“Freedom from Fat: Part 1”

Yes, there is now a “Part 1” in the title. This is because I decided to make “Freedom from Fat” into two parts: my weight loss journey and my maintenance journey.

I have finished the first draft of Part 1! It is about my journey of losing 100 pounds. It is a compilation of journal entries (from my FatSecret account) and blog posts (from my health blog), which were already edited when I originally wrote them, so a quick proofread is all that will be needed. The book is approximately 51,000 words. I’m excited about publishing it, which, because of my busy schedule with my freelance publishing services career, will be in 2015.

Part 1 ends in the beginning of 2014. Part 2, I’ve just begun. I’ve written approximately 7,000 words towards it. I don’t have an idea of how much time in my life the book will span, but I’m still including what is currently going on in my life in the book. I’m guessing it will include about two years of my journey, so 2016 is the anticipated year that I’ll be finished with the first draft. So you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy Part 1 before Part 2 comes out!

I hope these books will help and inspire others to lose their excess weight and become healthier, and keep the weight off, which is the reason for the book about maintenance, because, essentially, that is the most important part. Anyone can lose weight, but most people struggle with keeping it off. Also, reaching a goal weight is hard too, which the weight loss book will help with.

I hope you will enjoy my two books when they come out. I have other books in the works, some that are farther along than “Freedom from Fat: Part 1,” so you may get to enjoy some more books before that one 🙂

I hope you’re enjoying your journey, whatever it may be!

All sorts of things going on

Hi, all. I just want to provide a quick update. I’ve been working on my memoir, Freedom from Fat, and editing my other memoir, Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. Both are far along but still have a bit to go. The first draft of Freedom from Fat is not complete yet. It’s currently up to 46,000 words, but until I’ve reached my weight loss goals, I’ll still be working on it, because it chronicles my weight loss journey. I’m anticipating that I’ll be done with the first draft within one year. But sooner would be great, in more ways than one!

I’m currently on page 59 out of 230 in the editing/proofreading stage of Chronicles of a Troubled Girl, so I’m just about 1/4 through it. I only plan on doing one round of editing, since it is a compilation of journal entries and I want them to be as close to the original writing as possible. The entire memoir is 71,000 words.

Besides working on my books, I also have a freelance career during the week, and I focus on my health and fitness every day. I spend part-time hours working on all three aspects of my life. I like the variety, and they’re all important to me, so I have to manage my time to include them all in my life. I truly love writing books and connecting with my readers, working with my clients to help them with their publishing goals, and working out and eating healthy to have a healthy balance in my life. My weekends are spent relaxing, having fun, and doing housework. It’s quite challenging trying to fit everything in, but it’s the best way to live.

I have some book reviews I’ll be posting this week. One is How to Write an Essay, and the other is Wake up Successful – How to Increase your Energy and Achieve any Goal with a Morning Routine. Both are excellent nonfiction books that I’m looking forward to sharing with you.

So tell me how your life is going. What do you do for a career? What are your favorite things to do? What is your passion? I’d love to learn more about you. And let me know if you need help with writing or publishing, or if you’d like to be interviewed on my blog.

Above all, have a wondrous rest of your weekend!

Great Blog Hop of 2013

Hello everyone,

For a little fun today, I’m participating in a blog hop, which is an interview with myself about my soon-to-be-published book and some fun trivia about myself. I hope you enjoy it!

Chronicles of a Troubled Girl
1. Tell us a little bit about the book you’re promoting.

I’m in the editing stage of my memoir – Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. It is a collection of all of my personal journal entries from childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, from the ages of nine to thirty. That was a time in my life when I experienced a lot of changes – internally and in my environment. It reveals my thoughts, emotions, experiences, dreams, and wishes as an independent girl living a challenging life, while learning and growing along the way.

2. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

A friend mentioned to me that she was going to type up her journals. When I thought about what I had written in my journals, I thought it was a great idea to create a book out of them.

3. What can you tell us about your main characters?

I’m the main character in my book. In the beginning, I’m an innocent, carefree girl. But the story quickly takes a turn for the worst. I begin rebelling against my parents and I become angry and depressed. Eventually I move out, but then I find myself in another strict household that leads me to rebel even more. I experience mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and homelessness. Will things get better for me? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

4. What actors or actresses would play your characters if your book was made into a movie?

Lindsay Lohan would be a good fit for the part of myself, if the book was made into a movie, because she is troubled and rebellious and has addictions, but she’s really a good person deep down.

5. Give us a brief synopsis of your book.

Chronicles of a Troubled Girl is the story of a good girl with a strict upbringing that eventually leads her to rebel and experience addictions, mental illness, an eating disorder, and homelessness as she tries to find herself and learn what life is really about.

6. If you could live anywhere, where would you rather live?

A. Mountains
B. Beach
C. Country XX (I grew up in the country. I didn’t like it then, but I like it now. Ironically, I live in the city now, but I really enjoy the peace of the country.)

7. Which do you prefer?

A. Salty foods
B. Sweets
C. Both XX (Because each taste brings out the taste of the other.)

8. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is one thing you couldn’t live without?

