Semi-forgotten Demon

Guess what I forgot to do. I forgot to release a thing! About 4 years ago, probably not quite 4 years, I wrote a short horror story called Iyrico.

I posted it on the blog.

I posted it on Wattpad.

I intended to post it on Amazon and other places, but apparently, I did not end up doing that.

If you read my blog on a somewhat regular basis, you probably know that I’ve been working my way toward producing audiobooks. I’ve actually recorded some chapters for other books, but I decided to take on something shorter at first, in case ACX didn’t think my equipment/quality was up to snuff.

I thought for a long time about what that thing would be. Most of my short stories are pretty short, maybe too short for audio. Then I was like duh! Iyrico would be perfect. It’s about 22 full-size pages long, so long enough to be a somewhat decent length but not long enough that I would waste too much time getting it together if it didn’t work out.

I then noticed that the story was not listed on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Goodreads or anywhere! It’s kind of cool because I get to do a new release and not do all that much work for it. Forgetful past me sometimes gives really good presents. 🙂

It’s also cool because I get to revisit a story I really like!

If all goes as planned, that should be the first audiobook I release, the first one with my voice on it, anyway. At the average timing (according to ACX) of 150 words per minute, the recorded story should end up being about 75 minutes long.

I’ve given the story a bit of an edit/rewrite because my writing and editing has improved a bit in the last four years, thankfully. Quickie cover redesign, which is already done, and maybe another read-through to make sure I didn’t screw anything up. Then mass release next week. Record the audiobook and release that…maybe within the next 30 days as long as ACX likes it? That’s sounds pretty reasonable. 


Now, because blog posts are better with pictures,  please enjoy this unrelated and slightly blurry photo of a tortoise we rescued from the street.

Misc Updates

Hey, guys! I feel like I haven’t been on the blog much lately. My workload has been utter insanity, and while I like being busy, I’d be okay with it cooling off for a while. However, as soon as it did cool off, I’d probably get excited about some other project and dive right in…like the podcast I’ve been thinking about starting. Everything I’m working on simultaneously feels like too much and never enough. 

I’m still making the 45 minute to an hour drive into and working at the day job, proofreading, occasionally writing, trying to make the publishing thing fly, blogging (mostly over at NightLark), and working on publicity for the next release there, which isn’t my book. Not one I wrote, at least. The crazy thing is that I think I’m better at promoting someone else’s work than I am at promoting my own. The effort is more consistent, which is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time.


It’s good because better/more consistent promotion usually equates to better sales. It’s bad because I’m doing things for this book that I should’ve done for all of my own books, and I know that. While putting this thing together, I neglected my own work. And that’s my fault. I should’ve found a way to manage my time more effectively. I am getting better, though, I think…I hope.


I have found that habits are magic. Whether they’re good magic or bad magic depends on the habit.


As far as my book release schedule goes for this year, I should have 2 more kids’ books out by the end of the year as long as the editing is somewhat smooth sailing. Both of those rough drafts are done. Is it weird I don’t get overly excited about finishing rough drafts anymore? I mean, I am happy they’re finished, but it’s kind of just a big step 1.


The adult series I planned to start this year will probably have to wait until next year. I do have one adult novella that I need to finish writing. That may be out around…Novemberish?? Or it could come out in the first couple of months next year. We’ll see what goes down between now and then.


Audiobooks…I’m still working on that. I have an area set up for recording. It’s much better than the setup I had before. I just need to get my rear end in there and use it!


What I really need is an assistant to follow me around and nag me until I finish all the things and also to occasionally knock the PlayStation controller out of my hand.


That’s it for now. Another toy collection post is on the way. I’m thinking Disney Villainess dolls…

Now please enjoy this picture of Bleu with 2 of his favorite things: newspapers and a box.

Argh.

I made the mistake of reading a review of one of my books. I usually don’t because it makes me obsess even more about what I might doing wrong with my writing. And trust me, there’s enough of that already.

