It has been awhile since I gave an update on my writing, so I figured it was time for another post. This past summer I worked as an intern proofreading articles for the Police Chief magazine at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Alexandria, Virginia. For those of you who don’t know, Alexandria is very close to Washington DC. It was an amazing experience! I learned more about publishing, about criminal justice issues, and about Chicago style. I love the DC area and hope to move back there in a few months.
As far as writing projects, I started working on my senior honors thesis at the beginning of August and have been spending nine hours a week researching, reading, and writing about the Harry Potter series, the wizarding criminal justice system, and Britain’s criminal justice system in the 1980’s-early 2000’s. I might talk more about my thesis another time. I hope to get it published to contribute to the growing scholarship about Harry Potter.
Speaking of publishing, this year I published a flash fiction piece in Z Publishing’s Kentucky’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction. I’m excited to say that it’s my first published fiction piece.
Overall, it has been a busy and exciting year. My writing goal for the last two months of 2018 is to focus on editing my novel, The Matter Bend.
One month into 2018 and I’m excited for it. So far, it has been a good year. I’ve made progress on my untitled fantasy novel. I’ve dived back into short story writing after taking a break from it in December. I’m back to writing articles for my university’s Her Campus chapter. It’s busy, but a good busy.
Another random thing about this month, I’ve discovered the joy of audio books. I can listen to a book while I clean, and it makes my day ten times better.
In February, I’m going to try to stay on top of blog posts, write strong short stories and articles, and find time to work on editing my untitled novel in between everything else. In order to make this all happen, I might write multiple poems a week rather than short stories.
So many things change in a year. For me, 2017 was a year of craziness, distractions from writing, disenchantment, and maturation. I actually feel older, which is good. I know that I can handle more things now, and I’m aware that I need to relax more. A full day is a good day, but you can fill it without forgetting to take a breathe.
My writing goal for 2018
- Write for an hour every day (not an easy task in college)
- Read for fun for at least thirty minutes
- Listen to a lyric-less song every night before bed and let my mind wander (basically an imagination exercise)
- Fill my life with awe
- Feel deeply
- Don’t be afraid to write trash
- Be spontaneous
- Remember that there’s more to life than the mundane, everyday stuff
It’s easy to let our goals slip away from us, to get distracted by the now. But the only way to get to your goal is to direct your present actions towards it. Let your actions today guide you towards tomorrow so that this time next year, you can see how far you’ve come. Happy New Year!
This will be a short update. I’ve been majorly busy writing for two online platforms, writing a final short story for my fiction workshop, and keeping up with homework, classes, and clubs.
I am still focusing on editing my novel that is untitled. It might be a series. I am sorry that what I can tell you is very vague. With the semester winding down, I should be able to focus more.
In other news, I have a blue journal for ideas that I caved and bought. I needed a new idea journal.
Happy Holidays! Hopefully I have more to talk about next month.
October has been crazy. I’ve been collecting more books to read and falling behind on blog posts, but I figured out a system now. It only took half a semester.
For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been writing articles for two different platforms, taking a short fiction class along with my other classes, and consulting students at my school’s writing center. Because of this, I’ve taken a short break on my novels, but I should be picking those back up in December.
If you’re interested in reading some nonfiction articles, my two most recent ones are about self-care and dress codes:
One thing that I have started doing this month is brainstorming three story ideas/details every day. I bought a separate journal for this, and I’m very excited to take some time out of each day to flex my imagination muscles.
My goals for November are to keep my blog up to date, focus on classes, and fill my ideas journal. I appreciate any feedback you guys have. If you haven’t already, check me out on Twitter at @Wedbushwrite or on Tumblr at Wedbushwrite. Happy early Halloween!
Last month I wasn’t able to find time to work on my novels, but I did work on a few exciting, new projects. I typed up a story for my workshop class about unrequited love. I’ve kept busy writing articles for The Odyssey. It’s one of the only platforms where I write nonfiction. The other platform, and one of the reasons I’ve been so busy, is Her Campus. My school recently launched it’s own Her Campus Chapter, and I’ve started writing articles for them as well. My first article was published this week about living on campus as an introvert, and my article for next week will be about high school dress codes. It’s been really fun and exciting to get my writing out there more.
My goals for October are to stay on top of writing for my website, to improve my short story writing, and to find time to work on my novels. Life can be crazy, but as long as I can find time to write, everything else usually falls into place.
August is back to school month, so of course it was crazy. I moved back to school and classes have started up. I haven’t had a lot of time to write outside of things for class, for my website, and for The Odyssey. However, I am still going to be editing my novel, The Matter Bend very soon, hopefully for one of the last times.
I haven’t made an update post in awhile, so I thought I would start making them again. These updates allow me to connect with you guys more directly and share my long-term writing projects which I don’t typically post as they are in various stages of editing.
At the beginning of the summer, I finished editing my novel The Matter Bend. It’s currently being read by my trusted website designer and technologically savvy friend. When I get his feedback, I will hopefully be on the last edit of the novel before moving forward towards publishing.
Last month I picked back up and finished editing my novel Of the Same Soul. It’s a fantasy, romance about a girl who lives in the country of Ether where magic, dragons, and elves are just outside of her town. When her village is pillaged, her friend goes missing, and she does everything in her power to find and save him. It’s still in the early rounds of editing, but within a year I hope for it to be close to being published.
Currently, I am working on rewriting my novel which is still untitled. This one involves a witch whose mother just died and she’s trying to find out more about a mysterious picture she found among her mother’s things. I’m only on the second rewrite, but this story has really captivated me and I believe it will captivate others as well.
I’ve been keeping pretty busy this summer, and I appreciate any feedback that you guys have. If you haven’t already, check me out on Twitter at @Wedbushwrite or on Tumblr at Wedbushwrite. I post links back to my website whenever I have a new story or poem, and I also post a little more frequently on those platforms. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
This update will be pretty short. I’ve come down with a case of writer’s block. Life is busy as ever. I have two research papers to write before the end of the month. But when it comes time to write, my mind wanders. I can’t focus enough to make decent progress on any one thing. I’m still writing for The Odyssey and I’m slowly editing The Matter Bend. By the end of April, The Matter Bend should be out of editing; that’s the goal.
So far, March has been crazy. There’re never enough hours in the day. I found out a few weeks ago that my sonnet “T.W.” is going to be published in my university’s literary journal, Notations. I’m pretty excited about it! Also, as of late February, I’m a writer for the Murray State community on The Odyssey. I’ve written a few articles that you should check out: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/reasons-love-honors-college and https://www.theodysseyonline.com/thoughts-fire-alarm. The first one is serious, but the second one is more humorous.
While all of this has been going on, I’ve also been making slow progress editing The Matter Bend. Though I’ve been swamped with other responsibilities, I make time for editing at least once throughout the week. The plan is to finish this stage of editing by the middle of May. Fingers crossed!