I’ll get the big thing out of the way since that got most of the attention last weekend. Went to the cardiologist and had an EKG, which never goes well. I have a blip that will always be picked up, but doesn’t appear to be a big deal. Still, this resulted in a stress test and I have to do another once insurance makes up its mind on what to do. So that’s the end of that until it starts up again.
I began writing ‘Raven’s Game’ for October and didn’t get as far as I would have liked. I enjoy writing most of the scenes, especially when Dawn Addison is involved or I get to do creepy stuff. I think I slowed up when I began a short run that had more set up and less action. Realized that doing constant eerie tension would weaken the effect. This story is becoming more violent and graphic than the previous one because Dawn and Corvus are basically unleashed. I’m hoping to finish it by next weekend.
After that project is done . . . I have no idea. Honestly, a big chunk of 2016 has been breaks. Somewhere in the next week or two, I’ll be releasing Tribe of the Snow Tiger and I hope to see it rise up the category ranks. It’s going to be hard to focus on other things since this year has been so rough that I’m not sure what’s going to happen with a new release. I figure I can’t go by Crossing Bedlam since that was a new series and aimed at a different audience than usual. Feels like so much is up in the air and out of my control these days. Makes me wonder if that heart blip is stress induced, which wouldn’t surprise me.
I probably should step back into the Windemere series once I finish this project. One of the concerns I have is that I’m faltering there. The Spirit Well came out the way I wanted, but Ritual of the Lost Lamb has me worried. A lot of group splitting and I think I missed a few beats. So part of me thinks I should edit that one before I move on with the series. Put some demons at ease and avoid repeating mistakes. Then again, the next book focuses on something else and kind of goes back to a more comfortable format before the finale. The issue with ‘Ritual’ was that it happens right after the champions are thrown into chaos, so all of the characters are off their center. It was really rough to write them like that because old emotions came up, fights happened, and there was an all-around sense of dread in most of them. Makes me wonder if my own depression got into the mix. The reason for vagueness is that I can’t explain this without revealing the end of The Spirit Well.
Plan for the week?
- Continue writing Raven’s Game.
- Cooking for dinner.
- Keeping up with the special day events for the kid.
- Prepare Tribe of the Snow Tiger for publishing.
- Make another volunteer request post.
- Contact new cover artist.
Actually, I’m not sure how #6 would go. The traffic to the blog has been rather minimal for the last couple of weeks. I have the list of people who volunteered for the last release and said they would help with the next. Makes me wonder how effective a blog tour is in the first place. Just feels like so much of what I’m doing isn’t working, which is getting frustrating. Doesn’t help that I’m occasionally reminded that this is the year I’m supposed to make or break. Annoying that it’s this year and everything that could go wrong beyond my control is going wrong.
To end on a good note, I have another teaser cover. Same image with more details: