I don’t want your eyeballs to glaze over, so I’m going to try to keep this update organized. I’d say I’d try to keep it concise, but you know how I always end up rambling…

State of the Scribbling, Part 1 – The New Book

  • As you saw in the survey results, the New Book now has a title: Hoard It All Before. The series title is now in question…grrrr.
  • In case you’re not familiar, this is the first in a paranormal cozy mystery series that takes place in a circus full of satyrs, centaurs, dragons, and a few other strange creatures (like humans)
  • Draft 3 is done! As I worked this draft, I took things very slowly to make sure all plot points were where they should be, that no one was in one place when I just said they were somewhere else (oops), and all that fun stuff.
  • I also read through everything I did during the previous day’s editing session, made further edits, and so basically ended up working Draft 4 at the same time. Yay!
  • The book is now with my beta readers for them to pick apart anything that makes no sense and to help me find a few of those pesky typos that crop up out of nowhere.

State of the Scribbling, Part 2 – Release Dates/Production Schedule

  • I’m leaning toward working on books two and three of this new series before publishing any of them….assuming I can test your and my patience.
  • This is going to depend on whether this speedy production with Book 1 was a fluke or if I’m actually able to crank out another book in only a three months.
  • Once I get the third book ready to go, I plan to (hope to? dream of?) writing book 1 of another series (more silly mystery), then switching back and forth between the two series as I go forward. Again, that plan will probably fail, but that’s the plan right now.
  • All that means, there likely won’t be any new funny stuff from me this year. But next year, I’ll be raring to sell you things to make you giggle : )

State of the Scribbling, Part 3 – Double Booking

  • Because it took me so long to settle into the first book I’d publish (The Trials of Hercules), I have at least nine manuscripts in my drawer that have never seen the light of day.
  • I decided to get one of those out (the least horrible) and start editing it.
  • Why didn’t I edit it before? Because at the time I honestly didn’t understand how to edit and rewrite my own work. Now, with many books under my belt, I’ve got some serious rewriting chops.
  • The book (sci-fi with a serious tone) is far different than what I’m currently writing (goofy paranormal mysteries), so it’s mentally easy to switch back and forth between the two books.
  • I’m in no hurry with this, so I’m just editing about 2000-3000 words a day. But who knows, it might be ready by the end of the year.
  • Since it is different than my newer books, I’ll likely publish it under a pseudonym, but it won’t be a secret pseudonym or anything (because I’m not that clever).

Anyway, that’s the round-up. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of this, so don’t be shy about heading back to the newsletter and leaving a reply!!