Good Morning, September!: In Which I Make Absolutely No Plans, Whatsoever

good morning, Cyberspace!

Despite all my best intentions, I have once again failed you.

Remember when I said I was going to be posting photo hints once a week? Aha. Ha. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Yeah. THAT never happened. But never you fear, my dearest beans, for I’ve got a whole slew of photo hints for you today! Which . . . you know . . . I’m kinda hoping will pitifully make up for my lack of presence here on the blogosphere.

See, I wish I could say that the reason I haven’t been on here very much as of late is because of some big, cool thing–like a super secret project I’m working on. Or death. But really, it’s just because I haven’t had the time.

I’ve had to learn a lot about prioritizing things in the past couple months, and even though I’m still trying to find my grips, I think I’m beginning to see that blogging is going to have to take a backseat to my other writing responsibilities (*cough* my books *cough*) for a while.

This is NOT to say, however, that I’m taking a hiatus, or that I’m not doing my giveaway, or that I’m completely abandoning ship and leaving you all to drown in the cyberseas whilst I swim happily to shore. This simply means that I’m not going to stress too much about getting a post out weekly.

Am I still going to shoot for a weekly post every Tuesday? Of course. But if I don’t hit that mark, I’m not going to beat myself upside the head with a rubber chicken and cry a river. I’m just going to sit up a little straighter, say, “Oh well!”, and move on to the next thing.

Hopefully. Beating myself with a rubber chicken sounds kind of fun, so we’ll see how that goes.

“But, Kenzie!” you say, your throat rather croaky because I haven’t done a ‘but, Kenzie!’ skit in quite a while. “If you’re not going to be 100% focused on blogging, how on earth are we going to stalk you and know what’s going on in your daily life????”

Ah. This is a very good question, my peasant, and one that has a simple answer: Twitter.

Some of you may not know this, but lately I’ve been pretty active over on my Twitter account. Occasionally I tweet funny stuff and writing updates, such as which projects I’m working on and any challenges I’m taking part in, but usually I just tweet really stupid stuff that no one finds funny but myself. BUT YOU SHOULD STILL TOTALLY CHECK IT OUT, PEASANTS!

Of course, admitting on here that I’m actually pretty active on Twitter probably means I’ll ditch the site entirely here in a couple days, but alas. Thus is the curse which I’ve been plagued with.

But also, if Twitter just really isn’t your cup of tea, I am thinking about starting up a writerly Instagram. This is, of course, 100% not set in stone, because A) taking pictures has never really been my forte, and B) it’ll just be one more thing I’ll be stacking onto my already overflowing plate right now, but the writerly aesthetic of Instagram has always caught my eye, and I’d very much like to be a part of it, maybe.

SO. What do you think? Would you be interested in a writerly Insta from Yours Truly? I’d probably give bite-sized updates on my book progress and blogging sneak-peaks and random stuff like that, and maybe even some other fun stuff that I’ve been chewing on for a while, but I don’t know. If you think this is something you’d be interested, vote on the poll below, and then we can get started on the ACTUAL content of this post! WOOT WOOT!

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— GOOD MORNING, SEPTEMBER!: In Which I Make Absolutely No Plans, Whatsoever —

As most of you know, I used to do a sort of monthly segment called either Good Night, *INSERT MONTH NAME*, or Good Morning, *INSERT MONTH NAME*, in which I laid out all my plans for that specific month. (this was, of course, BEFORE I started going AWOL all the time. aha. oops?)

This time around, however, I’m doing things a bit different: I’m not making any plans whatsoever.

