The beauty of this being my first rodeo with using a publisher is it keeps things interesting and yes, sometimes a bit stressful. There are a lot of unknowns, and sometimes that learning curve seems like a vertical line. By nature I ask a lot of questions, and I can’t seem to ask enough about this process. Everything is brand new.
For instance, it just took me several minutes to figure out how to do a new post on this site. I’ve done 166 posts in the last 6 or so years. WordPress updated their layout in the month that has passed since my last post, and for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how or where to start writing the new post I wanted to create for today. What had been a completely intuitive process before suddenly turned into a “wtf is this?” moment. That was an unexpected snag, but I obviously figured it out or you wouldn’t be reading anything from me right now. Yay, progress!
Burnt Mountain News
I finished the rewrites of One in the Chamber this past weekend and got the new version uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords. If you’ve read the book, nothing major has changed. I fixed my frequent point of view shifts in it which is an amateur way of writing. Sure, OTC was my second novel, and I was absolutely an amateur still at that time. But I’ve learned a lot since then and decided a re-write was warranted. That re-write took MONTHS of work, but it is finished and I’m glad I did it.
The award ceremony for my SciFi category win in the New England Book Festival for When Heroes Fall never materialized. The organizers bailed on the Boston ceremony and turfed it off to lump into their NYC and California ceremonies. Screw that! I don’t write for award certificates or ceremonies, but that first ceremony for me was important. So I was more disappointed in the organizers leaving all the other NE Book Fest winners shit out of luck for a local ceremony. Bad form, guys. Bad form.
Echoes of War News
I got an email last week that a mention of Echoes of War made it to the SparkPress blog on a post they did for the 300th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe. Very cool stuff and the link is here: https://gosparkpress.com/happy-300th-anniversary-robinson-crusoe/
I had applied for a writing retreat that was taking place in July in Maine, but I didn’t get accepted. Oh well. That won’t stop me from writing, and I’ll just do it from another location in Maine instead of the retreat location. It’s all good.
I still don’t have ARCs yet, and I don’t know when I’ll get them. That continues to be a mystery and a question I’m still waiting to hear back from the publisher. I’m trying to remain patient, but if you know me at all, you know I don’t let the grass grow under my feet. Waiting and wondering aren’t things I like to do. I prefer to be on the move, informed, and making progress. But while I wait, I will be working on some other things with the website and writing.
April 27 marked my one year anniversary of being a nomad. In a way it’s hard to fathom it’s been a year already. In another way, it feels longer. I’m not planning to do this for another year though. Fall is looking like a good time to snag an apartment in Maine and get my stuff out of storage and get me into a landing pad for a bit. Plus it’ll be easier to start land shopping in Maine for a buy in 2020 if I’m not scattered all over the planet. 🙂