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December 30, 2016
I think we can all agree that the past year hasn’t been good to the majority of the planet and move on from that. I just read my last hopeful yearly update – poor naive fool.
December 12, 2016
I thought I’d do my December update now because I’ll probably forget I’ll end up with an annual update in a few weeks anyway.
2016 December has not been a fun time so far. Lots of sick days from school carried over from November. One of my babies was so ill that I was afraid we’d end up spending Xmas in hospital (I’m a panicker), but everything seems to be back to normal now, so we have to hurry up and finish getting presents organised. *Invites all the stress around for tea* We haven’t even put up the tree yet. I’m a grinch not exactly a Xmas person – although I’m good with an excuse to spoil the wee shitheads – and if it was left up to me, there would never be a tree or decorations.
But, yeah, all five young ‘uns are back in school today, so fingers crossed we don’t get a phone call to pick one up early. And not only because I’ll finally be able to play music I want to listen to instead of endless requests from the (not so) smallies.
December 1, 2016
NaNo is over, and I (barely) made it to 50k in the end. I missed too many days but caught up in the last week by making lots of insane deals then locking myself away from the family. I didn’t finish the story I was working on, but it’s a long one, so I didn’t expect to.
I stalled out on it yesterday and assumed it was because I got cocky after a 7k day on the 29th, but as it turns out, my brain was merely busy trying to find a way to screw me over. *Sigh* I had a change of plans idea last night that will require a full rewrite. Part of me is like, please, no, but mostly, I’m just happy to be feeling creative. I think the changes will make the book a lot stronger. I’m feeling so good about this story right now that I want to keep working on it in December. I badly need to squeeze in some editing though.
I think people who enjoyed Chaos will probably like Spare Heir, but I haven’t deserted Ava. I’m still working on what has to happen in her next book – there’s a lot to squeeze in. (Speaking of Chaos and Ava, the 99c sale on the first bundles will end after this weekend). I have neglected Harbinger though because I’m waiting to get all three edited close together for consecutive releases, and I can’t do that any time soon. Next projected release is still another short, Secret Self, which will be free to newsletter subscribers as soon as its ready.
I’ll be back before the end of the month with another update – if I survive December.
November 23, 2016
Warming up with a blog post because that’s less along the lines of procrastination than my day has been thus far. I’ve been busy and distracted this month, so I’m way behind. My “research” has been overly epic.
October 31, 2016
Just an update to say I don’t have much of an update. October had less editing than I hoped and more writing than I expected because I did a Bad Thing and neglected my editing to start writing a new shiny that’s been trying to lure me in all year. (In my defence, it’s the most fun I’ve had writing in ages). I’m telling myself I’m warming up for NaNoWriMo tomorrow.
The kids are on their holidays from school right now, and the sugar highs will be epic, but I’m hoping to get started on NaNoWriMo with a Chaos story. I have a choice of two, and I’m excited about both, so we’ll see how that goes! During the month, the first Ava and Chaos boxsets will be on sale at one point or another, so watch out for that. And if you see me wasting time online, remind me I have words to finish.
September 24, 2016
I’m going to send a free story out with the newsletter next week, so if you want it, make sure you’re subscribed here. I usually send out free codes, but this time, I’m testing out downloads from within the newsletter. I’m scared it’ll go wrong, but if it works, it’ll be much simpler for everyone.
August 31, 2016
Due to personal reasons, August has been the worst month of all time less than perfect. This last week has been a million times better, so it’s for the best if we pretend the rest of the month never happened.
July 28, 2016
So… July was eventful. (I’m not going to talk about politics or the relatively shitty state of the world right now.). Lots of changes around here, but I’ve still eked out time to work with words every single day (while the kids are playing Minecraft/watching annoying Minecraft videos – why is this even a thing?). Better than expected, but…
I’m still not actually finishing any projects. I think I’m a little scared – it’s been so long since a big release that I’ve gotten all timid about it. I can’t afford to book in with my editor right now (that’s what I get for having five kids in school.
June 30, 2016
May 30, 2016
Before I start, the first Ava bundle is currently on sale at 99c, I’ve published Relativity (so expect a newsletter with a free coupon code for that one tonight or tomorrow), and there is now a Lost Souls bundle.
In normal update news, May was an epic fail.