I have received the first round of edits for Ground of Insurrection. A glance through says they'll be very straightforward, so hopefully I'll have them completed and back to LT3 for a second round quickly. The editor said the story was "fantastic", which I was overjoyed to see. This story gave me some trouble as I was writing it, trouble that is unfortunately repeating itself as I'm trying to write the sequel, so hearing it did turn out well after all that was really wonderful. Now that the edits are moving along, LT3 can start planning release dates. I expect to learn a tentative date for Ground of Insurrection sometime after I return the edits, so I had better get to working on them now because I'm as anxious to learn the release date as I'm sure you are.
I don't really have all that much else to share with you today. It's been a while since I posted anything so I wanted to say hi and to let you all know that I am trying to work on some of the stories you're anticipating. Mostly I've been planning, which doesn't sound super exhilarating, but is absolutely necessary to move my stories forward. For example, in the next Supernatural Consultant book (tentatively titled Dragon Trick, but that might change) I know the ultimate goal of the story, but I haven't quite figured out how to get the characters there yet. I can't start writing again until I figure that bit out.
I've been plucking away at Ge-Mi: Part Two as well. I've said it before in regards to this story, but I'll say it again anyway: it's slow going. I'm setting up so many little things right now that will have an impact all the way to the end and I really want to get them right. That means the story is only growing by a few hundred words each time I work on it. That's better than nothing at all, but it's not a lot in terms of how much I still have to do.
Aside from that, I'm patiently waiting for the next round of edits for Kelpie Blue to appear. I'm hoping they'll wait until after Ground of Insurrection is back with the editor, but as March and the imminent release date looms closer, I know they'll have to appear soon. We're also nearing the time when If A Butterfly Don't Fly should begin the editing process (especially since it was accepted for publishing at the same time as Ground of Insurrection), so I expect that story will also appear in my inbox sometime in the near future. There's so much to look forward to!
LT3 emailed me to let me know Road to Revenge, the first book in my Road To duology, will be going out of print on January 1, 2018 (tomorrow). They asked if I was interested in renewing the contract, to which I immediately replied yes. This isn't going to be a huge rigamarole like with Dragon's Hoard. Road to Revenge will get shined up a bit with a quick edit, but it shouldn't even have an interruption in sales. Dragon's Hoard was down for weeks while it went through editing and getting new covers, which Road to Revenge honestly doesn't need. Still, it's nice to see Road to Revenge getting a bit of spotlight for once.
On another note, I completed the second round of edits for Kelpie Blue mostly on time. They are headed back to the editor for another round, but I can really see the improvement in the story so far. It's far smoother to read through and now that the edits aren't making me want to tear my hair out, I'm relearning to love my crazy kelpie. March seems so far away, but it will come soon enough, and then all of you will be able to read it too. I can't wait.
I have written over 1k words in Ge-Mi: Part Two today and I hope to continue adding more to the story the rest of this long weekend. It's not even close to being complete, but I'm liking where it's going. I'm building up right now to introduce a new character that will add some tension to Nevada and Taylor's relationship. I am also working towards getting the plot reintroduced, which requires setting up some twists and turns that I hope readers will enjoy. There's a lot of little things to get right, so it's slow going, but it is going and that's what's important.
When I got the first round of edits for Kelpie Blue, my brain immediately went: how can I procrastinate from this? It eventually provided me with the next scene in Ge-Mi: Part Two and a lovely plot twist. As temptation, that worked pretty well, but at this point I'm wise to the wiles of my brain. I was somehow able to hold myself in check and managed to get the edits for Kelpie Blue back to LT3 before I touched Ge-Mi.
Kelpie Blue is coming along and I'm happy to say that now that the edits aren't hanging over me like a funnel cloud I'm back to remembering how much I love this story. The editor really liked it too. Right now it looks like there's going to be three full rounds of edits, so the release date may get pushed back. The plan is to wait until December to see how much more work Kelpie Blue will still need and reevaluate the date then. I will let you all know then what the final verdict is.
Ge-Mi: Part Two is slow going, but it's so much fun to write, what with Nevada's little cat ears and Taylor being proud he doesn't pee on the carpet. They're definitely a match made in heaven. The problem with this story is there is so much going on and trying to keep it all rolling at the same pace isn't easy. The two big plots are the romance and figuring out who the bad guy is, neither of which reached full potential in Part One and which need a lot of finessing to get to their individual conclusions. I also don't write a lot of sci-fi so making certain those elements fit into the story adds yet another dimension of awesomeness. It will all come together at the end, and I know I'm going to love the process of getting there, but it's going to take a bit more time.
July was supposed to be my comeback month, but I am still plagued with writer's block. I am having a lot of trouble finding the motivation to keep working on any of my works-in-progress. It's honestly a bit maddening. I want to write, I do, but it's just not happening. July ended up not being a good month for my goals.
July is a wonderful month. Everything is warm, but it isn't scorching outside yet. My birthday is coming soon. And, of course, I usually have a great time with writing. This has always been my "last month of freedom" before that hellish six week job I've been doing every summer, except this summer I don't have to go back! I have my full time job, which, admittedly, I'm still settling in to, and it is so much better. With all that to look forward to, I'm really hoping writing will start picking up again.
Happy New Year! I'm hoping to start off this new year with a lot of writing, particularly focusing on my stories that are almost complete. Here are my goals for January:
March 21, 2018
Mell Eight is an author writing with LT3. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.