I’m not really sure what to call what’s going on with this blog right now. There’s some pretty serious stuff happening with my family right now. At this point I’m not ready to go into detail about it, but it’s making it difficult to stick to a schedule.

I’ll still be around, just maybe not every day, and I might not post on my usual days. I already missed posting a chapter yesterday. Until things get back to normal I’m not worrying about keeping to a routine.

Chapter Sixteen will probably get posted sometime in the next few days. I’ll try to keep up with my writing progress posts as well, but there will probably be more days I don’t write anything at all.

Hopefully everything will get back to normal soon.


Writing Progress February 15 – 21, 2016


February 15

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,008
  • Today’s word count: 247
  • Thoughts: I’m back to writing! I just need to get back into the swing of things and get my word counts higher.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Hybrid writing and editing day because I can do another week of just editing every day.

February 16

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,699
  • Today’s word count: 691
  • Thoughts: I had one of my best writing days in weeks. It felt great!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Shift gears a bit more toward editing, but still write too.

February 17

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,661
  • Today’s word count: -38
  • Thoughts: I was on an editing roll today! It was great. I have one scene for the next chapter completely edited so I’m feeling pretty great at the moment.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More editing. Hopefully more writing too.

February 18

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,663
  • Today’s word count: 2
  • Thoughts: Today was an exciting day off and on the writing front! The Dreams finally has real cover art! I’m thrilled! I can’t wait to show it off. A. R. Shellnut made it and everyone should let her know she did a great job.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish my edits for this week.

February 19

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,693
  • Today’s word count: 30
  • Thoughts: I’m really happy with what I accomplished today and where I stopped for the day.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to continue the good feelings.

February 20

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,485
  • Today’s word count: -208
  • Thoughts: My word count plummeted as I did the final edits on the latest chapter. I’m not letting that keep me down though. This weeks chapter was posted with brand new cover art and I can’t even express how excited I am.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Back to writing. Lots and lots of writing, hopefully.

February 21

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,817
  • Today’s word count: 332
  • Thoughts: I got back to writing (at least a bit) and it was awesome!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. Really looking forward to it!

I’m in love with the cover for The Dreams so I’m just going to show it off here again.

the dreams cover

I just can’t believe I have a cover! This feels like such a huge step. This novel feels so much more official now.

The Dreams: Chapter Fifteen

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

I’m so excited to post this chapter! I’m sure you’ve already noticed the reason why.  This is the first chapter I’m posting with my beautiful new cover. I love it!

My supporters are my inspiration as always. They rock! Their contributions help me get awesome stuff like cover art much sooner than I would otherwise. If you enjoy The Dreams and want to help it be even better please consider contributing either through my Patreon or via the donate button to the right.

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Shakespeare Checklist

Here’s another fun checklist from Jess’s Reading Nook! Copy and paste the list and highlight the ones you’ve read in a different color.

16/37 There’s still a lot I’d like to read!

  • All’s Well That End’s Well
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • As You Like It
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Coriolanus
  • Cymbeline
  • Hamlet
  • Henry IV, Part I
  • Henry IV, Part II
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI, Part I
  • Henry VI, Part II
  • Henry VI, Part III
  • Henry VIII
  • Julius Caesar
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Macbeth
  • Measure for Measure
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Much Ado about Nothing
  • Othello
  • Pericles
  • Richard II
  • Richard III
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Tempest
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night
  • Two Gentleman of Verona
  • Winter’s Tale

Writing Progress February 8 – 14, 2016


February 8

No writing progress made. Still feeling a bit burned out. I’m hoping I’ll feel better tomorrow.

February 9

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,009
  • Today’s word count: -19
  • Thoughts: More editing. I’m going to try to get through it a bit faster and keep myself in high spirits while doing it.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More editing. Try to make it fun.

February 10

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 92,876
  • Today’s word count: -133
  • Thoughts: I think one of the worst thing about editing is seeing my word count for my progress chart going down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More editing. Hopefully I can finish this chapter in just one more day.

February 11

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 92,818
  • Today’s word count: -58
  • Thoughts: I’m still not finished editing this chapter. I think I need to come up with another, better method for editing. In general I’m just not very confident with editing and revising. I might take some time tomorrow to learn how other people manage to edit so much so quickly.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Finish editing. Maybe learn how to do this a bit better.

