Updates December 12-16

Hello,

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Last week overall went well.  There were some disruptions with poor internet.  I had to call the provider, to make a complaint and find out what was messing with my service.  Despite all that, the reorganization is not complete, and it may take the rest of the month.  There was a time I would’ve been troubled by this.  I am glad that I have moved passed those feelings.   It came from the thoughts that there was no progression with the stories under development and that if I wasn’t writing chapters or scenes I wasn’t writing.  This has been a difficult mindset to ignore.  If it takes a whole month to deal with, I’m okay with it. 

The reason this update is posted on Tuesday was the weekend.  I spent most of that time in Brooklyn, helping a relative with an event. There was no time to write this update.  My ideal time to draft these things is Saturday night.  I was going to skip this update but then I felt like I was giving up and I didn’t want to. Better late than never and all that. 

This week, as part of the writing project reorganization, I will be working on completing the character GMC worksheets.  I don’t remember when I got the template, but it was acquired from author Nadine Avola.  Give credit where credit is due.  This worksheet is a brief goal, motivation, and conflict for characters in the story.  I wrote about Scions last week.  The GMC worksheet that is in focus right now is Connection Lost.  I have a list of every main and secondary character in this story.  It may seem like too much for a 25k story but while reading what was written. It felt like it was going off track.  Making the characters’ goals and motivations clear and figuring out their conflicts will make the story more interesting.  I know that at least 3 characters’ goals are part of the conflict for my main character.  They are co-antagonists, and they don’t even know it.   Later in the week, I will be working on Scions because thoughts on that story have been interrupting me every now and then.  I want to prepare this month so that by the end of the first quarter of 2023, I will have a completed first draft of Connection Lost. 

December is the month of reflection and projection. These last two weeks are going to be difficult. Everyone is going to be in the remember this mode or next year is full of potential for us to do better.

The reading goals for this week are to finish up the audiobooks that I put on hiatus, for transparency and accountability, those books are A Ghost in Shining Armor by Therese Beharrie; Cry of Metal and Bone by L. Penelope; Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and Pawsitively Poisonous by Melissa Erin Jackson. Three fiction books and one non-fiction they were all started sometime during this year and I thought they were all interesting but were put on pause for some reason. I have not completed the Death Before Dragon series, the last two audiobooks are not free on Youtube. The author Lindsay Buroker most likely got the information she needed in sales and other marketing sections. Fortunately for me, she has an agreement with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. Death Before Dragons and two other series are exclusively on Amazon. Secrets of the Sword 2 and 3 will be digital reads and I am not sure when I will start them. Part of my fun in listening to audiobooks is playing games on the tablet- Cooking Madness, Farmville 2, Design Home, and Home Design. Making time to just read is difficult. I guess that can be on my New Year’s resolution list.

That is all for now. I’m sure there is more but time is the issue. I hope these words find you all doing well.

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