CAMP NANO | WEEK ONE | APRIL ’18

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Camp NaNo begins! I’m actually fairly prepared this year with my game plan. I don’t entirely expect to have Seek’s third draft finished by April, but my goal is being tracked in hours. Originally, I was shooting for 50 hours total, but as things popped up, my goal is 30 hours. I read Seek’s second draft before Camp, making major revision notes and plot changes, as well as making notes of beta reader comments/suggestions. Busy, busy, and ready! Week one, here we go!

 

DAY ONE | 3 HOURS | 2,608 WORDS

THE CHAOS BEGINS. MUAHAHA. Ahem. I roughly did 3 hours today and my word count wasn’t terrible but I’ve had bigger first days. Looking at my outline, I’m fairly certain I’ll be rewriting this whole novel instead of just small revisions and edits. I’m very excited, however!

My characters be like…

 

DAY TWO | 4 HOURS | 4,604 WORDS

I didn’t know I wrote that much… I actually thought today went super slow and unsuccessful. Wow. I guess I wasn’t paying any attention.

Also our friend Sam got me DOUGHNUTS (THANKS GIRL!) so I celebrated my writing progress tonight. 😛

DAY THREE | 2 HOURS | 3,600 WORDS

I think it was 2 hours worth. Anyway. I had a math test today don’t judge me my math brain cells are fried.  I’m really enjoying seeing the progress Seek has made! Rewriting isn’t too bad.

Also, had two new story ideas so hahaha HELP ME. 

Me, writing Seek but getting bothered by new ideas…

 

DAY FOUR | 4 HOURS | 2,611 WORDS

Slow going today but I wrote and that counts, folks. 😛 My writing buddy ate my note I gave him though.

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DAY FIVE | 1 HOUR | 1,590 WORDS

I babysat Rey and Laney most of the day while Mom and Tory went to a doctor appointment. I also did school, of course… So, while writing didn’t get far, I did get to chat with my dad about Seek’s future plans and feel pretty relieved and excited now. 😛

 

DAY SIX | 1 HOUR | 1,093 WORDS

More babysitting but today it was just Laney. Also, Kody asked her what she wanted to be when she grows up. She wants to be a cow.

I also stayed up kinda late talking with Tory about JUMP: Kody read some while I was napping with Laney and said (kind of jokingly, ha) “You’re demented and need to make a movie with Stephen King and the bros who make Stranger Things.”

I told him I’d prefer Ted Dekker over Stephen King and make it a deal. 😛 Tory and I also tossed ideas around for movie casting if my books ever became movies. We didn’t come up with many solid ideas, haha, but it was fun!

 

DAY SEVEN | 40 MINUTES | 700 WORDS

OK, every word counts… super busy today. Not much to report because I have a goldfish brain at the moment. So. That makes the first week of Camp!

Total Hours: 15 hours 40 minutes

Total Word Count: 16,806

Amount Of Pizza Consumed: Lost track

Music Listened to: Seek’s Revision Playlist + Peponi by the PianoGuys + etc

 

God bless y’all!

-Angela

 

How is Camp going for you?! I wanna hear about your project!

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GOODBYE MARCH | 2018

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March definitely marched right by, hahaha. Ha.

My March was dandy and let’s jump into some of what it entailed. 🙂 And also, yes, the photo in the post picture is my lil’ baby, JUMP. Goshers, look at it… anyway.

