(Might have used this one already, but whatever.)
This past week was one of . . . damned if I know. I sorted through a lot of the superhero stuff and wrote up villains for a future book. That’s really it. For some reason my energy plummeted in the early afternoons or I didn’t have any to begin with. Part of this stems from the schedule for everyone being thrown off. The wife is home all the time, which has us tripping over each other and my son unsure of the day. He knows mommy is home for weekends, so having her home for school days is causing some trouble. So it’s been a hectic balancing act and nightly battles. This doesn’t even bring in the other stresses like helping her job hunt and making sure she isn’t getting upset.
Then there’s the other issue that comes from the whole mess: DO I KEEP GOING? My sales and rankings have gone down. I won’t have another release until December or later because we all know that arena is a disaster for me. All of this brings up the question that comes up when things get tough. Keep trying to find new ways to promote and coming up empty. Needless to say, I’m feeling a little down about the whole thing and hoping it doesn’t influence the writing. I need to get back to that because it’s become the only time I feel happy and relaxed.
I return to Windemere for Book 12 on Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s the last big project for 2015 and leaves me with 3 books left on Legends of Windemere. Those 3 will be done along with another Ichabod Brooks and possibly another Bedlam book next year. That last one depends on how well the first one is received, but the alpha readers seem to be enjoying it. As far as Book 12, it’s a big one. A lot of stuff happens and it is basically the end of the temple part of the adventure. Only other thing I can say is that it’s the finale for a character too and a lot comes to light. That leaves me with the last 3 and those all involve the rush toward the grand battle. Especially since Book 12 ends with a real nasty setback and leads into Book 13, which will have one of the most brutal events of the series.
Odd talking about this when this book won’t be released until next December. The only reason I’ve been going full blast on the writing is because the outlines are there and I want to have everything written in case something happens. Not sure what to do when I’m done though. You see, the next book after Legends of Windemere is a standalone that could spoil the ending. So do I save that for much later and move on to the Dawn Fangs? I guess I could always write it and keep it reserved until enough time has passed. Now I’m just wandering with my thoughts. Been a long day with the kid at the zoo and tomorrow (today since I’m writing/scheduling this post the night before) is the wife’s birthday. I really wish I could sit down and hash this stuff out since it’s giving me a headache.
So, what’s the plan for the week?
- Take kid pants shopping and wife cake shopping since she wants Gluten Free.
- Start writing Legends of Windemere: The Spirit Well. Hoping to get the first 3-4 chapters done by next weekend.
- Check in with alpha readers for Crossing Bedlam.
- Consider 99designs for cover art. Not sure what else to do for set up. Still considering Beta readers, but not sure how or when to do that. Book is unedited.
- Poke at the Sin stories since I only need locations, supporting cast, and Act synopsis on the first one.
- Try to retain some energy.
- Enjoy seeing how people take to the Raven’s Hold.
Simple week, but it feels like a challenge for me due to being very tired. Hope everyone has some fun.