Complicated

(Note: This was a phone conversation. I collect books, Mr. J collects guns. We’d listened to the audiobook last year and this year finished the audiobook of Wise Man’s Fear. It took me forever to convince Mr. J that he would like it.)

Mr. J: I bought another copy of The Name of the Wind.

Me: Did you get the 10th anniversary edition or the illustrated edition?

Mr. J: I don’t know. It’s a book.

Me: Does it say “illustrated” on the cover?

Mr. J: I don’t know, it has pictures on it.

Me: That doesn’t help me. Does it say “illustrated?”

Mr. J: It has words on it.

Me: What words?

Mr. J: I don’t remember I didn’t look at the cover.

Me: How could you not look at the cover?

Mr. J: Books are complicated. Guns are easier.

Me: (laughs) I’m putting that on a t-shirt for you.

June 2019 Stats

I’m really embarrassed to share this information because I did really, really bad this month. But this is how life works sometimes.

Days I didn’t write:

Almost all of them.

How many words:

I’d be surprised if I hit 4,000.

Projects I worked on:

Moon Shine

The Heart of the Forest Cycle

What I actually wanted to work on:

Resonance

Goals for next month:

Draft Havoc’s Moon

Submissions sent out:

0

Submissions accepted:

1

Submissions rejected:

0

SO this month was terrible for my productivity. Mr. J drove up from Alabama in the first week and we stayed in Arkansas for a few days before driving down to the Florida panhandle to visit my aunt for a week. Then further down the state to visit Mr. J’s grandfather for another week. And then a few days in Mr. J’s home port before I flew back to Arkansas.

But even thought I didn’t do a lot of writing (I gave up tallying my word counts and days after the first week) I did a lot of outlining and brainstorming. I fleshed out secondary characters and sub-plots. I worked on motivations and story arcs. It was a productive time in every other aspect of writing except actually writing.

My two other main projects, Resonance and The Heart of the Forest Cycle, are progressing more slowly than I would like but they are progressing. The biggest news there is that instead of being a trilogy of novels, The Heart of the Forest Cycle is going to be at least two volumes of short stories and novellas. I have a lot of characters in that series and tying all of their story lines together was becoming increasingly difficult so I’ve separated nearly everyone’s stories and things are flowing more easily. I might be able to publish the first volume sometime in the fall but I’m still not going to make it a priority. The Slaughter Chronicles comes first.

July is Camp NaNoWriMo. I will be participating this year. I didn’t win camp this past April but I also had unrealistic expectations. So for July, I will work on finishing the first draft of Havoc’s Moon and polishing Moon Shine for publication in October.

Here’s looking to a larger word count in the future!

Books Read June 2019

Finished:

The Long Walk: Stephen King as Richard Bachman

The Wise Man’s Fear: Patrick Rothfuss (re-read)

Still Working:

City Infernal: Edward Lee (re-read)

Railsea: China Mieville

Kingbird Highway: Kenn Kaufman

Heavy Time: CJ Cherryh (re-read)

Lunatic Cafe: Laurell K Hamilton (re-read)

Double Dead: Chuck Wendig

Arthurian Book of Days: Caitlin and John Matthews

King Arthur: Christopher Hibbert

Started:

None

I had zero reading time this month. I only finished The Wise Man’s Fear because it was an audio book and Mr. J and I went on a long road trip to Florida this month.

And I have way too many that I’m still working on.

I decided to shelve Desperation by Stephen King, Necroscope by Brian Lumley, and The Charm School by Nelson DeMille because I don’t see myself finishing them any time soon and when I do pick them back up again I’ll start them over anyway because I’ve already forgotten everything I’ve read. With Necroscope I don’t feel too bad about doing that because I’ve read it before but I really liked DeMille’s book, I just don’t have the time to read it right now. I probably won’t finish Desperation. I liked the first few chapters but as it sometimes happens with Stephen King books, I lose interest as the plot progresses. The Long Road is one of the few books of his that completely captivated me. I only finished that one because I literally could not put it down. I read it in two days before we left Arkansas.

I’ve gotten some really good reading recommendations from a few friends of mine so my reading goal for next month is to cull the Still Working list so that I can start reading new books.

Moon Shine: this is the last schedule change, I promise!

A few months ago I said that I would publish the next novella in my Slaughter Chronicles series in May. And then one of my beta readers (Mr. J, who is supportive and loves me) asked for more time to go through my final draft and I pushed the publication date forward to the end of June.

And as I was running through my final edits I came to the realization that this book wasn’t going to be a novella. It’s a novel. It’s over 50,000 words long. But I can live with that. It wasn’t part of the plan but it’s fine. Whatever. Story happened. It’s fine.

Well, it is now the end of June and Moon Shine is still not ready because–and this is the truth–I was 99.9% done with the edits and going through my beta reader’s final notes and as we were talking (because he is supportive and he loves me) he suggested that one of the characters I had planned to introduce much later in the series (Book 6) be here, in this book, and here in the series from the beginning.

And then that character spoke up in my head saying: “Yeah, I’ve been here the whole time, actually.”

And I said, “Oh really? And what have you been doing?”

And he said, “Gardening.”

Gardening.

Yep.

Gardening. (Physical and Psychological 0_0)

So now I have to make this work. And it’s not hard. It actually makes sense. There are a lot of good things about this decision. And from this decision I was able to add better layers to the plot holes that I made. Further, moving this character from Book 6 to Regina’s prequel novel has helped me outline one of the possible (and my favorite by far) endings to the entire series.

So it was a productive and positive decision but it also means I have three new paragraphs to sew into the manuscript and more editing to do.

Therefore I am moving the publication date of Moon Shine forward to October 31, 2019. I am going to have a Halloween book baby this year, goddamnit!

Havoc’s Moon, Book 1, will hopefully be released in December this year. I’ve actually got the outline almost done for this one so I’m feeling positive about completing it without any surprises.

To anyone who cares: Thank you for your patience while I work all this stuff out. This is the joy of self publishing.