid medicine I take and I have to wait 30 minutes after to eat. This would be such a perfect time to write, and I really need to start to using that time to do something productive, not sleep more.

4. Set a Word Goal

Right now, my word goal is 500 words, but I’ve been struggling to hit that. If I dedicate just that half hour, I can easily hit that 500 words, I know it. Eventually, I want to up my word count, maybe to 1000 words in a half hour.

If you’re struggling to write every day, setting up some perimeters can really help define what you’re looking for. So, tell me, how do you do your writing schedule?

The Covers for The Queen’s Rebellion Revealed

My girls’ school was canceled for today. Yay! Oh, Hell…

Due to my girls being home all day and hubby home by noon, I’m not really expecting to get a lot of writing down later today. So I’m writing as much as I can this morning in the hopes of finishing The Warlord’s Daughter today. I’m so close to the end and I really want to start the next book in the series.

So why am I writing a blog post? Well, I’m not. I took a small break from an hour-long writing session to look through my list of unpublished posts to make a game plan for later today and realized that I hadn’t posted my cover reveal for The Queen’s Rebellion Series before the Welcome to 2017! post where they were featured. So not cool! 😦

Now I’m only writing an introduction to this post and publishing it. So even though it’s a little late in coming, here are the covers for The Queen’s Rebellion and descriptions for the series of books based on the life and adventures of the Lady Laramina Khynal and her husband Lord Cynel Maelti.

The Warlord’s Daughter, Book 1

the_warlords_daughter_1_webWhen Warlord Darton Khynal accepted the mission to end the bandit threat and train the next recruits for the Baryano army, he accept, but his reasons have nothing to do with career advancement and everything to do with his daughter. The Lady Laramina Khynal has come of age and the power flowing through her veins is becoming stronger and harder to hide. It’s only a matter of time before she is discovered and enslaved by the Council, undoing everything Darton has done to protect her. Forced to play a dangerous game with Laramina’s future, Darton accepts the Council decreed marriage between Lord Nyden Farlon and Laramina, a union that could have terrible consequences for everyone, if he allows it to take place.

The Scout’s Captive, Book 2

the_scouts_captive_2_webCondemned to death and hunted by Baryano for being Nyfeli, Cynel joined a rebellion he didn’t believe in for three meals a day, a warm place to sleep, and a chance to survive. He become a legend among the Rebels as a lethal warrior without mercy. But the ruthless Cynel is ill-prepared for the Lady Laramina Khynal, the woman who saved his life and whose life he swore to protect, for she is far more dangerous than any foe he’s faced. She is the one woman he cannot have, and the only one he wants.

Dodging Council Soldiers scouring the land for her, Laramina must make a terrible decision. Will she let events play out and willingly go with the men who abducted her? Or will she attempt to save the ones she loves by escaping from the man she is coming to love and return to marry the disgusting Lord Nyden Farlon?

The Lost Heir, Book 3

the_lost_heir_3_webCynel has always played his part, be it servant boy, thief, warrior, scout, or killer. Now he’s being asked to play the part of Laramina’s husband or protector until the Rebel leaders are ready announce the return of the Lost Heir, the only hope they have of rallying those who hate the current state of politics to their dying cause. They will do anything to gain and hold the advantage, including end the relationship between the Lost Heir and a Nyfeli killer.

Rocked by the truth about her heritage, the Lady Laramina Khynal doesn’t want the responsibility of ruling the three races. She doesn’t want the power to start a war. She doesn’t want the man she loves to hand her over to the Kydeloi Prince she’s been promised to since she was four years old. She doesn’t want the destiny chosen for her if it means losing Cynel. But to stay together, they will risk everything and defy the most powerful people in the land.

The Empty Throne, Book 4

the_empty_throne_4_webBetrothed to a man she despises, married to a rebel she’s grown to love, and promised to a prince she’s never met, the Lady Laramina Khynal is tired of being other people’s puppet, she’s ready to make her own choices. And while falling into the hands of the Council Soldiers searching for her wasn’t the best choice, she would do it again to protect the Rebels she has come to love. She just didn’t plan on Lord Nyden Farlon presences or his demands to finish what they started so he can seal his claim to the Empty Throne.

Determined to save his wife from the clutches of the Council, Cynel and a few loyal warriors cross into Baryano territory to infiltrate the heart of the Council’s City. Their plan is simple: abduct the Lost Heir before the Council can claim control of the Empty Throne through her. But they didn’t plan on being captured by the enemy or finding a land in turmoil. They didn’t plan on Laramina.

The Rebel Queen, Book 5

the_rebel_queen_5_webThe fate of the Lady Laramina Khynal has always been precarious and uncertain, resting in the hands of those who care not for her happiness but only their own ambitions. Angry and determined to bring an end to the Council’s rule, she must decided if she will become the weapon other’s will wield or if she will take her newfound power and forge her own destiny with the man she loves.


Now I really must get back to writing this next scene. Cynel has just done something and I’m not sure that Mina will be able to forgive him so readily for it. I really need to see what comes next.

Wishing you the best weekend this week,

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What I’m Working On in 2017

This is where I am in my writing related goals for 2017. Updated 01/30/2017

Finish writing The Queen’s Rebellion Series

  1. The Warlord’s Daughter by February 1st (completed 01/5/2017)
  2. The Scout’s Captive by April 1st (in-progress)
  3. The Lost Heir by June 1st
  4. The Empty Throne by September 1st
  5. The Rebel Queen by December 31st

300,000 new words in 2017

  • Jan 1: 943 words
  • Jan 2: 1,269 words
  • Jan 3: 0 words

Read 50 fiction & 5 non-fiction books this year.

  • January 2017 Reading List (4 fiction books)

1 writing craft related ecourse or workshop before the end of the year (haven’t picked a course yet)

Create an inspiring work space (slideshow of inspiration is in-progress) 

Keeping a work journal (merged this goal with the planners)

Use my planners to track what I did that day, plan what I want to get done, set my writing goals at the beginning of every month, and review my goals weekly to see where I can make improvements.

Be a healthy writer through daily exercise, making healthier meal choices, drink more water, maintain my meditation and affirmation practice.