The Battle for Orthir


My blog posts are probably going to be short and sweet now as my infant son sees fit to use my distraction as an opportunity to wreak havoc all over my house. That said, after a great deal of thought, I have a less-than-inspired working title for my novel: “The Battle for Orthir.” If I think of a better one while writing it, I will post an update, but for now that is the official title of my fantasy novel.

In my novel, the Isle of Orthir is a large, mountainous island which is home to the light-elves, or Calatolthë. Its mountains are rich with gold and jewels and the light-elves have been defending the isle for thousands of years. I am keeping the series of events that leads to the battle a secret for now, but I have a feeling the battle itself is going to be legendary. All of the nations in the nearest continent will be involved in the quest for riches and glory, plus one of the Calatolthë’s own. If you like drama, action, fantasy, romance, and strong female (and male) leads, I think you will enjoy this book. I’m hoping to have it completed sometime in the year 2016.

Thanks for following my journey! I wonder who my 155th WordPress follower will be? You might just get a shout-out here and/or on Twitter 😉

~A.D.

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Why Perfectionists Should Write Books


This is sort of the antithesis to my previous post. The half-full version of the cup. The positive spin. The sunny side of the egg.

I wrote before about how perfectionists such as myself struggle to write because we can’t let things go. Imperfections drive us crazy and make it impossible to make any progress because we’re too busy trying to correct the first paragraph of the novel to write anything else. Well lately I have found that writing is transforming something deep within me that I never thought I could change. I’m learning to let go of the need to make things perfect the first time.

*GASP!* Revolutionary, right? I’m so proud of me. Right now I’m on my fifth, sixth, or hundred and sixth (I lost track) attempt at a rough draft for this novel idea and I have finally said to myself, “Screw it. It doesn’t have to be perfect right now.” No one who is not a perfectionist will understand how huge a breakthrough that was for me. Letting go of control is such a massive hurdle for me but I am finding that once I do that, progress finally begins to be made. The storyline is finally coming together and my characters are making sense. As long as those two things are present, I don’t mind writing something that is less than perfection. Corrections can be made later. Also, even the scenes I write that don’t end up working for me tend to help me figure out what I do want to write and I’m able to move forward from there. It’s all a process, and processes can get very messy at times.

By the way, I’m also kinda proud of myself for correctly using the word “antithesis.” I love big words; in fact, I used to read books with a dictionary in my other hand as a kid so I could learn the words I didn’t know. See? I was destined for this crazy madcap writer’s life. Everything is going to be okay, even if it’s less than perfect.

Have a perfectly imperfect weekend, my lovely readers 🙂

~A.D.

The Fall Down the Mountain


Yeah… I knew this was going to happen. I get super super excited about all the great things I’m going to do and then I have a setback and I get discouraged again. Depressed. Defeated.

I ran into several plot holes with my novel outline that I can’t seem to work through and I had a rough week with my weight loss as well. Right now I am trying so hard not to throw in the towel on both of those things. I like eating. I like watching TV instead of reading books or writing. I like being stagnant instead of making progress because it’s easier than trying and failing. Handling failure well has never been something I’ve excelled at, which may be why I’m not excelling at anything.

Achieving goals has always been like climbing an extremely steep mountain for me, and I’ve never had the courage and determination it takes to reach the top. The only thing I ever finished well was pregnancy and I didn’t really have a choice on that one. Whenever I slip and fall I go back down to my pretty little valley of denial and pretend the mountain doesn’t exist. I start eating junk again. I delete my rough draft. I close the book and turn on the TV, wasting away in an illusion of happiness that is never going to fully satisfy me.

I guess the reason I’m writing all of this is to fight off the denial and remind myself that the mountain isn’t going to conquer itself. It is going to require blood, sweat, and tears and if I’m not willing to put in the effort, I will be unsatisfied forever. Being significantly overweight and not following my passion in life will not make my son proud of me. By the time he’s old enough I want him to see his mom as a role model. Right now, as I am, I wouldn’t want him to want to be like me, so something’s gotta give.

Novel plots do not stay unsolved forever. I don’t need that snack or soda. I don’t have to live in the valley of denial when the mountain is standing right in front of me. Time to work this shizz out and get serious.

Enjoy your weekend folks 🙂

~A.D.

OMG OMG OMG!!!!


