Usually by September I am well into planning next year. That isn’t going as well this year. I have overloaded myself, again, and Iski isn’t working as well as I would like and I never seemed to be doing what I want …
We have entered the last quarter of the year and I worry I’m not going to achieve what I wanted to this year.
It isn’t all bad:
I have recently released a new book and I’m working on all that goes with a new release. I’m editing book 3 while I wait for book 2 to come back from the beta readers, which is starting to trickle in now and I think I have some serious work ahead of me.
I’m thinking about future projects (maybe too often) and Iski is well behind schedule but will come back together, I hope.
I also had a moment after seeing the wondrous things my cover designer for Raven Crown series could do and I have commissioned them to rework The Mark of Oldra cover. Can’t wait to see what they produce! So stay tuned for a re-launch.
I’ve also had some viral bug working on my system and sucking my energy so I’m not getting up as early (and daylight savings threw me out of whack and I’m struggling to get to bed).
I have a crazy list of what to do before Christmas to ensure next year (as rough as it is) will work.
I have bought myself a fancy diary and set up an excel spreadsheet that covers every day next year and what I might get done (this really only served to freak me out).
There are too many stories forming in my mind and not enough time to write them down, well at least not yet. And I’d like to try some different things. I have an urban fantasy idea along with a dystopian one…and then there are the short stories related to the current world I’m working on (Raven Crown) that I’m using for back story and side story and for readers on my email list. That doesn’t include the stories I’m outlining that I hope to start next year.
So I am closer than I thought but not as ready as I’d like to be. One of my main concerns for next year is getting stories to my readers on a regular basis. Along with the Raven Crown Series, I will be starting a new trilogy next year and really want to be able to get book 1 of that series out to readers by the end of the year. I’m not sure how realistic that goal is yet.
At the end of the year I will post how many of my 2017 goals I reached and exactly what I’m planning for 2018.
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This year is slipping by so fast and I have moments when I think it is all coming together and others when I realise I’m not getting nearly enough done. I did make some serious changes to how I work part way into the year (just after my last review) and they seem to be helping greatly. I have also added a monitor to my laptop which has made a world of difference to my neck and shoulders.
So let’s go back a step and see where I wanted to be by midyear:
- To grow my list of subscribers/followers
- Plan out the whole (10 book) Legend of Iski Flare series, publish episode five and have good bones for episode six
- Refine the whole series story line for the Raven Crown series and have book one with the proof reader
- Have the start of a plan/outline for a new series and The Mark of Oldra sequel
- And finally, for The Flow of Ink a monthly newsletter and semi regular blog posts.
Clearly the last one isn’t going so well. I did step away from the blog to spend more time on my fiction but I had thought I would get at least one post a month done. I am getting out monthly newsletters to my subscribers and occasionally an extra email a month with new release or giveaway information.
My subscriber list is growing, in fact I have already reached the goal I set for the year and I’m thrilled that so many readers are interested in my stories and writing process. But I am spending more time working on advertising and mail outs and giveaways. All of these are important but I need to set some clear guidelines for myself as to when I can and can’t work on the business side of writing.
I have shifted my sleeping pattern to get up earlier everyday to write (and that is everyday – weekends included). I have a good two hour block and when used appropriately it has been fantastic. I just need to stop checking sales figures, setting up mail outs and the like during that time. It can be difficult working full time to make the time. The aim for the next half of the year to ensure I quarantine my writing time and determine the best time for the business side of writing.
In terms of writing:
The Legend of Iski Flare Episode Five (my favourite by the way) was emotionally hard going to write but was released in June. Episode six is underway, although not quite as far along as I would like. I do have the stories up to Episode Ten mapped out (although briefly) but I’m not sure where it will go from there.
Raven’s Dawn is actually very close. Not quite ready for the proof reader, but it will be this month and planned for release in August. I’m so excited by this one. The second book in the series, The Caged Raven, needs a lot of attention but I’m hoping will be released before Christmas. I’m trying not to think about the third one yet, but as I work on the others ideas keep sparking on ways to finish it.
Amongst all of this I have also completed a short story for a fantasy anthology, which will hopefully be released this month. The Silence is based on a legend from the Raven Crown Series and I had lots of fun writing it. I have been working on the plans for new stories as well, these are still very brief and by the end of the year I’m hoping to have a scenes list for both projects.
I have more and more ideas every day for stories I want to write but time is limited. I have discovered recently that what I would really like is more time to write, like whole days. This has just confirmed for me that I want to write full time and I continue to work toward that.
In the mean time we have our annual retreat coming up in August and I’ll have six whole uninterrupted days of writing. Can’t wait.
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The next instalment in the Legend of Iski Flare series is nearly here.
The Last Child
Many years ago, a town full of children disappeared in the middle of the night, only one was found. Now two of them have wandered back into the town square and Iski Flare has been asked to help find the others. But twenty years is a long time and he’s not sure if the last child won’t or can’t help.
Mirabel reminds him of Flare in more ways than he would care to admit but he can’t lose this child now; only she might be leading him toward more than he thought possible. Far more than he expected to find.
Did you know that The Legend Begins, The Legend of Iski Flare Episode One is now free on all platforms? Well it is, check it out HERE.