Sunday, August 31, 2014

Editing Progress + Cookout

Hello everyone! Editing is going well. I actually started using Microsoft Word to track changes and I started getting the hang of it! Otherwise the other program to edit has to be connect to the internet to download it. -.- I'm on chapter 6 or 7 for editing, I might combine them,  so I'm pretty happy with the progress. I've added a good chunk but I've also left some of it. I figure that an editor will probably catch any grammatical things I miss.

I'm getting ready to head out to my grandma's house for the cookout. Hopefully that goes well. I've had a migraine for the last hour and it's only noise that's bugging me. But, it's been slightly better since I've taken medicine. So, if I get my homework done early, I'll continue to edit tonight and tomorrow.

I might update later with more info. Please comment or contact me if you have any questions.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Hello everyone! :) I started doing some more editing on my book. It's actually pretty easy to edit on the tablet. I also need to do some readings in a bit for my classes next week. But, I probably won't start that until later tonight or tomorrow.

I realized I haven't updated on how the blog is doing! 600 views today! :D I also have over 860 followers on Twitter. I need to make a facebook account still or at least a fan page. But, I still can't think of a good title. I may run a contest next month for the book title.

I'm still fighting to get my domain name to show up. Something with 1&1 and Blogger aren't matching up. I may try to fix that as well later.

That's it for now. I'll probably make another blog post later to update again.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Really Late Night Post!

Good evening everyone! So, I am a bit late on getting my blog post up. I blame Mike Wells (Twitter @MikeWellsAuthor) for his series "Lust, Money, and Murder". I'll put his link at the bottom. The books were so addictive. I have 2 modes of reading: I read the whole thing in less than a week (generally 3 days) or I don't read for months on end. There really isn't a middle ground. And, if I do find a middle ground, I generally don't like that book as much.

Also, when I have free time, I'm going to start making blog posts with what I'm reading. Or, at the very least, I might set up a page with books I've enjoyed. I even have a notebook, which is really outdated, and put the titles and links up. Everyone needs publicity!

Update on book! I'm going to start going through the rest of the book with my tablet and edit. It'll hopefully help speed up the process. :) And, then I'll edit on my computer with my tablet next to me. My goal would be to finish editing by the time I leave for my trip (about a month away) so I think I can do that.

Hopefully you've looked past the ramblingness. I'm tired right now. I'll probably get to see soon and then in the morning have a more coherent post. Good night and please comment if you would like to! :D

Mike Well's Website!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Good morning!

Hello everyone! I did eventually find an app for Windows 8.1 to read and mark up my article that I had to read. I may even use it for editing my book! And I could save a lot of paper from being printed off. So, I'm going to play around with it and see how it works out.

I have my music class in a few hours. So far I haven't looked up music to listen to. I think I may do that tonight. Otherwise, this half of the week this term will be easy. I only have one class tomorrow so that helps as well.

I have finished a chapter of my book for editing. As I previously mentioned, I may try using the binder app, or even if OneNote works that would be interesting to use. My plan still is to try my best to get the book edited and think of things to add. Then, while I'm in Brazil, I'm going to do my best to leave the manuscript alone so I can get a fresh perspective when I come back.

Well, I believe that's it. I haven't noticed any words to share. But, if I do, I'll make a post. :) Please comment or contact me!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It's still daylight outside!

EDIT: Sorry, for some reason it didn't publish like it was suppose to. :(

Hello everyone! Surprisingly I'm posting while it's still daylight outside! Awesome. Well, I would doing homework but sadly Reader, on Surface Windows 8.1, won't let me highlight stuff. I may check the app store for other pdf readers. Otherwise, I'll wait to print it later. I did manage to get it into One Note but sadly not all of the pages turned out ok. Photocopies of a book doesn't work on the left side. And Word wouldn't let me highlight stuff as well.

So, editing eh. It's going fairly well. Haven't completed the first chapter but I'm getting ideas of more things to add. If I can't find another pdf app then I will be editing. If I can get my editing done early enough I may try to get it sent in before Brazil. But, as I mentioned before, being gone and not being able to micromanage wouldn't be fun. I did find out that I'll have wifi in the hotel in Rio but I'm not sure about Salvador. But, I'll be taking a big awesome notebook I found at Walmart to start writing the second book. It's obviously not my first priority but if I can get even a few chapters done it'll help.

Otherwise not much is happening. I haven't posted on writing websites again. I'm wanting to fix that next week but, with all the readings, I'm not sure how that'll go. I don't have classes next Monday but I have to help clean up around the house. After I read the article for my music class, assuming it doesn't take that long, I'm going to start finding Brazilian music to listen to.

