January 10th, 2018 by kwmccabe

 

So.

Here we go again…

I’ve moved.

Again.

For the quintillionth time.

Which, by the way, I didn’t even know was a word until a preacher spoke about how many years it would take a tiny sparrow to carry all the grains of sand in the world to the moon. This discussion was meant to put the length and depth of eternity in perspective.

But I digress.

So, yeah.

I moved.

Most of my stuff is in a rental storage, and the rest is still in boxes stacked in a corner.

I was also sick for a period of two weeks, during which I was nearly completely bed-ridden.

I finally pushed through the end of that period, and began to feel more optimistic about my situation after having unpacked a few bags and one box.

There are still several – many actually – boxes to go, but I am determined to feel optimistic.

In any case, this move has put a stall on any editing I might have been able to accomplish.

I’m getting my bearings and hopefully will get revved up to start this process soon.

Wish me luck.

 

 

November 22nd, 2017 by kwmccabe

 

At least, it’s the last day for me.

Yes, that’s right. I have written the last word of The Dragon Throne.

*Massive cheering ensues*

Now, begins the long and tortuous task of editing the entire thing which is 121k+ words long. The book will have to be divided in two as it’s much too long for one YA novel. I’m not certain how long this editing process will take, but then I really hadn’t figured on completing the series before the end of this year.

So I’m definitely ahead of schedule.

Although, it did take me forever to finish the book up to this point, so there is that to consider.

However, for those of you who were wondering when or even if I was going to finish the trilogy, I am ecstatic to state that, yes, it is finished.

Now, for the editing process to begin.

Wish me luck.

November 7th, 2017 by kwmccabe

 

I don’t know about any other authors out there, but I am honestly beginning to feel like NaNoWriMo is the best thing to ever happen to my writing life this year.

I’m now over a total word count of 118,000 words (check the counter on the side for a more accurant accounting) and I am writing the Epilogue.

I honestly don’t think I’ll be finished with the Epilogue in 2000 words, simply because I’ve written 2k words tonight and I’ve only touched the beginning of the very last ends scenes that will close out Cecily and Derek’s story.

Nevertheless, between NaNoWriMo and unhealthy amounts of Starbucks and espresso shots, I have accomplished in four days what felt impossible in the last three years!

I’m praying that the caffeine-induced inspiration and frenzied writing panic continues unabated.

Wish me luck.

November 6th, 2017 by kwmccabe

 

So, today is day 3 of my NaNoWriMo binge. The coffee shots in my white chocolate mocha, whip cream and caramel espressos have either stopped working, or I just need to take more shots. Probably more shots. More is better.

I’m experiencing a slight run off of energy. Not large, mind you, but it’s there. Yesterday I completed my word count at 5,065 words for the day. Today I’m at a word count of 2,577. Along with my word count on the first day of 2,552 words, my word count for the three days is a grand total of 10,194 words.

And–I don’t know if anyone has noticed this–I’ve had to up the limit on the word count for the book for the third time >.>

It went from 110k–>115k–>120k… and I’m unsure that I’ll be completely finished with The Dragon Throne in only another 4,000 words.

But no sweat. The scenes I’m writing are scenes I’ve had in my head for the last 3 or 4 years, and the words have been flowing like melting butter on a Parmesan bread-stick.

And now I’m hungry.

But hunger is for the weak, so I push on!

I really hope this novel will be done in 4k words, but the last thing I want is for the ending to feel rushed after so many years struggling to finish the darn thing.

So I type on. Hopefully, this flood of words doesn’t let up.

Wish me luck.

 

 

 

November 5th, 2017 by kwmccabe

 

So here goes day two of my effort to catch up in NaNoWriMo. Yesterday, I completed the night just before midnight with a total of 2,552 words. Today my count stands, as of right now, at 3,966 words for the day and a grand total of 6,518 for both days.

My coffee drinking amounts to to 1 shot in my white chocolate mocha with extra whip cream and caramel drizzle yesterday, 2 shots in it for my morning bout and another shot this evening. Which adds up to a grand total of 3 white chocolate mocha drinks with a total of 4 shots between them ^.^

My energy level is high, my motivation is revved, the words are flowing. This is good.

Hopefully, it keeps up.

Wish me luck.

