Saturday, July 25, 2015

Monthly Summary: July 2015

This month was far more chill than the past two or three have been--when it comes to going places. The majority of July has been consumed by editing. It was one of those all-work months. XD

Basically my life all month.
What I did:

1.) I have been editing nearly every day for 2-6 hours, but I have finished microediting Red Hood! YEAHHHHHHHHH! Now I'm looking over beta feedback which I've been getting back in sections. More of that to be explained later. I'm also doing Camp NaNo again and finishing the Subsapien Biomech rewrite! Woot! Woot! I'll finally be done with it this month!

Update: I finished at 90,000 words! YAAAAAAY!

My awesomeness has no bounds. (No, I'm not that vain,
but people like enthusiasm. Is this enthusiastic enough?!)
2.) I celebrated the Fourth of July in downtown Marietta with my mom and I had a great time. I ate at the Australian bakery for dinner. So fitting, right? ;)

Firework selfie.
3.) I finished Failstate: Nemesis and I loved it! Review coming soon.

4.) Now since I'm gearing this blog toward writer geeks, I've decided to add a new segment to the "What I Did" section: The Geeky Department. In the geeky department ... I saw Ant-Man and loved it. It was hilarious. I'm currently watching the 100 which I'm still indecisive about because I like the plot except for some of the character deaths ... More bad things than good things tend to happen and it's not very balanced. I've also been watching Hetalia which has had me laughing during short editing breaks. Germany and Britain are my favorite.

5.) Due to editing eating my life, drawing has had to take a backseat, but I'm still sketching away at my latest piece and I'm banking on finishing it before this month ends to keep up with my New Years Resolution to do at least one drawing every month all year! I'll post it when I finish it!

UPDATE: Here's Mor!

(Bonus) I'm guest posting on two blogs this month and they both happen to be falling on the 29th. *headdesk* I'll get back to you guys with links, but they are about word choice and my writing space!

UPDATE: Here is the guest post on Backing Books! And here's my other one on Pages from my Journal!

What I Learned:

1.) Chai Tea + Laptop Don't Mix - Due to this unfortunate discovery, my editing deadline got setback a week for I fell behind while waiting to get a new keyboard. My data is fine, thank the Lord. I recommend keeping all drinks outside of a one foot radius around one's laptop.

2.) Editing Takes A Lot of Time - I don't necessarily mind the process of editing. I like rearranging sentences to make them sound better and all that jazz, but the amount of time it takes can be a bother. It takes me 2-4 hours to edit 12 pages. Granted I go through them very thoroughly. Still it's a lot of time. It ate up much of my chilling and drawing time this month. So know when you're going to edit a book, it's going to take a while. You don't want to speed through it because you could miss something.

I got to this point on a few nights.
3.) I Can Type Pretty Darn Fast - While also hammering away at Subsapien Biomech, I've realized I can type pretty darn fast when I set my mind to it. 80 words per minute in fact. I felt pretty proud of myself until I found out people I know can do 110 words per minute. XD

4.) My Beta System is Working - So over a month ago I came up with this grand scheme to get my editing done in an efficient way since I'm on a tight schedule to get Red Hood ready for the professionals who have requested it. Miraculously, it's working.

Here's the scoop. I picked six betas, friends of mine of different levels of friendship who have or haven't read the book before who are writers and some who are not writers. I edited the book in sections and sent them 5-6 chapters at a time so while I'm editing the next sections they're going through what I've already done. That way, I can get the chapters back the fastest. So now I'm going through all of the critique feedback and I'm able to look at everyone's critique at the same time so I can pick and choose what I want and such. It's working pretty well and I'm very happy.

5.) My Betas are Awesome - I picked the best betas. Like quoted in Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade, choose wisely. Picking the right betas can make or break your feedback experience, and I'm happy to report I did indeed choose wisely this time. Each of my betas has different advice and focuses on different aspects of the story. Sometimes they give opinions on the same thing, so I can choose which advise I want to take. I feel so blessed by them. I love you, betas!

What I'm Going to Do:

1.) In the writing area, I'm going to finish going over critique feedback and making changes to Red Hood. Then I'm going to work on editing the first five chapters of Subsapien Biomech. I want to get the first chapters of Red Hood and at least the first chapter of Subsapien Biomech finished before Realm Makers in case people I'm pitching to ask for samples.

2.) I'm going to Realm Makers in less than two weeks! Realm Makers is a speculative fiction writers conference hosted in St. Louis, Missouri. First plane ride on my own, first time in St. Louis, and first time at this conference! Lots of firsts! I'll be attending classes there, meeting authors, buying books and getting said authors to sign them, and also pitching to editors and agents!

3.) I'm still working on my Expressions Challenge for drawing this year which I'll hopefully have more time for now that microediting Red Hood is past. I'm hoping next month to do Able and Ingrid from Subsapien.