If you want to comment please feel free! Otherwise, as always, please use the contact form. Even if you just want to rant or need someone to talk to I'm on at least once a day.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Short Post + Some editing

Good evening everyone! I'll be having a lot of readings to do this half of the term. So, I may only be able to post once a day, but hopefully I can do more. The readings for Brazil are interesting but sadly very time consuming. Otherwise I only have some papers but no other homework.

I decided to do a tiny bit of editing and I've added some ideas to my paper. I might try to tear up my writing tomorrow after I go through and add ideas. My Thursdays and Fridays I only have 1 class each day so hopefully I can get ahead and have time to edit my writing. I'm really hoping that I can get through my entire book before the trip. :)

I've also decided to stop Word of the Day temporarily. No one had responded if they enjoyed it but I may do it on the weekends. I may do is make a "Brazilian Music" playlist for my music class. I have to respond to music in a journal so I might post updates on what I learn every once in a while. Also I'm going to do one more look through then post that side story to 20 lines.

As always, feel free to comment or send a message. :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Late night post + 2 w.o.t.d

Good evening! My first day back to college was good. Sadly, for my art class, we have to do weaving with a loom. I'm not the best at it. But, towards the end of class, I was sort of getting the hang of it. That class is only meeting MW unless we need more time. And the Political Science class was interesting as well.

I've been doing the readings for a class tomorrow night and it took so long and I haven't finished yet! And normally I can read articles ok but these took forever. But, I did learn that in Brazil they thought it would help the inflation if they closed every one's bank accounts for a year. Being a business major, I didn't stop freaking out about that, until a little bit ago. (I mean really just close it and say come back in a year. -.-)

My only big book update is that I've printed off my first chapter to start editing. But, because of all of my classes so far wanting to get as much done before the trip, I don't think I'll be able to get it edited until after the trip. I would trust the editor it's just my stress, and micromanaging at times, wouldn't be able to tolerate it.

Hopefully, I'll be able to connect online, because I only plan on taking my tablet and my iPod. I know that I sound really American right now but that's a downsize considering I'm addicted to my iPhone. It's pretty pathetic but it's my portable gaming/talking device. I wanted to take my kindle, two words - Portable Books, because I know that has a fairly long battery life. But, it's another device to deal with, and my tablet has the app for kindle.

Words of the Day! Ethos & Operose
Ethos - It's a word to characterize either a person, group, etc. Fairly broad meaning.
Operose - Means tedious and wearisome.

Well, I better head off to bed. I still have about 15 pages of reading left to do, but I don't have classes until 2:30, and I wanted to get ahead with another reading. If I have time in the morning I'll start looking over my story and attempt to harshly critize it. And I plan to add some more to it, for example the different races, so that'll be a bit easier to incorporate.

Annndddd I'm writing a side story for 20 lines. I figured if I make a Science Fiction that might help me with not geting too mixed up with my writing. Only bad thing is that my story is in first person while the side story is in 3rd person. But, I figured I could do a few short chapters, and if it really gains ground I may work on it as a future novel. :)

777 followers and College

Hello everyone! College starts today so I won't have a long blog post until later. I saw that I now have 777 followers! Super neat. I'll do word of the day and update on how editing is going later. :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Day One of Editing! + W.o.t.D.

Hello everyone! I finally get to start editing my work! It's a bit scary but really exciting as well. I'm going to go through and add details around characters, since some of them I wasn't officially sure what I wanted them to look like, and I know there are a few chapters that need to be lengthened a little. But, once I add some detail, I'll start printing off the chapters at school. That way I can edit reading off paper and see where I need to fix things.

Otherwise there isn't too much to talk about. Almost to 500 page views, and I've gotten over 750+ followers on twitter. I've started looking into big publishing companies and still haven't decided which route I'll officially take. Tor or Ace would be a really cool company to publish with. I enjoy all the fantasy books they've published.

Words of the Day! Crinose & Dovecote

Crinose - Hairy. Yup, it only means hairy. :)

Dovecote - Housing for pigeons. And also could mean a harmonious group.

Please vote on if you would like me to continue with the Words of the Day. No one has taken the poll so I'm not sure if you all enjoy it or just tolerate it. :) Please comment as well!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Initial Draft Completed

Hello everyone! I have finished my initial draft! I'm very excited to have gotten this far. The next portion will include adding detail and editing through the story a bit. Shouldn't be too bad. I think I'll start working on adding detail tonight by going through with the character names and adding detail about that character in there.

Otherwise, I don't have much to add. Other than I watched Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs but otherwise not much has happened. I'll make another post in the morning. :)

One more chapter! + WotD!

Hello everyone! The Internet isn't working well today because of the storms.Writing is going well. I'm at the point where I could wrap up my story with a final chapter! I also reached over 200 pages with Ariel 12pt. double spaced and on the full page. I will probably change the font once I've gone through and edited it the first time. But, I prefer Ariel font editing, so at least it'll help.

I've gotten over 400 page views! Thanks everyone. :) Twitter is going very well. I'm exciting that a lot of authors have followed me. Hopefully I can keep learning ways to market my book. I may wait until after the Brazil trip before getting it officially edited. I'm going to do an edit and try to keep working on it before the trip starts. I may also buy a few books to help with editing as well. :)

Please comment if you have used Writer's Market or Guide to Literary Agents from Writers Digest. I'm considering buying the new ones. But, I don't know if they are good, or if I should get a different brand. I have a few free kindle books but haven’t bought any other books for editing.

Words of the Day! 

Raze – To destroy, shave, or scrape something. 

 Purfle– To ornament the edges of an item.

If I do finish my book I’ll make another post tonight. And, if I have any other things I want to bring up. :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Writing Away + 2 Words

Hello everyone! Sorry I wasn't able to post this morning. I've been trying to clean out my room a bit more before college starts. I might try to sell some text books soon for the extra money. I'm really worried that my car bill is going to be high. They were just starting to work on it today! :( I took it in Wednesday. -.-

Anyways, writing is going good. I figured I would finish eating my lunch and then start writing some more. I'm really excited to be so close to wrapping up my initial draft. If I were to get it done tonight I think I'm going to start reading through it so I can figure out spots I need to strengthen or take out.

Words of the Day: Temerity & Cherry Pick

Temerity - To be very bold and confident.
Cherry pick - To pick with great care or to only look at clearance items.

I'm a cherry picker because things on sale and better when they are cheaper. :)

Well, I believe that's it. I can't think of any other pressing matters at the moment. Other than I start college on Monday. Ahhhh.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


The hypnotist was really cool. It was basically the same routine as from my first year. But, it was funnier with some people I knew up there, and the people made it really funny. I'll post the guys name tomorrow if I can remember it. He said it once and then never mentioned it again. I believe he's been on some tv shows and also helped MTV with some hypnotist shows.

I didn't get to write much today. I've been moving stuff around, running more errands before school starts, and haven't gotten much down time. I'm hoping this weekend I can actually have time to write! I may try to write a bit tonight as well but depends on how long I can stay awake.

BIGGGGGGGGGG news!!!! Yesterday, I had 80 page views!!!! That's the most I've ever received. *Throws confetti* so I've gotten over 300 views in the last 15 days. I know it's not a lot per day but it's certainly an awesome start. :)

Also, if you have Netflix, check out After the Dark. It's very philosophical but I enjoyed it. Makes you realize how things could turn out. And, how choices can affect you. However, I'm sure the book is probably better, The ending kind of killed some of the movie but I'm sure that it's similar to what the book was. Chip was a pretty smart man though.

Well, I'm going to try and write for a bit. I'll make a new blog post in the morning with an update and the word of the day!

Goooooood Morning! - The Bird is the Word.

Hello everyone! So, I wrote for a little bit last night, and then my mom needed the computer. -.- I have my Surface tablet but I can't write at nighttime. I really want the back lit keyboard but those are at least $125. Maybe I'll search the Internet and try to find a good deal. Good deals are always awesome.

Anyways, writing was going well. I just have to finish up this scene and then maybe add a chapter or two. I haven't really decided. Or, for the moment, I might just add the one and then decide when I edit it. I can't wait to start editing because I haven't put tabs in front of any of the paragraphs! My way of making sure I go through everything! I really do need to get it done by the 30th. Lulu has this deal where you can get one copy of your book for free. But, if I miss it, I'll do November Nanowrimo and hopefully it'll be more completed by then.

Also I am very bummed out right now. I thought, on the 17th, that my post went through! No, it's a draft, and I even wrote a longer post for it! Oh well, I might copy & paste the one section I wrote about but I haven't decided yet.

Woooooordddddd oofffff thhheeee dayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! (Couldn't resist)

Ragamuffin - Essentially a homeless child was worn clothes.

I haven't gotten my other emails yet so I may do another Word of the Day. No one has tried my poll, that one vote was mine, because I wanted to test it.

Well, I'm going to run errands soon and I get to see my ESA big tonight! I'm super excited to see her again. :D Also, I promise I'll write more!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Midnight Post! + 8/20 W.o.t.D.

Good evening/early morning! I got caught up watching The Amazing Spiderman 2 and truthfully haven't gotten much writing done today. I think after this blog post I'll try to write for another hour or so on my story. :) I still can't decide on whether or not I want to keep my orignial plot for the trilogy or change it. The third book could be predictable or unexpected. While I don't want it to be too predictable, I'm afraid my unexpected might be too far off, and my readers might not want to read it.

