Life Updates

The last year and a half has been crazy for everyone. A lot has happened in my life and with my writing during that time, which many of you might not know about, so here’s an update!

(If you want more book-related updates, I’m starting a list for a future newsletter, so feel free to sign up for that. There should be a pop-up, or you can contact me directly.)


June 2020

  • Made and advertised a website for organizing bookstagram challenges (I still maintain this monthly)
  • Prepared content for pitching my incomplete fairy tale book at a conference

July 2020

  • Researched and visited apartments in a new state
  • Virtually attended the Realm Makers writers conference

August 2020

  • Said goodbye to old friends
  • Cleaned, packed, and moved to a different state (massive thanks to my parents – I might have died without their help)
  • Unpacked and organized a new apartment with a fantastic new roommate

September 2020

  • Began to settle in
  • Picked up writing again

October 2020

  • Finished the first draft of my fairy tale story (Daughter of Sorcery)
  • Began brainstorming a new story

November 2020

  • Wrote 50k words for NaNoWriMo on my new dystopian idea

December 2020

  • Visited family for an extended vacation

January 2021

  • Picked up Daughter of Sorcery again
  • Decided on a church to attend

February 2021

  • Started draft two of DoS with the goal of cutting 40k words (draft one had 165k words)

March 2021

  • Spent ten days staying with a friend who was recovering from surgery
  • Very slowly continued on draft two (how does this editing thing work anyway?)

April 2021

  • Used Camp NaNoWriMo as motivation to finish draft two

May 2021

  • Prepared content for pitching my (now complete) book at a conference
  • Started draft three of DoS (filling plot holes and keeping things consistent)

June 2021

  • Whizzed through draft three with almost daily visits to the library (and one particularly motivational chair next to a big window)

July 2021

  • Attended the Realm Makers writers conference (in person this year!)
  • Took vacation time to visit family and friends

August 2021

  • Put the finishing touches on draft three and sent it out to alpha readers for feedback
  • Attended a family wedding (and visited friends on the way back)
  • Picked up that dystopian idea from last year and resumed brainstorming

In summary:

I’m now living in a wonderful new apartment with a very encouraging roommate (who is also a writer) in a very nice area of a reasonable town where I don’t have to drive 45 minutes to get to anything. I love it.

And I now have a completed third draft of a fantasy novel (sitting at a very reasonable 115k words) and 50k words of a dark dystopian novel.

AND I’ll be sharing more of my writing here very soon!

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