Edits and Change paperback.

I’ve finished the edits to Change. Yes, I’ve done them more than once, but I’ve found there were still a lot of issues in it, so I had it redone. The ebooks will be updated in the next few days, and I’m working on a paperback edition of the same book!!

I’ve got it mostly done, but these things take time. I will however reveal the cover for the paperback edition of Change, when my Facebook Page reaches 50 likes! Get to sharing and we’ll soon see the cover!

As for Fight, I’m still working on those edits, however I’m hoping to be able to set things up so that the ebook edition and the paperback edition come out at the same time! The cover to that one’s not done yet, so we’ll have to have another reveal when it is!


Camp NaNoWriMo, Day 26.

Well, my train has officially been de-railed. A day of cleaning and packing, 2 days of travel and a day of recovery and I’m around 8,000 words behind. Could I work hard and catch up? Yes, I could do it. However, in today’s mail I received the copy-edits of Fight, and another for Change. Instead of working to catch up on my Camp NaNo project I’m going to work on getting my edits done.

Getting all the edits done will mean two things. Number one, I can publish Fight, get it out there for those I know are eager to see it. Number two is that I am hoping to get the paper editions ready to go to print. We all want paper copies, right?

So off I go, not to write but to input edits. But in the end it’s still progress. Psst.. How long will it take to do the edits on 2 books?


Time for a deep breath.

After pushing to get Fight ready to go to my copy-editors before our annual camping trip, I’m feeling the strain. I emailed out the book yesterday and took a deep, cleansing breath. Then immediately picked up the notebook I’ve already started for book 3. Yeah, I know I should take a break, give my brain something to do other than Nickie’s story but Nickie is just so upfront in my mind right now.

I’m not ready for a break. I picked out the notebook for book 3 about 3 weeks ago (I have a supply of composition books I use for this purpose, most of them have different covers,) about the time I started the last rewrite of Fight. I had to have some place to keep track of the thoughts and ideas for the next book.

Now that I’ve finished with (this stage of) Fight I can get more in depth more intimate with what will happen in the next book. There are some big changes in store for Nickie, she just hasn’t told me yet how she’s going to handle them.


Website updated.

I spent most of yesterday working on updates for the site. You may notice that there’s a new book listed to the right. –>

Fight is due out this summer, though the cover isn’t in yet, and I’m excited to share! I hope you’ll find Fight to be a fitting and entertaining continuation of Nickie’s story.

You can also find a listing for Fight on Goodreads. Add it to your TBR list!


Breakthrough.

I’ve been struggling with a single scene all week. I knew it wasn’t working, I knew I had to do something different, but I didn’t know why or what to do.

This morning, after I was ready to beat my head against the wall, I went into the bedroom to lay down for a while. As I lay in that half awake, half asleep state, it clicked. Suddenly I knew what I needed to do. It was almost as though my characters had spoken to me, told me what needed to be changed.

I made the changes and continued on, making a large amount of progress since. I feel much better about the whole thing and I look forward to a productive weekend.


First day of rewrites.

I hit 50 pages edited, I feel good about it. I still have quite a bit to go, but 50 pages for the first day is a great start. I’ll keep at it and soon we’ll have the sequel to Change.


And the flu eats a week of your life.

I can only be thankful that I didn’t have a project I was working on, or a deadline I was rushing to make. That disease called the flu but which would be more accurately named Creeping Coughing Crud attack me last week and it took me down hard.

A week later I’m almost over the worst of it. I still have a slight, lingering cough and a bit of a phlegm problem but it no longer makes me break out in a sweat to cross the room, or to move more than 3 feet from where ever I’ve been sitting, and I’m able to sleep flat again. Which means I’m back to sleeping in my own bed, always a plus in my mind.

My kids have just started their spring break, which means I’ll get to start rewrites as soon as school is back, next week. I’m hoping that goes well, and I can get Fight published by the end of the summer.


Making time for Family.

I recently finished the first draft of Fight, the second book in the Kitsune series, and I’ve set it back on the shelf for a couple of weeks to let my mind rest a little. In the mean time, I’m making some time for family. Taking a trip to visit my dad and grandfather, the kids will be on spring break soon, and the old man is off while the kids are on spring break, the two things together means getting anything done will be next to impossible.

After spring break is over (basically, after Easter,) I’ll pull up Fight and start rewrites. It’s not a simple process but I have high hopes for where the story is going. I’m excited about this installment in Nickie’s story, and already plotting out what will happen in the third book, I just have to keep working to bring it to life. It won’t be fast, and it won’t be easy, but hopefully it will make for a better book. I’m hoping to have Fight available by the end of the summer, but I’ll let you know more as things get closer to that goal.


Hard Days

Not that life is hard, or things aren’t going well in my day to day life, it’s just that some days the story comes more easily than others. Some days the words flow more readily, and others every word, every phrase is a battle. I’ve had several of the latter in a row and it’s a little discouraging. I know where my story is going, I know what needs to happen, it’s just this particular scene isn’t going well. I’m going to give the process a little more time before I move on to another scene to come back to this one.

I feel like this scene is important to the story, but I’m also afraid that since it’s so difficult to write it may end up being something I cut in the long run. Still, I know I need to write out the scene, even if it has to be cut later, because for the story it has to be written, even if I know I will cut it later because this scene will be used in the long run to work out some of the details in the plot.

So, I’ll work on this scene for a  while longer, and if things don’t open up I’ll move on, and continue the story, then come back to the scene later on. It will work out, I know it will, in the mean time it makes for some hard days.


Heading for publication.

Making progress on the final edits on Change. Hoping for a Jan 30th publication date.  As soon as Change is up I’ll start working on Escape‘s edits, then I’ll be back to work on Fight. I haven’t done much on Fight in nearly three months already and I’m chomping at the bit to get back to it.

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