My head has been stuck in the books lately and when that happens blog posts seem to gradually fade, haha. Between studying, blogging, and my other music projects, I’m missing my novel and the VPD entries again. So I thought maybe I should take NaNoWriMo seriously and see how far I get. Once Samhain passes, taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge will be intimidating for sure, but I just really miss my novel, or rather the world I’m building and my characters. It’s dark scifi-fantasy novel and the first draft was over 400 pages and over 136,000 words. Working on the second draft definitely came with some struggles (and a lot of panicking, to be honest), but that beautiful big-picture view of the entire project and the awesome information I’m retaining from my psychology classes keeps connecting the dots between my characters and all the ways I can torture-DEVELOP them. Hehehehe.
So basically, I’m really enthusiastic and can’t wait to take on this challenge along with report my daily progress. Also, my cover song and poetry reading will be finished within this week and posted in the first week of November. I hope you’ll like it and thank you for your patience. I’m getting much better at actually completing projects rather than jumping around from one to another aren’t I? Good for me. Are you a fellow writer thinking of trying out NaNoWriMo as well?
The lack of blogging and writing is due to getting closer and closer to finishing a poetry reading and a cover song that was put off long ago. I tend to rotate between my creative projects, so when the music buzz hit, I jumped right on it and I’m really grateful for the breakthroughs I’ve made. However, I don’t like going radio silent either with my blogging or Vocal articles, but I guess you can’t do everything at once right? In a perfect world, I could work on all of my projects, get my schoolwork done, and still have time to relax afterwards, haha.
I hope you all are well and I’ll let you know when the projects are done. I will be posting videos on my YouTube channel, but for my readers who can’t use YouTube, I’ll see if WordPress or another video player is available to embed.
So, in my last VPD entry, I realized the blunder I made regarding my first draft and why it’s been difficult writing the second draft and recording my progress (basically, it’s hard to record your progress when you’re not making much progress). This hasn’t exactly put VPD to a complete halt, but I need to pause so I can figure out how to better track my work as a novelist via the articles. I’m also taking time to find more resources that will help me during this stage of my writing because VPD is also meant to share helpful writer resources and/or writing advice too. I don’t want the VPD to be about nothing, so I’m taking a step back.
As I do that, I’ve decided to do work on a poetry reading of “A Plea to Death” and will upload it to my YouTube channel. Please subscribe if you’re interested. There is already one poetry reading available.
So my first horror short “Autonomy Bleeds Black” has been available on Kindle, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Scribd, and other ebook platforms for a couple of months now. To make the free excerpt of the story more accessible, I’m going to share it on my website and on Vocal after I do some line editing. It is my first published work lol it’s not perfect, but I am proud and want to share it as much as I can.
The free excerpt will be available next week. Hope you’ll enjoy it!
On my BLM/LGBTQ+ page, I added another Google Doc link of a LONG list of petitions and more resources. You are welcome to copy, paste, and share the link wherever you feel is needed. Please if anything sign those petitions, most of them being on change.org.
Edit 06/30/20 @12:31pm: I’ve removed Ads from the BLM/LGBTQ+ page. I apologize if the ads being there came off as if I wanted to profit from the situation.
This is the Tumblr post I found the resources on. You can access the Google Doc this way as well.
The new page Stand Up is live. On the page are resources that help with the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ+ community. As a black queer person, I’m determined to do my part in getting information out there. There are several sources there now, but I will add onto it as time goes on. I especially need sources for those who aren’t American because I know many of my readers aren’t American and I thank you for your support.
I can’t thank you those of you who support this movement enough. Thank you for putting your integrity ahead of your comfort. If you know of any other resources that will help, let me know. We must stay connected and informed. We need to be united more than ever because unfathomable changes are coming and change is always hard to accept. We must be there for one another. Be with me.
My goal for today is to create a Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ support page that will list resources for those who need it.
Also, my blogging theme of the day is going to be Terror Tuesday’s where I blog about the horrific and monstrous. Based on what’s going on recent events, I’m starting with narcissists because America is ruled by them.
The only pages on this website will only be the front page and my blog from now on. I’m keeping it simple.
All completed or available projects are now at my new store: Authentikei’s Workshop. Although it’s a work in progress, this webstore is a cleaner, more user friendly way to access my completed work. Eventually, Authentikei’s Workshop will have merchandise and other products available for purchase.
I did this because my website on here was a mess. It was tempting to abandon WordPress altogether, but I have a good following here and also didn’t want to lose touch with the other bloggers I follow. So this blog will still be personal, professional, and promotional, but overall, it will always be me.
Authentikei is the name of the business. Kris Leliel is my name.
And yeah, that’s about it. Let me know what you think of the store.
I keep going quiet unintentionally, but it’s mostly because I’ve been busy. Writing articles has been a lot of fun along with working on my novel and working on a creative project every week. This week, I’m focusing on a short story that I aim to publish on Kindle Direct Publishing.
Making my creative content into more and more of a business has been an exhausting adventure, but I don’t mind it at all. It’s really testing me and the obstacles I’ve run into with each test has been more helpful than defeating (Yes, that was basically “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.)
I was thinking about making my announcements with the novel an actual article, but whatever. I have finally read through the exposition of my novel, which truly was the first 100-110 pages and now I’m actually WRITING the second draft rather than just reading and making notes. It’s been really awesome to catch all the things in my story that made the beginning so plain and a bit predictable. I had to completely revamp my protagonist’s personality and weave the subplots into the main plot with a lot more finesse than before. So yeah, I’m thrilled about that!
For my short stories, I’ve been back and forth about how to present them, but I finally have a solid concept for the first story. My goal is to present short stories first to give you an idea of what my world and its dynamics are and then the novel. Many other authors I like have done that, and it’s been really fun so far. I have to admit, it’s sure making me a stickler about timelines (That’s a good thing though. A stressful, but good thing.)
That’s all I have to say. More research articles to come. I made a post on Instagram about the Kybalion which has been…a doozy, to say the least lol. It’s still going to take me a while to write about it because I need to have a solid foundation on Hermeticism first.
And just to reiterate, although I am pagan, my research/articles are done under a more objective or reflective intent for the sake of my creative projects and has zero intent to spread false information or be disrespectful of other belief systems.
Second, I have a Pinterest that you’re welcome to visit if you’re into that or if you’d like a different way of seeing the different kinds of articles I’ve written, check out the Metaphysical / Spiritual Growth board. If you just want to get to know me in an aesthetic kind of way, feel free to follow me.
Third, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my nerdy ventures by posting more literary and metaphysical terms.
Lastly, there’s a project on the way. Hints are on Instagram.