I hope you’re all enjoying your summer—it’s going so fast, isn’t it? Like always, I suppose 😄
Have I mentioned my disbelief and excitement at having already released two books this year? (LOL, maybe just once or twice?!) Well, book #3 is almost ready!
It’s now 30 days until Like Waves: Poetry is released. I’m anxious, nervous, and thrilled all at once. Also, you know, it’s a ton of work and it means I’ve had less time to revise Weightless or Witch Lessons. Speaking of which, both require more work than I thought. Weightless is only about 1/3 of the way into revisions (actually about draft #4) and I haven’t worked on it in a month. Witch Lessons just got returned from my editor and sadly, it’s not as strong as I’d hoped. Probably because I love the story so much, I’m a bit blinded by it. I have a bad habit of filtering (using I heard, I saw, I felt, I see, etc) and it’s creating a barrior between the main character and the reader. So, I’ll have to go through and fix the hell out of it. Again, haven’t worked on that manuscript for a good month. Why? Well, because I’ve been scrambling to get Like Waves in tip-top shape!
I don’t mean that to sound like it’s being rushed, because I still have a month to go and all that’s left is formatting, uploading and getting my proofs. All that goes really quickly. It’s just, I kind of underestimated how much work it would be to go through and rearrange the poems the way I wanted, and to check for duplicated words or issues, etc. Then it had to be edited. But phew, that’s all done now!
Besides that, I’ve been working for the last week on a brand-new short story called The Thorns of Sacrifice. It’s a YA fantasy, very loosely based on Sleeping Beauty, and I submitted it somewhere super cool (more on that later…like if I get picked!). I finally just sent it now, and I’ll hear if I was accepted at the end of the month. Fingers crossed. I really want to get an acceptance! The story was SO fun to write. But, for now, waiting time.
Alas, I’m relieved to say with Like Waves and that short story out of my hands for now, I can get back to work on my two neglected manuscripts. I’m thinking I’ll start with Witch Lessons. I’ve missed Aya and Darcy a lot, and though it’s daunting going through and clicking accept/reject on ALL THOSE TRACK CHANGES my editor Dani made, it’s also exciting. I get to make this manuscript better. I get to love it even more! And it’s all written, solid in most ways, so lots less work than Weightless. Once that’s all done, I’ll return it to Dani, and start hacking away at Weightless once more. I’m trying to follow my Book Bestie Jamie’s advice and only work on one project at a time. It’s hard because I naturally want to juggle everything and feel guity if I ignore something too long, but I have to admit, I finish each thing faster this way.
And I am making an informal vow that I will not be publishing anything for the rest of the year. It is amazing, and rewarding, but So. Much. Work. And I think 3 books in one year is plenty ambitious, don’t you? I want to get back to writing new things, to developing all these stories in my head, like this new Romeo & Juliet reincarnation YA story that popped into my head one night. Sounds awesome, amirite??
With that, I’m going to go pour myself a glass of wine, kick up my feet, scroll on Instagram (are you following me yet? You should!) and chill. I have definitely earned a night of vegging, and tonight I’ll watch a movie and read. In between all my writing work I’ve been reading lots of poetry, which has been incredibly inspiring. I’m switching between It Starts Like This by Shelby Leigh and The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace. Besides poetry, I finally started A Court of Thorns and Roses. So far, so good. I’m ready to dive back in!
Have a great night everyone. And don’t forget to come back soon. I’ll be posting a giveaway in the next week or two!