Inbetween: Chapter One

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Here it is! Welcome to Inbetween, my second serial novel and my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel. I’m so excited to start sharing this with you. I hope this novel will be as well received as The Dreams.

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Writing Progress April 15 -21, 2019

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April 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,984
  • Today’s word count: 85
  • Thoughts: It’s not a ton of words, but I’m getting back in the swing of things. I got a new battery for my laptop and it works fantastically. Writing where ever I want is the way to go.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m free to write on the go again. Honestly, I’ll probably just curl up with my laptop in a corner of the apartment that isn’t easily reached by my laptop’s power cord.

April 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,117
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: Better, but still not great. I’m having trouble finding focus on this chapter. I spent a lot of time thinking about what the problem might be. I don’t think it’s the direction of the story that is causing problems, but what I’ve written so far might be a false start. I also haven’t slept well for the last few nights which might have an effect on my ability to think about my writing objectively.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I get some rest and be able to write easily tomorrow. I know it will probably take more than one night’s worth of sleep to get everything back on track, but it would be a good start.

April 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,190
  • Today’s word count: 73
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling. I need to get this worked out. Oddly enough, I remember having a similar problem last April. Maybe there is something about this time of year that just makes it hard for me to focus. I have allergies. The weather is suddenly much nicer so I do open windows/go outside more often which sets off my allergies. This month might just be doomed to be a period of adjustment for me.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m going to keep trying. It’s the only thing I know how to do.

April 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 227,362
  • Today’s word count: 172
  • Thoughts: I tried to give myself extra time to write today. It worked. Sorta. I probably ended up writing for the same amount of time as has been usual lately. The rest of the time I sat and thought. It made a bit of a difference. Maybe I need to think even more. I just need to figure out where I can find a few more hours to sit and mull over my story.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not taking a day off. I have an idea of how to solve my low word count problem and I can’t slack off until I’ve tried to implement it.

April 19 – 21

Oh boy. Remember how I had no intention of taking a day off? Forget that.

I completely forgot it was a holiday weekend. People wanted to see me. I wanted to see people. It was easy to push my writing to the side.

Now I’m kicking myself. I don’t regret spending time with my friends and family. I don’t get to see them enough and having a chance to spend time with so many of them in one weekend is incredibly rare. I just regret not working harder to make fit writing into my weekend as well.

I’ve been struggling to write so much lately and taking so much time off might make it even harder to get back on track. On the other hand, maybe I just needed a break. I’ve said that before, but this burnout might be bigger than one weekend off might be able to fix.

I just want to get back on track now that I should have a normal week ahead of me, it might just happen.


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Writing Progress April 8 – 14, 2019

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April 8

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,819
  • Today’s word count: 344
  • Thoughts: I wrote during a live stream! It was terrifying. I was so nervous, but I did it! I’ve promised at least one writing stream a month now that my Patreon has reached one of its goals. Soon I’ll be an expert at it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, of course. I need to decide when I’m doing my next stream, but I know it won’t be tomorrow. I’ll need more than a day to recover.

April 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,726
  • Today’s word count: 174
  • Thoughts: Getting started today was a struggle. Once I got there, things weren’t so bad, but it was late. One good thing happened: I finished writing a chapter! I even started writing the next chapter before I needed to call it a night. I just wish I could have made more progress, but some days just don’t work that way.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have a chapter to revise! I have more to write! It should be a busy day. If I work hard I should have the next chapter posted for my patrons before I go to sleep tomorrow night.

April 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,725
  • Today’s word count: -1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,949
  • Today’s word count: 130

  • Thoughts: I revised a chapter of Inbetween and put it up on my Patreon (finally!) and then I turned my attention to The Dreams. I feel like I didn’t accomplish much writing-wise today, but the revisions were definitely the real success story of the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not sure which story I will focus on. I might focus on both, but I know I’ll be writing and I’m excited!

April 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,899
  • Today’s word count: 174
  • Thoughts: I was motivated to write a ton of words today and it just didn’t happen. I sat. I stared at the blinking cursor. The words barely trickled out. Part of the problem was definitely of my own making. I allowed my focus to shift pretty easily. There were too many things of interest to resist. Some of it was just a lack of clear image of how this particular scene is meant to turn out. I have a general understanding of how to reach the end of this serial, but many of the details are still murky. I hate it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not taking a day off. I need to get this scene figured out and keep pressing forward. I’ll take a day off once I have several days of solid progress behind me. Lately I don’t feel like many of my days have made solid progress.

