What I Read in May

I’m still in a bit of a reading slump. I think I need to incorporate more reading time into my day to break it. For the longest time I could get through several books a month by reading before bed. Lately I’ve been falling asleep or getting lost in thought shortly after I start reading. It’s slowed me down significantly.

Now I need to find another time to read and it turns out that is harder than it sounds.

Books I finished reading in May:

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Books I’m currently reading:

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What books did you read in May? Are you on track with you goals for 2018?

Writing Progress May 21 – 27, 2018

daily writing progress

May 21

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 173,175
  • Today’s word count: 541
  • Thoughts: I didn’t really get into writing until pretty late in the day. I tried, but it just didn’t click until after the sun went down.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing! I know what I need to write. It should be easy!

May 22

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 173,662
  • Today’s word count: 487
  • Thoughts: Today was strange. I write a little bit during the day and then really hit my stride before bed. Then my back started hurting so I had to leave my desk. I ended up writing in bed, but even that was more than a little painful.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Figure out how to write without aggravating my back more. I’m not sure what I did to make it angry in the first place so keeping my back happy all day might be difficult.

May 23

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 173,934
  • Today’s word count: 266

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 45,523
  • Today’s word count: -3

  • Thoughts: Today was a pretty productive day. I got another chunk of The Dreams cleaned up and posted over on Patreon and I worked on Inbetween too.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Revising time! I feel like I’m ready and able to make revisions on schedule for once this week.

May 24

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,032
  • Today’s word count: 98

  • Project: The Dreams
  • Total word count: 46,129
  • Today’s word count: 606

  • Thoughts: I was worried today wouldn’t be productive. It just didn’t feel right when I got started. Then I dove into revising this week’s chapter and everything clicked into place. For revising, at least. After the revising was done, I was stuck again. I had to switch project to really get writing.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. I’m not picky about which project either. I just want to get writing done.

May 25

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,071
  • Today’s word count: 39
  • Thoughts: Typical Friday. I had too much on my plate to get much writing done. I had fun, though. That has to count for something… just not in a measurable way.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: Get this week’s chapter posted and get back to writing all the words.

May 26

  • Project: The Dreams character study/fluff
  • Total word count: 753

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,098
  • Today’s word count: 27

  • Thoughts: Today was pretty productive. I posted a chapter. Then I worked on a character study thing for The Dreams. My only regret is that I barely touched Inbetween.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: More writing. It’s a holiday weekend and it’s hot here so I’m trying not to be too ambitious.

May 27

  • Project: Inbetween
  • Total word count: 174,268
  • Today’s word count: 170
  • Thoughts: I managed to write a little, but it took me forever to get into the mindset to make it work.
  • Tomorrow’s goal: I need to write more. The first step is to get into the writing mindset earlier in the day. Hopefully I can find a way to make that happen.

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Important changes to my Patreon

So a lot of things have been happening on Patreon. The original post is here, but I thought I would share it here as well.


So, Patreon has gone and made some changes that are going in effect on December 18. You’ve probably seen the email they sent out. These changes will take transaction fees that used to be deducted from your pledge before I receive my money and tack it on top of the amount you pledged at a rate of $0.35 + 2.9%. This means a $1 pledge will now cost you $1.38.

In addition to this change, Patreon is also de-aggregating pledges. With my current pledge-per-weekly chapter model, this would result in you paying 4 separate transaction fees per month. I’m not okay with this.

Each pay-per-thing pledge will result in a separate transaction fee and every patron you pledge to will also result in a separate transaction fee. This is not ideal, and it isn’t what any of us signed up for originally.

That said, I don’t want to abandon Patreon. Other subscription services like PayPal have fees as well, and I’d lose the ability to easily provide patron-only content for you. There are ways to do it, but if I had the spare time and energy to dedicate to such a project, I would have done so already.

What I do want to do is reduce the number of transaction fees I cause for you. I can do away with them altogether, but I can at least take steps to make sure you’re only paying one transaction fee a month to support me.

My solution is to switch to the pledge-per-month model. This will guarantee you only pay one transaction fee per month for your contribution to me. It’s not ideal. I’d much rather have a system where the amount you pledge is the amount you pay, but that’s out of my control.

This solution does bring a bit of anxiety and uncertainty to me. I’m currently collecting your pledged amount between 2 and 4 (and sometimes 5 on 5 Saturday months) times per month. If everyone remains at their current pledge amount when we switch, I’ll only receive about $19 per month. While that’s a whole lot better than nothing, my budget has come to count on the income from Patreon.

So my solution comes with a question/call to action for all of you: will you increase your pledge amount so my pledge per month will match the amount I got from a typical month of pay-per-chapter posts?

We don’t have a lot of time. These changes are coming whether we want them or not on December 18. Please like this post so I know you’ve read it and please let me know your thoughts on this as soon as possible. I want to make these changes as quickly and painlessly as possible and I need to hear from you to do it right.

300 Followers and 2 Years

This blog just reached 300 followers. This in and of itself is amazing, but it is not the only reason I want to celebrate.

I started this blog in 2015 hoping that there would be interest in what I created, but I had no way of knowing if anything would come of it until I tried. I’m so glad I decided to try. This blog was created back in January 2015, but I didn’t start to put it to real use until August of that year. For that reason, I consider August 16, 2015 to be the blog’s true start date.

We’ve been through 6 WriMo events (and two NaNoWriMo wins), saw The Dreams go from one chapter to “the end”, and we’re now 33 chapters into Inbetween. I’ve written 322,645 words of fiction since August 2015 and almost all of those words are available to read on this blog. I’m proud of how far I’ve come in two years and I’m so happy to have so many people along for the ride.

thank you

No matter if you’ve been following for two years or two minutes, I’m glad to have you with me on this journey. Knowing there are people out there willing to have my writing show up in their media feed keeps me going when depression and anxiety are trying to rip me apart.

Thanks for being here. We’re at the start of the third year of this adventure. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I hope you’re as excited as I am.

How an Amateur Writer Becomes an Expert

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by Meg Dowell

Here’s the thing about writing: everyone starts at the bottom. Some work their way up to the middle. A select few manage to climb to the very top. That’s how it is with any profession. You have no idea what you’re doing. You start to figure it out. At some point you probably come to a crossroads, where you decide how much of a priority you want writing to be in your life. Do you want to advance – or are you happy at the level you stand on now?

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Got writer’s block? Here are some great ways to beat back writer’s block and get back to writing.

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Writer’s Block
The condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing it.

Also known as: every writer’s worst nightmare.

And let’s be real, it happens to everyone. Even the best writers in the world get stuck sometimes.

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Why You Should Read About Writing

This is so good! We should always be striving to become better writers.

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The moment you think you know everything about writing, that’s the moment your writing plateaus.

Last week I talked about why writers should read voraciously. But that was a post focused on fiction. You know, reading in the genre you write. For instance, if you write fantasy, you ought to be familiar with fantasy and read it near daily.

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