Updates, updates, updates . . .

Prepare yourselves . . . this post is going to be chockfull of updates. It’s also (likely) going to run long, but it’s been about a month and a half since my last post so there are all sorts of things to talk about.

I’ve been pretty good about giving warning when I’m disappearing (to take a trip to Writer Land). I didn’t do that this time, unless you count Twitter. I’m going to count it, even though I typically don’t count anything as anything unless I’m talking about it on here. I’ll give the occasional update on Facebook, but usually . . . this is the spot for everything. Anyway, with that being said, I should definitely apologize for not giving warning. Then again, I very well could’ve given warning and it’s just been so long that I forgot about it. (Don’t have the time to check.)

I’ve gotten A LOT done lately, though perhaps not necessarily things I ‘should’ve’ been doing, but all that is subjective. Let’s get to it . . .

Update 1: I unfortunately had to push back the projected release of S4B1 (for reference, you can go to my What’s in the Works? page). If things had gone according to plan, it would be coming out in two days. I can’t tell you how unbelievably sad I am to not be getting the 12/13/14 date. I could’ve (should’ve) updated about that sooner, but I was holding onto the hope that everything would work out. Yeah, didn’t happen.

Update 2: Unless the sky actually does fall, I should be able to get this book out on the secondary projected release date that I’d set in my head. Not giving the exact date until I have it formatted (SOOOOOON), but I will say it’s in early January. Unless I chicken out, that book will be out.

Update 3: I will be having the cover/title/blurb reveal for that book once I’m finished formatting. As (I believe) was previously said in a post, the front cover is done and has been for a while now.

I have been writing my little heart out during this absence. Let’s get to those updates . . .

Update 4: I FINISHED WRITING MY 20th BOOK! That was a massive milestone for me, and one I celebrated for all of a few seconds before getting to work on something else. 🙂

Update 5: That 20th book finished was also me finishing up another series. (S6, B3) I was in a bad mood one day and went through those first two books (because they’re funny and would put me in a good mood, which they did), then ended up writing the rest of the third, completing it. (Completing the first (garbage) drafts of the series, at least.)

Update 6: Since then, I’ve been working on the ‘standalone’ that’s attached to the Reave Series. I’d thought that was going to end up being a short story. Yeeeeeah, no. If I had more time, I could get that finished likely within a week. I can’t at the moment. Anyway, that’s going to end up being over twice the length of the longest book I’ve ever written. I’m thinking about releasing it in three parts. And when people realize which character that centers around (after they’re introduced), I’m guessing they’re for sure going to want to get their hands on it. Unless I’m totally twisted in which characters are my favorites and no one agrees with me on that.

This break has seriously been one of the absolute best, most enjoyable stretches of time I’ve had in . . . . . . a long while. I’ve had so much fun working. My poor husband has hardly seen me at all though. It was definitely needed, all the writing. It’s been so fantastic for my headspace. It’s nice, getting to do what you love to. (Nice is the under-exaggeration of ALL TIME here.)

A lot of you likely know that I’d finished writing two different series before I’d ever started my blog. I’d finished three before I released my first book. I thought doing it that way would ensure I had enough material at different stages of readiness before getting sucked into all the ‘other stuff’ that goes along with this. Yeah, I didn’t really plan for how unbelievably overwhelming it was going to be to have so many things going on at once while trying to do ‘other stuff’. I’ve been feeling like I’m drowning in all this for longer than I care to say. I really need to start getting a ‘leg up’ on it, and a few things need to happen in order for that to happen. Life happens, you know, and I’m finding myself without my pool of beta-readers. I need to figure out what to do about that. So there’s one thing.

Also, if you’ve checked my WITW page, you might have seen me saying on S1 that I’ve contemplated getting that ready to release. I’m really putting a lot of thought into that. As most of you know, fantasy is my usual genre. Whenever (a miracle happens and) I finish S8, that will be the third fantasy series I’ll be releasing from. I want to be releasing what I’ve recently been calling ‘palate cleansers’ with/and/or/whatever between those. My writing style with ‘contemporary’ type books and with the fantasy ones is . . . totally different. So I now have S1 and S6 that I can potentially release from (between), if I get/make the time to work on them and get them good enough.

I’m not sure which of those I’d prefer to release from first. They’re both totally different, and they both have their strong (and weak) points. For one, I don’t think I write non-fantasy well, which would be a weak point all around for both. Then again, I won’t do much (anything) more than call myself ‘passably good’ at any point with anything. (Queen of Self-deprecation, at your service.) S6 is kind of hilarious, if you can tolerate a bit of good-natured filth. S1 is a bit cleaner (and yet also not), and is still sort of funny (at points). S6 is more straightforward, story-wise. S1 is more twisted. S6 is three books. S1 is six. S6 is more sci-fi-esque. S1 is paranormal. So I don’t know. It’s all apples to oranges. I don’t know. I haven’t gone through S1 in so long that I honestly don’t even know what sort of state it’s in. (Not a good one, I know that much by the last time I glanced at it.) S6 would be less work overall, due to it being written more recently. I’ve been doing this long enough that I’ve gotten better (slightly more easily-passing than struggling-passing) at it. S6 is also less books to go through, which would mean less overall time to get it better (and less $$ for printing it out multiple times to edit).