April 12 – 14

I took several days off from writing. It wasn’t entirely intentional. I meant to write Friday, but I ran into major writer’s block. Instead of pushing myself and feeling miserable, I decided to listen to myself and give my writing some space.

Saturday I approached my writing again and still wasn’t feeling it. It seemed my time would be better spent trying to figure out why I was resistant to writing. I realized I’m feeling a little lost with Inbetween. I have an end goal, but I hadn’t visualized what would be happening next. No writing happened. Plenty of thinking did.

Sunday was more of the same. I wasn’t ready to write and I tried not to push myself too hard. I’d identified the problem and I was sure I’d solve it soon. Even a few months ago I would have pushed myself to write each of these days and felt like a failure if I didn’t pull it off. I’m trying to be kinder to myself these days. Burnout is real and I’m very afraid of it.


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Writing Progress April 1 – 7, 2019

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April 1

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,977
  • Today’s word count: 244
  • Thoughts: I’m back! After being away from writing all weekend I jumped back in and actually managed to write more than a few words. It felt great even if I still don’t feel so great myself. I can’t wait to write more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to ride the motivation wave and keep moving forward with Inbetween. I need to shift some of my focus over to researching and outlining my next serial as well. That’s my CampNaNoWriMo project this month. That story needs to be ready to go when I finish Inbetween, after all.

April 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,100
  • Today’s word count: 123
  • Thoughts: I wrote. I didn’t write as much as yesterday, but I sat down and wrote and that’s a huge accomplishment considering my health lately. At this point, I’m still recovering so I’m expecting some ups and downs in regard to my productivity. I hope I will be back to normal soon, but I have to deal with what I have until that happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m confident I will continue to feel better bit by bit and I’ll have energy to put toward my writing. It’s going to be great. Soon I’ll be feeling great.

April 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,320
  • Today’s word count: 220
  • Thoughts: Today was a bit better than yesterday, but I’m back to experiencing an old problem. My most inspired, motivated time for writing happens just before I’m too exhausted to stay up and write any longer. I had more ideas than I could actually write before I needed to sleep. This problem seems to be worst on days when I have some problems in my story and I spend the day mulling over those problems. Maybe I should just sit down and write my way through the story snarls.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! Since I was inspired late in the day, I hope I can carry that inspiration into tomorrow.

April 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,466
  • Today’s word count: 146
  • Thoughts: I’m starting to feel better, but I’m still not back to my usual self. Not being up to going about my day normally is making me really anxious which isn’t so great.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I’m not taking Friday off this week. I feel like I wouldn’t be able to enjoy a day off right now.

April 5

No writing progress made. I didn’t plan to take the day off, but it happened. I was really distracted today.

April 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,472
  • Today’s word count: 6
  • Thoughts: I tried, but I didn’t have much luck with writing today. I did a lot of other fun and important things, but I couldn’t focus on writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: It’ll be another busy today, but I’m going to write to write after I get home.

April 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 226,552
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: I’m honestly surprised I wrote at all. I visited the cherry blossoms in DC today and by the time I got home I felt ready to fall asleep. I rested a bit and found a bit of energy, which lasted long enough for me to tackle the majority of a paragraph. I’m still proud of the writing I managed to do. It was more than I expected.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’ll be at home and I have plenty of new people watching fodder to use in my writing. I feel like things should go pretty well!

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What I Read in March

My library card is still my new favorite thing. I love being able to borrow ebooks and audiobooks without leaving home. It’s great being able to find and borrow a new book as soon as I finish one, even if I reach the end in the middle of the night.

Do you have a library card? Do you use it to borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks?

Books I finished reading in March:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in March? Are you ahead or behind on your 2019 reading goal?

Writing Progress March 25 – 31, 2019

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March 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,300
  • Today’s word count: 167
  • Thoughts: Considering how my day went, I’m impressed with how much I wrote. Within two hours of waking up I started to feel awful. I don’t know if it is allergies or a cold at at this point, but I have a cough and a sore throat. I felt pretty miserable all day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hopefully I’ll feel better and be able to focus on writing. If that’s not possible, I guess I’ll do my best to write while resting and keeping recovery as my priority.

