Author’s Log: In Which We Hit The Ground Running (& #ROW80)

Warning Or, at least, hit the ground. FWAP!

Actually, I’ve had a lovely couple of weeks off from drafting, after (FINALLY) finishing my rough (one might say almost raw) draft of The Minstrel’s Daughter, aka “Big Dang Projeckt”. This doesn’t mean to say I haven’t been engaged in writing-related activities. Far from it! I’ve been polishing, and revising, and developing other things. I’ve been honing my production schedule into a business plan after the fire that Write. Publish. Repeat. lit under me. I’ve been designing cover art for one project, and tinkering, unsuccessfully, with another. I wrote a 2K word article on Self-Publishing for my fellow Mythic Scribes, reading, and generally snuggling with the Ninja Katz, who seem confused that I don’t have a laptop permanently attached to my lap these days. Not that they’re complaining.

In fact my production schedule got so out of hand I have graduated from the Dance Of A Thousand Spreadsheets and am now into database territory. That’s what I’ve been working on the last week or so–building a business model to execute my plan, a database talong with it, where I can keep track of All The Things. There are currently 50 projects in my queue. Yowza! o.O

I’m so excited to officially start my 2014 production schedule, y’all. I’ve been putting a a great deal of thought into managing my workload, and yesterday I started drafting Keepers #4, so I’m back to 1,000 words a day for the forseeable future.  *game face*

ROW80LogocopyProduction Schedule (& ROW80):

BRIGHID’S MARK (In Production): Two months to go until launch–whoo-hoo!! Don’t forget to let me know if you’d like a free review copy–I’m expecting ARCs at almost any moment. Interesting, Amazon finally reduced their pre-order price point to an actual pre-order price point rather than a whole, whopping cent from the full price.

KEEPERS #3 (On Submission): Fired off this little lovely to Editor Awesome this past week, and I’m super excited to have her feedback on it. As submission drafts go it’s as clean as I can make it, though we’ll see what her feedback is. Brighid’s Mark was a revise and resubmit, so we’ll see if I do better this time. She has very exacting standards, for which I am pathetically grateful. Because you don’t level up by hearing what you do well–you have to find and fix what you aren’t so hot at to get better.

KEEPERS #4 (Drafting): I’m super excited to be writing this one, as it’s going to be something of a departure from the other three books in the series. I love my heroine Tess, a cigar-smokin’, whiskey-drinkin’ cowgirl driving a beat down jeep. Captain Riley is the best of my heroes yet, I feel. He loves old movies (old for the time period Keepers takes place in, anyway), and I’ve planned more than one callout on that score.

ORIGINS 2 (In Development): I’m getting a better feel for this one (after all, Callie’s story carries out in Brighid’s Mark), and I’m having fun digging deeper into the culture of the Chicago jazz era. I’m using a book called The Time Tables of History, also known as The Mighty Tome my cats sleep on while on my desk, to get a feel for the time. The cover art, I admit, is giving me some issues, but nothing I won’t be able to figure out before release.

What have you guys been up to this week? Is the new year still fresh for you, or has the polish already worn off?

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2 thoughts on “Author’s Log: In Which We Hit The Ground Running (& #ROW80)

  1. Buffy says:

    Before I say anything else, I want to say: I want that sign!
    Second, I keep hearing about Write. Publish. Repeat. Sounds like it had a big impact on you. I might finally have to go out and get it (I’m a big fan of their podcast, despite the language and tangents).
    Finally, that is quite a production schedule (with 46 more to go after that?). Good luck with it!

    1. catemorgan says:

      I love their podcast! (Me: Snort. Snicker. Sputter. Tech Monkey: Are you okay? Me: Western Unicorns! Tech Monkey: o.O Oookaaaaay….)
      Every time I look at my queue I think I’ve gone crazy. Then I shake my head, return to my keyboard, and make with the typeity-typeity. Because it’s the only way to get through it all.

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