It has become abundantly clear to me that I’m not able to keep any of the writerly promises I make to myself right now, so in order to save both my sanity and yours, we’re just going to take September as it comes. Blog posts will hit when I have a chance to get them written. The giveaway will hopefully still happen on the 13th, but it might get pushed depending on how much time I have in the coming week. (I’m still working on the prize. I love it so far, but I need time in order to actually FINISH it, and right now I have to be at work all weekend. So. XD)

There are, however, goals that I have for this month. Things that I would love to do if this were a perfect month and I had all the time needed to get them done. Such as:

  • post a short story in honor of my blogiversary month
  • revisit my first-ever smudge (in honor of my blogiversary month again)
  • get the giveaway up and running on the 13th

and

  • finish editing Fourth Draft 2.0 of everlost

As such, I have a feeling that only two of these things will get done this month. Which those are, I’m definitely not going to say, but we’ll just have to wait and see if any of them get crossed off this list come October.

*sweats nervously*

Moving on, let’s talk about that last thing on the list for a minute, shall we? In my last post, I mentioned that I was working on edits for EV. And this, I am happy to announce, is definitely still happening!

such miracle. much wow.

When I finished the fourth draft of everlost way back in March, I immediately sent the book off to my Alpha reader (a.k.a. my fabulous mom [THANKS, MOM!!! *waves*]), who in turn gave me some really insightful feedback on the story. So right now I’m working towards incorporating that feedback into the story and polishing everything up so that I can send EV off to beta readers come–what I hope to be–October. Again, I’m not making any plans, but that is my goal. I’M ALLOWED TO MAKE GOALS, PEASANTS!!! *brandishes pitchfork angrily*

With that being said, if it turns out that I DON’T meet this goal, I’ll be fine. I’ll just chalk it up to yet another thing I wasn’t able to get done on time.

If I do manage to achieve it, however. . .

john c. mcginley laughing GIF

But yeah. I think that’s about it for life-ish updates as of right now. Once NaNoWriMo season hits, I’m sure I’ll have a whole lot more to say on the subject, but for the present I’m just taking everything as it comes. Goals and plans are fun to have, but I need to start making them bite-sized and achievable in order to actually complete them. I’ve been biting off way more than I can chew lately, and that, my friends, needs to change.

So if you have any tips or tricks on how to make your goals achievable, while still keeping them challenging and fun, definitely let me know in the comments! I need all the help I can get at this point…

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Last on the extremely small agenda for today is PICTURES!!! I promised you all a bunch of photo hints to make up for my slacking, and a bunch of photo hints you shall receive! Below I have four pictures–two for every week I missed. (did I miss two weeks? i feel like I missed two weeks…) Hopefully they’ll give you something fun to chew on before the giveaway gets here. . . MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

 



TALK TO ME, PEASANTS!

Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today, folks! Once again it’s a rather boring update post, but it’s fine. I’m fine. I’m not slowly withering away into nothing over here, I swear. *laughs nervously*

BUT ANYWAY. Let’s get to the questions, shall we? What big–or small–plans do you have for September? Do you have giant chunks of goals like the good writerly bean that you are, or will you be winging it alongside me and hoping for a quick, merciful death? What WIPs are you currently working on? Have you already started prepping for NaNo? (it was around this time three years ago that I started plotting out EV. . . Oh goodness. I feel old now. XD) and most importantly. . .

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE GIVEAWAY PRIZE IS GOING TO BE????

Or are you thoroughly confused now? (please tell me you’re thoroughly confused. . . XD)

Let’s talk about ALL OF THE THINGS! down in the comments below! And make sure to tell me any tips you have for achieving your goals (and also for balancing time when you have a job and other priorities aside from writing???). Whether it’s plotting them out in a planner or rewarding yourself with chocolate, any and all advice is severely welcome!

And as always, until next time. . .

