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I’m not dead!

Hello, hello, new year!

I know, I know… I haven’t updated my blog in.. centuries. Forgive my literary hibernation, stuff happened. :(

Among those things –
-I transferred and started school again. Woots!
-I spent 4 months trying to write Redhaven #2
-Scrapped it
-Started again
-Said fuck it, pushed the plot from the original book #2 to #3
-Nano’d book #2 with a new plot.
-FINISHED BOOK 2. FUCK TO THE YES.
-Started edits and rewrites. Blurgh.
-I also started taking my health seriously and dropped 50 lbs in 5 months. (Go me!)

But yes! Things are going… slowly, but at least they’re going now. The changes and edits for Book #2 of the Redhaven Saga (tentatively called Blood Rites) are pretty much locked, so it’s just a matter of getting through the edits. Cover is underway, too, so expect some previews in the next months or so! (I say this with the utmost vagueness, because who the hell knows when it comes to book publishing. It’s done when it’s out, haha.)

But yes, book #2 is underway, fo’ realz this time. Vampires and demons and werebats, oh my!

I also did some compiling, and found out I have anywhere between 14-17 series/one-shot novel ideas in my little folder of scraps. That’s a ton of projects. I’m going to focus on Redhaven first, of course, but geez! I’m glad I write down my ideas… I’m sure my future self will thank me for it, but still. Most of the ideas are fantasy in some variety. Actually, I think all of them are, but still. They range from high-fantasy to post-apocalypse to… well, other stuff. I’ve been thinking perhaps I could alternate and work on a few things here and there at the same time, but I don’t want to spread myself too thin. Still, it would be nice to take a break from witches and werebats and venture into apocalyptic shenanigans. Could be fun, no? We’ll see… Really want to polish up Blood Rites and get it out. If I wrote the first book in a month, surely I can get the second out in two. (…I actually wrote book 2 in a month too, but… you know what I mean.)

I’m sure there’s other things I could update about, but this is good for now. Just wanted to let the interbutts know I haven’t died or anything. I just took a writing hibernation.

 

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My book is free for 24 hours~

Decided I’d just open it up for 24 hours, rather than look for individuals. If you want a free copy, hit me up!

 

 

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Writing the Next Chapter: An Adventure Into Book #2

Oh, the headache! Writing a sequel isn’t as easy as I thought it’d be.

 

Crazy, right? Book #1 just got published on the 1st of March, and I juuuuust finished two and 1/2 chapters of book 2. And you know what? It’s freakin’ hard!

The first book is special – you’re doing everything for the first time, finding your style, your grove, your writing schedule… everything is new. With the second book, it’s the same thing, only… not. Does that make sense? Kind of? I’ll elaborate.

With the first book, it took me FOREVER to plan it out. I was creating an entire world, with it’s own laws and rules and (in some cases) physics, even. I had to create whole, entire people, give them histories and motivations, personalities…. favorite foods. >_> I had to start from scratch. There was a TON of planning involved. Even after it was finished, I had to find an appropriate cover artist, and figure out formatting and channels, and whether or not I wanted to take advantage of KDP-Select.

Not to mention I had to, you know, build an author base and junk. (Tweet me!)

With a sequel, I don’t have to do as much work. I’m not baking from scratch with this one, I’m using a mold. Which is, as I said, less work but in some ways more difficult. I don’t want my supporting characters suddenly acting or sounding differently. Lucy can’t suddenly be mopy and stoic. I have to keep the plot threads continued, and everything too.

All of that said, I -did- manage to get book #2 outlined and fleshed out in a couple of weeks. Not bad, if I do say so myself. It’s still giving me a headache though… Mostly with the beginning, but this is was first drafts are for, right? Right. It’ll all shape up nicely in the final draft. I hope.

Anyway, my point is this: sequels are not like the original! It’s another new adventure, but I’m hoping I’ll get this down to a science in no time.

I have a cover!

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And so here I am.

And so here I am.

This is the beginning of my journey as a writer. This is my first book.

But it won’t be my last.

I’m absolutely terrified.

redcrow4I started this blog, because I’m finally writing my book, and I’m absolutely terrified.

For so long I put off actually writing it, because I was so afraid of having to go through the ordeal of queries, and agents, and submissions, and formatting, and the inevitable tidal wave of rejections. I didn’t want it enough (which I am atleast partially ashamed to admit.) But then I heard about e-publishing, and after some digging, I decided to jump in head first. Or feet first. I’m actually not sure which direction is appropriate, but I’m jumping nonetheless.

I hope someday this blog can be my official ‘author site’. I hope someday people read my stories and like them. I hope to someday have discussions with people who’ve read my stories and care enough to drop me a line. I hope I write my books, and they end up on people’s shelves.

I know it sounds terribly corny, but it’s kind of my dream. I keep hearing all these things about e-publishing and all these people who have lives that I’ve only dreamed about, and it makes that dream much more tangible. Sooo… I’m going for it. And I’m going to stick to it, and I’m not gonna stop.

This blog, (for the moment), while be a sort of chronicle of events leading up to what (I hope) will be a publishing day. I might put up some FAQ type stuff, or some background lore or something. I dunno. Mostly, I need to write, but I think part of writing is exploring your own world. So we’ll see, I suppose.

For the moment, everything is new. I’m at the beginning of my journey, and whether or not people actually read it, I’ll still have a timeline of posts to look back on at some point.

My current goal is to write 3k words a day, with a total word count goal of around 80,000 words for the first book of my first series (Redhaven). I am currently on Chapter 2.

I can do eeeeeet!

*waves tiny flag of optimism*

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