May 7, 2017
I have finished up my typing/ first round editing of Intermezzo. Now I’ve begun typing Grave — or I should say my mom is doing most of the typing while I dictate and edit with some typing. At this point, I am alternating between editing Intermezzo and typing/editing Grave. Grave is a bit more of a challenge since it wasn’t written in chronological order, and I have to put it in order. Plus, I put notes for future books in the margins, which have to be typed up.
I began writing Grave in earnest in August of 2014 — the August after my stroke. That is sort of interesting, at least to me. My mom mentioned my style is different than previously. She seems to like it better. My handwriting was certainly shaky back then, but all things considered it was remarkably legible. I was still getting used to using my right hand to write again. After my stroke, I couldn’t use either hand to do much of anything. Not to mention, in no time in my life was my handwriting ever going to win an award for beauty! A thank you goes to God and His Son Jesus for His mercy.
I’ve started writing five books at a time. I started Book 5 of Nocturne’s Reaping®, Etude, when I finished writing Grave. Plus, I recently started a whole new book. Initially, I wrote a page in two books one day then a page in the other three on a subsequent day. But writing in three books in one day proved to be difficult. So instead, I am doing two in a given day. I am repeating days for Labyrinth — a book that’s the first of a three-part dystopian series and is the one of the five that is the closest to being finished. Making slower progress on the others allows me to be open to new avenues and extend the pacing and length of the books. But once I get close to the end of a particular book, such as with Labyrinth, I think it is better to be more focused and revisit it more often in order to keep up the pace and momentum.
Lastly, I will be posting Prelude two chapters a month starting today. God willing, I plan to post two chapters on the seventh of each month. Chapters 1 and 2 were already posted. I’ll be posting these on Word Press and my website: http://www.jenniferalicechandler.com or http://www.nocturnesreaping.com
Here is the link to the Prelude page.
My books will continue to be in e-book format on Amazon (Kindle) and in paperback format on Amazon/ CreateSpace. I won’t be enrolled in the Kindle Select or Kindle Unlimited programs any longer though.
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writing update September 27, 2016
I’ve been writing, but sometimes it feels like I can never get enough done. I had been writing (or trying to write) a page in four different stories a day. Now I’ve been doing a page in two different stories then switching to the other two stories the next day. I do this six days a week. It works better that way. I am able to write consistently now. Establishing some sort of routine is important, I think.
One of the four stories I’m currently writing is Book Four of Nocturne’s Reaping®: , Grave. I’ve made quite a bit of progress on that one, but I wrote it out of order. I won’t be able to see all the holes in the narrative until I start editing it. Right now I have a backlog on editing. My mom is helping type up Book Three of Nocturne’s Reaping®: , Intermezzo. I handwrite almost everything first. Before the stroke, I had been pretty fast at typing. Now, not so much. I have to type with just my right hand. Though, I’m grateful to God that my right hand is doing as well as it is. My mom isn’t fast at typing, but she’s better than I am! I dictate the pages to her since my handwriting can look creative at times. ^^ After typing, I do some editing. Needless to say, I wish this process was faster. But it helps to be able to do some creative writing while the editing is progressing.
I’m missing oil painting again. I hope to start that in the next few months.
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