But, I have a fourth side story already plotted in my mind. It won't have my main characters constantly in it but I think the different point of view might make it enjoyable. Speaking of plots, I've decided that I might start up a side story to work on. I found the app 20 lines (link for the website below) and might start up a story. I can't guarantee it will happen, especially with college coming up quickly, but it's definately on my radar. The website is free so everyone could read it.

Social media is going fairly well. I currently have 660+ followers! That alone is very exciting. I keep receiving updates for my Google+ but I haven't gotten around to doing more with it. I think I might leave that and other platforms of social media out of the way for the moment. It's probably stupid but I know I won't keep up with all of them at the moment.

I believe that's it. I'll probably post again in the morning. So, I'll leave you with the word of the day I found quite enjoyable.

Singultus- Now, this seems as if it's a really fancy word. I hate to disappoint, but it can also mean a hiccup. However, it used to be Latin for sobbing.

Have a lovely night/morning everyone! I'll post again in the morning/afternoon. :)

20 Lines (Not just english!) :)

Quick update!

Hello everyone! Quick update, I've been working on cleaning up my room. Whoo. I haven't gotten to write today but last night I wrote at least 3,000 words! I have maybe another 10,000 words but it's hard to say for sure. I've been thinking of other endings/plots for my third book. Haven't offically decided what will happen for sure.

I'll post again tonight with some words of the day! I'll also update you on if I decide to continue with it. :)

Have a lovely day!!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Updates + New - Word of the Day!

Hello everyone! I'm getting a late post in. I woke up late, had to get my car taken in, and then had to run errands with family. Yay. I won't get my car back until tomorrow or later. Hopefully sooner!

Updates: After I write the blog I plan on writing more for my story. I've been trying to decide if I should bring a character in sooner. I think I will so that character can bloom more for the second book. And it'll add a good chunk into my story. I only have a few more chapters before I call it "done". I have to go through and then edit everything. But, having it go later and being closer to school time, means I can print it out there.

I'm still debating on how I want to approach the ending of the second and third book. I might take what I wanted to do for the 3rd book, put it in the second book, and then make a new adventure for her in the third book. It's tough debating this. I could have her go out, by herself, and get to explore the land more. Or, I can do more in the second book, and then have my third book stay the same.

Other than that Twitter is going good! I'm going to start posting on those online forums and I'll put links in my About me section once I'm active. Also, make sure to check out my music page because I have the playlist of music I listen to. It's not nearly complete but it's a good start.

Word of the Day!

So, I need to bump up my vocabulary because I love when books have new words! I've subscribed to Merriam-Webster, Dictionary, and I found Word Think that is interesting as well. I'll include the links in the bottom of this. If everyone enjoys reading these, I could make a Word of the Day page and include past words and all the links there.

Words: Votive & Cavernous
Votive- This is essentially a vow. But, it can also mean what the wish or desire is for the agreement.

Cavernous- This is a cavern but is more of a describing word of how the size and effect of it is.

I'll probably get better at explaining these without copying the exact definition. As you can see, the words of the day have a link, so you can click on it to see the official definition. I'll also try to find other websites that may offer more of a variety (like Business, Law, etc) so I can include those as well.

I believe that's it.  I'll make another blog post if I, somehow, finish the book. Could happen but I wouldn't hold my breath. I think I'm going to keep adding and adding to it!

Merriam Webster - Word of the Day
Dictionary - Word of the Day
Word Think - Word of the Day

Monday, August 18, 2014

Still writing!

Hello everyone! I didn't sleep well. For some reason I couldn't fall asleep and then I woke up early. Oh well, I don't think I have any super big plans. I'll probably try to write for a bit later.

The book is going good. I decided to officially add a few more chapters. Otherwise it was the big suspenseful part and then a few chapters more before stopping. I think by the time I get done with  the initial draft I'll be close to 200 pages! Thank goodness my college gives us a printing amount that we can use throughout the school year.

My twitter account has exploded! I'm almost to 600 followers. :) I'm also trying to post more on twitter for little updates and I still plan on putting blog links there as well.

I haven't done much with the forums yet. I'm going to try to get the web domain I bought, from the website Blogger said would be compatible!, and try to get it over on this account. I also made a banner on Photoshop for the forums but hopefully I can change it soon so the web domain is finally what I want it to be.

Last night I went over to my grandparents house and we had pizza for dinner. And then they were telling us about the Alaskan cruise they went on. I really want to go on that Princess cruise. It sounded very nice and the shops on there are tax free. I would want to buy jewelry on there so it wouldn't get horribly taxed on!