November 3rd, 2017 by kwmccabe

 

Yes, yes, I know we’re already THREE days into the National Novel Writers Month, but that’s ok. I’ve decided I will do my best to write something. Anything. I even purchased a steaming hot cup of white chocolate mocha with extra whip cream and caramel drizzle to prove to myself that I was serious.

And if you’re a writer, you should be getting your cup of serious-writer-making-coffee also. Get on it.

I know that my barely scribbled 365 words at this point, isn’t much – but it’s something! And I’m determined to write more.

Wish me luck.

October 19th, 2017 by kwmccabe

 

I know I’ve used the above image before, but it’s so appropriate and handy ^.^

Anyways, to the business at hand!

It has been a loooong time since I have posted – culpa mia, desculpame. I do, however, have some valid reasons – please hear me out!

After returning to California after the my husband’s funeral, I stayed with my family for awhile as they helped me and my two young children work through grief and readjust to our new circumstances.

Once my children and I had been there with my family long enough (trust me there is a time limit to how long anyone can bear living with their mother) I then proceeded to move me and my children two hours away to the wonderful, and hot, capitol of California.

That move, of course, required another period of readjustment as my oldest needed to be placed in the new school system, and my youngest needed to find a daycare.

While my oldest has succeeded in adjusting to her new life very well, my youngest is experiencing some small difficulties (not really small actually) and I’m currently considering homeschooling my youngest to prepare her for kindergarten.

If I do this, this will make any small amount of time I might have had to write nearly non-existent.

So here it is:

First, the bad news: I am struggling to finish the very last section of the last part of the book that will complete The Dragon Throne series, and it will most likely take alot of time. I don’t know how long considering my current situation. After it is completed, it will then have to be vigorously edited. I don’t know how long that will take either, although, if I compare other stories I have written of comparable length, it might take anywhere from an additional 6 months to a year. And that is just the edits. Then there is the preparation for publication – which actually doesn’t take all that long in comparison to actually writing the darn thing.

Second, the good news: I am almost done. I swear I am. I just don’t know how long it will take to write the last part!

 

So, there you have it!

I want to thank those of you who have been keeping tabs on me and the story – you are my motivation to finish – and finish as quickly as possible. You really don’t know how it touches my heart (both in the warm and fuzzy way, and in the painful guilty way) when I see your messages.

You all have been so patient with me, I beg your patience awhile longer!

Wish me luck.

 

March 13th, 2017 by kwmccabe

 

 

SOOOO…. After many weeks/months of drowning myself in the news, I’ve finally realized that “the News” has been strangling my ability to be creative. It strangled it to the point where I didn’t have the desire to write. I finally realized this after wondering what has been keeping me from writing lately.

I figured out a couple things:

A:
-I can’t write when I’m distracted
-I can’t write when my life situation is overwhelming or too busy
-I can’t write when I’m stressed

B:
-The News does all of these things to me

So, apparently, when I watch too much news – the desire to write goes down in comparison.

And, truthfully, the only thing in the news right now is stress, panic, and disaster. So, I’ve gotta take a break. I want to write again – I want to want to write again.

Alot of things have happened in the last four years that definitely damaged my ability to do that, but I miss the flow. I want it back. I hope it comes back.

Hopefully, this helps.

Wish me luck.

March 8th, 2017 by kwmccabe

Hello, World!

The site has finally after many many weeks of being obsolete, been updated. It came to my attention that the site was somewhat under a siege of technical difficulties when given notice by a reader. Thanks to that helpful individual!

In the meantime, carry-on ^.^

December 16th, 2016 by kwmccabe

 

 

I have received several notes and reviews regarding the short stories and flash fiction I’ve written and featured in Dreams Both Real and Strange, several of them requesting that I combine stories that had been split in two sections in two different books. As a result, I combined all of the stories that had been split and have re-featured them here, in this complete anthology, for the enjoyment of the reader. As always, I enjoy receiving feedback from readers, and endeavor to satisfy if at all possible.

For those of you who already downloaded/purchased copies of Dreams Both Real and Strange I, all you must do is go to your kindle account and update your download to receive the new material for free. For those of you who haven’t read Dreams Both Real and Strange I and it’s sequel- feel free to check out the link here: DREAMS UNSETTLED, UNBORN.

I thank you for your continued encouragement and support.