(Just introduced the kid to this song when it was on the radio. He doesn’t get it.)
There’s a term I want to us for how this week, but it could be seen as crude. All I can say is that it involves a slang word for a body part and a direction. I planned for two events that would limited my writing on Tuesday and Friday. Unfortunately, Monday and Wednesday evenings went awry. All I could do then was prep a few posts for September and my anxiety journal.
Speaking of anxiety, this week has been a rough one. Sunday was fun with ‘Deadpool 2’ and Cheesecake Factory, but the weekdays were emotionally brutal. Aside from some personal stuff, two reviews vanished on me. One from Warlord of the Forgotten Age and another from War of Nytefall: Loyalty. Those are two books that can’t afford to lose any reviews and I don’t have any explanation for it. It’s frustrating when you’re trying to figure out how to fairly get reviews while the ones you do have are disappearing. I don’t know if the person who wrote them had their account deleted, someone reported these strangers as friends/family, or some other explanation. With everything else going on this week, this incident became a catalyst for me to have an almost constant anxiety attack. I used what little energy I could muster for writing. That created an odd ‘stockpile’ of anxiety that would hit me once I was done, but I got through it.
Last weekend, I revealed the Quest of the Brokenhearted cover art and got a good amount of volunteers for the simple blog tour. It should be going live by July 2nd since I’m hitting publish on the 1st once I get home from a trip. My plan is to do a low cost marketing here, which means depending a lot more on blogging and social media than paid promos. It’s a big gamble for the summer, but it’s all I can do without making things more difficult for the next book. I also have to figure out which of these options works:
- List the book as ’16’ of Legends of Windemere in the title even though it isn’t. I feel weird doing this because I billed Warlord of the Forgotten Age as the finale.
- Start the blurb with ‘From the pages of ‘Legends of Windemere’.
The point here is to make sure it’s clear that this book stems from the main series. I hope that will give it a little bit of a boost.
By the way, does it make sense for me to have a side character in the first volume of a book make a reappearance in one of the much later ones? I’m not sure if I should have this character make at least one more appearance before they turn up as a bigger player. It might boil down to simply how I do it.
Anyway, this is the make/break week for me. Since January, I’ve written 3 books, edited 3 books, and published 1 book. This isn’t counting the outlining and prep work I’ve done for other projects. My goal of having all the 2018 releases in first drafts will hopefully be met by Friday. It doesn’t look good though because I know I lose one morning and I can’t afford even one schedule curb stomp. This also depends on me being able to write tonight and getting tomorrow free for at least 2 sections. That plan is already looking fragile because of other changes to the schedule. I was hoping to get the September posts and blurbs for War of Nytefall: Lost done before school ends too. Glad I did a few editing runs on that book, which means it will be an easy set up coming September.
My hope for the summer is that I can focus more on my son and getting my anxiety issues handled. I can work on Raven’s Wrath and some outlines when I have time, but it’s going to be strictly projects that I can easily walk away from. This way, I can return to writing feeling refreshed in September. I still have to decide if I’m going to write War of Nytefall: Eradication or The Longbow of Ichabod Brooks first. There I go thinking too far ahead again. I’m actually thinking of using nights and any days I get to myself to start working on that second project. Short stories could be a little easier to handle.
Here’s another question: What do people think about switching off doing Ichabod Brooks and Bedlam for the foreseeable summers? I can’t really think of a way to keep doing Bedlam in February since 4 books might be my limit. Do people even remember Lloyd and Cassidy at this point?
That’s pretty much it for me. I’ve been toiling away here and trying to remain somewhat conscious and positive. That second one can be a real challenge at times. On the plus side, I am getting some Kindle reading in. Not sure what to say about that because I don’t recognize maybe 75% of the books I have on there. It’s a lot of romance, which isn’t really my thing. Anyway, what’s the plan for next week?
- Write and hopefully finish War of Nytefall: Rivalry.
- Choose a teaser for the following week.
- Necessary life functions.
- Buy more seltzer
- Complain that Netflix and Prime don’t have Yu Yu Hakusho. Hulu does, but I don’t want to pay a subscription.
- Father/son Saturday, which is today. It’s really just martial arts, errands, and haircuts because we’re both very shaggy.
- Think about the Super Earth to Windemere switch. That might be the project I tackle during the last week of June.
- Not by choice: Have at least 3 anxiety attacks to make things that much harder.