Another Busy Day

Not much time today to blog, but I did want to just check in to say that I got my writing done today, as well as finish processing some copy edits for the next Korrigan Chronicles (comes out next week). I also submitted my next thing for my two critique groups, and I’m currently beta reading a book for a fellow author friend.

Totally not busy at all.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

Nearing the End of the Month

Thirty days has September, April, June, and November. All the rest have 31 except February, because it’s a special snowflake containing the dumbest holidays.

Don’t blame me! That’s just how the rhyme goes!

So here we are, one day left in the month and I want to take a moment to reflect.

I’ve written 38,883 words so far this month on my litRPG. That’s averaging just under 1300 words per day. Considering my minimum goal started with 1000 and has since grown to 1100 words per day, I would say I’m doing pretty well.

I did miss one day early on. On the 7th, and I only wrote 56 words the next day, but I would call this a good start to building habits. It’s not perfect, but neither am I, and I’m okay with stumbling as long as I get back on the patch immediately.

This weekend was a bit rough. Normally I have the full weekend to sleep in, casually wake up, and go about my morning routine. This weekend I was on call for work and got woken up at 5 every single day, which cut drastically into my energy and productivity.

But despite putting other things off, I managed to get my writing done each day, and that’s why the habit is so vital. Even when everything else goes to hell, I got my writing done and that’s what will matter in the long run. It’s the single most important thing I do each day to progress my writing career, so I’m doing it.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

Memorial Day

A headline stated that people aren’t celebrating Memorial Day like they used to. I understand, even as it makes me a bit sad. As we move further and further from our local communities and more into our online communities, it’s easy to forego local traditions. I’m part of the problem, spending most of my day online.

Even if I don’t invite a bunch of neighbors over to barbecue, I don’t ever want to forget the reason for this day.

It’s a day to memorialize the sacrifice that was made to allow us to have the freedoms we have today. It’s about honoring the ones that gave that ultimate sacrifice.

I know the military costs a lot of money, and has become a bit of a divisive word among the younger generation. Today is not a day for arguing politics, or whining about government spending. I don’t care if you are a pacifist who things the entire military should be disbanded, you should remember the sacrifice of the brave men and women who have laid down their lives for the privileges you enjoy today.

Thank you for all that you gave us.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

Urban Fantasy Giveaway

Today, I have a fun surprise that I’d like to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with more than 35 urban fantasy authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, plus a Kindle Fire to the Grand Prize winner!

You can win my novel A MOONLIT TASK, plus books from authors like

D.K. Holmberg and Jake Bible.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: bit.ly/urban-fan-may-17

Let me know if you sign up!

Till tomorrow,

Tom

Graduations, Birthdays, and Priorities

It’s that time of year again. Finals week for my younger kids is finally over, but that meant a graduation was in order, and my youngest will be in high school next year.

On top of that, my daughter’s birthday was today. Busy day for everyone involved.

Given a hectic day like today, with family coming from out of town and hosting guests at the house late into the evening, I was really glad that I made it a priority to get my writing in earlier in the day.

I really didn’t want to, to be honest. This whole week at work has been one thing after another, with barely any time to rest. I knew the late afternoon and evening would be for the family, and I didn’t want to stay up too late, so I had to make a choice once I finally close work out for the day. Do I go relax for a bit before heading out to the graduation, or do I write?

If something is important to you, you need to make the time and develop the habits for completing it.

For me, writing each and every day is the most important step in moving me closer to my goal of full-time author, so that’s what gets first-billing. I’m glad I did now, and I’ll be even happier about it when I review my weekly and monthly goals that I stuck with it.

Till tomorrow,

Tom

There’s Something About Critique Groups

Being active in two critique groups is a lot of work, but it’s also very rewarding.

I’ve long looked forward to the days when I’m writing full-time and I surround myself with other like-minded authors. The hope was that we would meet every week, preferably somewhere local to where I live, and we’d critique each other’s stuff, talk business, and in general keep each other progressing and improving our craft.

I don’t currently write full-time, nor do any of the folks that I hang out with locally right now. (I do, however, have some names I could drop of full-time writers that I know and I see on a regular basis, but no, back on track Tom.)

Regardless of the full-time status, being in two groups keeps me hopping. I have to submit something to them every two weeks. Sometimes it’s the same work, and sometimes it’s different works. Sometimes it’s a revised draft of that’s already been through the other group before. It’s all in what I need at that time.

Since I’m in two critique groups, I’m always fascinated by the things that they catch. When I submit the same thing to both groups and I get beat up over something obvious in the first group, I have to gird myself for the same assault from the next group. And it’s painful, being beat up over something you already knew you made a big mistake over, but you can’t state you already know. They put time and effort into critiquing your stuff, so you let them say their piece.

On the other hand, it’s like a breath of fresh air when one group harps on you for one thing, and the other group doesn’t even notice that, choosing to bring up other aspects of your story. You don’t feel so beaten down by the same choices.

But it does bring up a conundrum. If one group hates a section, but the other doesn’t, who do you listen to? At least if they both tear you apart for the same mistake you know you made the mistake. Yeah, you might end up with a couple extra bruises from the process, but it is usually very clear that there is a problem.

So what do you think? Have you ever gotten feedback that contradicts feedback you got from someone else? How do you resolve it?

Till tomorrow,

Tom