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Writerly Wednesday-Stuff & Utter Nonsense

Issue 2 of the newsletter, complete with an excerpt from The Waning Moon and Chapter 2 of Raj’s stories, should be hitting your in-boxes momentarily. You can head on over to my Extra’s page to sign up for the newsletter. You’ll get the latest issue and a link to all of Raj’s story so you can catch up.

I’m working on balancing my new work schedule with my writing. So far, it’s been working on getting the kidlet and me up and out the door so I can catch my bus and not so much writing. That should keep improving. I don’t have kid drop-off duty on Thursdays and Fridays (and every other Monday morning), so there’s a chance I can get some real work done on the (almost named) book 3 later this week.

I’m feeling pretty positive that after a month or so, I’ll know what I’m doing enough at work to both do a wonderful job as an employee, but give Eleanor & Co. more mental energy. I’ve gotta tell you, though, this whole “getting up early” and “talking to adults” and “commutes longer than 30 seconds” is taking some getting used to. I’m settling into my corner office, though. (It really is a corner office. Kind of. In a windowless basement. At least it’s my very own office? I ordered a SAD lamp today.)

Happy reading, Raj fans! You can always let me know what you think either here, or on my Facebook page!

GIVEAWAY!

I am going to give my 666th Twitter follower a free copy of The Cardinal Gate, and everyone who retweets my contest tweet will be entered to win their very own free copy of The Waning Moon! LUCK!

 

Writerly Wednesday: What Am I Doing?

My book is with my editor, who is probably editing out all the deaths so she can win our super serious killing contest.

I am working on book three in the series. Funny story! I wrote Book 3 in 2014-2015. I wrote Book 4 in 2016. I have now decided that book the third needs to be split into two. So, I found my split point and am now rewriting book three to be long enough and murdery enough.

I’m three chapters into the rewrite, and have already killed two street urchins. (Do I get bonus points if I kill off kids? Or do I lose points if I don’t fatten them up and eat them?)

I’m hoping to get through the book this week and decide where it needs fattening up and get through the rewrite and second draft by the end of June so I can send it off to my beta readers in July and get started on the rewrite of the 4th book, which will be more significant.

At some point, I’d like to write something new. I’m working on Raj’s story (chapter two will go out with the newsletter next week!), but can’t write the next book in Eleanor’s series until I get back from Romania. I’ve been doing almost nothing but writing and rewriting and editing since December and I’m itching to start fresh with a blank page.

I think once I get The Waning Moon out the door, I’ll start on my 13th century Icelandic novel. I am so ready to do the research!

In the meantime, I just need to buckle down, put my nose to the grindstone, and other hard work clichés so I can ramp up both my productivity and my kill count.

 

Three Things Thursday

  1. I am heading into the writing cave momentarily and do not intend to emerge again until some time this evening. Send snacks.
  2. I have some of the best beta readers in the land. Related: so  much work today and tomorrow morning. Send coffee.
  3. My schedule is going to be changing again soonish. I may have to rediscover things like “going to bed at a decent hour” and “getting up wicked early in the morning” and “not wearing pajamas until noon”* and “regularly speaking to humans who aren’t the beer guy.” Send champagne. (hashtag vagueblogging)

This is me for the next 30 hours. Gonna be hard to type in the straitjacket, but I’ll make it work.

 

*I almost never wear pajamas until noon. I’m usually dressed by 8 am because I am not a slacker. (And because 3 days/week I take Alvie to preschool and I never wear pajamas to do that.)

Writerly Wednesday: Inappropriate Meme PSA

Due to (a) an exorbitant amount of anticipatory stress and (b) a deadline, I have nothing much of value to say this week.

I wrote a book review yesterday, and didn’t post it. I’m still deciding if I want to. I was angry at the book for many reasons and am not sure I want to always post reviews of books that piss me off.

I wrote a ranty post for today, too, and decided that I didn’t want to rant at you, either.

