Six Week Plan: Day 1

Starting my New Year’s resolution today. Instead of waiting on New Years Day, I’m going to have my resolutions today.

Physical Goal: Toning the body.

I will complete 15 pushups, sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks, and back extensions. The reason behind this is to tone my body. I’m also changing my eating habits to help with this goal. In addition I will try to complete a workout from Daily Workouts. I’m thinking about doing this around 5:30 in the morning so that I can shower before work and have breakfast. I’m also trying a new hair/skin routine.

Mental Goal: Improve writing skills.

I graduated last week from Full Sail University with my masters in creative writing. Along with my graphic design associates degree, I want to become better at different types of writing. I will work on my reading, writing, and grammar skills using workbooks I bought. I’m listening to a fiction story in the genre I write. I joined some writing groups on Facebook. I also subscribed to Writer’s Digest.

Spiritual Goals: Daily Devotionals

I will listen and read the daily devotional using OurDailyBread.com. I will conduct this during my lunchtime or in the evening with my girlfriend. In addition, I’m reading Tony Dungy’s Uncommon Life Challenge. I will try to apply the challenges everyday. My faith is important to me and funnels the other two goals.

Financial Goals: To grow as a freelancer

I will promote myself as a technical writer and copywriter. I’m already working as a script and novel consultant with an upstart company. I’m hoping to land more comic book writing jobs. I will make sure I’m posting articles everyday for the next six weeks. I’m also participating in a 30 day platform challenge to promote my webcomic, novels, and portfolio.

What are you doing to prepare for New Years? Let me know in comments below.

Be Terrific!

Terrio Jenkins

My Nerdy Writing Life: Goals Check In

Goals are important, without goals, do you know where you are going?

Now, I know some individuals are free spirits. That’s cool. However, for the majority of us we have goals to guide us because going with the flow and being happy, may not be enough.

In December of 2018, I made a bold statement for myself. To pursue writing.Now I will admit, at the time it was more about novel writing. I was still working as a Special Education Teacher and a Barista at Barnes & Noble. I loved both jobs, but writing has been the one constant in my life. Next to art, writing is what distracts me from the world. I bought different books on writing. Article writing, comic book writing, writing for children books. I didn’t know what kind of writer I wanted to be, but I knew I wanted to be a writer.

April 2019, I was informed I wouldn’t be returning as a teacher. Missing my tenure by three months. Around that time, my relationship ended and I moved out of the townhouse and back to my mother’s. The goal was to find a new career, rebuild my credit, and save for my own house, WHILE pursuing writing. I started researching schools becasue I need structure and I thrive on deadlines. I happened to come across Full Sail Univeristy and thought there Creative Writing Program was what i was looking for.

I made the decision between New Media Journalism and Creative writing in November of 2019, deciding to go with the graduate program in creative writing. A year later, I now have a Master of Fine Arts.

My heroes journey reconnected me with my love of comics. I know that is my niche and what I will be building upon. That little nugget came in my Multimedia Adapation class where I was one of two students who adapted a flction story into a comic book script. I also paid to have one page done. I also had to interview others in creative writing fields. I reached out to Greg Burnham, writer and co-creator of Tuskgeee Heirs. He accepted and now I contact him weekly for advice.

September 2020 I decided to turn Favor of Ares into Favor of Athena and relaunch it as a webcomic. The novel, which only earned 90 reads on Wattpad, was always intended to be a comic. I found an artist on Fiverr and now we are producing 2 pages a month for the series. Why two pages? I’m not afraid to tell you that it’s all I can afford to pay Richard. I launched a Patreon for the comic and we are now generating $70 of the $90 goal. I was only going to publish the comic on Patreon as an exlsuive, but I’m thinking of releasing the pages on Webtoon to continue building an audience for the Patreon. I also joined several Facebook groups to interact with other creatives and promote the book when I can.

I’m still not a full-time writer yet, but everything looks promising. I’m contracted with DMDouble games to write a comic book script. I landed a script consultant position with Baez Catalyst and Writing Coaching Services.

What’s next?

Angel Protocols, Book 1: Genesis has over 100 reads on Wattpad. I will be editing the book and sending query letters out.

Clockwork Knights, Book 1: Binary also has over 100 reads on Wattpad. I will be editing the first draft of the book and sending query letters out.

Favor of Athena: my webcomic will be published on WebToon and Wattpad. Patreon will be used to help continue produce the comic. Tell your friends 🙂

I’m converting my short films into comic book scripts.

