• Sunshine Blogger Award

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    Hi hi hi, lovely people! Today’s post should be an interesting one. We’re changing things up a little bit. The bright and bubbly Lo-arna Green nominated me for this award! I haven’t done a tag in a while, and the questions looked great, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Thanks so much for tagging me in this one, Lou!

    The rules are as follows:

    • Answer the eleven questions from the blogger who nominated you.
    • Nominate up to eleven wonderful bloggers and write eleven (possibly fiendish) questions for them to answer.

    That’s it! Without further ado, here are the questions and answers.

    1. Have you ever gotten in to trouble with the law?
    Nah. I’m a little too boring for that nonsense.

    2. Can you wink successfully?
    Oh, yes.

    3. What is your mantra when you feel like throwing in the writing towel?
    Don’t get it right, get it written.

    4. What is something random about you that not many people know?
    I don’t know how to ride a bicycle. I’ve just never learned.

    5. What is the earliest memory you have?
    Sitting in a sandbox in North Carolina, shoveling sand into a baby bottle.

    6. What is your nickname?
    Bri, The Smoll, Mrs. Gatsby.

    7. What food do you love the most?
    Chipotle, probably.

    8. What food do you hate the most?
    Salad. Some vegetarian I am.

    9. Can you give a rundown of your writing process or do you like to change it up?
    My “process” usually involves a whole lot of caffeine and crying. Lately, I’m all about self-doubt. Technically, I think I’m a plotter, though I haven’t quite gotten the hang of it–you know what? Let’s just say I change it up. That’s so much easier.

    10. What is your favourite season?
    Autumn. No contest.

    11. Who is your favourite tv character, past or present and why?
    Rupert Giles from Buffy. He’s smart, handsome, loyal, and fiercely protective. Also, he’s kind of my dream man, okay?

    I’m half-asleep right now and about to go to bed, so I’m not tagging anyone. Feel free to answer these same questions on your own blog if you’d like! And if you do decide to answer them, go ahead and link me to your answers in the comments. 🙂

    Are you going to participate in the Sunshine Blogger tag? How would you answer some of these questions?

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  • My Upcoming Writing Projects

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    I think almost everyone knows by now that I’m waist-deep in the first draft of my YA urban fantasy novel Reflections. I’m over halfway through it now, which means I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. With that being said, once I finish this draft, I have no plans of slowing down. You all know me better than that.

    No, once I finish Reflections, I have some other writing business I’d like to attend to. There are several projects rolling around in my head right now, and I’d like to get them finished sometime in the next year.

    Someone on Twitter the other day asked me what my upcoming writing projects were. I realized I hadn’t shared them. I’m fixing that now.

    Here’s a (very) tentative timeline of everything I’m hoping to get done in the next twelve months and ahead into next summer:

    1. Reflections—first draft done by June, second done by August, out in August or September. It’s been a long time coming. I just hope it’s worth the wait.
    2. The Palest of Pinks—first draft done by September, second done by November, out in December. A lot of you know about this book already, but I think it will be fun. Definitely lighter fare than Blood and Water and Touch.
    3. Blood and Water #2—first draft done by February or March, second by May, out in June. I have only the vaguest idea about this book, but I am excited.
    4. Blood and Water #3—first draft done by August or September, second by November, out in December. I still can’t believe I’m doing a series and I am so scared but also thrilled to be writing it.

    Now that I look at all of that, it’s quite an ambitious timeline. Then again, I’m quite an ambitious woman, too, so maybe that works out. Of course, this is my ideal writing timeline, not accounting for real-world things such as work and travel and things of that nature. Still, it gives me something to shoot for, which helps me stay motivated.

    What are your writing goals for the next year? How do you feel about these upcoming projects?

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  • Writing Resolutions for 2016

    Like I mentioned in my previous post, 2015 was a big year for me. Here’s hoping 2016 will be even bigger. This year, I want to do everything I can to improve my writing. I’m always looking to improve, and I won’t give up on my dreams. I want to make some serious progress in the next twelve months. With that in mind, I’m sharing my list of writing resolutions for 2016.
    Writing Resolutions for 2016

    It should come as no surprise that I’m a fan of setting goals. Last year, I set goals for my birthday and for the end of autumn. I keep a running goals list in my planner to remind me of what I’m working towards. Having these goals written somewhere that I’ll see them every day keeps me focused and motivated. The goals apply to all aspects of my life, including health, finance, work, education, social intelligence, and even writing.