LOVELY LIFE

 

  • Rey’s birthday party! Reyna’s birthday was on the 23rd and we celebrated her party on the 25th with friends. She loved her presents and the cake. Yum, that cake.
  • Drove! Not much but hey, we survived. Just kidding. I’m not a terrible driver but I’m not ecstatic about it. Nonetheless, practice is a good thing.
  • Bought over 80 chickens. 45 meat chickens and then like 30 or so more a week or so after. Yeah. We’ve got over 80 chickens right now. We’ll be eating all the meat chickens, though, ha. I helped the guys build the new chicken run for the meat chickens and we set them up in it today – the 45. The 30 will grow a bit more before we let them in the cage. And then, we’ll be getting more, if we can.
  • Worked Paparazzi some. It’s so fun, y’all!
  • Took pictures of adorable kiddos ride Sugar Baby. 
  • I didn’t compete in the USEWF championships – I got very sick and missed it. Pretty disappointed but Tory went to video Kody compete so I got to see him! Kody won second place in kata – I am SO proud of him, he did epic!
  • I drew 3 times. Favorite drawing was this squirrel I did for my Papaw’s birthday.

 

 

WORLD OF WRITING

 

March was a busy month in the world of writing for me! I did a fun writing update post, so be sure to check that out for the details!

  • I finished Jump on the 8th and ordered copies for fun. Also, Kody started it and likes it so far. 😛
  • I plotted/wrote a novella in a week. The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon is finished and I ordered a paperback copy from Lulu! (Huge thanks to Kell for helping me figure some things out so I won’t have the issues I had with printing JUMP before. You rock, girl.)
  • I wrote a short story and submitted it. Yes, I did! And I didn’t die from having to keep is actually short. ;P
  • Seek – I finished rereading (well, it was a skim, ha) and wrote down notes for revising major parts. Also started going through beta comments and sorting through those. And can I add how awesome it feels to take a red pen and just draw a line through a whole page that’ll be deleted? It’s fantastic.

 

 

BOOKISH

 

I read one book. One book. One. Book. Y’all. Besides my own.

The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff 3/5 (lovely writing but too sad for my taste. Yes. I’m a baby.)

 

 

MY NOOK

 

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LOVELY LITTLES

I PRINTED JUMP!

 

 

APRIL GOALS

 

  • Drive. This is gonna be a monthly goal for a while, so I can feel good when I do… 😛
  • Win Camp NaNo. I don’t know my goal for sure – it’ll probably be tracked in hours, though – but I’ll be editing/revising Seek. As much as I can.
  • Work with my horses. They deserve love and it’s gotta be sunny/less windy at some point. Ha.
  • Plant flowers.
  • Read Bible daily, 2x.
  • Keep working Paparazzi!
  • Post at least one vlog on my Youtube channel. 
  • Catch a fish. Hey, we’re going fishing and I’m allowed to put this as a goal.

Well, that’s all folks. God bless!

-Angela

 

How was your March? What are a few goals you have for April?

 

 

I PRINTED JUMP!

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I am very excited to say that the second draft of my novel JUMP was successfully printed! I’m pretty happy with how the copies turned out – they have some faults but I was expecting those and just wanted it printed. And IT SMELLS SO GOOD, Y’ALL. SO. SO. GOOD.

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I like the cover pretty well – the black and white vibe works for the story. It’s actually a photo I took of the North Carolina mountains and JUMP takes place in NC. So…

I got two copies, one for myself to pet and look at, the second for my family to read. I hope they like it.

JUMP also takes place during summer so I did try to pretend it was at least sprint outside… but nope. Too windy. Tennessee weather, y’all. Good grief.

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As you can see, the title on the spine is a smidge off from the center but I knew it wouldn’t align correctly after a few tries. I’m fine with it though. Formatting wise, things turned out fine except for the chapters didn’t always begin on new pages like I’d formatted it to go, but that’s not too bad. If you haven’t printed out your amazing stories/books… go print them! ASAP! And don’t forget coupons – Lulu’s cheap but coupons are always awesome. ;D

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Some of you may know how difficult it was for me to print this novel – I tried Createspace but then switched back to Lulu. I had lots of problems which confused me because I printed Seek with no problems… but it took days of issues and I finally began to break down. Mom sat me down, prayed, and BAM! I figured out the issues and solved them. A huge thanks to all of the lovely folks who gave me tips and stuff, also.

