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NaNoWriMo the Last Day

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

 

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.

RE: The Dragon Throne

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

 

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.

 

When The News Is a Detriment

Monday, March 13th, 2017

 

 

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.

Reviews & Stuff!

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

The Dragon's Call audiobook

 

 

I was delighted to discover that The Dragon’s Call Audiobook just received an amazingly thorough review! Check it out HERE.

 

Meanwhile, the reviewer notes that the sequel has been long delayed.

 

I have to apologize to those who have taken the time to read Cecily and Derek’s story. As the reviewer notes, I did experience a several personal tragedies while writing the sequel: my father passed, I experienced two separate miscarriages, then my husband passed during the writing of this story.

 

As a result it has taken a long time to stabilize and the word count has suffered as a result.

 

Derek and Cecily’s tale is still a work in progress though the actual writing process has been hampered.

 

The sequel to The Dragon’s Call will be named The Dragon Throne and, while the first half of the sequel is complete, the second half is still in the process of completion.

 

Nonetheless, it is always a wonderful boost when readers enjoy the story, and definitely helps boost the writing process forward.

 

I thank those who have read this story so much for their continued support along with the notes I have received from those who can’t wait to find out what happens to Derek and Cecily.

KW McCabe

Proud MaMa ^.^

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

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So I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been totally engrossed in encouraging my daughter in what she wants to do.

Namely, she wants to become a fashion designer.

To be honest, I didn’t pay attention for a long time other than to become frustrated when she “redesigned” her clothes.

But I finally saw the light ^.^  You can read about that happened HERE.

We started a clothing label named after my daughter called “Get Yven” and Yve has been working so hard on gift bags for the opening launch. You can check out the pictures below.

Meanwhile, I’m working like a dog on the new website, trying to make a little girl’s dreams come true. You can check that out HERE, or the facebook page HERE.

Wish us tons of luck!

 

Crit1Sub1: Week 2!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

IWW2

Today marks week 2 of my Crit1Sub1 challenge!

So far, pushing myself to write a sub each week feels good. The max amount of words for each week is only 400 words, which is perfect. There is absolutely no way to feel intimidated by a writing assignment that tells you not to write more than 1/3 of a page!

It’s also a really great feeling to be able to connect with authors who are piecing together their own work.

Getting back into the writing rhythm has led me to think more on The Dragon Throne series, along with the best way to connect with more readers. Many of the ways that writers connect with readers involve connecting with book review blogs and doing book tours, but I really want to find out a more organic way of connecting – if there even is one. Toward this end, I listened to a conference which stated that the problem is how to market the product.

As a reader and writer the very idea of thinking of books in that way hurts my bookworm soul, but that’s exactly how the traditional publishing companies think.

That’s even how Amazon thinks.

Why, as authors, don’t we think this way?

 

 

Crit1Sub1: Week 1

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

IWW2

 

So this is week1 of my Crit1Sub1 personal writing challenge, and so far I’ve critted twice and subbed one flash fiction piece I call Halloween Horror.

Feel free to read it below!

 

Halloween Horror

Bump… Bump… Bump…
Seth strained to hear the footsteps he knew were coming after him in the dark, but all he could hear was the drum beating in his chest and the sound of far off whimpers fading into silence.
He shuddered, exhaling as quietly as possible, his breath a soft cloud whooshing into frigid night.
The shadowed ground just underneath him glinted, strewn with a bright array of scattered candies. His knuckles ached as his fists clenched around the crumpled orange and black paper bag. Somehow, though he’d left Samantha behind, he’d been unable to let go of the bag.
Did that make him a bad person?
No, he thought.
But the secret relief that it had been her, and not him, did.

Crit1Sub1: 4 week challenge!

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

IWW2

IWW1

 

 

So, today is the beginning of my four-week challenge to myself to Crit1Sub1!

 

After being stuck in a rut, I realized that the only way to get out of the rut is to get out of the rut.

 

Facilitating me in this endeavor is the Internet Writing Workshop where I regularly go to get my writing projects critiqued!

 

Of course, nothing comes without some type of give-take, and so in order to get crits, you must also give ^.^

 

Right now I’m pumped and can’t wait to get started.

 

If you’d like to join me in the 4 week challenge to Crit1Sub1, then click HERE and join in the writing fun ^.^

 

Wish me luck!

Why YOU Should Learn Html and CSS

Monday, April 18th, 2016

 

I think the first question anyone who has no interest in coding would ask who sees this article’s title is, “Why should I? Why do something I have absolutely NO interest or aptitude in?”

Here is the answer:

 

If you have any interest at all in creating a solid internet presence, while you don’t have to know the basics of web design, it is the tool that will free you from website that will charge you $200 or more to design something that is fairly simple to do yourself.

 

Now, there are sites that create webpages for you for free, but they don’t always have the versatility you might want for the look you have in mind. And to get the look YOU WANT, you either have to hire a designer ($200-$400) or do it yourself (FREE!)

 

And if you intend to have a solid web presence, a sleek website is an absolute must.

 

The very basics of web design are based on a code called Hyper Text Markup Language or HTML.

 

I located and utilized several tutorials, all for free. Some sites include audio and visual, others include interactive worksheets. I’ve included a few links below.

 

BeginnerTuts.com

CSSvideos.com

Codecademy.com

 

Priests of Piracy?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

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So, while scanning the internet for interesting reads, I stumbled upon one of my works posted up on a random free-to-download site. I felt somewhat conflicted at first. I mean while the site had not asked for my permission, to view my novel posted up for everyone to see essentially giving me free advertisement was, if you’ll excuse the play on words, novel.

 

While mulling over this turn of events, I googled piracy sites and eventually came to the most interesting article on piracy I have ever encountered. In it the writer of the article interviews the priests of a religion focused on piracy.

 

Piracy as a religion?

 

The idea seems tongue-in-cheek at first, but if you continue reading you begin to wonder if the members of such a church are in earnest.

 

And if so, what does this mean for the writers and creators of the content being pirated?

 

The religion claims that these self-proclaimed priests of piracy a.k.a. “kopimists,” believe in no god…

 

But if their religion is the spreading of information then aren’t we, the authors of such information, either avatars – or gods?

 

Interesting to say the least.

 

Check it out HERE.