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.

With this chapter, like every chapter of The Dreams, I owe a huge thank you to my fantastic supporters. If you want to support my writing and help my creations go from first draft to maybe someday a real book you can hold in your hands, head over to my Patreon.

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Writing Progress June 10 -16, 2019

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June 10

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 234,234
  • Today’s word count: 328
  • Thoughts: I had a small burst of writing energy early in the day and then a long lull in my creative energy. I started to despair. Then I hopped on my laptop in another room and became productive again. Lesson learned: I need a change of scenery from time to time.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Don’t be afraid to move to another room if I’m not feeling particularly creative or productive. I want to keep writing. I want to write more every day. I have so many stories to write and I’m getting impatient while I’m stuck wrapping up Inbetween.

June 11

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 234,443
  • Today’s word count: 209
  • Thoughts: I procrastinated today. It doesn’t sound like a good thing, but it didn’t turn out too badly. I just really wanted to play a game today so I did that first. Writing happened later in the day and it doesn’t seem like my productivity suffered too much for it. Maybe I need to stop trying to hoard all my time away for writing and then feel guilty when things don’t work out that way.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. More other stuff too. I have time. I should use it to write and to experience things I might be able to use in my writing later.

June 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 234,787
  • Today’s word count: 344
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad. I had a reasonable bout of productivity and plenty of distractions throughout the day. There’s really nothing for me to complain about as long as I can keep improving from here.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I think I’m making some progress with this chapter, but I’m not sure how far I am from the end right now. I have a decent idea of where it will wind up, but getting there is still a mystery even to me. Hopefully my characters know something.

June 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,019
  • Today’s word count: 232
  • Thoughts: I tried to be more productive than yesterday but I struggled to find the right words. My characters were not as cooperative as I hoped. It’s a little disappointing, but I’m not going to let it get me down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write! I’m hoping my characters won’t continue to be uncooperative. Sleep usually helps untangle knots in the plot. Surely it can help with misbehaving characters as well. It’ll be Friday so there’s a small chance I won’t write at all, but I don’t think that will happen this week.

June 14

No writing progress made.

Yard sales took over my life. We walked all over town. I got an awesome teapot which was very exciting. Once I got home, I was out of energy. There was plenty of time to write, but no willpower to put into that time. It happens. It isn’t ideal, but some days just end up that way.

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  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,497
  • Today’s word count: 478
  • Thoughts: What an impressively productive day! I was not expecting this level of productivity today. I had time. I sat down. I wrote. And wrote. No complaints here. I wish I had more days like today. I love the focus I felt. I need more of it!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. After the amount of productivity I had today, I can’t imagine having any other goal. I want to keep the writing mojo going!

June 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 235,635
  • Today’s word count: 138
  • Thoughts: My own brain betrayed me today. I intended to write. I wanted to have another great day of writing, but I couldn’t focus. I felt stressed, restless and later exhausted. It wasn’t the ideal combination and it ended up hurting my productivity. The heat and humidity didn’t help things either.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Escape the heat and humidity somehow. I want to write more. The ideas in my head are begging to escape. I need to unleash them on the world as soon as possible. The universe, my body and my own mind might try to make it impossible, but I won’t be deterred for long. I will write!

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My July CampNaNoWriMo Plan

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April’s CampNaNoWriMo session was a disaster for me. My project never left the starting line. I started out the month sick and never managed to turn things around from the bad start.

I’m hoping July will be different.

My project for next month is the same as the one I set up for April. I want to spend 30 hours preparing my next serial.

Inbetween is winding down. Once the final chapter is posted here, I’ll switch gears to finish up the third draft of The Dreams over on my Patreon. By then I should have a complete (or as close to complete as possible) plan for my next serial. If we’re lucky, the transition will happen later this year.

At the moment, my new project doesn’t have a title (maybe that will change in July). Pretty much all I have are ideas.