    As we move into the new year, I’m more focused than ever on my writing career. With that in mind, here are my writing resolutions for 2016:

    • Publish Reflections. I’m working on the first draft now and making solid progress. I haven’t felt this strongly about a novel in a while–I could’t stop thinking about this story while editing Blood and Water. That’s got to count for something.
    • Publish The Palest of Pinks. I wouldn’t normally challenge myself to put out two novels in a year, but I have almost 30K of this one written already, so it shouldn’t be impossible.
    • Update the blog one or twice per week. Three times per week is too much. If I go with once or twice a week (leaning more towards once), that takes off some pressure, and the quality of the posts will improve.
    • Post one vlog per week. For now, this frequency works. If I get much busier, I may have to scale back to one every two weeks.
    • Send out newsletter every two weeks. Or maybe once a month. I haven’t decided. Let me know what you think, please!
    • Get more editing clients. Now that I’m writing and editing full-time, I need to do whatever I can to make sure I can pay the bills. If you know someone who needs an editor, feel free to give my name out!
    • Swap more work with betas. I owe so much to my Blood and Water betas. For Reflections, I’ll definitely need some betas, and maybe even alphas once I’ve finished the first draft.
    • Take something out of the drawer. There are so many novels I tried to write in high school and college. Maybe, just maybe, one of them has potential. At any rate, they might be fun to take out and read–if nothing else, just to see how far I’ve come since then.
    • Get featured on a podcast. I don’t know why I want to do this, but I definitely want to do this.
    • Do more interviews. This resolution is more marketing-related and goes along with the above. Still, since I used to be so shy, I want to work on opening up to people and sharing what’s important to me.

    These are just a few of my writing resolutions for 2016. I’m sure I’ll come up with more as the year goes by, and I’ll try to keep you all updated on my progress as well. Let me know what resolutions you have for the coming year so we can hold each other accountable!

    What are your writing resolutions for 2016?

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  • Merry Christmas!

    This is just a quick post to wish everyone a happy and safe holidays! I’ll be in West Virginia by the time you read this, and I may or may not have internet. Still, I’ll try to respond to comments on this blog and mentions on Twitter as soon as I can!
    Merry Christmas!

    To all my followers who celebrate Christmas, may your days be merry and bright! Whether you live somewhere with snow or not, I pray that you have a wonderful, warmth-filled Christmas with delicious food, quality time with friends and family, and memories to last a lifetime.

    No matter what gifts I receive this year, I’m already thankful for all the support and encouragement my online friends have given me this season. You’ll never know how much your kind words and generosity mean to me. I know I keep repeating myself, but that’s because it’s true, and I want to make sure that everyone knows how truly grateful I am.

    God bless you all, and Merry Christmas to each and every one of you!

    What are you thankful for this Christmas? Tell me about it in the comments below!

  • Thankful

    I’ve been planning a post along these lines for quite some time now. In the United States, today is Thanksgiving Day. With that in mind, I thought that now was as good a time as any to count some of my blessings.
    Thankful

    Here’s a few things from the past year that I’d like to give thanks for:

    • getting a place of my own
    • the courage to move to a new state and try making it on my own
    • publishing a novel!!!
    • making friends in the writing community
    • traveling to New Orleans
    • taking trips to Disney
    • exploring Chicago
    • becoming more comfortable in my own skin
    • developing my skills as a writer
    • working as an editor
    • PEOPLE ACTUALLY READING AND REVIEWING MY PUBLISHED WORK!!! (can’t get over this)
    • my cat’s tail surgery, recovery, and continued stability
    • the chance to move home to be with my friends and family
    • (subsequently, an end to loneliness and one of the lowest points of my life)
    • SO MUCH COSPLAY
    • getting to do what I love for a living (more or less)
    • meeting my goals
    • coffee–though honestly, I’m grateful for this every stinking day
    • a positive outlook
    • dedication and passion
    • a plan for my future–though it may change!! and more than anything…
    • a future that looks brighter with each passing day

    If you’re reading this, friend, I’m grateful for you. This past year has been one of the weirdest and most difficult times in my life. Still, I don’t think I’d go back and change it if I could. The people I’ve met, relationships I’ve cultivated, and experiences I’ve come through have made me a stronger, more capable woman. A year ago, I had no idea how far I would come; how happy I’d be.

    Everything’s coming up Briana.

    Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

    What are you thankful for this year?

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  • I Confess

    I have a confession to make to all of you.
    Lately, I’ve let some things fall through the cracks, and I want to apologize. I’ve taken on a little water and am now doing everything I can to bail myself out before the boat capsizes.

    I hope it’s not too late.

    I Confess

    In the past year, I’ve experienced a lot of change. From moving to another state to leaving my job and moving back to the same state I came from and finishing a novel, these past twelve months have been full of challenges, surprises, and personal growth. I couldn’t have made it this far without your support. Really, it means the world to me.

