Jane Ridgewood

Another Tea Addicted Writer On The Loose!

We are just a day away before I can officially claim my win for Camp NaNoWriMo’s July session. I can’t believe we only have thirteen more days of camp before it’s over for the year. At least we have NaNoWriMo itself in November, right? At that point, I am hoping to be solely focusing on writing the new first draft of Vini’s Story. Balancing two projects isn’t exactly the easiest and I admit (spoiler alert), I’ve fallen behind on my Untitled Horror Project plan for the month. There will be more on that in the upcoming (long overdue) update. So as these word count posts pertain to the brand new outline for Vini’s Story, you may wonder where I am at with it now.
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When I had sat down originally to write out the first Why I’m Self-Publishing post, I did not have intention of making it a two part post. However, as I began to write I found myself feeling the importance of sharing pieces of my journey along the way that brought me to where I am now as a writer. In sharing those pieces though, I wrote quite a bit of content before finally getting to the answer of why. I condensed that right into a one paragraph answer, because I was afraid my initial post was just too long already. So I gave the short answer. If you would like the long version, keep reading.
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We are at the halfway point of week two for Camp NaNoWriMo already! Can you believe how quickly camp is passing us by? I feel like I had this same sentiment back in April, but I am definitely more relaxed about it this time around. I think for me and my present situation, setting an insanely low goal for myself and having already achieved that has definitely helped. However, I am not finished with the brand new outline for Vini’s Story, thus it’s time to do another word count check in post.
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So after sharing Chapter One of Vini’s Story I was all prepared to share chapter two. Then I realized just a little bit ago today, that I never actually finished this chapter. Now in present time, I am working on a brand new outline for Vini’s Story anyways and I know this particular chapter is going to be changed around quite a bit. Elements from it will still exist, but it’s definitely not going to be the same going into my next draft. Please keep in mind that while I did write two complete drafts prior to the one I am sharing, this is the last of Vini’s Story that I will be sharing until I get to writing out the next draft of her after the outline is complete. Since people have been expressing their enjoyment from chapter one though (which I recommend you read first), here is chapter two – or at least what was done of it till I stopped working on it when my focus switched fully to the Untitled Horror Project. I hope you enjoy and I look forward to sharing more of her in the future when the time is right.
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Before we get right into the chapter, let me preface this with a reminder. This was part of the latest draft I had started back in fall of 2017, but never finished – as that’s when work on my Untitled Horror Project began. I am presently working on a brand new outline for Vini’s Story and am unsure how much of this chapter will or won’t change in the end result. I just felt inspired to share this with all of you. I hope you enjoy.
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I managed to pick up a free eBook edition of Teresa Grabs’ Tales from the Haunted Wordsmith: A Short Fiction Collection at the end of May. When I got it, I wasn’t sure how long until I would read it until recently when I had finished one book and needed something easy to read. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes and I didn’t want one huge novel to get into. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick up Teresa’s book and indulge in her tales.
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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA!!! While I celebrate my beautiful country, I also need to take a moment to acknowledge it’s already time for the first word count check-in post for Camp NaNoWriMo’s July session. I have set a very low goal for myself as I approach writing a brand new outline for Vini’s Story. However, it’s all for the good cause of balancing my time properly throughout the month so I can finish getting the Untitled Horror Project ready to go to an editor. Anyways, how am I doing on Vini’s Story so far?
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Happy Camp NaNoWriMo Month! We are officially on day two and I know a lot of people are feeling that natural high of inspiration. If you are participating in Camp this session, what is your goal to achieve? Now, I’d like you to ask yourself if that goal is the right kind of goal or if you should make an adjustment on it while we are still at the beginning of this particular challenge session.
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I feel like I should call this one “My Bibliophile is Showing”, but simply referring to it as a book haul is probably better. Besides, I am sure plenty of people have purchased more books than I did this past month. However I am definitely pleased with the increase in options that have been added to my ever-growing TBR pile. Outside of the four titles I received from My Thrill Club this month, I have managed to obtain fifteen other books! Some I got for free, some I paid $1 for…and the rest varies.
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Sometimes we have to crack the whip on ourselves while in pursuit of our dream careers. We have to buckle down and get it done. These are points I have recently made to myself as I have sat down to look over the upcoming month. I have a draft of a horror novel that I really need to get ready to go to a professional editor (more on that in a moment), and because I am crazy I have taken on the project of writing a brand new outline for Vini’s Story as my Camp NaNoWriMo project next month. So I literally broke out a calendar and a calculator to map out what I need to accomplish by the end of each week. As I have figured this would be a more attainable goal system for myself.
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