I purposely skipped publishing anything new in January to avoid the New Year’s Resolutions post, in which I would outline all my goals for the year only to be derailed a few days later by something. This phenomenon has become a trend in my life over the past few years.
Meeting goals and deadlines I set for myself, no matter how realistic or doable (even after revising them), continues to be an issue. This year, I’m doing something a little different. I’m not telling anyone about my goals or plans for the year. Not my husband. Not even the Cosmic Universe. And so far, it’s been working out amazingly.
Since the beginning of the year, I’ve dedicated my full focus and energy to completing The Starry Rise, the final installment in A Xiinisi Trilogy. I accomplished more in January than I did in the last the four months of 2018 when it came to output in revisions and writing in general.
The Starry Rise has kicked my ass in more ways than one. Just as the momentum with the rewrites picks up, a glaring plot hole opens up wide, or character arcs morph into something else and create continuity issues with other character arcs. It’s been one major problem after another with this novel. However, I’m pleased to say that I’ve been kicking this novel’s ass in return.
As of writing this, I’m currently rewriting the last eight chapters of the book. These chapters will be the messiest due to cuts and rearrangements in the text but perhaps not as challenging as a recent rewrite, which involved bringing together story threads from six earlier chapters. At least from now on, the ending is fairly linear, and I’m hoping to wrap up this stage of revisions soon. Once I do my final read-through, I’ll be passing this story back to my betareaders to begin the line editing/proofreading stage.
The cover art has been on haitus through the holidays, but I’ve been assured by the artist, Sean Chappell, that he will be getting back to it soon. He recently launched a new website called RedFracture.com, where you can by his artwork on tees, and he contributed an illustration to Issue #2 of the re-booted anthology magazine Amazing Stories. (I’m so proud of him!)
On the side, I’ve been working on a secret project that ties into the Xiinisi storyverse. It’s very close to being ready for launch, but still needs a bit of a polish in the presentation and a bit more content added to it.
Also, I’ve started an in-depth audit of my writing process, having approached the writing of The Forgotten Gemstone, The Other Castle and The Starry Rise differently from one another. It’s been an interesting exercise, but my patience with it has worn thin. It’s time to settle into the approach that best suits my needs as a writer so I can focus more on telling stories and engaging with readers more.
As the months roll on, do expect to hear from me more often. That’s it for now. Oh, and a belated Happy New Years!