I can’t believe July is gone already!
My month has been a blur of hiking, camping, swimming, play dates, classes, bike rides, music, writing, reading, and editing. I joined my father for his birthday on a trip to inaugurate his new camper. It was an interesting experience. Apparently there’s a lot to know about a camper before you get it running smoothly, but everything worked out fine and a good time was had by all. I also got to catch up with some friends that, despite living an hour away, I only see about once a year. My early mornings have gotten slightly less early as my fatigue increases, but I still manage to work for an hour or two before the rest of the house wakes up. Once school starts again, we’ll *all* be waking up early.
Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- I’m a quarter of the way through the second draft of Courting Darkness, and happy to report the editing is going smoothly. I should be able to finish the current draft before the end of August, at which point I will be looking for a critique partner to work with before the third revision.
The Price of Tomorrow – I’ve made the necessary changes to Price of Tomorrow based on beta reader feedback, including writing an all-new epilogue that I feel ties up the ending much better. I have one late comer to the beta group whose input I should hear soon. Otherwise, this book is good to go! 🙂
Magicsmith Book 3: (Title TBD) – I’ve completed the outline for book three and wrote down about a million title ideas, none of which have stuck. I think I may pick my favorites (and hopefully a few I haven’t thought of yet) and post them in a poll to see what you all think of them. Other than that, I sketched out a few scenes and have been fleshing ideas about how the conflicts in book three will carry over into the remaining books of this series. There are a few triggering events that snuck into my outline that make me really excited to see how they play out in books four and five. Yeah, I know, I’m getting ahead of myself.
WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH
The most interesting thing I learned this month:
The second part of the Russian Wedding Dance on piano. Never been much of a music person, but at 35 years old I’m learning the piano in my spare time so I can help my daughter audition for a duet. Funny where life takes you sometimes.
As promised, I finally finished Infected and managed to post the review. Obsidian Son had been popping up on my radar for a while, so I decided to give it a whirl. I’d been eager to read Etched in Bone ever since it came out, but I was saving it for when I was in the right mood. I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve also been reading a lot of craft books, as well as spending a lot of time reading my own work since I started editing Courting Darkness.
ON THE HORIZON
Currently on my TBR shelf:
- Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
- Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
- Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon
- Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver
August is another busy month. Honestly, is there any other kind? We’ve got a lot to cram into the next three weeks before my daughter heads back to school, a big first-grader this year. I should have more uninterrupted time to work on my writing once she’s out of the house on a regular basis, though our evenings will still be filled with dance, music, and gymnastics classes. We’re also supposed to have some house guests this month, though we haven’t finalized plans for that visit. My birthday is at the end of August. As such, it’s often drowned out by all the other busy happenings, but I think I’ll invite my family over for a taco bar and some ice cream. I’ve earned it. 😉