Author’s Log: So Sooper, It’s Sekrit

Haitus This is me, splayed on the floor once again in what I like to refer to as Dead Author’s Sprawl. You know the one–the chalk outline of a body before the body is removed. As if the velocity of the world’s spinning mass has plastered me flat against the nearest surface in a classic spread-eagle.

As suspected, I came roaring out of the Midpoint of Big Dang Projeckt at Warp Factor 9, so I took a bit of a break from drafting this week, especially since October is going to be fierce with the busyness. Also, this last week and a half or so this little health issue I have reared its ugly, very painful, hyrda heads. It’s nothing serious, but the severe discomfort involved means I’m often kept up half the night. There also isn’t a lot I can do about it, other than manage my diet (which I’ve been doing), try a combination of natural and over the counter remedies (which I’ve also been doing–carrot juice is flippin’ DISGUSTING, btw), and hope like hell the attacks stop soon.

So there’s that.

The good news is that autumn in Florida entails epic rain fall of near-biblical proportions–meaning perfect writing weather for me. So, YAY. 😀 (Hey, I’m Irish and used to live in Seattle, and Florida rain is amateur hour–until the flooding starts. There was once an honest-to-goodness whirlpool in my parking lot one day. It looked like someone had, indeed, released the Kraken.)

So I figured if I’m going to be up half the night surrounded by thunderstorms and wracked with pain anyway, I may as well use the time to get some work done. Of late my eye has been wandering like a creepy wandering eye toward Sooper Sekrit Projeckt #1. And it’s eyeing me back, all defiant-like.


Fortunately I still have all my notes from the Projeckt That Came Before, so I don’t have to go through character development again or (I hope) much research. This week I actually came up with what might be a decent scene outline of plot points.

I ended up making some updates to my production schedule. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to plan and then finish ACT II of Big Dang Projeckt in Oct, so that in November I can utilize NANOWRIMO to finish Act III. This will give me time (I hope) to get Sooper Sekrit Projeckt out to my readers. In order to make room for this I bumped Blood and Steam #1 to 2014, wherein a fresh annual plan will be implemented. This will also give me December to run revisions on Big Dang Projeckt, and room to start pulling critiques on Acts I and II–which means giving critiques in return in anticipation.

So here am I, up all hours like HP Lovecraft and just as strange, with the rain pouring outside my proverbial garrett. If only I didn’t have Evil Day Jobbe to contend with.

coyote-under-anvilProduction Schedule Updates:

BRIGHID’S MARK (In Production): Dropped a note to Editor Awesome that Keepers #3 will hopefully be winging her way sooner than later, so I’m hoping for an update back regarding the second installment. Yes, even in the wild, mad world of e-publishing, the process is darned slow, y’all. So much goes into making a book a real, live, awesome thing it takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears from multiple individuals, it seems writing it is the EASY part. Need to go through her book review site list at some point and see if I can make a blog tour happen. (And don’t be shy, oh readers mine–if you have a blog and want to be a part of a book tour in April of next year, email me at cstcross [at] gmail [dot] com. I want to start building my list ASAP.)

SOOPER SEKRIT PROJECKT #1 (R&D): Plotty plotness ensues! I’m in the mapping/brainstorming/development phase, which means at least two whiteboards, a copy of the Projeckt That Came Before, and copius notes as the Ninja Katz chase flyaway post-its around my office. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start drafting in October. Also, I’ll need to figure out how to make cover art, something I’m quite looking foward to.

KEEPERS #3 (In BETA): Keepers #3 is in a nearly-there status, and undergoing inspection under the Stunt Monkey’s beady eye. Once she gives it the white glove test, I’ll give it a final polish and shoot it Editor Awesome’s way with a whimper. This week I completed a cover letter/jacket copy blurb and 2-3 page synopsis as per Publisher Amazing’s submission guidelines.

What are you guys up to this week?


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