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It is soo cool to have both of my novels side by side. =D Soon, my newest novella, The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon will be beside them! Yay! And I realized: to date, at sixteen years, I have completed two novellas and two novels. Granted, the first novella – first thing I ever finished, actually – I wrote is deleted (because I was twelve and didn’t grasp the concept of saving things, haha). I praise God for the things He’s taught me through writing and how much I’ve grown already. How exciting to be able to learn more, share my writing, and continue to glorify God! 

God bless y’all – and stayed tuned on my Youtube channel because I’ll be doing a bookshelf tour soon! Be sure to subscribe. 🙂

-Ang

 

What do you think of JUMP’s cover?

Have you printed one of your books? The answer needs to be yes – lol –  and if so I wanna see! =D

 

LOVELY LITTLES

 

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My niece Reyna giving me a drawing of a dinosaur and it was really good wow.

Holding and kissing baby Gabby – so sweet!

Wearing fuzzy socks like a pro.

Drinking coffee in my favorite mugs.

Laney now calls me by my name and it’s so cute to hear her yell for me across the house.

Reading the Bible aloud with my family.

Babysitting.

Petting Mini – she is such a fluffball!

Me: dad I want an AR-15 dad: why do you need one? me: why not? dad: that’s my girl.

Laney dancing and singing with me to for king and country.

Amazing and encouraging beta readers – y’all rock yo.

Baby chickens!

Car rides in the rain.

Practicing kata.

New notebooks (because my mom is awesome)!

My dad is awesome and brought home his bag of m&ms for me.

Driving kid bikes with my brother because we are teens and very serious. haha

Birthday party = happy kiddos.

Revising/editing my novel with the reward being pizza + Frasier episodes.

Working Paparazzi – alll the pretty jewelry, y’all. Yess.

Cuddling with Waylon.

Watching the birds.

Helping the guys make another chicken run/coop.

The smell of books.

God showing me His gifts and blessings daily.

 

Sometimes, it helps to give thanks for the little things – what are a few little things you love right now?

WRITING UPDATES | MARCH ’18

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It’s been too long since I’ve done a writing update! And quite a bit has been crackalackin’ – in life and my writing! For life, all has been quite well. For writing? Good! Or… maybe not so good for my characters…

But let’s not spoil anything! On to the updates, lovelies. But first, two exciting announcements:  I have a Goodreads author profile! How exciting is that?! 😀 If you haven’t followed me already, it’d be epic if ya did! We can fly dragons together, eat ice cream in the mountains, and tell stories till dawn. 😉 Angela R. Watts on Goodreads. Which means… You can now add Seek to your Goodreads shelf! AHH! Seek isn’t published and isn’t open to be purchased yet, but until then, feel free to add it to your TBR shelf and share it with friends! And to y’all who have added it and rated it already – thank you so much! *hugs and confetti*

Now, for the writing updates!

 

FINISHED THE SECOND DRAFT OF JUMP!

WHOOHOO! And whew. The second draft stands at over 94,000 words. My goal was to have it finished by the 31st of March and I finished it on the 8th, sitting down and pounding out the ending (well, not literally – my laptop would break :P) before karate class. I typed ‘the end’ and headed out the door feeling very grateful! Every step – fin life and writing – is a gift from God! JUMP has editing, revising, and all that to be done but I am very excited this draft is complete.

 

ORDERED COPIES OF JUMP

After days of trying to figure out how to get things ready… I tried to print it with Createspace but didn’t want to mess anything up with the ISBN number so all that work was for naught. I used Lulu again and ran into multiple problems. My writer friends were all helpful but still, nothing worked. I had a small breakdown, my mom prayed with me, and then I switched the standard copy to a traditional. It worked! So I have two lil’ beauties on their way (I’ll do a post for y’all when they come!) – one for me and one for my family to read… and later, alphas/betas…

STARTED READING/REVISING SEEK

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I’ve started reading through Seek and making my own notes/revisions. First, there’s kind of a long story with how Seek’s editing/revising/beta readers process has gone. And it’s stressed me out a lot. Basically, the Google Doc fritzed on me while some readers were finishing (I had to copy/past the rest of the novel for them in separate docs). Yes, it’s saved and I lost nothing – but I couldn’t edit the doc with all of my beta’s comments/etc. Still can’t. I tried everything, for weeks.

