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Month: January 2016

Jan Writing

Keeping myself accountable, yo. Time for a blog post, hey? (Sorry – This week I’ve been spending too many of my evenings with Final Fantasy Type-O. My life is too exciting for words).

So I finished some bits this January and thought I’d share what I’ve been up to.

At the beginning of the month, I wrote a short story about the twins called Relativity. If editing goes well, I hope to release it in March. I’ll add a coupon code for a free copy to the newsletter that month. It’s not an absolutely essential read in the grand scheme of things, but it has definite links to some future books. (And, yes, Phoenix is in it). Basically, Rosa’s back with a quest to find something dangerous before the rest of the paragons can overreact, and the twins get sucked into the drama. 🙂

After that, I dove straight into Bad Blood, a VBI story (which I finished today). I know Demon Dog came out forever ago, but I switched up the timeline, and other stories came first. It’s a novel, but it won’t be a long one. I have a lot of research to do to confirm that the stuff I wrote actually makes sense, so I’m nowhere near ready to announce a release date, but I’m tentatively looking at April if everything goes well. I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s the one where the succubi are accused of passing on a supernatural STD that’s killing humans, and Peter and Val are the ones tasked with figuring out what’s going on before the shit completely hits the fan. It was tough at first getting back into their heads after so long, but I got ‘er done!

Next on the agenda is much editing and the next VBI story, Secret Self. I am soooo ready for this one. After that’s done, I’ll either take a break from Ava’s world and work on something new or carry on to Magic Thief with a new POV. (Secret Self will make sense of the Magic Thief title). It all depends on how much time I end up with. I get a good four hours of peace in the mornings now with all five kids in school which is a great start.

Imma try to update what I’ve been up to every month on the blog because Facebook has a habit of making me hate the world, and I tend to give up and ragequit log off before I post anything. (Mind-reading must be the worst superpower…)

 

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2016 FTW… Maybe

I thought I should update – it’s been too long since I did a proper post. I’m not going to be officially announcing any upcoming new releases for a bit. I haven’t even scheduled editing or covers yet. I took a couple of weeks off over the Xmas, but I’ve been back in the office this month. I’m working on a number of things, but I don’t want to tie myself down with deadlines because every single bloody time I say I’m going to release a book, my brain decides I need to write at least three other books first. 😀 I’ll update when I’m closer to a release.  Just know for now that I’m planning on spending the next three months writing my arse off.

I’ll just briefly update on books/series you might be interested in. Some stuff is already written, but I still have a lot of work to catch up on.

Chaos – Probably nothing in 2016. I have already written in the world again with a new character, but I think I’ll be putting it aside while I clear up other stuff. I love this world, and I put a lot of work into it, so I’m definitely going to revisit, but right now, I’m already juggling too much stuff.

Evans Pack/Harbinger – I held back Harbinger last Halloween because I had another release that month (and the book is way bigger than I expected). I’m aiming for another Halloween release, but only if I’ve made some headway with the other Evans pack books that I’ve been planning for yonks. So, maybe?

Ava & Lost Souls –  I’m still not wholly sure if Ava will be the star of the show at all this year. These books, man. 😀 I’ve been on a slow build, dropping hints all over the place, trying to piece stuff together, and I think I’m finally getting there. It’s taking me a lot longer than I expected because, well, it’s me. I can’t do anything in a straight line. Right now, there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be inserting a new trilogy (more similar in style to the original series) in between Lost Souls #3 and #4. I’m hesitant about estimating dates and such. Just because I want to write something doesn’t mean it’s easy it ends up published, so there’s that.

Hollow – Hollow is that contemporary story I thought would be therapeutic but couldn’t face editing. (I just checked. I wrote it in 2012, bought a cover, and then pretended the whole story didn’t exist because I couldn’t deal with the emotions – ha). Every now and then, I take it out and read it and think I’m going to whip it into shape before realising I’ve underestimated how painful it is for me to work on. I’m going to crack on with it one last time this year to see if I can finish the thing. If I can’t, I might upload it to Wattpad for the curious. (This is project pan in book form, people).

Something new – If I don’t work on something new sometimes, my brain decides to melt out of my left ear. I’ve been sitting on three or four different series that I haven’t had time to focus on, and I’d like to do some work on one of those. I’m leaning toward something witchy, but we’ll see what happens. I’m open to taking requests. 🙂

Current work in progress – This week, I’m working on Bad Blood, the second VBI story. I thought this was going to happen earlier, but I kept changing the timeline, and it only fits now. It’s going well (or it will once I stop making new playlists or editing this blog post for the seventeenth time). Basically, Layla hires Peter and Val to prove that her ladies aren’t the ones spreading a new super(natural) STD. Hehe. After that, I’ll be back to Secret Self (book 3) in which Peter and Val hunt down Ava. I’ve never been this excited about anything ever. 😀

That’s about it. Not gonna lie, 2015 was a tough year for me writing-wise. I struggled with pretty much everything I worked on because I let myself get stressed out about… all of the things. It was really disappointing and frustrating. That’s partly why I went offline most of the time. Over the holidays, I just put it all aside and focused on my family, and while it’s been tough getting back into the office, I’m slo(ooooo)wly finding my confidence again. I’m looking forward to what I have planned, but if those plans need to change, then I’m going to be less hard on myself about it. She says now… 😉

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