Did you see my badge? That's the badge I received for hitting the 50k mark in actually 24 days during Camp Nanowrimo. I am so excited about hitting this goal and moving Woman at the Top of the Stairs from barely written to almost complete. This is especially rewarding because I entered the national nanowrite a couple of years ago when I was not nearly as serious about my writing, thinking that the challenge would be enough to get me off my proverbial duff and get a story completed. Needless to say that didn't happen but this time it did! I still have a few more days to get some more done on this project because I am very close to finishing, unless the characters decide to take the story all the way left again. So When August is up, I will be reporting on everything that got done during the month of August. Besides, soon it will be time to gear up for the big national writing challenge with Camp
I had promised myself and my blog followers that I would post during my nano camp experience. Well, we see how well that worked out!Ha! However, I have been writing like a mad woman and trying to reach my goal of not just 50k in 30 days but 100k in 30 days. It has been an exhilarating and challenging experience for a number of reasons.
First, it's easy to say what you plan to do. I think we all set goals, lofty or otherwise, and without some level of accountability to ourselves or others, it's easy for those stated goals to fall by the way side. I mean, we had good intentions right?
What being in camp has forced me to do is to own up to the promises (goals) I set for myself and to be accountable to them. See, it works like this. I want to be a noted author, not necessarily best selling, although that would be nice, but I want my name to ring bells with my readers and for them to look forward with great anticipation for my next release. I want my writing to be able to lay a firm financial foundation for my children. Books are forever and I want to leave my children a lasting legacy they can be proud of. I want my writing to make me comfortable financially in the present.
These are all the things that I want. Now you may be asking yourself what does this have to do with nano? Well here's the connection. If I am really serious about those things I say I want, then I have to do the things necessary to get me there. Notice I didn't say I hope that these things happen. No I said I want! Wishing, hoping and wanting are different. Wishing and hoping require little to no effort but wanting requires maximum effort especially if I want these things to happen now.
With nano camp, I had to come to grips with whether or not my daily activities were moving me closer or further away from what I say I want - not what others have said but what I said I want. Am I doing what it takes every day to move from dreaming to doing?
So here we are 10 days from the completion of nano camp. I have to say that I have done fairly well toward accomplishing the goals I set out to accomplish but I am not done yet! I still have thousands of words I need to write and more than just write them, make sure that the words craft an engaging stories my readers and supporters will be excited about. I am determined to get what I want (said like a spoiled and pouting child). So I am putting in the work to make that happen. Stick with me and stay tuned. I am in this for the long haul and am enjoying the journey. It's the ride of my life.
here are my most recent nano statistics before I embark on writing today.
Greetings! I am so excited to have Julia Press Simmons on my blog today. She Writes Drama!! Please take a moment and check out her interview. She bears her soul to us and reveals a part of what has made her latest release, Fuck it I'm Fat, a mega hit! Please ask questions and leave comments, and who knows? There may be some great giveaways!!
Hello everyone. My name is Julia Press Simmons.
Welcome to the 5th stop on the FIIF BLOG TOUR
FALLING OFF THE WAGON
Fuck It, I’m Fat: My Weight Loss Journey is a deep and personal look at the events in my life that triggered my food addiction. MY BIG AND SEXY HAS BECOME BIG AND DEADLY Well, actually, it has been deadly for quite some time. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005, but I’ve been fat-as-fuck since forever. I’ve lived a hard life, and food has always been my source of comfort. Whenever I’d go through something, anything, I’d eat, and eat, and eat. It didn’t matter if I was full, I didn’t eat to get full, I ate to feel better and it never ever worked. Dear Readers, I must have started this book hundreds of times over the last few years, but could never bring myself to complete it until now. I’m no longer afraid to face the truth. I’m 34 years old and I have a wicked food addiction and a serious lack of impulse control. They say the first step on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Whoop, here it is.
If you are obese and tried to lose weight unsuccessfully several times in the past, then you are no stranger to the roller coaster, and YOU ARE NOT ALONE…
The very last subtitle of the book is titled “FALLING DOWN”
“So what happens when, after a few days, you get tempted with a piece of cake or some other treat? What happens if you wake up late one morning and do not have time to take your walk? In other words, what do you do when you fall off the wagon?You get up, you dust your ass off, and you climb right back on. Many people get discouraged when they fall off the wagon, to the point that they decide that the entire idea has to be scrapped. Fear of failing again can keep them from even trying to continue with the diet or the healthy lifestyle choice that they have made for themselves. So they go back into their familiar routine, despite the fact that it was not working for them.”
