Despite my blog silence, I’ve actually been getting quite a bit done this month. It’s just all been mixed up with relatives visiting, a friend packing up to move away, and my annual bout of panicking author. So instead of an in-depth series reviewing the month, here’s a quick look at September’s shenanigans with a few poignant moments to spice things up. (It is Fall, after all, and the spice trend is all over the place.)
First off, the fun stuff. I started the rough draft for Surfaeillance 3. The third episode is going to have a bit of an aquatic theme, so what better place to start it than while I was on vacation at Mexico Beach? I even pulled an almost 6k word day in the car on the ride home. As of right now I can tell you that there will be psychotic mermaids, new agents, a hydrokinetic wild card, and a seriously disturbed villain.
But, you might ask, what about Surfaeillance 2? Well, The Mirror Knife is getting its final edits and formatting changes this week, and I started negotiations on the cover design yesterday. And “negotiations” is the definitely the right word. Every time I tackle a cover I feel like I’m in the middle of a hostage transfer with Creativity. Yesterday that meant being willing to stand in a moldy shower stall (toes in cold water) and press my hand against the glass for a series of reference/idea bouncing photos.
I’ve begun edits for The Luck Child as part of my winter agenda. Last year I scaled way back on writing output for the winter months and it worked really well. This year, however, I want to at least keep in practice, so I will be prepping The Luck Child for release next year and probably playing around with short stories and brainstorming for future projects. I’m rather tickled, because I just finished the reread of the first draft and it’s in better shape than I remembered!
And as a final little swirl in the latte of life, I’m sorting through a stack of business related decisions. There’s a lot to running this kind of show, and a whole lot of options to weigh and act upon. Adjusting the pricing on some of my books, for example, and whether to split off and have an “author blog” while making Lantern Leaf Press the “business blog.” (Anybody have a coin I can flip?) As long as I remember that it doesn’t all have to happen at once, I’ll be fine.
Oh! And the big one that somehow slipped under my blogging radar – I finished the first draft of Manor Magic. I’m still not a huge fan of that placeholder title, but hey, the first draft is finished. All 98,043 words of it. That puppy was huge. It will sit on the cyber shelf for a little while (in company with an eastern flavored YA/NA fantasy) and then begin the editing process until it’s the shining, romantic, tear-jerking magical jewel it was made to be.
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