Feb. 22, 2018 // Status Report

I wanted to give you all an update on how Blood of the Fallen is going. I asked for betas shortly after February began and we are already two chapters in. I have two betas and their feedback is much more helpful than I anticipated. I keep finding myself wanting to check in with them and see how things are going – I probably should do that. Waiting for feedback on anything you’ve done is always scary, but you need to get feedback. How else will you see what needs to be improved?

I blame my sudden courage on Jenna Moreci. She’s a wonderful writer and guide for all the young writers out there and I’m grateful that she decided to make writing advice videos. I find myself envying her sometimes, due to her success. I’m happy for her, too, I just want to be up there with her. Jenna has a new book coming out and I am dying to preorder it (rent is expensive, yo, nuff said). Needless to say, Jenna is an inspiration to me and I turn to her videos when I need help with anything writing related. I suggest you go watch one or ten of her videos, if you’re struggling. Her advice is gold.

This is more of a life update, which I tend to post on my tumblr instead of on here. I’m still waiting for the batteries for my camera so I can start vlogging as well. As of right now, they are at the closest UPS store, waiting for me to come get them. I had no idea until this afternoon, but you know I’ll be heading there tomorrow to grab them. Tomorrow is the deadline anyway, and I hope they won’t send them back if I don’t get there in time. Cross your fingers!

I keep meaning to update my fanfictions, but to be honest, I’m struggling to find the motivation to keep editing Blood of the Fallen. My betas are immensely helpful, but I haven’t really had the drive to stay a chapter ahead of them. This is my first round with any sort of beta readers, but I’m expecting more of myself. I have to go easier on myself – we all do.

I don’t want to dwell on the negatives here, but there were so many things I wanted to have done by now. Guess there’s always next month, eh? Besides, it’s all about perspective.

Let’s talk about the positives. I have people other than my alpha reader (my best friend Rachel) reading my first real novel. I finally watched Requiem for a Dream. I’ve got two As and one high B so far in the quarter. My GPA is still up there and I’m just a hair away from being able to vlog like I want to. I couldn’t think of anything to write about when I sat down, but here we are.

Things are going okay, that’s for sure. It’s easy to keep yelling at yourself for what you haven’t gotten to yet, but be sure to praise yourself on what you have accomplished so far.

That’s all, I suppose. Have a good night.

-KHW