Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fresh Start

Hello everyone. So I'm probably the worst blogger ever. The funny thing is I LOVE blogs and blogging and want to be a full time blogger... But I can't ever stick to it. So we're going to try again. I've been using art and blogging to help me cope with the stress of life so let's try that with this blog too. I put a ton of the old posts in the back burner, only for my own eyes. But I'd like to bring some of that stuff back. And I want to work harder on this blog.

If you haven't noticed I changed the layout. I'll never be able to stick to one layout so realize that now. But this is all going along with a common theme of something I'll be working on soon. I'm really excited too.

So to make this blog an actual thing (you should see how long I've attempted to start a fashion blog. HAH!), I'm going to schedule posts. Straight up. Posts will be every Tuesday and Friday. Any extra posts will be whatever. Unlike my art blogs, which are updated whenever a piece is finished. So let's see how this goes. I'll also be editing past posts to fit for today. And I'll see about getting some friends to guest post since I'm still nervous about ever posting and sharing advice.

But here's to a fresh start. A new layout! New stuff! Yaay!

Gol I really hope this works.

Janine

Monday, September 7, 2015

7/7/7 Challenge

Hello all! So I was challenged by Karah Rachelle (@EllieVersus) on Twitter to do the 7/7/7 challenge, which also reminds me that I haven't posted on here at all. So here's how it works: you go to the 7th page of your WIP, find the 7th line, and share the next 7 sentences. Seeing as today is the 7th how about we get to it eh?

 “You don’t know Amazing Grace?”
“Sorry I’m not Catholic.”

Maria covered her ears. “I didn’t hear that.” Then she lowered her hands and gave him a slight smile. “Alright fine. Let me get a feel for the beat and I’ll come in when I’m ready. Deal?”

I'm just going to leave that there without context. And if you're reading this and haven't already, then I challenge you to do 7/7/7!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Time For Some Changes

This isn't easy. As of this month I'll have been on Wattpad for five years. And more so, I'll have been working on Ice Princess for five years this November. Five years is a long time and quite the commitment. And it's been an amazing endeavor.

Let me clarify first that I'm not leaving Wattpad. I planned to a year ago but then I hit my first million views and decided otherwise. Now I'm at three million views and after much prayer and discussion, I've decided it's time to take down a story on Wattpad.

Ice Princess is my most popular story. It has three million views. It has fan art. It has dedicated fans who find me on instagram and goodreads. It has haters (Oh how I love the haters). I've had people tell me they read it a year ago and is still raving about it. I mean that's not something I can just ignore. EVERY DAY I get emails from readers about it. Every. Fricken. Day.

So why am I taking it down?

A few years ago I was a naive nineteen year old who had publishers knocking on her door. Now I'm a little less naive and almost twenty-two. But I've learned a lot, and I know I have something to offer readers. On Monday January 19th the ending half of Ice Princess is coming off Wattpad. On March first more will be taken down. I'll leave a good chunk of chapters up while I query and see where I can take it.

Thankfully Wattpad has a way where you can turn your stories back into drafts. I'm not sure if that means I can keep my views and comments (I sure hope so) but it's something. This has been such a hard decision, but I feel good about it and I'll stand by it. This has brought me many blessings and I'm excited for what's in store. I'm sorry if this is by any way an inconvenience on anyone but I want to make this my career so I'm gonna work my tail off and do my best.

Much love,

Janine