This one was pretty bad. The number of stars was okay but they tore apart everything from my story pacing to my dialogue to my apparently ineffective use of pronouns. It was just bad. I felt like I was being graded by a really crotchety creative writing teacher.

Sigh.

I won’t be reading more reviews anytime soon. I just need to stay away from them, or else my motivation will be in the toilet. Positive energy only!!! Cue cheesy motivational photo.

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#ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear

These were making me laugh and cringe today!

Writing Stuff

Hey-o! A paperback release is imminent. I will post a link once it’s available. The sequel to that release is nearly finished, so I’m trying to decide what I need to work on next. I have 2 other books in progress. One is a rough draft I finished about a year ago. The other is a rough draft that I stopped working on right in the middle for some reason or another. I hate it when I do that, by the way. It’s really the best method I have for annoying myself.

Anyway, so I picked up the half-written thing today, thinking that might be the next project. I really like what I wrote so far. Most of the time, writing feels like I’m trying to run backward uphill. It’s kind of awkward, and I can’t always see where my feet are going to land. When I picked this story up to look over it, I was pleasantly surprised.

Sometimes, despite the awkwardness of the process, things click into place, and they flow just the right way. That was today, and it was a really good feeling. I’m looking forward to getting back to it, now.

The only bad part of having a project that I really love is that I have more trouble seeing what’s wrong with it when editing time arrives. I’ll have to be careful with this one.

In unrelated news, have I mentioned that I like popcorn?

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In the Dark

Hey there, kats and kittenz! I thought I’d pop onto the blog and drop some knowledge, seeing as I’m sitting here in the dark with the power out.

Want to see my super creepy selfie? Of course, you do!

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Slightly demonic, no? Loving those black eyes! There can’t possibly be a better use of precious cell phone battery power.

I tried to write again this weekend. It didn’t work. I was mostly okay on time, except for that short cubicle jail stint I picked up on Saturday. This time, I hit a bad patch in my book notes, and by bad patch, I mean that if I could’ve, I would’ve traveled into the past to smack myself with a rolled-up paper and asked – what the heck is this?

The notes went like this.

Back story, random facts, couple of chapters, more back story, random character notes, maybe some more story and some parts that didn’t make enough sense for me to follow, etc. It goes on.

It was like someone with attention deficit disorder wrote them or something.

By the way, I can make that comment, because I have it, so if you were looking to get offended, continue on down the road! Not today, oversensitive babies. Not. Today.

I discovered that I can’t write without having my thoughts organized and in a file or on paper so I can keep myself on track. I did try to write without proper notes and nothing would come. I actually had a weird moment where I was jumping between my manuscript and my notes, trying to find a way to push through and just write something.

I couldn’t do it.

Is that what writer’s block is? Brain-lock due to poor planning?

Anyway, so I had to spend most of my weekend writing hours deciphering my mess and basically plotting out the rest of the book. It’s much better now. I’ve moved all my reference material to the end of the document, and my chapter notes are at the beginning.

That’s all I have for now. I hope the power comes back on soon.

In which pie was used as a metaphor

I didn’t get much writing done this weekend. Due to some barometric pressure insanity, I woke up with a migraine on Saturday. I threw everything I had at it, but the thing insisted on sticking around until about 3pm.

There was also an additional child in my house and I had to go get people food, etc. Needless to say, my mini writing retreat was a bust.

Sigh.

Maybe next time. I did get started. My very sad word count was just over 2000 words.

Allow me to illustrate my disappointment using this dented pie, which was only slightly less of a disappointment.

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Much like my word count, the pie was squished. It still tastes okay, though, and I am around to write another day.

I have a new goal of getting a few hours of writing in every Saturday. That will be a helpful thing. I may have to spend some of those hours at the library if I really don’t want to be interrupted.

I have a Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of Love and the Dark that should go live tomorrow. I’ll post a link on the blog once I have one.