_flings cookies in the air and disappears_



Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

12 thoughts on “Good Morning, September!: In Which I Make Absolutely No Plans, Whatsoever

  1. Oooh!! Love the artsy pictures!! I thiiink I have a little some sort of inkling about what this giveaway might be! XD

    Also EEEEK I’M SO EXCITED FOR SMOL LITTLE EV!!!! (also I love your mom, I must tell you this every time you mention her XD) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LEMME BE ONE OF YOUR BETA READERS I NEED THIS STORY IN MY LIFE I PROMISE I WILL BE GOOD TO IT (*stashes pitchfork quietly behind my back and looks happily around the room like nothing ever happened*)!!! Seriously though, that’s so exciting that you’re so close to have it all revised once more!! :)

    Mwahahahaha Kenzie my friend I gave up on making plans when it came to blogging a longggggggg time ago *silently weeps into a tablecloth because ASDFGHIJK;LJJFD why am I always so behind on blogggingggggg*. That sounds like the best approach though! YOU GO CRUSH SEPTEMBER WITH YOUR NO-PLANS PLAN!!

    My plans for September: Survive school’s deathly grip and…try not to drown in the overflow of assignments and deadlines. Fun. :)
    And maybe, somehow, miraculously, possibly find some time to devote to blogging because…? that word is quickly leaving my dictionary. Unfortunately. XD I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get around to working on my smol little WIP, The Line, buut I am taking a Creative Writing class so hopefully?? there will be an assignment where the teacher forces me to write on my current WIP, ’cause I think that’s the only way I’ll ever squeeze in time to work on it. :( Time will tell! I like to keep my to-do lists very manageable, you see. XD #smurt

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    • MWAHAHAHAHA!!! I’m now wondering if you were correct… What did you THINK the giveaway was going to be???

      I ENDED UP FINISHING THE FOURTH DRAFT OF EV!!!! I am SO excited!!! (and yes! My mom is absolutely the best and I love her so so much…) Awww!!! Thank you so much, Anna!!! I’m currently waiting for feedback from PW mentors, but hopefully I’ll be able to do beta reading at some point… We’ll have to see. XD

      I AM SO PLEASED WITH HOW MY NO-PLANS PLAN WORKED! I totally conquered it! *cries into my potato soup* But honestly, I got a lot more done writing-wise than I ever imagined I would. Blogging was still a nightmare…BUT I’M WORKING ON IT, I SWEAR. XD

      OOOH! Have I heard of The Line??? I’m VERY intrigued by this!!! AND UGH, BLOGGING IS A STRUGGLE. But we’ve got this, Anna. We can do it. *sweats nervously* CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES ARE THE BEST AND I AM JEALOUS!!!

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    • MEEP! Thank you SO much!!! Editing went….surprisingly well??? I’m kind of in shock, tbh. BUT OOH. Don’t even get me started on daydreaming about when EV will be in stores. That’s a dream even I can’t fully wrap my mind around…

      YES. YES IT IS. XD

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  2. EEEEE so excited about everlost! (Which, idk if I’ve ever told you this before, but that is the coolest name?? how did you come up with it??)

    Also, I have figured out the giveaway prize. It’s……………………………………….I have no idea, I am the definition of THOROUGHLY CONFUSED. Help.

    Also, I hope you do post that short story. That would be awesome.
    Seriously, have an awesome September, and GOOD LUCK ON EV!!!!!

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    • MEEP!!!! SARAH!!! Thank you SO much!!!!! *tackle hugs* (Okay, so everlost’s name could honestly make up an entire blog post JUST about its origin… I might have to do that now, actually… *grins*)

      MWAHAHAHA! The prize kind of shifted because I….broke the last one. But IT’S FINISHED NOW AND SO SO PRETTY AND I’M SO EXCITED!!!! I’m so excited for someone to win it…

      MEEP! THANK YOU! I’m still working on it (actually…IO need to find it? WE’LL GET THERE EVENTUALLY.) But it’s definitely getting posted this month! Which I realize is over a month since YOU posted this comment, but whatever. It’ll be fine. XD)

      ASDFGHJKL THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You have no clue how much your support means to me…

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      • (I shall wait hungrily in my corner for that post now. :D)

        Oh my gosh it IS so pretty!!!!! And I am very excited for ME to win it!! (Please, Fortune, favor me. XD I AM BRAVE.)
        Or for whoever gets it. They are a lucky soul and I am NOT jealous at ALL.
        (But also you’re the best and it’s so sweet how much work you put into it and can I be you when I grow up??)

