My IndieGoGo campaign is now LIVE!! Head on over here to check it out! I’m so excited! If you’re able to donate on the first day, that will help it get more visibility on the website, so spread the word, and get yourself some free goodies! And thank you so much for supporting me in this!
Hey everyone! Just a quick update to let you know that my IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for Deceived production costs will go live Thursday morning! If you want a preview, you can check it out here.
I’ll send another email Thursday morning when the campaign goes live. Thank you in advance for checking it out!
I’ve been meeting my 2000 word a day goal, and am currently sitting at close to 30,000 words, which is not quite halfway complete. It feels amazing to be back at work on this book, especially considering I wasn’t planning to publish anything this year.
Which brings me to my next topic. I wasn’t planning to publish anything this year, and I haven’t been working my writing business for a while, so I don’t have any money set aside for production costs. Sure, I could put it all on my credit card, but I thought I’d run and IndieGoGo campaign to help me here, and to give you some awesome rewards! It’s not live yet, but will be later this week. I’ll post the link then. But here’s a sample of some of the things you can get as a backer (in addition to books, of course):
30 minute Skype session with me where you can ask me anything!
The chance to name a character
Make a cameo (using your name and physical description) as a coven member
A steep discount on private coaching with me to write your own book
An exclusive short story featuring Elena and Vittorio availably ONLY to IndieGoGo backers
So keep an eye out later this week for the link to the campaign. I’m really excited to do this and have the chance to share some extra special stuff with you all!
I’ve been truly getting back to myself this past month. I’m working on my coaching business again. And a few days ago I made a promise to myself that I’d start working on Deceived again this weekend. Today, I wrote 1900 words. (That’s probably somewhere around 8 pages.) And then I had an amazing idea. It’s just an idea, so I can’t share it yet, but it was enough to set me off on creating an EXTREMELY aggressive timeline to complete Deceived. If all works as I hope, I’ll have a rough draft complete by July 15. Yes, that’s just over a month away. I have to write about 2000 words a day, every day, to meet that deadline. I’ve written more in less time, so I’m pretty confident I can do it.
But no matter what happens, I can PROMISE that Deceived will be in your hands by the end of 2016!
I’m already using my large whiteboard to plan my coaching biz (more on that in a later post), so I bought a small one to write my schedule for publishing Deceived on and hung it by my desk where I’ll see it every day.
So for those of you who have been asking me for the past 2 years when the next book will be out, I finally have a somewhat-solid answer for you. (By the end of the year, but hopefully much sooner.) I promise your patience will pay off, and I can’t thank you enough for it!
Well, that clearly didn’t happen. But I’m trying. I’ve still been writing a little, though I haven’t drawn anything new since the last post. Work got crazy again. Life is still doing it’s thing. But I’m still here.
I discovered a new musician last week, courtesy of someone I met at the Crywolf show down in Nashville a few months ago. Dabin. Before my long absence, the majority of the music I listened to was industrial, goth, metal, with a bit of electronic and pop thrown in. Then I discovered Crywolf. Which led me to a lot of other more electronic, melodic bass producers, which is what I’ve been listening to more than anything else lately. It’s very odd for me, but the music is comforting and invigorating at the same time. Maybe I’ll work on putting together a playlist to share next time.
Last night I watched the UFC fights with my dad. I used to follow it closely, but don’t anymore. I can only name maybe a dozen fighters anymore. But last night was Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate, and Connor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz. Both VERY good fights! Well, I fell asleep halfway through it since I’m usually in bed by 9:30 most nights these days, but I watched those 2 fights this morning when I woke up, since my dad had recorded it. I’ve also been watching Billions, the new Showtime series, and am really enjoying it.
I’m ready for spring. I HATE cold weather and rarely go outside more than I have to in it. I’m so ready to be able to enjoy going hiking again and getting to ride my motorcycle more often and take Tiberius for long walks. He’s gained a few pounds over the winter…ok, more than few. And as the old saying goes, if you’re dog is fat, you need to exercise more. Totally true. I did get out to ride for a bit a few weekends ago, which was desperately needed.
Well that’s the sparse update for now. With a little luck and chutzpah I’ll have something of more substance to share next time.
I know. It’s been a while. LIFE happened. It’s still happening, but it’s time to try to get back to writing. People keep asking me when Deceived is going to be out. I still haven’t finished writing it. Heck, I don’t even think I’m a quarter of the way through writing it. Every time I open my Scrivener file, I freeze up. I remember a day last January (yes, over a year ago) when I managed to write a chapter or 2, but it was like pulling teeth every word of the way. I didn’t enjoy it.
