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First draft of Jonah of Olympic is in the can 🥫

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Boom. I have officially written all the chapters for my first draft of this book. That's ZERO left. BOOOM! The Next step is to start in on Draft 2, which goes pretty quick. After that, I move onto beta readers.

Only 2 chapters left

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In the words of Jodie Foster from Maverick, "Was that fast? I thought that was fast. Was it fast, was it?" Chapter 42 is in the can which leaves us with only 43 and 44.

Down to 3 chapters left in Jonah of Olympic

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I'm writing and just completed Chapter 41. For those keeping count, like me, that's only 3 more chapters left. Gonna try and get in one more today, fingers crossed.

Birthday Fundraiser: Raising money for Trevor Project

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For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to The Trevor Project . Why? Because I believe no youth, no matter who they are, should be in a mental state that has them contemplating suicide. Like I once did myself. Been there and almost did that when I was a senior in high school. I'm alive because in that moment I thought of a dear friend and was reminded of a quote from her favorite movie at the time, "No man is a failure who has friends." That stopped me. From that moment I decided to refocus on friendship. It kept me alive. But no teenager should be having those thoughts or having to deal with a situation or mental illness that fosters those ideations. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 24 (Hedegaard, Curtin, & Warner, 2018) — and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are at significantly increased risk. (via Trevor Project ) Please consider giving what you can. Thanks much in a

Only 4 chapters left

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I have completed Chapter 40 today and only have 4 left to finish the first draft of Jonah of Olympic. Super exciting. I am still on target to complete by Halloween. Let the countdown begin.

Tease...

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I've been hard at work writing the second book in my series and am nearing the completion of the first draft which is exciting. For now, it looks like 2023 will be the year of Jonah of Olympic.  But I've also been working on something else... this image is a tease. 😉

Wrapping up draft 1 of Jonah of Olympic

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I started writing Jonah of Olympic, book 2 in my Mercedes Masterson series, on Dec 7, 2020, at 3:23 PM. I plan to end this first draft within the next month. My current deadline is October 31st. Fingers crossed. It's been a wild ride. 🔥

Update on Jonah of Olympic, Chapter 36 and beyond

Chapter 36 bit the dust on Monday. It and the next chapter effectively end the main conflict of the book. Which means the next few chapters will be there to wrap it up. I also outlined the rest of the book and as of now I have only 7 chapters left. I've been writing a chapter a week, so in theory that leaves me with about 7 weeks left. Barring I don't remove a chapter, consolidate a chapter, or write more than one per week.  My latest deadline was October 31, which is the anniversary of when I was released Sweet Sixteen Killer, and Halloween ! I might try to get two chapters done in one week to meet that deadline. Fingers crossed. 

Jonah of Olympic moodboard

Like a lot of folks, I use Pinterest to gather visual ideas. But I like to keep a refined version of my Jonah of Olympic moodboard in Raindrop . Here it is below: I highly recommend Raindrop if you want a bookmarking tool or way to create moodboards that aren't on Pinterest. 

A new music project: Woman of Steal album

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PEEPS! I've decided to start dabbling in music once more. I'm not particularly good, but I can compose a little on a computer. I've decided to start an album project that is a soundtrack (w/out the film) which tells a story through the tracks of the album. It has an 80s scifi/fantasy vibe. Lots of synth. For now, I'm kinda using it as a creative thing to do when I have time and need a refresher between schoolwork and such. I have two tracks composed for now.  The plot I'm working with goes like this:  🌈 Story revolves around a mystical and powerful woman from the distant planet of Lesbos named Olivia – the Woman of Steal. Her mother is the Queen, Her Highness of Lesbos. Her Highness sends Olivia after the Marauders who have stolen the precious Destiny Stone from which all of Lesbos gains their power. Without the Destiny Stone Lesbos will slowly die. This all takes place in the distant future world of 2022. I've created a track list that tells a story and I'