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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Light Up The Darkness

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for my lateness in posting a new blog. I’ve had this thought on my mind for a few days, but I just couldn’t figure out how to word it; but I think I’ve finally got it.

 

It has become apparent to me that making yourself smile and laugh is rather important. Especially if you’re suffering with something like depression, or anxiety. Sometimes while suffering with mental illnesses such as these, it can be very difficult to socialise with friends and even family. So, what’s the next option? Well it’s to make yourself feel better, or at least try.

Making yourself feel a little better doesn’t have to be difficult, it’s actually pretty easy. Of course it’s easy to spend your days thinking of that person or that situation that is making you want to hide in darkness forever, but you need a break from that or your health will suffer.

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