Thursday, June 23, 2011

Quick Update

Surprisingly, I was able to write a good smattering of words on our recent trip out west. I'm not the best traveler ever, so the fact that I got anything down at all is probably a moral victory.  Thus, I need to add to the word count of Fates' Motif above.  I'm pretty excited about this book.  Writing concurrent series in two similar but different genres suits me.  I was worried at first, but really they're serving to fuel one another.  Even as I hit the home stretch for Fates' Motif, I find my brain blossoming with ideas for the second installment of The Spirit Binder Series. 

Speaking of, I gave my angelic editors another week to work.  With the trip, I was a little behind anyway.  That means I'm going to hit the revision gauntlet hard next week.  I still hope to have the book ready to go by the end of next week, but I'll be just barely squeaking in at the finish line.  Even so, the various distributors I'm using may take a few days to get the files actually up and for sale.  Thus, June 2011 is probably morphing into July 2011, but I'm pretty close.  Considering this isn't my day job, I think missing my target month by maybe a few days is completely acceptable.  I'm really proud and excited about how the project is coming together and want to say thanks to everyone who's helped along the way. 

I think I'll try and post an excerpt up here sometime next week as well.  In addition, for anyone wandering by, I plan to make healthy use of the sample features on all the websites we're selling from.  I want y'all to know what you're getting into.

I'm hoping to have my first draft of Fates' Motif done by the end of the summer as well.  Hopefully before football season slows me down.  I think it will end up being about the same length as Binder's Daughter, but may wax a bit longer.  Then, I feel like I'm ready to dive right into the next book, tentatively titled The Binder's Husband.

Unfortunately, it takes me about a year to write a book (I started Fates' Motif last fall I believe), so The Binder's Husband probably won't be done until fall of next year.  Unless I become magically and wildly successful with one book overnight, of course.  I would love to be able to at least go part time, but who wouldn't?  Until then, this is me, writing stories because it's fun as hell and sharing them. 

My grandfather used to do a lot of woodworking.  If you've ever been to a small county fair, you've probably seen the booths these crazy old guys run.  Small wooden rocking chairs, crazy wooden wind chimes, weird scarecrows for the yard, the ubiquitous naked butt lawn ornament complete with child-sized jeans nailed into the knees... you name it.  That's where I feel like I'm shooting for right now: county fair stall.  Ambitious?  Probably not, but it's the first step in this journey (emphasis on the butt ornaments, which may be my specialty).  If it's the only step I ever take, then I'll be happier for having tried.  For sure.


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