This week has been odd, to say the least. Real life impacted writer life and writer life impacted social life. Quit laughing. I do have a social life — sort of. Add in a migraine, deadlines that have been blown in the real life sector and, well, you get an idea of what the week has been like.
So imagine my surprise when I sat down this morning and realized how much I’ve gotten accomplished on top of all that. I’ve managed to blog, not only here but at Mad Genius Club and Victory Girls, even if not with the regularity I’d like. But blogs happened. Considering the distractions of the week, that’s an accomplishment.
But what has really surprised me is how much work I’ve managed to put in. It’s been done in fits and starts and at times when I don’t usually write. But it has happened and with better results than I anticipated. I finalized the files for the release of the special, expanded edition of Vengeance from Ashes. I have to check the cover file one more time before setting it up for a print release. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the e-book version will be released on the 17th of this month and the print book shortly thereafter (if not on the same day).
The special, expanded edition of Duty from Ashes, the second book in the series, started taking shape this week as well. Some notes have been made and a few corrections to the original file have been entered. Now comes the hard work, work that I usually do during the evening when the family is watching TV.
But there’s more. I finished the rough draft for Light Magic, another novel set in the Eerie Side of the Creek universe. I love this novel, even if it did fight me tooth and nail in the beginning. I’m going to put it aside for a couple of weeks as I work on another project. Then I’ll come back and finish it up. If all goes according to plan, it will be out end of November.
As for the rest of it, I finally figured out the full plot arc for the final book (?) in the Sword of the Gods series. In some ways, it will be much darker than the previous two books (Sword of Arelion and Dagger of Elanna) but it needs to be. Not dark in the GRRM way of things where everyone, or almost everyone, dies, but dark in that folks will die or worse. And, to be honest, it is the “worse” aspect that excites and scares me as a writer.
I’ve also had a scene stuck in my head from the Nocturnal Lives series that is so far out there, I know it is just Myrtle the Evil Muse playing with me. What else could explain a scene where Mac is waiting even more nervously than anyone else for Pat to give birth? She’s not worried that anything will happen to her friend or the baby. No, she’s worried because she doesn’t know whether the proper gift for a new shifter baby should be diapers or kitty litter. Yes, I told you, my muse is evil and she loves to torment me with these things. Whether a story comes out of it or not, I don’t know. And, to be honest, I’m not sure I want to know. Shudder.
Finally, and in some ways most important, I have the plot for the next Honor & Duty book as well as at least one short story in that universe. I’ll be making notes on them over the next few days. Writing should start on them next month some time. There will also be a Christmas story in the Eerie Side of the Creek universe, released in December. So busy times ahead.
Assuming Myrtle doesn’t decide to hijack me yet again — glares inward at the cackling muse. For now, it’s back to work. I have a contract job to take care of and them some real life obligations to deal with before I can sit down to write today. But first, more coffee!