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Smile

The last couple of months have been hard. Not just for me, but for my entire country. And much of the rest of the world. The word is never perfect, but it feels abysmal at the moment. I’ve felt alienated, sad, and hopeless.

I don’t know how or when the universe will right itself, and gives us a break. I’ve been moping, but I’m coming out of it. I’m still sad. However, I need to live my life. I’m going to focus on the positive, and what I can do. I’ve also watched lots of Jenna Marbles videos.

I appreciate everything I have. I’m getting by. I ate delicious fudge. I am going to try and make new friends. I am so happy for my current ones.

Thank you for reading my blogs, and everything else you do. I can’t wait to release a novel for you.

I hope you can find things in your life to smile about. If you can’t right now, I’ve found some cute pictures for you.

 Bambi searching for Thumper.

 

 

Cuddly Pug, warm and safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only way to swim.

 

Peace, love, and happiness.

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And the Writing Begins!

I have finally put aside Tapestry (my short story anthology) for the time being. The editing was tough, and there is still more to do, but I am happy with my progress. Now I am moving on to another story, and I am super excited to get back to writing! No more reading the same paragraph 8 times. ­čśÇ

I will be working on the first draft of a Christmas story I started three to four years ago. I have read what I wrote so far, jotted down a few descriptions, and am now embarking on the writing journey. It’s a dark tale involving a little boy, Santa Claus, and magic spells. I hope I can finish before November, but I won’t put too much pressure on myself. I am enjoying my life and work more by thinking positively while trying not to stress over the small stuff.

Speaking of which, it’s fall! The joy! The weather is cooler. I can go for walks, or snuggle in bed. Visions of pumpkin treats waver before me. Stews and dumplings will be made. What a wonderful time of the year!

What have you been working on? Do you have any fall traditions?

Hope all is going well for you,

Kalen


The Editing Adventure

I apologize for not posting last month. I have gotten carried away in my editing and with other work goals.

JuNoWriMo was fun. I got a good portion of the editing done, and loved being a word sprint host. There were also a few life changes during June. It was hard at the time, but it all worked out for the best. I’m doing wonderfully now.

I’ve learned a lot about myself as an editor too. Sometimes I edit scene by scene. Other times I need to take notes. And I figured out what I needed time-wise. I have been working on┬áTapestry for awhile now, but it still isn’t ready for publication. Time is a writer’s best friend. Taking time away from a piece of work can lead to clarity when editing. I thought I could write, do first revisions, then put it aside. As it turns out, this is too ambitious. It’s hard to seriously edit anything that has JUST been written. I can fix grammar and tighten it slightly, but the magical editing muse won’t make her appearance for weeks. Time and distance is essential.

I have also learned to accept that my writing won’t be a glamorous, masterpiece during the first draft stage. Logically I have known this from day one. Many writers preach this. Yet, it’s still hard to accept. It has nothing to do with arrogance so much as self-doubt. Some first drafts are okay. Other first drafts are horrendous! It’s embarrassing. My inner critic whispers crazy things to me. It says my readers will stealthily find this copy of my work, read it, and decide I’m not good enough. I readily admit this is silly. Editing is what makes a piece shine; it’s where it becomes great. Still, it’s tough to look at bad writing and not cringe.

Anyway, my newfound acceptance has brightened my mood, and I am excited to tell you that I’m almost done with this round of editing! Woo hoo!

Hope you’ve been well!

-Kalen


The Word Muse

I have had a hard time thinking of what to write lately. I try to avoid writer’s block and write even when I don’t know where I am going with it, but for a few weeks I wasn’t able to. My journal entries became tedious, ideas weren’t coming to me. I let it be. Kept up the journal anyway, and waited for the muse to return.

I have had a few more life problems/events to deal with, so that might have been a factor.

I wanted to finish the novel I was working on before the computer crash. However, I was too upset. I write spontaneously and was not able to recall all that I lost. Thousands of words turned into hundreds that didn’t compare.

I watched tons of movies, pondered, worked on feeling better (I needed to heal for a couple of weeks during this time), talked to friends when I could, and there was a county fair.

I waited and waited, and you know what? I think the muse is coming back to me. The journal entries are more interesting. That was the first clue. I don’t have my next story fully formed, but I think it’ll come to me. For NaNoWriMo I am writing whatever comes to mind. I hope it turns into a story. I am happy ideas are coming back to me.

Being a writer is about sitting down and writing the words. Most days that’s all I need. However, the inspirational word muse is needed for new stories and moments of brilliance, and she shouldn’t be underestimated. That being said, don’t be afraid to pursue her diligently until she comes back.