February 11th, 2015


tbr shelf: that's one way to do it

One way to get through the TBR shelf is to bounce off what I'm trying to read. I've had a couple of thuds in a row, one mystery novel (which my mom couldn't finish either) and an epic fantasy that I...probably could have made it through...if I'd really wanted to try...but it felt very over-written to me and I was just kind of tired of it before I got to page ten. Throw in a couple graphic novels and my little debacle with the MC Beaton books last month, and hey, that's five or six books knocked off the TBR shelf in no time! @.@

Technically my friend Carol Berg's book DUST & LIGHT is up next, but it's book one of a duology and the second will probably be out around August, so I may skip that for now so I can read them back to back when book 2 is available. That brings me to MR Carey's THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, so I think I'll go right ahead and read that.

Although possibly I should now work in one of the non-fiction books, else I fear I'll never actually read them. I'm still undecided on whether I have to read those alphabetically or not. There aren't nearly as many of them. :) Thoughts? :)

Stone’s Throe now available!

My pulp fiction novel, STONE’S THROE, is now available for general purchase direct from the publisher! It’ll be up on Amazon and other locations soon, I expect, and I’ll let people know when it is, but if you want it hot off the presses, you know where to go!

Oh! Oh! Oh! My former editor at Harlequin, Mary-Theresa Hussey, has launched a freelance editorial service, so if you’re in a position of looking for an editor, I can recommend her highly!

AND on that note, I have engaged her services for the editing of REDEEMER! I’m very excited about this, because I’ve, uh, worked with her on like 17 books, and I think she’s the perfect editor for that project! So *happy dance*! And actually that means I’ve got the whole production team lined up for that project, so all I have to do is, y’know. Write it. :)

Speaking of which, the goal is to start work on it in March. I’m within spitting distance of done with MAGIC & MANNERS (where ‘spitting distance’ means ‘god damn it this book is going to turn out to be 120K after all’), which will go through a quick revision process later this month and then go off to my other former editor who now runs an editorial service, and then I’ll be revising the hideously overdue 3rd book for my nephew. If all goes according to plan (which it won’t, because next week is a week off from school) those things will take the last two weeks of February, after which I’ll launch into REDEEMER.

My *plan* for that project is to go back through the synopsis and develop it to a much greater degree so that I have a really clean road map to follow. That’ll probably take a couple of weeks, but should make the actual writing a six to eight week project. My hope is to have a draft for Matrice by the middle of May, although that may be slightly too ambitious. I guess we’ll see. :)

ytd wordcount: 52,900 (woo broke 50K!)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)