Tenacity Prime Episode 2: New Boy Part 1

“We have very strict behavioral standards here on Tenacity.”  A smooth, pleasant voice filled the air as Benjamin Westley entered the kitchen of his family’s new living quarters. It was the morning of his first day of school on the space station. Dean was lounging on the soft white leather couch in the living room,…

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Losing My Mind

Big. Heavy. Sigh. The end of this week will mark a month since I quit my job. I want to get another job. I don’t like the limitless uncertainty. I like the peace of mind that comes from a regular check and good health insurance. I’m a self-proclaimed people hater, but I miss being around…

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Tenacity Prime Episode 1: Welcome to Tenacity

“Go ahead,” Dean Westley gently pressed his son Benjamin’s shoulder blade with the palm of his hand, encouraging him towards a cheery blonde woman with a microchip gun in hand. “Why do I have to go first?” Benjamin mumbled over his shoulder. “Go, Ben.” Ben flushed red and stepped towards the young woman bearing a…

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I Quit My Job to Write

My last day of work was Friday, July 19th. I endured a summer of rejection before I landed that job. It was supposed to be my small town dream job. I had my own desk (I’d never had one and always wanted one), sane management and coworkers, limited contact with the general public, and the…

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Until We Meet Again

I forgot why I was doing all of this in the first place. What am I doing? I find myself scouring the internet for some clue on what I need to do to promote, and sell, and get strangers to acknowledge my existence. Writing advice is stale. There is no more writing advice. Everything has…

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Second Draft Observations

In the thick of my second draft of Dark House. Here are some observations I’ve had so far. Rewriting isn’t as scary as it seems – As I’ve mentioned in a couple of other posts, there was a major character trait that I had to write out of the first half of the book, because…

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The First Draft

I have finished the first draft of my first novel, Dark House. Word count: 66,873 Time to complete: A year and some change – I did not write consistently. I’m proud, but it’s definitely not time to pop open the bubbly yet. I have some serious editing to do. For example, my main character had…

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My Writing Process – May 2019

The last time I wrote about my writing process was May of last year, so that’s kinda cool. Here’s what my process looks like lately: I don’t wake up quite as early since getting a new job six months ago (5 or 6AM instead of 4AM), but my lunch is longer, so that’s when I…

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1st Novel, 1st Draft!

My first draft of Dark House is sitting at 59,400 words right now. I have three chapters left to write, tops. I’m almost done with the first draft of my first novel! This is only one step in the labor intensive process of publishing a book. However, it’s a huge step, and I’ll be glad…

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I’m Scared to Try

I’m scared to put myself out there. I’m scared to finish my book and release it. I’m scared to post regularly on social media. I’m scared to be noticed. But above all, I’m scared to not be noticed. After months of putting it off, I finally started an Instagram (@kirajcole) to accompany this blog. Part…

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