Sorry I’m late with this post. There was a lot going on in the “Personal” sector of my life yesterday, and I was so preoccupied with it that I honestly went all day thinking it was Tuesday. It wasn’t until MBH and I were taking the girls for their evening walk that I realized it was Wednesday. By then it was too late to do much about it. And as it turns out, it was probably kismet that things turned out that way. Why?
As those of you who frequent Facebook know, after you’ve been there a while, you begin getting notifications about “memories” each day. These are reminders of things you posted on the same date, in years past. By interesting coincidence, it was exactly one year ago today that I committed here on the blog to be more regular on my blog posts, AND to making the writing more of a priority. I guess I can count myself at least partly successful. And it somehow seems fitting that I start the next steps of the journey on the anniversary of that promise to myself.
Next steps? Yep.
As I’ve been hinting at for the last two weeks, I’ve been in communication with a small press about working with them on some books. Well, it’s finally done! Mostly, that is. As of today, the contracts are signed, witnessed, scanned, and emailed. I suppose it’s technically not a done deal until they send back the copies with their signatures as well, but at this stage, that’s mostly just a formality (I hope). So I think it’s safe to announce now that I’m now part of the Severed Press stable of authors. I’ve signed two contracts, for two series of books – the Chucklers trilogy (which I’ve been working on -off and on- for a couple of years), and another project that will likely turn into a series that I’m just going to call EPP for now.
So, status reports –
Chucklers – rewrites are about done (hopefully by tomorrow), and I think I’ve fixed the timeline problems I was having. It will go back out to betas either this weekend, or early next week. Looks like the current draft is going to come in at just a bit over 120k words. This novel has been so much more complicated to put together than I ever imagined. Two contiguous timelines that have to intertwine, showing events happening in three different locations with six main POV characters, and a host of secondary POVs. There have been times when I’ve had to put it in the drawer for months at a time just to get a fresh perspective on it.
EPP – New project – This is the first of at least two novels set in mid-Triassic Pangaea, about 240 million years in our past. It’s going to be quite a departure from anything else I’ve written, and is going to take a LOT of research. But I’m a glutton for punishment, and I’m actually looking forward to working on it. So wish me luck.
Miscellany – I’ve had a recent streak of winning things over the last several weeks. Nothing huge, but a book here, a door prize there. Most recently, I won a free book cover from author/artist Denise Lhamon. I need to figure out what to use it on. Maybe the EPP project? Hmmm….
I just found out that our eldest had to put her pug down this morning. He was very old (I think fourteen years), was listless, had stopped eating and drinking, and had lost a lot of weight, so it was time. But as anyone who has been through this can attest to, knowing it’s the right thing to do doesn’t make it any easier. MBH & I had to put one of our dogs to sleep several years ago after he had a stroke. I walked out of the vets office with water running down my face, and that dog didn’t even like me!
But there’s an undeniable connection between the pet and the pet-owned. And it hurts like hell when that connection is lost.
On a brighter note, Baby Bird is supposed to come for a visit in a few days. Things can still change, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s going to work out. If you’ve read my past posts, you know that she recently graduated with her BFA, and she’s making the transition from college life to working to pay the bills. She put the word out this morning on FB that she’s now able to do some commissioned paintings. Before now, almost all of her time was spent doing work that was assigned to her for her classes. Now that she’s graduated, she wants to start by doing some 9×12 inch gouache (it’s a type of opaque watercolor – I had to look it up ) human/animal morphing paintings similar to the one here. If you’re interested, drop me a line and I’ll put you in touch with her.
As of now (about six hours after she made the post), she has six inquiries, with at least two of them sounding pretty serious. I hope this works out for her. I know I’m the proud parent, but she really is incredibly talented.
So that’s it. Sorry again for the late post. And as always, stay safe everyone!