        Ha, misplacing stories. That is such a strange thing to have happen but it totally does. Especially when Someone wants to read them……..

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        • (*adds idea to blogging notebook*)

          LOL!!! I cannot wait to find out who’s gonna win it. The issue is I want EVERYONE to be able to win?? And that is not possible. WHICH MAKES ME SAD. But maybe I’ll be able to do another giveaway someday? I’ll bribe my dad to make me an endless supply of super cool fountain pens and I’ll slowly get better at making notebooks. XD
          (oh my goodness!!! you can definitely be me, but it unfortunately it comes with a few handicaps. such as losing your mind at an early age and premature hairloss. (that last bit is a lie. the first one, however, is very much real.)

          I FOUND THE STORY. And it is utter rubbish and I’m hastily trying to rethink everything I thought I ever knew about my writing. XD

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  3. *waves happily from shore at everyone drowning in the cyberseas*

    (tips? for balancing Life?? I work full-time now and I LOVE my job [liBRARY] but I am also Ded™. No tips sorry Kenzie!)

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    • *SNORTS* Honestly, same, though. XD

      (YOU HAVE A LIBRARY JOB!!!! I am so jealous. The libraries ’round here didn’t want me. BUT IT’S FINE. I got another job and I love it and although I might be dying, it is very fun. XD UGH. I WAS HOPING YOU HAD LIFE TIPS FOR ME, JEM. HOW DARE YOU LEAVE ME STRANDED LIKE THIS.)

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  4. Prioritizing can be just the hardest *sigh* Honestly the best advice I have is make a schedule and stick to it (until life interrupts it, as it will). I know some people use planners or google calendar (I like using it to remember dates that stuff has to get done by). I have not started prepping for Nanowrimo, because honestly I shouldn’t do it because I have too many drafts that are waiting around to be edited (but I’ll probably end up doing it anyway because I can’t help myself. There’s just something that happens at the end of October where I’m like “MUST DO NANOWRIMO.”)

    Good luck with Everlost!

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  5. You have most certainly NOT failed us! It is tooootally okay to slow down on some things (like blogging) when there are other things on your plate (like a job!). You are FINE, girl! I’m proud of you for prioritizing and choosing to slow down on blogging sometimes when you need to.

    As far as finding that balance…ugh. I FAIL. So, so hard! For the past few months I have been making monthly lists (like what all blog posts I need to do, etc.) and it’s helped a lot. I also tend to have specific days for things. Like Tuesdays I usually stock up on book pictures for my Instagram account. Thursdays I write a blog post. Things like that. It definitely helps me stay focused when I assign a specific task for a certain day. Buuut I still stink at keeping up with things. XD I definitely think it’s a try and fail process, finding that balance. ALL our lives are different and WE are different people, so there’s definitely no one size fits all here. But I know you will find what works for you as you enter each new season. YOU WILL! Just give yourself grace and know you are not alone in this. All us bloggers/writers/etc. are cheering you on, because I think every single one of us struggles with this. *HUGS*

    OKAY BUT INSTAGRAM. I love Instagram and would be ECSTATIC if my Kenzie made a writing centered one!!! BUT I toootally understand if you don’t have time right now. So don’t feel pressured AT ALL if this isn’t a good time for you. Honestly, I post on there but often fail at actually finding time to see everyone else’s posts. >.> Yeah, like I said, I’m not so great at the balancing thing. XD

    That is soooo exciting you’re making headway with edits! EEP. GO, GO, GOOO!!! *waves pompoms*

    Oooooh, the pictures hints of the giveaway are killing me! XD I’m sensing a picture of some kind??? Whatever it is, I know it’s gonna be awesome!

    I do hope you have a LOVELY September! Been praying for you! <3

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