Author’s Log: Taking Care of Business (& #ROW80)

WarningSo here am I, in the final week of July, with progress to report. And just in time, too–Tampa Bay Comic Con is next weekend, and I have much business to be getting on with.

(Yes, I will be costumed–at least on Saturday. Yes, I will be covering the con real time via Twitter, with summarizations and a few pictures to follow here on ye old blog. Most of my pictures, however, will be posted on my Facebook page, so stay tuned for updates next weekend!)

So, as I try to stave off Con Brain as much as possible, on to the updates!

1. Finish Drafting SEARCHER–ACT II (30K Words). My new drafting schedule is working like gangbusters, I’m happy to say. I can generally average a little over 3K words (or one chapter) per session, with between 3 and 4 sessions a week. One day I even wrote 4.5k, I was so in the groove! o.O

I have to admit, SEARCHER is proving to be fairly easy to draft. I’m not sure why or what the difference is, but I am literally flying through the story. I broke Midpoint and the 50K word mark this week, with three and bit chapters worth to go. If I keep up my current pace, I should hit the final 10K of Act II by Friday. Given that I’ll have to be up early for Comic Con on Saturday, I’ll be calling it an early night on Friday, which means my Saturday drafting day will be moved up a day to accommodate my weekend plans.

Thank goodness I arranged matters so that August will officially be a non-drafting month–because there is NO way I’d be up for my normal drafting on a con weekend. Could you imagine? Yeesh!

2. Revise HEARTH AND HOME (Waking Muse #2). As of today I’m through my first pass, and I’ve paid my initial editing invoice to The Pink Hammer, the balance of which will be paid once she’s done beating me–and the manuscript, but mainly me–into shape. There are a few things I have to fix, and I’d like to see if I can wedge a little more romance in there somewhere (ahem), but overall I think it’s in fairly decent shape. But I definitely need an expert perspective and eagle eye to make it the best it can possibly be.

I’m due to turn in a clean as possible draft on August 1. (This Friday! Eep!!)

3. Develop TARA (Origins #3): I definitely have some time on this one–after all, it will be novelette length, and with my current drafting schedule it shouldn’t be an issue–but I don’t want to mess with the good thing my Production Schedule has become. Thus, I’ll want to finish pulling together all the puzzle pieces this month as well. I’ve been spending my lunch hours at the day job working on this, so I don’t feel as if I’m losing anything by it.

It’ll help, of course, once I’m into initial content edits from Editor Awesome on Keepers #3, to make sure I keep continuity well in hand for Tara’s origin story. But I should have enough information at that point to put together something really special for my readers.

In other news, my newsletters are ready to go, as are my initial welcome messages to subscribers. I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out. I also ended up updating one of my possible future series for my Speculative Ink line to be more Cyberpunk and overall Shadowrun-y.

I’m still on target to write my Steampunk series next year (I even came up with tentative titles), but at some point I’m going to let my readers and subscribers to Speculative Ink vote on what they want me to write after that. I’m going to do the same with my Heart Linked list, at some point once Waking Muse is complete. I haven’t quite worked out the timing, yet, but it’s something I’d like to offer my readers by way of exclusive content.

The idea is to rotate between the two lines each year–Speculative Ink next year, and Heart Linked the year after that. I think there’ll be enough crossover  between the two that I can get away with alternate years, especially if I continue to write fast, and the fact the Keepers of the Flame is averaging one title per year, not including the companion titles in Keepers: Origins.

How about you guys? How are your summer plans going?




7 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Taking Care of Business (& #ROW80)

  1. Chris Kincaid says:

    Wow, you are busy. I am tired from just reading your blog. But now it is time to relax and enjoy Comic Con. You’ll have plenty of time to get back on track after the weekend. Just have a good time!

    1. catemorgan says:

      Thanks, Chris–I’m in the home stretch for July, so it might be almost relaxing to go to a big Con. Almost. I’m sure come Sunday I’ll be passed out on my living room floor in a classic Con-Goer’s Sprawl.

    1. catemorgan says:

      I’m amazed by how many Cons there are in Florida! Up north we had Gen Con until they left Milwaukee, so we would have had travel much further afield for a good Con. Now–there’s another one every month or so. YAY!!

      1. Adrian says:

        There were a bunch when I lived in Texas. At least 3 a year right by where I lived. Now I’m in the middle of nowhere of the middle of nowhere.

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