Concluding(ish) Thoughts on TJT and the Infamous ‘What’s Next?’

Hello, everyone! Can you believe it’s the end of July already? We’ve been anticipating this month for a long time, and now it’s over ─ funny, how time works. My brother is married, I have an awesome new sister-in-law, and the finale of The Journey Taken is out in the world, the saga completed.

We all knew this was going to be a big year, and it’s only half over! Who knows what else is in store?

Just a couple of days ago the giveaway for An Odyssey’s End reached its conclusion (congratulations to the winners!) and the books are already off and on their way. For me, that kind of marked the end of the end for this project, and the feeling is rather surreal ─ having the subject that consumed five years of your life finally reach its completion ─ yet at the same time there’s a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, having set a goal and reached it. Anyone who has done similarly, with any objective, knows the feeling. I have become what I’ve wanted to be for a very long time: a published author with a complete series under my belt.

So now what?

Well, the thing about walking is that it’s a series of steps, and when one is taken, the next must follow in order to keep moving. There are many options and opportunities (as well as responsibilities) open to me as both a writer and regular human (the line between which is faded at best and the question of whether a writer even can be considered a ‘regular human’ being highly debatable). Consumed by this project, I have neglected a few normal life things that require taking care of. I had decided that when this series was finished I would focus more thought and effort into those areas, and the prospect is both exciting and nerve-wracking (as is per usual when changing one’s status quo). But in the midst of all that?

Another story, of course. I’d debated putting writing aside for a while to focus on other things (people thought ‘taking a break’, I thought ‘purgatory’). But that thought depressed me too much, and the impulse to write has become reflexive. Stories and ideas come from everywhere and are perpetually bouncing around in my head ─ I cannot stuff them neatly (or otherwise) inside a box and shove it into some cobwebby corner and say ‘someday I’ll work on this again’. Writing is life, and even if I have to supplement it this time around with other, slightly-less-important-but-nonetheless-necessary facts of existing in the ‘real world’, I cannot stop.

And now that that’s settled, I, personally, feel much better.

I’ve also decided to do some learning on creative writing. I hadn’t done much of that at all when I began TJT, and while I’ve learned a truckload since then, I’m going to do more in-depth studying about the art, to develop my skills and make something even better next time. I want to always be improving in my craft, for the Lord and for you, my readers. You both deserve my best, and I want to strive to find my limits and break past them to new heights.

So, now that this new chapter in my life and career has begun, you just might be wondering what writing project I’ve taken up now, or if I’m still mulling over an idea. The only mulling, I assure you, was over which project to undertake, as there are MANY. So. Very. Many. But I have made my selection, and it is one that’s been brewing for a while. I’m super excited to be working on it ─ ecstatic, really. All that I’ll tell you about it right now is that it is not set in the TJT universe (we’re FAR from done there, though, believe me).

I’ve also decided to make this a NaNoWriMo project. For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an organization centered around the thrilling side of creative writing. The objective for participants is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November, and the site provides a mountain of resources to help make that happen, along with a vast community of fellow writers to get in touch with and discuss virtually any topic on the forums. You can keep track of your word count and earn badges for participation, writing goals reached, and milestones passed. I’ve heard about it for several years, and I thought that now was a good time to start. (To learn more about NaNoWriMo, visit the website and get involved to help writers make the world a better place!)

In conclusion, I wanted to thank everyone who has come along with me on this journey, who have encouraged me and pushed me to see this through, and it is my hope that you will continue to do so as we step forth to new horizons and what lies beyond the other side of the next hill.

The Beginning of Something More

It has begun! Happy new year, my lovely readers, here’s to a year full of exciting new things. I’ve a feeling that 2017 is going to be a BIG year, and I am so very excited to share it with you all.

To kick things off, here’s the OFFICIAL edition of volume 1 I’ve been working on alongside the final installment of our saga. Other than a brand new coat, this edition features an updated interior with some sweet little details I may be a wee bit too thrilled about.

In addition, we’re going to celebrate further by running a Goodreads giveaway, which will initiate on the 7th, and I’ll make sure to pass around the link when the day comes, so be looking forward to that! Giveaways are great fun, they really are (both winning one and sending out the prizes) and if you don’t have an account . . . well I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Goodreads is a booklover’s haven outside of a library, chocked full of titles, and if you have an account you can add books to any number of lists, organizing them into to-read lists (my personal favorite), rate and review books, enter giveaways, and join any number of groups to discuss any number of topics, read books together, and generally get involved with other fellow readers. So give it a look-see!

Later on I’ll also be running a Kindle version promotion, as well, and I’ll update you on the details when the time comes. Good things are in the works this month!

New Year Project Announcement

Hello and greetings, my fine folk! How was everyone’s Christmas? Merry? Bright? I pray that this is so, for my own proved rather jolly and downright relaxing, chilling with the family all day.

Now that The Clandestine Crusade is out and running, I can focus more centrally on the next two projects coming up. Two, you ask? Yes, two. One of which is, of course, the next and (final!!) volume of TJT (super exciting, right?) The second project is what I’ve alluded to in the past and what I’m going to announce today.

