NaNoWriMo is here! You ready or Nah?

It’s that time of the year were we writers decide to isolate ourselves from the world to get as many words, stories, outlines, edits and thoughts out in the name of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) – like we really need another excuse to get lost in our word counts.

Since I learned that November was the designated month for such an audacious yet exciting event, I’ve tried to join in on the festivities and this year is no different.

With the a plan to knock out my 2020 self-pub piece, I’ve identified all the weapons (or tools for you non-warriors), tricks and hints that I could find starting with my own version of Popeye’s spinach – wine!

On my YouTube channel (say what, you haven’t subscribed…what are you waiting on?), I take you through my thoughts on my first wine subscription that started with a simple wine tasting.

While you’re there on my channel–after you subscribe–make sure to check out my NaNoWriMo playlist to find other tips and hints to surviving and smashing your goals throughout the entire month of November. I’ll continue to do videos thought the month to share my own progess too.

Got some tips of your own? Share away folks. Drop your tips in the comments below so we can all do this right. It’s a writing community thang so let help each other out.

Surviving Rejections from Literary Agents

Man, it hasn’t been easy but I’m taking all these rejections in stride. I’ve pitched my novel since early April of this year to at least 10 agent/agencies with answer ranging from, “your word count is too low,” which pushed me to enhance the story further to now, “I love parts of your story but I’m not the best fit…but keep going.”

I know that the last part is supposed to be encouraging, give me hope still that someone will pick my baby up but honestly, it’s giving me more motivation to move mountains on my own. I don’t feel like the answer is to self-publish, because I know this story resonates with a lot of women around the world. How do I know that? Because I’ve been asking women all over the world to read my book and they tell me so.

So yeah, I have taken a temp on my work and everyone who reads it, who isn’t in the professional world of literature seems to dig it. And there lies the problem; I need people in the literary arena to give her a chance to breath life, trust the vision, and guide me in ways to bring it all the way home if it’s not completely there.

I need to get this book out to a larger audience, to let women know of all types, especially black women, that our sexuality and preferences matter as much as men and we have to learn how to explore it in our own way. Not as we’ve learn, as we feel. Living our true nature, not this domesticated lifestyle. Isn’t that what being a true romance author is all about–telling the stories that bring not just love but self-assurance and joy into the lives of our readers.

I believe in my message and the words that surround it. My team, my family, my readers, and my followers feel the same too, so as much as rejection sucks, it’s inspiring me to keep it pushing. I’ve got to knock out the next novella and let the world decide.

I’ll hold on my novel for a while longer because I know the right agent is out there, but I hope we can connect soon because it’s starting to feel like I’m holding a firecracker in my pocket. Conversations around me hit on my storyline and women want to connect now about their feelings and thoughts.

NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and I plan to tighten up and complete Untraditional II so I can give women another outlet for their curiosity and sexual evolution. It’ll be a great distraction from the “No but keep going” comments. Even as I look back now, I remember thinking that I had some extremely outrageous goals for my fiction writing career, but something is telling me that it’s in reach. I just have to stay focus and resilient.

I challenge you all to do the same, my passion-fy family! If living your passion was easy, everyone would do it in a heartbeat. But when your passion is truly your purpose, you couldn’t jump off the train even if it stopped.

Let’s get it! Choo Choo (if that was corny I don’t care because I’ve earned my nerd badge damnit)!

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Supporting the “V” the only way I know how to!

I’m proud to announce that I will be a guest speaker at an upcoming event that is focused on restoring balance, healing naturally and having more fun in the bedroom (sounds like one of my books, huh?)

From Sept. 6-7, I will be a guest speaker at The Happy “V” Summit. This new and liberating online event will hit on all the topics women, and men, are reluctant to talk about but that are important to explore when it comes to creating a fulfilling sexual lifestyle.

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What am I speaking about? I’m not telling you…okay. I’ll tell a little; I’m focusing on breaking out of sexual shells and how I desire to provoke that action in my readers through my characters. That’s all I’m saying! You’ll have to grab your spot to hear more and learn more from the other wonderful guests at the conference.

I highly recommend registering soon for this FREE event because it will fill up fast.

Register here for the Happy “V” Summit.

Mercury Retrograde took my Creativity

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Thank God we are finally through another Mercury Retrograde (July 8-July 31, 2019) because I almost lost all of my creative juices. Okay, yes I lied in the headline because this recent event didn’t take my creativity permanently but it did stall it for the majority of the month. It wasn’t until a week or so ago that I realized what was happening, which is why I did a quick “Spur of the Moment” video on YouTube.

My whole world was rocked in July; I lost my grandfather, I was passed over for a job opportunity, I STILL don’t have a literary agent for my current manuscript and I was completely exhausted from all my traveling. But mixed in with the hurt and confusion was joy and happiness; I got to celebrate my girl’s upcoming nuptials and we went to Disney (the land of smiles and joy).

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So I’ll swap my description from “rocked” to “busy,” but either way, writing felt nonexistent (There’s a bright side coming just hang on). But through all of that chaos (See here it comes. Told ya!), somehow the fog lifted and I was able to conceptualize another novel. Yep that’s right; add another one to the list but I hope to publish this one, digitally at least, by the end of the year. It can happen, right?

Either way, let this be a reminder that even in your most erratic and chaotic moments, a calm will still set in and you will be pointed out of the anarchy. Sometimes, you just have to go with the ridiculous flow to make it out on the other side.

 

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