Once a person leaves this earth, even something as small as handwriting becomes very special. I’m still finding poems tucked around the house, as if my grandmother is here in a way. Notes aren’t the same as her voice but they give me inspiration. Sending love to all those who have lost.
Finding pieces of you in poems and letters are like whispers of the hugs and “I love yous” that I miss. I wish I could thank you for leaving me these reminders of strength; the only thing I can do now is give meaning to our memories, so I’ll keep reading and writing, until I become the author you always believed in.
Sending love to the people who have lost family and friends or gone through hardship over the pasty year. I hope we can learn to let this bring everyone closer together, come to value time and what is truly important to each of us.
In Loving Memory of my Grandmother
The night you passed away, I discovered the book you dedicated to me for the first time. I keep these pictures close as I read your story, wishing I had done this sooner, that we had more time. You never got to read my book, but I’ll keep writing as if you’re watching. Thank you for being a woman of great strength, inspiration, and faith. I’ll always remember how much you believed in me.
I’m excited to announce I’ve completed all edits for The Woman and the White Rabbit, which means I am now seeking an agent to represent my book! Two years ago tomorrow, I started this novel as a National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) project in 2018. After successfully writing the first draft in 30 days, I decided to draft this 6 more times, until I believe the book is finally ready to share. During this time, I developed a connection to the characters, learned more about myself and the word around me by writing this story, which once started as a blank page. I want to thank the people who support this process, especially the beta readers who generously gave their opinions for this final round of edits. Over the following weeks, I’ll be querying literary agents and working on more marketing. I look forward to getting this book on the shelves for you to read!
Baxter Beta Readers
With all the world cooped up at home, I’ve been using this down time to center myself and reconnect with the practices that have made me who I am. To do this, I combined two of my most-loved passions: fiction and fitness.
Over the past year or so, yoga has unintentionally become a quiet part of my life, done alone during night shifts and rushed in between writing sessions. My health and fitness journey is something I recently realized I’ve talked and posted about less and less, as I let myself get caught up in the stress of life. Yesterday, I broke that cycle with this sunny session at my local library and had a blast with this photoshoot. Visit my Instagram @cheyanne_8 to see the rest!
As the final round of professional edits are being made, I’ve used this downtime to make a shortlist of literary agents. After all this writing, I’m excited to find the right person to represent my book and build a career with.
By this summer, I’ll be sending out query letters to these agents and -with any luck- the acceptance letters will come shortly after. Follow for more updates as the progress moves along. Most importantly, thank you to everyone reading this post and supporting my journey! I’m grateful for every gesture that reminds me to keep going.
Remember, spots for Rabbit Readers/beta readers remain open. See Extras page for more information.
For those of you wondering when you can get your hands on this book of mine, today makes one step closer to that dream. After 533 days of writing and six drafts, my crime/thriller titled The White Rabbit’s Apprentice, is near complete. The manuscript will be sent to the wonderful editor, Michael McConnell, for one last read-through. Once this is done, I’ll be querying agents for publication.
With a lot of persistence and a little luck, my goal is to land a publishing deal by the end of this year. Remember, I’m still accepting beta readers for those interested in free sample chapters. More updates to come!
Do you write your own novels, short stories, or something in between? If not, have you ever wondered what story might be inside you?
I understand from experience that writing a novel, or even a shorter work, is tedious and time consuming. For all my fellow writers who are in or approaching the editing stage, you may want to consider using a professional’s insight as I have.
For my first critique on TWRA, I got the help of Jess Lawrence, author and editor. I highly recommend Jess for anyone looking for editing assistance. Working with Jess is wonderful! The feedback I received was thorough, insightful, and worth reading again and again. This has been my biggest editing asset so far.
Not only am I thankful for the critique, but Jess has made me blush with her compliments on TWRA as well:
Thank you Jess!
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Yesterday I took the day off editing TWRA to visit a local cemetery which housed some very unique, interesting headstones. Graveyards can be a great place to find inspiration for character names and creepy scenes. Some of these dated so far back the encryption worn away, or the stone was being slowly consumed by treetrunk, like a work of art. The headstones were so beautiful that I took pictures to share.