Pitching my short films to undergrads to get produced.

I will continue to promote my gigs on Fiverr. So far had two clients who were successful in their goals. One who was accepting into their gradate school of choice, after I proofread and suggested improvements to their essay. The other, who bought my resume writing service, landed a job as a security officier after being unemployed for over a year.

2020 has been an interesting year, but with the work I’m receiving, creating, and now with a degree that I never thought about pursuing. I can say, I’m a writer.

Thanksgiving 2020

I’m thankful for all of you. 2020 for me, has been mostly a blessing. Yes, I know, for some it hasn’t, and I feel sorry for those who have lost their lives to Covid, jobs, and homes. I’m not here to be political or gloat. I want to show my appreciation for all that I do have and all that I will gain.
I’m thankful to God for providing for me, even when my faith may not be the strongest at times. I’m thankful for the creativity you have given me and I know you want me to great things with my writing. I’m putting my faith in you and I’m working hard on making those projects a realization
For my country because we still have a long way to go, but I believe in our ideals. I would give up my life to protect my country and if I could serve again, I would.
I’m thankful for my family and friends who are still healthy.
Terrsitea Snipes and my aunt, Velma Snipes, thank you for your continued wisdom, being single mothers and raising men is hard and we may not show it all the time, but we are all thankful to have you as our mothers. To my sisters, Calista Freeman and Shawneice Hall for being there for support. My brothers Carlos and Joseph, Joe in particular for his words of encouragement. My dad Joesph Jenkins and Tony Freeman.
Christina Beckford, my girlfriend, my best friend, my teammate. I’m thankful for the love and patience you have for me and how you motivate me to be better. I’m also thankful for your family, for putting their trust in us. You are my peace on Earth. I’mdoing my best to lead spiritually and emotionally to protect us and be a role model for Josiah.
My boys Curtis Williams, James H Winston, James Gaither, Hemal Patel, Anthony C Ebede, Jean Pierre Pinto, Kevin Culliton, Isham Xavier for making life entertaining. Look forward to hearing from you on Fridays in some capacity.
To my sisters and brothers in Christ, Lord knows I’m glad we are all back in communication, I love you Living Branch Ministries: Keanna Ralph, Rachael Olusola Jackson, Keisha Fletcher-Breaker II, Diana Desmornes, Nicole N. Sweeney, Lavonne Nichols, Nichelle Frazier-Bennett, Stephanie Dauphin, Ro Se, Leah Steward.
To my spiritual mentors and fathers Darryl Washington and Stanley D. Williams, who are always there for me when I feel lost spiritually and are constant reminders in my spirit to trust God with my talents. Tony Dungy, you don’t know me, but you are another spiritual father and mentor in my life.
To everyone who is supporting my projects, thank you, you are helping make the dream come true. Andrew Noel Myrie, Chris Bretz. Chantay Smith, Tanya Tee, Portia Liardo, Chike O’Neil, Kefa Gary, Tiffany Mulero, Jorge Kenshin Pimentel, Paul Boone, Devin L. Steward, Raphael Poetic Fuentes, @Shamekalang. Who lent their voices for characters, general support, or financially.
Greg Burnham, and David Dreamkeepers Comic. Thank you for being a mentor as I go into being a comic book creator and writer. My artist for Favor of Athena, Richard Capullo. For my other inspirational creators: Marvel, DC Comics, Tyler Perry, Peter David, Greg Pak,
I hope everyone, regardless of their situation or views, has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

My Nerdy Writing Life #6

Man, graduate school takes most of my time outside of work. Here we are issue 6 after three to four months. I’m going to use the list formatting for all issues going forward. Here are some changes form last issue.

  1. I will be graduating soon, next Wednesday to be exact. Master of Fine Art in Creative Writing with a 3.8/4.0.
  2. I found out I have over 100 reads for two of my novels on Wattpad!
  3. I was hired to write a comic book for DMDouble Comics
  4. I started a webcomic and hired an artist.
  5. I’m adapting my short film scripts into comic book versions. Each project on my showcase page will have a short film, comic book, and short story version.
  6. I’m lettering my own webcomic and will offer lettering services
  7. I have 4 subscribers for $70 of the $90 goal for the year of 2021.
  8. I now have a query letter template for my novels
  9. I have a story project list
  10. I have several writers interested in being interviews by me.

Finally living another dream of mine, being paid as a comic book writer. Tonight I finished my outline brainstorm for my supervisor. Very fun stuff! I hope you are all doing something you love!