#WIP Monday – Tarzinëa Pitfall

Last week I made several writing goals and even though I didn’t accomplish them all in their entirety, I am happy with my accomplishments. These were my goals last week:

  1. Get through my #AMA event alive.
  2. Continue transferring over Tarzinëa’s notes into Scrivener.
  3. Work more on The Celestial One’s outline and notes.
  4. If possible write 5k in any WIP.
  5. Need to get the cover designed for my short story, An Elf, A Dragon, and a God’s Intervention.

My #AMA went good I ended with over 40 questions and 92 comments, if I remember right. It was an awesome interaction based interview platform that made things more personable with those submitting questions. This #AMA wasn’t all about my writing this time around but it balanced out with my design questions for my side business, KJ Magical Designs.

Overall, I had a good experience and will try doing more #AMA events again. Not sure what topic I will do next time, perhaps I will do a writing one on my WIP, Tarzinëa.

I think with this post I will go with my success stories first for my goals then do the pitfalls last. You already know how the #AMA went, so lets get the next one out of the way. The next item I accomplished was #5 on the list. I got my cover done for my next short story in the Tales of Ferrês series. I released the cover on Friday in a cover reveal post if you missed it I have it here for you to enjoy.

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It is an awesome cover it surprised me how easy it was to put this one together compared to “A Father’s Protection”. It was like Blake and Meisha jumped out at me in the images I used.

Since we are on the topic of specific characters, I might as well update you on Tarzinëa. My process of transferring files over into Scrivener was going well, till I realized the chaos I created within my hard drive. I spent an entire day organizing files between my design business and my writing files. It wasn’t an easy task and I am still finding things that need reorganized. I sadly only got through half my files of Tarzinëa and realized I have to do a complete rewrite of my chapters I completed already, along with world notes, timelines, and so much more. I have put writing on hold for this WIP to get things shipshape.

Now my other goals were wishful thinking. I got no real writing done this last week besides rewriting a flash fiction tale featuring King Tyler that I posted on my blog Saturday. You can check it out here. I also wrote individual pieces I featured in my street team. It is a closed group for those interested in taking part in spreading word about my WIP, publications and learning about my worlds as I create them. If you want to join, you can here. I feature legends/myths of Tarzinëa on Tuesdays and sneak peeks on Thursdays. I plan to share deleted scenes from my series, so there will be lots of fun to experience besides helping with the boring promotions. I plan to offer free copies to those interested in receiving ARCs or doing reviews in exchange.

The Celestial One, didn’t get worked on last week. As stated above I was drowning in the mess, I created by not organizing my files right the first time. I have paid the price and will now spend days fixing the mess I created.

Wish me luck with this weeks writing goals, which are:

  1. Finish writing Tarzinëa’s timeline. (This one’s going to be hard because I am stuck on a war background. I can’t decide if I want the enemy to be a dragon that wants to destroy humanity or a sorcerer that takes command of the armies of darkness.
  2. Start rewriting Book 1’s outline for Tarzinëa.
  3. I need to write up a book blurb for “An Elf, A Dragon, and a God’s Intervention,” then get that up on pre-order.
  4. The Celestial One – I am going to aim to write another chapter in the serial.
  5. Need to start thinking about the next story to be featured in the Tales of Ferrês series. (Been playing with the idea of going back to Queen Karigan’s time and share how she met Silvashi. You don’t know him yet but he is the King of Dragons the only silver dragon to ever exist.)

 


WHAT’S NEW!

This week I have a new cover for my short story, “An Elf, A Dragon, and a God’s Intervention.” I already shared it above so I won’t do it again here.

The next item that is new is my author spotlights page. I changed things up and now will feature Speculative Fiction authors on Fridays. They can write within paranormal romance, fantasy and the sub-genres of fantasy to get featured on my blog. If you believe you would fit within the genre guidelines and would like a spotlight, you can sign-up here.

Either than that I have little of anything else that is new relating to my writing. So I will leave you with a howdy do and wish you an awesome week. Wish me luck mucking through the chaos of the filthy swamp of files.

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#WIP Monday – Awesome Success

Last week I made several writing goals and even though I didn’t accomplish them all in their entirety, I am happy with my accomplishments. These were my goals last week:

  1. Continue to work on transferring Tarzinëa’s characters and world building notes over into Scrivener.
  2. Work on The Celestial One’s first episode outline.
  3. I also have to transfer all The Celestial One’s serial series notes, character sheets and world building information over into their own Scrivener file.
  4. Work on editing flash fiction scenes I plan to showcase on my Patreon page and blog, featuring characters from Tarzinëa. I will feature two a month for free and two to three for patron members only. I will offer this to all Patron Tier Levels, and you can get access to all these for as little as $2 a month.
  5. Need to work on “An Elf, A Dragon, and A God’s Intervention” cover. I am planning to release this mid-September. I spent about three hours alone last night looking at images and I think I might have a concept I want to go with now. Perhaps next week I will have a cover reveal for you all to enjoy.

Now I refreshed your memory, I’ll tell you about my week and what I accomplished. I transferred notes from Tarzinëa and The Celestial One over into Scrivener. I wish I would have gotten more of this done than I did but some is better than none.

The Celestial One’s outline got worked on during this last week. I wrote it out and looked over several chapters I already accomplished. During, this period I edited and rewrote those chapters to work into the new outline. The next thing I knew, two chapters were complete, and I had written over 11k words.

In saying 11k words is awesome for a day of writing for myself. This word count doesn’t include the creation story I wrote for Vladkis and his father Nëyvia, that was close to 3k by itself. Then I wrote notes all over the place and worked on the outline, it was like it possessed me. I’m hoping to do more this week but it will depend on the kids and my event I have going on over on my #AMA platform. My #AMA is going live tomorrow and I’m still scrambling around trying to complete the questions coming in. Just last night I had five left now I’m back up to ten. Wish me luck and feel free to ask questions yourself :).

My Writing Goals for this week:

  1. Get through my #AMA event alive.
  2. Continue transferring over Tarzinëa’s notes into Scrivener.
  3. Work more on The Celestial One’s outline and notes.
  4. If possible write 5k in any WIP.
  5. Need to get the cover designed for my short story, An Elf, A Dragon, and a God’s Intervention.

WHAT’S NEW!

This week I have several things new to share. My first item to share is that I finally go my street team group live over on Facebook. I decided on naming it, GODS AMONG MEN. I decided on this because in several of my works I touch on gods walking among the world of men. It comes more from Tarzinëa though.

In a time long ago when Dragon Ryders ruled supreme, many believe they were born of the gods and sent down to protect the realms of men. They were always to this day referred to as GODS AMONG MEN.

If you are interested in joining my ranks of Dragon Ryders and wish to help promote me as an author and my books you can join here. Members will receive special discounts, insights into the worlds as I publish them, sneak peeks, ARCs, and opportunities to review or become beta readers. Authors who join will in return receive free promotion on my blog for helping me spread the word about my works.

The next item that is new is my updated Patron Tiers over on my Patreon page. I still only have the three tiers: Heroes ($2), Varden Knights ($5), and Dragon Ryders ($10). I changed up the dollar amount listed for the Dragon Ryder tier and updated the benefits I will offer. If you would be interested in becoming a patron and help finance my books into print sign-up here.

I have two more new items left I promise… can you tell I was busy this last week? Starting September 1st I will publish flash fiction tales on my blog, you can find them listed here. I published one already featuring Christophé Flares, the Mage King. I set the schedule up where on the 1st and 15th of every month I’ll release a freebie tale here on my blog. Then on the 10th and 20th I’ll release an exclusive tale for Patron Members only, with a snippet shared on my blog and social media.

Finally, my last new item is these awesome graphics I made to showcase information on my website. I have them linked to the specific pages they represent so click and enjoy.

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Overall, I had a productive week and hope to continue into this next one. I will update you next Monday on if I have success or fall on my rump. Wish me luck :).

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Things have Changed! Come and See!

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Things have changed here at my author website. Several of you have probably noticed that I changed my pen name. I use to go by KJ Hawkins, but I’ve changed it to K.M. Jenkins. I just decided that I would go with a name that is closer to my original. My full name is Kathryn Mae Jenkins, so I just made it into an acronym.

This change led to a website over-haul along with social media accounts. I provided author branding for myself and re-published my short story, “A Father’s Protection” under my new name. I even created a fancy new cover, designed by me 🙂 (check it out below).

You’re probably wondering, why the change? The honest truth is that I just felt like I needed a change. I have been a-wall for close to year on my blog. I guess becoming a mother of twin boys does that to a person. This last year was all diapers, bottles and spit up for this girl.

Now the boys are one and they have a new sense of independence. That means mom can go back to having a life, somewhat like before. This time I plan to do things different, I plan to keep things under control and stay focused. I have several WIP on my to-do list, however I narrowed it down to two.

The two I plan on working on are “Tarzinëa: Rise of the Vardin” and  “The Celestial One”. These projects are different in one big way. Tarzinëa is planned to be a full length novel. The Celestial One, is being changed from novella format into a serial. I am hoping to start publishing the first episode by the beginning of 2019.

I am hoping to get back into the full swing of writing by September. Right now, I am in the process of transferring all my files, notes, research and accomplished written chapters over into Scrivener. This will leave my August just about ate up. I will be blogging more and keeping everyone more in the loop. I even created a newsletter for those that want to be notified about new releases, sales and just my progress. Right now I plan to send the newsletter out once a month, on the 15th of each month.

Have I rambled enough? I think not, I think with my post I will give you more information on what is to come.

Post Schedule: (What to expect)

  • WIP Mondays – I will give you updates on my works in progress. There will be times I will show samples of work written (these are unedited sections of my books, expect errors). 🙂
  • Writing Tips Wednesday – I will come up with some writing tips that I have found helpful or believe will be a benefit to my fellow authors.
    • Paranormal Author Spotlights – Paranormal Authors will be featured in Author Spotlights/Guest Posts. This will be more frequent as authors sign-up. If interested reserved your spot by filling out this form.
  • Fantasy Fridays – This day will dedicated to fantasy, meaning sky is the limit. I might even decide to let one of my characters take my blog hostage for the day.
    • Fantasy Author Spotlights – Fantasy Authors will be featured in Author Spotlights/Guest Posts. Reserve your spot by filling out this form.

This is my schedule I hope to keep, unless life throws a wrench in the system. I will post outside the schedule for special events, announcements and new releases.

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