The Fearless Writer Tag

Waddup Savi Crew!

As the blog post title suggests I’m gonna be doing a writer tag. I haven’t done one in a LONG time (if my memory serves me correctly, I believe the last one was The Elysian Prophecy Book Tag by Vivien Reis back in February 2018.

This tag was created by Kim Chance, an amazing Authortuber and YA author — or rather originated since I’m not sure if these are her questions but it is the first place I got the idea for the tag and she did tag me (and everyone watching the video lolz) to do it, so here we go.

1. Lies. What is the biggest Fallacy you’re telling yourself with writing/being a writer?

I’m not good enough. Especially when I see how MANY aspiring writers and authors are out here in these streets. I’m a little wannabe from a twin-island dot in the Caribbean. Why would I make it over the gazillion other wannabe writers from all over the globe? Why would my story trump theirs? Imposter Syndrome runs deep…

2. Starting New. Does the first draft scare you or motivate you?

Definitely motivated. I get so excited to dive into a new project and write that first draft. You see, the first draft is basically a brainstorm dump. It’s where you’re telling yourself the story so you can get it out of your head space and onto the paper or computer screen. Honestly it’s the second draft that’s scary. It’s where you need to decipher all that word vomit you spewed — let’s face it — during NaNoWriMo.

3. Roadblock. What’s your number one obstacle stopping you from writing?

Right now, time. Between taking care of my 9 month-old nephew (extremely rewarding but time-consuming) and balancing a forty hour (actually, more like sixty hour) work week for my remote job, I barely have time to breathe let alone write.

4. Reflect. How can you overcome the obstacle?

By not complaining. Nephew won’t be a baby forever and my job offers flexi-time (once I make a full year) so incorporating writing sprints are definitely in my writing future.

5. Perfection. How can you challenge yourself to get passed the perfectionism-procrastination trap?

I’m a recovering perfectionist who is still learning that failure and mistakes are okay. Also, I don’t procrastinate as a general rule — blame my college days for that one — so my brain never pulls into procrastination station, more like distraction boulevard (I’m looking at you Pinterest and YouTube) but that’s another story. But first drafts are hard since it’s never perfect, the grammar and spelling are deplorable and, let’s be real, the story sucks. Therefore, first drafts are how I challenge my perfectionism. A good tip? Rewards are a great way to keep procrastination at bay — hey, that rhymes!

6. Failure sucks. How can you grow from a failure?

Can I be honest? Failure does suck! More than a Dyson on shag carpeting (sorry, I couldn’t resist). However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve cut myself some slack regarding the failures in my life — not just the writing-related ones. In order to grow I need to step away from the situation and analyse it as though I’m not the person involved. I also do the same thing with beta readers’ feedback. Weird, I know, but it works!

7. Rejection sucks too. How can you grow/learn from rejection?

Like failure, this is a bit of a sore point for me as well. I’m not even sure I’m qualified enough to answer this question without perjuring myself (uh, who’s been watching way too much Law & Order SVU this week?). But rejection — as I’ve often heard — is God’s protection. And while I can’t really co-sign on that, if you dig deep, it makes sense. Think back to any rejection you faced. If you got through with it, instead of being rejected, would you be happy? I can state emphatically, no. Every rejection has a lesson embedded in it. We just need to find it and not be offended by it. And the struggle continues.

8. Create Action. How do you keep moving towards your goals?

By doing a little bit everyday. I have 5 books (3 paperbacks and 2 eBooks) lined up for my TBR 2019 (To Be Read for the non-writerly Savi Crew members out there, I got you!). Remember, I’m supposed to read 10 for the year (and I don’t read at all). Before you chew me out, I’m trying to improve on that by making it one of my goals. Check out my excuse, as well as my other goals, here. But by having a TBR list I’m one step closer to achieving the goal. The joy of crossing out the novel title or highlighting to show completion far outweighs the pain of seeing an incomplete list in December 2019.

9. New Year, New Outlook. If Fear wasn’t holding you back… what would you be doing right now to further your writing dreams?

I’d be a creative authorpreneur. I would be a full-time, bestselling, multi-genre author who is jet-setting around the world doing book tours across America and writing seminars in Greece and Hawaii; converting my YA anime-inspired novel series to an actual anime series and graphic novels; reading my Middle Grade series in school libraries across the globe. Man, fear is such a fun-sucker!

10. Leap of Faith: What is one thing you plan to do this year even though it scares you?

Improve my writing by utilising both free and affordable tools. I’ve already signed up for a free webinar this weekend hosted by multiple best-seller and YouTube phenom, Kristen Martin. I also bought the licence for Scrivener (with my 50% discount code, thank you very much), the writing software that every Authortuber is talking about… and yes, it’s everything you thought it was and more! So quit using the free trial and buy the licence already. Plot is my weakest area (I’ve got characters and settings on lock!) so I definitely want to invest in some great writing books that deal with plot and its structure. Stay tuned.

Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now. And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!

Resolutions and Goals for 2019

Waddup Savi Crew!

