Monday, October 30, 2017

NaNoWriMo is Almost Upon Us

Hey everyone! Long time no see!

If you follow me on social media you know that I've been super busy lately with responsibilities on the homestead, from canning over 200 jars of food, jams, and jellies, to winterizing the property. Also this month, I have been very hard at work on a very big project called Amiville. The preliminary website will launch this Friday that will talk more about the project. To learn more, visit:

I dedicated October to preparing for the comic's release, so having NaNoWriMo start this Wednesday will finally get me back on the writing track. While I have many book projects I want to work on, I will write Until Dawn Breaks, Book 3 of the Roadside Paradise series, as my NaNo project.

I have been a participant and winner in NaNoWriMo for 5 years now (this is my 6th) and I always use the event to hold myself accountable and push myself to work on projects that I may need more motivation on.

Recently I've seen a lot of amazing posts about all the preparation writers go through with their novels. I've seen blog posts about plot outlines, character development tools, bullet journals and tons of other tools writers use. That's the wonderful thing about NaNoWriMo. The community gets together and shares ideas to help new writers and connect to other ideas.

While I would love to share my own process and means for staying on track when it comes to NaNoWriMo, I am sad to say that I do not actually have a process. I do all my work in my head before I start writing, and I find it difficult to put that down on paper before I begin writing. That only makes me believe that I am far more sloppy about my writing than most.

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Therefore, rather than explain how I come up with my stories and get through them, I want to offer a different sort of advice to everyone doing NaNoWriMo--be kind to yourself.

50,000 words is quite a goal to achieve in one month. As an example, The Significant is 210,618 words long. Following NaNoWriMo pace, I should have been able to write the book in just under 4 months. It actually took 9 months, that means I was writing about 23,402 words a month. On an even larger scale, Inside (the entire novel), is approximately 520,718 words. NaNoWriMo pace would finish that book after approximately 10 months. It took 18, with about 29,000 words a month.

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Writing a book takes time and patience. For NaNo, it's great to push and strive for 50,000 words, but if you don't get it, do not beat yourself up about it. November is a month just like any other. Real life will get in the way, you'll have bad writing days where you don't put down a single word, but never get discouraged. If your word count is not where you think it should be, don't be too hard on yourself. National Novel Writing Month is meant to be a push to get projects started and connect with the writing community, not to be a judge of your talent or ability as a writer.

So, even though I will be taking part in NaNoWriMo again this year and pushing myself to finish 50,000 words in one month, the real challenge I think writers should take part in is engaging with the community and trying new techniques to find a method of writing that works well for you, weather that is character interview sheets, plot cards, web diagrams, bullet journals, or any of the amazing and creative tools that other writers have shared about their process.

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Again, please be kind to yourself and give NaNoWriMo a shot, even if it's just to connect to the community and learn a few new things. All the best to those participating! I'll be joining you. If you want to follow my word count, follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I will do a daily word count update at the end of the day to show my progress.

All the best,

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Friday, August 25, 2017

New Book, New Projects, Same Old Stress

Hello everyone!!

I figure it was time I gave an update on what is going on over here in my crazy brain.

For starters, today a new book has been released. Wander the Lost, Book 2 of the Roadside Paradise series is now available for purchase! If you have followed my blog for a while, you'll remember that this series was a fun little project for me to write and was a welcome relief from the intense concentration that had to be put into The Faith. Book 2 of this series was finished faster than I anticipated, so I moved up the release date by 2 whole months!

While it is nice to have the book finished so early, that does also mean that I need to take some time and breathe for a bit away from the books. I pushed pretty hard to get The Sacred done on time, and it meant burning up a lot of my creative energy. I'm going to take a little bit of time to regroup before I start on the third book of The Faith series, which I am still hoping to release before the year is over.

However, not to worry, there are 2 other really big projects that I am working on in the mean time. While they may not be more books to put out, they are related to my books. If you subscribe to my newsletter, you already know the 2 other projects I am working on (hint-hint: That means go subscribe to my monthly newsletter so you can stay ahead of the curve, too!).

Now, for one of these projects, I am only going to share a picture. It should be pretty self-explanatory what is going on.

Hmm....wonder what this set-up could mean.....

As for the other project, it is a large art project that will be released January 2018. I am hoping to devote the next month and a half to finishing the groundwork on that. In October, I plan to finally bring it to my readers and let them know what in the world I've been up to when I'm not writing these books.

So, keep an eye on the blog and social media over the next few months. There's bound to be some exciting stuff coming around!

In the mean time, I've got a lot going on in every day life that keeps me pretty busy. You know how people clean out their garages and have a yard sale? I'm doing that, but on a much bigger scale! It will feel so much better when all that stuff is cleaned and organized!

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

What a Day....

Hello, all.

I meant to post about The Sacred pre-order release yesterday, but it was a very trying and emotional day at home.

