WoRd PoW #9: Staying Organized & Finally Able to Stream

WoRd PoW #9: Staying Organized & Finally Able to Stream

See, told you guys I’d get back on track here. 🙂


WRITING: I’m still working on that new story idea I mentioned last time. When I’m jotting down notes I don’t count the words. There has been a fair amount of doodling this time as I’ve sketched out rough maps and stuff. Since this is a fantasy that takes place in a totally different world I get to design how it looks. Really, really wish I could draw because the dragons I’m picturing in my head are pretty darn awesome. 🙂


13638125READING: So Jacob has started this thing where he asks to go to the library every Monday after school. It’s impossible to say no to that. This week I picked up Vicious by V. E. Schwab. I read her most recent book A Darker Shade of Magic a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it so I’m excited for this book too.


DOING: I recently learned about this new (to me at least) form of staying organized called a Bullet Journal. I’ve been experimenting with it this month and so far I like it. If you want to learn more about it I’ll link to the videos I found on YouTube that taught me about them. 20160831_091057This is mine so far. I’m using this small journal because it’s what I had on hand and I like how portable it is. I found that I’ve done similar types of organizing in the past without realizing it was a thing. But this is a little more formatted. I’m not perfect with it, but I do think it’s helped.

20160831_091205I like having it for tracking my word counts and what days I do write. And the simple weekly planner is perfect for me and my sometimes busy, sometimes easy weeks. The rest of the pages I use to make notes, reminders or just get thoughts out of my head and onto paper.

20160831_091131You can find a ton of ideas on Pinterest, and don’t be discouraged by what you see. Some people get really, Really, artsy fartsy with their’s, and that is not a requirement. You can keep it simple or go all out, whatever works for you.


PLAYING: I’ve been doing something new with Hearthstone this week. Blizzard has announced that you can now easily live stream their games (Hearthstone, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, etc) using Facebook Live. I’ve tried it out and it works okay with my crappy computer! The video quality isn’t amazing and I can only do it for about 30 minutes before my processor starts to freak out on me. But hey, it’s streaming and that’s what all the cool kids are doing now. 😉

If you’re interested you can follow my gaming persona, KorkySquirrel on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I post all the streams on YouTube after the stream is over. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a decent computer early next year, but we’ll see. Being a responsible adult with kids cost money.


dpligcj0WATCHING: There aren’t any TV shows or movies I’ve seen recently so I’ll share one of my favorite YouTubers. I don’t watch many vlogs in general and I’m real picky about Mommy Vlogs, the only exception is Linz DeFranco over at TheDeFrancoFam. She is the wife of my #1 YouTuber, Philip DeFranco and they have an adorable 2 year old son. I love how real she is in her vlogs about her struggles with being a mom and having depression and anxiety. She’s not afraid to curse or show her kid throwing a tantrum. She also doesn’t let the vlog rule her life. She vlogs 3 times a week but she’s honest when there are times that she just can’t post because life just gets overwhelming. I love how imperfect she is and normal, just like the rest of us. If you like mommy vlogs you should totally check her out.


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This Close…

Well hello fellow writer/readers, long time no see. I took a break from blogging after finishing my Writing Tips series. But now I’m back to your regular Wednesday updates.

So what have I been working on lately? I’m still trying to finish Moon Dragons. As of this blog, I am 3 scenes away from completing the first draft. 3 freaking scenes, and I still have a hard time writing. I realized yesterday as I was writing the climax that there is a lot of stuff I missed writing earlier on.

But that’s okay. It happens in the first draft. You might get to the end and realize that you have not done a good job of setting up your epic conclusion. And that is what editing and rewriting are for. Make notes as you go and then fix them on your next go around.

I’m pretty sure I’ll get this draft finished by the end of the week. And what happens then, you ask? Well, I’m going to let it sit and mellow like a fine wine for a month or so. Got to step away from the project so that I can approach it with fresh eyes.

And in the mean time, I’m going to start real work on my New Crow project. I’m calling it the New Crow, because I had a Crow project a couple years ago and about the only similar thing between these two projects is the main character and a nightclub. I’m pretty excited about this project and I can’t wait to jump fully into it.

So the next time we see each other, I will have Moon Dragons draft one complete and I’ll be able to tell you what’s up with New Crow.