Now I’m not saying I’m getting back to writing Deceived…not yet. For one thing, I’m not ready yet. For another thing, I know people asking me about it is a good thing. I know it means they’re interested and enjoy my stories. But my brain is twisting it and making it feel like pressure. So I’m not pushing myself to look at it just yet. But I am writing. Nothing anyone will read anytime soon, if ever. But at this point, it’s not about people reading my words; it’s about getting them out to begin with. I’m writing…sort of a memoir, but not exactly. And I’m writing it in an unlined journal with different colored pens and Sharpies and stickers and craft tape and photos from my new Polaroid ZIP printer (which is really fun, btw.) I’m being artsy with it. My desk is an absolute mess of pens and stickers and such. This, from the girl who used to absolutely not be able to stand a single thing out of place on her desk. I’ve forced myself to live with my messy desk for 2 weeks now, and I don’t notice it anymore.
I’ve evolved this past year; it’s time for my writing style to evolve, too. I bought a sketchbook and pencils and have been drawing a bit. Me, who has claimed for 15 years that I have zero artistic ability, am drawing. I remembered that I actually do have some ability, at least for copying things, and that I took an art class in high school and loved it. I’m trying to give my creativity a kick in the rear, and am hoping that doing something out of the ordinary might be the way to do it.
So I’m going to start writing here again. I’m going to aim for once a week, but no promises. I’m not putting any pressure on myself just yet. Baby steps. There’s an electronic artist I love, Faderhead. He sends weekly emails that have a bit of structure…he talks about his work in progress, his writing process, things related to the industry, and random things like movies and books he loved and songs that have inspired him throughout the week. I look forward to receiving it every Friday morning. I want to do something like that here, so that’s what I’m going to aim to deliver.
I won’t be doing any conventions in 2016. I most likely won’t publish anything in 2016 (though there’s a chance that I might closer to the end of the year, but I’m not promising anything.) I will be working to get my creativity back. I will be trying to find a better work-life balance. I will be working to get myself healthy, in all the myriad ways that entails. And I will be writing more.
Wow, I almost typed “2015” there. I’ve been working hard planning my convention schedule for next year, so I have it stuck in my head that we’re already in 2015. I’m a few months ahead of myself though! Anyway, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. What’s NaNoWriMo, you ask? National Novel Writing Month. It takes place worldwide every November. The goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s insane, but a lot of fun. It’s how the rough-rough-rough drafts of Divided and Burning Darkness came to life.
I didn’t participate last year, due to some stressful life events, and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to this year. But due to some more life events (getting ready to sell my house!!!) I’m behind where I wanted to be with Deceived, the third book in the Elena Ronen, PI series, so figured this was a good chance to get to it!
That does mean I’m going to be participating as a NaNo Rebel, though. Technically, you’re supposed to start from scratch with a brand new novel. You can have plan all you want, you can even have an outline, but you can’t have written a single word. NaNo is really just to give you the kick in the pants to write, though, and no one is really keeping track, so there are plenty of rebels.
I’m aiming to have the first draft of Deceived completed by November 20, and to have it in your hands in early 2015. Exact date to be announced later. I had a lot of people at Archon tell me how excited they were for it (thank you! It makes me feel great to know how eagerly you’re all awaiting my next book!) and now that the house is listed, and there’s not much left for me to do there, my evenings will be my own again.
Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Send me a buddy request if you want. My username there is jsights. Good luck if you are!
Divided is now available as an audiobook! I’m so excited to share this with you. Tanis Parenteau, the narrator, did such a fantastic job with it. I love it so much, and can’t wait to get started on Ravaged. (No date yet, it’s not yet in my schedule…but it will happen.) Below are the links where you can purchase it. Please share with your family and friends, and enjoy!
Hey everyone! Burning Darkness was reviewed in the Farmington Daily Journal this past weekend! Check it out! Thanks so much to Renee Bronaugh, whom I met at St. Louis Comic Con, for the great review!
I’m busy working on my next book, Deceived. This will be the third book in the Elena Ronen PI series. Release date will be December. 11.
The audio book for Divided is nearly complete. I can’t wait till I can share it with you all – it’s amazing! The narrator, Tanis Parenteau, is so wonderful! I really hope she’ll do Ravaged when I’m ready to do audio for that as well.
That’s all for now – my next scheduled appearance is at the ToyMan Toy Show on September 28, and the following weekend I’ll be at Archon. Check out my Events Page for all the details.
Finally, if you’re looking for some help writing your own book, check out my coaching services – I can help you through every step of the process, from idea creation to self-publication. If you know someone who could benefit from this, I’d appreciate if you tell them as well. I’ll end you a free eBook of your choice for each referral who books a session with me.
That’s it for now! Until next time, happy reading!