Where I’m At: October 2018

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Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and I hope to spend much of the month Basic Bitching at coffee shops, writing and drinking pumpkin spice lattes. In fact, I’ve dropped several prior commitments so I could dedicate October to writing as much as I can.

The transition to full-time writing continues! It is exciting, frustrating, and pretty much what I expected. I was recently hired as a ghostwriter by two separate companies: one specializing in articles and the other in novels. The novel gig is particularly cool, because I’m finding myself reading and researching about genres that I’ve never previously cared for. What has interested me most so far was learning about the formula and sub-genres of romance novels. While I’ve written my share of lovey-dovey scenes, I don’t consider myself all that romantic. It’s an exciting challenge to write in this genre, though I’ve found myself worrying a lot that my work won’t be good enough and I’ll get fired.

If I do get fired, I supposed there are a lot of stores hiring for seasonal retail jobs near me right now. But I really hope I don’t!

On the creative writing front, I was recently interviewed by the lovely lit mag Dying Dahlia Review about my poetry chapbook, writing inspirations, and future plans. Much of my free time in October will be dedicated to these future plans, which include finishing my novelette and editing a new chapbook collection.

I’m attempting Inktober this year, but don’t expect to finish the month. If I do, it’ll be great for flexing my other creative muscles! I’ve also thought about prepping for NaNoWriMo this year, but I don’t know if it’s a realistic goal for this year. Ghostwriting novels for a living would leave little time for my own novel outlining and writing. If I do choose to pursue NaNo 2018, I’ll share my efforts on this blog!

As for upcoming blog posts, I currently don’t have any book reviews in queue. I am considering writing a review of Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (the toku series that became Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the U.S.), because I’m watching it for the first time. I have no idea where the month will take me, but if I end up doing or writing something cool, you’ll find it here.

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