Long time, no see!

Hey Passion-fy fam! I know, I know…where have I been? What have I been doing? What is going on? Etc., etc., etc.! The easy and quick answer is a lot!

Surviving a pandemic is at the top of my list (Amen). Next is ensuring my family is also doing well (hallelujah). Then it’s juggling a full-time with a more than part-time passion around writing.

In case you missed it I launched H.E.R. Legacy, a writing assistant company, late last year and I’ve been so blessed to be able to help out my fellow content creators and writers in meeting their writing goals throughout 2021.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you can catch some dope writing and content creation tips.

Check out this recent Words from H.E.R. video

Oh and not to mention, ya girl doesn’t stop writing…ever! So Untraditional II is on THE way (fingers crossed) before my birthday this year. If you’ve subscribed to my Patreon family, you’ll get a full new chapter next month. You can catch other juicy stories on there too so at least check it out.

I also can’t forget about my book club, Wine Down with Words. I love us! We have tackled some interesting books from romance to sci-fi to magical realism, mostly by indie authors of color. We get into all genres in this club. Join us for our next chat in September by signing up for our emails.

Yep you missed this book in June but join us in Sept.

So you see, I’ve been super busy and don’t plan on stopping. What have you been up too?

5 Things I’m Thankful for Year-Round

“Don’t just count your blessings. Be the blessing other people count on.”

-Anonymous.

You know, I come on this blog and share all types of stuff; moments from my writing journey, tips and techniques for getting words out, and even stories that I have, have not, and may never publish. And guess what? You all have been hanging tough with me through this entire journey.

I never thought that when I published my first blog post about planning a wedding back in 2010 that I would now have two blogs, four published books and a writing and self-publishing agency with so much more coming down the pipeline. There is so much that I’m thankful for, and even though I try to share those reasons though out the year, I figured I’d share five of them before the end of the year. Thanksgiving is a day but my gratitude lasts year-round.

5 Things I’m Thankful for Year-Round

  1. Your continued readership. Typos, run-on sentences, a cuss word here or there hasn’t scared you away yet and I’m so happy that you continue to take in my stories and thoughts.
  2. Your consistent feedback and engagement across channels whether it’s here on the blog or my social channels.
  3. Your encouragement to do more. Yes, I have an internal drive to get me moving but you all continue to show me the multiple ways I can empower others and improve my steps along the way.
  4. Your time. It’s yours and you can do with it whatever you want and yet, you choose to spend it with me and my words, videos, and podcast.
  5. You. I’m thankful for you simply because you were created to change the world and you’ve already done that in my passion-fy sphere. Keep doing you!

Thank you!

DNC

Writing and Such: When to Quit

I kid you not Chronicle family, I’ve been working on the follow up to Office Extravaganza for over three months, and I’m over it! I know some of you are probably like, “But it has only been three months. It takes some people years to right a novel.” And you’re right. A novel, which is usually over 40,000 words depending on your genre, can take years to write. 

However, I’m only writing a novelette, 20,000 words or less, and it’s taking FOREVER!

Has Quitting Season Started?

So, I’ve asked myself, “Self, is it finally time to quit?”

It’s like every day I tell myself that I have to finish today. Ideas keep coming and I jot them down but then stop because I freeze up. The words that follow that initial burst of creativity don’t feel or look right on my screen. They don’t give me that electricity like the others did. Then, I switch directions and tell myself, “Just give yourself one more day and it’ll be done.” Now imagine doing this same routine day after day, week after week, and now month after month. 

I promise I’m not bored with the storyline, or characters or subthemes. It’s like I can’t get it all the way out of me. I went to the beach, my favorite writing place, and came up with some amazing ideas for my business but then the story just stalled again.

Okaloosa Beach, Miramar Beach

What’s in between writer’s block and master-classing manuscripts? That’s right, me. *Slaps forehead and falls back on the couch*

Follow the “Rules” or Make Them Up

I’ve been told and researched that if you’re stuck on a story you should stop writing it. Move to a different storyline and if the story is worth writing, it’ll come back around, I guess like a Frisbee. Or maybe it’s more like a bad relationship that comes back around good. Either way I digress.

Then I feel like, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever. But, I don’t want to!” *Stomps away, like a six-year-old throwing a tantrum*

Honestly, my opinion for when you’re supposed to quit at anything, even writing, is only when you don’t love what you’re doing anymore and I’m still in love with this story. I’m giving myself one last week to finish this first draft. I’ll come back next week and let you know how it goes, promise. In the meantime, check out my new bookstore and share what you’re working on too. Have you had some writing woes recently?

With passion,

DNC

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Writing Relections: Time and Space Wanted

Sitting out on my deck, smelling the drying rain and smoking this hookah, I decided to check in with my Chronicles people.

I know it’s been a moment but that’s because finding a moment isn’t the easiest right now. I’ve been squeezing in a sentence or two here and there in my next book, the prequel to Office Extravaganza, but outside of that it’s been tough to do extra writing.

I’m doing my best to balance a full time job with a passion, but add in taking care of my youngest during this crazy ass quarantine and both time and space disappear.

It’s a good thing that I recorded several podcasts for my Patreon family but I’ll do better on this blog.

How are y’all hanging in there? Writers do you find yourself having more time or less to write? Readers the same. Have you smashed more books or less?

Mic check everyone. Hopefully I’m not the only one struggling with words but they are in my head I promise and I’ll keep dropping them because I would love to get this out to you all before labor day or soon after.

With passion, DNC

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Writing Challenge in the Midst of Protests

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I did a thing a couple of Friday’s ago where I attempted to write 10,000 words in one day. I called it the #10000wordstoday challenge. It was an attempt to jumpstart my writing juices for my YA/Magical Realism novel based off of two short stories I’ve done.

I woke up that day ready to knock out words. Anything to take my mind away from the killings that were happening around me, at that time it was George Floyd. But it was damn near impossible to reach that goal with all that happened over those hours; protests across the nation, burning of buildings, riots and so much more.

I knew it was going to be a challenging day up front with a 5-year-old by my side at every moment plus my normal 9-5, which has been more of a 7-7, was on the busier side for a Friday, but it still felt possible. It wasn’t until the afternoon hit that my happy and fun thoughts shifted to painful and angry phrases.

I’ll try again one day, but for now, check out my vlog from that day. I’ll continue to pray but I now act on the thoughts I have around what it truly means to be unified. We black people won’t be able to fix this. We’ve lost so much just trying to find and push a solution only to be shown by recent acts that it will take true white alleys to get things turned around.

If you support my writing journey, I pray you support black lives matters and understand that it’s an all hands on deck situation if things will ever permanently change.