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What’s Next?

Hi, everyone! As you know from my most recent posts, Jenna’s TSC book launch was a huge success, and I want to thank all of you who read and shared my promo posts for that, I’m so happy for Jenna! She recently posted a video on her channel, outlining her plans for the future, and I thought I should make a similar post here today, to let you all know what’s happening with me and my writing.

I am still working on my fantasy novel, Kya, though I’ve hit a few snags that are slowing me down.

At this point, I’m also going through some big life changes. For one thing, I’m having to decide where I’m going to live, weighing the pros and cons of both places, and if I trust my instinct and stay where I am, I need to work out exactly how to balance life here and responsibilities back home.

I’ve also figured out what I really want to do, career-wise, but it’s kind of an uphill fight right now, because I’m short of resources and experience. I want to become a travel writer and possibly do some entertainment writing as well. The difficult part is finding reputable magazines and online companies that (a) are legit, (b) are willing to converse with me so I know what is expected and how to do my job, (c) are simple enough to understand how my travel is funded and how I am paid (d) someone who will take on my experience level and possibly offer training. If you have any leads, suggestions, or advice,  would greatly appreciate hearing from you! I’ve decided this is what I really want to do with my life (while still writing fiction as well). I have a few ideas on how to get started more locally, but ultimately, I want to be able to travel and share my experiences, for other people to explore and see the world!
This is a big step on many levels. For one, I doubt getting a lot of family support; writing is already seen as “not a real job,” and freelance just means “you’ll never have enough money,” and oh yeah, “there’s no way you can travel alone and be safe and be capable of talking to strangers.”  And yes, talking to people I don’t know is intimidating to me, but there are things I want to do in life. So I’m going to try this. I recently received this quote on a bookmark, and it has been what keeps driving me forward:

“Step out of the box. We are not our boxes”

I am working on an idea I have for helping my fellow writers. There are a lot of writers in my social community who have helped me (in just the year or less I’ve known them) and I want to be able to return some support to them. My plan is to dedicate blog posts to specific writers (and a few other creatives), promote their WIP, and show why I’m happy to support them. I’ll be reaching out to those people on Twitter, YouTube, and WordPress who have really stood out to me, both for their work and for their willingness to support each other. I can see this being my #FollowFriday post, possibly featuring someone once or twice a month because let’s face it, it’s hard to remember to tag people on Twitter every Friday.

On that note, I’m also planning a giveaway for my fantastic followers! I don’t have a timeline right now, but I do want to show appreciation to everyone who has shown me support. I have the prizes already, it’s just that while not having a job right now, I can’t commit my funds to shipping boxes, which really stinks. But as soon as I have it saved up, we’ll be having a Follower Thank You giveaway! In the meantime, really: THANK YOU!

Last month, I set a personal goal for myself to publish a blog post every day in April for my April Blog Challenge; I set it as my Camp NaNoWriMo goal. I didn’t get to post on the last few days, due to going on a trip with some friends, but I did manage to write something every day, so for me it was a success! I normally make posts every Sunday, but if you all have a vote for what day (or two days) of the week, you’re most likely to log on and read a post, please let me know! You are all super important to me, and want this blog to be convenient for you.

This week, I took on two projects that I’m excited about! First, I am doing my very first ARC review, for Mary Frame’s upcoming romance novel, Picture Imperfect, which releases on May 27th! The second project is a little more intimidating: I’ve been asked to write a fan fiction. Fan fics are something I love, but I’m a little nervous about trying to capture the image of the person who requested it. But I’m so happy to have been asked, and I’ve been wanting to try out requests, so here we go!

Overall, I don’t know exactly what’s happening next for me, career-wise, but I can tell that big, exciting things are going to happen this year! And I can’t wait to see what they are and share whatever I can with you!

Thanks again for your support! And happy spring, it’s finally here!

Mac and Arda Teaser pic from Kya.

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