  • It will involve witches and dragons
  • The main character tells me we’ll be exploring grief and loss with her
  • Right now I think it will be more episodic than my other serials
  • Tarot cards will help guide the plot

It’s going to be a lot of firsts for me and I’m beyond ready for a change of pace. Inbetween has demanded almost all of my creative attention for almost 3 years now. It’s a big project, but I think the size of the story is weighing me down at this point.

Shifting my focus toward planning a new project is exciting and energizing! I just hope I can translate this excitement into productivity.

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Writing Progress June 3 – 9, 2019

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June 3

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,732
  • Today’s word count: 243
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t a bad writing day at all. I managed to finish writing a chapter. Then I continued writing! I know I’ll have to worry about revising at some point, but not today. Until then I’ll just enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I should probably think about revising the chapter I just completed. I need to get more of my writing online and I can’t do that until I have more chapters revised and ready to go. Writing more wouldn’t be bad either. Let’s just do all the things.

June 4

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,818
  • Today’s word count: 86
  • Thoughts: I didn’t intend to revise today, but it ended up happening. It slowed down my progress quite a bit, but progress isn’t always easy to measure by word count. I’m relatively happy with the amount of work I got done today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I’m picking strawberries in the morning. I guess depending on how many strawberries I bring home, I might have time to write in the afternoon or I might be cleaning and prepping strawberries all day long. Either way I’m looking forward to having a ton of fresh strawberries again.

June 5

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,839
  • Today’s word count: 21
  • Thoughts: An attempted was made. My day ended up being consumed by strawberries. I knew I’d be picking strawberries in the morning, but I did not truly anticipate how many strawberries I would be bringing home. I spent the rest of the day preparing strawberries. The fridge and freezer are full!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I have a chapter to revise. I have more story to write. It’s going to be a busy day, but I’m looking forward to it. Let’s hope I can keep this motivation around for a while.

June 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,856
  • Today’s word count: 17
  • Thoughts: I did more revising today. It didn’t look like much progress was made, but I’m sorting out a chapter that was messy and little bit longer than usual. I’m not sure how long it will be when I’m done working on it, but right now it’s still long and I’m just trying to make it the best chapter it can be.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t think I’ll be taking the day off, but we’ll see what happens. Fridays are always a little unpredictable and I’m not going to disappoint myself by setting my expectations high.

June 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,860
  • Today’s word count: 4
  • Thoughts: I was busier today than I expected to be, but I still found a bit of time to revise. This chapter is still not finished! It’s driving me up the wall at this point. I want to wrap it up and get it out on the internet!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More revising. I’m itching to get back to writing too, but I think I should make an effort to finish revising the chapter before I switch gears and go back to writing. Maybe I’m just impatient.

June 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,881
  • Today’s word count: 21
  • Thoughts: The chapter is finally complete! I pushed myself to finish revising and it worked. The hardest part was letting go. There were so many things I had in mind that I wanted to change and experiment with, but eventually I convinced myself I was only making things messier than they were before. I’m pretty satisfied with the end result and that will be good enough until next draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. I’m really looking forward to it. All the revising over the last few days has really made me miss the act of creating without being critical of myself.

June 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,906
  • Today’s word count: 25
  • Thoughts: Today was pretty interesting. I wrote a bit, but not a lot. The biggest achievement of the day was getting a new chapter posted. It’s been a while. I really want to get back on schedule with a chapter every week, but I don’t know when that will happen. I’ll keep working at it!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m feeling motivated. I’m going to write a ton of words and it’s going to be amazing.

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Writing Progress May 27 – June 2, 2019

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May 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 232,713
  • Today’s word count: 255
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t too bad. I sat down. I wrote. It’s what I wanted to have happen. If every day could be like this, I wouldn’t complain too much (but I’d still probably complain a little, let’s be honest).
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I need to wrap up this chapter. I’m looking forward to getting it out for the world to see. It’ll just start the cycle over with another chapter, but I signed up for this. The regular ups and downs are part of the serial writing life. I need to get myself a little further ahead of my posting schedule to lessen the stress a bit.

