First a big thanks for Sally Ember, L. Marie, and M.T. McGuire for hosting me on Wednesday. The one for Sally was a joint post with Nicholas Rossis too, so click on these links for a look. Those were a lot of fun and hit on a day where I was feeling like a garbage truck ran me over. Feeling better now . . . at least physically.
Mentally is another story since this was a chaotic week. Repeatedly hitting the ground running every morning, feeling sick one day, snow day after that, and just all around stress. Some personal issues are looming, which I’m not going to go into here. Yet it still plays into the fact that I end the week exhausted and depressed. So I guess I’m still teetering over a blue place that I can slip into with ease. Bad sales, crazy rankings, arguing people, negativity, uncertainty of next book release, feeling like a failure, not knowing who to trust, blah, blah, blah. It’s taking a toll on me that I’m trying hard not to let seep into my writing.
As far as the writing goes, I about 4.5 chapters done. I’ll finish that other one over the weekend if I’m lucky. Kind of left some characters falling over a waterfall and I think I repeated a joke of ‘it’s always a damn waterfall!’ Though I think I want to make it a running gag. I still feel anxious when I get into writing and it takes a bit of unbroken time to get into the flow. The action and banter parts are still natural, but I find myself second guessing the serious parts. Doubt is not an author’s friend. On the plus side, the alpha reader on ‘The Mercenary Prince’ is enjoying it. So I’m hoping to get through another 4-5 chapters this week. A lot of them are 4 sections instead of 3, so I’ll probably hit the low end of the scale.
I’m getting a new author photo tomorrow, so fingers crossed that it comes out good. I don’t smile in pictures. As a few friends have mentioned, I lack the ability to smile on command. Either I’m genuinely happy or I’m trying not to look like a serial killer, mope, or asleep. Still aiming for the black and white to counter the face. Thank you to my best friend for the nice clothes too. Connected to this, I can’t do any other advertising sign ups because I want to use the new pic. Not that anything I’ve done for the last 2 months seem to be working. I get attention, but not many sales and I’m nearly pulling my hair out at this point. Really need that next book to be released, but even that won’t do much because of it being a long series.
That brings me to my other project, which I might start writing during my son’s April Break. Only at night, but it’s a short story/novella at about 30-70 pages. A friend pointed me toward a site where I can find a cover artist, so this project could turn up on Amazon in July. Depends on the other releases. This is the fantasy adventure pulp fiction thing and the title is:
Ichabod Jones & the City of Beasts
(Apparently someone made a comic with this character name in 2011. I wrote the name down in 2006, but that’s just a coincidence that I can’t prove since I don’t date my notes. So this project might take longer or die since the name was a big piece of it. I need something equally catchy that sticks in the mind. Ichabod Jones simply popped out while I was goofing off. Maybe I just need to change the first name.)
I came up with the name years ago and I’ve had this guy repeatedly transform in roles and stories. It’s a catchy name to me, so I think he’ll work here. Just repeated adventures and the reader can go in any order. I’ll be looking over my Conan novel to see how the structure and length went. Still, we’ll see what happens. As long as the next book goes live on time, I can jump on this early. Though I might do it anyway even if I’m stuck in a holding pattern.
So the goals of the week?
- Write more of Book 10.
- Stop checking numbers every hour because I’m only hurting myself.
- New author photo and use it on any new promo sites I find.
- Hype week posts in advance. Considering doing another Twubs chat, but I’ll post about that to see if there’s interest.
- Put clocks back an hour. Curse the practice.
- Biking as usual.
- Outlining future books and reading if I find myself unable to work on the book.
- Other stuff.