How was your weekend? I got some much needed rest, and I worked hard at the business side of authoring–educating myself about marketing and promotion. Remember my zombie short story? Well, I submitted it to an upcoming dystopian anthology. I’ll let you know if it gets accepted. Speaking of anthologies… Recall my vampire fiction? The women’s anthology rejected it (my first rejection letter as an author). It’s all good, though. I planned on turning it into a full-length story for my upcoming series (“The BlackGuard Society” in 2017).
What else did I do? I got some reading done, and worked on teasers. Here’s one I re-worked (the original is on the left):
Let’s see how my projections went…
1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Work on revisions of Rescue, chapters 35- 39. Done!
*Finish setting up Scrivener for Restore. Still working.
*Work on teasers for Regress. I need to make a few more to have a total of ten for the countdown close to release day.
*Add to my 30-ish challenge. I have ideas for the female lead. I did get some ideas down. Shelley Brewster went from being naive co-ed to strong, aware huntress. I like strong females in the books I read. Making Shelley weak didn’t appeal to me. So I beefed her up. Gave her an interesting reason for being in town. She has a past she’s trying to outrun, a family legacy she’s not proud of, and a destiny she wants to escape.
2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Work on revisions of Rescue, chapters 40 – 44.
*Finish Regress teasers.
*Finish setting up Restore in Scrivener.
*Write out my marketing/promotion plan.
3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED: Too many frenzied thoughts raced through my mind, not one of them revealing a solution. [Tru, Rescue]
Much like my female lead, I had too many thoughts on my mind last week. My daughter’s injury took up much of my thinking. Nothing like hearing your kid is in the hospital and you’re hours away. Then I got the rough draft idea back from my cover designer. That threw me for a loop, but it was my own fault. I didn’t give enough of the appropriate details to get a product I’d fall in love with. I spent two hours rethinking my concept, clarified the design, and contacted the designer. Crisis averted. I had a hard time staying focused the rest of the week because I was worn out. Thoughts swam, ideas cropped up, and my brain said it had enough. So I took Friday and Saturday off.
4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: This goes hand-in-hand with the previous paragraph. I’d sum up the challenge as self-care. It’s too easy to work myself down to a nub being isolated at home. I missed my monthly coffee chat with my tribe because of the family emergency. I spent too much time worrying about making up for lost time. The gym was skipped. Meals were eaten haphazardly. Not a good thing. Self-care is probably more vital to creative people. If we run ourselves down, we don’t create.
5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIP: Imagery. I love the worldbuilding in Regress. I worked hard to create a war-torn city in the future. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the world Tru and Zared live in.
That’s it for this week!