Also I was looking into business jobs I could go into. Once I get about 3 years experience there are a lot of options out there! And there are some pretty cool places I could go work for and that'd be awesome.

Annnnnnnnnd I believe that's it. It feel weird that tomorrow I don't have to work at my internship. Soon I can pick up shifts at my college dining area to make some more money. As always, please comment or now us the contact forum! :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Long Nights, Early Days

Good morning! My writing has been going great! One good thing is that I've thought of more things I can do. Bad thing, that means it's going to take longer to finish, but I'll be able to add some length. :D I still want to finish by the end of the month preferably.

I stayed up fairly late, past 3am when I last checked, and for some reason this is becoming a normal occurrence. Usually 2am is around my limit but I've been up more now. When college starts up again I'll have to get to bed a little bit sooner. I finally have a term with late classes (12:30 pm!). Trust me, this is late compared to three trimesters in a row with 8:30 classes.

Today I have a social event (my grandpa's new wife is having a family get together) and I have no clue how long that will go on for. I have to leave around 1 to get there and who knows when it'll finish. They're really nice but I want keep writing! But, some social interaction would be nice.

Also, that music page I kept talking about, is sort of up right now! I have a link to the playlist (hopefully it works) and I'll be typing up the list with names & song writers soon. It's not nearly completed but it's at least a start. :D I still need to add Lindsey Sterling (awesome violinist!) and a few other artists.

Twitter is going ok. It's slowed down a bit but not too badly. I'll keep adding people and see if I can get more followers. :D And I'll keep linking my posts back to my blog posts. I also haven't touched my Pinterest account. I need to figure out how to link it back easier.

I've decided to join a bunch of writing forums. Yay! Hopefully it'll keep me active with my writing. Also, after thinking about it while browsing through some of their forums, I've decided that I really want to try traditional publishing first. That way someone else can market my book and help me edit it. But, if I don't have luck, then I'll self publish. :) And, if I do want a job, then I won't have to stress out over promoting, work, and my social & family life.

So, with writing, forums, and school work I'll be quite busy! Forums, sadly, would be the first to go but hopefully I can find a nice balance.

Finalllyyyyyyyyyy, The Giver was a great movie. I really enjoyed it. Although, I wonder if the books are better, but I'll have to read them to see!

Want to comment? Go right ahead! I won't stop you. :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Seeing a movie tonight!

Hello everyone! I'm going to be working more on finishing up the chapter and I'm still thinking about where I'm going to add extra scenes. As soon as I get that done I can send it off to the editor I've found. :D

I'm going to be seeing a movie, The Giver, and I'll have to share if I like it. It looks like an interesting movie.

Otherwise Twitter is going well and I'm getting a fair amount of views on here. I may join other websites so I can promote my blog! I'm also thinking about updating my blog background as soon as I can figure out the coding.

I have started the page for music so I'll publish it soon. It'll not have links yet but it will. Has anyone created a youtube playlist and made it public? That may be a good alternative but I'll have to play with that for a while. :)

Comments? Please post away!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Not working well with a schedule!

Hello everyone! I've been trying to post twice a day and get into a routine but obviously that hasn't worked yet. I've gotten over 160 page views and 533 followers. A few of my followers are publishing companies, smaller ones, but still awesome to have. I'm going to be working on my following soon because I reached the 2,000 limit. So, I'm trying to find people I follow that don't follow me back, and keeping the ones I want to follow.

I don't know how many of you have heard about Ferguson. I've been posting links through my twitter account to help share links. I watched one of the reporters showing how the police were shooting tear gas into a neighborhood. :( I'm just hoping the families inside weren't affected because of it. And the protesters were saying how they were peaceful. Hopefully Obama addresses it properly. Apparently it's already started for my time zone so I'm going to watch and see what their response is.

Yes, I still haven't completed my music list. I'm trying to track down links for songs I keep thinking of. I may just make a page on here so I can just start it up. That way I can keep updating that for anyone who is interested.

One VERY exciting thing is that I've gotten a commenter! And I've gotten feedback on Twitter about my blog as well.

I also just realized I've been on here over a week! *Throws confetti* 166 page views isn't too bad! Here's a quick look at my stats for countries viewing:

United States
United Kingdom

Pretty awesome if you ask me. Everyone need to keep sending their friends over though! :)

Quick update on book! I've written half of the final chapter. I'm still deciding on if I should continue on with more of the story or have that be the introduction to the next book. Do I start the second book out with action or do I have a calm before the storm? 

Have a suggestion? Have an opinion? Please comment! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quick Book Update and Exciting News!

