It has been quite some time since I’ve given you all an update! Partially this is because I’ve been a slacker. But really, I’ve been juggling several projects, so maybe I won’t beat myself up too badly for the hiatus. Hopefully once I tell you a bit about what I’ve been up to, you’ll forgive me as well.
First off, an update on King’s Mark. I have chosen a release date! King’s Mark will be available at an e-bookstore near you on May 15th, 2013. I’ve finished my line-edit, and am letting the very last scene addition mellow before its final polish. In short, King’s Mark will be the absolute best I can make it, and I’ll be ready to share it with you all in less than a month!
Cliff With No Edge has also had a good couple of months. I’m about 1/3 of the way through my cleaned draft, and I’ve begun feeding it through the Wordslingers for my first round of feedback. Since we only meet every other week, it will take a couple months to go through them, but I expect to have Cliff in the hands of my beta readers by late summer. In addition, I took my first few chapters to Norwescon, and got some really encouraging feedback while I was there – cannot tell you how exciting that was 🙂
And last, I’ve cleaned up three short stories over the last 3 months, which is a lot (for me). They are now traipsing from magazine to magazine, trying to find a home. At least one of them has made it through the first round of readers – though it still has 2 more levels to get through before I’d get an actual acceptance.
I don’t know if this sounds like a lot or not… I know in reality it is. A lot of the credit goes to a tracking program I heard about from I Should Be Writing, a podcast by Mur Lafferty. It is called the “Magic Spreadsheet,” and it is truly magical to those of us who are motivated by pretend points. Since I started using the spreadsheet in late January, I’ve racked up approximately 80,000 words, either new or edited. To give you some context, in 2012, I wrote just over 80,000 words total. So I’m pretty proud of that.
Of course, amidst all this writing, real life continues. Spring has sprung, prompting a return to five 8-hour workdays and all the baby squirrels I can feed. I’ve had family visits, and trainings, and trial SCUBA courses, and the flu.
So I promise, I’ve been working hard for you over these past few months – don’t let the lack of blog entries deceive you!