#AuthorAugust22 Day 29

#AuthorAugust22 Day 29

⭐️ Day 29 Prompt: Confession Time: How Many Notebooks Do You Own? ⭐️

It’s Day 29 of #AuthorAugust22, a prompt series by @mariahankenman!

Good morning, it’s 8:31am. How was your weekend? Long day ahead here. But, I have some delicious coffee and other medicine to get me going this morning.

Up until two-three years ago, I was the “write everything in word” kind of writer. Since then, I’m a notebook writer. Before I moved into my current place in 2018, I threw many of my old notebooks. They were merely scribbles for the most part. Nothing exciting.

A few months ago, though, I began collecting notebooks from amazon (don’t judge), Target, and Wal-Mart. It’s more than likely, though, I don’t have as many notebooks as most writers who prefer them over digital. Off the top of my head, I can give a confident guesstimate of about twenty notebooks (so far).

Writing in notebooks has been more freeing lately as I spend most of my work day/week in front of a computer screen. When you write so much content for clients online, the stress sort of spills out from the screen and into my personal life. So, being able to switch things up is kind of therapeutic.

How about yooouuu?? Will you confessssss how many notebooks YOU haaaavee?

#AuthorAugust22 Day 28

#AuthorAugust22 Day 28

⭐️ Day 28 Prompt: If You Weren’t A Writer, What Would You Do? ⭐️

It’s Day 28 of #AuthorAugust22, a prompt series by @mariahankenman!

Can I get through ONE monsoon season without my little one, their mom, and me all getting sick? That would be great.

In the beginning, marketing was my passion. I opened a marketing business back in 2017 because I also got tired of working for other people. Funny how that works. I had put both writing and other hobbies/passion on the back burner as a result. Also, as a result, it made me feel more miserable.

If I were to give up writing tomorrow, what would I be doing instead, if anything at all?

Probably get back into game design and development. Jump from one creative career to another all the while still working for another marketing company. Gotta pay the bills.

The goal, however, is to one day open up my own indie bookstore which I guarantee will leave me with less time for following my passion for writing.

So, if I wasn’t a writer, what would I be doing?

Running a bookstore is the preferable choice.

How about you? What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?

#AuthorAugust22 Day 27

#AuthorAugust22 Day 27

⭐️ Day 27 Prompt: Where Are You? Word Count Check In or Status Update ⭐️

It’s Day 27 of #AuthorAugust22, a prompt series by @mariahankenman!

At the time of me writing out today’s prompt post, I’m laying down on the couch, barely sleeping, agitated, and having a lack of focus. Today marks 5 years since my brother lost his battle with #mentalhealth. Today, I’ll be visiting his grave. So, please forgive me if today’s content is a bit sparse.

I only have a status update, I suppose.

Last night, I began #writing out the first draft of a children’s book WIP for critique groups. It feels nice knowing it’s almost at the finish line. But I’m incredibly anxious about it as well.

Lately, I feel as though I’m making some headway in my journey as an #author, but of course, there’s still so far to go.

I’ve always considered writing a children’s book with a mental health focus as “therapy” but I think it only makes me feel worse about it when I give it a try each time. There’s some irony in there but I don’t feel like unpacking that right now.

Anyways, I hope you all have a good weekend.

Love you. Be good. Be safe.

#AuthorAugust22 Day 26

#AuthorAugust22 Day 26

⭐️ Day 26 Prompt: Dream Cast For Your WIP ⭐️

It’s Day 26 of #AuthorAugust22, a prompt series by @mariahankenman!

Whew. What a week. Bought a newer car, got slammed with large work projects, and had an unplanned pediatrician visit for the little. How was your week?

Honestly, I never thought about a dream cast for any WIPs. Though, if I did for The Traveler, I would probably choose Simon Pegg and Lake Bell as the titular characters. They have such excellent movie chemistry together.

If you couldn’t guess it by now, I’m basically taking their personas from the movie they both starred in as said titular characters, titled Man Up. It may still be on Netflix, not sure, though. Cute movie.

Simon has the appeal where he could play a hopeless romantic and professional historian wanting nothing to do with his father’s legacy. And Lake has the kind of appeal for playing the ambitious, career-driven professional, leaving her past in the rearview mirror to follow her dream as a bookstore owner.

What is your dream cast for your WIP?

#AuthorAugust22 Day 25

#AuthorAugust22 Day 25

⭐️ Day 25 Prompt: Do Your Family/Friends Know You Write? ⭐️

It’s Day 25 of #AuthorAugust22, a prompt series by @mariahankenman!

Slamming some coffee back as I’ll soon be taking my toddler to the pediatrician today for what I suspect is a UTI. And I received a dozen work emails moments ago for a large project with a tight deadline. Awesome.

Do my family and friends know I write? 100%. They were some of my first buyers for Over The Creek. And I’m not shy about posting my work online, too. So, there’s…that.

I don’t get the hilarious reactions from them as I write children’s books mostly. Now, if I jump into some other genres, I wouldn’t be as confident posting those WIPs online as often, haha.

It took me some time to post even The Traveler (see yesterday’s post). At most, there’s only a hint of a potential romance. Wait, that makes me sound as though I have something against romance books. I don’t. I’m simply not confident enough for writing #romancebooks or really any other genre for that matter. Not yet, anyway.

Should I start writing outside of children’s books, I would likely only post in private critique groups for the genre I’m writing in. That was a long way of saying if I do start #writing outside of my current genre, they, and likely everyone else (publicly), won’t know about it for some time, haha.