Just a short post here to catch up with everyone. I’ve obviously fallen off the wagon with regards to posting here in a timely manner. If you check the dates, you’ll see that my weekly blog post has been missing for a month now. That happens every year around this time, with the holidays. Our big one this year was Thanksgiving. Hope yours was good (those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving). We managed to make a whirlwind trip down to see family for a couple of days. We drove down Wednesday, spent Thanksgiving day at my son and daughter in law’s new home, rested on Friday, and drove back on Saturday. It was way too brief, but well worth it. Even more so since my daughters, mother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and one of my nephews also made it over to visit. It was the first time in several years that we were all able to spend time together.
Of course, right after we got back, I got sick. Nothing terrible, just the typical chest cold. I still have a touch of it, but I’m getting better. Unfortunately, MBH has it now. Yeah, I made her sick… even more so than usual.
Hmmm… what else?
Ah, well, I got a ticket a few weeks ago. Actually, I guess I need to back up a little bit more for this one…
See, MBH developed some eye issues that made it unsafe for her to drive. Lattice degeneration that resulted in some torn tissue in her right peeper. Luckily, she recognized that something was wrong and got in to see an ophthalmologist quickly. The doc did some laser magic on her eye, and she’s healing up nicely now. However, there were a few weeks where her vision wasn’t good enough to drive, so Yours Truly did the honors. It was actually pretty nice, being able to drive her to and from. But one afternoon, my foot was a bit too heavy on the accelerator, and I found myself on the wrong end of a speeding ticket.
In other news, I’ve been studying the marketing side of the writing business. I keep saying I’m going to change some of the things I’m doing with regards to writing. One of the things I started looking at was why I’m not selling. See, things have changed a lot since I first got into this. Back then, you wrote a book, you published a book, you placed the book in a few mailing lists, and then you left it alone while you went and wrote the next story. That’s not the case anymore. At least, not if you want to make a living at it.
So I’m having to study some of the new tools available for writers. I need to learn more about keywords and how Amazon has changed them. I need to learn more about Amazon Ads, leveraging newsletters, working your title through Amazon’s niche categories so it can climb into the larger categories… and the more I read, the more daunting it is to realize how far behind I’ve fallen.
So you may see more of the old style “Learning to Write” posts in the future as I go through various lessons and try different things. Some folks will enjoy them. Others will likely roll their eyes at the writer tech-speak that will ensue. Of course, if no one leaves me any comments, I won’t know either way, right?
Writing progress –
AP2 – The second Amber Payne novel is mostly finished (I think). I’ve settled on a new title… “The Payne Before The Storm“. Or maybe I should drop it to “Payne Before The Storm“… Anyway, all but a few scenes are written. But because of all the cutting and rewriting, many of the chapters are a huge, jumbled mess. This has, by far, been the most difficult book to write that I’ve done. But stay tuned for a cover reveal in the near future.
IMR– This was the so-called “sekrit projekt”, and unfortunately, it fell through. The author who contacted me about it said that his attorney had advised him to not job the project out. He was going to have me write a prequel series that led into his current series, and there was too much chance of confusing the overlapping intellectual property rights. That’s a true bummer, since I was actually very excited about the project, and had already written a few chapters and had ideas for six different books. But nothing written is ever wasted. What I wrote for that project can be adapted later. When and/or if I ever get back to the “Warrior Clan” series I was fiddling with, these chapters might fit right in with just a little adjustment.
PE2 – So with IMR off the schedule, it looks like the next book in the lineup will probably be a new Pangaea novel. Looks like it’s time for Sean Barrow to mount his camelo again. Wonder what he and his friends will run into this time?
And that’s enough. I said I was going to make it a short one, and that was more than 800 words back. So I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. And whether you celebrate Christmas, are in the midst of Hanukkah, or celebrate any other holiday, whatever it may be… stay safe!