It’s been a while since I’ve done a complete update. I used to do these complete with my goals for the week and stuff, and I kinda fell off the wagon with them. But I’d like to try doing them again and see how it goes. It’s always good to have something to hold me accountable.
Where I’m at
Reapers series – So we have just a few short weeks before HIS LAST BREATH is out in the world. I’m super nervous, and while that happens with every release, I think I’m more nervous this time because it’s my first release in two years. So I’m pretty much sitting on my hands hoping it doesn’t suck. I mean, beta readers have seen it, editors have seen it, so it’s not like it hasn’t had eyes on it. It’s still nerve-wracking, and I don’t think that will ever stop. Pre-orders are up for both books, and I’m currently working my way through writing the zero draft of #2.
Lucky Thirteen #6 – Yes, I’m going to continue these books eventually. Coming off a two-year writing/publishing hiatus, I decided that instead of picking up where I left off, it would be healthier for me to start something new and then come back to write the next book in this series. As such, I haven’t given the next couple much thought, but I’ll get there.
Texas Highlanders Hockey – To be honest, I’d pretty much given up on this series. I loved the characters, I loved writing them, and it let me feed my inner sex fiend. I won’t say I won’t ever write on this series again, because I do want to write some of the other team members. We’ll see how it goes.
Section Five – I’m a bad serial poster. I’m working through the next section of the serial, but it’s kind of been thrown to the side while I’m working on the next Reapers book. I’m actually thinking of trashing the words that I’ve got on the second installment and doing a rewrite on it, but that may be rash of me at the moment. So, for now, I’ve let it sit and then I’ll go back and reread in a few days and see what I need to do with it.
Where I want to be
My priority goal is to finish the zero draft of Her Last Kill (Reapers #2) by the end of November. I’m actually in good shape to do that, provided the last couple weeks of the month don’t end up being overwhelming with the busy.
I have Readers ‘n Ritas this weekend, which is my last event of the year. I’ll probably buy a ticket for next year’s RnR on Sunday, too. So that and the Valentine’s signing at the library are pretty much the staples on events next year.
I’d also like to start looking at revisions and edits for the Sooper Seekrit Projekt. I haven’t talked about this project at all because I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with it yet. The zero draft is done, and it’s a big girl at 90,000 words, but I’m thinking about shopping it around at publishers. We’ll see. For now, it’s hanging out on my computer until I’m ready to deal with the revisions and whatever else I need to do to it to make it saleable.
All in all, I think I’m in a good place. I should finish HER LAST KILL this month, and then I can work on revisions and edits for that book and hopefully have it done, sent to editors, and uploaded way before it’s time for the May release.
It’s kind of cool… My mantra for the year has been me telling myself it’s okay to be slow and steady, that I don’t have to attack everything like I usually do. It’s frustrating when I realize that I won’t get this one thing done because I need to work on this other one thing, but the end result is usually that I am getting things done, as opposed to stressing about it and not getting them done.
It’s hard to change your mindset when you’re hard-wired to want to plow through things, but this taking things one at a time and working through it before moving on to the next? It’s working for me.