Writing Updates

Okay, writing update! I keep putting off blogging but not anymore! At least for this moment.

Let’s see where we are. I’ve still got 4 books in play. 2 way-rough drafts, 1 novella that’s creeping up on acceptable, and the middle grade book, which is the thing that’s really driving me bonkers.

I just want everything to be perfect. Is that too much to ask, Brain?

The novella is the 2nd Juniper story. The first Juniper story was What the Dead Fear. That’s still free on Amazon, btw. I should have Juniper 2 ready to go within the next couple of months, so yes, there will be at least one release this year.

I like how it’s turning out. It’s longer than the first one and better, I think. The writing is better. The story is better.

Editing has been really difficult lately, especially for the kid’s book. I hope that doesn’t sound too complain-y. My attention span is kind of haywire anyway and when I get to about the 5th or 6th read, I start longing for that binder with all my future book project notes in it. Pretty, shiny book notes.

What I really need is someone to take books away from me at draft number 3 and just fix the rest of it. I could hand it to them and be all like – “Here is this semi-practically-coherent pile of words. Please make it brilliant and then give it back.” And they should be willing to work for free and none of the credit. Is that a thing? No?

Ugh, why is that never a thing? I would get so much more done.

Once Juniper is done and the middle grade novel is acceptable, I’ll get back to the book I wrote during Nano last year. That’s the thing I really want to dig into.

A quick Max update: He’s doing pretty well. Still skinny. Still bald in spots but he feels okay most of the time as far as I can tell. He’s got a new fascination with the fake tree in the library and seems to think it may be a scratching post.

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Okay, that’s it for now.