I am so dang close to finishing the first draft of SHELBY it gives me the shakes to stop. But I’m in San Diego, at my hotel, and I have hours tomorrow morning to write, while at the moment, I’m so exhausted I can barely see straight. I leave tomorrow afternoon to head up to Pasadena for Pokemón Go Fest at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday. Sunday and Monday, my bestie, Stay Sea, and I will wander the streets of LA in the rain and play tourist before heading back Monday evening. Then I’m back here for a few days before getting back on a plane to Pennsylvania. I’m going to be real with you. California still feels like home. It could be because my best friend is here and she’s home for me. Whatever it is, it makes it really easy to be here. So, I will finish the SHELBY alpha draft tomorrow. ROAN’s alpha draft is complete already. I’m finishing SHELBY before ROAN because it’s supposed to be a Valentine’s story, and I’d like to get it out somewhat timely… even if it is late. Then, I will work on ROAN. The alpha draft for the book after is already written. I will release the YA Dystopian story under the pen name Clare Lukas, my new YA brand. I’m posting a little teaser here for you. I hope you enjoy it.
So I have what I thought was a stomach bug, but it’s turned into something more serious (not pregnant). I’ve been on a BRAT diet now since the 10th. I’m weak, tired, and foggy as hell. It’s killing my muse. I had this plan for 2024–but now I have two projects started, and neither is finished; one is due in a few weeks and is in its infancy. I hate it. My reading room and office lay unpacked. My house is only coming together with the help of family and the elbow grease of my husband. I can’t even. It sucks. So bear with, things are a touch delayed, but I will hopefully get this figured out with the help of the GP and gastroenterologist.
I’ve written 22,500 words on JUMPER’s early draft in the last ten days. I’m trying to finish it completely by next Monday when I leave for Sultry In The City in Houston. I’m going to Galveston for a few days before the event and Austin after. I won’t have much time to write while I’m gone, if any. I will then have three weeks to do my 2nd draft before I leave for Books At The Beach.
In the meantime here is a typo for you. You make up your mind… was it a hot tub or a hot tube?
I am the Queen of two things: Sleep and Procrastination.
That said, I had most of this post planned on Tuesday and actually said something to the effect of, ‘I don’t have to worry about tomorrow yet’ when I was reminded about it. I then went on to do some recovery on Wednesday, and I did not get this post done. I guess I need to apologize to Miss Bri because I did indeed need to worry about Wednesday then… I couldn’t have guessed that I would be feeling badly and sleep all day.
Alas, the book. JUMPER. I am behind on it. It’s looking like the release for it will be pushed back again, with me having signings this month and next, there is just so little time for me to produce. Not to mention that my body has been in failure for weeks now. Between the anemia and COVID and now the iron infusion treatments. This is what turning 50 feels like? I would like to object on the BS involved with the last year. 49 has been a ton of nonsense.
All that said. Here is my typo of the week. I don’t know what I was trying to say… it’s all up to interpretation by the aliens.
I’ve been ‘working’ on JUMPER. I say ‘working’ because I’ve had a little hiatus while I have a holiday, a family emergency, and a flare-up of chronic anemia. Anemia sucks; when you have chronic anemia, it’s more than just fatigue. You get dizzy, weak, and you can get winded for no reason at all and heal incredibly slowly. I have an appointment with my oncologist to see what happens next, and for once I am hoping for iron infusions because they make me feel better, as overdone as they sound.
This BS has made working on the book incredibly difficult. I have built an incredibly detailed outline for the book, so when I get the energy up, I can zip through it.
Today I leave you with the genital WIP. It’s, unfortunately, balls.
Hello, and welcome to my WIP update. It Feels Like Home is going up on Amazon for paperback purchases in the next few days, and it will be up for preorder for e-books until the 4th. It comes out on the 5th of July. You can get it right now if you are an ARC reader through BookSprout or my YA & TEEN ARC Team.
My current project is JUMPER. I’m 13 chapters and 19000 words in. The first few chapters are letters, so there are many chapters at the start. That said, JUMPER is a deep and dark story. I already have TW for sexual torture, sexual sadism, SA, child SA, reference to miscarriage, PTSD by both a primary and side character, and the threat of forced breeding.
So yeah, this is a light, feel-good book you will want to share with the whole family!
I’m so close to being done with It Feels Like Home I can taste blood, sweat, and tears–mainly sweat and tears, but still, the book is nearly done.
Right now, the beta readers are pouring through it and finding all the weak parts that need bolstering and the witty pieces that I win at. I have had to up my deadline to meet the formatter’s availability. So, the day the betas finish, Bri and I need to tandem our comments and wrap it up because it needs to be off to Author Tree early the following day.
So what sort of errors do we find in my final pass? Well Bri found this where I closed the door and let myself in… I fail the door mechanics boss.
Oh, look, I missed WIP Wednesday again. If I’m on time, I got there because I didn’t know what day it was. I will still apologize for being late because I’ll be assuming it’s the wrong day. Alas, today is genuinely Thursday, and I missed yesterday doing proofreading, so here is yesterday’s WIP.
I had plans of focusing only on JUMPER when May 1 hit. I had every intention of putting It Feels Like Home aside and working on only one thing, but I can’t seem to do that. I have plugged both projects into my Pacemaker Planner. The idea is to finish JUMPER by the end of this month and IFLH by the end of July. I’m a little off-kilter, though, because I’m at 5% of JUMPER and 21% of IFLH. That’s backward.