Hello everyone! I have gotten some of my final chapter written. It's actually getting longer than expected so I might need to make another chapter as the final chapter. That's a good thing for me! I'm hoping that I can get it done tomorrow and start writing some extra scenes before the weekend.

Also I have found an editor to do an initial look over of my work! It's at a really good price and I'll share the link once it's been completed. ;) I'm not going to give away my source quite yet. I can't wait to get the book completed and the first edit done. That means I would only have to fix changes, get beta readers, fix more changes with a possible second editor, and get ready to publish. 

At the very least I won't be publishing until after November. I want to get up to the point where I need beta readers before my trip to Brazil. That way I can also leave some time for my novel to sit and when I get back I can reread it. 

I need to get the initial draft done so I can claim a free hardcover copy of my book from Lulu! I think it'll help give me motivation to keep moving forward. And it'll help me see what options I have for self publishing.

Finally, I only have one more day left of my internship, unless they don't need my help. I was even paid today! The whole experience has made me want to look into Non-profits to work. However, next summer I may try to get a corporation job to see the differences and see which one I would prefer.

My quick blog has ended up quite long! I'm still collecting links. I really didn't think it would take this long. if I get enough views on that blog I'll make a page and keep updating it. 

As usual, comment away you quiet readers. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Posting Away

Hello everyone! I'm still fighting to get my blog updated for the name. I hope within the next few weeks I can figure it out.

My first comment in the blog isn't about my book. I just wanted to say RIP Robin Williams. I strongly urge you, if you have any suicidal thoughts, please talk to someone. There are so many websites and hotlines to call. It is tragic that he took his life but please keep living your life. <3 Things always get better. Also, if you want to talk to me, please contact me at and I should be able to get back to you within the day. :)

Now onto the blog and book! I've gotten over 100 page views. This is pretty awesome. I hope it keeps going strong. :D

My twitter is also going very well. I recently got up past 400 followers! I hope I can keep it growing. I'll also try to think of other ways to get more followers.

Other than that there isn't too much to update on. Finding music links is taking longer than expected. I hope I can complete it by tonight but I have to work soon. Also, my book is going fairly well. I haven't gotten to write today because I'm dealing with Brazil paperwork. :)

Comments? Concerns? Want to be my first person to comment? Go write! :)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Running behind!

Seems as if I'm running way behind today! I didn't sleep very well.

So, I'll start with update on my book. Still not completed but I'm thinking about the next chapter before I write it. :) Then I can start thinking about editing. 

Next, my twitter account is going pretty good. A few authors have even messaged me! I also became addicted to the Paphos books. I'm on 3 out of 5 of the books. They're shorter books but all in a series. 

For all my other accounts I haven't been keeping up on it. I'll need to still get my blogs on Pinterest. I'm going to still wait on Facebook and their page until my book gets finished up. 

I believe that's all! I'm still getting my list together to make my favorite music list. 

Have a lovely night! Please comment. :)))

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Quote + updates

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle.

Thanks Bernice Fischer for sharing this quote!

I’ve read a little bit of Aristotle’s work but I hadn’t found this quote. It’s a really interesting concept that I hadn’t really thought of. Sure, we learn information in school, and we have plenty of resources to know now that something is correct. But, what if we accepted everything we thought as truth?

It made me really think about my book. I know my characters, their world, and the whole book isn’t true. But, it would be strange to truly accept it. My first thought is running around in a busy city screaming “Dragons!”. That would be a funny scene to watch.

The same could go for fiction books, tv shows, movies, and other things. Sure, we see certain things that will affect our minds, but generally people can stop with the thought. Granted, there are movies and books based on real events, but we’re always told that it is true. Thanks again for sharing the quote!!!

In other news I’ve realized I haven’t been posting the right links for twitter. My dyslexia had me skipping another / so therefore the links are invalid. I posted a comment last night with the link to my blog so it should be leading people to the right place now. Otherwise, things are going great on twitter, and people are still following me!

Also I apologize if my Success post sounded a bit ranty. It’s just a bit frustrating still trying to get everything set up. On that note, I’ll start working on my pinterest account soon. I posted once and haven’t went back to keep setting them up.

Most likely I won’t get my initial draft done today. I have to pick my grandparents up from the airport and may have to go have dinner with them tonight. Hopefully within the next few days it’ll be complete!
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Success - How I define it.

Some of you who are crossing my blog are probably wondering what I'm doing. Sure, my book isn't even close to be completed, but I feel my best shot is to get viewers and try to get them to stay. Sure, 70 views isn't a 1,000 but considering in three days I've gotten 70 people's attention means a lot of me. And on twitter I'm getting close to three hundred. Even if half don't even look at my posts, even if only ten people look, I've gotten a few more people to see what I want to do.

