2016 is Dead – My Goals for 2017

2016 is over. Thank God! For the last few years I’ve thought, “Am I the only one that’s had a terrible year?” I think I can safely say, that I am definitely NOT the only one. 2016 was a complete and utter shit storm for a lot of us and I pray that 2017 does not turn into 2016 Mark II.

In an attempt to make 2017 a better year for me, I’ve made a small list of what I’m going to try and do before Sunday 31st December 2017.

First, I want to completely finish Littlewolf and be happy with what I’ve created. I already have people telling me they love it, but I need to make it better and I’ve already started work on that. I’ve roughly estimated that I’ll finish the second draft and the editing by the end of March 2017. Every hour I spend on Littlewolf is not going to be wasted and I intend on that showing in my work. This is my biggest goal for this year and I am determined for it to happen. I love Littlewolf and the world I’ve created and I want to share it with everyone.

Second, I want to get my health under control. At the moment, my B12 and Vitamin D deficiencies are slowing me down and making me sick, a lot. With depression, anxiety and back problems thrown on top, most of my days are a struggle. Some days are better than others, but I look forward to the day where I can wash without aids and make food without help. I used to be independent and I want to be that again.

Third, I want to do what I love. This is more of an addition to my first goal, as what I love, is writing. But I want to write more after Littlewolf, I have so many ideas that I want to turn into stories. I want to be able to write for a living and share my stories with the world. I have never loved any job that I’ve had, apart from this one.

Fourth, I think everyone has this goal, but I thought I’d include it anyway. Spend more time with those I love. My family and friends, where ever they are in the World. I want to spend more time with them and make memories. This goal isn’t just a 2017 goal, it’s a goal for life.

For the moment, I think that’s it, or at least they’re the most important to me. I’m not saying things like “New year, new me,” That never works out for anybody and I don’t need to change who I am to make these goals a reality, I just need to change how I do some things. I never make goals to eat healthier, because that never works out either. I just can’t stand salad.

But I think having goals for the year, will help make the year what you want it to be. So, do you have any goals? Or did you have goals in 2016 that you fulfilled?

I hope everyone reading this has a fantastic 2017, for whatever reason!

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Littlewolf & The Update Part II

I’ve had a little unplanned break, so here’s a wee update:

The first draft of Littlewolf was completed a few weeks ago and I immediately began the editing process. But I realised that there was still a lot more that I could add to the story. So I began a sort of ‘re-write’, from beginning to end, adding and editing as I go. But as I started, I began to feel that I was completely burnt out. And I had to stop for what has turned into two weeks!

My energy levels are usually topsy-turvy and I can never predict how I’m going to feeling day to day. But the last few weeks have been terrible and I just haven’t been able to get any work done at all. It’s all very frustrating.

I’ll probably take the remainder of this week off and begin afresh on Monday! It has put my plans a little behind schedule, but I have to try and accept it. I’ve been so organised lately, that I’m just constantly frustrated at myself for being tired. Sounds crazy really.

But the second draft of Littlewolf is underway! And I’m very excited about the additions I have in mind. A lot of TLC is going into this story and I’m going to take my time with the second draft. I’m just happy to finally have the first draft complete, after 2 years of putting it off.

So I apologise for the lack of update, but everything will be back to normal next week! I have allowed myself two weeks of R&R and procrastination, so now it’s time for the productivity to continue!

See you all in the New Year, I hope you have a merry one. x

 

 

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Update – Littlewolf & The Editing

It has been too long since I updated everyone on Littlewolf, but I have been quite busy (and a little unwell), so here is the update, finally.

The writing frenzy for Littlewolf is over and now the editing has begun. I always find editing difficult, as I can never decide the best way to do it. I am behind schedule (already) as I planned to begin editing on the 23rd, but decided I would take a day off after the 2 weeks of writing and then I was away this weekend in Liverpool. It’s a bit of a blur. On a side note, for those that love Christmas decorations, I suggest you check out Liverpool, it is beautiful!

Paper edits have started and I’ve just finished Chapter 4. I’ve decided to paper edit all the chapters first and then do it all on the computer over a course of 4-5 days. I’m taking my time with editing and so far, it seems that there’s a lot I’m not happy with.

