Ensign’s Log, Entry 10: March Month Map!

Welcome to March! It’s the third month of the year, that time where, in some parts of the world, the snow is finally receding and birds, grass, and flowers are reappearing. Given that it snowed yesterday, it’s not quite spring yet here, but the month still has that renewal feel …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 9: February Month Map!

This should have been up yesterday, but due to an unforeseen lack of internet, I wasn’t able to post or even schedule it for posting. As far as January went, I think I made pretty good progress in terms of my goals. I didn’t actually start plotting out the Demons …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 8: First Draft of Upgrade is Complete

The title says it all. As of sometime late Tuesday night, the first draft of Upgrade is complete and off to be critiqued by friends, family, and my fellow Scribophiles. Am I relieved? Yes. The last couple of weeks were a stressful bundle of writer’s block and frustration, but the …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 7: January Month Map Update!

Although it doesn’t look like I’ve made much progress, I have actually made it 14 out of an estimated 18 chapters into finishing the first draft, I’ve revised the first 8 chapters, and posted the first 8 chapters. Perhaps I should have filled in the dashes to reflect this, but …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 6: 2015, A Brief Review

The year is almost gone, and I’m so grateful for everything that’s happened in the past twelve months! So many exciting, wonderful, and unexpected occurrences made 2015 an amazing year for me. Here are a few highlights: March 2015 — Published Augment, my first novella, a YA science fiction story …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 5: When rewriting becomes writing

The last month has been quite a busy time, hence the reason for no recent updates. I haven’t had a chance to do a lot of work on The Astrals until the past couple of weeks. I also didn’t have reliable internet–although that, thankfully, is now a not-so-fond memory of …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 4: Weekend (Re)Writing

Yesterday I worked on The Astrals. Between breaks for food, bathroom runs, and anime marathoning, I spent 7+ hours editing, rewriting, and re-rewriting. Oh, and I had a Eureka! moment that solved several plot problems at once. Never let it be said that chocolate can’t fuel my inspiration. Thanks to …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 3: When motivation isn’t there

There are days when I wake up and am ready to start writing the minute my eyes open. I dive for my computer and am typing almost before the Word document finishes loading. Those are good days. Then there are days when I drag myself through the day without feeling …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 2: One chapter at a time

I’ve been working on my current work-in-progress, The Astrals, for years. Probably close to be a decade, to be honest, if you count all the different drafts back to the original–and believe me, that original draft and the current one don’t have much in common. Even some of the names have …

Ensign’s Log, Entry 1: Ranking My Author Goals

What tv shows do you enjoy? I’m a huge fan of Star Trek, and one of the things I like about the shows is the occasional inclusion of a “Captain’s Log” (or Commander’s, or Ensign’s, depending on who is making the log.) Sadly, I’m not an ranking officer of Starfleet. …