4.) I'm currently reading Omega Dragon by Bryan Davis and the Judgement Stone by Robert Liparulo (who's coming to Realm Makers!), and I'm hoping to start Viral Execution by Amanda Davis and the Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill (Genre switch yes, but I read her blog all the time. I need read her books now. XD) next month.

5.) When I get Red Hood completely edited in hopefully August, I'm going to send it and the Subsapien chapters off to the publishers and agent who requested it in February. So exciting! But so nerve-wracking! XD

Last Month on Stori Tori's Blog ...

The top five most popular post on the blog for July 2015 were ...

1.) Third Bloggy Birthday Bash: Giveaway!

A giveaway I hosted during my Third Bloggy Birthday Bash! And the winner of said giveaway is ...

Michelle Jolley

I will be getting into contact to you about your prize if I haven't already. ^ ^ Check your email!

2.) How to Handle Critique - This post got surprisingly popular. So many comments from people who have critiqued or been critiqued or both!

3.) Third Bloggy Birthday Bash: Special Surprise Video - In this post I showed you all a video I made with some wonderful fellows who volunteered their voice talent to say some of my characters' lines! One is a real actor!

4.) Writing Lessons from Anime: RWBY - A post where I talk about the awesomeness of RWBY and what this show can teach us about writing.

5.) Beautiful People #11: Brian - The latest Beautiful People hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In where I answer some questions about my little adorable character from Subsapien who can't grow up fast enough for his taste.

Coming Soon to Stori Tori's Blog ...

Next month's Tea Tuesdays will be more oolongs from Tea Ave!

August 1 - So Your Character is from the South - This is a post where I talk about the Southern United States and debunk some common myths to give you a crash course for your Southern charries.

August 7 - I'll be calling for questions for my character Bethia from Red Hood! Her interview will come two weeks later. She comes more in the second book of the trilogy so I need to get to know her more. ^ ^

This is what Bethia looks like.
August 8 - I'm posting a book review of the Seventh Door by Bryan Davis.

August 14 - I'll post the next Beautiful People!

August 15 - I'll give my report on how Realm Makers went.

August 22 - Writing Lessons from Movies: Jumanji - In this post, I'll talk about the amazing writing lessons we can learn from this classic.

Though this month didn't have as many flashy activities as the previous ones, I did learn much and I'm finally creating a writing process that works, works as in gets book finished effectively and efficiently. I'm all for those two "effs." Hopefully all of this hard work will come to fruition in the coming months when I submit and pitch material to agents and editors! *crosses fingers*

How was your month? What did you do? Did you see Ant-Man? Have you seen Hetalia or the 100? How was your Fourth of July? Are you going to Realm Makers? Are you looking forward to any of the upcoming posts?

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  1. I saw The 100 but I dropped it when I went to the FCWC this year. (I've dropped at least three TV series due to going to the FCWC and never catching up.) It does tend to have a lot of death, and the romance tends to be quite annoying. (I guess these kids are certified juvenile delinquents, so it makes sense.)
    I tried sending my story out in chapters to betas, but a bunch quit reading it. With two of them, I think it would have been better to send out the entire book. With the others, I doubt I would have gotten anything back if I didn't send it out chapter by chapter. I think each way of sending has its own risks.
    Right now, I'm using Grammarly to catch typos and such. It's much better than Word, but it does give a lot of false positives.
    The Southern Culture post sounds interesting. I'll be looking forward to that.

  2. I see. I prefer the second season, but it's the imbalance in circumstances that gets me the most.
    I've been sending out my book in five chapter to my betas and that has worked best for me. :)
    I have heard of Grammarly, but I haven't used it. It's a website right?
    Oh cool. I hope you'll enjoy it.
    Thanks for commenting!

  3. It seems to swing around a lot with the plotline.
    It is, but it's also an app too. I'm using the free version, but there's an expensive version you can get too.

    Wow. Lots of stuff in this post. I'm not even sure which part of the awesomeness I should comment on. :p
    I'm glad that your beta readers are working for you! I want to have this draft of edits finished by the end of the year so I can get it off to beta readers early next year. I'm a little nervous about how to find beta readers/how many I should have, so I'll need to do research on that.
    Hey, and congrats on finishing your round of edits. You did amazing this Camp. Editing is super tough. :p

  5. What a great month for you! Anyone who can accomplish micro-editing has my praise and admiration. Hope August is just as great!

  6. Thank you! It is very strenuous. XD How was your month? Thank you for commenting!

    I hope finding betas works well for you. I suggest finding good writer buddies. Good luck to you with your writing!
    Thank you so much! Editing and writing at the same time is even tougher lol. XD Thank you for commenting!

  8. Yay for editing progress and *le gasp* pitching your work! I hope that goes really well for you. Realm Makers...that, along with FCWC, is on my dream list. :) LOL, 80 wpm is faster than me--I think I'm around 70. XD Sounds like you got lots done this month! Here's to a great August.

  9. Thank you! I'm nervous, but pitching is a part of writing lol. Oh cool! I hope you get to go one year! 70 wpm is pretty fast! I hope your August went well! Did it? Thank you for commenting!