March 26

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,447
  • Today’s word count: 147
  • Thoughts: Still coughing. Still miserable. Still trying to write.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I want to write. I’ll probably write not matter how I feel, but it’ll be a lot easier if I’m not sick.

March 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,635
  • Today’s word count: 188
  • Thoughts: I’m still sick. It’s a strange kind of sick. Overall, I feel pretty okay, but my cough was absolutely terrible. When I could get it under control, I thought I might be over this. Then my cough came back and I knew it wasn’t over.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Today proved to me that I can write through this. Unless I feel a lot worse, I’m going to write!

March 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,685
  • Today’s word count: 50
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling with this cough. It’s disruptive and annoying, but I don’t seem to have a lot of other symptoms. Hopefully I won’t get any worse and the cough will disappear soon.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t think I’m going to take a day off this week. I’ve been struggling every day so a break might seem like it is in order, but I think I’d just spend the day feeling guilty if I didn’t try to make up for lost time.

March 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,733
  • Today’s word count: 48
  • Thoughts: I tried to write and go about my day normally and that turned out to be a huge mistake. I took it relatively easy this week since I started feeling poorly. That left me with a lot to wrap up since it was Friday. I may have pushed myself a bit harder than usual. Now I’m a lot sicker than I was before. It’s not ideal.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Take it easy. I don’t care if I write. I might, but I refuse to even hope I’ll find the energy to do it. I need to get better, not worse.

March 30 and March 31

I didn’t write this weekend. I was pretty miserable and all the energy I could muster went to other things I had to do. Under normal circumstances I would have had time and energy to focus on writing, but this weekend feeling poorly drained me of both time and energy.


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CampNaNoWriMo starts tomorrow

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I’m planning to dedicate 30 hours to outlining and research for Camp. I have books checked out and ready for me to peruse. I have a cabin with some friends. Everything should be ready to go.

There’s only one hiccup in my CampNaNoWriMo plans: I feel awful. My allergies have been bad for nearly a week now and this weekend they got even worse. I’m absolutely miserable.

As much as I want to be excited, I’m worried. I don’t want to have a bad start to the month, but I don’t really have a choice in the matter.

I know from experience that it’s possible to make a comeback from a poor start to the month, but it is far from ideal. My goal for April Camp is pretty low so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. I’m actually more concerned with the rest of my writing work. After feeling off for most of the week, I’m way far behind. I needed to start playing catch-up yesterday. If I’m lucky, I might be able to get back to work tomorrow.

Are you participating in CampNaNoWriMo? How do you handle catching up when circumstances won’t permit a good start?

Writing Progress March 18 -24, 2019

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March 18

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 224,482
  • Today’s word count: 133
  • Thoughts: I’m trying to get back in the writing groove. I keep losing it. There’s no reason I couldn’t write more than I did. Getting my thoughts in order to make writing work is ridiculously hard these days. It might just be anxiety linked to wrapping up Inbetween or it could be something bigger. I’ll have to dig deeper and figure it out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I want to finish this chapter. Hopefully I’ll feel more free once I have another chapter behind me.

March 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 224,669
  • Today’s word count: 187
  • Thoughts: I couldn’t find my writing groove for the longest time today. I found it, eventually. I wrote a bit. It was pretty great. Then I was exhausted and needed to go to bed. I hate it when that happens.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to figure out how to write earlier in the day again. I was doing so well at writing in the afternoon a little while ago. Where did that go? Can I get it back? I need to figure it out and get back to work.

March 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 224,886
  • Today’s word count: 217
  • Thoughts: My writing is getting there. I really do think I’m climbing my back up to decent daily word counts. It’s just taking a little while to get there. Next month has me a little worried as my CampNaNoWriMo goal involves researching and outlining my next serial. I intend to continue writing as well, but I’ll have less time. There’s a chance being busier will make me more productive but it’s always a gamble.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep telling my story. Phrasing it that way seems to help. It sounds important to me. I don’t know if wording it differently will make any difference in the long run.

