Happy Monday! Where did last month go? It’s amazing this year is nearly over.
Last week was interesting. It took nearly a week for me to recover from Penned Con and now I’m getting ready to head to Florida for another convention. This time I’m doing a signing. So it’s a short work week. Let’s see how I’ve progressed.
1) LAST WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
*Finish the rough draft of Rebel. Done! I’ve got about 2,000 words to go. I figure I’ll take care of them in the revision process. For now it’s a done deal and goes up on the shelf to marinate for a minute.
*Research new project under new brand. [More on this in a minute.] Done! I’ve even done a mock-up of a cover idea.
*Plan NaNoWriMo project. Almost done! I started this and have even planned out a few scenes.
*Map out new marketing plans. Didn’t get that far.
Not on the list but I did return to working on the rough draft of Cursed Hearts.
2) THIS WEEK’S PROJECTIONS:
With a short work week I’ll be splitting my time with these projects.
*Working on the rough draft of Cursed Hearts.
*Planning a new project, a horror story for another anthology.
*More research on new brand project.
*Try to finish planning NaNoWriMo project, Restore.
3) A FAVORITE LINE OR PASSAGE FROM MY STORY THAT SUMS UP WHAT I WROTE/REVISED:
Sure he’s playing with supernatural fire, but something deep down tells him this time the burn will be worth it. [Victor Duquette from Cursed Hearts]
I love this passage from Victor. He’s musing about Kelsie Martin and whether a relationship with her is worth all the trouble.
Victor is an interesting character. He’s permanently an eighteen-year-old. At times, he acts out like a teenager. Other times, he acts his true age. His wish is to have what anyone would want, someone to spend their life with. Dating Kelsie is a big risk for him, but he’s decided that she’ll be worth it.
4) THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE I FACED LAST WEEK: Juggling! Seriously, I’ve got a lot going on and it’s important to decide what to prioritize. I did a few inquiries and made a big decision.
Release: an Alliance Chronicles novella will be published in January 2017 instead of December. This decision was made based on the history of how well books sell during holidays. According to those I asked, it’s best not to plan during November and December. The advice came from a trusted author and so I’m pushing it back. It gives me more time to devote to revising and promoting the book.
5) SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT MY WIPs: In my “Center Stage Moment” I always ask authors who their favorite character is to write about. Before working on Release and Rebel, I was fairly certain that my favorite is Tru Shepard. After all, she’s my alter-ego. Well, then I started writing about Asher Jones. If I haven’t said it before, I love this character. It’s not that he’s fun to write about or the fact that he’s a bad boy. Asher has gone through a lot in his life. He’s had to question his own sanity and even his religion. He’s had to re-evaluate his life and make hard decisions. I love his strength, his character, and even his sense of loyalty.
I’ve mentioned my decision to push back the publish date for Release. I’m hoping to have a book by Nadirah Foxx released in August 2017 (no deadlines set as of today). I have the story plan but no title yet.
How am I feeding my soul this week…
I’m in the middle of an ARC by Jolene Buchheit, Trial by Dreams.
That’s it for this week. If you live in Orlando or Altamonte Springs, Florida, come check out the Indie BookFest event.
OCTOBER 7, 8 & 9 – 2016
There’s a free to the public book signing on October 8th from 3:00-6:00 p.m.