Reporting on my Monday

I’m back. Yes, I was gone for a few hours, but don’t worry. Breathe easy.

So it’s late on this Monday night, but I had a goal to reach and I actually did it. Here’s how the day went.

Taxes
I got them done in a few hours. There was a lot of data and worksheets and forms and deductions to get through, but I found that TurboTax really is all that it is touted to be. Good news came of it. As I said, I had expected to owe money, mainly due to the large chunk of cash we took out of our refinance.

We are owed a good refund! I was wrong! I love being wrong sometimes, but don’t quote me on that.

Anyway, so no worries there. I e-filed and we are all set for the year.

Helium.com
I wrote two articles for www.helium.com today, as I said I would do. They took a little longer than I had wanted: about 45 minutes each, but that was really okay. Here are links to both of them:
http://www.helium.com/items/963713-hollywood-others-hollywood-simply
http://www.helium.com/items/963553-heard-ubiquitous-clubs-found

The first one is a rewrite of an article that they deleted because it was lame and way too short. The second is an article for a contest I am trying to win in, but one of my articles is doing shockingly bad! Sheesh.

Anway, as always, you can see all of my articles if you go to:
http://www.helium.com/users/45690

I rated for probably a total of thirty to forty-five minutes. I also spent a few minutes on the community boards, trying to regain my presence there after a few months’ absence.

The Cabin
So I then had my goal for The Cabin. But it was already late. So we got the kids to bed, then I watched the Jazz cream the Wizards on TV. That was fun. I watched Perry Mason, then got to work.

I did 2500 words tonight. It felt good. I really have a strong image of this story. I feel invested in it.

But the lack of investment I feel in The Mars Betrayal seems to be showing through. I got word today that the latest draft is nearly as crummy as the first. I don’t actually get it. I really felt good about this latest draft, but then I also felt good about the first.

So I’m a little dumbfounded.

I’ve been told that I need to get it right, and that I should take the time to do so. They say it won’t make it into the first launch, so I guess we’re looking at next year probably.

I will do exactly that. In fact, I’m not gonna do a darn thing with it for a week or two. In the meantime I will finish my first draft of The Cabin. I will also try to find a workshop that can help me with my graded reader troubles. I will also try to get a hold of some of the graded readers the editorial team suggested that we read so that we can get an idea of what they are looking for. Clearly I need to be doing more homework for The Mars Betrayal.

That’s fine. I still feel like I’m a good writer, despite what this editorial team appears to think. Maybe one of us is right. Who knows, maybe we’re both right and I need to adjust my writing more for the graded reader audience. Although I must admit that I probably am more in tune with the audience than any of them, since I have been a teacher of ESL/EFL as recently as seven months ago!

Anyhoo, such is life. I’ll do more homework.

As I said this morning, no more mucking about. I will become a good novelist. I will do what it takes to learn. No more mucking about. I’m going to be a bestselling author.

carpe somnium meum

right now

About jaredgarrett

Jared Garrett is the author of Beat, a YA scifi thriller, and its forthcoming sequel, both published by Future House Publishing. A new series, debuting in January 2016 and also published by Future House, kicks off with Lakhoni, a fast-paced rescue adventure in a world reminiscent of Aztec culture, to be released in January 2016. He self-published Beyond the Cabin, a novelization of his childhood in a cult, in December 2014. Both Beat and Beyond the Cabin were Whitney Award nominees, and his story Song of the Wind, received honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest. In addition to writing, he's spent fifteen years in adult education and is an accomplished public speaker and workshop leader.
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