Author’s Log: A Long Time Coming (& #ROW80)

Warning Um, so I got a little carried away and ended up planning out my Production Schedule a couple of years out. And by “couple” I mean “six”.

At the end of last year I rearranged my schedule and earmarked certain things I wanted to draft through 2015. Well, now I have a Spreadsheet That Never Ends and it goes On and On my friends, and now I’m drafting through 2019 with two submissions happening in 2020. At that point I will have completed my tenth and final Keepers of the Flame novella, completed several other series, and more than a few novels. Yeesh.

I think it’s safe to say it got rather away from me, like a frozen yogurt dispenser that won’t stop dispensing. But unless I get hit between the eyes with a lightening strike of inspiration, I should be able to clear out my novella cache and focus solely on novels at that point. *dons tinfoil hat and ducks*

Of course, this is all subject to change at any given moment, but with FINALLY reaching the tail end of a rough draft for Big Dang Projeckt, I find myself looking forward to the future and all that I want to accomplish.

I’m also pleased as punch that downloads for Origins #1 are moving right along, even though Smashwords hasn’t gotten it up at retailers just yet. (I had to fix my title formatting and resubmit for review to their Premium Catalogue.)

Quick! To the Goalmobile (TM) before I find something else to write!!

ROW80LogocopyProduction Schedule (& ROW80)

BRIGHID’S MARK (In Production): Final proofs have been turned in to Editor Awesome, so we’re in the final stages of production. ARCs come next, so if you’re interested in getting a review copy (electronic only), then feel free to drop me a line. See my “Contact Cate” page for details.

THE MINSTREL’S DAUGHTER (Drafting): 93% Complete–whoo-hoo!! As of this writing I’ve got two chapters (six scenes) to go, so it may end up being slightly shorter than anticipated, but it’s still a little soon to tell. I could end up on a roll that needs to be trimmed back. But I’m almost there! In fact, as you’re reading this, I’ve probably got my intrepid heroes duking it out with the Big Bad.

KEEPERS #3 (In Revision): First three chapters are revised, though I added something in Chapter 1 I’m going to have to go back to explain. I figure if I finish Big Dang Projeckt this week, I can use the rest of January to polish.

KEEPERS #4 (In Development): Cracked open a fresh new notebook and started a profile on my protagonist. Keepers 4 is going to be something of a departure from the first three books in that while they took place in big cities (London, New Orleans, and NYC), this one is going to happen in the desert somewhere. I’m playing with the idea of Sedona, AZ because it’s so danged pretty, but we’ll see.

How about you, fellow Word Wranglers? How’s the new year going for you so far?


6 thoughts on “Author’s Log: A Long Time Coming (& #ROW80)

  1. Nicole says:

    I love the image of the frozen yogurt dispenser that just won’t stop. We all have those moments, don’t we? Good luck with avoiding that lightning strike!

  2. nancyrae4 says:

    So far, so-so. I’m 23,000+ into first draft and I’ve arrived at a critical point in the plot. I’ve called in reinforcements, my critique partner, and I may have to call on my muse – where ever he is!

    1. catemorgan says:

      My muse is usually draped artfully on a divan, armed with a crossbow in case my Infernal Editor makes an appearance. But my writing life is weird that way–also, violent.

      Good luck, Nancy! 🙂

  3. Skye Callahan says:

    Now The Song that Never Ends is stuck in my head! lol
    That’s a lot of planning done, and a lot of things to look forward to. I have a lot of to do lists, but no particular dates in mind beyond my next release–apparently I’m not good at thinking in a timeline manner.
    Good luck with your goals and congratulations on your accomplishments. 🙂

    1. catemorgan says:

      It’s the only way I can manage all the things I want to write, Skye–otherwise I could never keep track of it all!

      Good luck to yourself, and thanks for stopping in! 🙂

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