Chronicles

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

H.E.R. LEGACY BOOKS AND MEDIA IS OPEN!

Thank you to each of you for continuing to ride with me on this literary journey. I had no idea where it would lead me, but it keeps moving and curving along the way and I love it.

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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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New Podcast, Who Dis?

Dis is me!! No for real, I started a new podcast called Quiet Time with DNC now available on my Patreon page.

Dis is me!! No for real, I started a new podcast called Quiet Time with DNC now available on my Patreon page.

Check it out! I will talk quietly about so many topics from writing to parenting (or young grandparenting in my case) to race relations and more. Oh and I’ll read my stories to you, quietly too. And why quietly?It’s because I have to hide out around my chaotic household just to have a quiet and calm conversation with myself, so I decided to invite you all into those moments too. If anything, it’ll be a good laugh for your day and hopefully you’ll continue subscription. Test it out for $5 and if you don’t dig it, you can unsubscribe. I won’t take it personal (I think :))

BONUS: For my Blog Followers: If you join Passionate Patreon family between now and tomorrow, I’ll send you a free copy of Office Extravaganza. Yes, a FREE ebook!

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