May 28

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 232,828
  • Today’s word count: 115
  • Thoughts: I don’t know what happened today. I didn’t feel like writing for the longest time and I tried very hard to be patient and get other things done while I thought through what I needed to write. Eventually, I did reach the point that I was ready to write. I felt motivated and prepared, which is sadly a rare combination these days. Then I hit a wall. It was not a mental wall. I just ran out of energy. I couldn’t stay awake.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write more. Write sooner. Don’t hit an energy wall. These all seem like things I can do.

May 29

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,013
  • Today’s word count: 185
  • Thoughts: Today was a hard day. It was hot and humid which made it hard to find motivation to do anything. Then I got bad news about a family member at the same time as I had a crisis with one of my pets. I got everything under control eventually, but felt stressed and exhausted. I couldn’t sleep so I tried to write, but, honestly, my heart was not in it. Trying to write did help, though. No regrets there.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, I hope. I don’t know if I will be able to focus, but if I can I will. I want to write, but there are certainly circumstances that might make that more difficult than usual. If that’s the case, I’ll do my best to make it work.

May 30

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,143
  • Today’s word count: 130
  • Thoughts: Everything that happened yesterday really hit me today. I wanted to cry. I tried to write instead with only moderate success.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Write. Try not to feel so miserable. I think I stand a reasonable chance of being productive. It’ll still be hard, I’m sure of it, but I’ll try anyway.

May 31

No writing progress made. I needed a day off. I took it.

I ended up getting some expansion packs for Crusader Kings 2 and playing around with them. That game has been really helpful with getting me to think about stories differently and I’m excited to explore the new possibilities available with these expansions.

June 1

No writing progress made. I don’t have much of an excuse for not writing. It just didn’t happen. I think I needed the break since I actually started to feel genuinely creative again by the end of the day. This week has been hard on my creativity. Stress does that.

June 2

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 233,489
  • Today’s word count: 346
  • Thoughts: Today ended up being really productive! This is the sort of day I want whenever I take time off to recharge my creative energy. I wrote more today than I have in a single day in quite a while. That’s all I can hope for most of the time. Writing more than the day before is just about the ultimate accomplishment.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I feel like I’m making progress and I don’t want to lose that momentum. It’s so easy for me to get distracted these days and I want to do better.

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Writing Progress May 20 – 26, 2019

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May 20

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 232,103
  • Today’s word count: 143
  • Thoughts: Today was just strange. It was hot, but we had an air conditioner keeping two rooms in the apartment cool. I don’t know if it was the extremely busy weekend or the heat or some combination of the two and other factors but I ended up with a migraine. Hiding in the cool area seemed like the only option.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. The weather is supposed to cool off so I shouldn’t have to worry about feeling miserable from the heat. Hopefully that means I’ll have an easier time focusing on writing.

May 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 232,304
  • Today’s word count: 201
  • Thoughts: I wrote more than I did yesterday. That’s usually all I ever want out of a day. I even managed to be productive in other aspects of my day. My biggest accomplishment was putting together two end tables. I’m way too excited about having more surfaces to put things on now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I think I’m getting close to finishing another chapter. I hope I’ll be able to wrap it up soon. My ability to finish the chapter in a reasonable amount of time is probably ruined by thinking that, but I can’t help hoping.

May 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 232,355
  • Today’s word count: 51
  • Thoughts: I was not very productive at all today. I don’t know why. There was no real reason I didn’t write. The words just ddin’t happen. I wish I understood it better.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have to make up for the lackluster performance today. Since I didn’t see any real issue preventing me from writing, I think I should be able to get back on track. I’m looking forward to it. I want to finish this chapter!

