Why I’m Not Doing Camp NaNoWriMo

As mentioned previously on the blog as well as my social media, someone very special to me passed away at the beginning of June. About a week after their passing I had the idea to write about how grieving was effecting my writing and mental health. As both took a serious hit, unfortunately that itself had become quite the challenge. I was unable to produce the post that I had self-proclaimed via twitter was coming. Obviously it never came though; as I was never able to put the words down that I wanted to put down. Every time I sat down to write it out I found myself crying in my grief and more frustrated with myself for the inability to write anything substantial.
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Vini’s Story • What Happened To It?

So back in January I hired a cover designer to create the cover art for Vini’s Story. I then proceeded to announce its arrival to my WattPad page starting in January. My plan was to write and release chapter by chapter starting in February. Well February rolled around and I happily shared the first chapter. Then March came before a second chapter went up that I was less than thrilled with. Then absolutely no more chapters came around. Not a single chapter since has been written or gone up. Why?
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Bi-Monthly Goals • July & August

Pre-accident (see previous post), I had been watching a lot of “AuthorTube” videos, specifically early videos of Natalia Leigh and Kristen Martin. They were the first writers I stumbled over on YouTube and started watching. I thought it would be a great way to try and re-inspire my writer brain during the initial grieving process. It had become extremely hard to write very fast after the loss of someone very special to me, and I had been on such a roll with things. Well Kristen used to do these bi-monthly goal videos. She would make a list of goals, share them in a video and when two month was up she’d go over what she succeeded or failed at doing. She would only consider herself a success if she achieved at least 75% of her goals.
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Roll Over Perspective

I woke up on the morning of Sunday, July 7th with the idea that I was going to get away for the week and clear my head. It was just going to be me and one of my best friends (that is like a sister to me). We lost her mom at the beginning of June and honestly my grief on losing someone who has been like another mom in my life really took a toll on my ability to write or do much of anything. I was desperately trying to put it into words for a blog post and kept failing. So I stopped trying and put it in my head, I was going to take this week for vacation (a girls trip we’ve planned for a little over a year) and come back refreshed, and re-focused. Well… that didn’t quite happen for us as on our travels to Northern Michigan, we ended up in a really bad car accident.
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