March 2, 2018 – Today with Tortie

My writing has been going fairly well. I didn’t write a lot today but I did finish planning all of my content release for 2019. Now just to write it all! LOL

March 20 is the upcoming Spring Equinox. In preparation for the new beginning, I am going to finish cleansing my home and myself to properly prepare myself for this new beginning. I did this for the Autumn Equinox and it helped me feel fresh and new going into the cooler weather. Now, I want to do it again and hopefully finish cleaning my home and my soul.

In this new period coming up, I want to really focus on my writing.

Word Count Goal for March – 40K

It should be simple enough but I am still human and I sometimes fall into temptation. With the help of the writing spirits, I will continue and power through to exceed my word count goal for March 2018.

I asked myself today – How much of yourself are you willing to give for your art?

Everyone I admire has given themselves completely and totally to their passion and I must do the same to even come close to being someone worth mentioning in the writing world. I will be a great and if that means giving up every other part of my life – so be it. Because a life without writing is not a life worth living.

I live for my art before I live for myself. I must become my art so I can pay it the honor it deserves. I will live a disciplined and strict life and find peace and joy in my artistic and personal growth. 🙂

I thank Sesshat, Thoth, and Inari Okami-sama with sincerity, joy, and appreciation for another day I was able to write.

What did you write today? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank you for reading! May the writing gods be with us! 🙂

I also try to post daily on Twitter some affection writing nugget of the day. I’m unhealthy that way and writing is really all I think about. Haha! So follow me @ReadingTortie and we can share our sweet thoughts on writing!

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Feb 26, 2018 – Today with Tortie

Well, I am back on my writing with a vengeance! I wrote quite a bit today and I am so happy! I have my content for Q1-Q3 2019 outlined and I am now working on Q4 2019! I can’t wait to start writing out the stories. I see my writing future really taking solid shape and I am so excited when I think about the progress, although slow, that I am making. I will be a great writer one day! I will not give up!

Hopefully I’ll have my content outlined by Friday and I can spend this Saturday editing my book that has been waiting for me. I think I’m a little nervous because it’s a full length book and I want to implement by 7-step revision process. I want to ideally revise a book six to seven times before I say it’s finally ready to be sent out for publishing, but I am only just now implementing that. I want to take notes of my process so I can write it down and possibly help others with my experience in their own writing process.

I also practiced my languages today, so that was great. I ate a healthy lunch and overall, I think I lived a very day that was balanced. I am doing my very best to make these next few months count as much possible because I want to step into my new year of life being a version of me I can be genuinely proud of.

Daily Thought on Writing from a Humble Tortie

Sometimes writing isn’t the romantic and passion fueled whirlwind of inspiration that has you bursting with ideas. Sometimes writing means sitting down and patiently setting your building blocks down so that when you start to build, you have a solid foundation and good plan. But just because writing isn’t the way we sometimes dream or wish it to be, doesn’t mean that every tireless moment you spend on your craft is any less beautiful than those passionate moments of inspiration. A labor of love or a grinding task – writing is still the greatest thing I can ever be doing with my time and I appreciate even the parts I might not enjoy the most.

Tortie’s Daily Word Count

3,345 words

I thank Sesshat, Thoth, and Inari Okami-sama with sincerity, joy, and appreciation for another day I was able to write.

What did you write today? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank you for reading! May the writing gods be with us! 🙂

I also try to post daily on Twitter some affection writing nugget of the day. I’m unhealthy that way and writing is really all I think about. Haha! So follow me @ReadingTortie and we can share our sweet thoughts on writing!

Feb 25, 2018 – Today with Tortie

Today has been a wonderful day. Although I worked at my second job, my arms hurt because of my carpel tunnel, and all I really wanted to do was sit down and write – something extraordinary happened.

This is, again, personal. Sorry. I’m just so happy! Even though I am becoming an official member of the Tsubaki Shinto Shrine of America, having grown in a traditional Mexican Catholic home, I was told I am what I was raised and none of my decisions as an adult will change that. That I am only lying to myself.

Although I fought these toxic thoughts, they haunted and plagued me even now after finding a spiritual home in Shintoism. I felt like an outsider to my origins and new faith. It’s nice to tell people to be who they really want to be no matter what until you realize you’ve stripped away so much of yourself only the skeleton remains. When nothing but the fact that you are biologically related to certain people and are a certain race ties you to who you were born as remains, it’s hard to really believe you belong somewhere so different. But today, as if Kamisama was answering my doubts, Reverend Barrish posted that Shinto is not a religion but the inherent spirituality of all humans and that we are all equal in the eyes of Kamisama and are all welcome to become one with Kamisama. I felt like Kamisama spoke to me through Rev Barrish and I feel a spiritual peace I never knew could be possible. 🙂 My entire life has led me to this point – where Kamisama finally brought me home and I have finally set down roots in a way of life that I truly believe in.

So even if I am in pain, I worked too much and I am exhausted before the week even starts, I cannot help but feel the pure happiness and peace of being welcomed by my god and creator, Kamisama.

I wrote a little bit today and I am grateful for another day of writing. Although it wasn’t much, I look forward to living every day with excitement and appreciation of the gift each day of life is. I want to live each day to the best of my ability and be the best person I can possibly be to honor the gift of life and to honor the muses that fuel my art.

I am grateful that I was able to write today. The gods gave me the opportunity to do what I loved and I did it with great joy.

I thank Sesshat, Thoth, and Inari Okami-sama with sincerity, joy, and appreciation for another day I was able to write.

What did you write today? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank you for reading! May the writing gods be with us!

Feb 23, 2018 – Today with Tortie

Well, today I was introduced to a new fandom I didn’t even realize was a thing. I know it’s probably not exactly what people like but it’s a fandom out of Danny Phantom – Danny/Vlad and Jazz/Dark Danny. I know it’s terrible on so many levels but I find them so endearing. I might explore writing fanfiction of them. :/ What fandoms do you like?

I got some more plotting out for 2019 Q3. Really happy with the way that is going and I’m really starting to see how my 2019 is going to go. I am a little nervous but excited about 2019 Q4. I am confident I can draft that well. 🙂 Although my carpel tunnel has gotten worse, I am so thankful for opportunity to write another day. I can’t thank the gods enough.

On a personal note – today I take a huge step in my spirituality. I am becoming an official member of the Tsubaki Shinto Shrine of America. I’ve waited for this day for a while now and I am ready to really explore this wonderful faith and the peace it will help bring to my life.

Writing has been going amaizingly, I’m glad to say. I’m trying to become more active in some of my Facebook groups but I don’t know if I’m welcome to post my daily or weekly word counts. I’ll see about it because I believe that only another writer can truly understand what you mean when you just want to rave that you completed a story that was just bursting out of your chest.

Word Count of the Day: 1,650

Not bad!

I am grateful that I was able to write today. The gods gave me the opportunity to do what I loved and I did it with great joy.

I thank Sesshat, Thoth, and Inari Okami-sama with sincerity, joy, and appreciation for another day I was able to write.

What did you write today? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank you for reading! May the writing gods be with us!

Feb 20, 2018 – Today with Tortie

Hello, everyone! Well, I fell off it a little bit because of no real good reason. I’m still writing a lot, which I am thankful for, just hadn’t updated.

I’ve been feeling very good about my writing and am planning out my content for 2019 as well as new projects I want to take on by 2020. It suddenly hit me, though. I felt this sudden depression and I would like to use this space to vent about my insecurities. Thank you for listening in advance.

Today, I felt like I would never get anywhere. Like no matter how hard I worked I would never be a published writer and most of all that I would never be able to feel good enough for the people I admire. I have a muse and I work every day to be the best I can be so that I can bring my muse honor and pride. So that if I ever make it, I will not shame my muse and they can be proud to know that they have inspired someone to be the absolute best version of themselves they can be. I want to be worthy of my muse and if I ever face them to be able to say – I did all this to be good enough to be your admirer. Am I good enough now? And today I felt like I would never be good enough.