I had to say goodbye to a tree that I have loved dearly for many many years. She was the largest cottonwood in the state of Nevada. Not only that, she was the largest tree in the state of Nevada. I was amazed by how much life this tree supported. She had nests that were occupied by both Red Tail Hawk and Great Horned Owl. There was always so much activity among her boughs. I had planned to be married under this tree. Through the years, we had noticed stress and lost a few big branches, but about a month ago, we lost an entire section of the trunk around 1 in the morning. Two days ago, we lost the biggest section of the trunk, and it hit the house around 1 in the afternoon. Thankfully, of the 10+ people working the property that day, no one was near the tree and no one was hurt. The arborist came out and told us that heart rot had started in her trunk years ago. It was only a matter of a few weeks before the other 4 large sections would fall, and we could not ensure anyone's safety.
So, the very difficult decision was made to take her down professionally to avoid any injuries or damage to property. I learned a lot about this tree I loved so dearly today. She was not 200 years old, as we had first thought, but at least 500, possibly older. She was also not a group of trees that had grown together, but a single tree that had sprouted many stems from an enormous root system. After looking at the wound at the base, we also found out that she had been through a wild fire close to 300 years ago and survived enough to continue growing. We have found Native American artifacts all around this tree and know that the tree was a popular wintering spot for local tribes. She saw an enormous amount of history.

It was heart wrenching to watch her be taken down. Over 500 years to grow. 12 hours to dismantle.

The largest single piece hauled out was 15,000 lbs. This tree was enormous. Pictures will never be able to do her justice. I wish we had been able to save her, but the arborist said it was a miracle she was still standing at all since her entire base was hollow. She lived a long and exciting life! And I am sure that all the cottonwoods in this valley are her children!

However, on a different note, The Sacred became available for pre-order on Kindle yesterday! It will be fully released on July 21st, so you won't have to wait long!

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Sacred - Cover Art Reveal!

Check it out everyone! We're getting close to a new release!!!

Check back soon for more information (hint: probably a week from now!)

Friday, June 16, 2017

What's Up, Everyone??

Hello, everyone! Guess who is (tentatively) back?

Is anyone else thrilled that summer has finally showed up? Although, two days ago, we did get a freak snow storm that our local news stations called #Juneary, but the sun is shining now and summer has finally arrived!

It has been a slow few months for me on the writing front, even with the release of Into Oblivion (which you can read HERE!). However, I am pushing to get projects done and hope to start releasing with more regularity soon. Of course, if you are subscribed to my mailing list, you know exactly how the projects are going and some new and exciting things that might be coming out in a few months.

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Anyway, during my blog hiatus I joined a few author communities and spent some time talking to starting indie authors. It renewed my inspiration and made me remember how excited I was when I first started writing and publishing books. Therefore, I have made the decision to come back to the blog, and to start working on some more projects. 

First and foremost, I would like to tell everyone that I am now offering my services as an editor, cover designer, and book trailer designer!

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With (almost) 15 books on the market, I know a lot about the self-publishing process and would like to help other indie authors get their novels out there for us to enjoy!

Secondly, I plan to launch a new, big project January of next year. Around October, I will reveal the project and I will be posting links to my Patreon and other platforms where you can enjoy this monstrous project I have been working on over the past few months, I'm pretty excited. Again, subscribe to my monthly newsletter to get more information faster!

And now, onto book projects. 

The Sacred, which is the sequel to The Faith is getting close to being ready for release! In March, I released the first of The Faith series, and have been slowly working on the sequel. Right now, it is not clear how many books this series will be, but the first three are completely mapped out and ready to be written. Stick around, this summer is going to have a new release!

Wander the Lost, which is the sequel to Into Oblivion which released last month, is moving along at a nice, steady pace. This Series, Roadside Paradise, is really fun for me. It's nice to have a new project under the name K.J. Amidon. 

Also, Into Oblivion got its first review over the weekend!

These are the two series I will be pouring the most work into in the coming months, as well as the brand new project. 

If you look on my author services page, you'll see that I'm taking requests for blog posts that you would like to see about the writing/publishing process. You can email those suggestions to and you might see them pop up here! 

When I have more news about each project, I will be sure to post here, but until some of these projects get a little more steam, the updates might be a couple weeks apart. 

The point is, I'm back, just not on a regular schedule! At least, not yet!

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Hope everyone starts enjoying summer! We'll be complaining about the excessive heat soon enough, but let's enjoy the fact that it's no longer cold, dark winter!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Going on Hiatus...

Hey everyone.

I have decided to go on a blog hiatus for a while. I'll still be around every now and then on social media, but keeping up with the blog and writing updates is going to be a little more difficult, as there has been no update and there might not be for a while.

This is not something I want to spend a lot of time on, but I do suffer from a mental illness. As of late the symptoms have become debilitating. I am in treatment and I am making strides toward recovery, but that does mean that I do not have much mental energy to spare. This is why it has been so hard to get words down on paper for upcoming projects.

Therefore, for now, the blog is going to be on hiatus until I am doing better. It could be a couple weeks or a few months, but if you follow me on social media you'll probably still see periodic updates from me.

I hope to be back soon.

Thank you!

All the best!