February 12

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 92,837
  • Today’s word count: 19
  • Thoughts: I didn’t work on my novel as much as I thought I would today. I’m trying not to be too hard on myself about it because I did do a lot of other things instead including going out into the really gross cold and getting groceries for the week.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Keep working on the editing thing, I guess.

February 13

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 92,708
  • Today’s word count: -129
  • Thoughts: I really hate editing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I don’t even know. Writing stuff, I guess.

February 14

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 92,761
  • Today’s word count: 53
  • Thoughts: I’m amazed I even wrote as much as I did on Valentine’s day!
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I’ve got all day. The weather is supposed to get gross again and I have no intention of going anywhere.

Editing these chapters written towards the end of NaNoWriMo is getting more and more difficult. I think I need to reevaluate the way I approach editing.

How do you edit? Is there a specific technique that works better than others for novel chapters and scenes?

The Dreams: Chapter Fourteen

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter somehow managed to be even more difficult to revise than the last one. It took a lot of work, but I got it done. I hope it turned out well.

There’s plenty in this chapter I’m not 100% happy with, but I need feedback on it. My own mind is having trouble looking at it from a new angle. So please let me know what you think!

I would not be able to do this without the support and encouragement of my supporters. You guys are amazing!

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Romance Literature Checklist

Another fun literature list from Jess’s Reading Nook.


Emma by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights by Jane Austen

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Room with A View by E.M. Forster

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Anne of Green Gables Series by L.M. Montgomery

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Writing Progress February 1 – 7, 2016


February 1

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,225
  • Today’s word count: 234
  • Thoughts: It was about the best I could do given the circumstances and how I felt today.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Feel better and start editing the next chapter.

February 2

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,226
  • Today’s word count: 1
  • Thoughts: I had a wimpy, wimpy editing session today. I did more than add one word, of course, but my net gain is only a single word.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More editing. Hopefully a longer, more productive editing session.

February 3

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,255
  • Today’s word count: 29
  • Thoughts: I got a lot of cleaning done today. Procrastination! Eventually I did get around to editing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More editing. Hopefully I will manage to finish the chapter.

February 4

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,109
  • Today’s word count: -146
  • Thoughts: Editing. So much editing. When I edit I highlight passages I think either need to be rewritten or deleted. I took a screencap for Twitter and I’d like to share it with you as well. neon
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I still have more editing to do before I can post Chapter Thirteen so I will be busily hacking and slashing away at that some more.

February 5

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,013
  • Today’s word count: -96
  • Thoughts: I’m still struggling through the edits of this chapter. It’s very obvious that I wrote it during some sort of sprint during NaNoWriMo. All the ideas are there, and I quite like them, but there are so many problems I’m deleting, combining, or rewriting at least every other line in the draft.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Continue editing. Yes. That’s right. I’m going to still be editing Chapter Thirteen on the day it is supposed to be posted online. Let’s hope I can get it up in time. Although, I guess you’ll already know if it happened or not. =P

February 6

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 93,028
  • Today’s word count: 15
  • Thoughts: I finished the edits and I got the chapter posted! Victory! I tried to write a bit after I finished editing but my brain was pretty fried.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Try to write and not worry at all about spelling, punctuation, or any other stressful stuff.

February 7

No writing progress made. Editing that last chapter gave me a little bit of burn out. I learned that editing chapters written during the later parts of NaNoWriMo is really, really tough. Let’s just hope a day off is all I need to get back on track!

The Dreams: Chapter Thirteen

the dreams cover

Cover by A. R. Shellnut

This chapter was a real chore to edit, but I like it. I’m sure it still needs more work, but I’m pretty happy with it as a second draft. Comments, thoughts, and suggestions are welcome as always.

My Patrons continue to be an awesome bunch of people. They’re a great source of motivation and encouragement. You guys rock!

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English Literature Checklist

Here’s another fun checklist from Jess’s Reading Nook this week.

I’ve read 24 out of these 50 books. That’s a few less than I did on last weeks checklist. I still have plenty of classics left to read.

Emma by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Wasteland by T.S. Elliot

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Far From the Maddening Crowd by Thomas Hardy

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Ulysses by James Joyce

Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Le Morte d’Arthur by Thomas Malory

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Paradise Lost by John Milton

Utopia by Sir Thomas Moore

Animal Farm by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

Rape of Lock by Alexander Pope

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare

Othello by William Shakespeare

Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Pygamlion by George Bernard Shaw

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Expedition of Hulmphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Beowulf by Unknown

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolfe