Editing Enough Said

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I keep telling myself this. I was surprised today when I began editing my novella that it had been a whole year since I had touched chapters six and beyond. Wow.

I guess I was afraid! LOL. I did spend a few days on the first five chapters throughout the year. Hopefully, I did not over edit but I read through them and I like what I have. I don’t know if others will but as long as I do right now that is what counts. At least that is what I tell myself. 🙂

Once again, I waited until the last-minute to finish editing before I tackle the next part of the series, novella #2. It might actually be a longer book. We will see how much extra I end up with this next month. Those filler words tend to sneak their way into the book before the end of the month deadline. 🙂

I have a good feeling that I will get this accomplished this time.

Even though, I may not pick the pen up much over the year I am constantly thinking of the plot to the book. I do jot down notes so not all is lost on the writing. When I finished the first book I knew something was missing and it was not coming to me over the last few years. I knew when I felt the words rolling out on the screen today the missing part has been found. 🙂

I did start writing the second book a year ago and why I feel better about it is beyond me. I have always been a bit backwards though. LOL.

I am going to try my best to stay busy the next few days. Social media will not interfere I tell myself, over and over. 🙂

Happy writing! I am off to make spaghetti! 🙂

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Journal Sept 6 – 12th

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Sept. 6th

Question? What was the last online video clip you watched?

2012

On writing a novel by using plotting.

2013

It was a YouTube video on writing. I am always watching short information videos by other authors. It helps to learn what works and what doesn’t.

2014

None

2015

Art Journaling videos. I’m getting ideas to do family albums with the journaling art.

Sept. 7th

Question? What’s the newest thing you’re wearing today?

2012

I have nothing new. LOL

2013

My grey shorts. They are comfy, stretchy and got them on clearance for $4.00! Yay for markdowns! 🙂

2014

None

2015

Nothing. I haven’t bought me clothes in a couple years. If it fits and looks good I wear it forever. 🙂

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Sept. 8th

Question? Who are you jealous of?

2012

Those who have big families like Aunts, Uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc and that they still get together for weekends and holidays.

2013

I’m actually letting go of jealous feelings. They interrupt your life and are not good.

2014

None

2015

I’m not. Jealousy causes problems. Best to not have it in your life. Let go.

Sept. 9th

Question? What comes to mind when you think of fear?

2012

Dying before I’m 80.

2013

Losing a close family member or friend. Always a sad thing to go through. It is happening more in our family as I get older. The part of growing old that sucks. ;(

2014

None

2015

My kids being unhappy and feeling alone. Kids drifting away from us. Kids not being a huge part of the family circle.

Sept. 10th

Question? This is utterly confounding ______

2012

Money. It really does make the world go around.

2013

Government. Always. Doesn’t matter what party. Needs to go back to basics and for the people. A smaller group.

2014

None

2015

People who are close minded. They see only their side and not anyone else’s. World is becoming scary.

Sept. 11th

Question? What advice would you give to a second-grader?

2012

Be nice to others. Love your family. Play. Learn.

2013

Don’t bully. Respect adults. Love your family. Learn. Play cause someday you will not get to play as much.

2014

None

2015

Do your work. Respect others. Play outside lots. Listen to your parents. Never bully, it hurts.

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Sept. 12th

Question? What are you chasing at this moment?

2012

My dream to be a writer.

2013

I am chasing my dream to publish my first novel.

2014

None

2015

To be a better person. To be a writer. Enjoy life. Be healthy.

Pondering or Procrastination…who cares!

Obeyville-Snoop-Book-Cover-1 I am back to editing and writing!

I think I pondered enough, seven months worth! 🙂 Or was it procrastination? Either way it felt good to write again today. I like my first chapter for the first time in the three years I began this quest. 🙂 I think that is a good sign and I will run with it. Good vibes! 🙂

I need to adjust my type on the cover but currently I do not have the software to do so. I do like the cover for the most part but I think I need to ponder it some more. 🙂 LOL

I do believe unless I get very windy at the end of the book it will become a novella. I think that is more my calling than a lengthy novel. Time will tell. 🙂

laughing_kitten Just had to insert this funny cat laughing. It shows the mood I am in and when I am in a good mood the words flow! 🙂 Plus, who can resist a cute cat. Ok, don’t answer that.

smile bookNow for some fun passages from the first chapter to get you thinking about the book. Hopefully. 🙂

“The memories I have with my friends sliding down the steep creek bank zooming across the frozen water to the other side were the best times.”

“I enjoy finding new things to sell especially at garage sales. I blame my mom for that one, she started me young going to those. One person’s tosses is another person’s treasures, she loves to say.”

“On the left side of the path I could see the old crooked tree that we loved to play truth, dare, or double dare around. We nicknamed it the Love Tree.”

“I could drop to the ground and hide among the tall grasses. Sting weed and snakes. I do not like that combination.”

“My head thumped the hard ground and the world went dark.”

Stay tuned! 🙂

The adventure begins! 🙂

© 2015 by Jwls Mac Ray, DBA 2BCreative

Blueberry Muffin Murder

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This book is set in Lake Eden, MN. It is about a young lady named Hannah who co-owns a bakery named The Cookie Jar. She has a meddling mom who can not stay out of fixing her love life. Hannah is seeing two men. One is a cop and the other a dentist. She can not decide between the two. 🙂

Hannah tends to find dead bodies more than the average person. In this story the town people are getting ready for the big Winter Carnival when she finds the first dead body. The boyfriend cop warns her to stay out of the investigation. The cop has also named her other boyfriend as a suspect. Hannah can not believe it and thinks he is jealous of the dentist boyfriend. She does what she does best and begins to investigate. She also has the help of her realtor sister, Andrea. Andrea’s husband is also a cop. They do not let either cop know what they are doing.

Through out the book Hannah whips up her cookies and muffins and delivers them while questioning people along the way. The recipes are listed in the book for the reader to try them out. 🙂 They are simple and look yummy. I wrote them down and will give them a try. 🙂 If I can bake them, anyone can. 😉

The book is fun and entertaining with lots of great characters and plot twists. There is a whole series of these books by this author. I have read a few and enjoy each one. Eventually, I will read them all. 🙂 I discovered the author while visiting the local library.

Creative Cave is Coming!

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The beginning of my creative cave!

I am excited. I think hubby is too so I can get everything out of our bedroom. 🙂

I think it will spark me to write and do my art more.  🙂

My writing is coming along with the first novel. I have not begun the second novel yet for NaNo but that is OK. I feel really good after doing the edits on the first novel which had me dragging my feet for so long. It is already giving me more ideas for the second one. I know I will still have to do polishing edits but at least the structure is better than when I wrote during NaNo a few years ago. I kept putting off the edits because I was not happy with the story line. Of course, I shaved so many words out, it is now a mini novel. LOL

I think that will be ok. I like reading long and short novels so I hope others will too. 🙂 I may not be cut out for writing long novels, at least not yet. I think in time I will become better because I have read lots of new author books and they have really blossomed from their first book.

I think I want to release them close together so trying really hard to get it done. Perhaps in February and then April. This story is a trilogy so part three will be wrote after the release of the first two. The third may take a little longer but definitely be released in the Fall. 🙂

My goal!

If I do not write another blog before Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving!