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It’s all a blur…

Where has the time gone?

I blinked, and six months flew by.

Wasn’t it July 4th, just the other day?

It’s all a blur, at least that’s what it feels like to me.

I’ve never been good with time.

Ever since I can remember, my mother would say, “Melinda, time waits for no one.” she was always in a rush. I’d say, “It waits for me,” I don’t like to be rushed. When someone rushes me, I move slower. Maybe it’s a Scorpio thing, or an ENFP thing…I don’t know?

Right now, I feel lost. I’m in the woods, and I have no idea where I’m going.

I’ve been a little overwhelmed with plotting my book series ( I’m not a plotter or a pantser ) so, it’s not so easy for me. I feel like I’m forcing a square peg into a round hole. I’m working on a series bible, because even though I’m not a plotter, I need to know where I’m going. When I don’t know where I’m going, I tend to stop writing…which is not a good thing. So, I’m working on getting organized. I thought plotting and getting organized was going to help, but I feel more confused than ever. It’s like when you first start cleaning, you end up making even more of a mess than you started with, but after lots of work it’s clean. I’m still at the…I made more of a mess than I started with stage. Which is why I’m overwhelmed.

I need to find my way out of this mess! Where’s the end of the tunnel?

I don’t know how I’m getting out of this mess? I haven’t found the end of the tunnel yet. I know one thing, every time I look at the overall plot…the big picture. I get overwhelmed and when I get overwhelmed, it stresses me out. So, the other day I decided I was just going to focus on one step at a time.

And focus on one thing at a time.

Since I started thinking about plotting the other books in the series, I’ve made a few changes to the first book. Some characters have had name changes, because I stole their name for someone else, and some have had name changes because the name they had, just wasn’t working. My characters tend to not talk to me, if they don’t like their name. I’ve come up with several new characters (some very important ones) that I have to insert into the first book which is half way done. But, before I do that, I have to flesh them out first. I have so much to do…right now I feel like I’m in a fog.

About six months ago I found out that publishers want the first book completely finished, and an outline of all the other books in the series.

What?

For some reason I thought I could do one book at a time, I don’t know why I thought that? Then I heard that publishers wanted the first book and a synopsis of the other books. Then I found out from a published author, that they want an outline of all the other books.

That’s a whole different ballgame.

When I first started writing Raven Hill, I had no idea what I was doing, or what I was getting myself into. I was and still am a potter, an artist. I didn’t know how to write a novel, as a matter of fact, English was my least favorite subject. I liked Science, Biology, Psychology, History and Art…of course.

So, how and why did I start writing? Let’s just say…due to unforeseen circumstances, it sort of found me. I basically started at the very bottom. My early writing wasn’t very good, but with hard work, help from some awesome writing books and my husband (my editor), I’ve come a long way. When I started to write, I had no idea that my story would turn into a series. I planned on writing a standalone book, but the more I wrote, the more complex and complicated my story became. I had no other choice but to turn it into a book series.

Now I feel like I’m starting it all over again.

I really hope that once I master this plotting thing…the next book series will be easier. Please tell me it gets easier! Anyway, right now I’m getting to know my old characters again and getting to know my new characters. After that I’ll be spending a lot of time with my villains.

Yes, there is so much to do, but I’ll keep working…one step at a time, one scene at a time.

 

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Stop Whining

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“I have a really bad feeling about this,” Matt frowned. “I think we should go back.”

“Yeah, this place gives me the creeps,” said Violet. “Maybe, we should go back.”

“Stop whining!” snapped Robin. “You guys are such babies,” she looked over her shoulder, and then followed Joey onto the path.

“No, we’re not!” April gave Robin a dirty look.

“SHHHHHHH!” whispered Violet. “You guys are being really loud.”

“Yeah, be quiet…before we get caught,” Robin whispered.

“You be quiet!” April said, a little too loudly.

“No!” Robin snapped.

“Stop it!” Joey yelled over his shoulder.

I looked back, and so did Robin. “She’s the one causing all the trouble,” April pointed at Robin.

“Shut up!” Robin said angrily, and then she stuck out her tongue.

“No! Why don’t you!” April stuck out her tongue too.

“SHHHHHHH!” I whispered. “I think I heard something.”

 

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A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Five ~ part six

One more sneak peek from chapter five!

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“Get it off!” Matt yelled. “Get it off!”

“Oh, don’t be such a baby,” Robin gently picked up the grayish brown spider. “It’s only a little spider.”

“You know I hate spiders,” he shivered. “It was wicked hairy,” he shivered again. “And it wasn’t little!”

“That was really mean,” April said, as Robin gently put the spider back on the floor. I watched it scurry away.

“I was just having some fun,” Robin smiled. “Come on, it was kind of funny, wasn’t it?”

‘I don’t think so,” April gave her a dirty look.

“Hey, why don’t we play truth or dare,” Violet smiled.

“Do we have to?” Joey made a face.

“Yes!” she said. “I’ll go first.” She tucked her hair behind her ear, and then looked at me.

A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Five – part three

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“It’s an old cemetery,” I looked around at all the old headstones. Some of them were leaning over, ready to fall, a few were already lying on the ground, but most of them were still standing straight and tall. I shivered.

“Gross!” Matt said. “Let’s get out of here.”

“What’s it doing here?” asked Violet.

“It looks really old,” April ran her hand across one of the headstones. “Oh my gawd, I can’t believe it,” she pushed away the dead grass and weeds that was covering it.

“April, don’t touch it!” Matt said. “That’s gross.”

Joey walked toward April. “What is it?”

“It’s Patience Gray,” she looked up at him.

I looked at the headstone and then at April. “Who’s Patience Gray?”

A Sneak Peek Inside Chapter Five – part two

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“This place is a little spooky,” April shivered.

“I have a really bad feeling about this,” Matt frowned. “I think we should go back.”

“Yeah, this place gives me the creeps,” said Violet. “Maybe, we should go back.”

“Stop whining!” snapped Robin. “You guys are such babies,” she looked over her shoulder, and then followed Joey.

“No, we’re not!” shouted April, giving Robin a dirty look.

“Shhhhh,” whispered Violet. “You guys are being really loud.”

“Yeah, be quiet, before we get caught,” Robin whispered.

“You be quiet!” April said, a little too loudly.

“No!” Robin snapped.

“Stop it!” Joey yelled over his shoulder.

I looked back, and so did Robin. “She’s the one causing all the trouble,” April pointed at Robin.

“Shut up!” Robin said angrily, and then stuck her tongue out.

“Shhhhh,” I whispered. “I think I heard something.”

“Oh, no!” Violet said.

 

Inspiration Board #5 part five

Images, make my story come to life!

They inspire me, they help me see my characters, where they go, what kind of trouble they get into, and sets the mood of the story. That’s why most of the images are dark and moody…with a little touch of color here and there. Just like my story!

Images are such a useful tool for me, especially since I’m an artist/designer/potter/photographer and writer. They help me design my story world. I can visualize my story in my mind, but seeing images related to my story takes it a step further!

That’s why I make these inspiration boards.

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Inspiration Board #5 part four

Images, make my story come to life!

They inspire me, they help me see my characters, see where they live, where they go and sets the mood of the story. That’s why most of the images are dark and moody…with a little touch of color here and there.

Images are such a useful tool for me, especially since I’m an artist/designer/potter/photographer and writer. They help me design my story world. I can visualize my story in my mind, but seeing images related to my story takes it a step further!

That’s why I make these inspiration boards.

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