A laptop.

9. Choose one of these books:

A. Pride and Prejudice
B. Alex Cross
C. Twilight XX
D. Snow White and the Huntsman
E. The Shining

10. Which word most suits you?

A. Crazy
B. Funny
C. Carefree
D. Studious XX (I love to learn!)
E. Anxious

11. Tell me something about yourself that might be funny to others (other than writing)?

My legs extend past the straight point of the knee (in other words, they straighten further than straight), and so do my fingers at the knuckles. Not really funny, but weird 🙂

12. Which group of words best explain what you are like?

A. Fly by the seat of your pants
B. Drama queen
C. Don’t sweat the small stuff XX
D. Footloose and fancy free
E. Too tightly wound

I enjoyed the interview! Thanks for joining me today to learn more about me and my soon-to-be-released book. Please check out these other wonderful authors who are a part of this blog hop:

Katie McKnight- www.writergirlkatie.wordpress.com
Bonnie D Tharp- www.bdtharp.com
Divon Delgado- www.divonville.com
Cinta García de la Rosa- www.authorsyouwanttoread.wordpress.com
Tracy Kauffman- www.tracykauffman.blogspot.com
Julianne Grider- www.jpgrider.com/jps-blog.html
Ruthie Derby- www.madisonpost.wordpress.com
Catalina Egan- www.4covert2overt.blogspot.com
Jack Strandburg- www.jstrandburg.wordpress.com
Kathryn Williams-Platt- www.kathrynwilliamsplatt.blogspot.com

Have a great day!

Editing and formatting my work-in-progress

Hello, World!

I am pleased to announce that I have resumed working on my work-in-progress, Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I’m in the editing and formatting stage. I worked on it for over two hours yesterday. What got me working on it again? Well, my husband mentioned my book, asking how I was coming along with it. I told him I had finished writing it and I just needed to edit it. That conversation created a spark in my mind that motivated me to resume working on it. I intend to spend as much time on it as I can until it’s finished and ready to publish.

I’m enjoying reading the book as I’m editing it. I think it’s going to be a great book that tells the story – in the form of personal journal entries – of my challenging life. There are a few journal entries from when I was 9 and 10 years old. Then it glides into my teenage years, starting with age 14 and continuing all the way up to age 30. That was the last time I wrote a journal entry, because I didn’t need the therapy of journal writing to get through tough times, because my life had smoothed out and improved.

In the book my personal thoughts and unique actions are communicated. I talk about the people who meant the most to me. My feelings are as clear as day and permeate from the words I wrote. My experiences of growing up with controlling parents, my rebellion against my parents and life, my use of drugs and alcohol, my mental illness, my eating disorder, my career changes, love and relationships, and going to school to pursue my passions are all revealed in this book.

The book is personal, deep, revealing, and honest. The words were written respectfully and tactfully, so I did not go into extreme detail about uncomfortable matters; therefore, the book will not embarrass me or my readers.

If you would like to read and review my book, email me at christine@christinerice-author.com, and as soon as it’s published (which I anticipate will be in a couple months or less) I’ll email you an ebook copy in exchange for your promise to write a short review on it.

I can’t wait to wrap up this book and get it out to the world!

Have a great day!

First draft of “Chronicles of a Troubled Girl” finished!

The day after my last post, which was about how I hadn’t worked on my manuscripts in a few months, I resumed working on my work-in-progress: Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I wrote for one to two hours a day most days, and I’m happy to say that I finished the first draft the other day! It feels great to have completed the writing part of the book project.

The next step is to edit. Since it is a compilation of my journal entries from childhood to adulthood, and I want the book to be as accurate of the times as possible, I will not be doing a lot of editing. I will just review what I have written for spelling and grammar. Since I did that as I typed the journals, there will not be much editing to do. It will be a fairly quick review process and I will only need to go through the manuscript once, since I am also a professional editor.

Lately, I’ve been trying to spend less time on the computer since my body has been feeling stiff and uncomfortable when I sit for too long – due to previous leg injuries. But I’m sure I will begin editing soon. And since my last post motivated me to finish the first draft, I am hoping this post will inspire me to begin editing. I will just need to spend less time online each day so that I’ll be able to spend time editing the manuscript, and I’ll only be able to work on it for an hour at a time so that I can get up and stretch my legs.

I am looking forward to editing Chronicles of a Troubled Girl and moving on with the publishing process and getting it out to the public. I will not be doing a blog tour, since it is a very personal memoir. I prefer that people I know, and those I announce it to, will be the first to read it, and I will allow word-of-mouth to be the main method of marketing.

I hope you all have a joyous day. Happy writing and reading!

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Okay, it’s time to take a break from working to get back to blogging 🙂 I have been tagged by Katie S. Pendergrass for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. The “rules” are to answer 10 questions about my work-in-progress. I have two work-in-progresses, so I will choose Chronicles of a Troubled Girl for this blog hop.

