My goals in January were derailed slightly by all the editing I instead got completed. I would still call this month a success, just not with what I was expecting. Here's how I did:
My Supernatural Consultant series continues to grow. I never expected to write this many books in one series, nor did I want to create something so involved. Yet, that's what my characters asked for and I'm running with it very eagerly. It's far more fun to work that way than to try to force my dragons into the box I had originally planned for them. I still can't believe that what was once going to be a quick, three or four book series is now headed towards ten books with no signs of stopping. What's even more amazing is the fact that I'm already seeing amazing success with readers.
How the series stands right now:
What I have planned next for the series:
How the series is going to keep growing:
I can't believe how much I've been able to accomplish in this series so far and I'm even more boggled by how much more is still in the planning stage. There is no denying that this has been and will continue to be quite an undertaking. The important thing for me to remember is that I have to keep having fun with it. If I don't have fun, my characters will turn dour, and my readers won't have fun either, which is unacceptable. I hope everyone will stay with me over the next few years as each of these stories is written, submitted, edited, and finally released for you to read!
To stay informed as my Supernatural Consultant series continues to grow, please visit my current projects page on my website.
I've partially brought this on myself, unfortunately, but all of a sudden I'm totally swamped with edits and have zero time to get any writing done. That bites. Coming up with new scenes and fun dialogue is so much more interesting than learning what I did wrong and having to fix all those mistakes. Still, the edits need to be completed and the sooner I'm done the sooner I can return to writing.
First I've been working on the edits for The Case of the Wandering Wolves. This story is for LT3's Private Dicks call. It's about a private detective known as Coyote who is investigating the kidnapping of a young girl all while trying to snare his mate. It's an older story set in the same world as my story Heartbeat. I shined it up, but it didn't quite feel right so I sent it off to two beta readers. They've both since returned their recommendations to me and there's a lot to fix. I actually put off working on what the beta readers sent me for a few weeks. I told myself that after I finished with my six week summer job I would still have plenty of time to get this story ready to submit. The truth is, I do have that time. The story isn't due until October 31st, but there's still so much I need to accomplish before it's ready that I do feel the date is going to creep up on me.
I was just starting to make progress in TCotWW when LT3 sent me round two of the edits for Dragon Deception, book two in my Supernatural Consultant series. These edits have a due date and take precedent over a story that hasn't even been submitted yet, so I set TCotWW aside and got to work. Usually the second round is very straightforward. The major issues were supposed to be taken care of in round one, so round two is to make sure that I didn't bungle fixing those issues. I bungled. It's taken a while to fix everything I messed up.
I was almost done with Deception when LT3 sent me another email. They had the copy edits for Dragon Consultant, the first book in my Supernatural Consultant series, and I needed to fix a few things the copy editor didn't like asap. Obviously the book that's coming out in a few months beats the edits for the next book in the series. Luckily, I love playing with these dragons. It's never a hardship to go through any of my Supernatural Consultant stories. It still took me a couple of days to make sure I answered all the copy editor's issues. I sent the story back to LT3 this morning, which means Dragon Consultant will be one hundred percent ready to go on December 9th.
With Consultant back to LT3, I could return to Dragon Deception. I am almost done fixing the last of the problems. There are exactly two more and I of course left the hardest for last. I'm hoping I can figure them out tomorrow, after which I will read through the story one last time before sending it to LT3. I have never before had two stories in the same series ready to go before the first book even came out--and there's still time to make progress on editing the third book, Dragon Dilemma, if I really want to go for a record.
It's taken me a little longer than I originally planned to get Deception back to LT3, but I'm still within the deadline. I'm not worried about getting it back to them in time, but I am worried that I spent too much time away from TCotWW. Six weeks out from the due date feels like plenty of time, but I still have a lot of editing to do, then I have to set the story aside to rest for a bit, and then I have to return to it and do another round of editing before I can even think about getting it formatted for submission.
So now you see why I haven't been able to get any writing done this month. I want to get my story for LT3's Roughhouse Raiders call close to completed this month and see about finishing The Red Apple Witch so I can get that ready for LT3's Fairytales call. Nothing else on my to-do list has a due date, but that list is so long that I was hoping to start whittling it down this month. I guess I'll see what else I'm able to accomplish once all the edits I have to do are completed.
A Little Fairy Dust
January 4, 2021
March 1, 2021
Mell Eight is an author writing with NSP. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.