Ritual of the Lost Lamb is doing well with sales, but it is going slower than the previous ones. The Top 100 lists are rough too. I’m writing this Friday night, so maybe I’ll have posted about getting on some for Men’s Adventures and Women’s Adventures before this goes live. I’m on a bunch of Top 100 New Releases, which is good. The roughness is that I’m seeing books can hold multiple spots if they come in Audio, Kindle, and Paperback/Hardcover form. Looks like only Beginning of a Hero is allowed on the Sword & Sorcery list too. No idea why since I put them in the search terms, but things look so chaotic at times. People can list their books as anything, so I’m wondering if the lists should be taken as seriously as before. Still, it would be nice to get all 15 books on a Top 100 list by the time it’s over. More a mark of pride than anything else.
The big writing project this week was final edits The Life & Times of Ichabod Brooks, which is going smoothly. I only have Zaria’s Kiss and The Vixen of Errenshar left, so I’m guessing I’ll be done by Tuesday. It’s going smoothly, so I don’t have much to report there. Don’t want to get into anything big before Memorial Day weekend, so I’ll settle for getting July blog posts done and tinkering with a few things. Best to keep it low key since the previous week was busy outside of the writing stuff.
There was a lot of non-writing stuff going on too. Monday is a blur for some reason, but Tuesday was my son’s Invention Convention. He got to present ‘Max the Cooking Robot’, so I had to be there. For some reason, I don’t have a picture of Max on my phone or computer. They’re probably still on the camera. My wife tried to make it too, but traffic foiled that plan. She made it for the part where I was about to leave with the project, so at least she got to say hi to his teacher. Prior to this post going live, we’ll be seeing his gymnastics show, so it’s a big week for him. Not counting the dentist appointment that ended with the mention of an orthodontist. Saw it coming from a mile away though, but I still hear the bank accounts weeping.
My own issue isn’t helping. Tonight, I do a home test for sleep apnea. Bring the sensor back on Monday and then we’ll see if I need a special mouth brace thingy. The dentist said something looked off, so I saw a specialist. I’m sure this is where some people go to the comments to declare their cures, opinions, and whatnot. We all know this is what we do when medical stuff comes up on the Internet. Well, the sleep apnea seems to stem from something else that will probably get laughter:
My tongue is too big for my mouth.
*Pauses for laughter and jokes*
I got an odd question about Protecting Bedlam, which will be hitting the blog from June to September. Guess people can just avoid me on those days if they have no interest since this series is a really hard sell. Anyway, the question was if I’ll be changing things as the political landscape changes. Honestly, I don’t need to because I quickly went off most of the source material pretty quickly. There were some ‘in’ jokes, but I eventually tried to make the villains and supporting cast have better personalities than ‘me bad guy who want power and money’. Basically, I started giving them quirks like the villains in previous books. With any luck, some people might like this story and check out the other 2 for $2, so it isn’t like I have anything to lose here. As it stands, I’m finding it tough to rationalize working on Derailing Bedlam since I can’t get the series to move. We’ll see what happens in a month or two.
Speaking of future projects, I’m still stumped on where to go. By mid-June, I’ll have edited the final Legends of Windemere books. So, I need to decide on the next project by that time. Do I work on the stand alone book that connects to the end of the big series? Maybe, but I don’t know when I could release that without causing an issue with potential spoilers. Would it be okay to release that in March/April if the finale came out in December? There’s also the need to start in on another series. If I put Bedlam in the corner then I’ll be setting my sights on The War of Nyt, which shows the rise of the Dawn Fangs in Windemere. Vampires still seem to be a touchy subject, but it’s the series that is closest to being written. That and this isn’t your typical vampire story. Whole civil war between the two species and how it came to be that the Dawn Fangs decided to live peacefully among the other creatures. For anyone who has read The Mercenary Prince, you might be wondering about that considering how powerful they are.
So, those are the three choices right now. Legends Stand Alone, next Bedlam story, or start in on the vampires. Hard to decide for some reason. How do other people choose the next project? Am I lost because it isn’t like I’m leaving Windemere behind since many of my other series are in the same world? When do I start reviving Super Earth and will it simply replace Bedlam as my non-fantasy side project? Just how many questions will I write until I get on with things? Is one more pushing it?
- Finish editing Ichabod Brooks stories.
- Schedule July posts to clear June for editing.
- Test Ichabod Brooks blurbs. I swear I’ll do it this time.
- Return sleep apnea tester on Monday.
- Keep reading One Punch Man manga.
- Maybe watch Season 9 of Supernatural. Then again, I pulled out Great Teacher Onizuka already. (Feel free to look up or ask about any of the things you’ve never heard of here.)
- See if I remember how to cook Baked Ziti and try not to whimper too much when I cook the Chicken Cheese Enchiladas. Had shredding recently cooked chicken sucks a lot. Though I’ll probably do the smart thing and do the cooking part beforehand.
- Think about the next project.
- If all else is done then tinker with the Super Earth stuff. At the very least, I should get beyond the ‘I choose this notepad to work with’ stage. Seriously, that was all I got to last time I tried.
Pictures of Max sent: