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I’m about 10,000 – 15,000 words from completion of Strange Magic–well, that’s my best guess anyway. But, as any good writer knows, a story is done when it’s done. I’m mainly aiming for a word count that makes this story novel length, which is minimum 50,000 words. That being said, I’m not making it wordy just to meet that goal. What still needs to be addressed in the story may take it past 50,000 words, if I’m honest.

Progress is slow, but I’m trying to be better motivated. I have a good reason to get the story finished, which I will eventually tell you about. But first, I need to explain a few things.

I will be dealing with Strange Magic in a different way than I wanted since my publisher, Liquid Silver, seems to be focusing their publishing endeavors in a different direction than when I first signed with them. They are an Independent publisher, and must do what is necessary to keep their doors open. I don’t blame them, but it’s kind of the reason I haven’t managed to get this story finished as quickly as originally intended.  At first I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be publishing this story with them, but sometimes what we want to happen, isn’t what’s meant to happen.

I did mean to make Strange Magic part of the Spellbound Series, but it may not happen that way. The truth is, the story can stand on its own. When I first signed Wicked Magic with Liquid Silver, I had only intended to have it as a stand alone story–which it can function as–but I noticed others had their books in a series, with at least (3) books comprising their series. I thought I’d be dumb not to list mine in a series as well, figuring any other story written would have a good chance of being published. I just needed to determine what the other stories would be, and how to connect them, even in a minor way. Then I went back to work full-time, and the time I was used to devoting to my writing, no longer existed. The sad thing is, if I had a month to dedicate to the story, it would likely be done. Other writers have worked jobs and managed to get their writing done, so I don’t have an excuse.

So, back to my intended reason for writing this post tonight. To get my writing butt in gear, I entered Strange Magic in the annual writing contest for PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writer’s Assoc), of which I’m a member. With the help of a work colleague, I managed to get the awful Synopsis written to go with the first (27) pages. It will be critiqued by an agent and an editor, beside being eligible for placement in the contest. I’m actually hoping for an offer of interest as opposed to winning–although that would be cool too.

It will be Summertime before I know the results of the contest, or receive my (2) critiques. My worry is someone could express an interest in the manuscript, and I won’t have it finished. I will make sure that doesn’t happen one way or another.

If worse comes to worse, and I have to self-publish Strange Magic, I will. Having a publisher behind you is nicer, because they take care of editing and distributing. If I have to do it myself, I do have a few people to help me edit, and I will have Dar Albert do the cover–she does awesome work. Doing it myself, I would only end up putting this story on Amazon, iBooks, and Google Play.

Well, I will keep you posted.

I do need to do some maintenance on my webpage. Some links have changed and I need to fix them. I will try to be better about making time to blog as well. I am also considering another giveaway.

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Every November, I have good intentions of attempting to finish up the current writing project. The novel to finish is: Strange Magic. I have made some significant progress, but my day job still ends up interfering in the process. It’s even worse this year since I have a new employee at work to train. I have an extra special set of challenges. He doesn’t speak much English or really know how to use the software to do the job he was brought in to do. Frustrating is an understatement. This only makes me long more for the day when I can just write. Rotten money always throws a monkey in the wrench.

I do intend to have a finished third novel in the following year. I have great hopes for 2018. To me, 2017 has been full of too much chaos and challenge.

I should make better progress at the end of the month. Ten whole days off! No limitations, like bedtime. Much easier to write without restrictions.

I can’t whine, I’m not the only writer who has to have a job in order to pay bills and eat. Things happen when they’re supposed to, not when you wish them to happen. Makes you appreciate them more.

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I know, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here. My writing life was so much easier when I didn’t have to work a full time job, but what can you do? Rotten bills have to get paid somehow.

I have been working on Strange Magic. For some reason, I have been stuck on chapter 13, but think I have finally found a way to move forward–in the meantime, I had been tweaking other chapters I wasn’t quite happy with. It is my intention to have something this year. I have other ideas I have been thinking about. There is always the temptation to start something new instead of finishing what I’m currently working on. Except for jotting down my thoughts, so I don’t lose them, I try to stick to the current story I’m working on. Sadly, my discipline still sucks, but I am working on getting back into good writing habits. Can’t work daily, like I used to, but I try to work on the weekends.

I am thinking about doing another giveaway, since I put the new cover on The Assistant. I will tweet, etc. when I decide when.

As always, I appreciate my readers.

 

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As you can see, The Assistant got a much needed facelift. Since my story was in one of Liquid Silver’s collections, I had to go with its predefined cover for the digital version. Once I decided to do POD (print on demand) for both Wicked Magic and The Assistant, I had my cover artist–Dar Albert–create me a new cover. This one, in my opinion, fits my story more.

I’m still in the process of trying to finish up Strange Magic: Book 2 of the Spellbound series. Unfortunately, my muse has been overstressed and uncooperative. I will finish it, and also have other stories in the works.

 

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The Assistant – Amazon POD

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Wicked Magic – Amazon POD

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One thing that can be as hard as facing rejection from agents/publishers, is receiving a review from a reader. As a writer, I’m basically an introvert, so when I offer up something that I have kept to myself, it can be a bit scary. Like other writers, I do hope that readers enjoy and understand what I write, but realize not everyone will. What I hope from you dear reader is that you are patient with me in my writing journey. I’ve been on it for years, so I’m always evolving, and improving. Wicked Magic was my first story to get published. Do I think I could have done it better? Of course. Nonetheless, I’m proud of it, because it is in print. I didn’t give up, or listen to people who said it wasn’t possible.

I have been busy trying to adapt to all the changes in my life–moving, a new full time job, life in general–so my writing discipline is not the greatest right now. I am hard at work trying to finish up Book 2, Strange Magic. As I have grown as a writer, and learned from my editors & readers, I expect to progressively get better and better with each new story.

Thanks for reading. Without you, I’d just be writing for myself.

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The last couple of months, well, actually, the last year has been a bit crazy for me. New day job, (2) eBooks, and relocating. Plus, I will be moving again in less than a month. Finally found a house so I can leave the apartment behind. Seven months of a noisy asshole and his terrible offspring. My first and last time in an apartment.

I’m still hard at work on Strange Magic. With any luck, I should get it finished in January. Between balancing work and getting ready to move, been tough to wrap my mind around writing. Too bad, because it is the only time I feel completely normal.

I will also try to be better about my social media, and helping to promote fellow authors on my blog. Not enough hours in the day sometimes.

Happy New Year to you all, and may 2016 be a wonderful and prosperous year for all of us.

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So, I must say since I’ve signed with Liquid Silver Books, I’ve learned many things. What all is involved in getting a story ready for publication and the marketing process. Some experiences have been better than others. The good:  I’ve meet some really awesome authors–from my publishing house. As a newbie, they helped when I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Some trying:  Issues with the release of my stories. I’m hoping the third time will be the charm. My poor book number two–The Assistant–almost seems cursed. Amazon mixed me up with an author with a similar pen name, who also happened to have the same title. Until recently, they were selling my story and giving the other author credit. Long story short, they made me invisible. I hope you will check it out. It’s short, but I was hoping it was enough of a taste until I finish up Strange Magic: Spellbound Book 2.

Don’t forget to stop by on Friday and check out my guest blogger Roslyn Bane and her new release Time for Terri a contemporary F/F romance.

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So, I must admit when I thought about being a writer, I didn’t exactly set out to do erotic romance. But, it’s been both challenging and freeing at the same time. What I do find ironic is how some women friends act like they’re all shocked to discover I write something like this. What they won’t admit is that they secretly read it themselves. I find it kind of amusing.

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I know a lot of changes are happening in my life right now, but I do swear that the energy of this month is just a tad bit off. This is the longest I have gone without writing. It is something that keeps me normal, if I ever was “normal”. I am adapting to life in an apartment. Thank goodness it is only temporary–ten months. (Bam bam drives me crazy. I imagine that the loud bang bang I hear from time to time is his over sized testicles dropping on the floor as he stands up.)

Yes, I am spoiled. I miss my house, but I know a better one is waiting for me. As much as I resist change, it is a necessary evil or one just falls into a funk. I am learning it will take some discipline to juggle responsibility with what I desire–writing. Oh well. Dreams aren’t easily realized. They require hard work and dedication. Once I catch up my hours at work, I will be back to work and my writing.

So, hopefully the crazy July energy will shift as we enter August.

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Well, lately life has gotten a bit crazy. Many changes happening which involve relocation and beginning a new job. I wish I could write full time, but I’m not at that stage in my writing career yet. I did learn that The Assistant, my short novella–or I guess it is a novelette–was accepted by my publisher. Still waiting to learn a tentative release date for it. Still have to be assigned my CE and go through edits, etc. Hopefully sometime in August or September.

I know I’m terrible about keeping up with writing in here, as well as my social media responsibilities, but once I can get to a regular schedule again, I will be better. Once thing I know. Moving sucks!

Instead, I will reflect on having a rare relaxing afternoon before the chaos resumes once more. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.

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