1. What is the working title of your book?
Chronicles of a Troubled Girl: A Collection of Journal Entries

2. Where did the idea come from?
I got the initial idea – to type up all of my journal entries – from my friend and colleague, Katrina Rychling. She said she was planning on typing up her journals, and that gave me the idea to type up and publish mine.

3. What genre does your work-in-progress fall under?
Memoir or compilation.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I would want to be the main character, which is myself 🙂 There are a lot of other people in my book and it would be wonderful if all the original people could play the parts. I’m sure that won’t happen, but I can dream, right? 😉

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Chronicles of a Troubled Girl is a compilation of the author’s journal entries from age nine to age thirty that demonstrates her struggles during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I will likely be self-publishing it.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started writing the manuscript at the end of January and I am still working on it. I am 4/5 finished with it. I took a few months off due to publishing and marketing my other book and because of other work responsibilities.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within its genre?
Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Katrina Rychling. Thanks, Katrina!

10. What else about your book might pique reader’s interest?
There are journal entries about my experiences in a mental hospital and with being homeless.

Those are all of the questions. Now I will choose some people who I’d like to hear about their work-in-progress: Charlene Truxler, Dew Pellucid, Russ Meyer, Theresa Leschmann, and Karen Elizabeth Brown. The “rules” are to answer the same questions, but about your own work-in-progress, and to tag people you know who are authors or writers and possibly working on a manuscript. Have fun!

“Freedom From Fat”

Since I’m very close to finishing Freelance Writing Guide, I thought about the next manuscript I will start working on. I decided that my next book will be on eating right and exercising. Then I remembered an old manuscript from 2010 about my weight loss journey while following a low-carb diet and exercising. I decided to bring it back to life, so last night I updated it. Freedom from Fat is the working title. It is a compilation of journal entries, and blog posts from my health blog, that are tied to my weight loss journey. Last night, I added many more journal entries, plus most of the blog posts from my health blog, which brought the word count from 7,000 to 24,000. I now have a sizable manuscript to work with, which feels great! I’m just so happy I saved that document, even when I fell off the wagon with my weight loss program. I still continued to blog about health at least once a month. The time frame of the entries is from 5/2010-present. I will be done with the first draft when I have lost all the weight I want to lose. So in about one year, I will likely be done. That’s not too long of a time to wait!

Back to reading and writing

It’s been almost a week since I did any reading or writing in my books. I got involved in other life activities and put my work on the back burner. I feel refreshed and ready to dive back in, and I have some catching up to do.

So, last night I dipped my toes in the water. I read about 25 pages in Infinite Exposure. I’m down to the last 70 pages and it’s really exciting. I can’t wait to finish and write the review.

Last night I also wrote nearly 1,000 words in Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. Rereading my journal entries for this book is an eye-opening experience, especially since I didn’t have an easy life emotionally. Adolescence was difficult, I have to say, but things are pretty smooth right now. However, I’m always working on something in order to try to better my life experience.

I’m looking forward to a change of pace next week because I’ll be reading some poetry. I just hope my energy and motivation to work continues.

The books are coming along…nicely

Hi everyone,

I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on the books I’m writing. I am 1/3 finished with the freelance writers book and I am 1/7 finished with the journal entries book. The second book will probably be at least twice as long as the first book. I’ve written further in it and I started it later in the year. I find it easier to write more when I’m typing and editing than when I’m writing from scratch. However, I feel prouder about the first book, because it is more challenging for me and more universally acceptable.

Even more exciting is that I have improved my working titles. I have recently come up with: New to Freelance Writing Guide: What to Expect in Your First Year and Chronicles of a Troubled Girl. I’m not ecstatic about the titles, but they are sufficient, at least for now. I definitely felt troubled growing up. I was always at odds with my parents, feeling like an adult and not wanting to listen to what they told me. I was rebellious and unique. I had negative mental health experiences and overly controlling parents, plus there was drug addiction and alcoholism in my immediate family. Throughout it all, I was trying to develop my identity and be happy.

As far as freelance writing, I have learned a lot about the field while working nearly full-time the entire year, and I am coming up on one successful year in April. I have experienced so much that I feel compelled to share what I know, while believing that it will help people have a realistic and hopeful outlook of being, or becoming, a freelance writer.

I should be finished with the two books by the end of this year. In fact, at the rate I’m going I will probably be done much sooner, and that’s exciting!

Two books for 2012

Hello all,

I want to make it official….I am writing two books right now and they will both be published in 2012. There is also a publication calendar on the right side of the page that shows a countdown for it.

The one I started first, which was in the beginning of January, is a reference book for freelance writers new to their career. It includes and explains everything I went through and more in my first year as a freelance writer, but the focus is on the reader. It’s educational, informative, and interesting. It covers everything that a freelance writer should expect in the first year of their career.

The second book, which I started at the end of January, is essentially, a compilation of all of my journal entries from age 9 to age 31. I am editing them as I type them. I am hoping that after editing again, after all the journal entries have been typed, the book will be a look into the inner workings and life adventures of a troubled, yet special, girl.

I have not named either book yet, but I will eventually, of course. So, there it is. My personal and professional goals for the year. I hope you will be here to cheer me on 🙂