May 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 232,439
  • Today’s word count: 84
  • Thoughts: Another day of struggle. I need to figure out what is causing me these problems and fix it. At this point, I don’t even know if it is a problem with the story or my routine. I guess some experimentation and reflection is in order.
  • Tomrrow’s goal: I’m going to make an effort not to take this Friday off. I should have time to write. With the long weekend, I don’t want to start things off by giving myself too much of a break. I might need it for another day.

May 24

No writing progress made. I ended up being busier than I expected. Some of it was optional. I know I could have said no and stayed home to write, but most of the week no one is around to do anything so when an opportunity presents itself, I feel like I need to jump on it. So I wanted to write and it didn’t happen.

Am I disappointed? Maybe a little. Do I regret it? Not really. I know I need to get out and experience life more often than I do. It helps me be a better writer.

May 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 232,458
  • Today’s word count: 19
  • Thoughts: I tried to write today, but I had no idea what the day held for me and it really made it hard for me to focus on doing anything productive. Mostly I just puttered around the house and wondered if something was going to happen. I wish I’d spent more of my time and energy on writing, but I can’t dwell on regrets.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I have things to do, but I have more of a routine so I think I’m going to have an easier time sitting down and focusing than I did today.

May 26

I didn’t write again today. I started out the day intending to write, but that quickly fell by the wayside. I knew I had a family obligation in the afternoon to attend and thinking about that and preparing for it just ate up the time before I left. Plans changed last minute and I ended up doing something that was probably a lot less draining than the original social gathering, but I was still pretty drained after it. In fact, I almost fell asleep when I came back home.

My boyfriend was wonderful and gave me every chance to doze off while watching movies with me. Somehow I managed to stay awake and after resting for a while I felt ready to go about my day again.

I accomplished a lot in the second half of my Sunday, but none of it involved writing. However, our living room had a makeover and my printer finally has its own place so I’m excited to curl up on my favorite end of the couch and write for hours again.


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Writing Progress May 13 – 19, 2019

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May 13

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,066
  • Today’s word count: 252
  • Thoughts: Wrapping up this chapter did not go quite as smoothly as I thought it would. It still went pretty well, but my confidence faltered a bit and I was unsure how I should wrap up the chapter. I think I finally figured it out, but that could all change when I go back to revise it. That’s the way it always goes.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m feeling motivated these days. There’s no way I’m going to let myself slow down when I know there’s more I can do.

May 14

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 321,316
  • Today’s word count: 250
  • Thoughts: Today the writing went pretty well. I wish I’d written more words, but that’s true almost every day. I accomplished a lot today and I just need to keep reminding myself of that. Sometimes it just feels like I write words to create more work for myself because revising always comes after. Maybe I need to work on being more optimistic.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Writing. Revising. I’m going to do it all. I have no doubt I will be incredibly busy. I just hope I have the willpower and energy to accomplish everything I’ve put on my own plate.

May 15

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 321,598
  • Today’s word count: 285
  • Thoughts: I’m making progress. It feels pretty good to know I’m making progress with my writing. For so long I’ve felt like I was treading water. Getting past that point has been such a huge relief. Now that I’m out of that place, I don’t know what was holing me back.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I don’t want to let this motivation fade away. That means balancing maintaining my writing mojo and giving myself time to rest. The last thing I want to do is burn myself out when things just started to look good again.

May 16

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,899
  • Today’s word count: 301
  • Thoughts: I honestly struggled to get started today. I sat and stared at the blinking cursor and started to despair. It seemed like the vision I’d had for the scene had evaporated and left me without an inkling of where to go. Then I decided to just start writing anyway. I still have no idea where I was taking this scene before, but I’m satisfied with where it is going now.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Undecided. I might write. I might take the day off since I have to go to the store in the morning and I have an event in the evening. We’ll see what happens during the afternoon, I suppose.