I’m going to enjoy the process as much as I can and try my hardest to make Littlewolf the best it can possibly be. Continuity is important to me and I’ve found a lot of gaps in it, aahh! I apologise for the roughness of this blog post, but I’m feeling a wee bit stressed with everything that needs to be done.

I was going to give you all a snippet of Chapter 4 and introduce the new character that joins the adventure, but as it needs heavy editing, I’ve decided to hold off for now and I will include it in the next blog post.

On top of this, as I re-edit Chapters 1-3, I will re-upload them onto Inkshares.

Thank you all for your continued support during for this project!

Chapters 1-3 of Littlewolf and The Broken Veil are available on Inkshares here:https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

Update – Littlewolf & The Names

This post was supposed to be out on Saturday, but after two weeks of nearly none stop writing, I needed the little break that Sunday offered me. But 9 Chapters, approximately 45,000 words has been completed and I have 5,000 words to go and then the editing begins this Wednesday.

It’s very exciting to be so close to finishing Littlewolf, as I have been taking my time with it for over 2 years. I thought I’d never finish it. My ability to procrastinate often overshadows my need to write and so my progress with anything is usually very slow. But I started writing down word goals for every writing day and I didn’t think it would help me fend off the procrastination demon. But it really did! Never have I ever written 6 days a week, for 2 weeks solid. And that may not sound like a lot to some people, but for me, Princess Procrastination, it is a whole butt tonne.

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Since the last update, I finished Chapters 8 and 9 and this is when things really start to kick off. Our group of heroes reach the Volcano and their most dangerous task stands before them. I’m not going to reveal too much because major spoilers! But I will say it’s intense and emotional.

Below I thought I would reveal a little information about the names of the characters, as they are so unusual. I didn’t just pick any old name; a lot of thought went into the main characters and their names are a big part of who they are.

The names of characters are always important to the story. We follow the characters from the beginning to the end of their journey and we grow attached to them. If we forget the plot of a book or a film, we’ll always remember the main character names.

But I’ve found the names for Littlewolf a little more difficult than usual. It’s set in a time where native tribes are still strong, so I couldn’t have names like Bob or Diane. I have, however used names that describe the character.

A character that is introduced in Chapter 4 is called Hania, which means Spirit Warrior. And while he isn’t exactly a spirit, knowing the meaning of his name, will make sense to you when you meet him.

I found all of my character names (apart from Littlewolf herself) from google searches of Native names, both American and Canadian. Although I find Canadian names much more difficult to find, which is why I changed to American.

Jaawaso is spelled phonetically and is actually spelled Gizhaawaso. I did this for ease of reading, but if her character had have played a small part, I probably would have left it with its original spelling. Her name simply means ‘protects her young’ and Ogimaa means ‘chief’ or ‘king’.

Some names may change before I finish writing Littlewolf, but for the most part I am happy with my characters, their names and what they stand for.

Littlewolf and The Broken Veil Chapters 1-3 are available to read here:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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Update – Littlewolf & A Magical World

Another writing week is well under way! Chapter 7 was completed on Tuesday afternoon and I wrote the first half of Chapter 8 today. I find that some days are certainly easier than others and yesterday wasn’t a good day in general for me, for reasons that I won’t go into now. But today was so much easier. Listening to Radio 1 while I write probably isn’t the best way to get work done, but I just can’t work in silence and sometimes epic soundtracks don’t inspire me, but maybe tomorrow I’ll try something new and smash even more words onto the screen.

Thank you to everyone who has read Littlewolf so far and thank you to those who have shared posts about this book on social media. To know that others are supporting this project means an awful lot to me. So, thank you and thank you again.

For those that have read Littlewolf, even a little, knows that magic is a big part of her world. The entire realm in which she lives was created by magic and of course she knows that the beasts she lives with aren’t natural.

Fairies, griffins, gnomes and fairies are all a part of her everyday life. Her father’s best friend is a griffin and her best friend is a gnome who is always covered in flowers. Magic used to keep them all safe from harm until the humans ripped that safety from them and forced them into a never-ending war.

Littlewolf always knew she was different, but it isn’t until she visits a very special wolf on top of the Wakan mountain, that she realises just how different she is. She is told that someone will teach her how to harness her magic, so that she may save her family and friends.

