Uh, well . . . traveling, mostly. I’m scouting locations for the third book in the Cryptid Series and am being inspired for later book location settings.
I’ve also added editor to my résumé. I have worked on a few indie books, I’m mentoring a novice writer, and I’m trying to keep moving forward.
I Tweet. I spent a good amount of time boosting authors and have even gotten some mentorship in. I’d Facebook, but the EULA says they’d own anything I write on there. I don’t want them having more information than they need off me because of me.
So that’s about it. If you’re reading this, and you have a question, then by all means ask it. I’d love to talk with you about reading, writing, editing . . . whatever.
So, a little in-the-mirror Q & A, since I know I appear to have long fallen off my perch, and it looked suspiciously like I’d been nailed to it:
Have I been writing at all?
Yes. Just unpublishable escapist tripe, but even tripe has its uses. Menudo, for example. So I have scenes and characters to either be gleaned or to be burned up to keep me warm should the need arise.
Do I plan to publish again or quit writing altogether?
I plan to publish again after a hefty hiatus following a serious reassessment of the direction I had initially planned to take the Cryptid Series.
So the Cryptid Series will be returning. I have to redraft three and four to fit in with what should be an excellent direction to go with it. The novels should be closer in length to ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part (ie. fast, light, entertaining), and I hope to get back to that feel from the first book–despite the intensity of Man and Brother and how it ended.
I also have a futuristic novel idea which I’ll be working as a single-shot story. However, I’m a sucker for series writing.
So what happened to make me disappear from social media?
Well, I have fluffed an idea which appears to be taking over for the previous intended book in the Cryptid Series. Its working title is The God Trip. It has potential, and I think I can use as a theme the Urban Dictionary definition. There’s one problem:
The fire to even get a manuscript started is gone.
It’s coming out tomorrow . . . not with a bang but with a whisper. I feel terrible, because this is a book worth extra marketing effort. It’s darker and longer than the first book, but it is that foundation novel establishing the directions that the three central characters from ‘Til Undeath will be taking in the series.
When I released ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part, I had interview opportunities. I did one for Indie Book Promo right at release. The other potential interviewers were kind people who didn’t seem to have questions for me to answer. I was supposed to build my own Q&A for them to host–something as frustrating as writing my own back cover copy or sales page blurb.
That is a mistake I regret, up there with missing my chance at a podcast interview in December of 2015. I was ashamed that I had missed my first publishing deadline on Man and Brother, and I was still terrified of being asked questions and finding myself dumbstruck and mute.
I failed as a writer in 2015–not because of my Cryptid Series sales numbers but because I turned my back on interviews.
The reality is that I am exhausted. Am I happy? Sometimes I want to weep in relief and exhaustion and frustration: relief because it’s out, exhaustion because I regularly spent 16-hour days writing and editing and rewriting, and frustration because I want it to be error-free.