Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dear NaNoWriMo: Middle of the Journey Edition

Dear NaNoWriMo,

As usual, you have bested me for the moment. I'm currently 13,935 into my 2018 NaNo journey with a lofty 58k-word goal. It's not looking good, but then again, a journey of 50k words always appears a bit messy.

I would love to say that you are not going to get the best of me, but who are we kidding? I've got a mass of side hustles that I've cobbled into a full-time job. I've got other commitments. I can't avoid all distractions. If I could, I would be the owner of as many as 25 completed first drafts by now, and that's just not the case.

Still, there is a tiny bit of hope out there. It's small and you may need a magnifying glass to spot it, but it's there and with every word added to my total towards this goal, that little speck of hope grows, illuminates a path, and let's us all believe in the power of determination once again.

That was pretty inspiring, wasn't it? I thought so too. So now I just have to actually follow through, and we'll all have a reason to celebrate on December 1.

Sincerely yours forever and ever,

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Day 8 and Still Going Strong

It's just over a week into NaNoWriMo 2018, and I think that my project is going well. Not great, but good enough that I still want to work on it everyday. I'm falling into the bad habit of not updating my word count, so if you're following the progress on my novel page, you probably aren't getting the most accurate picture of my progress.

If you are looking for a little more in-depth experience at what I'm doing during NaNo this year, make sure to check out my Patreon page.

Happy Writing!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

NaNoWriMo 2018 Has Begun

It's the start of the craziest month of the year for writers. I'm glad that I'm finally able to release the title and the cover of my project! You can find it on my project page, and I'll be updating my Books tab in the coming days... you know, when I want a distraction from writing.

I started my novel... two months ago... (still counts!)

I'm also keeping a daily log reflecting on the writing process throughout the month of November. I'll be releasing those exclusively on Patreon, so if you are ready to join in on the fun, sign up and get a glimpse into every plot twist, procrastination, and hangnail. Lots of fun to be had!

Are you entering the depths of a NaNo project this year?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Just A Week Away

November is Coming...

NaNoWriMo is almost here! I can't wait to try and finish my project. It's not going to be easy, but I think I will be able to carve enough time out of each day to get things rolling. That, and I'm excited that the title and the cover will finally be revealed to everyone. Watch my NaNo novel page to see when it happens.

I also want to keep everyone updated on how I'm doing, so this year I'm going to try and keep a daily log. I've tried updates in the past like this, so I don't know how it will go, but I'm going to make the daily logs exclusive to Patreon, so there's another awesome thing you have to look forward to if you sign up now.

A Note on Fiverr Freelancing

Even though there is so much to do for November, I still have to also split my time with the day job, though that load has lightened a bit. As of midday yesterday, I'm no longer taking new work on Fiverr. All of my gigs have been paused. It's unfortunate that I have to do this, but I got scammed twice within the span of a couple of hours. By scammed I don't mean anything as serious as stolen personal information, but I was scammed in that I did the work, then the customer turns around and says it wasn't what I portrayed in my gig description (it was VERY clear, by the way, and to the dozens of others who have successfully ordered it). They got out of paying me while probably running around using what I wrote for them. This does nothing to the customer on the Fiverr platform. To me, it dropped some of my stats below the level I need to maintain for Level 1 status, which means on November 14th, I will lose that status. Again. And for the second time, this demotion wasn't something I did--except, you know, trust that a customer was serious about the job. I get it. Fiverr protects buyers over sellers because without any buyers, they make $0. It still sucks.

I know that pushing through it would be the best choice because I've developed quite a few repeat customers who love the work I provide. I am sorry for them, but I know they'll go off and find someone else to fill my place if it's that urgently needed. For my sanity, I have to take a step back. I was already so frustrated with many of the one-time customers I had because they were asking for things I just didn't provide, and it was always a long back and forth that was not worth a whopping three bucks and change. And sometimes if it was small, I gave in, which made me feel worse because I knew that had this been a gig extra, I could have charged $5 extra for every one of those jobs (assuming, of course, that they would have agreed to pay for the extra). I know I shouldn't admit this, but I'm terrible at upselling.

If only Fiverr had a platform where I as the expert in the situation would be able to pick and choose who I work with instead of any old yahoo who pressed the order button, it would be a lot different. I like working for myself, but right now Fiverr is like working for a terrible employer who doesn't even have to bother to pay benefits, yet takes from all its employees. The 20% cut per gig is one thing, but plenty of my customers have given me generous tips, and guess what? Fiverr took 20% of those, too.

There's no set return date for me on that platform. If I truly want to have a good holiday season (minus the income I was bringing in), I don't see myself coming back before January. I probably should rewrite my gig descriptions and be that jerk that I hate to be, but as I've noticed with most of these orders, people read just about as well as they listen, which is not much at all. My gigs weren't saving the world, so I'm sure the world will keep turning without them.

The plus side? I get to work that much more on my poetry project and my NaNo project. That's a big plus for me, so I'm still smiling. See you in November!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Focusing on November

It's just barely past the halfway point of October, but I'm spending most of my time thinking ahead to November. That's when NaNoWriMo starts, so that should be fun. At least that's what everyone wants you to think. Mostly it feels like work, but there is the occasional moment that makes a writer smile.

Balancing the day job with NaNo is going to be a little tougher this year. Even after my price change announcement (both here and on the specific Fiverr gigs) I still seem to be a popular person for new and repeat clients. I took advantage of the lull in the Book Spotlight gig and changed the higher tier prices early. No one seemed to notice. That's a good thing.

I think the reason that new clients keep coming in and checking it out is that I finally made it back to a Level 1 Seller after Fiverr decided to change the requirements to get there. I only have to sell about $1600 more to make it to the next level after that. That should only take a couple of years...

I also have a week and a half or so to buckle down on the poetry project. It's solidly halfway done, but there's still a lot to write and revise. You can learn more about it on Patreon. Just $1 gets you all of the content I've posted about it until now, plus all the fun previews and exclusives still to come. Even at just the dollar level, you will also get access to previews and exclusives from some of my other projects as well. It's a pretty good deal (if I do say so myself...).

See you at the starting line November 1!