So, uh, yeah, it’s mid-July, and I haven’t been anywhere near social media for about a couple of months. Life took a 180-degree turn, went through a portal to an alternate Universe, and landed me in some kind of teenager-ruled realm (which is just a polite way of saying Horror Show) at the end of May. That which holds me captive has allowed me to emerge to mention a few updates. Then back to isolation I go.
Field Note 1 • I have been busy polishing the final draft to one of my novels. I was really lucky to find a beta reader through a contest I entered, and she has done wonders for me–not just helping me with my manuscript but with the whole writer-essence thing. I was actually in a wonderful essency place before, but she just reminded me of that–which I needed.
Field Note 2 • The best movie I saw this summer, and probably the best I have seen in a long time, is Wonder Woman. I grew up idolizing Lynda Carter in the great TV series, so I was really looking forward to this movie. When I heard it is also a great script to study for 3-Act Structure, I was doubly excited. Not only can I relax with a good movie, I can get some work done too. Boom.
Field Note 3 • The fourth guide in my series for writers is in the production phase right now. I fell a bit behind due to being trapped in that aforementioned teenage-ruled realm, so now I’m looking at a publication date of August 2017. Still summertime, just at the end of summer rather than at the beginning of summer. Hey, blame the next generation! Please be on the lookout for A Handbook for the Strategic Writer . . . plus a fun surprise . . . but that’s all I’ll say about that for now.
Field Note 4 • For writers in my local area, you may be interested in a couple of workshops I’m offering this fall. NaNoWriMo Prep and The Write Track. I’ll talk more about them in a few weeks, but if you’re interested in receiving a pre-registration BONUS, leave a comment below about, oh, how about, mention your favorite pizza and we’ll take it from there.
Field Note 5 • On the blogging front, I want to announce that 4amWriter will soon be closing down. I’ll still blog, so don’t think you can get rid of me that easily! I run 3 different WordPress sites: my blog, my business website, and the third is also a business site, but dedicated to writers in my local area, which requires minimal maintenence.
Over time I noticed that I had duplicated a lot of my info on my blog (4amWriter) and my central business website, which seems kinda dumb. Why not merge the two together, Productive Kate asked, and Creative Kate relented. I have to hire someone with more techy knowledge than I have, so I can be assured it will be done correctly. I’m not sure what time frame we’re looking at, but I’ll make sure to keep you all updated with the progress.
Field Note 6 • The environmental activist in me is extremely busy–signing petitions, reading books (check out Sheila Hurst’s Ocean Echoes for a great fictional read about oceans, love, and jellyfish), moving my butterfly garden to a sunnier spot, and rescuing five mice, three snakes, a family of frogs, baby birds, and some egg-toting turtles.
So that’s been my summer so far. Full of writing, animal adventures, and teenagers. What has your summer been like so far?
Have a writerly day!!