Musing on August, Hailing September




Has 8 months of the year really gone already?

It seems so.

The heat of the summer, and the craziness that went along with it, has pretty much ended on my end. Things have settled back into a more of a routine, much to my relief.

By the way....what has happened this month?


🙞 In the Realms of Fiction 🙜


1. We had a huge alpha session in the beginning of the month, in which MK and I shared our current drafts with each other and Lia. Which we then proceeded to tear apart and flail over.

2. The White Rose gained a few more thousand words, it's now up to 47k words. I'm right about 17k words away from the beta call, which is super exciting!

3. I rescued Jane Eyre from the donate pile. As we were cleaning out some of the books, some of the school reads got relegated to the Purple Heart bag. While I didn't care for Animal Farm or Tuck Everlasting, Jane Eyre didn't deserve that fate. So, it's now sitting on my shelves. Oh and I did also rescue my copy of The Secret Garden, which my mother snitched for school and never gave back.

4. During our vacation downtime, we watched Perry Mason re-runs on the TV. I mean, there really wasn't much better on (except for Alaska State Troopers and Phillies Baseball).

5. I have a new fandom: Phillies Baseball. We never really followed baseball closely before this season, other than the occasional check in. This season, we're actually doing pretty decent! And so, we're now checking game recaps nearly every single day, LOL.



🙞 Blog Happenings 🙜

For Working by Candlelight, I wrote 2 posts: In the Kitchen: Scallopy Crisp Apple Pie, and Operation Vintage Makeover: Setting to the Room to Rights.

For The Rebelling Muse, I wrote 2 posts: End of Camp NaNoWriMo, July 2019, and It's So Classic Blog Tag.

For Rebellious Writing, I participated in the It's So Classic Blog Tag for the anniversary blog party we're hosting.

I'm still on hiatus for Maidens for Mary, and I'm holding off until September before getting back into it. It really depends on the employment situation.



🙞 Goal Checklist 🙜

1. Work towards the 30K goal of additions for The White Rose.

I'm now gotten about 13k of those 30k words written, so it's a pretty decent chunk!

2. Update TWR's section of Project Blueprint

Now that some of the additions have been added, there are now new characters and some new info about various aspects of the novel. And, there is a lot of world-building that needs to be filled in. Unfortunately, this didn't really happen this month.

Now to check the yearly goals....

1. Finish The White Rose - and have it ready for betas by May at the earliest.

The White Rose gained a few more thousand words, it's now up to 47k words. I'm right about 17k words away from the beta call, which is super exciting!

At the same time, I've been editing some of the old chapters to account for some of the new material. So even though I'm pretty sure that not all the scenes will be written before the 65k threshold, it will not be a totally raw draft. 

3. Get more print books.

I got 2 more print books from my parent's collection, and I bought another non-fiction book for research purposes. I've already had to rearrange the bookshelves at least twice since I got them *sigh* 

Well now that August is over (almost), what is on the docket for September?

September Goals:

1. Finish the additions for TWR.

I am so SO motivated to get this thing finished finally!!!

2. Start researching building the author platform.

Now that TWR is growing up and I've gotten more comfortable with sharing stuff, I'm now starting to think about possibly getting a good "author photo" taken. And while I'm doing that, I want to see how to really establish my "identity" (i.e. researching legal uses of the pen name in contracts and post office, etc.).

3. Record more vlogs with Lia, and edit them. 

Because we've enjoyed our last vlog so much, Lia and I are planning to record another set of vlogs while I visit her in a few days. Don't worry, these will be shortened to about 15 minutes each instead of the 2 hour monster we recorded the last time.



Even though I am not going back to school, I look forward to fall. We were blessed with a spring this year, and to have a fall along with it will be wonderful :)

How about you, dear readers? What has been going on in your corner of the world? 

Scribbingly yours,

Catherine

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16 comments:

  1. YAY, MORE VLOGS!!! I’m so excited!

    Hope you have a great September! And good luck with the employment situation!

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    1. So am I! We've got some great content coming!

      THANK YOU NICOLE!!!

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  2. This is so exciting!! I would love to watch more vlogs with you and Lia!

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  3. I'm so excited for another vlog!
    I forgot that Alpha session was just at the beginning of the month. It feels like AGES ago. But that may just be because school started again. I swear I feel like I've been here 7 years instead of two weeks

    Can't wait to see how September goes! Good luck with your plans!

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT! I thought it was later too, but when I searched through the Hangouts archive, I found I was really wrong...

      Thank you MK!

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  4. I just redid my bookshelf too...took out a lot of the kid/horse series books, just because I needed all the room. And I never read them anymore, so...yeah. They'll go in the library until my little sisters are interested in reading them.

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    1. Oh cool! I feel ya - I *kinda* did the same thing before I got the new shelves. I wonder where those went....LOL

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  5. It makes me so happy you're getting into baseball. :) It's a gorgeous sport. (Not that I follow any professional teams. Heh. It's SAD, the lack of commitment from this Reds fan. But I've got brothers to keep track of if that's any excuse.)

    New print books are always good! Nothing like a solid copy. And rescuing books from parents' piles is the way to go. *emphatic nod*

    And congratulations on your TWR progress!!! That's so exciting!! The very mention of an author photo makes me grin with excitement.

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    1. Haha, I'm glad I'm finally appreciating America's Sport myself. Who knew that watching baseball was so much fun? And my brother was the mega fan before I was, so I feel you on that!

      Yes, even if they have been in other hands before, LOL. Believe me, if I could get print copies of the old e-books I had, I would be in 7th heaven....and about a thousand bucks poorer, LOL.

      YES!! The face reveal is long in coming. I have to play around with some ideas, since I want this author photo to look kinda different from the actual professional pictures that I have in other places (ya know, it's really difficult sometimes having two identities).

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  6. Glad you saved Jane Eyre!
    Looks like you had a full month. Best of luck with all your goals.

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    1. So am I - it's too awesome of a book to let go, LOL.

      Indeed I did - felt like I went thirty million miles an hour some days. Thank you Skye!!

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  7. Woahh, didn't know you were doing vlogs....gonna go check those out bye bye be right back.... XD

    So glad you pulled Jane Erye out. I really enjoy that book a lot. I think it stands out from others in it's genre.

    I Just Happened

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    1. Yep!! You can find the first one here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMS5ivc3YWHTacSJb0IHPOQ?

      We're going to be doing some others that will be totally different from this one, and a lot shorter. So excited to share them!

      Indeed, I couldn't agree more!

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  8. Ooh, yay for rescuing books! I still haven't read Jane Erye, but I really want to. :-) I hope you have a lovely September. <33

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    1. You should!! It may be rather creepy and sad in some areas, but it's so poignant!!

      I hope you do as well, MEM!!

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~ Catherine