Granted, my posts telling you how many views and followers I have may seem a bit self centered. Maybe it's my need to impress others. But, I feel that by showing "Hey I can do this!" it may help me in the long run. And I've gotten no commenters. Now, you may be thinking, eh that's not bad. By having no feedback it is also making me worried.

Am I posting things that people want to read? Are they not commenting because it's ok? Or do they not want to hurt my feelings? I truly don't know.

I could get friends to post on here. But, I've decided not to tell my friends or family about my writing. They'll complain that I need to focus on college and getting a job. They may understand why I need to write this or they'll just count me as another person trying to make it big. Which isn't a complete lie. It would be amazing to have thousands upon thousands of readers. I could feel that my story may influence them as I have felt with other novels.

Even if I self publish and get 100 people to buy it I would be content. It sounds like a low goal but I still see it as a possibility. I don't necessarily want that possibility to come true.

If you're still reading you'll probably think "What makes your book so important?" Well, it's the first book I've felt a true passion for. I've started at least 8+ books, finished one in the 8th grade, but never truly finished writing a book. Even my current book was one that was cast aside but always lingered in my mind.

The book isn't even close to how I started it. Not by a long shot. How a few of my main characters meet is fairly close but it's grown so much. I still worry about making it enough for a trilogy but I know I can make it happen. I have faith that my writing will fall into place. I thought by making this blog perhaps other writers could come forward and say "Hey, I'm doing the same thing!" or even "I've done it!" but sadly it has not happened.

I plan on continuing to post. This wasn't a post I had planned on but perhaps you can understand me more. I would like to get a third post in tonight but, if I don't, I'll post with a topic I had previously mentioned. And, hopefully, I'll have good news to share as well.

As always, please comment if you have a moment.


Close to Completion with Inital Draft!

I only have one more chapter! I just need to write one more chapter. Before I start editing I'm going to add some details, fix mistakes, and perhaps add the other chapters. :)

Current update: over 70 page views and almost 260 followers on twitter. I plan on writing a long blog post later in the day. I will either write about a few favorite books or some of the music I enjoy listening to while writing.

Comment please! :D

Friday, August 8, 2014

Late Post!

I was out and about shopping so I wasn't able to get on sooner. So, there are a few more updates!

First off my blog has gotten 66 views! We can do this! I was happy last night with 30 and throughout the day it's doubled. I'll try to add some more stuff to the blog might try to make my own background. I haven't done coding since Neopets!

Second, my twitter followers number has exploded! 60 followers was pretty cool but I'm up to 190!!! Yes, I will try not to use exclamation points as much but I'm just so excited for all of this. :)

Third, I've started playing with my Pinterest account more but haven't had a lot of success. I'll post the link to my pinterest page once it's up and going. Most likely my plan for tomorrow along with writing.

Finally, I will be writing soon! I'm almost to 50k. Once I finish another chapter and my current chapter then I'll go back and add details. Afterwards I can actually edit my work. If you would like to be a beta reader, even for just the first chapter would be a great hello, then please contact me! I also need an editor (preferably under $300 but even less would be great) and also someone to make my cover art. :)

I believe that is it for the current update. I may do a book comment blog in the near future and maybe tomorrow do a blog on some favorite books + authors.

Have a question? Really want to be the first commented? COMMENT! :)

New Things Added!

So I have some exciting news! I've gotten 30 page views in 1 day! This is more than I would have expected and would like to thank you guys. It's a new process for me and I want to keep building it up. Secondly, I do have a pinterest account. I'm working on making images so I can actually link information.

I've edited my Author information and Updates on Book pages. Please comment if you can think of additional things I should add. :)

My google+ account is set up now. You can click on it, web site verison for sure, and also you can add me to your circle. :) I'm super excited with how easy it was to set up. Now I just need friends/followers to make it really exciting!

Speaking of followers: on Twitter I've reached 60 followers! Now you guys just need to check in at least once a day. I plan on commenting on other websites about my twitter and blog so hopefully I can keep bringing people in.

One new thing I haven't been able to add is the web domain I bought. I thought it would work because it's one of the sites blogger recommended. However, trying to get it in, is proving to be a challenge. If you have done this please please please help! I generally am tech savvy but this is completely over my head. 

I also plan on finishing my book this weekend. Of course, it'll be the inital draft, but it'll still be great to finish. Then all I need to do is add detail, cut out bad things, edit edit edit, and of course get readers so I can edit it some more. Yay. I'm just hoping that after editing I can finally come up with a name for my book. I don't want to have a cheesy dragon title but something catchy still. 