As promised, I am stating my resolutions and goals for 2019. I will be splitting these resolutions into different goal sections: Reading Goals, Writing Goals, Personal Development Goals, Health Goals, Money Goals, Spiritual Goals and Mental Goals.

At the end of 2019 I will revisit these goals and comment on whether I’ve achieved them or not. And not to worry, I’ll do the occasional monthly updates in case you’re like me and don’t wanna wait all year long lolz.

Okay, now onto the goals!


I don’t read which—for an aspiring novelist might sound like an oxymoron—but I’ve been trying to improve this deficit especially by supporting indie authors (since that’s the path I hope to follow and support is everything in the independent publishing industry). Anyway, my goal is to read 10 novels.

Look, I’m fully aware that some Booktubers inhale 10 novels a week (or a day if they’re unemployed) but remember I don’t read at all. And you have to start somewhere. Besides goals must be S.M.A.R.T – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound. So 10 novels seems like a safe jumping-off point.


I have three WIPs in differing stages of completion: First, my YA anime-inspired fantasy novel that I’ve blogged about ad nauseum for the latter part of last year. My goal is to complete the third draft and send out for beta feedback. Since there are two Camp Nanos and one Nano I might consider using one of those again to do my draft. Only time will tell.

Second, my middle grade contemporary fiction, Life of Gabby (or LOG series). Early Savi Crew members might vaguely remember my blogs about the plot and characters but the story has evolved since the beta reading debacle early last year. I’ve rewritten the plot and reworked a few things and the story is way better than I could have imagined.

I hope to salvage just enough from the third draft to build a solid story middle graders will love. My goal is to write the first draft (or is it the fourth since it’s technically the same story?). This one is definitely gonna be one of the Nanos’ projects. It all depends on the readiness of the overall plotline.

Third, my Catholic fantasy fiction that I started in Nano last year but couldn’t finish since my other planned project — yup, you guessed it, YA anime-inspired fantasy — took up much of my creative fuel leaving nothing for the shiny new plot bunny. My goal is to complete the first draft, for real this time. It might make for a fun Camp Nano project. We’ll see. Planning is hard, folks.


And this is where ish gets real. Reading and writing goals are fine, I can plan those I my sleep. But personal development? Introspection? Yikes! Hard pass. But it’s important to foster and grow — no matter how old we are — so here goes nothing. My goal is to learn to cook as well as learn to swim. Now, I may not do both this year but I plan to get at least one completed which, if you knew me personally, says a lot.

I don’t cook and this may not entirely be my fault since my Mom and sister typically throw down in the kitchen (and Granny when she was alive). Part of me regrets not paying more attention when she was cooking. Oh well, YouTube and recipe books will have to make do. I guess a cooking class wouldn’t hurt either. Stay tuned.

I never learned to swim (didn’t graduate to the deep side of the pool after my brother left me in the dust) which is a shame since I live on a twin island surrounded by water. It doesn’t help that I almost drowned three times, once as an adult and twice as a child but I’m determined to learn since nephew will most likely be swimming soon (9 months old going on 30, I like to say) and I’d like to be able to handle myself in the water especially when he’s in it. Ah, the things that motivate us.


My goal is to have a complete physical done and also to start back exercising, particularly Zumba at home. It’s been almost six months since I’ve exercised and while I’m not exactly unhealthy — and eternally greatful for my health and strength everyday — I miss doing Zumba for the major endorphin release as well as the epic Salsa dance moves.


My goal is to save enough money to start travelling again. I want to go to Canada, namely Toronto to visit my cousins; California and Texas to visit the Head Offices of the company I work for. I also want to visit Colorado since a coworker friend insists I’ll fall in love with mountain life — the hot springs do sound great though! Jamaica might fit in there somewhere since I’m due for a Dunn’s River Falls reboot. Oh and I guess I miss my Trini cousin who works over there lolz.


My goal is to pray the Rosary every day and read my Bible more. Sadly, I’ve been slacking off in my prayer life and if that’s not your thing, cool, indulge me for a minute please since this is a goal and it’s worth at least an honourable mention. I also hope to attend more daily Masses and spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. The latter two goals will depend highly on the flexibility of my work schedule. But God is a miracle-working God and all things are possible.


In this day and age, mental health is uber important so don’t forget to include mental goals in your resolutions. My goal is simple, to love myself. Which is harder than it sounds. I always feel as though I don’t belong in the world, a pariah taking from it and not putting anything in return.

But before you pull the tissues out or start DMing me psychiatrist recommendations, as part of the goal I will seek a spiritual mentor or therapist since I believe the majority of my self-esteem issues lies in my childhood. The only way I’ll have a better future is if I conquer my past… and I can’t do it alone.

Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now. And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!

Lessons I Learned in 2018 (with GIFs!)

Waddup Savi Crew!

As we experience the last few minutes of 2018 (or hours depending on which time zone you’re in when you’re reading this), I thought it’d be fun to reflect on the past year and write about the lessons I’ve learned. And, since I’m all about the GIF life, why not have a GIF to encapsulate those different lessons?

