It’s Friday and I’ve had one heckuva busy week! I’ve got the plague and more work to do than one person should. I’ve been writing on Dissent mostly and it’s coming along. Well, except for the part where I cut 1K words from it yesterday. 🙂
For motivation and procrastination, I like to peruse cover art. I saw this photo and knew it would be perfect for Dissent. Here is the cover:
Bwahahahahaha! Is that mysterious enough for you? Don’t worry, it will all make sense once you start reading the story.
So, you’re probably wondering when you get to read the story? End of February. I’ve got a bunch of Valentines/ Anthology stuff coming up and then Dissent will be out. Not much longer! And, as always, thanks for your patience. I write as fast as I can, but I also have this whole other life where I’m a mom/wife/sister/daughter/friend. Yeah, the mom stuff takes up the most time, but all you parents out there know about that!
Today is also my day to blog over at the Indelibles. I wrote my post for them on Monday, so it’s a lot funnier and more coherent than this one. 🙂
Have a swell Friday.
I’ve just finished a truly satisfying four-hour block of writing. Rebellion is back on track now after I pretty much deleted everything but the first paragraph. Sometimes that’s what you gotta do.
It’s a little different from DoS because I have so many additional characters and I have to set up the other five stories that are going to follow it. I think DoS had more of a stand alone feel and Rebellion and the other stories are going to be more of a serial. This is something new for me really, even though I’m used to writing series, these works are shorter and have to be a continuation of the previous more so than a new installment. Well, either that, or I’m making up arbitrary rules for myself to follow, which would not be new. 🙂 I guess that what I’m trying to say is that when you read all of these short stories together I want it to feel like your reading one book with each “chapter” written from two different character points of view. It’s an experiment and I’m an indie, so yay for me! Ha!
In case you’re wondering, the boy had a lovely 4th birthday yesterday. Our house is overrun with toys and I have to somehow figure out how to get the playroom under control before Christmas and his sister’s birthday hits. Perhaps there will just be this perpetual kid clutter until they are in middle school? What say you, experienced parents of the world? Am I doomed to deal with stepping on toys for the next 10 years?
I also got my daughter’s room done and it looks fab. Too bad she won’t sleep in her big girl bed. Mama fail #5,098. We’re going to try again tonight, but she might just have to fall asleep on the couch and be transported until she’s ready to deal. She’s quite a sassafras and we really can’t get her to do anything she doesn’t want to do. Thank God she’s cute, or it would be the most frustrating thing ever.
Mom just called and it seems my child-free/writing day has come to an end. Time to go pick up the kids and get some El Pollo Loco for dinner. Double yay for not having to cook dinner tonight! I’ll talk at you all again on Wednesday. Have a smashing week!
Oh, I almost forgot! My Glimmer giveaway on Goodreads (I love my “g’s”) started yesterday. You can check it out here.
I got my proof of Glimmer today and I must say it looks fabulous! You can buy the paperback here. We did a little something different with Glimmer and actually put stuff on the back cover this time…like a real book. Hey, it’s a learning curve. I didn’t know any of the awesome indies that I know now when I put out Glimpse, so I didn’t have anyone to tell me that it needed a blurb on the back, nor did I have anyone to blab a blurb on the back. You do better when you know better. Something that I didn’t learn not to do after releasing Glimpse into the wild was to avoid posting dorky pics of myself with my books. Behold, a couple of shots from the Glimmer photo shoot. And, yes, that is a salad dressing stain on my sweatshirt.
This time I took the pictures in my kitchen because I still haven’t changed the burnt out lightbulbs in my office (going on 3 months now) and the glare from the flash was obscuring the title on the book.
Here I am pretending to be shocked at meeting myself under such strange circumstances.
And those are the two best pictures. Yup.
Today was the first day of NaNoWriMo and so far so good. I managed to get a bit over the word count I was aiming for and I know what I’m going to write tomorrow. I think you all are going to like Cara and Abel just as much as Flora and Julian. Lots of good majicky stuff happening. The first thing I have to do tomorrow is get all the characters for the series figured out and name them. Actually, I could use a little help with this. So far I have Guardians-Abel, Caroline, and Reginald and Sacrifices-Alex (vamp), Meagan (werewolf), and Damian ( shape shifter). I need 9 more Guardian and 9 more Sacrifice names. Post some in the comments if you feel so inclined.
Now I’m off to put the kids to bed and eat their Halloween candy while they sleep. Good times.
It has been a day. I’m currently taking a little medicinal wine 🙂 and enjoying the sound of my dryer and nothing else. My kids and I all have allergies and the pollen is killing us. We’re all cranky and snotty and in need of a desert climate. Despite having the seasonal ick, I managed to get a lot done today. I put Day of Sacrifice up on Smashwords, Amazon, and Pubit (Barnes and Noble) and it is for sale at Smashwords. It is currently publishing on Amazon and Pubit and I hope to have it for sale on those sites by Monday. I don’t know if it will take that long, but it seems to take a bit longer when you publish something over the weekend.
Glimpse is selling even better at $2.99 than it did at the lower price. I honestly don’t know what is up with that. I did add some more categories to it the last time I published it, so maybe I’m reaching more readers? Still haven’t sold a copy at Amazon UK. Grr. Now that DoS is done, I’m ready to dive into Glimmer and get it ready to publish. I think I’ll take the weekend off and start in on that on Monday. I bought Hollowland, Amanda Hocking’s zombie novel, a couple of days ago and I think it will be perfect weekend reading. I’m also reading The Passage and starting to get into that. Doesn’t that sound like a great way to spend a Fall weekend? Indoors, away from the pollen, reading? Now if only the children would cooperate…