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2012: A brand new journey!


Happy New Year, everyone!

I hope the journey from one year into the other passed safely for all of you and that you had an enjoyable evening. I spent the last day of 2011 racking up a major word count. After nine hours straight of writing, I ended the day with 5,984 words.

A new progress bar 100%

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And a completed first draft.

Tales of The Forbidden is now a completed draft sitting at just over 88,000 words. The progress bar on the side of my page is full and beneath it, you’ll see a brand new one that is already on its way to follow in that path.

Mercy of The Forbidden. Book Two of The Forbidden Series.

Despite that I intended to take today off from writing, after jotting down a major 10k the previous two days, my muse had other plans. She made me write the prologue of the second book a day before I intended to start. Those 885 words you see in the progress bar? Yep. That’s the prologue.

Tales of The Forbidden will sit comfortably in the metaphorical drawer my laptop has. Somewhere in the next two to four weeks, I’ll remove it from said-drawer and begin the next step of the writing process.


Until then, Mercy of The Forbidden has my full attention.

I don’t have a year to finish this book, like I did the previous one. Oh, no. Six months. June 30th. It’s time to start picking up my speed now that I know I can, in fact, finish a book.

Nothing will stop me now.

How are you spending the first day of 2012? Share your plans for this year!

Don’t forget that A Glimpse of The Dark is on sale! Only until January 7th, this collection of dark and paranormal fantasy tales is available for $0.99 on Kindle!

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

6 thoughts on “2012: A brand new journey!

  1. I spent a bit longer than I meant to on my blog post for today, but it is January 1, after all, and I couldn’t just dash off any old thing for such a momentous occasion as the first of the year. 😉
    That being said, I have resolved to write at least two blog posts per week, and while I’m hoping that this last semester for me in the spring proves a bit less intensive than the one I just finished, if past experience is any indicator, I’m going to need to step up my game and learn how to collect my thoughts and get them posted in a more timely manner.

    At the moment, I’m currently debating whether or not to get back to work on my own draft of Shards of the Storm or play Zelda. Tough call.

    I know: I’ll write and then play Zelda as a reward. 😉

    Happy 2012! I hope you enjoy success in all of your writing endeavors.

    • There’s nothing wrong with occasionally spending a bit of extra time on your blog posts – especially on such a special day.
      That sounds like a great goal. I post three times per week and it is difficult at first, but you eventually get used to it and then it becomes second nature. I’m sure it will be the same for your two times per week.

      Writing or Zelda – difficult choice. Your idea sounds like a plan! First write, then play.

      Thank you! I hope 2012 is a great year for you.

  2. Hooray and congratulations on hitting the mark! You did such a great job! Here to a new year, a new story, and a new goal!


  3. Congratulations!! I shall be joining you in the editing process this month. My first book comes back from the pre-editor. Happy New Year.

    I am working my way through the We Blog community. I look forward to following your writing progress and to getting to know you better this year.

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