Friday Update

Where did the week go? Between trying to write and edit, deal with stuff around the house and other things, time has flown. That’s the only excuse I have for not blogging before now. That said, Cat’s Paw is into the final edits. I’ve enjoyed writing this novella even if it has challenged me on a couple of plot point levels.

Okay, there’s also been the challenge of dealing with Myrtle the Evil Muse who wanted to turn it into a full-length novel. Then she tried distracting me with the idea of redoing Nocturnal Haunts (mainly changing it to 1st person POV and expanding it some) and making it part of Cat’s Paw. Nope, as intriguing as that might be, I don’t want to have to rewrite something already out there and then deal with a seven or eight year jump in time midway through the book.

What Cat’s Paw has done is quieted the voices for the series, at least temporarily. That’s a good thing because it means I can work on the next couple of books–something from Eerie Side of the Tracks as well as Victory from Ashes–without having to fight Myrtle more than usual. But in a way, it’s sort of sad because I really love Mac and company. Still, before I jump fully into the next story arc, I want to have it fully in my head.

Now, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other stories in Mac’s world that aren’t clamoring to come out. Myrtle is being a bit more subtle and is tempting me with a story about Mac’s daughter all grown up and stepping into her mother’s role as enforcer and protector. Again, that’s a big nope, at least not until I have that world, which will be some 30 years or so after Shifters came out of the proverbial closet, fully fleshed out. The last thing I want is to fall into the trap of changing the names and places/time and regurgitating the same plot over and over again.

Which brings me to my blog post over at MGC earlier this week. I wrote about being a writer who reads or maybe being a reader who writes. That got me thinking about those writers who claim they don’t read. Or they don’t read in the genre they write in. That sort of boggles my mind. How can you write in a genre and hope to make money if you don’t know what the readers are buying just then? That’s especially true for indie writers who don’t have to wait on trad publishing schedules to get their work out.

Go check out the post if you haven’t already.

For now, I’m going back to editing Cat’s Paw.

Until later.


About the author

Writer, proud military mom and possessed by two crazy cats and one put-upon dog. Writes under the names of Amanda S. Green, Sam Schall and Ellie Ferguson.

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