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Christmas 2019 - Milana 4 - The Emptiness
Currently cleaning up the finale and then the wrap up! My proofreaders are ready and waiting. Once they're done, it's on to the beta readers.
I am on the last major pass through The Emptiness. A crazy idea occurred to me, that perhaps, just maybe, if I handed each finished chapter off to my three older kids, they might encourage me to get on with it.
Those three are quite the variety, being one school aged, one middle school, and one high school. But, yeah, I was not expecting the amount of help I would get. Because, let me tell you, there are also two little ones who know zip about writing and authors and the like, who need naps and entertaining if I am to make any progress.
I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner, to be honest. I often ponder how C.S. Lewis would bring down the next chapter of The Horse and His Boy, and read it to the boys who became his stepsons. How exciting that must have been! And now, I have a teensy idea why he might have done that... I bet it was waaaay quieter when Jack went up to his study if they were anxiously waiting the next chapter.
I totally enjoyed my spring sabbatical, but I am just bursting to write! I have sewn, drawn, knitted, and sat in the sun. I have planted trees and pulled weeds. I have read and snuggled and tickled and laughed and re-charged.
And through all that, Milana bubbled to the surface, more and more, like a pot of water coming to boil. So that's what I'm working on this summer: The Emptiness, The Milana Legends, Part Four.
I am also playing around with some concept art for a new cover for The Pillar of Light. I adore illustrations, and have always wanted them for my covers, so I've set out to learn to improve my painting skills!
I gotta go... the kettle is whistling. ;)
I started working on Ruby West #2, The Lost Legacy, but goodness, it really is hard to get anything "extra" done while living with a toddler tornado!
In fact, I realized that the last time we had a tiny tornado living with us I simply declared a writing sabbatical! And that's where I find myself again.
You see, I think it's important to lean in to the priorities God has given me, and embrace the season I'm in! So I'm going to take some time to refill my creative well: I'll write if I have the opportunity, but I won't stress if I don't. This too shall pass in the blink of an eye, and I will have tons of time to crank out books again!
January & February 2019
The new year finds me doing one of my favorite things: research! Call me a Word Nerd, but it's fun, and you can't convince me otherwise.
Owing to the fact that I have a full-plate life-wise, I'm working on the next Ruby West. My mythological Leyenda Island is set right across the river from where I live, so I get to dig into some local landmark history for book two. Treasure legends are especially fascinating, and there are so many here.
I'll also be outlining this mystery again (I did that for the last one, and it gave me a much cleaner first draft, which is awesome because I. Hate. Editing.). And then on to the good stuff!
For those of you wondering why I'm not working on The Emptiness this month: I just finished working with my audio narrator and the first three books of The Milana Legends are audio published. Working on it had all kinds of fun Milana things bubbling into my brain, so I decided to let them simmer for a bit, while my non-author life is so full to the brim. The world-building for fantasy requires a lot of focus, and I love Milana too much to rush it. I've come to value living seasonally: this pace of life won't last forever, in a few months I shall be able to do it justice!
I had such a blast working with Juliet for the audio, and she wanted to go on with the series, so not only is The Pillar of Light on audio, but Escape From Avoria should be up on Audible any day now too! Every few days Juliet sends more for Oceans Deep, and the kids and I gather in the kitchen to see how it's coming!
The kids are on Christmas break, so I've bribed the two oldest to do some extra baby-sitting of the Littles for me. I'm working through my editorial changes to The Coral Killer, and am getting close to being done.
AND! Still loving my new hair cut. I had to chop it all off because the baby was pulling on it something fierce! No new author mug shot, yet, cause I really don't like posing for pics.
Taking the leap into audio books. As an indie this means finding the write narrator and putting everything together! Choosing was scary for me, but my readers on the email list helped me decide, and now the challenge is to help Juliet Jones pronounce all these crazy words I made up!
I created a Science Journal for my kids. The History journals work so well for us that I decided to go the same route for recording our science.
Child number 5 is up and walking, so that is about all the author-ing I can accomplish right now.