I have lots of feelings about National Coming Out Day. My personal Facebook page is currently flooded with posts from friends proclaiming who they are: bisexual, pansexual, gay, lesbian, polyamorous, kinky, and on and on. It’s wonderful to see so many friends who are comfortable enough with themselves to share it with the world. One friend remarked, “In case you didn’t know…” I smiled because I know that she is very out about her relationships. Very Out. And I am happy for her that she can be. I know so many people who are afraid to be out to their coworkers, to their family, to their friends. I know so many people who were disowned by their families because of their sexuality or gender.
So on National Coming Out Day, I applaud those who can be open about who they are and those who are supportive of those around them. I feel empathy for those who can’t be out for whatever reason. There are many parts of myself that I have to hide because of my day job. I put up with it because I love what I do, but I sometimes live in fear of being outed: outed as polyamorous, outed as kinky, outed as an erotic fiction writer. So I hide parts of myself being a pen name, but to you – my friends and (hopefully) fans, I can be true to myself: I am polyamorous, bisexual, kinky, and I write erotic fiction.
I leave you with a paraphrase of a well-known quote: Be kind to everyone you meet. You never know what battles they are fighting.
In July, I wrote 211 blog words, 5,247 new words, and edited 3,380 words. Compared to June, I was up in blog words and new words, but down in edits.
Although July was supposed to be the slow month of my summer, it proved to not be slow at all. It was jam packed, in fact! And I don’t even know where the first week in August went! Craziness.
My goal for August is to do a lot more editing and try to write at least 5000 new words. I’ll say my goal is to finish editing the novel I was working on editing. I’d really like to get another book out there for your consumption! Wish me luck! As for my blog, I’d like to post more often. Maybe once a week. Any thoughts on what you’d like me to post about besides word count? Anyone have any blog challenges going on soon?
What are your current writing projects?
I have written 10 of 26 posts for my A to Z Challenge in April! I’m having fun with this project. #aheadofthegame
Stay tuned for stats from July!
So, I tracked all the words I worded (nope, that’s not a word) from June 13th to June 30th.
I wrote 117 words for my blog.
I edited 23,206 words from my 2016 A-Z Blog.
I wrote 2,256 new words.
That’s pretty good! It’s not as good as I would like, but it’s pretty good. That’s about 1/4 of my 2016 A-Z Blog. I am working on editing it so I can publish it. I don’t know that I will get a whole lot of it done in July because I am dedicating July to something else… What, you ask?
July is CampNaNoWrtiMo. I am pledging 30 hours of research and outlining for a biography of my mother. I don’t know that I will publish it under this name, but I will be working on it so that I can write it in November.
Five days in and I have put in 3 hours. Let me tell you, writing erotica is A LOT more fun. Alas, this is an important project to me, it’s just heavy writing. So I may try to work a bit on editing and writing some fun things to keep myself engaged.
Is anyone else doing Camp? What writing projects do you all have going?
I have written new words AND edited old ones!
Taking a page out of Nicki’s
book blog, I have been tracking the number of words I have worked on. I am tracking both the number of new words I have written and the number of words I have edited.
So far, I have been tracking since June 13th. I can tell you that the only days I have gotten anything done are the days I have met with other writers. So I am trying to increase time with other writers, and hopefully increase time working independently.
I’ll report back at the end of the month (which is coming shockingly fast) and let you know how I have fared!
I have now finished reading 26 books in 2017! I haven’t been reviewing them lately, but so far, I’ve loved them all! Here’s a snapshot of what I have read. What have you read that you enjoy?
I got my first royalty check* today! It was for $3.25. Maybe I should buy some pens… Or maybe just one pen?
Anyway, I’m super excited to actually make some money off of my novel!
I have sold copies of my first novel, but I haven’t made enough on Barnes and Noble or Amazon to get a check. This one came from Smashwords. 🙂