I don’t know. I’ll have to be asking people which they would have more interest in where those two series are concerned. Part of me is wondering why it even really matters if I’ll release them all eventually. (Which I think I very well might do despite being sure I wouldn’t release from either series, but it just seems bad to not when someone out there might potentially enjoy them.) But it matters because I have such little time that I need to make sure I’m using it where and on what it needs to be used on. I’ll get it figured out. And I’ll tell you what . . . I really want to finish writing S8. I love that group of characters more than I can say. I honestly have to say it’s a tie between the S8 characters and the S2 (Reave Series) characters. (That’s me saying they’re my two favorites. Yes. I pick favorites of my own work. It’s impossible to not. At least I can admit it.)

But in the meantime, the things I was waiting for where S4 is concerned are all done. Meaning I got it back from my last beta-reader. That means my writing time is finished (for now *sadface*) and I’ll be editing. I need to go through this one more time before formatting. Then it’s formatting. Then it’s getting the back cover done and getting a couple copies out to advance reviewers. Then waiting for the proof. Then release. It didn’t take me long at all to go through this the last time and the things I was worried about changing were unanimous to not be changed, so I’m sticking with it and just going through for typos and the like. I should be able to get this out when planned. (I should start planning to get all my books out on the secondary projected release date with the way things are going.)

SO . . .

My next book will be released in early January 2015, unless the sky falls. Be on the lookout for that, and for the cover reveal (which will be happening soooooon)!

Hope everyone has been well lately. Please be patient with me while I readapt to non-hermit life (and have little mental fits where I figuratively cry and stomp around about it). 🙂

Also, the next week or so will be really busy for me while I’m working on getting this done, but after that . . .

Well, things will still be busy, but I’ll be working on responding to things and whatnot. I just need to make sure I can get this book out on time, so bear with me for a little while longer.

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News of varying importance . . . (Includes information about book 2 in the Reave Series!)

Look, I’m posting on here again before June!

I have a few updates . . .

Writing on the new series is going a bit slower than what I’m accustomed to. I’ve been lucky to get a chapter done a night over the past week or so, and I can sometimes manage four (or more) on a good night. (Keep in mind the chapters in most of my books are relatively short, and also that getting it out at that speed is probably a decent explanation as to why I have to do so many subsequent edits . . .) I still think it’s going well overall. I’m happy with it, but I am doing something a bit different in this one and that might be contributing to the lack of speed. I’m not sure. Might just be due to all the stuff on my mind. I’m trying not to be frustrated, but I feel like time is a limited resource and I want to ensure it’s being used productively. Still, I’m happy with it (the series) and shouldn’t complain about anything. (I do complain a lot, sometimes . . .)

I got my first request (of sorts) for Reave to be turned into an audiobook. It was more a question on whether it would, but if someone wants/needs it in that format, then I’m turning it into a request. I have to do more looking into it, but hopefully I can possibly get that sorted at some point in the future (whether distant or near . . . I don’t have a clue.) Another author (A. Michael Schwarz) directed me to ACX a while back. Does anyone have experience with them? I can (and will) look that up, but I definitely wouldn’t mind hearing from someone on here about it. That goes for that particular site or any other means of getting books turned into audiobooks.

I’ve recruited a new beta-reader for book 2 in the Reave series. I say ‘recruited,’ but I don’t know if that’s appropriate. I thought I was going to scare her off because the first direct interaction I had with her was a 2k-word message full of ranting, rambling, and digressing. Instead, she offered me cupcakes. I’m happy. And I’m definitely looking forward to more input on it before release (along with cupcakes).

Which brings me to the most important news . . .

The cover art for book 2 in the Reave Series is in the works!

It’s going to be a little while before that’s all done. (Not a super long little while, but a little while.)

I was hoping that after releasing Reave I would have a better idea about making actual release dates. I know I should get that down. I guess I’m just not at a place in my life where everything is . . . erm . . . stable enough to say, “Yes, this is when this is happening. For sure. No changes.” (That goes for anything.) I hope for that one day, but alas . . . it is not this day.

Getting (quality) books released is the most important thing. So I’ve just been doing what I could, when I could, where I could, and that is seriously all I can do.

With Reave, I gave a projected release date, which (if memory serves . . . and it usually doesn’t) I hit. I’m doing the same thing with book 2, and will hopefully hit that as well.

Projected release date of BOOK 2: Mid-June.

That very well might get pushed back a bit. It all depends on whether things go according to plan (they sometimes do). That is the plan.

 

On a personal note (or several) . . . it’s almost my birthday. Pretty close to. Not happy about that. My husband had his birthday recently, and we spent the day (night) watching movies and playing Diablo III. That was enjoyable. 🙂 (Pacific Rim was . . . interesting, by the way. Exactly what I expected, so no disappointment there.)

Also, my niece (who will be going into 5th grade next year) started running, to do cross country at her school next year. She’s doing over a mile in about ten minutes or so, and that’s just spectacular with no practice whatsoever. (I believe that’s what my sister said. She and I both mumble often, so it’s sometimes hard for us to converse at the gym.) Anyway, I’m extremely proud of her and just wanted to mention that on here!

Hope everyone is spectacular. And I will keep you all updated on book 2 news! 🙂

 

(Another ‘also’ . . . If anyone wants to review Reave, let me know!)