Here’s a writing update about my current projects. Where I’m at with the next book, Crystal Grids Power 2 and my crystal oracle cards…
It’s been quite a while since I have posted a writing update on here. I do post regular updates and news in my newsletter and in my stories on social media. I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the next book and my oracle card project. So I think it would be a good time to clarify these questions and let you know where I am at.
Yes, I’m Still Writing!
Don’t worry I haven’t stopped writing books. If I’m being honest 2020 was a bit of a difficult year for me (as it was for many people). After some personal challenges and a few harsh book reviews, I lost a bit of confidence in my writing.
I think this took some of the wind out of my sails but I’m okay now and have found my writing motivation again. I wish I could write faster but I don’t want to rush things out either. There is something else too…
I’ve Not Told You This Before…
I also want to bring something up I have never talked about before but as other authors are, I think I should too. Although the books are doing well, I still need to work a part-time job to support myself.
This means I am not able to write every day and have to balance lots of other things too. Writing and editing blog posts, taking my own photos, personally responding to people on social media, DMs and emails are all commitments that take time.
I also run a small jewellery business which I have massively scaled back to give me more time. My goal is to do writing full time but I’m not there yet and that’s okay. The next book will hopefully take me closer to this.
Why I’m Writing Crystal Grids Power 2
This is my number one project and commitment right now. I get lovely comments, emails and messages about Crystal Grids Power almost every day. The intention behind writing the 2nd volume is to create a much more in-depth guide for those who have read the first book. Plus, I have designed many more crystal grids since it was first published.
There are a lot of books about crystal grids that have been released since 2017. All great contributions but there are still topics I don’t see covered in them, like help with manifesting or different types of grid bases for example.
What You Can Expect From Crystal Grids Power 2
In the first volume, I focused on what you need to know to get started, understand what intention-based crystal grids are and how to make them. In this volume, I explore more ways to enhance your crystal grids and go deeper into the meanings.
Crystal Grids Power 2 will cover many new sacred geometry shapes and symbols in more detail. I have included more crystal shapes and forms and how to work with them. The book covers things you rarely hear about elsewhere like timing, astrology and creating sacred space.
I’ve created over 50 crystal grids that are categorised by intention for easy reference. Each crystal grid now comes with a list of suggested crystal shapes and forms. The new grids have at least three pages each. I think you can see this is going to be a much bigger book.
Where I’m At Now With This Book
So far I’ve written 51,000 words over 220 pages and that does not include any illustrations. To give you some perspective, Crystal Grids Power was 31,000 words and has 192 pages including illustrations. I’ve just completed the section on astrological crystal grids. This is towards the end of the book but there are still a lot more crystal grids to cover.
I’m also planning on creating a quick index of crystals you can use to create your own grids at the back of the book. After it’s finished there will still be editing plus I need to create all the illustrations and the printable grid templates file that will come with the book.
I’m seeing this finished and published in 2022, all being well. I have no specific time frame yet. I will update people when I finish the first draft and when I have a better idea of when it should be released. Thank you all for sticking with me and for continuing to support my work 💚.
The Oracle Card Deck
Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about a project I had been working on. It’s an oracle card deck with a crystal theme. I’ve made a prototype of the deck which I’m working with daily and have a notebook filled with the meanings of the cards.
The oracle has a structure and suits (groups of cards) so it’s been quite a big project. The cards are very different to your usual crystal oracle decks. This isn’t just images of crystals, there are illustrated scenes, symbols and a narrative.
Over the last few months, I have made a few needed tweaks to the illustrations and meanings. I have planned out the oracle guidebook and its structure. I have written the introduction and started writing the beginning of the guidebook. This is around 2,000 words so far.
Finding An Illustrator
This took some time as there isn’t really anything exactly like this out there. I went through hundreds of suggestions. I am happy to say I have found an illustrator that I think is right for the deck which I will submit to the publisher once the project gets the green light.
Why I Had To Stop Working On This Project
I realised that this project was taking up so much of my time that it was stopping me from writing. I have had to put it on pause for now so I can concentrate on finishing Crystal Grids Power 2. For me, I have realised that working on several projects at a time means they take a lot longer to complete.
After my crystals grids book is published, I will be finishing off the guidebook for the oracle and then reaching out to my ideal publisher. This is a big step for me and not something I am used to. I really believe in my oracle and can’t wait to see it reach the world but I have had to accept that there is a right time for everything.
I’m Following My Guidance On This
My oracle has already helped me on my path. In readings about this project, it has guided me to focus on finishing the book first which makes sense and confirmed what I suspected. After that, I can give the oracle my full attention and energy. I will be free to work on any deadlines needed by a publisher.
So to clarify, I will be focusing on writing Crystal Grids Power 2. Then after that has been published I can finish off the oracle guidebook and submit my idea to the publisher.
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