In this book I couple the pain I experienced in the past with the hope I have for the future. I detail the turning points of my food addiction, and the steps I’m taking to make it right. I don’t always succeed on this journey of self-control, but I own to my failures, be they big or small, and I press on. The overall theme of this book is perseverance.
Sometimes we fall down, but that’s not important. The only thing that matters is getting back up.
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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Julia Press Simmons is the CEO of QMB Publishing and the author of five novels; Strawberry Mansion, Begonia Brown, Violet, Fornication Volume One & Two. She currently has a miniseries called Dawn of Destruction running on Amazon and BN.com .She is an award winning Spoken Word Artist, and Playwright. She has recently been nominated for poet of the year by AAMBC. Her play “Down There” was selected by the Shades of Black Festival Emerging Playwright’s Series in Nashville, Tenn. “Down There” also received a staged reading by the African American Playwriting Exchange in New York City. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. Julia is currently working on her next novel, SM4: A Hustler’s Heart.
2. What was the most enjoyable thing you have written to date? What was the hardest thing you have written to date and why?
Writing “Fornication Volume One” was by far the most fun I’ve had to date. I let my imagination run free and did not have to draw from personal heartache to give my characters depth. Writing “Fuck it, I’m Fat” is the hardest thing I’ve done thus far. Although the book is short, it is deeply personal, and I expose myself without a fictional character to hide behind.
3. What’s your normal writing process? Do you freestyle, use outlines, write to music, or sit in silence?
I depend heavily on outlines. I will put on an old DVD and sit on the center of my bed outlining the bones of a story. It could take anywhere from 3 weeks to 2 months. After the outline is complete, I go in my office and plug a way daily until I have a working rough draft. I shoot the draft over to my editor and start the next project while I wait on her critique.
4. What is your most recent release? Current projects you are working on? What is the next thing we can expect from you?
Fuck it, I’m Fat is my most recent release. I am currently working on Fornication Volume 3 and Volume 2 will be released soon!
Follow me on twitter @jpsimmons
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Visit my Blog www.jpsimmons.com
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I am so excited to have the gentleman, J'Son M. Lee as a guest on my blog. Check out his interview below, ask questions, and let him know you were here! thanks!!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am 42 years old and a country boy at heart. I was born in Brooklyn, NY. Shortly after my birth, my mom made the decision to let her uncle (and his wife) raise me. They took me to live with them in Washington, DC. When his wife died we moved in with his mother (my great-grandmother) in North Carolina. I had a difficult childhood. To escape the pain I focused on my studies. I was a smart child and quite precocious. I jumped at the opportunity to leave home at age eighteen. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a degree in Speech Communication with a concentration in Performance Studies.
I am the author of Just Tryin’ To Be Loved, Best Friends (short story) and co-authored the award-winning title, How could my husband be GAY?, with Ondrea L. Davis.
I currently work full time as a Property Manager for a large commercial real estate company in Washington, DC. I am also the CEO of Foresight Publishing, LLC. These roles, along with my writing, keep me very busy.
2. What was the most enjoyable thing you have written to date? What was the hardest thing you have written to date and why?
The most enjoyable thing I’ve written to date was my first published piece. It was published in a book called “Men Seeking Men” edited by Michael Lassell. Each short story in this book was a real-life adventure of men who met their dream man (or nightmare date) by placing or answering a personal ad. My contribution was called “None of the Above”. My experience was a great one and I chronicled it in the story.
The hardest thing I have written to date is the novel I’m currently working on (‘Til Death Do Us Part). It’s hard because I reveal a very traumatic childhood experience through one of the characters.
3. If you were no longer able to write, what would you do?
If I wasn’t able to write, I’d probably live a miserable existence. One of my favorite lines is from the movie Center Stage when the dancer tells her mother that if she continued to dance it would be a life of wishing she had found something she loved, instead of something she just happened to be good at. If I couldn’t write, that’s what my life would be – a lifetime of regret. I try to live my life without regrets.
4. What’s your normal writing process? Do you freestyle, use outlines, write to music, or sit in silence?
I do not use outlines. I’ve said that I will try that with a future project. I tend to freestyle in my writing. I’m blessed that my characters seem to talk to me chronologically. When they don’t, I take their lead and move to the next chapter and come back.
5. Where is your favorite place to write? Why?
My favorite place to write is in my upstairs office. I’ve positioned my chair and desk so that it overlooks my backyard. I chose my house because of the backyard alone. One of the requirements I had when buying my house was having a huge backyard. I’m a lover of nature much like my grandmother. When I’m in my office I feel inspired by the trees and colors.
6. What genres do you write in and why?
I write gay fiction. My platform is “telling our stories.” I hope my writing teaches tolerance. You don’t have to like what I do, nor do I have to like what you do…but at minimum, we should be able to respect each other’s differences. Homosexual themes aside, there’s a lot more to me. If people would take the time to get to know people where they are, I think they would find that we are a lot more alike than different.
