I don’t know why I’ve become blog-phobic lately. But I thought I should check-in here a wee bit.
Some of my stuff is taking part in the Smashwords sale. It’s over in a week. Lots and lots and lots of books by other writers are up there, so it’s worth checking out. Soul is free pretty much everywhere right now. Most of my freebies are really old now. I’ve written a lot of books since Thirst, for example, so I felt like I needed a fresher representation of what I do. Soul is long and new(ish), and I’m really into Chaos this year, so it seemed appropriate.
2. Editing Slots
A brand new Ava Delaney book is in my editor’s hands right now. I’m trying some new things, and I don’t want to give release dates or promises. I’m just seeing how this goes. If it works out, it won’t be like the original series. There won’t be a big arc that I need to wrap up in a final book. It’s hard to explain exactly what I’m trying to do, but I’ve been working on a number of stories in Ava’s world, and I felt like I needed a story with her first to set up the timeline. It won’t change any of the original series, and there’s no desperate need to read this one (I mean, unless you really want to) to find out more about what happened in the old series. I’m so ridiculously bad at explaining this. Full disclosure: I cancelled an editing slot this summer, so my projected release schedule is once again out of whack. When I figure it out, I’ll update.
3. What I’m writing
I’m currently writing some Peter and Val words. I meant to finish this thing a lifetime ago, but it never happened. It’s just a novella, but if it works, it’ll be the first in their series. If. I hope it does because Val keep surprising me. It’s in third person, and I’m terrified of writing in third person (or in a male voice), so it’s one of those make myself as uncomfortable as possible writing scenarios that I like to punish myself with so much.
4. What I’m Editing
Chaos #4 is my editing punishment right now. I thought I would send it to the editor this summer, but I wasn’t happy with it and sent Ava instead. Now, as I’m editing, I’m all, what’s so bad about this? So the ending must be horrible. Mostly, I needed a break from this series. I cry while I’m writing it, cry while I’m editing it; it rips my heart out and shreds it into pieces. And then I have to take a breather or I’ll die. I’m spacing out my editing a little better, so I don’t get crushed over and over again on the same day.
5. What’s next
Weeell, I’m not as sure as I was. I know I have to write Break You, and I’m excited about that because it’s the final book, so I get to go out in a blaze of glory. I have to write Chaos #5 which I’m still thinking about. The order of events is so important that I can’t screw it up, so I’m going to be planning this one hard. And I’m a pantser, so outlining to the extent I’m planning is going to really suck. I have to finish the Chaos #4 edits, obviously, mixed in with editing another book that I haven’t quite decided on. Maybe the second Ava book. Maybe. I figure my brain will be more cooperative once the kids are back to school (and my baby is starting playschool so no kids in the mornings in September!)
I stopped repeatedly getting my phone fixed and got a new one instead (I really hate change), so I’m a little more connected to the outside world. My eldest is away from home right now, so the rest of us are in a state of mourning. The other four are slowly taking pieces out of each other. They’ve been on holidays forever. I mean, really. They’re so intent on wrecking each other’s heads that their verbal battles are almost poetic. It’s hot. It’s so hot that it’s hard to remember to wear clothes or do anything but melt into puddles. My office is the coldest room in the house, and it feels like an oven. But we’re still getting rains and floods, so Mother Nature’s having a lot of fun. Oh! And I’m super mega uber pissed that Dragon Age: Inquisition has been delayed again. I can’t think of anything else that’s been happening. Yes, we really are this boring. No wonder I don’t update much. And now I need to get out of this oven and spend time with my kids, so farewell. Have a good week (I have no idea what day it is)!