Now, confession time, I don’t really like New Year’s—never have—I always feel sad for the outgoing year and anxious about the incoming year. Don’t even get me started with that Auld Lang Syne song either. While my family members clink their wine glasses together and toast to the new year amid loud fireworks in the distant sky, I’m off in some corner praying that this year will be better than the last. But it will be nephew’s first New Year’s so that’s something to look forward to, I guess. Okay, so what have I learned in 2018? I’m so glad you asked!

Lesson #1: I am not perfect. Mistakes will be made. Move on.

I am a perfectionist which, added to that, a control freak is a lethal combination. This year I learned that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them. It’s one of the best things about being human.

Lesson #2: God is always on time. Let go of the worry. Trust him.

Perhaps an extension of control issues, I find it difficult to just trust that God has a plan for my life and that plan is in motion. I might have a plan and a certain time frame to achieve things but that’s not how God works.

Lesson #3: Negativity is a slippery slope. So is complaining. Think positive.

I’m a naturally bubbly and positive person. But I’ve noticed that lately I’ve been leaning towards the dark side, so to speak. The negative side. So I’ve started hitting the reset button this year. And next year. Wish me luck.

Lesson #4: No one can steal my blessing. Because they’re mine. Surrender all.

This year I got a new job — a remote job — after 20 years in an office environment and 3 years of unemployment. A dream come true which lets me write novels, travel the world and spend time with my beloved nephew.

Lesson #5: Life will get better. It always gets better. Period.

2018 was a mixed bag of ups and downs — mostly ups — but I get the feeling that 2019 will be a great year. And even if it isn’t, life is always worth living and enjoying. I look forward to seeing what comes next.

Be sure to tune in next week, where I will writing about my resolutions and goals for 2019. Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now. And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!

Merry Christmas!

Waddup Savi Crew!

Keeping it short and sweet this week (not to mention posting hella late on a different day lolz). But my house has been so hectic this past weekend — and with good reason — Christmas!

Christmas season is a BIG deal in Trinidad — akin to Thanksgiving in the USA — so even though I didn’t post last Friday, I couldn’t let this week go by without taking the time out to wish everyone who celebrates a happy and holy Christmas!

While I haven’t done any writing, I have found lots of inspiration through Lifetime and Hallmark Christmas movies. I know what you’re thinking, “Cheesy rom-coms aren’t really gonna help your novel, Sio!” But I beg to differ. Even though the plots are fairly predictable (yup, I can admit that), some of the characters have given me ideas on how to build more complexity with my own WIP characters (more on that in later blogs).

It has been refreshing not having to write, edit or revise (which is something I typically impose on myself every December). I find that I come back in January bursting with new ideas and eager to read my WIPs with fresh eyes. Plus the break gives me a chance to catch up on Authortube after the timely whirlwind that is NaNoWriMo.

Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now. And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!

When Life Throws You Lemons…

Waddup Savi Crew!

So, it’s gonna be a different kind of blog post this week. Because one, tomorrow’s my birthday and I tend to get introspective and sentimental the older I get (a tad more emotional too but that’s another story for another blog). And two, because I don’t shy away from sharing my organic—albeit embarrassing—experiences in my posts so Savi Crew members can identify, relate and hopefully learn how to cope.

This time last year I wrote my first draft for NaNoWriMo and had major delusions of grandeur that I would tweak it a few times and be ready to publish by December 2018. Cue the hysterical laughter. Oh, and I even made the rookie mistake of hiring a cover designer BEFORE completing the beta reading process. Yup, more laughter.

Well, that obviously didn’t happen and that story I wrote back in November 2017 is in varying stages of re-outline. I eventually had to shelve that project indefinitely and have the intention of revisiting it sometime in the near future. Eventually.

I say all this to say, we all have goals in life. Some realistic, some not. And the best laid plans can blow up in our faces. Case in point, my birthday plans fell through earlier this week and instead of spending it at a concert, I’ll be hanging out with my sister, nephew and cousins in a tree trimming party at our Granny’s house. While initially disappointed, I intend to thoroughly enjoy myself because life is precious and in the grand scheme of things, some people have real problems—getting stuck at a tree-trimming party isn’t one of them.

My point? As an aspiring writer with goals to publish and become a bestseller in multiple genres, I need to deal with the reality that millions of other people in the world have the same goal that I do. And the ones who make it are those who put themselves out there, i.e. make lemonade. Because life isn’t gonna hand out success. Book deals don’t just all out of the sky (but wouldn’t it be cool if they did though).

To pursue writing, means being used to constant rejection and criticism which for a shy and sensitive introvert (INFJ for the MBTI buffs out there, I see you) seems like a recipe for disaster. But I’m fairly resilient—anyone who can get rejected to their face, not to mention via text message, and still press on in the relationship department has to be—so my goal of becoming a multi-genre bestselling authorpreneur still stands. And with my YA anime-inspired fantasy novel series I might have an actual shot.

Anyways, I’m rambling again which means it’s time to sign off… Toodles for now. And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life! Happy Writing!