A Few Items of Interest

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Photo of reporter’s notebook by grafixtek on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

There are a few things I’ve been thinking about. Some relate directly to this blog and others are about my writing and books in general. Let’s start with the blog-related stuff.

Schedule

I have been aiming for two posts a week. There have been some weeks I’ve had three and some I’ve had one. I don’t think there have been any weeks that I’ve had none since I started this. (I could be wrong.)

My upload days have been Tuesday and Thursday.

That is going to be changing somewhat. I will still upload on Tuesday, but the second day will be Friday from here on out. Bonus posts will go up whenever they go up. That’s why they’re bonuses.

Books

Many of you know the majority of my books have been indie-published. I’ve used CreateSpace for this. However, Amazon appears to be merging CreateSpace and KDP, so in the very near future,

I will be migrating everything over to KDP. When I do that, I will have re-release dates/events for all the titles. I will announce those here and on my Facebook author page (not my profile, though they will be shared there too).

RealmWalker: New Beginnings

I finished the passive voice editing pass tonight. Tomorrow, I will start using Word’s “find” feature to look for some specific things. I think it’s close to being ready to send back to my editor, though.

RealmWalker: Anchor

I can’t mention New Beginnings without talking about Anchor, can I? Well, I guess I could, but I won’t.

Progress on Anchor has been slow because of editing New Beginnings. However, with this round of edits nearing completion, I will soon be back to work on writing this second book. On the plus side? In one pivotal scene in New Beginnings, I put a hint of what is to come in book two. That was fun.

Personally

There are a couple other reasons why progress has been slow on Anchor. I thought about not sharing them, but I decided to. Not because I feel like I owe anyone an explanation, but because we’re all human. We all have problems that keep us from what we want to do sometimes and I want you to know you’re not alone in whatever you have going on.

I have had problems requiring visits to Wound Care. Because of that, I have to keep my foot elevated more than not. It’s not easy to do computer work like that. So I’ve limited myself to an hour to an hour and a half in the evenings. Today’s visit was good, though. One area is completely resolved and the other is close. Maybe I’ll be done with Wound Care (again) very soon. (Don’t get me wrong. There are wonderful people there and I’ve made some good friends through the times I’ve had to be there.)

I have been having problems with my left wrist, too. At first I thought it was just arthritis. Then I noticed that there is an area that stays swollen. I mentioned it to my doctor a few months ago. He pressed down on my thumb and I just about came up out of the chair, the pain from that surprised me so much. We both laughed about it. He said it was a “positive Finklestein’s test” and I have tenosynovitis, or tendonitis of the tendon that goes from my wrist up into my thumb. He gave me a prescription steroid ointment and told me to wear a brace for a month. I did. It didn’t help. I started sleeping in the brace. I mentioned it again this week when I saw him. He prescribed an anti-inflammatory medication and said to wear the brace during the day but don’t sleep in it. That’s where I’m at now.

I can type with the brace, but not at my usual speed. I’m seriously thinking about using voice-to-text when I start back to work on Anchor.

At any rate, those are the relevant updates I’ve been thinking about here. Have a great weekend.

Fires and Plot Bunnies

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Someone lit a fire under me. Obviously, I’m talking figuratively.

I have more news about RealmWalker: New Beginnings, but I’m going to wait a little bit before I share that. In the meantime, I’ve got the motivation to get Anchor (aka Book 2) started.

Well… Restarted.

I had started it a while back, then I had edits to do on New Beginnings. So I set Anchor aside. And then I kind of got stuck and didn’t remember where I was going with it.

Enter the plot bunny.

I call her “Mom.”

She had a “what if…” scenario for me. And I loved it! So I scrapped what I had done on book 2 so  far (it wasn’t a lot) and started over.

And, once I find an appropriate image to go with this post (and my Internet quits cutting out so I can get it posted!), I’m going on that. At the moment, I’m letting Jeffrey (the new sub-main character) talk to me.

Here’s to fires and plot bunnies! May you have as many of you need of one or the other…or both.

RealmWalker Progress Report

I honestly don’t remember what the last bit of news was that I told you all on RealmWalker, so here’s a summary.

  • What had originally started as a stand-alone book (just titled RealmWalker) will now be a series of three books. The first is RealmWalker: New Beginnings. The second will be RealmWalker: Anchor. I don’t have a title for the third one yet.
  • I have started work on RealmWalker: Anchor, but there are substantial changes that will be happening to that storyline.
  • I just finished a round of edits on New Beginnings. I will be sending it back to my editor tomorrow afternoon.

I think that covers it. I’m so excited about this book/series. I love the story and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Is Your Mood Related to Your Creative Output?

This isn’t a clickbait title. I’m genuinely curious. Is your mood related to your creative output — or lack thereof?

I keep getting reminded that mine is.

Let me explain.

I finished the draft of RealmWalker (now RealmWalker: New Beginnings) on Sunday. I took a break on Monday. I started planning the next project (RealmWalker: Anchor) yesterday. I crocheted some both days, but I wasn’t actively writing.

Today, that manifested in my mood.

It’s odd, but that’s the way it works for me, especially when I’ve been working hard on a project the way I was and then basically quit cold turkey.

What about you?

Happy creating.

Next Project

This is partly my mom’s fault. And mostly mine.

This notebook pictured is going to be my project notebook for the next project. So what is it?

A sequel.

RealmWalker is apparently going to be a trilogy (if not more). The one I just finished is RealmWalker: New Beginnings. The next one will be RealmWalker: Anchor.

This notebook will hold:

  • Character sketches.
  • Lists of all characters – main, minor, and walk-ons.
  • Synopsis.
  • Timeline.
  • Plot outline (different from timeline).
  • Major details.
  • Minor details that are easy to forget.

So I will be editing New Beginnings and writing Anchor. I’ve used this kind of working habit on different projects before and I quite like it.

 

Oh. And, no, it won’t take me five years to finish this one. I’ll be working on it much more consistently.

What about you? What are you working on?

Happy creating.