#WIP Monday – The Fall

Last week I made several writing goals I now realize were probably beyond my abilities. I got no writing done, found myself drowning in notes, character and world building. Then the outline took a form of its own. Even to add to the big failure I had several design projects along with family obligations.

I am not making an excuse, however with twin boys that are only one-year-olds and school starting back up our house has had several family visitors. The ones whom were over pretty much all week were my three nieces: Hailey, Hannah and Hope. They are trying to get in as much time with the boys before school starts back up this Thursday.

The boys had a blast and with the count down coming I will make a change for this week for my goals. I will make them more manageable and realistic this time around, this way if the girls want to come over I don’t feel like I have to choose between spending time with them or my writing.

This Week’s Writing Goals:

  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.

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#WIP Monday – The Beginning

Heya,

Today is my first post for my blog  feature, #WIP Mondays. These posts will consist of content around #WIP. I am working on two big ones right now. The first is “Tarzinëa: Rise of the Vardin”, this is just the working title. My second work is “The Celestial One” (TCO), this is planned to be a serial series.

The plan is to write Tarzinëa as I work on the outline for TCO. I had this one outlined in a book format but now I plan to change things over to a serial outline. TCO, I plan to start writing at the beginning of the year as I finish up book one of Tarzinëa.

Writing Goals for this week:

  • Write 10k in “Tarzinëa, Rise of the Vardin” – this will be a big goal for myself since I struggle with keeping on track. The big issue is going from not writing to writing, however this is going to be interesting.
  • Work out TCO’s serial outline – I am hoping to have at least the first two episodes outlined by this time next week.
  • World/Character Development – I need to get my notes and world/characters over into scrivener this week for the Legendary Heroes Saga. This way I can have everything in one location.

***Big Design Goal: I plan to begin working on my next ebook cover. The short story is “An Elf, A Dragon and a God’s Intervention” it will be a part of the Tales of Ferrês short story collection.


What’s New

This weekend I created a patreon page to offer special perks to patrons that subscribe to help with my journey into print. I have three tiers: Heroes ($2 or more a month), Vardin Knights ($5 or more a month) and Dragon Ryders ($25 or more a month). The tier you join will depend on the special perks and rewards you receive.

The reason I chose to create a patreon page is to help with the offset cost of publication and promotion. I plan to share special content only to those that participate as a patron to help earn their support. If you are interested in becoming a patron and want to help support me as an author you can join for as little as $2 a month by clicking here.

If you do wish to help with my journey into print but financially can’t afford the patron option, I have two other ways you can assist. I plan on putting together a list of beta readers for both, TCO and the Legendary Heroes Saga WIPs. If you would be interested in becoming a beta reader please contact me.

The other option would be to join my street team. Just drop me a message through email at authorkmjenkins@gmail.com or my contact page. This way when I have the group set up I can send you an invite. I plan to have this group created later this week. I will make an announcement on my blog once it goes live.

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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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