Weekly Update: September 24th

Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are all having a great Sunday and that you all feel rested and ready to start your week with lots of energy. Last week was a really good week for me. I haven’t reached a “great” peak yet, but I know one is coming soon. They keep getting better and better. Overall, life is starting to settle and my creativity is starting to return, which has been wonderful. And it hasn’t just been returning in the writing area, either. I pulled out my pencils and sketchbook this week for the first time in ages.

Writing

This week, in the Writing World of Jessica Cauthon, I have finished coming up with all of the writing prompts for the 2018 edition of The Daily Prompt, and I have almost completed the outline for “The Road to Prosperity,” an urban fantasy novella idea that sprang up from looking at my horrific draft of “The Wickerman.” I have pulled “The Wickerman” from publication, and I will be re-releasing it under “The Road to Prosperity” once I have rewritten it and edited it. The Daily Prompt 2018 will show up as monthly and quarterly installments starting in late December.

I was hoping to get the first full draft of “Enchanted Melody” (formerly known as “The Siren’s Song”) down on paper this week, but that story just won’t let me spit it out on paper. After four false starts, I approached it from a screenplay perspective and worked out the issues that I was having with the dialogue. I am going to try to flesh it out from that screenplay format this coming week, but these characters are wrestling me, so I don’t know how far I will get.

I will also begin working on the monthly prefaces for The Daily Prompt 2018. I want to give my readers a bit more than just 28-31 prompts each month in their monthly editions. Maybe tips on getting into a writing habit or something along those lines.

Reading

I finished Betrayal and Blackbird Fly early in the week. If I had not been so creatively-inclined this week, I would have continued into the next selection of books on my list, but my mind was churning this week. I had to create.

This week, I am reading Blood and Justice by Rayven T. Hill and Blood Skies by Steven Montano. After taking a few minutes to read through a few reviews and the book blurbs, I think I may enjoy both of these books this week. We will see how that goes.

Art

Art! The section I have been so excited about. I started drawing again this week. Other than a few concept sketches (and I mean rough ones) of costumes and clothing for a book I am still working on, I have not drawn anything steadily in years. Like, since college. In high school and college, I would fill up sketchbooks almost as quickly as I filled up my writing notebooks. Over the years, my desire to draw waned. I was happy to pick up my pencils and sketchbook again this week, even if it was just a standard #2 pencil and a piece of computer paper. Just the process of putting the pencil to the page and letting it decide where the lines went was quite therapeutic.

I spent a lot of time while I was drawing and doodling this week thinking about all the things that I create on a daily basis that could help others similar to me (writers, artists, readers, extremely overwhelmed parents, and so on). Each week, I set up pages in my bullet journal that help me remember what I must do each day and the things I would like to do each day. Each month, I set up an entirely new notebook with template pages that I designed to meet my planning needs. I’m sure others could find them useful, especially my fellow bullet journalers.

I also have an entire notebook dedicated to the steps that I take to plan out and prepare a novel. Worksheets, small “discovery” assignments, checklists of what I need before I can even think about pressing the “publish” button, etc. Other writers may find them useful.

And last, but not least, for the snail mailers and whimsical writers, I have folders of stationary pages that I started designing back in high school to use on the notes that I passed so that my intended recipients knew who it was from and I never had to sign my name. People may be interested in some of those as well.

Now, I haven’t decided yet if I am going to simply share them here on my blog or if I am going to open an Etsy shop or something along those lines to sell some of the digital files, but it’s a project that does greatly interest me, so I will be brainstorming on that this week as well. I will keep you all updated as I make decisions.

Some digital products will need to be specifically for income purposes, though. My kids and I do have to eat.

What Are You Reading?: September 23rd

Wow! It’s hard to believe that another week has already gone by. It feels like it was just September 1st for me. It has been a busy week in my house and home office, but all of that is for tomorrow’s update. Today, we are pulling the next two books off the shelves to read for the upcoming week.

What are you reading this week?

Betrayal by Jean Rabe and Blackbird Fly by Lise McClendon flew by quickly for me. I don’t know if it is because I became immersed in the stories quickly or if I’m getting back into reading like I used to. Either way, I finished those two books much faster than I have finished any of my previous reading choices for this year.

This week, I am reading Blood and Justice by Rayven T. Hill and Blood Skies by Steven Montano. Both of these books were recommendations that I picked up because they were both having free book deals and I figured “why not?” Neither of them are really in my list of favorite genres, but I am always willing to give a book a shot. If I find that I am unable to finish them simply because they weren’t my cup of tea, then I won’t leave a review for them. No harm, no foul.

So, those are the two books on my reading list for the week. And I also just realized that I haven’t updated my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 in a while, so I should probably take a few minutes to get that handled. I like having my Goodreads reflecting the same information as my blog.

What are you reading this week?

Cover Reveal: The Daily Prompt 2017: October Workbook

The Daily Prompt 2017: October Workbook is coming soon!  With thirty-one brand new prompts, October 2017 is packed full of story seeds.  This monthly collection is scheduled to arrive in the Amazon storefront on September 28th.