Hello, faithful readers!
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on my various projects, so here it is!
After two straight weeks of chapter-by-chapter posts, Waiting | A Shift Series Novella (aka Shift Series 3.5) now lives on its own set of pages under the DRIFT tab here on the website. Waiting has a special place in my heart–I hope it earned a special place in yours as well.
My latest novel-length project, Cloaked 2, is complete, and currently being reviewed by my primary beta readers. (If you think you’re up to the task of Beta Reading a couple of novels for me, I’d welcome the feedback! Shoot me a message on Twitter or Facebook!) Now I just need to figure out what I’m actually going to call the thing!
Finally, I recently solidified my book-plans for the remainder of 2017 and 2018:
For the rest of 2017, I will be working on and finishing Cloaked 2.5 and Cloaked 3. In 2018, I have grand plans for The Mythologicals Saga, including a re-write of Harbinger, and overhaul of Augury. All of that to get the series ready for the release of the third book, Corollary (finally!) in early 2019. Also in 2018, I’d like to do an editing pass on the Shift Series books and re-release them with new covers.
So that’s the real rundown of what I’ve been up to. The mid-year plan review was incredibly helpful. I’m feeling motivated and focused, ready to close out the year and keep up the momentum in 2018. The Mythologicals Saga re-work is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so carving out the time to really do it feels pretty great.
Do any of you like to reflect and re-plan midway through the year? What are some tools you use to plan your work/projects throughout the year, be they for home, career, hobbies, etc?
I’m off to Emerald City Writers’ Conference today, but I’ll leave you with this kick ass new concept motorcycle design recently revealed by BMW. BMW claims the bike will be so intelligent and self-balancing, that riders will not need to wear a helmet, but will instead wear only a lightweight visor as eye protection. The visor will also give the rider information about the road ahead, their speed, etc.
I can’t help but think of Cyvin, in Augury. He’d be glad not to wear a helmet, but he also might find the idea of a high-speed ride less enticing without that inherent element of danger that motorcycles possess. Regardless, this looks pretty sweet, right?
Plus Here’s a video!
I posted an explanation of how Harbinger exists alongside SHIFT sometime ago on my tumblr primarily so that readers of the Shift Series wouldn’t be blindsided when they began reading Harbinger (the first book in the Mythologicals Saga), as they are two very different series, but whose stories exist in the same universe–even with some overlap in characters and location.
As I’ve been doing some reexamining of the Mythologicals Saga books lately, however, I found myself comparing and contrasting Leah, the main female character in the Shift Series, and Luceam, the main female character in Augury (Mythologicals Saga | 2). Both come into their power over the course of their respective stories, and both serve as a representative of their kind, so they share some key similarities. However, Luceam and Leah come from disparate backgrounds and with vastly dissimilar life experiences. In that way, they are much more different than they are similar. I’m not even sure that the two would be able to relate to one another, I found myself thinking as I rolled this compare-and-contrast around in my head one day. Though I think if Drake were there, he could possibly bridge the gap.
Bam! Inspiration: why don’t I write the two of them meeting? There’s no way they could ever meet over the course of the books–Leah isn’t even alive anymore by the time Luceam is born–but if they could meet, what would they say to one another? I wrote it up, but it’s too long to go into this post. So, instead, it’s on its own page under the Augury heading! The link is below: