College, Break Ups, and Twitter

A LOT has happened since I last wrote. First of all, I finally started college. It’s been a difficult transition, mostly because I broke up with my boyfriend the week before I moved onto campus . . . I don’t think I have to explain that one.

In addition to that mess, my parents decided to move across the United States in that same week. Family drama, new place, extra homework, no sleep . . . it’s all been very difficult.

But hey, I’m still alive, and I’m actually doing pretty good. I finally got a Twitter, and I’m already almost to a hundred followers on there, which makes me mad because it took me forever to get that much on TikTok, and I definitely try harder on TikTok.

I paid for a promotion on TikTok for my book. If an author is reading this, don’t do that. It isn’t worth the money. Really, BookTok is great and all, but you’re not going to sell books from it.

I want to do traditional publishing for my next book, but I think the only way to achieve that is to get my first book to sell. Thus, I am focusing most of my attention on marketing. However, a new book idea smacked me over the head and literally all I want to do is write it. And cry. But that’s not very productive.

Yesterday I bought eighty dollars worth of candy, mostly because sugar makes me feel better. Right now I should be doing homework, but I really just don’t feel like it. I’ve also been having a lot of technical difficulties with my new apartment and just living on campus, and I’m extremely frustrated. Needless to say, I’ve lost my motivation for the time being.

I probably won’t write here regularly, so I’m not even going to try to promise to do so. Besides, I have a newsletter now, so if you really cared, you would sign up for that . . . I’m not saying, I’m just saying.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ll see you whenever I next remember this website exists.

Your friend,

Sally

Fan Fiction

Hello there! It’s been two months since I last wrote, and in that time I published my first book! Honestly, it’s kind of crazy that I didn’t write about it, but that happened. You can check it out on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Also, if you’ve bought it, I would really appreciate it if you would leave a review. I need more reviews so I can qualify for certain marketing packages. This marketing would bring in more readers, and I think we all know why that’s a good thing, hahaha.

So, I’m not sure if I told you, but I downloaded TikTok again. I’ve been creating like crazy, trying to become famous. I’ve almost got a thousand followers now, which is really exciting. One thing that’s really worked out is writing fan fiction . . . well, as much as you can write fan fiction on TikTok. Since it seemed so popular, I decided to write a full version on Wattpad. The theory is, if people like my writing, they’ll decide to read my book. Therefore, I’ve been really trying to bring attention to my Wattpad. (You can check it out here.)

If you can’t tell, I’ve been trying really hard to campaign for my book. This is mostly because I quite my job. Finals were kicking my butt, and I just didn’t have time for the job anymore. And besides, it was horrible. Seriously, it was by far the worst job I’ve ever had. After that experience, I really don’t want to get another minimum wage job, but I literally don’t have any other skills than writing. My friends have been bugging me to get a job with them, but I’m not sure . . .

Pretty much everything in my life is a mess, but I’m pretty happy at least. I don’t know what to do job-wise, but I’ll figure it out. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments, because I could sure use some advice.

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day, and that you buy my book. I’m sorry, this is my blog, and I will shamelessly plug my book all I want.

In all seriousness though, I hope you guys are doing well, and if you ever need anyone to talk to, my email is all over this site. Reach out, I promise I’ll respond.

Until next time,

Sally

Nostalgia

My website updated, and now everything looks different. Not super important, but that’s the first thing I thought about when I started typing.

I’ve been gone for a while. It’s March now. A year since all this craziness started. Going outside and seeing the changing season from gray winter to vibrant springtime is super weird as it brings back a lot of memories from last year. Some of them are good memories . . . but most are very bad.

Right now, I’m listening to music I listened to a lot last year, and it is transporting me back in time. It’s very strange, and more than a little bittersweet.

I got the edits back from my last editor. It’s taking me much too long to go through them, but I’ll be finished soon. Once I’m done, it will take about a week to publish it.

I’m really exhausted because I literally never sleep, so I can’t feel super excited about it, but it really is incredible.

My last couple of weeks have been absolutely awful aside from that, but I’m not entirely sure why. I hope you guys had a better time of it.

I’ll see you again once my book is published!

See you,

Sally

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. This is the first time I’ve ever been in a relationship for this holiday. I have no idea what to expect or how to act, but that’s true for all social situations. Have I ever told you I suck at socializing?

My first editor got back to me this week. She’s a very picky person, but she told me she liked the book, and honestly there aren’t that many edits. I’ll be finished by the end of next week. That’s two editors down, (including my mom) and one more to go. Which means my book is very close to publication.

I’m pretty happy! School is stressing me out, but my dreams are slowly but surely becoming a reality. It may be small progress everyday, but progress is progress no matter how small.

I hope you guys are doing well too. I don’t have anything else to say, as most everyday is just school, writing, and work. I don’t have time for anything else. It’s busy, but I like that way.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sally

Welcome, 2021

My Christmas was actually really good. I got wireless earbuds, a weighted blanket, and . . . a lot of journals. A LOT of journals. I probably won’t need another journal for a couple years.

My favorite gift was probably a fountain pen I specifically asked for. I write in my journal, in pen, everyday, and so I go through both pens and journals super fast. Thus, I was given a ton of journals, and a refillable pen. I see this as an epic win.

I think only authors really like journals and pens. Most people would see stuff like that as lame.

Anyway, yesterday was New Year’s Eve, and today . . . is New Year’s Day, because that’s how time works.

Listen, my family got together and hung out, counted down to midnight, drank cider, all that jazz, but I had to work yesterday, so I was just exhausted. All I wanted to do was go to bed. Honestly, 2020 wasn’t that bad for me.

However, 2021 will be the year of my first book release. For that, I am beyond excited.

My last day at my job is on Saturday. I can’t remember if I told you that I got a new job, but I did. I don’t know when I start, but it’s probably sometime next week. Man, I am so excited. I’m so sick of my job.

I might be able to get TikTok again . . . that’s going to be interesting.

I hope you guys had some great holidays and are ready to make 2021 an amazing year!

Rock on,

Sally

Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

I’ve been taking life too seriously lately, and I started to stress out about stupid things that don’t even matter. I realized today that I need to not sweat the small stuff and instead try to have fun. I think it’s something we can all learn to do better.

Anyway, I’m getting closer to finishing the edits on my book. I’ll be done before Christmas, and then I can send it to my other editors! I’m super excited, you have no idea.

Speaking of which, Christmas is next week! I’m super excited to hang out with my family once again. Unfortunately, although school is out, I have to work every day because all of my co workers are on vacation. It . . . sucks.

My computer keeps breaking. Random keys stop working at the worst times, and, as you can imagine, it makes writing a lot harder than it needs to be. I can handle it, but I’m excited to get a new computer next year.

Despite all this, I’m still having fun. Life should be party, not a funeral. We all take ourselves too seriously sometimes. Lighten up, live a little!

I’m not sure if I’m talking to you or myself at this point.

I had a job interview yesterday! I believe it went well, but I haven’t heard back from them yet. I suppose we will see if I get hired or not.

I hope you guys have a fantastic Christmas, and I’ll see you next week.

Smile more,

Sally

So Many Edits

Hello! My mom finished my book a lot sooner than I expected, which is awesome. I’ve been going through all the edits this week, and there are a LOT of them. When I first started there was 4,300, now there are 3, 400. At this rate, it will take me the rest of the month to get through them all. I’ll try to spend a lot more time going through it so it will be ready sooner.

Fun fact, when I first started looking over the edits my computer kept almost crashing because it couldn’t handle the sheer amount of changes. It hasn’t happened for a couple of days, but it’s really annoying when it does happen.

Christmas season is upon us, and I suck at getting presents for my family. I feel a lot of anxiety about it, actually, but once Christmas actually arrives I’ll be able to stop worrying about it. I’m super excited as all of my siblings are going to be with us this Christmas.

I hope you all had a great week. Remember, your dreams can come true as long as you work hard toward them.

Your friend,

Sally

Thanksgiving

Wow, Thanksgiving honestly feels like it happened forever ago, but it was an amazing day. A bunch of my family members came over, and we played games and ate food until we were all ready to collaspe from exhaustion.