Nothing, not even her skill with a bow and arrow, will be as crucial as mastering the wild and unpredictable magical power that courses through her veins.

Littlewolf and The Broken Veil Chapters 1-3 are available to read here:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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Update – Littlewolf & The Ashes

So, the first week of my two-week writing frenzy is over. In the last six days, I have written 15,055 words (not including blogs) and completed 3 chapters. I think it has been my most successful writing week…ever. And I hope to keep that success going all the way through next week. I have 4 chapters left to do and I am very excited about what my imagination will be able to come up with.

During the three new chapters, we see Littlewolf entering the mysterious mountain pass with her parents and begin her journey through The Ashes. But they are never alone and the land is different to what they are used to. There are no singing rivers, green trees or dancing fairies. Only death and decay.

On top of this little update, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about where Littlewolf will be travelling to during her story.

If you’ve been following these blogs and the story of Littlewolf, you will know that she must travel to an abandoned baron land where life was harshly snatched by a fierce fire.

The Burnt Kingdom, also known as The Ashes and the Eastern Kingdom is covered in a thick layer of ash. There is no greenery, no life and no light. Death covers the land and is shrouded in thick smoke that billows from the red volcano that sits alone, waiting for someone to challenge its power.

Monsters, known as Nightmares inhabit the land. They are vicious, powerful and show no mercy. But they hold a dark and dangerous secret. One that Littlewolf can only learn if she finds the magic warrior that was promised to her.

But Littlewolf must learn that becoming a powerful sorcerer takes more than enthusiasm. She needs to awaken the magic that lies dormant within her soul and accept the power that flows through her body. But she will have to risk her life to do it. She is tested to her breaking point, but must overcome her basic survival instinct if she wants to save her world.

There is much more to The Ashes than meets the eye.

Littlewolf and The Broken Veil Chapters 1-3 are available to read here:

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

 

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Littlewolf’s Kingdom

On Sunday, I mentioned that I planned my writing schedule for Littlewolf until the end of November. I started writing again on Monday the 7th and managed to pump out an insane 3,043 words, which is just unheard of for me. I was really on a roll. My word goal for Tuesday lowered and I hit the goal of 1,957. Those two days of successful writing resulted in chapter 4 of Littlewolf being completed. And today I began chapter 5. My flow wasn’t as smooth as previous days, but I got the 2,500 words done and I’m looking forward to finishing chapter 5 tomorrow. Everything is going to plan so far and I’m very excited.

As well as a quick update, I thought I’d share a little more about Littlewolf and the world she lives in.

Abandoned by her tribe as a baby, Littlewolf was raised by wolves in a magical realm separated from mortal humans. The realm is known to the humans as The Banished Lands for it was created to trap unnatural and dangerous creatures safely away from mankind. But as the decades went on, the magical creatures accepted their prison as their home and called it a Kingdom.

After many years living in peace, away from the humans, the veil between the worlds was torn and the door to the Kingdom was permanently open to any wondering human. A war began between man and beast, for the greed of man saw that everything about the creatures was valuable. Their fur, horns, claws, wings, even their meat.

During the day, the rivers sang, the trees spoke to the wind and the giant flowers danced in the sun. But come the night, blood was shed and screams echoed through the Evergreen forest. But what the humans considered “monsters” were gentle and reluctant to fight, the humans ignored their pleas and continued their relentless attacks.

One day beyond the mountains, the Eastern kingdom was engulfed in mysterious flame and the souls that were lost are cursed to haunt what is now named The Ashes. No one ventures beyond the mountains and the Kingdom mourn the loss of their families.

Picking up the pieces, Littlewolf and her parents learn of a great prophecy that will save the Kingdom. But it’s a dangerous task and Littlewolf must learn to become a master of magic so that she can close the veil and ensure the majestic and terrifying Piasa remains asleep.

So far I’m very happy where Littlewolf is going and the first 3 Chapters are available to read on the link below. No more chapters are planned on being released unless I feel that readers want/need the extra chapter. I will say, the 4th is very exciting!

https://www.inkshares.com/books/littlewolf-and-the-broken-veil

I’ll update you all again in a few days and give you some more information about the world of Littlewolf.

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