Hey friends! Live from the room I write, which we’ve dubbed “The War Room”, here’s the latest news… featuring topics on my health, upcoming favorite books, how to chat with me on Twitter, and news on each of my writing projects.
I want to thank you for your patience, as the last few weeks have been incredibly painful. My myoclonus surely wiped me out, days at a time. The few days were I could actually write–like today–have mostly gone to editing Weaving and Musings of Essencers: Aelathia Chronicles or researching or writing Thorns of Salvation: A Tselmnasa Novel. Oftentimes I find myself just letting the works sit for a few days, simmering like a good pot of chilly as I consider what I wrote. Then I go back, season it up, or remove an element (like 600 words).
So again, I want to thank you for your patience as I deal with severe myoclonus. Often, my left side seizes up like a board and I simply can’t move–let alone hold a novel. You have no idea how devastating that is with Brandon Sanderson’s massive tome, Words of Radiance, being released in hardcover just over a week from now. (I want the hardcover, sorry, I’m being picky. I don’t want it on my Kindle, however, I guess we don’t get everything we want–or I’d still be teaching and very healthy.)
Words of Radiance will be released on March 4, 2014!! You can preorder it now!
The little energy the virus or myoclonus itself provides goes straight to my daughter every day. She’s an active 15 month old who loves to play with daddy–and wears me out. Fedora tipped to my wife for her amazing abilities juggling all of this.
I will endeavor to post more. I’m gearing up to contribute to a new blog, formed by a bunch of us geeks. I also have to finish my Favorite Reads–thanks for your patience on the delay! I’ve also got some thoughts on the hit TV show, The Walking Dead, that are just crawling to get on screen (eh, eh?).
If you ever want to chat, I’m on Twitter (@AelathiaNovels) every Sunday evening about 8pm until 10pm viewing the new episode with my friend, fellow author, blogger, speaker, and video producer extraordinaire, Kendall Lyons. (You can follow Kendall’s blog at http://kendalllyons.com/ or @CartoonDaily1 on Twitter.) Join our discussion or start our own! (And no, you don’t have to watch The Walking Dead with us…Besides, there’s always Downton Abbey and the Amazing Race is back with Allstars.)
Kendall has written 2 books, 22 Life Lessons and It Could Happen, both available from his site, http://kendalllyons.com/
Furthermore, I need to get Weaving and Musings edited so I can query! My wife is in her master’s program, and she was my primary editor…so work has slowed on that.
Here’s where everything stands today:
Weaving and Musings of Essencers – Aelathia Book 1 EDIT: 46% finished… (Goal: 100,000 words)
A Rose By Any Other Thorn – Aelathia Book 2 SECOND DRAFT: 10% Written… (Goal: 150,000 words)
Thorns of Salvation – Tselmnasa Book 1 FIRST DRAFT: 16% written (Goal: 90,000-100,00 words)
The neat thing about A Rose By Any Other Thorn, or just simply Rose, is that a whole chunk of the novel is taken straight from the last draft of Weaving and Musings of Essencers. I removed two main characters and pushed their introduction and plot lines back a book to fully develop Yeltson, Amelia, and Raynt the way they needed in Weaving and Musings…so it’s given me about a 14,000 word jump start. That will, of course, be edited to fully fit the new shape the plot has taken after the characters surprised me in Weaving. (Translation: a few did something that was totally unplanned which sent my outline into shock…and it worked out! I love it when the characters “take over”.)
Short Story Work: A few months back I entered A’banna’s Tome, a short story from the Aelathia Chronicles into a contest. The deadline to hear back to see if it made finalist has come and gone, so I will be on the search for other contests to submit it too. Who knows, perhaps if nothing else, I may enlarge it and make an e-book novella on Amazon. There’s a whole rest of the planet she explores we don’t see–for the most part–in the main series. A’banna also has a vast back story critical to developments from Thorns and A Rose onward. She’ll ‘be back’…so maybe I should… Food for thought.
Help Wanted: Finally, if you or anyone you know is interested in doing a little artwork for me, or helping figure out some gadgetry for this blog (like widgets to show status of current projects), please feel free to Tweet me or leave a comment. In the subject or in your tweet, lead with “Artwork and Gadgetry”. Thanks!
Thanks for reading! Look forward to hearing from you. If you pray, I do hope that you will keep my health and family in your prayers as I continue to deal with this monster in my spine. You know…it’s true, my right side really doesn’t know what my left side does sometimes. 😀 Take care.