I started the week with a brutalized lower back because my snow shoveling technique is self-destructive. Limped through the Tribe of the Snow Tiger edits while using a heating pad and stretching. Now I’m finishing up another round of edits on Crossing Bedlam before moving on to Charms of the Feykin and The Spirit Well. Of course, I managed to get a stiff neck last night and feel like a turtle who can’t get his head out of his shell. Seriously, it feels so good to grab my jaw/head/cheeks and pull to extend my neck and ease the tension. Guessing today will be slow progress, so my goal of editing the 4 mentioned books before February 13th is in jeopardy. Not to mention that Super Bowl thing coming.
I showed a preview/early drawing of Lloyd, so today I have another cover piece. This is of a character who hasn’t gotten much attention in the posts:
This is one of its later incarnations since it gets upgrades and ‘downgrades’ throughout the book. Cassidy’s jeep has become a big part of the story, which is why it might be playing a bigger role in the sequel. I’m already working on that idea after talking to Jon about the cover and what he thinks of the story. This is going to be a southern adventure that encircles Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. I considered Tennessee, but that took them too far out of the way. Still working on ideas for Alabama and Georgia too. The weirdness of the world brings up too many suggestions and I don’t want to repeat myself. This is probably going to be a small project I focus on while my son is on his Winter Break. At least at night when he’s asleep.
Staying on this topic since I have nothing else to talk about without falling into a rant, I find myself really nervous about Crossing Bedlam. I had a lot of fun writing this story and crafting a new world. Like Beginning of a Hero levels of fun and that comes with the anxiety too. Will people enjoy this book to warrant a series? How do I price and market it? What can I do about reviews since those seem to be harder and harder to come by without incurring Amazon’s wrath? Almost like I’m publishing for the first time. I’d celebrate everything with pizza on the 12th to take the edge off, but that might not happen. Unless I do it the 11th. Pizza makes everything better and it’s been a few weeks since I indulged on my terms.
In non-book news, wife still job hunting and kid had his gymnastics show yesterday. He did good, but I understand why he can’t progress to the next level. He needs to work on things and learn to focus on what he’s doing. It’s really anything that involves putting his legs in the air like cartwheels and handstands. Rolling and bridges are okay and he loves the parallel bars (with help).
So, what’s the plan for the week?
- Finish edits on Crossing Bedlam and Charms of the Feykin.
- Start edits on The Spirit Well.
- Figure out Alabama and Georgia for Bedlam sequel. Thinking ‘Chasing Bedlam’ as a title. The premise is that somebody steals the jeep and Cassidy takes that about as well as someone insulting her mom.
- Help clean house for Super Bowl party.
- Cook dinner, I guess.
- Maybe get a hair cut now that the sidewalks are clear and spring has apparently arrived.
- Contact person at library to get Beginning of a Hero into the eBook rental system.