Progress report 4/4/2018

Hello

Here’s my progress report for 4/4/2018:

-So, I have one book that I’ve been writing the most lately. It’s aimed at the middle school age and it’s called “Illithia”. It’s kind of a Cinderella retelling. I think I’m about… a little less then half-way done with it. I’ve been making progress on it fast though and I’ve got almost the entire story planned out already so I don’t think I’ll have trouble finishing it. I’m aiming to get it done by June, assuming it keeps up at the same pace it is now. It might even become a series, if It keeps making progress, because I have ideas already for a second book.

-Remember “The Price of Passion”? Well, I started it a while back and posted bits of it on here. It was an m/m science fiction romance, probably young adult and up.  I got it to about 8,100 words before, then got stuck. Now though, I came up with a new idea that’s got it moving again.  I’m reorganizing the scenes I’ve already written and adding in new scenes in between them. Once I’m done with that, I can continue with the rest of the story. I have no idea when that’ll get done with though, because I don’t know how long it’s going to be yet.

-Also, remember “Caroline”? Another one that I was posting scenes from before, although I think I may have re-written at least one of those scenes since then. It was another middle school age book with fairies. I have a binder full of hand written scenes for that one that I still have to organize and add to the google doc that I typed up for it before. I’m not sure how close that one is to being done because it’s all over the place, but it’s another one that has some length on it.

My strategy right now is to try to focus on the stories that are longer or more fully developed, mainly the three I just mentioned. I think I’ve finally figured out a good system for myself. I’m determined to get at least Illithia finished, preferably by June.

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Hi.

So, I didn’t end up finishing that nanowrimo novel about the elves, which you may have guessed since I haven’t posted it. I just couldn’t figure out where the plot was going and I kept going back and re-writing the first two chapters and still wasn’t satisfied with it, so I dropped it. I might go back to it eventually but for now it’s off to the side, keeping The Lady Bug company.

The children’s books I mentioned last time are still in progress, I just got distracted by life and so I didn’t get them finished yet. One of them is actually completely written, I just haven’t finished illustrating it yet. At this rate it might take me a while because I am such a procrastinator :P.

I currently have 14 stories partially written and four more outlined. None of them are finished, except if you count the one I just mentioned that is written but needs to be illustrated still. That shows you how easily I get distracted. I’m trying to get myself more organized so that maybe I can be more productive. ❤

Firefly

I will become a firefly.

I will dance between your

fingers and then fly away

into the distance.

Perhaps I will be back tomorrow.

Perhaps I will wander forever.

I will build myself  a nest among the stars

with branches from the sycamore tree.

I will feed myself honeydew

and the juices will run down my chest

and puddle in my lap,

staining my white, lace dress.

I will compose a song

from whispers, winks, and wind chimes,

and I will hum it to myself

as I journey across the night,

towards sunrise.

I will become a firefly,

and I will be remembered, not by name,

but by the color of my light.

 

Conversation

When we sit together here

I think about the distance

that is held within these few inches.

How so short a distance

can seem so impassable.

Why do we never fully say the words

we mean to say?

We try to catch them in our throats

and the tails come out as whispers;

ghosts of what they were meant to be.

Except for the daggers.

They come out whole and angry.

I am covered in cuts and lashes,

but I still do not know what you mean

or if you meant it.

 

Hi everybody. Some updates:

1.) So the poetry collection I’ve been working on is now up on Smashwords. Some of the poems in it were posted previously on this blog and some of them have never been posted anywhere before. It’s called “Little Mouse and other poems”. I have it priced at 0.99 cents right now. I decided to go with a hand drawing as a base for my cover this time since I noticed a lot of poetry books with very simplistic looking covers on the market right now.

You can purchase it here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/754335

final-lit-mouse-cover

 

2.) For my next work I’m going to try using Amazon. I’m working on some kids’ books next and Amazon apparently has a special “kids’ book creator” that is supposed to help with getting them set up right. Also though, I’m not entirely satisfied with how the formatting in my poetry books has been and I’m not sure if it’s just me and I need to improve my document formatting skills or if it’s the smashwords conversion process into all of the different formats. So I’m thinking I’ll try Amazon next time for that too and see if I notice any differences.

3.) Additionally, I changed my smashwords author name from Nikkie Love to Nikkie Shefler. Love is actually my middle name (like officially) and I liked using “Nikkie Love” as a pen name because it’s cute, but sadly, there is another author on amazon who publishes under Nikkie Love and I don’t want our readers getting confused. So I have decided to switch to using my last name.

4.) Because I changed my name, I had to edit and re-upload the other books I had on smashwords along with my profiles on various sites, which was annoying, but, while I was at it, I decided to make a new cover for “To Love and the Wild”. I’m pretty pleased with how the new cover turned out; I think it looks really good.

new book cover

and if you haven’t read that one and want to, it’s free and it’s here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/454402

The poems inside are the same as before, just the author name and cover have changed.

5.) A very nice person gifted me with a kindle fire and I’ve downloaded an app that allows me to type up notes on it, and email them to myself. Usually, when I don’t have my laptop on me or when the battery is dead because I didn’t take the time to charge it (my laptop is finicky and for some reason does not like being used while charging) I write on paper, which is fine except that then means that I have a pile of scenes that I then have to put in order, type up, and then put into my story and since I’m kinda lazy, I put off doing that for a good while which means my book progress is not nearly as fast as it should be. So, hopefully, this will make me more productive.

6.) I’ve been making progress on a few of my stories so hopefully I’ll get some of them done and out before the end of this year. One of them, a kid’s book, I would ideally like to have out by Halloween, but we’ll see. Another of them, that I haven’t really started writing yet, revolves around Santa’s Elves and will probably be young adult. I’m going to try to do that one as a Nanowrimo novel (fingers crossed) so that I can get it out for readers in December. I’ve also been adding to a couple other stories gradually, so one of them might pop up too. Hopefully, I’ll be posting about one of them soon. 🙂