March 2019 Status Report:

 
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I can’t believe we’re already at the end of the first quarter of 2019!

And what a busy quarter it’s been. In January I overhauled my system for planning and scheduling work in an effort to find a better balance between writing, editing, marketing, business management, and “real” life. I am pleased with the results and have already set up quarter two on a similar plan.

In February, I had a great time at the Life, the Universe, and Everything Symposium, where I finally got to meet some of the crew from Immortal Works.

In March, I attended the Utah Book Marketing Conference and learned a lot of things about various aspects of book marketing. In today’s publishing industry, a lot of the marketing falls on the author whether the books are published independently or through a traditional publisher. It’s definitely an area where I have a lot of learning and growing to do.

Also in March, I had my first ever solo writing retreat. Over two days (and change) at a hotel, I was able to crank out about 6000 words toward book 2 of the Vanir Dragon Series. I’ve had a hard time with this one, but I’m excited to see how it’s finally coming together.

Currently Working On: 

  • Vanir Dragon Series, Book 2 - I’m about 4K words in. Finn and Lissara both have points of view in this book, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with those two. Here’s one of my favorite exchanges between the two (rough draft):

    • Scowling at Edrik’s back, where he stood leaning against the windowsill, did no good. This wasn’t his fault, he’d tried to tell her. And it just felt petty to be irritated at a man who was in pain, desperate with worry over the woman he loved—who, returning to fact number one, was not Lissara.

      Finn, on the other hand, was an altogether different story. She turned her scowl on him, sending a prickling twist of cold fascination magic after it to help convey her disapproval.“Really, Finn. Must you always put your feet on the cushions? I realize this is a whorehouse, but that doesn’t mean we have to be uncivilized.”

      Finn didn’t even look up from oiling his blades, just raised an eyebrow. “My feet like cushions. And I suppose they have as much right to rest on them as my buttocks do.”

      Lissara’s face flared hot. Leave it to Finn to discuss his buttocks in company.

      “You could at least remove your boots, you ill-bred savage,” she snarled.

      He considered that as he sighted down the blade, checking the edge for nicks. There couldn’t possibly be any, he’d been polishing and oiling the things for two and a half days.

      “I could,” he said. “Perhaps I will. Would you like me to remove my trousers as well, Your Highness?”

      She shot him the most cutting glare she could muster with her face on fire and let all her disgust for him show in her voice. “Get out, you filthy barbarian. I’m sure you’ll find someone downstairs you can pay to want your trousers off.”

      Finn tucked his knife back into its sheath under his arm. “Ah, but why pay for it if—”

      “Stop.”

      Edrik’s voice wasn’t loud, but the exhausted frustration in it cut through the exchange as effectively as a shout.

      “Just stop it, both of you.”

  • The Viper’s Kiss, Viper Series, Book 2 - Working through edits. (This one is going to be fun too!)

Currently Waiting On: 

  • Out of the Fire, Of Fae and Fate Anthology - Waiting for change requests from editor. :)

Currently Most Distracted By:

  • School / Homeschool - Only one more quarter for this year, and then only one more year after that! (Whoa . . . . )

  • Business & Marketing stuff - I’m not sure if I should count this as a distraction, since it is necessary to pro authoring, but it has definitely been a factor in keeping me from writing, so I’m throwing it in here.

  • Balancing all the things!