Most likely I'll post again later. Not quite sure what the topic will be. Hopefully something riviting!

Comments? Know how to help me? Want to be a beta reader? Please comment below. There hasn't been a single comment yet!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Internship at a Non-Profit

At the end of my sophomore college year I didn't have plans for an internship. But, on the last week of school, my sorority (Epsilon Sigma Alpha) was contacted because they needed someone. Being a local I immediately applied. I was very excited when they contacted me for the internship.

My job there is data entry. It sounds boring but it isn't close to it. Actually, I generally wish I worked there longer in order to get more done! When I'm not entering patient data and fixing it up I'm stuffing envelopes. Now, once again it sounds boring, but it actually is very rewarding. These things that I'm sending out get more attention towards the non profit.

Plus, it helps my boss not have to spend 4-10 hours stuffing envelopes. I couldn't imagine her being able to complete all of her work and get these sent out. She would have to take work home or neglect other things that need to be done. And getting the patient list updated as much as we can easily took 8 hours and I still need to do a little more for the information to be completed.

It's also helped me grow a lot. For example, I now have a more clear path on what I would like to do. I think resource development or a different position at a non-profit would be an awesome job. Yes, the pay might not be good, but I don't think I would feel like it is work. I also now know how to work in an office. And I don't absolutely hate it! I was actually worried about not liking the environment but it's very nice. Plus getting used to normal business days and excel were great experiences.

Only 3 official more days of my internship. It's crazy to think I've worked there over the entire summer. When school starts again I'll be back to working at my colleges cafeteria. I'm actually excited because I enjoy fast pace work. And I generally get a lot of strange looks when I say it's too slow. But I love the staff and I enjoy working there a few hour a week.

Do you have an interesting internship story? A story on a job? General comments? Comment away! :)

Make sure to follow me on twitter: @elizabethlight_   .
I'll be creating Pinterest, Google+, and more in the near future.

Twitter Account + Some more ideas

Hello! I have 4 looks at my first blog post and 13 page views total! A few were mine but even a person in Poland checked me out. DziÄ™kujemy! I know it doesn't sound like a lot but, considering I posted it late last night, it's really good.

My twitter is offically at @elizabethlight_ ! It was either the underscore at the front or end so I decided the end looked better. My plan is to post my blog posts to twitter to hopefully get some more looks. Also, if you have a twitter and follow me, I will gladly follow you back. It'll help get me more amped for using twitter.

I also plan on making a pinterest account in a little while. Hopefully that can also help with getting more page views. I haven't set up a google+ account yet. Do you use it? Personally I don't know of anyone who uses it. Also I may create an instagram account in the near future.

Some exciting news on my book is that I'm getting close to completing my rough draft. I have to finish up a chapter and write at least one more chapter. Then my plan is to go through in order to add detail and add a few more scenes. I'm also thinking about adding some more races to the book. I won't be adding too many but maybe 2 that they know of and then 2-4 more that they learn about later on.

On a side note has anyone used bookbaby to publish? If I do go the self publishing route I'm very interested in them. However, I would like to make sure I could do promotional contests for my novel with them. Or, if you've used a different company, please comment how it went and if you like it!

Have a comment? Know another website I should be on? Want to give your two cents? Please comment!

I'm going to be heading off to my internship in a bit and then writing more tonight!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hello World!

Hello! I'm starting this blog to motivate myself in completing my first novel. My plan is to create a trilogy with my book. I probably won't publish at least until November due to a trip to Brazil October 2nd until November. However I hope I can start writing my second book by hand on the trip.

My pen name is going to be Elizabeth Light. I decided to have a pen name because, as a female, my last name will most likely change in a few years. I have a wonderful boyfriend, about 3.5 years now, and he's helped me figure out this name.

I'm a junior in college and I'm going for Business Management and Marketing. Now, you may be wondering, why bother with Business when you want to write? Well, for starters, I dislike my colleges Creative Writing teachers. I've met them and they don't seem worth the time. And, secondly, I've been drawn to Business for quite a while. I'm a Gemini so a lot of careers have made me interested in them but, consistently, I go back to the Business field. Plus, it'll help for when I publish.

Most likely I will go the self published route. Why? I want control over my book and a book company would have to really impress me before I chose that route. But, if I did get a good deal from a publishing company, I would definitely consider it.

My novel is going to be a fantasy novel with dragons, fairies, knights, and more! Stay posted and I'll release more information on my book.

Lastly, please comment if you have any questions! I would love to get into the habit of responding to posts. :) I also plan on creating a twitter account soon. Once my novel is written and I decide on a title name I'll make a Facebook page as well.

Have a lovely day/night! :D