Life has been incredibly busy lately, and it isn’t going to let up anytime soon. But that’s fine with me. I like a full schedule, as long as I can find a few moments in there to rest. Here’s an update on what I’ve been doing and what’s next on my plate.
I created an event that took place last month called JuNoWriMo (June Novel Writing Month). It was a crazy whirlwind adventure in the vein of NaNoWriMo where a bunch of writers committed to writing 50,000 words in thirty days. For an update on how our first year turned out, read this post I wrote on the JuNoWriMo blog.
My own June went pretty well; I hit my 50K a week early on the 23rd of the month. My goal had been to finish my novel (not just write 50K), and that, unfortunately, didn’t happen. Instead, my body decided to get an upper respiratory infection and pretty much shut down for the last week of the month. There was no way around it; I wasn’t able to write or lead sprints that last week. But I suppose I’m more well because of it now, considering that I had to seriously rest up and let most everything I had on my plate sit (or slide to the floor).
For better or for worse, I’ve got a lot more going on this summer. Hopefully I can keep my head above water and stay rested enough not to get sick. Next week the Foreign Identity blog tour kicks off, along with a sweet opportunity to get some free stuff (check back Monday for the scoop). Later this month (July 26th – 29th) I’m participating in a Blogger Book Fair, which is also bound to be exciting. Many authors are participating and there will be giveaways, book discounts and freebies, so watch for that upcoming event.
Now that Foreign Identity is published and June’s over, I’m into the process of publishing my next book, Gateway to Reality. This one is New Adult and leans more toward Urban Fantasy. You can read more about it on this page.
I’m already behind on my publishing schedule for Gateway to Reality, although I’m choosing not to stress too much about that just yet. The scheduled pub date is October of this year, and I’m still hoping I can make that. Right now I’m doing my first full read-through and then the first round of edits will follow. After that, it’s off to my beta readers and I get a quick breather to focus on the cover art. Soon it will be ready for advanced readers, so if you’d like to be one of them, I suggest you stake your claim now. If you’d like to review an early copy of Gateway to Reality, you can reserve your copy here!
So that’s what I’m doing this summer. How about you?