But now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for Christmas! Our tree is already set up, which is the earliest we’ve ever set it up (It was up before Thanksgiving, something I did not approve of), and I’ve got three of the many presents I need to get. Honestly, I think the worst part of Christmas is trying to decide who to get presents and what to get them. It’s always makes me so anxious because I don’t know if they’re going to like what I got them, and since I do most of my shopping online, I don’t exactly know the quality of the items until it’s already too late.

But it’s okay, because Christmas is amazing. I’m super excited for it.

My mom says she will be done editing my book by this weekend. Once she’s done I’ll go over her edits before sending the book to my editors. Optimistically, my book will be out in January! I cannot tell you how excited I am. It’s going to be so strange and yet to fulfilling to finally make it. I’ve spent years dreaming about this, and now that it’s finally happening I almost can’t believe it!

Anyway, that’s all. I hope you guys had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and I wish you luck with the Christmas presents!

Your friend,

Sally

I’ve Got a Smile on My Face

Despite my state shutting down again, my school going online after Thanksgiving, and all the other rather unfortunate things happening in 2020, I still have a smile on my face. I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m happy!

Well, it’s probably because I have such great friends, and I’ve started reading again. Can you believe that I hadn’t read in months until yesterday? I started a book yesterday, and despite how busy I am, I’m already halfway through it. I hope to finish it tonight and start on the next one.

Work is going well. I’ve gotten a lot better at making sandwiches and cleaning. It’s getting really slow, so my manager has started scheduling us alone for small amounts of time. It’s actually a party. Last night I started dancing like no one was watching . . . because no one was watching. It’s been fun.

My Creative Writing class is finally getting interesting. Honestly, I’ve hated it this entire year because so far all we’ve been writing is poetry, but our last two assignments have actually been stories, and I’ve written things I’m really proud of. You can bet they’ll be books one day, mark my words. For our next assignment, it’ll be back to poetry, but it was fun while it lasted.

I don’t know if you know, but I hate poetry. With a passion. I don’t enjoy reading it, and I am terrible at writing it. Enough said.

There’s not much progress on the book front, but that’s okay. I trust my mom is working on it as fast as she can. After all, she has her own books to worry about.

I’m excited for the future. Any day can be a great day if we let it!

Your friend,

Sally

Getting Closer and Closer

Hello! My friend group just had an insane amount of drama go down, but honestly it all makes me laugh. Sometimes we are all so ridiculously angry it’s funny. I’m not worried, we’ll all work it out sooner or later.

On another note, I went on two dates with the co-worker I mentioned in my last post. Oh, wow, it’s been such a long time since I posted. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been super distracted with everything going on recently posting here has been the last thing on my mind. Luckily for both of us, I’m starting to find my old motivation for things, and things are looking up for me. By that I mean I’ll probably remember this website exists more often.

I finished the first read-through of the second book in the series I’ve been working on. Now, you might ask: “But Sally, what about the first book?” To that, I respond with: . . . . . . . . . . I’m trying. My mom (who is an author) is reading through it, but it’s taking her a long time because I didn’t reread it after I rewrote it, so it has a lot of errors. (My bad.)

Half the time I’m not sure whether or not to put a hyphen in words. Like coworker or co-worker, re-read or reread . . . I’m super inconsistent with it too. Deal with it, that’s my motto.

I’m hopeful for a release early next year. Fingers and toes crossed, along with any other crossable body parts I might have. Including all of my hairs. That’s got to count for something, right?

I accidentally sliced my finger open at work yesterday. Don’t tell my boss, but I might’ve gotten blood into someone’s sandwich. I, after having cut myself, wasn’t thinking super clearly, and I’m not entirely sure if I did or not.

Well. That’s not really my problem. Dang it, now I feel bad.

My YouTube channel has surprisingly done super well, even though I don’t try at all. (Don’t tell my subscribers that.) I’m not entirely sure how to feel about it. If only my writing, something I work super hard on every day, would take off like my YouTube channel. I might care enough to actually exploit that.

Once the spammers realized the filters I put on the comment section stops them from posting, they decided to email me instead. It’s the same amount of annoying because I get an email everytime someone comments anyway, so the joke is on them!

Anyway, it’s been crazy, I know, but hold on! We can get through this. The future is bright, and life always gets better eventually.

Smile more,

Sally