 So now, instead of being able to edit and respond to each comment, I have to write down notes of the comments and such, adding/editing them one by one on a separate doc. It’s not as easy as it was before but I’ll work it out! I’m very grateful for all the feedback, encouragement, and criticism Seek received. *giant hug and cookie for my betas*

 

READYING SEEK FOR CAMP NANO

I’m doing Camp NaNo this April!

… or, more like: I’ve got this with God’s guidance and grace! My project will be revising and editing Seek. It’d be great if I could finish the novel by the end of Camp, but it not, it’ll be fine. The goal is as much as I can do and the best I can. I’ll probably set my goal by hours though I don’t have a solid goal set yet.

 

STARTED WRITING THE THIEF, THE DAMSEL, AND THE DRAGON

What’s that, you ask? The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon (might change the name, not sure) is a novella/short story about… well, what the title says. Ha. Here’s a quick synopsis I just slapped together:

Fall Springs is a small, quiet town in Tennessee where the people all know each other and crime is nonexistent. The perfect scene for a witty, goal motivated thief to swoop in and never get caught. The thief’s target is the mayor but in order to snag his ticket of getting close enough to accomplish his plan, he must invite a small town girl to a party. He doesn’t mean to get so close or care so much about what the girl thinks – that’s not his style – but he can’t seem to help it. 

Lucy Levitt is a hard worker with no time to waste on pointless dating – but she did ask God that if He willed her a soulmate, He’d have to drop the man in her path, didn’t she? And isn’t that exactly what happened with Edward Prosner, the rich new man in town? The first date is one thing but what happened after was nothing she ever expected. In God’s hands, it might’ve even been better.

So, yes, quick blurb – not fantastic, ha – and I’ll change plenty later but that’s the main idea. 😛 What do you think of it? Does it sound interesting? The goal for this is to finish it by the end of the month – I have two weeks left! Since I had time left over after JUMP was finished, I woke up early one morning and decided ‘I’m gonna write a short story’. I needed a new idea first because I have short story ideas that I’m saving for Camp NaNo in July… so I brainstormed some with my mom… and God gave me this crazy little idea. So far, so good. I’m enjoying it! Short stories/novellas (I don’t know how long this will be when finished so…) are tricky for me so this is meant to be a challenge. 😀 If I could just be good at calculating the length… *sigh*

 

MADE NOTES ON SHORT STORIES FOR JULY

The beginning of 2018, I made writing goals for myself. One of those being to work on writing short stories and such – packing a punch in less pages. It can be a wall for me but I plan on working on it.

Psh… if I could write more than one thing down at once… wow.

I’ve already written down a few of my short story ideas in my notebook and I’ll keep up with any/all ideas that way. I’ll be tackling a few short stories/etc in July for Camp. I’m very excited to share them with y’all! The goal is to have a small story for free when I make my future author newsletter and then have a few smaller stories to sell. I’ve also considered publishing a book of poems, so I’ll be working on those, as well.

 

GLORIFYING GOD!

That’s the most important thing, folks! I cannot let myself overthink, stress, or fear anything – I’ve gotta trust God and pray to glorify HIM. With all of my writing and everything I do. Nothing matters without Jesus. Without Him, I wouldn’t have any of these ideas!

God gives me joy – nothing else. So through the hard times – like when I can’t figure out a doc, haha – I’ve gotta pray and focus on God through the storm. Things aren’t supposed to be perfect. We’ve gotta trust God in everything, do our best, and know that everything is a gift.

God bless, y’all!

-Angela Watts

 

What do you think of all this?! Thoughts on Seek? Jump? The Thief, The Damsel, And The Dragon? I wanna hear ALL your thoughts!

What are YOU writing?