Life Is Hectic, Guys

Hi friends! It's been a long while since I've written a blog post, and I definitely need to get into this as more of a habit than when I remember to. I feel like I use this more than my Newsletter, but if you want, you can sign up for that because I do love writing those. I do tell you guys what I'm loving in my life, and what is currently happening. I've decided to spend more time on this blog rather than those because I feel like Newsletters are more for important updates, so that will be what that is for.

Since I graduated college in December/January, I have been in a constant routine of job hunting, sister sitting, work, writing, and my personal branding work. It's been a crazy few months. I haven't found a job, and the jobs I applied for I haven't gotten yet. I'm still hopeful, but I am sitting on the side debating whether or not I should reapply for school to get my Masters Degree. I can't afford to go out of state, so I'm hoping there is a publishing program (or something similar) within the Wisconsin system. It sucks that I'm limiting myself there, but that's the only system I can afford at the moment. I'm not giving up hope on the job hunt quite yet, but I am surveying my options. It just sucks because I don't want to move since I don't have the money to do so. I think this is also why I'm working so hard on my Author Brand as well as working on finishing my book to the best of my abilities.

I'm currently reading not one, but two books. The first one is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. It is phenomenal, guys! I honestly cannot get over how much I love this book. I'm a little obsessed with this and the other book I'm reading, Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas. These books are everything I ever wanted, and I don't want either of them to end. I want adaptations of both of these books immediately. I have a little less of a wait time for Children of Blood and Bone due to the fact the movie is already moving forward, but the Throne of Glass tv adaptation is slow going. I'm excited for them regardless of wait time. But the plot twists in Maas's books are mind blowing. When I was listening to it last night at work, my jaw literally dropped open because of her plot twists. Her descriptions are inspiring, and her characters and their relationships are to die for.

On the writing front, I've been editing a few things and writing another scene to add in. This scene in particular may be the death of me as I've written it almost to completion twice. My computer hates being put to sleep for long periods of time, and well, you guessed it, I lost this scene twice to death by sleep mode. What kills me is that I have Word set to autosave every minute, so I'm not sure why the backup is gone. Maybe I should do a little more hunting? (Update: It's lost forever. I hunted for about twenty minutes, even typing in .asd, but had no such luck). It's crazy how much we depend on technology and how fast we grow angry at it for failing us. Though, I'm not surprised as my laptop is almost four years old. I'm still surprised it's lasted me this long. Seriously, Toshiba laptops are the way to go for computers, but you have to get good specs. Most of my computers only last me two years, so this one is a dinosaur compared to the rest.

My other writing update is that I have been querying! I actually received my first rejection letter today, and weirdly enough, it's motivating me to keep pushing forward. I have my next query slated to be sent, but I want to finish THE SCENE before I submit it so I have an updated word count. When I first wrote this scene, it was 1,200 words (at an unfinished state), so I want to have an accurate rounded number. I'm going to guess with this final scene addition, I'll be between 105K-106K. This book is a beast, but I love it to death.

The last thing I wanted to talk about is just kind of the things in general that have been keeping me rather unmotivated. The biggest thing has to be The 100. I have been thinking about this season non-stop because it is that good. I am so glad it got renewed. I think if I ever get into screenwriting, it would be because of that show. I love everything about it. I'm going to do a whole post dedicated to the show, so be on the lookout for that. But aside from that, I have been obsessed with it, and I really want to make my story feel as if it is almost an extension of it (obviously not the same, but different). I want it to have The 100 vibes, and for fans of the show to see little glimpses of it in the book. That's what I want, and I have been theorizing about it non-stop. This show really proves to me that I am indeed an English major.

Well, that's all I've got for today. I hope you enjoyed this post, and I'll chat soon!


Writer from Wisconsin who loves reading, writing, crocheting, and watching way too much of The 100. You can often find Amanda playing The Sims and procrastinating everything. 

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