It felt like no matter how much I wrote, how much I tried it would never be good enough and like I would never earn the privilege and honor to admire them wholeheartedly. It felt like I was shaming and dishonoring them by even thinking about them as my inspiration to write.

Thankfully, though, I kept going and pushed through it because if I’m going to be a disgrace to them anyways, I might as well work my hardest to at least be able to say I sincerely tried.

I will not stop writing. I will not allow the negativity to get to me and I will keep moving forward even if it feels like I am going absolutely nowhere. As long as I keep going, somehow I’ll make it through the darkness that bogs me down at times. And if I never become good enough to bring them honor and pride, I at least want to become someone I am not ashamed of. I want to feel proud of myself – even if nobody else is.

Thank you for listening to me. I try not to vent my personal insecurities but I just felt so unbelievably sad today that I had to write it out.

I will keep going; keep writing. Because I refuse to let anything stand in the way of my dream and what I love doing – not even myself. Logic be damned. I will not stop until I reach where I am going and I will work through the sadness, tears, and the fear to be someone great.

I am grateful that I was able to write today. The gods gave me the opportunity to do what I loved and even though it was not enough, I did it with great joy.

I thank Sesshat, Thoth, and Inari Okami-sama with sincerity, joy, and appreciation for another day I was able to write.

What did you write today? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank you for reading! May the writing gods be with us!

Feb 07, 2018 – Today with Tortie

My writing today wasn’t so great. I got some work done on my fanfiction, brainstormed on the next book I am writing, and read quite a bit from the book I am reading – Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

I am very happy with my writing, even though it is not as impressive as yesterday’s. A small step forward is still better than standing in place.

Daily Thought on Writing from a Humble Tortie

Not everyday is going to be outstanding.  But even if it’s not, as long as you have one small victory and step forward it was worth it because you are a little closer to your end goal. One foot in front of the other; step by step. No matter how meager your progress might look, you are still closer to your dream than the person that decides it isn’t worth it to start or that gives up halfway there.

Tortie’s Daily Word Count

1,100 words

I am grateful that I was able to write today, even if it was just 1,100 words. The gods gave me the opportunity to do what I loved and even though small, I did it with great joy.

I thank Sesshat, Thoth, and Benzaiten Kami-sama with sincerity, joy, and appreciation for another day I was able to write.

What did you write today? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank you for reading! May the writing gods be with us!

Feb 06, 2018 – Today with Tortie . . .

Hello, my fellow torties!

Today was a good day as far as writing. I am so excited to be writing some great fanfiction I hope my fans will enjoy. The enthusiasm has me blazing through page after page and my fingers are almost completely numb and my hands ache because of my carpel tunnel but I don’t really care. I am in such a writing state of mind right now!

This momentum is really pushing me forward and helping to carry me through to the book I am currently editing and the new book I am working on. Even though I am not writing something that I will publish or that directly impacts my future, I can’t bring myself to regret writing my fanfiction.

The excitement I am feeling right now is priceless. I feel so motivated to write and I can’t wait to channel this energy into my scripts.

Daily Thought on Writing from a Humble Tortie

Write what you feel you should write at the moment because that enthusiasm and positive energy is completely priceless. Once you get the love and passion flowing through your body, channel it into your work in progress. I do this when I have upcoming deadlines as well. 🙂 I take a few minutes to really get myself motivated by doing something I really love and use that momentum and energy – the drive – to see me through the task I am not exactly excited about.

Tortie’s Daily Word Count

5,200 words

I feel so excited I could reach such an outstanding number on a weekday! The writing gods have smiled upon me and I am grateful.

I thank Sesshat, Thoth, and Benzaiten Kami-sama with sincerity, joy, and appreciation.

What did you write today! I’d love to know! 🙂

Thank you for reading! May the writing gods be with us!