Friday, November 28

Behind the Scenes

Hello, everyone.

I just wanted to give you a little update as to what has been happening in my life behind the scenes of this blog. I also want to give you a glimpse into my, well planned (haha), future.

I have been a little MIA this month as most of my typing energy has gone towards NaNoWriMo - which has been a delightful challenge. For those of you who don't know, NaNoWriMo is where people from all over the world connect together via the internet, and try to write their hearts out into Novel forms. The goal is to write 50, 000 words during the entire month of November. I love this challenge. It has made me focus on what I want to say and force myself to write the scenes that I have dreaded. It has made me eager to increase my word stats so that everyone can see how well I am doing and it has been absolutely brain draining.

It was my hope to still be considered a winner for the 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge (a winner is one who actually writes 50, 000 words or more), however, I may be a little short this year. Even as I am writing this, a part of my brain is still trying to figure out scenes for my book. I am eagerly pressing on, however, if I am short of those 50, 000 words, that is okay. I am a mother and I am a wife, and throughout this entire month I have made sure that my writing did not triumph those positions. I still continue to play with Bug, clean the house, have dates with my husband, and spend time with friends. There have been a few cancellations of plans made due to the stress I had created, but I have tried to continue having a life while writing. With this all being said, if I don't make the word count, I will not be too unhappy. I will be pleased. Eager to continue writing, yes, but if it means that I didn't waste a single moment I could trying to make my daughter giggle, this month, no matter how many words I have written, will be a success for me.

I do have plans of making that NaNoWriMo word count by the first week of December, if I have not made it by November 30. Then I will continue writing until the characters in the books tales have been told, a plan I hope will be completed by the end of the month.

January is the month of major edits for my novel. I hope that I will be able to tweak it to the point that I am at least 75-80% happy with it. I hope in a month or two time I will be able to present my novel to my husband who I have crowned my first reader. Eep. It is somewhat daunting to me to have someone read the words that I gave birth to. Is this a normal feeling? It is my hope that my husband will give me some advice, check the flow of the story, check the grammar, and, well, fall in love with the it. Once that has been completed, I will continue to edit, taking in the advice he gave me. Next on the list, in which I hope to be 90% happy with my words, I will be sending my novel to three people who I trust dearly, for their advice, opinions, and thoughts. Once I get their thoughts back and have made necessary changes, then, and only then, will I be mailing it to a publisher. That will be a day of celebration. I am not exactly sure how long the edits will take, but if I can get this completed in the year of 2015, I will be one happy camper. Really, even if 2015 is not doable, since I am a mother, as long as my book gets out on paper and then out into the world at some point in my lifetime, I will be happy.

Whew.

Now that my book has been mentioned, I just want to back track a little back to this coming December. My husband has blessed me with an early Christmas gift this year and it is a blogging course created by A Beautiful Mess. I am super excited about this course because it is going to help me figure out my branding, how to build a readership, and how to manage blogging schedules, among  many other things. I am super excited to be given a chance to take this course, and I am hoping that my blog will be able to grow with better content, better photographs, and constant posts that will keep you all wanting to come back for more. For a little while I felt as if my heart was trying to take my blog in several different directions and I have been trying to force myself to slow down and really take into consideration what I love to write about. I think I have nailed out what I want my blog to represent, but this course will help me narrow it down further and identify the audience I am writing it for. I also haven't been 100% happy with my photography, and my husband, who is so wonderful, is showing me how to actually use my DSLR without it remaining on the automatic feature the entire time. Hooray. Between both of these things, I am hoping to create a blog filled with inspiration to be creative, to inspire, and a place that I can just be me. A mother, a wife, a friend, a struggling artist, one who likes to take photographs, to do DIY projects, and focus on the good that can be found in life. Even though I would love to have people invested and reading my blog daily, that would be an amazing bonus, my focus right now is to make this blog a place that I will always have that will encourage me, make me smile, and love everything that I am trying to do.

Which brings me to my next little bit of news. In January I am going to be relaunching my blog and creating a brand new looking site. The title of my blog is still going to be called The Knotted Home, but the look will be much different. I am aiming for a clean, well organized, artistic looking site that will keep me wanting to write, craft, and dream up more. I have told my husband that the day that writing this blog becomes a chore (which thank goodness, it has not yet come to that) is the day it dies. I refuse to let myself do something that doesn't not in some way fill me up. I am hoping that with this relaunch, I will be able to make it a place that I truly want to come to. I want it to inspire me and I really hope it inspires you, dear readers. Even though there are times that my grammar sucks (I am so sorry), I hope that, with the little glimpses into my world, my experiences, my crafts, and with posts such as The Maker Series we, together, can fill our lives with the happy, with the inspirational, with the encouragement, and with the beauty that this world, truly does have to offer. I find that I often get caught up in the negative, or the ugly, or the business of every day life, and I refuse to do this any longer. I need to remember the positive, to see the beauty, and to slow down and take in the small moments. Life is too short as it is, if I skip past all of this, then what is the point of it all? This is part of my goal and my dream for this space.

Since I am relaunching my new and improved site come January, I will be needing to make my blog private (which means that nobody will be able to see the site until I make it public) for the last half week of December. From December 27 - December 31. Luckily, I have a husband who knows what he is doing when it comes to html and css (computer languages), and together we will be crafting the site that I have envisioned in my brain and on paper, making it come to life. When my site goes public on January 1st, I hope that you will be there to help celebrate a brand new look with me. I am super excited about this.

I would love to hear from you all in regards to this blog and what inspires you, how you are encouraged, what you would like to see more of, and your thoughts. Also, if you would like to contribute to the Maker Series or to this blog in any other way (product reviews, giveaways, etc), please do not hesitate to email me at knottedhome@hotmail.com. I would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for reading this massive essay. I appreciate it so much. And I look forward to hearing from all of you, where ever you may live. Lets create a place to inspire and be inspired.

{Also, I would like to give a huge shout out to Nicole who was willing to write twice a week to help out with my blog! Wasn't she wonderful? Thank you so much, Nicole! I hope you will stick around and continue writing more of your delightful book reviews!}

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