March 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 224,998
  • Today’s word count: 112
  • Thoughts: Writing was hard today. I don’t think it was the chapter’s fault. I was just not in a good mental place for writing. Rain made the apartment damp and cold and I just felt miserable most of the day. It wasn’t the greatest environment for creativity. I tried to trick myself into getting into writing by focusing on the desert aspects of the scene. It didn’t work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not sure if I’ll be taking Friday off this week or not. After such a disappointing day today, I might want to make up for it. On the other hand, I might need a break. We’ll see what happens!

March 22

I took a day off! I didn’t do much other than run errands. I doubt I would have had much time or energy to put into my writing. It was probably for the best that I took the day off.

March 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,018
  • Today’s word count: 20
  • Thoughts: Now I wish I’d tried to write yesterday and taken today off. I wasn’t busy, but I was not in a good mental place for writing. I tried to write, but I didn’t get far. Maybe I should have allowed myself a second day off just to avoid stressing myself out. Focusing on regrets isn’t going to help me at this point. It’s better to look forward.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t want to push myself, but I want to write. I’ll at least get the next chapter posted. That’s written and ready to go. I just need to get the post formatted and beautiful and it’ll be ready to go.

March 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 225,133
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: Not my greatest day of writing, but not even close to my worst day this weekend. I wish I was better at filing away feelings of discouragement and starting a new day with a clean slate. I let myself get weighed down by problems I had the day before and it perpetuates the cycle. My writing might not have been spectacular today, but I did manage to post a new chapter of Inbetween. At least I can be proud of that.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Start the day with a new attitude. Stop letting yesterday’s shortcomings eat away at today’s potential.

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Writing Progress March 11 -17, 2019

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March 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 223,051
  • Today’s word count: 205
  • Thoughts: I felt a bit more productive today. As far as I can tell, I’m just feeling overwhelmed by the weight of what I’ve already written. This project is massive! I can’t help worrying that I’m not doing the earlier parts of the story justice with what I’m creating these days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I think I should be able to find plenty of time to write tomorrow. I just need to make sure I don’t allow myself to make excuses to get out of it.

March 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 223,372
  • Today’s word count: 321
  • Thoughts: Maybe I’m getting my groove back. I hope so! All this struggling to write a few words each day is really getting on my nerves. It’s nice to feel capable of writing again.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I have ideas. I have plans. I guess the only thing I can do with them is write them down!

March 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 223,752
  • Today’s word count: 380
  • Thoughts: Am I getting back on track? I feel like I’m getting back on track! My word counts are increasing and it’s getting easier to sit down and write. This is what I hoped would happen. I had such a good run earlier this year and then my health fell apart for a little while and I lost the ability to slip into the mindset easily. Now it looks like I might be getting back to that state of mind and I can’t wait!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Stretch those writing muscles some more! I want to see what I can do. I believe I can keep improving.\

March 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 98,475
  • Today’s word count: 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 224,189
  • Today’s word count: 437

  • Thoughts: I was productive today! I revised a scene from The Dreams (it’s posted already for my patrons) and I wrote a decent amount for Inbetween. The last few days I’ve been progressively improving my productivity again. It’s motivating me to keep improving.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m not taking Friday off this week. I’ll be busy Saturday and I don’t want to miss out on writing two days in a row when I’m just getting my writing muscles back into shape. I hope I’m not making a mistake because I know Saturday isn’t going to be a relaxing sort of day off from writing.

March 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 224,269
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: I tried, but it was Friday. There’s a reason I’ve started taking Fridays off from writing, but I had to make an exception this week because I’ll be even more busy and distracted on Saturday. An attempt at writing was made today, but my focus was split. I wish it wasn’t the case, but this is just the way things turned out.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Tomorrow is going to be a busy, busy day. If I have time to write, I’ll do my best to write some words, but I’m not sure how the day is going to go so I don’t want to make myself feel too guilty if I don’t do it.

March 16

No progress made. I helped a friend move and even though I had some creative energy left at the end of the day, I did not have the physical energy to do anything with my creativity.

March 17

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 224,349
  • Today’s word count: 80
  • Thoughts: Well, I wanted to write, but I was still pretty tired. Some days the will to write is there but the energy needed to focus that willpower is missing. Today turned out to be one of those days.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: After a good night’s sleep, I hope to be back to writing a decent amount each day. I’m itching to make some real progress with Inbetween again. The end is so close now!

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