Writing Updates

Despite the fact that the cold is making me want to hide in bed until spring, the writing is going pretty well. There are times that I feel like I’m just spinning my wheels, but I am making progress. I’m working more consistently than usual, which is good.

The current project is a rough draft for the sequel to the middle-grade book that’s coming out near the end of February. The first book in the series is currently in the hands of final proofreaders. I have vowed to touch it no further, except for book formatting, etc.

I’m actually launching 2 series next year: one for kids and one for adults. Did I mention that before? I can’t remember. The series for adults is going to have Gaiman-level weirdness and Evanovich-level attitude, both things that I love, so I’m really excited about it.

I also found a book that I forgot I wrote last spring. That’s normal, right? To forget you wrote a book?  That one is a kids’ book but not part of the series. I think it needs some intensive rewriting, so I might put that release off until I get both the series rocking and rolling.

And now, here is a selfie I took with Bleu. He tried to eat a cookie through a ziploc bag the other day. That incident is not pictured.






The Corresponding Blog Post

What’s up, internetizens? I have a story today but not here. It’s actually on another blog. I’ll get to linking and such in a minute. First, some background.

I started writing this story a couple of months ago for a contest. Every once in awhile, I get this idea that I might enter a writing contest, but then I don’t. Sometimes it’s because I think whoever is running the contest is just going to pick their friends anyway, and other times, I just see something shiny and run off in another direction.

This round, my story idea was too much for the word count limit. I could’ve crammed the story into that box, but the process wouldn’t have been much fun. And if I’m not having fun, the writing is probably worse than it might’ve otherwise been. So the story hung out in my digital folder until I decided to pick it back up a couple of weeks ago.

I ended up trashing the original file and starting over.

Now, quick background on the other blog. I’m starting a publisher, my very own little venture. The first release is going to be one of my books, because if anyone should be the guinea pig, it should be me. I do plan to publish other authors, and submissions are currently open.

I’ve gone back and forth on the publishing thing for years. I’ve ended up talking myself out of it every time. I talk myself out of a lot of things, a habit I’m working to break.

It isn’t all that crazy of an idea, anyway. I have years of publishing experience with my own work, a business degree, a computer degree, a social media marketing certification. I’m not just some schmuck wandering in aimlessly off the street, and when I think about what I really want to do with my time on this big, bluish orb, books (reading and writing) are always at the front of my mind.

So, that’s what I’m up to. I plan to do it as well as I can.

The story is called Only the Moon and you can read it on the NightLark Publishing blog if you so desire. Click here for the jump.

And because what is a blog post without a picture, here’s Bleu on a newspaper.