    In the past year, I’ve also made promises I couldn’t keep. Regretfully, I offered to read and review books, write guest blog posts, film weekly blogs, continue my blog posting schedule, and so much more. I was unable to deliver on most of these promises, and for that, I am sorry.

    A lot of you will think I’m being too hard on myself, but I truly feel guilty. If I have offered or promised anything to you in the past year and have yet to follow through with it, please forgive me. I’m still getting settled into my life, but I still feel terrible. I feel like I’ve let you all down. I’m confessing because I feel awful and I want you all to hold me accountable from here on out. If you want something from me and haven’t heard back, shoot me an email and give me a little nudge. I would really hate for anyone to feel ignored or neglected!

    At the end of the year, in my annual review post, I’m going to share some ideas I have for staying organized and following through in the coming year. Right now, I’m saying I’m sorry and asking, once again, for your forgiveness and mercy.

    I love each and every one of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    What tips and techniques do you use to keep things from falling through the cracks?

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  • Autumn 2015 Goals Update

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    This post is the one that I’ve been struggling to write for a week and a half. It’s going to be honest because transparency is important to me. I’m also a little afraid to hit publish.

    Unlike my post about depression, the shortcomings I will outline are entirely up to me. I’m sharing my problems because I need you lovely people to help hold me accountable to achieving these goals.

    Back in August, before I moved, I outlined a series of goals I wanted to accomplish this fall. The goals seemed simple enough. I was more than confident that I’d have them fulfilled by October.

    Here’s everything I’ve accomplished thus far:

    1. Publish Blood and Water
    2. Take another trip to Chicago
    3. Write the first draft of Reflections
    4. Throw or attend a Halloween party
    5. Be featured on a podcast
    6. Break even on book sales with Blood and Water
    7. Write a spooky short story
    8. Audition for a play
    9. Survive Dragon Con
    10. Finish Twitter for Writers blog post series

    That’s it, you guys. 2/10. In short… no bueno. I am not a happy camper.

    If you know me at all, you know I loathe standing still. I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but my lack of progress toward these goals has me feeling weak. I’m low in self-esteem.

    The goal I’m the most ashamed about not reaching yet is the publication of Blood and Water. In spite of how busy I’ve been, I can’t help feeling like I’ve let some people down. Of course, I am actively working toward completing it. I’ve almost finished my second round of edits. And my completion of number six is contingent on my completion of number one, so… I’m just thinking out loud.

    I digress.

    I’ve felt bad about myself for a few weeks because I still have a long way to go. Still, I think writing this post has helped a little bit. What I’m trying to say is this: I could use some encouragement. Also, if you feel like you’re not accomplishing as much as you could be, you’re not alone.

    And autumn isn’t over! So, yeah. There’s that.

    Don’t count me out just yet.

    What words of wisdom do you have for me? What are you feeling down and out about lately?

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  • Instagram Lately (#4)

    Here are some of the Instagram photos I took last week! Make sure you’re following me there – I’m @brianammorgan! Also, if you decide to do a feature like this, too, please let me know! 

    #amediting with my trusty #amwriting buddy nearby. #BloodAndWater

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    I'm so excited to finally get my hands on this book! #horns #book #books #bookstagram #bookworm

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    The #sky was pretty tonight. #sunset #nature #clouds

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    Guess who's filming a vlog! #selfie #selfies #vlog #vlogger

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  • Instagram Lately (#3)

    Here are some of the Instagram photos I took last week! Make sure you’re following me there – I’m @brianammorgan! Also, if you decide to do a feature like this, too, please let me know!

    Started #dragoncon2015 day one off as Kimmy Schmidt!

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    Cosima! #dragoncon2015 #orphanblack

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    I MET @johnscotbarrowman AND HE IS SUPER SWEET!

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    Tourist Moriarty. #dragoncon2015 #cosplay

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    After four days of #dragoncon2015 I almost fell asleep on my best friend.

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  • Instagram Lately (#2)

    Here are some of the Instagram photos I took last week! Make sure you’re following me there – I’m @brianammorgan! Also, if you decide to do a feature like this, too, please let me know!

    The only thing @mother_of_thor and I agree to disagree on: Buffy pairings. #sestrasforlife A photo posted by Briana Mae Morgan (@brianammorgan) on

     

      This plaque is one of the best presents I’ve ever received.   A photo posted by Briana Mae Morgan (@brianammorgan) on

    In honor of #NationalDogDay here are my weird babies, with a cameo by my dad.

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    Still 110% in love with this thing. A photo posted by Briana Mae Morgan (@brianammorgan) on

     

    YOU GUYS. #BloodAndWater releases in the next two weeks! #indiebooksbeseen #indieauthors #indieauthor #ya

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