Okay… so I’m 5,711 words into my rough draft, and I cannot stop saying, “OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS BOOK!” Seriously, it is the best feeling, especially with everything I’m currently dealing with. Amidst viruses being passed from person to person in this house, a teething baby, a house that never seems to be able to stay clean, and trying to lose weight, I managed to still carve out time to get a good running start on my goal for next year: self-publishing my first novel. (And I’m writing a blog post! While the sun is up! Take that, sun!) Pardon the brag, but I’m feeling a bit like Wonder Woman right now.

I wish I could give you all a taste of what I’m feeling right now, but this time I would really like to keep my novel under wraps until the grand reveal. I can’t risk jinxing it! Thank you to everyone who helped me get over my crazy perfectionism last week and encouraged me. The writing community is seriously one of the best communities I have ever had the privilege of being a part of. Everyone is so supportive and wonderful and I just cannot stop gushing right now! YAY! Big virtual bear hug for all!

All I will confirm about this book is that 1), it is a fantasy novel, 2) it involves forbidden love between a man and an elf, and 3) it involves a princess with a dangerous secret. There will be action, drama, sorrow, joy, love, fear, laughter, and more. I have officially fallen in love with my characters again and I cannot wait to introduce them to you all in one year (or before if I’m lucky). I have full faith that I will actually be able to finish the novel this time, especially if I am able to pick up a writing class along the way. I would really love to sometime, so if anyone has suggestions on a good, CHEAP (or free) writing course, or even good books on writing, that would be so very very appreciated.

Have a great week! AHH I’m so excited!

~A.D.

Attempting NaNoWriMo Again


Jeez… I never have time to post anymore. You would think that being a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) I would have at least a little time to blog every day, but nope, it’s still just once in a while. I have however still been working on my writing project when I can and I am still on fire and excited for it. Still in the plotting stage for the moment; I attempted to write rough drafts but they would always make me want to change the story or the voice a little bit and I had to start over. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been struggling though, because I’m going to win this time. To be more specific, I’m going to win NaNoWriMo.

I am going to write 50,000 words next month if it kills me. It’s going to be tough… I have a short attention span and oh my gosh that balloon in the dining room is freaking me out ouch my knee hurts I think I have to pee… Ugh! See?!

Realistically, I know I’ll probably only end up writing about 20-25K words, but still, isn’t that better than nothing? It’s definitely more than I wrote in the past six months. I’m going to tell myself I’m in it to win it because I really really really want to try. But I’ll still be happy if I just get a good, solid start on this thing.

Since I’ve been holding out on my readers for so dang long, I guess I’ll give a short teaser for my book:

Madelyn Andrews has been singing and playing guitar alone in her basement ever since 7th grade. Her two best friends abandon her at the beginning of her junior year of high school and she is left friendless and depressed. Sean Redding is a well-liked, wealthy senior who takes notice of Madi in choir class when she finally gets a solo after two years of trying. They practice together, become friends, and decide to start a band with Sean as the lead singer and Madi as lead guitar. They meet an extraordinary set of twins, Evan and Ella, who play bass and drums and Sierra Lane is born. A rise to popularity, a beginning to a possible romantic friendship, and a horrible tragedy lie in Madi’s future. Will she conquer or crumble?

Stay tuned for more deets 😉 and wish me luck for NaNo!

~A.D.

So Ready!


I am so excited! I just finished a detailed outline for a novel, which I have never done before! When your outline is 3,000+ words, you know it’s going to be good! This is so exciting!!!!!

I’m not even going to apologize for all the bolds, italics, exclamation points, and overuse of the words excited/exciting. I have earned this! I have waited so long for the perfect story and I have finally found it! I would love to reveal more about it but I want to keep this gem under wraps as much as possible for the moment. I can’t afford to jinx it. All I will say is that it’s music fiction and it involves a strong female lead, a tragic accident (involving not her but loved ones), and a competition that could change her life forever.

I am so anxious to write this rough draft, but I need to do some more research, so it will probably be at least a week to a month before I actually start writing it. However, I have never felt so ready to write a story. This is my time and I can just feel it in my gut. It’s going to happen and it’s going to be awesome. I can’t wait to reveal a snippet of it to everyone once I’m finished.

I know this is short and sweet and a little less than satisfying, but like I said, I have some research to do. Just wanted to post another teaser/update! Ciao for now!

~A.D.