February 2017 Newsletter

What's New?

Life got real.

So this newsletter is a month late. I intended to do one of those "Welcome 2017!" type emails to go out on January 1st, but, yeah, life. As I mentioned in my last newsletter, neighbors that I house/dog sit for sometimes offered to let me rent a house they own. It took a couple of months for them to get it ready, but I have now been living on my own for a grand total of two and a half weeks! Life and adulthood got really real really fast. Especially after seeing my initial grocery receipts. It's not cheap to try to stock a new kitchen, especially when you're gluten free and can't eat cheap just food just to start out. :P

Even though the house is only like two miles from home, it still felt pretty weird leaving the house I grew up in. It was a bit emotional.

Thankfully, I've settled in more quickly than I expected. I'm feeling pretty comfortable in my own place and am now working on getting a good routine going. I especially want to get a good writing routine down. Despite the insane craziness of the past couple of months preparing for this move, I actually wrote over 50,000 words in December! That means I basically did NaNoWriMo two month in a row. I'm so close to finishing my NaNo project. Sadly, this move disrupted my momentum. But I did get quite a bit of writing done the last couple of days, so hopefully I'll recapture it and finish this book once and for all.

So 2017 has started with big changes for me. Change is always kind of scary, but I'm excited to see what good this change will bring.

"You must write for yourself, and not what you think people want to read." - Jodie Ellen Malpas

Book Updates

At the moment, my main priority is to finish my NaNoWriMo project, No Chance Meeting. If I don't now while I have the momentum, who knows when it will be finished. It turned out to be a much larger project than I ever expected and currently stands at 102,000 words! I should only have a few chapters left and am shooting for 120,000 words.

Now that I'm settled into my new place, I'm also getting back to editing Exiles. Things like that had to take a backseat to moving this last month.

Exiles Sneak Peek:

She stopped, looking out into the trees. Jace followed her gaze, and his eyes grew wide. Previously hidden by the thick foliage, an incredible sight opened up to them—a city unlike anything he could have imagined. The giant trees were full of circular shaped buildings of all sizes—some built around the wide trunks, and others built on the large tree boughs. Bridges crisscrossed between them, almost like a spider web. The whole place was alive with activity. Nearby, two crete children raced along a bridge as easily as one would run down a solid woodland path.

The sight drew Jace and Kyrin onto the large platform where their friends waited, taking in the city for themselves.

“Welcome to Arvael,” Darq said with a tone of pride when they were all present.

Q&A

Due to so much life craziness, I have to postpone my Q&A session for my next newsletter. But, in the mean time, if have any questions for me or one of my characters, feel free to email them to me and they might be featured in a future issue of Reality Side of the Pen!

Writer's Corner

Giveaway!

For every newsletter, I will randomly draw one of my subscribers to receive a special giveaway. This month, I'm giving away this silver wolf charm necklace! This month's winner is brbmihalik! Congratulations! I will contact you separately to get your information.

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

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