First of all, let me direct you to all of the guest posts I’ve had this week:
Thank you to everyone who hosted me and submitted a guest blog in return. (Typing this would be easier if the laptop stopped zooming in and out of the screen. Think something is stuck here.)
After a month of being busy or blue or downtrodden or exhausted, I finally stepped back into Legends of Windemere. The 7th book, ‘Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue’ is going to start its editing run in a bit and I’m hoping for an April debut. As usual, I expect the universe to mess with me. Alongside this, I’m starting to write ‘Tribe of the Snow Tiger’, which is Book 10. I did spend last weekend examining the outline and fine-tuning it to get my head where it needed to be. That’s one that I’ve found to help me write 1 chapter per day. At least if that chapter is 3 sections or less, which is most of the time. This means I got 4 chapters done this week. I lost Friday to errands, an important meeting, and attempting a new recipe. So my time management skills are rusty and they weren’t that great to begin with. My goal is to get this done before the Spring Break that begins on April 1st. That gives me a week and a half with the little guy to go over the outline for Book 11 and then I’ll start that one up. Basically, I want to get Books 10 and 11 in first draft mode before summer starts. I won’t be getting much done during that period beyond Book 8’s release (hopefully) and the short story adventures (hopefully).
I’m still a little nervous about touching the books. I get over it as soon as I start up since I’m exploring two new regions of Windemere. Also, Timoran Wrath gets to take the spotlight for once. He’s very low key, which is helping me get back into the swing of things. Nyx is proving to be difficult since she’s in a rather ‘immature’ moment after the events of Book 9. Kind of overcompensating for one thing and hiding her emotions about another. Maybe that’s for the best since I’m in the same boat. The two of us can get back to our centers together. Same goes for *redacted*, but I’m not really sure what to do about that situation.
Other than that, there’s really nothing else that went on. Sales ranged from meh to nada, which made the ranking jumps even more confusing. Not sure what to do about marketing at this rate being trying to push the next book, but that’s not an easy thing to do without cover art. I finally got an appointment next Sunday to get a new, more professional author photo. This means that a new marketing site that I wanted to sign up with will have to wait. I need to look over new blurbs for the books too. So far, I’ve had positive responses. The new one for ‘Beginning of a Hero‘ has been up for a while and no complaints. Those are all the small things going on. As usual, I get into writing a book and not much else happens. Though not writing a book tends to mean I’m just outlining or reading or goofing off with the kid, which isn’t really blog worthy either.
Goals of the week!
- Write 4-5 more chapters of ‘Tribe of the Snow Tiger’.
- Do a little outlining of another story.
- Cook dinners.
- Get new author photo and then switch it out with the old one.
- Examine blurbs again.
- Hunt for any other interviews, guest blog spots, and marketing avenues.
- Sleep when I have no choice.