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Month: December 2016

2016 – So Not FTW After All

I think we can all agree that the past year hasn’t been good to the majority of the planet and move on from that. I just read my last hopeful yearly update – poor naive fool. 🙂 And I *still* didn’t go through Hollow. What’s wrong with me? In my defence, there was too much real world sadness to deal with so much of the fictional kind, too. That’s my excuse, and I’ll be clinging onto that for dear life for a while longer.

I shouldn’t complain. My family is safe and with me, and that’s the most important thing. We are lucky. It’s hard to remember through the haze of wtf that 2016 left in its wake, but I know lots of good things happened. Which is why I’m still baffled about all of the random, out of the blue, panic attacks I had this year for no reason at all.

I’ve had panic attacks since childhood (except it was called acting up, being hysterical, attention-seeking, hormones or “just her age” in those days, ha) but as an adult (ahem – yes, actually, I’m totally a grown-up now) I’ve been happy and healthy (I don’t even faint like a Victorian lady anymore, er, mostly). The last time they were really frequent was during my pregnancies (extra hormones + medical phobia = insane Claire’s ultimate form), but my youngest is six now, and life is even better since then – especially since we moved out of Dublin. It’s kinda hard to talk about, but they used to happen for reasons, at least, and they were never this omg will this ever stop kind of frequent. I’m just going to chalk it up to a bit of excessive burnout, too much gawking at terrible world news, not enough reading and creating, and keep my fingers crossed that they feck off back to wherever they were coming from. Ooh, story idea. 😛

This will shock no one, but writing wise, 2016 has been kind of a fail. I’ve written words – I just haven’t, you know, done anything with most of them. My last novel was released a year ago, which is a bit sad and pathetic, but it’s just been a mad year all round. Statistically, 2017 has to be better, right? Right?

Being serious for a moment, I’m still not in a position to publish a worthy novel. (Hopefully sooner rather than later) I’ll be sending out a couple of free stories in the newsletters to keep people going (Secret Self, Crossroads, and Magic Thief), while I work on whatever comes next. I’ll probably try to focus on the Harbinger trilogy just because so much of it is already done, but I’ve been starting to get into Ava’s next book (So. Many. Notes.) too. I’ll most likely send out a free Chaos novella before I get another full-length novel out in that world, too. I’ll continue to update every month at least with how things are going, and thank you if you’re still hanging in there with me. 🙂

Wanna see something terrifying funny? I tidied up my desk, and, uh, these are the notes I need for the above stuff. On paper. Not including all of the other notes on my laptop. Or the million post-its covered in scribbles I can’t make out. *Nervous laugh*

I have been getting a lot of ideas for new stuff lately, so I’m taking that as a good sign for the year to come. Something is still working in my tiny little overly-fried brain. Hope springs anew! Anyway, I better go check on the kids’ progress. They’re licking up being as good as gold and cleaning up – mostly because I gave them a lecture (and possibly because they caught a glimpse of that crazy ultimate form behind my eyes), but still, I’ll take it.

Have a most excellent new year, World. You deserve it.

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December 2016

I thought I’d do my December update now because I’ll probably forget I’ll end up with an annual update in a few weeks anyway.

2016 December has not been a fun time so far. Lots of sick days from school carried over from November. One of my babies was so ill that I was afraid we’d end up spending Xmas in hospital (I’m a panicker), but everything seems to be back to normal now, so we have to hurry up and finish getting presents organised. *Invites all the stress around for tea* We haven’t even put up the tree yet. I’m a grinch not exactly a Xmas person – although I’m good with an excuse to spoil the wee shitheads – and if it was left up to me, there would never be a tree or decorations.

But, yeah, all five young ‘uns are back in school today, so fingers crossed we don’t get a phone call to pick one up early. And not only because I’ll finally be able to play music I want to listen to instead of endless requests from the (not so) smallies. 😀

Weirdly, despite everything, I’ve been sticking to my little work schedule. All of those sleepless nights came in handy. 🙂 I just finished a run-through of Crossroads this morning. Still liking it. Secret Self isn’t working for me as well (which delays Crossroads). I kind of wish I had another POV to balance it out, but I’ll work it out eventually.

That little story I was working on for fun last month has taken over my life, on the other hand. I’m super into it right now, but my brain keeps deciding that 4am is the best time to let me know every imaginable back story and possible scene – no matter how weird. Whatever, words are good even when they’re bad. I’m about 60k in of the rewrite (I drastically changed the plot and needed to go back to go forward – it makes sense, I swear), but I feel like I’m nowhere near the end. I’ll be so mad at myself if I don’t finish this thing though!

Himself is off on a mission to caffeinate me (and he already made today’s dinner, the precious little superstar) so I have no excuses today. MOAR words for me. Have a great week!

 

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Oh, Brain

NaNo is over, and I (barely) made it to 50k in the end. I missed too many days but caught up in the last week by making lots of insane deals then locking myself away from the family. I didn’t finish the story I was working on, but it’s a long one, so I didn’t expect to.

I stalled out on it yesterday and assumed it was because I got cocky after a 7k day on the 29th, but as it turns out, my brain was merely busy trying to find a way to screw me over. *Sigh* I had a change of plans idea last night that will require a full rewrite. Part of me is like, please, no, but mostly, I’m just happy to be feeling creative. I think the changes will make the book a lot stronger. I’m feeling so good about this story right now that I want to keep working on it in December. I badly need to squeeze in some editing though.

I think people who enjoyed Chaos will probably like Spare Heir, but I haven’t deserted Ava. I’m still working on what has to happen in her next book – there’s a lot to squeeze in. (Speaking of Chaos and Ava, the 99c sale on the first bundles will end after this weekend). I have neglected Harbinger though because I’m waiting to get all three edited close together for consecutive releases, and I can’t do that any time soon. Next projected release is still another short, Secret Self, which will be free to newsletter subscribers as soon as its ready.

I’ll be back before the end of the month with another update – if I survive December. 🙂

 

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