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Happy Canada Day! (Canadian Authors)

A year ago I finished a creative writing program online through The Writer’s Studio @twssfu at Simon Frasier University in Canada @cs_sfu. I had just started my journey as a writer and being accepted into the program was an exciting opportunity. I became part of a talented and creative group that our mentor June Hutton dubbed the Fictionistas. I also had the privilege of working with Eileen Cook, Claudia Cornwall, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and director Wayde Compton. They were all so generous and gracious sharing their experiences as published authors..

Now a year after finishing the program, I’m working on the end of my manuscript and getting ready to submit chapters to alpha readers to undergo the revision process. Once the revision process is complete, the second draft will go to beta readers and once the revision process is finished for that, I’ll begin the query process. I hope to begin querying by fall/winter this year. Ambitious? Oh yes! August will be the two year anniversary since I started writing this story. I’m ready to finish this!

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Happy Canada day to my Canadian friends, to my mentors at The Writer’s Studio, and my writing sisters the Fictionistas! I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday. 

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Book Challenge: Book Nerd Confession 

So, for the #grimdragon prompt, Booknerd Confession, I don’t know if you know this about me, but I like notebooks and I like bullet journaling which is pretty much a match made in heaven. I also love reading, but I felt like I wasn’t reading enough. So I created this reading tracker layout and set a goal of reading everyday for at least twenty minutes. I also set a reading goal to read 30 books for the year. I started using this reading tracker in January and by March, I was already more than halfway to my goal of 30 books. (I raised the goal up to 50.).

Another layout that I wanted to incorporate is my Genre tracker. As a writer, I firmly believe to become a better writer, you have to read, but I also believe you should also read outside your preferred genre. I’d like to say that I’ve been good about reading outside the fantasy genre, but damn it, fantasy! I can’t quit you! I have managed to start the graphic novel series Saga. I’ve been picking out books outside the genre fantasy each month. I just have to make a more concerted effort to read them. 😅

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For #bookocandisrex, Fave Heroines: Inspirational Bad Ass heroines, you all know how much I love Vin from Mistborn, Katsa from Graceling, Eona from Eon, and Kate Thompson from Vengeance Road. I also want to mention Alanna from Saga and Delilah Bard from A Gathering of Shadows series. If you haven’t read either of these series, I highly recommend them! You will not be disappointed.

End of one chapter, starting the next!

I’M DONE! 🎉👏🏽🙌🏽

This has been the state of my life for the past week and I’m thrilled to say that I can put it away (for now). I submitted my Final Portfolio this morning and all my other assignments. My submission for the Emerge anthology is submitted and edited. 😏
It’s hard for me to process this right now. The Writer’s Studio Online #twso from Simon Frasier University @cs_sfu has been my life for the past ten months. I’m so grateful for the experience and for my fiction squad. I never thought writing could be a reality and being in this program and finding other writers has shown me that it’s possible and I’m close to making it happen. But now that it’s over, I’m a little sad, but I’m also inspired to keep writing and finish my novel. Guys, I’m so close! Also, revising the beginning of my novel has been exciting because it’s given me a taste of what it’ll be like to revise the whole manuscript once I’m finished! I also want to thank everyone who’s been supportive and positive during this journey. ❤️ #gutsgloryglitter 
I’m so excited to be able to focus on my novel, but let’s be real. I’m also going to read until I’m blind! BLIND I TELL YOU. And I won’t feel guilty at all! And OMG I can watch TV again! *insert Emma Watson clapping gif here* 
Anyway, I’m about to stuff my face with celebratory froyo and watch a movie from our stack of DVDs. Happy Saturday!