Instead, I’ll leave you with where my brain’s at now…

I’m almost done with edits on The Waning Moon (pre-editor edits, that is). I should finish tomorrow or early Friday. I will have it to my editor by 3 pm Friday (Pacific Time) or you may all show up and spank me.

I’m looking at the third book in the Eleanor series. It’s sitting at 111K words – i.e. just a bit too long. BUT–and hear me out–I’m thinking of rewriting it into two complete books, which would necessitate adding several thousands of words.

In addition to finishing up The Waning Moon, and rewriting book 3 so it’s books 3 & 4 (which would make the already completed 4th book #5, and either extend my arc to 8 books or render the planned 6th book irrelevant), I have a rewrite of the first book of a different series to do and the outline for the 2nd book of that series, which is going to be hella complex, because history. Why did I decide I wanted to write historically accurate fantasy? WHY‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽‽

Fun fact: When I was in college, I was a DJ for our university radio station. The name of our weekly show was the S&M show. It was so named because the show’s creators were Sophia* & Madeleine*. Sophia had the poor taste to graduate, leaving Madeleine behind. Senior year, Madeleine lived with Sage* & me. When Sage DJ’d, it was still the S&M show, but with me? The AM show. For obvious reasons, we just kept the name. Every show started with Lords of Acid’s “Spank my Booty,” and Madeleine & I were in our university newspaper with a whip and handcuffs. I’m not sure where she got the handcuffs, but I definitely still have my whip.)

*all names changed to protect the innocent from google-fu.

So – that’s what I’m up to when I’m not spending my time being angry at books and writing long, ranty posts about them.


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Writerly Wednesday: The Waning Moon updates

I am deep in edit world – trying to incorporate feedback received from 3/5 of my beta readers. (The other 2/5: you know who you are…menacing glare…)

One of the fun comments I received from perpetual first reader and PSM, Cat, is “you super hated relationships…when you wrote this.”

(Spoiler: I wrote this in 2014-2015 and I was not, as she mentioned, in a good place relationship-wise.) (Apologies in advance, readers who enjoy romantic love stories.)

This means that I’m skewing away from PNR and more towards urban fantasy (but sexy urban fantasy, because Raj…).

Picture of Sendhil Ramamurthy, inspiration for Raj

Oh, Raj…

I promise that there will be an HEA for Eleanor. Eventually.

(This also means I’m not in a kill-count competition with Colleen Vanderlinden. Must up my game. She is very murdery.)

I got a peek at the “close to finished” cover for The Waning Moon and it is going to be amazing! Here is the tiniest little peek for you…

Eleanor's head with a crescent moon behind her

Just a draft, but squeeeee!

Things are on schedule, and I’m still anticipating a June release date. I’ll have this to my editor in about a week, and when I get her revisions back, I’ll have a better idea of exact timing. Once that happens, I’ll set my release date in stone, get a cover reveal date set, put everything up for pre-order, and inform my legions of adoring fans!


If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of The Cardinal Gate, there’s still time! It’s available exclusively on Amazon right now (including Kindle Unlimited). In addition, if you want more Raj (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want more Raj?), you can sign up for my newsletter. Raj’s origin story and his first millennia of shenanigans is being released through my newsletter in serial format. When you sign up, I’ll send you the first chapter to get you caught up!

As always, if you’ve read, I would really, really appreciate it if you would take the time to review it on Amazon (and Goodreads, too, if you’re so inclined). Thank you!


I’m starting on edits for the third book in the series immediately following getting The Waning Moon to the editor. I’m not set yet on the title…but have a sneaking suspicion there’s going to be a lot  of rewrites on this one (the hazards of writing three books in a row before editing the first means that things often have gone off in a weird direction), but am committed to getting it out 3-4 months after The Waning Moon. Fair warning: Book the third is going to be a whole lotta Raj…

And now – back to work for me!