Upcoming Projects for 2015

Posted by Akira | Posted in Author Platform, General Writing, Writing Projects | Posted on 12-01-2015

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Courtesy of free-clipart.net

Courtesy of free-clipart.net

There are great things in the pipeline for this year!

First things first – I’d like to complete my online series, Trials of The Hunt, before Summer gets busy. That means completed, final chapter edited and posted no later than the last week of June.

Keeping up with Schedule Changes, or How I learned to love flexibility when my schedule got turned upside down

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Organization | Posted on 05-05-2014

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IDK where this is from. it is not mine, I claim no copyright on it

IDK where this is from. it is not mine, I claim no copyright on it

Oh transitions, transitions! There have been many in my world as of late. From work requirements to personal commitments, things have taken a few twists and turns. I missed an entire week of posting. And I was so mad at myself when I realized it! What about my readers? What about keeping to my schedule?

Recent Happenings, or why you should never delete old drafts and writing projects

Posted by Akira | Posted in Author Platform, Gaming Writing, Writing Projects | Posted on 24-03-2014

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Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Recently, I’ve been working out the details on a major project in development. Well, two major projects I guess. Of course, I always have Trials of The Hunt updating weekly, and I’ll post the Spring cliffhanger this week, so that’s exciting.

Tackling Writer’s Block

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Organization, Writing Projects | Posted on 10-02-2014

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blockYou sit down to write and nothing happens. You decide to check email, maybe Facebook, Pinterist and a couple other social networking sites, and before you know it, you’ve blown through your allotted writing time for the night. You resolve to try it again tomorrow night.  Copy, paste – same thing happens for days in a row. Do you have writer’s block? Are you unable to get words on paper because you can’t get past a mental block?

Identities

Posted by Akira | Posted in Book 2, General Writing, Wild Royal | Posted on 06-03-2011

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Having shelved the novel for a while I started working on an outline. I hadn’t run into a writer’s block, but I did find that I was stuck trying to tie my plots together. I had my romance and I knew how the outcome would be. I had my main plot and I knew how that plot would end. I had my main character’s “journey” detailed so I knew how that would end. The problem was that, in several rewrites, I still hadn’t tied it all together in a neat or semi-neat little package. It was difficult to find the ending to the novel because I just couldn’t tie it all together. Enter Microsoft OneNote. I’m not one to push any type of Microsoft product, but this one has worked for me. I used it in conjunction with a good book, Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting: A Guide to Outlining a Novel Using the Hero’s Journey & Three-Act Structure by Linda George.  I found the book by George THE strategy to use to focus my story and take me through the plotting process to structuring an ending. Using the technique as presented by George was one thing, but I just don’t have the inclination to construct a physical cork board with tons of index cards and push pins. That’s where Microsoft’s OneNote comes in. I used it to simulate the cork board that George presents in her book. It allows the user to create multiple notes of various shapes and sizes and allows the user to move the notes independently of each other all over the screen. It also auto saves so you never have to worry about losing or accidentally deleting a note. It served me well. It is a great electronic cork board and works well for my purposes.