7. Who is the character in one of your stories that you absolutely love or absolutely love to hate and why?
My favorite character is Mark Harris from “Just Tryin’ To Be Loved”. There is a lot of similarity between the two of us. Mark’s views on love and life mirror my own. Despite everything that’s happened in his life, deep inside Mark still believes in love. That’s how I feel. I hope this book makes people believe in themselves and believe in love.
8. Why should we buy your books?
I want to be known for well written, thought provoking work. I want my name to be synonymous with quality. People should buy my books because they not only entertain, but they have messages. My messages are not always simplistic. More than anything, I don’t want children to grow up like I did – ashamed, isolated and feeling less than. I want people to read my books and see difference and respect it. I want them to see themselves and not feel alone. I want them to see truth and not run away from it. More than anything, I hope my work shows the universality of love. Sexuality is such a small part of who we are. I hope my books help people see the bigger picture.
9. What is your most recent release? Current projects you are working on? What is the next thing we can expect from you?
Just Tryin’ To Be Loved is my current release. Here’s the synopsis: It has taken almost two years for Mark to put the pieces of his shattered life back together following a devastating breakup with his first love, Tony. Determined to never allow anyone to hurt him again, Mark becomes a recluse and throws himself into his career. Confronted with the demons of his past and a yearning to be loved, Mark soon finds his life spiraling out of control. Charismatic real estate executive, Jared Muse, knows that Mark is still healing and is resigned to give him all the time and space he needs; that is, until Tony re-enters Mark's life with hopes of reconciling. After a while of dating both gentlemen, Mark makes his decision. Unfortunately, this is when his nightmare begins. Hell also hath no fury like a MAN scorned.
Til Death Do Us Part is the sequel to Just Tryin’ To Be Loved. This book, as are most of my works, is about love and healing. For those who read Just Tryin’ To Be Loved, you know that Mark endured a lot on his journey to love and acceptance. In fact, his journey almost cost him his life. ‘Til Death Do Us Part takes us further into his journey – which is far from over. It also will answer a lot of the readers’ questions regarding what makes people the way they are. Sometimes we judge people’s behaviors and actions and don’t understand their story. Knowing someone’s story is never an excuse for bad behavior, but it will certainly help put things into perspective.
10. If you had a word of wisdom to share with us, what would it be?
I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to plan for the future, but don’t forget to live in the present. This revelation came to me when my mom unexpectedly died at 57 back in 2009. She was making plans – we all were. Life is so short. We have to live our lives while we have the chance and love as hard as we can during the process.
11. Tell us where we can find you and your books:
All of my books can be found on my website (www.jmccoylee.com), Rainbow eBooks, All Romance eBooks or your preferred online retailer. My titles are also available on Kindle and Nook.
Company Website: www.foresight-publishing.com
Okay, I should have done this yesterday when Nano first started but yesterday was totally insane!! There are a number of my fellow scribes participating in this insanity and I am so proud of the members of the Mahogany Writer's Exchange who have taken on this challenge to take their writing to another level.
For those of you who may not be familiar with NaNoWriMo, every November there is a monthly event to get a full length novel done in 30 days. That's right, 50k in 30 days. Well, I found out that they have a camp that they run in August with the same goal in mind so me and several other authors signed on to torture ourselves for the next 30 days.
Well, I wanted to update you so far as to how things are going:
Day 1, I completed 2,635 toward my 50k goal. Not bad for a first day.
Day 2, I completed 2,545 towards the goal, for a total of 5,180! One tenth of the way there!
Well all of that would be wonderful but you know me, I had to up the challenge. I couldn't just work on one project at a time. So what did I decide to do? Of course, double the expectation and complete two 50k novels in thirty days.
For those of you that don't remember, the first project - the primary project I picked for Nano Camp is
It's coming along fine. That's where the 5180 word count was posted.
The second project I am working on for Nano is High Stepping with Jd NM! Although I am already 24k into that project, I decided what better way to make sure I finish it up on schedule than to add it to the challenge. Now, I don't know if I will individually do 50k on this project. I am writing three stories and so is she. When my three are done, I will be finished with that project! YAY! If I finish ahead of the end of the month deadline, which I definitely should, then I will add another project in it's place.
At the end of the day 100k is the ultimate goal. Spread out over two projects or a few projects, I am aiming for 100,000 words this month. I can't promise that I will update the blog every day. All these words don't count toward my daily goal... lol. But I do promise to update a couple of times per week to let you all know if I'm surviving! Wish a