Recap: May 2018

Hello Fellow Dreamers!

May brought about a BIG change in my writing career. For those of you who haven’t seen my social media posts (and weren’t called at work in the middle of the day because I just couldn’t hold it in any longer) I SIGNED A PUBLISHING CONTRACT!!!

That’s right, I finally made it to the next stage of my journey.

For me, working toward publication has been like a long-term RPG. Create a character, i.e. an author persona and social presence. CHECK. Complete a range of missions that graduate in difficulty, i.e. write a book, query said book, get an agent, sign with a publisher. CHECK, CHECK, CHECK, and CHECK. Time to level up!

The contract is for the first three books in my Magicsmith series, two of which aren’t written yet, and the idea of writing to a deadline has my stomach in ropes. It doesn’t help that my daughter finished kindergarten this month, and so is home with me. All the time. For three months. Yeah, don’t know how much I’ll be getting done.

I’ve always been more of an “as the mood strikes me” kind of writer. I’m plenty productive, but I tend to jump between projects. I have four novels in various stages of completion as well as the short stories I write and tweak when I need a break from the larger projects. But, when I signed that line I promised to deliver, so I’m going to be focusing most of my energy on the Magicsmith books for the foreseeable future.

Also new this month: my nephew. Thomas Christopher was born May 2nd at a whopping 5 lbs. For those of you who don’t know babies, I’m being sarcastic. He’s a tiny little thing, about half the size of Alice when she was born.




Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness – As noted above, most of my efforts this month have been focused here. I’ve completed about 65% of the first draft and I’m feeling pretty good about it.

The Price of Tomorrow – I’m still waiting for responses from a couple straggling beta readers, then I’ll be ready for a final edit.

Magicsmith Book 3: (Title TBD) – The third book in my Magicsmith series is still in its pre-writing phase. That means I’m laying out the outline, figuring out which characters I need and what rolls they will play, finding the main character arcs, and choosing secondary plots lines to weave into the story.

Hannah – Hannah’s first draft is done, but with deadlines on the Magicsmith books I think I will need to set this aside for now. I’ll put it back on this list when I have enough time to start editing it.





The weirdest thing I learned while researching:

It’s easier to gouge an eye out of its socket whole than it is to pop it.



This month I finally got around to reviewing the audio books from my Seattle road trip. I also jumped Altered Carbon to the front of the line because I wanted to read it before watching the TV adaptation now available on Netflix.





Currently on my TBR shelf:


The beginning of June is always a hectic time for me, and this year more than most. At the moment, life is taken up with sorting out our family’s new schedule and planning my daughter’s birthday parties (yeah, that plural was intentional). We’ve got plans for camping the second week, and then I’m hoping things will settle down for a bit. Somewhere in there, I need to find time to finish the first draft of Courting Darkness, read through the beta reader responses for The Price of Tomorrow, and finish the pre-writting portion of the third Magicsmith book. Wish me luck!

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