What are you working on right now? Something new, something old? Are you on a first draft or within the rounds of rewrites and editing? Leave a comment!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day and Go Write Something!

I Did It! And New Things

Holy Freaking Cow, I actually did it. I finished NaNoWriMo. And my final word count was 57,091. I pumped a lot of words out the last couple days of November. I’ve done this thing off and on for about 5 years now and this is the first time I’ve come anywhere close to 50K. So you know, I’m pretty thrilled. 🙂

Of course, Moon Dragons isn’t quiet done yet. I still have 20 scenes to write, but I’m in the home stretch and about 75% done with this sucker. I figure I can finish this first draft by sometime in January, so that’s the new goal.

And now, moving on to some exciting announcements! If you turn your attention to the top of the screen, you will notice a new tab called “Writing Resources”. In it you will find links to some useful writing related web sites and I’m in the process of compiling a list of writing books that I have found useful.

In the vein of useful writing help, I am also going to be launching a new series here called Kricket’s Writing Tips For Beginners. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time, but just didn’t know how.

So, I want to start this series by introducing myself (for those of you who don’t know me yet), because I know when I’m looking at someone giving writing advice, I want to know their credentials and their experience, to see if I deem them qualified to give me advice.

I have been writing since I was 13. I have two completed manuscripts under my belt. I worked on the school newspaper in high school. I’m an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction and I’m fascinated with the publishing process. No, I have not published anything, haven’t even tried. I’m not at that step in the process, yet. So what am I qualified to tell you about?

Next to nothing.

Honestly. I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know everything because I feel I’m just at the beginning of the path to becoming a serious writer. BUT, I do feel like I’ve learned a few things on my journey so far and I want to share them, and that’s what I intend to do.

So here’s a layout of how this series is going to go. I’m going to post every Wednesday and here’s a brief overview of what I’m going to talk about.

As this series goes on, please, please feel free to comment with your thoughts and suggestions. Also, if you know of any other resources out there for writers that I haven’t mentioned, please share! You can either leave a comment or email me, there’s a form just to the left.

Thank you for reading and I hope you come by again in the weeks to come! Happy Wednesday! Go Write Something!

I’m a Writing Masochist

I wasn’t sure I was going to do it this year, but my friends over at AW convinced me too.

So, yes, I’m going to do NaNoWriMo, again. And I’ll probably fail, as always. And I’m not being pessimistic when I say that. I’m just warning you that there is a very high chance that I won’t make the goal this year. But I’ll try anyway.

My plan is to finish my current novel. Yes, technically, you should start something fresh. But I have about 80,000 words left to write in that thing, so knocking out 50,000 in a month will be good. And then, once I have Moon Dragons out of the way, I can toy with this new White Crow idea that’s been whispering seductively in my ear for the past two months.

So who’s with me?! If you are, you can find me at the NaNo website as Kricket. And of course, I’ll be doing weekly updates here once November starts.

Thanks for reading and have a great Wednesday and Go Write Something!*

*Yeah, that’s more for me than you, but you can take that advice too. 🙂

WUW: Finding The Ending

I didn’t post last week on any of my blogs because we had family over and I didn’t even touch my computer all week. So not a lot of writing got done either. Thus, I will tell you what I was going to tell you last week.


Ever since I started writing this story I’ve been searching for an ending, but I could never find one. Even as I was coming up with my climax(es), I still didn’t know how everything would end. But it finally hit me last week and it was a joyous occasion. I’ve got it all wrapped up nice and tidy but with some wiggle room for a second book if need be.

Right now I’m getting these last dozen scenes written out on note cards and then I’m going to start writing my real first draft from scene 1 and on to The End. I’m assuming that this first draft will be close to 120,000 words long. Also, I’m hoping to get this first draft completed by October sometime so that I can do a real NaNoWriMo this year and start working on my new White Crow idea. I’m not going to set a hard and fast deadline on that, because those never work for me, but we’ll see how it goes.

So once that first draft gets started I’m going to do updates on here that say how many words I wrote the past week and how many scenes I completed out of the total scene count (which I think is going to be about 80 scenes). I know once I have all of this planned out properly, the writing will become much easier. I won’t have to stop and stare at the screen and think, “Now what?”.

Thanks for reading! Have a happy Wednesday and I hope you get lots of writing time and good words this week!