June 2021 Life and Writing Update

Hi, everyone. This is another one of my informal update posts. I’m breaking it up into three parts. The first is a life update about non-reader/writer things. The second part is my reading and writing update. The third part is my answers to five questions about my novels.

For your reference, this post was written on June 7th, so it’s up-to-date.

Part One: Life Update

I spent a week going through my belongings and sorting them into piles. Some stuff is staying out for the summer, some got packed for the move to New Mexico, and some got put into storage for the next couple years. That took up a lot of my time.

My family got together for a small graduation party. We’re all fully vaccinated, so we can safely travel and spend time with each other, which is nice.

Right after that, I got sick as I tend to do in mid-May every year. That’s peak allergy season for me, and it really wears me down. I lost my voice and wasn’t able to film or record anything for well over a week as a result. That caused me to fall behind on Welcome to Kareena.

I started feeling better a couple days before my second move. I loaded up the RV I’m living in (in the pouring rain, I might add—but we desperately need the moisture). I have the RV parked on someone’s property, and I’ve been hanging out in there for just over two weeks. I was worried the guinea pigs wouldn’t do well with the temperature extremes, but they seem to be doing fine so far. I run a space heater at night because it gets a little cold. The first couple nights were really cold, as in below freezing. In the daytime, I open up some of the windows to let the breeze blow through. I’ve only had to run the fans twice. The people I’m living with are nice and check on them while I’m at work during the day.

If you don’t already know, I moved for a ten-week archaeology internship. The first week was a lot of orientation, and we did something different every day of the second week. I’ve been posting updates about that on Instagram and Twitter every couple days if you’re interested in seeing pictures and learning more of the specifics. Basically, I’m enjoying the work we’re doing, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity to get paid to learn about something I love.

The final thing I want to share is that I got an apartment in New Mexico last week. It’s a super nice one, and I’m really excited to move in. I’ll spare you the details for now, but I promise I’ll share pictures once I’ve moved.

Part Two: Writing Update

If you’ve been reading these updates for a while, you won’t be surprised to learn I haven’t read anything lately. I don’t think I’ve read a book since February because I’ve had way too many other things to do.

I wrote, edited, and recorded seven Welcome to Kareena stories. I’ve been really behind on this, but I finally caught up this weekend, and hopefully I’ll stay on track from now on. For Behind the Storyteller, I wrote and edited two posts. I also wrote, edited, and filmed two other posts. My second Camp Write Owl, Grammar 110, started up this month, so I wrote 3 Instagram posts for that.

For my YouTube channel, I edited twenty-three videos, uploaded forty-nine of them, and close-captioned twenty-six of them. All of my Camp Write Owl videos are done (except for close captions on some of them), and all of my June Behind the Storyteller posts are done.

I also finished typing AWD. If you haven’t seen my final Camp NaNo update, you should check that out to see if I officially won Camp NaNo. (Spoiler: I did.) In that post, I also talk about what my next writing project is.

Given how busy I’ve been, I’m really happy that I’ve accomplished this much.

Part Three: WIP Questions

Here are five more questions and answers about my book. Last month’s theme was settings, and this month I’m talking about the plot. These answers pertain to the first book in my series, ADR.

1) What is the main conflict?

The antagonist wants four magical talismans, and the protagonist happens to have one of those talismans. For reasons that I won’t share due to spoilers, the protagonist and her allies do not want the antagonist to get the talismans, so they have to protect them at all costs.

2) Are there any subplots?

There are several subplots. The main one is a romantic plot between the protagonist and one of the other characters. There are also arcs regarding coming of age and finding your identity.

3) What is the most dramatic moment?

I can’t go into specifics because of spoilers, but right now I’d say the most dramatic moment is the midpoint. Something really tragic happens that pushes the protagonist to do something that she probably shouldn’t have, and it causes the story to take a significant turn.

4) What is my favorite moment?

I really like the transition from Act I into Act II. There’s a lot of tension between the two POV characters because of something one of them does to the other. As a result, the protagonist is thrown into a terrifying and confusing situation. There’s also a big reveal regarding one of the other characters.

5) Is there a cliffhanger ending?

ADR does not have a cliffhanger ending. I don’t completely wrap up the characters’ stories because there are sequels, but I definitely don’t leave it on a cliffhanger.

That’s all I have for you this month. Check back next month for another update and more Q&A’s about my books!

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