May 17 & 18

I suspected I might end up taking the weekend off and I wasn’t wrong. Friday was busy. I knew that was going to happen. I didn’t write during the brief period of downtime I had so writing just didn’t happen. Then Saturday happened. I was exhausted at the start of the day. Then I ended up being incredibly busy later in the day. It wasn’t something I expected to happen so I couldn’t adjust and plan accordingly.

I’m not complaining (much) since taking breaks has been my new normal this year. Overall, I think taking time off most weekends has helped me a lot. I’m probably just as stressed out as ever, but I’m only stressed out 5 days a week. I can live with that.

May 19

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 231,960
  • Today’s word count: 61
  • Thoughts: I had a busy morning and afternoon and a quiet night at home. It wasn’t the most productive day ever,  but I wrote and posted a new chapter! This whole weekend was exhausting so writing at all felt like a huge accomplishment. No complaints here.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m staying home and relaxing. I should have plenty of time to write. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens though. Life has been pretty unpredictable lately. It’s almost exciting.

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Writing Progress May 6 – 12, 2019

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May 6

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,617
  • Today’s word count: 220
  • Thoughts: Today wasn’t so bad. I had a brief period of time with really intense focus. If it had lasted longer, I might have written even more, but I think I actually used the focus I did have well for once. I need to keep utilizing my periods of greatest focus to boost my productivity. It’s the best way to get stuff done.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’m sure I’ll have another moment of boosted productivity and it’s up to me to make the most of it. I can’t wait to see what happens!

May 7

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 229,767
  • Today’s word count: 150
  • Thoughts: I was busy, busy, busy today! Then I came home and I still needed to write. That was a bit of a problem. I needed to write, but I was tired and needed to unwind. I took the time I needed. Then I tried to write. It all worked out okay, but I can’t help wondering how much I could have written if I gave myself more time to focus on it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I shouldn’t be nearly as busy so that should help. It’ll be easy, right?

May 8

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 130,057
  • Today’s word count: 290
  • Thoughts: Writing went pretty well today. I did a lot of thinking and planning today in addition to writing. We’re approaching the end of the story and I’m trying to make sure everything is wrapped up properly. Loose ends are the worst!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I really, really want to finish writing this story. The end is near, but with a story of this size, “near” is relative. I think I might be able to wrap it up in the the next 20k words, but that will take me a little while to write, and a little while longer to post.

May 9

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 230,438
  • Today’s word count: 381
  • Thoughts: Today went pretty well, although my least favorite thing happened again. My biggest period of inspiration and motivation came just as I was getting too tired to do much at all. I pushed through and actually got the results I was looking for.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing, or maybe not. I think I wrote enough this week to take a day off if I want it. I’m just not sure I want it. I guess if I wake up and feel like doing something other than writing I’ll just give myself some time off.

May 10 & 11

I intentionally took Friday off. I’d been productive and I deserved it. It was genuinely enjoyable to have some time to play games without feeling guilty about my writing.

Saturday was a different story. The day started out normal enough. I didn’t really think about writing since I rarely write in the mornings. Then I got busy and ended up spending the day away from home. When I got home, I considered writing, but I was exhausted. It didn’t happen. I felt a little bad about it, but I had worked hard this week and had a very busy day. There wasn’t much I could do to make writing happen on Saturday.

May 12

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 230,814
  • Today’s word count: 376
  • Thoughts: I wrote! It wasn’t the sort of writing I had done after weekend breaks before. I didn’t need to be eased back into it. Today I sat down and wrote. I’m still not writing thousands of words a day, but I’m not sure that’s possible for me at this point in my life. I’m pushing myself and consistently getting close to my limit these days. Eventually my upper limit will rise and I’ll write more.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m wrapping up a chapter at this point. It’s always an exciting point in my writing process. I get an extra boost of motivation at the end of most chapters. It’s nice to see my plans for a chapter finally fall into place. Sometimes I feel so lost in the middle and I’m not sure I’ll be able to pull it off, but here we are!

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