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Winter Writing Update

I took a much-needed vacation in mid-November and once I came back, it was as if the wind had gone out of my sails. Not in a bad way! Actually it would be more accurate to say that instead of the hurricane frenzy I left in, I came back riding a nice subtle breeze.  So rather than try to gear up for a big push at the end of the year, I decided to just relax and let things flow.

It seemed the universe was trying to force that decision anyway, because there have been several delays in my slated writing schedule–some of my own making (hello, Bookstagram!) and some out of my control. So, here’s the scoop:

Currently Writing

Skydancer Book 2, Veil of Thorns (50K/100K words).  I crossed the halfway mark and hit a big momentum shift in the story and then paused to do some more detailed outlining, but hopefully writing will speed up now that I’ve laid down all the groundwork and can dig back into the action.  Then I usually do one round of rewrites/revisions, and my editing process is thankfully pretty quick after that. (On a side note, I LOVE this book. I hope you will too.)

I have some other small tidbits (Lilly & Peter spinoff from TTAWH) brewing as well–extras for my newsletter and faithful friends–but I still have a Halloween story I promised that is only half-written, so I’ve decided not to promise anything.  I wish I could be one of those authors who could provide a steady stream of fresh content, but that’s not really feasible while I still work a day-job.

Once I’m finished with Book 2, I’ll launch immediately into book 3 and try to wrap up the trilogy by the first quarter of 2018.

Release Schedule

  • Rain of Ash Audiobook (in production) – January*
  • Rain of Ash PAPERBACK (finally) – January
  • Wild Heart PAPERBACK – February
  • Veil of Thorns (ebook/paperback) – April*
  • Cloak of Deceit (new adult UF romance) Audiobook/Paperback – May
  • Crown of Stars (Skydancer Book 3) – July*
*tentative

I haven’t yet decided everything else I plan to write in 2018, but there will definitely be some free short stories and potentially a novella (set in Zyne Legacy universe) coming.  I have two other Zyne Legacy romances planned, but whether I devote time to those may depend on how the other Zyne books do.  I have been itching to get back to my dystopian vampire steampunk world (this book will be shopped to agents instead of published) so CROWN OF STARS could be my final release for 2018.

I really hope I can make all these goals.  I’m going to buckle down and do my very best to make it happen!  Thank you for sticking with me this far!

Magic & Witchcraft, Real Life, Writing

2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality

When I started ruminating on what my intention should be for the coming year, for the first time since I embarked on this journey, I came up blank.  I tried on a lot of different intentions and goals, but none of them resonated the way it has in the past when I find the right one.  I took that as a good sign, that I didn’t have some blaring need or imbalance to address.  But still…I needed my touchstone going forward.  I need an intention.  It is the idea that I use to filter all my other plans and goals: “Does this fit my intention?” If yes, proceed.  That’s what I did last year with PRODUCTIVITY, and it yielded amazing results.

I considered that–maybe–this meant I should just stick with productivity.  Who says you have to have a different intention every year?  And then, it hit me.  Most years, what I am seeking is right there waiting for me to pluck the word out of the ether.  This year was more difficult because it was about what I DON’T want. Continue reading “2018 Intention: Your Focus Determines Your Reality”

Real Life, Writing

PUSH HARD! But be gentle…

I didn’t intend to write another post about goals, but the Universe has sort of bopped me over the head with a certain message the past week and I thought it was worth sharing.

The first hint was when I missed my scheduled blog post on Monday.

I have a plan to post at least twice a week in one of the following categories: Magic Monday, Writing Wednesday, or Fiction Friday (with whatever else I’m inspired to blog about on other days).  So this is my WW post.  I’ll bring it back around to writing (sort of).   With it being the first full week of January, I was also going after my other goals with gusto, like keeping up on chores, cooking all my meals, working out every day, and hitting my 12K step goal on my Jawbone.  Something had to give.  Isn’t that the way it goes?  Especially if you have a to-do list a mile long.  We all have a tendency to over-extend.  A lot of people choose the New Year as a launch pad for a major lifestyle overhaul.  That fails 99 times out of 100, because, well… it’s impossible.  While you’re trying to change your life, life still happens, so if you take on too much, you’re probably just going to get exhausted and give up.

Cue the second hint.
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