Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ten Years

Last month I celebrated being in the same place for 10 years.

Have I mentioned nomadic ancestors?

I moved out of my parents' house when I was eighteen to go to college. Since then I have bounced around the country, from one coast to the other. No one place really suited me until now. Some days I have John Denver crooning in my ear about "...Coming home to a place he'd never been before..." I finally understand that sentiment.

For a very long time, my limit at an address was about 3 years, often, a lot less. This little house is the most comfortable home I've had since my childhood. But it doesn't have anything to do with the house itself.

Asheville is a versatile, tolerant, funky place that serves all my various wants. I don't think I have managed to achieve that in my previous wanderings. When I started saving to buy a house, I had a plan of finding an anchor - a place I could store all my stuff while I traveled. It didn't occur to me to find a place where I was comfortable living.

I used to joke that I got all the gypsy genes from my Hungarian ancestors. I didn't know then about the nomadic nature of the original tribes, or how the Celts came through there on their way to Britain. So I might have a double dose of wanderer.

The years have flowed by with pleasant milestones. But the lack of trauma has made them less striking. So it always surprises me when I look at a calendar and realize another year is done.

Here's to another decade or two in my comfortable home.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

It's time to look back on the year and make plans for the next.

It's been a good year for me.

I am so excited that the books are selling. Reviews are piling up and I am delighted to say most are very good. I've even gotten emails from people who wanted to tell me personally that they loved my books. Wow. That's a doozy.

My writing routine is pretty solid now. It's habit. I sit down at a certain time and work on the next story. I don't always hit my goal, but sometimes that's okay. If I spend an hour or two working out a map or a family tree or figuring out the aspects of a god, that's working, too.

Ideas seem to come easier. That's not always true, but for the most part, the stories are flowing.

Having a little more income has made things less stressful. I will be able to pay off the expenses sooner. Running up my credit card to produce and promote a book worries me. Now that the books are bringing in some income, I'm less in debt which makes me less stressed.

I've already made plans for next year. I'm planning to write 3 books.

I'm starting a new series. It's another world that I invented a long time ago. I had started a couple of stories in that world but never could get to the end of them. The problem is that I have at least 3 characters that are unrelated but each of them should be the main character. Now, with a little more understanding of storytelling, I can look back and see how each of them deserve their own book. The first one should be coming out early next year.

Book 2 for Transmutation will be coming out in spring 2017. I'm shooting for April, but I won't put a firm date on it until I get the first draft done. I've finished the outline and I'm working on filling that out.

Book 4 for A Changed World is slated for October. I won't put a firm date on that one either. I'm jotting down ideas and I'm close to an outline.

There will be some changes on the marketing side. I hope to get a real website up sometime in the spring. With the increase in income, I can plan ads and promotions at the better sites. And since I can now buy some services instead of taking the time to learn something new, I hope to streamline the process of producing a book.

I am extremely thankful for everything and everyone that brought me to this place. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

99 Cent Sale

Lethal Seasons and Facade - ebooks are on sale for 99 cents through November 23rd. Grab a copy of the first book in the series at a discount now.

Check out the Matchbook Promotion that David Neth is doing. Buy the paperback for a gift and keep the ebook for yourself.

I am still being torn between 3 different stories right now. I think I may need to just work on all 3 at the same time. Usually, I can concentrate on just one, tucking away notes on other stories that occur to me along the way. This time all 3 of them are demanding to be front and center and I have to say it's very distracting.

Since working on 3 will affect my daily word count, I'm not sure how this is going to affect my release dates. I will keep things up to date on my sidebar here.

And keep writing as fast as I can.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Change of Plans

Unfortunately, Atomacon has been canceled. The hotel was damaged by Hurricane Matthew. I was looking forward to my first time on the other side of a con, but alas, it is not to be. But since I already had plans to be in Charleston with friends, I will be visiting that lovely city anyway.

In conjunction with the convention, I had planned to put book 1 of both of my science fiction series on sale. So between 11/16 and 11/23 the ebooks for Lethal Seasons and Facade will be on sale at Amazon for 99 cents.

If you are looking for more post-apocalyptic reads check out the anthology series Apocalyptic Fears. Series #3 has Lethal Seasons, among 9 other stories for only 99 cents.

And if you like your stories a little shorter, check out Apocalyptic Fears #6. This collection includes a short story I wrote that takes place in Zero Year of my A Changed World series.

The holiday season is approaching. Consider Matchbook for some of your gifts and treat yourself at the same time. Amazon's Matchbook gives you a free ebook of any paperback you buy that is enrolled in the program. You can give the paperback and keep the ebook for yourself!

Lots of chances to grab some good reads!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

It Worked! Now What?

The third in a series magic must have worked for me because...the books are selling!

(Happy Dance!)

I feel like there's a party going on in the other room, but I'm not sure if I'm invited. Although I am super excited about the number of people reading the books. I'm not sure what I should be doing. Except maybe just writing.

On one hand, I am glad to put all my attention on writing. But on the other, I have a sinking feeling there is some special task that is now required that I don't know about. It's making me antsy. I keep checking the reports and checking the various forums I follow to see if there is a clue. When I should be focusing on the next book.

I am easily distracted. I find myself paging, paging, paging through Facebook looking for...haven't the foggiest. At my core, I am a planner. Give me some graph paper and a calendar and I'm a happy camper. But I don't know the next steps.

So I am just going to keep my head down and write.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I Voted!

I don't like to put political comment in my blog, but this election is a doozy.

Please vote!

Regardless of who you are voting for, I think it is essential that everyone go out and vote.

I voted early here in NC.

Fingers crossed for my choices!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

What's Coming Up...

First of all, let me remind you that Gleanings is discounted to 99cents through October 25th. So grab your copy now!

I am going back to my Space Opera series to work on book 2, the sequel to Facade. I am shooting for a spring release on that. I've stolen big chunks of text from a previous incarnation that all need serious editing, so that might shorten the writing time. Or not. Depends on how much rewriting is needed.

As a complete departure, I am also working on some high fantasy. This is another story that's been kicking around the back of my brain forever. In fact, I think it's several stories. It might turn out to be a book for each character all in a shared world. But it's so old that I need to get to know the characters all over again.

I'm also playing around in a map-making site for the fantasy. It's a blast. I have been a cartophile my entire life. Being able to make one is frosting on the cake. For the moment, I am just using it for my own reference. When you invent a world, you have to know when everything is!

And I am also thinking about book 4 of A Changed World. Even while I'm working on other stories, thoughts creep in about Wisp and Tilly, Angus and Martin... I write them down and keep them in a folder until I'm ready to jump into that world again.

Now it's time to get back to writing!