In honor of the series finale, I have been (and will be) working on updating each volume to a more uniform format inside and out and re-releasing one every month leading up to the due date of vol. 7. The interiors are getting a fresh suit and even some of the narrative (nothing drastic, mind you, just making it cooler, like adding details I should have thought of four years ago). The covers will also be spruced up, although the most dramatic changes will be most evident in the first two volumes, when I was a baby to this publishing process.

So far I’m super excited about this undertaking and can’t wait for it to come to fruition, so this coming new year will start off with a whirlwind for me! To kick off each re-release I’ll be running a giveaway on Goodreads, and later in the month a KDP (Amazon Kindle) promotion as well, but your help in taking part and spreading the word would be a super duper assist and greatly appreciated.

The celebration begins in three days! So be looking for another post here announcing the kickoff with links and a cover reveal for vol.1’s new coat and all that jazzy good stuff. Thank you all for your support, and here’s wishing you a great finish to 2016 and a happy new year ─ I’ve a feeling it’s going to be a big one.

The Promised Day has Come!

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It’s here! The long awaited release day for The Clandestine Crusade has finally come, and that’s not only why today is so special – it’s also my mom’s birthday! Below are the links where you can find vol.6.

The Createspace Store (straight from the publisher)

Amazon

Kindle version

Thank you all so much for supporting and sticking with me for these past several years and helping reach this point – it really is amazing. I apologize for not being around much during this time, but with the Christmas season underway and prepping for this publication, I’ve had my brain tied. However, things will be coming up soon that I’m expecting to change all that (fingers crossed!) I really do want to add more content to this blog – subject posts, book reviews, maybe even some nonish-book related things that’ll share a little more about this rare and elusive author. We’ll see about that. Anywho, the above links are where you can find your very own copy of The Clandestine Crusade (and if you would, a review would be monumentally appreciated. Reviews not only help other people decide if they want to read a book (influence of gigantapithicus proportions) they also aid bunches and tons with visibility, so more people actually see the book while they’re scrolling around. So if you would, even just if you liked it (and what appealed to you) or didn’t like it and why (constructive criticism goes miles and leagues) I would so, so, so appreciate it.

And so now, until within the next fortnight (promise), Merry Christmas and God bless!!!

Leaps! Leaps and Bounds!

Hello! This past week has been a busy one and rather exciting. I spent the last few days formatting (one of my most least favorite parts of this whole independent thing. I’m always afraid something’s going to go wrong and I won’t be able to fix it. I can totally see why people pay someone else to format. Eesh.) But, the inside is now all pretty and the cover is all done, too! I uploaded everything yesterday and sent them in for review, got the OK this morning, ordered my proof copy, and a few hours later got a notification that it’d already shipped. Talk about speedy!

I also received a notification that the bookmarks have been shipped, too, so there’ll be some awesome packages coming in the mail within the next couple of weeks.

Can’t.

Wait.

So this past week has been moving things forward in leaps and bounds!

Here’s the official cover:

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Is it not cool? I thought the dramatic color and lighting went well with the theme (but it also made me think of Helos, so) I can’t wait to see it in person and hold it. That part never gets old, touching and holding the physical evidence of months of typing and clicking on a keyboard.

Great things await in this sixth installment, events and characters I’ve been chomping at the bit to write with for ages, and I hope you all will find these people fun to read – only 36 more days!

The Bookmark is Coming, the Bookmark is Coming!

Hello! I’m popping in to say that I’ve hashed out a bookmark design and submitted the order just this morning! This stuff is always so nerve wracking for me, because you never really know what it’s going to look like until it comes in the mail. But all in good time – there’s no going back!

So, as promised, here’s a peek at what they’re supposed to look like:

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Super cool, huh? I thought so. I’ve had the background image squirreled away for a while, having wanted to put Bill and Kai’Tor in the scene for . . . gosh, ages, when I think back. This somewhat mysterious-y picture is the result, and it makes me super pleased to showcase these two Faenari and share their awesomeness.

As for the progress on vol. 6, it’s coming along! I should be finishing the edits (yay!) and digging into formatting (ugh) THIS week. Things are really coming together now that we’re winding toward the finish, and it’s always such an exciting time!

End of October Update

Hello my lovelies! I can’t hardly believe it’s the end of October already, time really does fly, does it not? Exciting things have begun to roll over the last month, namely the purchase of my very own domain name and building a brand new website, which is now up and running (please, look around! And if you have any suggestions for content you’d like to see, on the site or blog, don’t hesitate a heartbeat to let me know!)

Also, the manuscript has been read through and marked up (which I suppose is a good thing). I’ve gotten some good feedback, which is always extremely heartening, although my editor still hates Teryn’s guts. I can’t understand why. Now, there’s just a couple things I want to go over with her and then I can begin going through and making those edits, bringing us that much closer to the publication date that is creeping up unprecedentedly fast! A month and a half!

Thank you all so much for your patience and for sticking with me over the course of this journey! In addition to prepping volume 6, this next month of November I’ll be working on something I’ve been wanting for a long, long time: bookmarks! The styles I have in mind are, quite honestly, prolific ─ so many to chose from! But for now I’m going to stick with one, and when I have the design hashed out I will be more than thrilled to share it with you, so I hope you’ll look forward to it as much as I am.