June Writing and Reading Update

ALL THE UPDATES!State of my writing life at the moment: I’ve had to pause work on my novel to prepare two submissions for my writing program The Writer’s Studio Online #twso through Simon Frasier University @cs_sfu. One is a five page sample for the program’s anthology Emerge. It will be a collection of writing that this year’s TWSO class worked on during the program. I’m ready to revise it and hope to submit it by tomorrow’s deadline. I still have to write my bio to go with this which is equal parts all the excite and nerves! My other submission is for my Final Portfolio. It’s a twenty page submission that will be reviewed by my mentor June Hutton @hjhuttonjune and one other mentor in the program. I had one section in mind, but I’m reconsidering now because I have lots of ideas for revision and let’s face it, I love the revision process and I’m excited to give it a try. But it will take time which I’m short on (see previous post about being sick and kids’ summer break being imminent). But I think I’m gonna go for it because #gutsgloryglitter. 
State of my reading life: Guys, remind me never to read multiple books of the end of the series at once. I like reading and listening to multiple books at once, but by some cosmic book force, I ended up with The Raven King, Rise and Ruin, and Dreams of Gods and Monsters for my June TBR and OMGODDESSES. June is pretty much going down as the that time I got owned by Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, and Maggie Stiefvater and was pretty much trash for Ronan, Ziri, and Mal, but Nikolai too. My light reading has been a buddy read for Since You’ve Been Gone which I’m finally enjoying. And I also started The Winner’s Curse. I’ve only read the first chapter but I love it already. 
I don’t get to watch TV that often (see above), but when this cold was not conducive to reading or writing, I watched the Netflix version of Voltron. Do you guys remember that show? Maybe I’m showing my age, but it was one of my favorite shows as a kid and this new version is really good too! Highly recommend it!
So, now you know what I’ve been up to. How about you? How’s your June going so far?

Bullet Journal and Handwriting Challenges: Hacks and Note taking 

It’s Friday night and there’s a wonderful stack of books that I’m dying to get into, but I have to work on my final portfolio. For the #rockyourhandwriting prompt “Note taking,” these are my notes from one of my workshops. My mentor was going over our portfolio requirements and I like to color code my notes. Black ink was for facts. Blue ink for points I need to pay attention to. Green and purple inks for urgent matters. I also tried to use sketch note illustrations in my notes and use washi tape to emphasize the agenda. 
During the lecture portion of the workshop, I also keep my writer’s bullet journal on hand. I flip between my daily and future log to note any important dates I need to remember or tasks that need to be completed by the end of the week. For the #planwithmechallenge, a “hack” that I resisted for the longest time that I now love is adjustable tabs. I use the Post-it brand adjustable tabs for my monthly layouts that I refer to frequently such as my monthly overview, current reads tracker, and collections such as my Novel word count tracker and Future log. I love that I can move the tabs each month and these have been so handy when I’m listening to a lecture and need to find what I need quickly. 
I hope you’re having a fabulous Friday! I’ll be over here doing homework. 😢😕

TWSO: My last workshop

Last night was the my last writing workshop in my writing program The Writer’s Studio Online #twso through Simon Frasier University @csu_sf. For the last ten months I’ve worked with an incredible group of fellow writers who have become my tribe. Our mentor was June Hutton @hjhuttonjune. Her books are amazing and I’m so grateful and humble that she was our guide on this journey. My group has already made plans to keep meeting and supporting each other after the program ends. It’s been a profound experience and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it. 
The program is not quite over yet. Our final portfolio which should consist of 20 pages of our best work this year must be submitted by the end of the month. 

So, if you’ve notice me spamming your feed lately, it’s because I’m not going to be on as much for the next two weeks. I’ll be around but not as active. Strangely, I’m super pumped to get this done. I’m a little nervous, but mostly eager to get to work!
Once this is done, I can focus on finishing my novel. Last night I did a tally of my word count and I’m at 66k+. My goal is to finish writing it by the summer and it’s looking like I will. My goal to becoming a published author is within reach! 

Wish me luck!
#gutsgloryglitter

Writing Life Update

This is the state of my writer life right now. I’m into the last month of my program The Writer’s Studio Online #twso at Simon Frasier University @cs_sfu. So many things are happening and need to get completed before the program ends in June. I’ve got to organize a read aloud of my work and get my portfolio ready for submission. It’s supposed to be a 20 page sample of writing we did this year. I’ve been trying to find the critique notes of the section I already have in mind for my portfolio. I thought I was more organized. 😅
Last night we had a live Q&A with an agent Jesse Finkelstein @j_finkelstein of Two Pages Publishing. It was such an informative session. I’m excited and anxious because I’m not quite at the point of querying, but my goal is to be ready by the fall. 
I’m about half way through writing my novel. My goal is to finish it by summer. 

I can’t believe how fast this year has gone and how close I am to realizing my dream of becoming a published author. Wish me luck! These next few weeks are going to brutal, but worth it!