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    August Snapshot: Moving Forward

    Tarot card for The Knight of Wands, the card of onward movement and progress. I know it’s August, but can we talk about July for a second?

    Typically, my summers are pretty light on travel. I prefer to do most of my vacationing in the winter when it’s cheaper and not nearly as hot.

    But not this year. I don’t know how July went for everyone else, but for me, it was nonstop movement. Twice, I went home (once to visit with family and once to attend a wedding + visit with family). One of my best friends also visited for a week. (Even though I live fifty miles from the beach, I hadn’t been in years until she visited . . . 😖.)

    Needless to say, I’m a very tired introvert. But somehow, even with all my travel plans, I managed to begin writing a new story as promised.

    And I kind of really dig it. It’s a weird one, but the soundtrack I’ve put together for it is fun and nostalgic. (I might share it later on.)  I’m super excited to see where it goes, and even more excited to end my research hiatus at the end of August so I can really dig into it.

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    Summer’s for Sun: July Snapshot

    The Sun tarot cardSummer is in full swing in Florida. The humidity’s settled in. The beach calls. And everyone–everyone–in my office spends at least part of the day staring out the window, longing for the sun.

    Which bring’s me to this month’s tarot card.

    I drew The Wheel of Fortune in January (back when a wonderful agent gave the most helpful writing advice) and now, a little over halfway through the year, I’ve drawn its counterpart, The Sun.

    The Sun’s all about successes, holidays (I’ve already taken 2. Don’t judge me.), and fun.

    With that playful spirit in mind, I’ve decided to kick off July with a little writing challenge: write with abandon.

    Between now and the end of August, how much can I write? How often can I write? What can I write?

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    If You’re Going To Draw A Sword, Make It An Ace: June 2019 Snapshot

    Ace of Sword Tarot card.It arrived a little late, but the 8 of Wands I drew for May pulled through: I finished my novel draft! If you’ll remember, the 8 of Wands foretells the realization of creative goals. I’d say this definitely fits, and the good energy keeps coming in June.

    This month is all about the Ace of Swords, bringer of:

    .  .  .  . Hard-fought success
    .  .  .  . Bright new beginnings
    .  .  .  . Growth through decisiveness

    Generally, I hope to avoid Sword cards, but the Ace is the exception. Like The Sun in the major arcana, it envisions a positive outcome in the immediate future.

    Now that the fully revised draft is complete from end to end, it’s time for a few final read throughs before handing it off to my wonderful critique partners and beta readers. But for right now, a nap 😴.

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    The Finish Line: May Snapshot

    3 of Wands

    Like the mini Jennie in this drawing, I can see land in the distance. Revisions always take time, and this set has been no different. While I’ve really been enjoying the process, I’m super excited to see the story in full.

    In the meantime, there’s the month of May. Like the 3 of Wands foretells, this is a month of:

    .  .  .  . Traveling to see family
    .  .  .  . Finding and doing the unexpected
    .  .  .  . Realizing creative goals

    Coming on the heels of the 8 of Wands I drew for April, the 3 of Wands is a great reminder that I’m on the right track. Here’s to a creative, adventurous May!

    Oh, and speaking of creativity, I’ve picked up digital art using Procreate. This course has been amazingly helpful.

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    2019 Reads

    I love books, but I’m a notoriously slow reader. If you give me eight solid hours of reading time, I’ll still only get to the first 150 pages, tops. This is because I read for fun and to learn craft. The latter means that I spend a lot of time writing notes and/or color-coding sticky tabs. The former means that I’ll stop reading a book for a moment to have a head argument with a character (why did you do the thing you did? When did that seem like a good idea? Why are you like this?)