Category Archives: Shift Series

What Am I Working On?

In short: not my blog LOL!

Nah, just kidding. I did put aside weekly blog posts some months back, but that was a strategic decision. Sometimes I need to shake-up how I work to keep myself productive, and reducing my blog post frequency was part of that most recent shake-up. But that doesn’t mean I’m abandoning the blog entirely–not at all!  In fact, you’ll probably start seeing regular “What Am I Working On?” posts quarterly. See, I’ve started this new work management system I learned at the RWA National writer’s conference in July and it’s fantastic! Part of it involves focusing on 2-3 goals one quarter at a time, then reviewing my progress at the end of the quarter. So I’m going to post here each quarter with a quick rundown of what I’m focusing on.

Okay, where to start.

I completed a major revision in May of the first book in my latest project (it’s a 3.5-book series I’m currently calling The Cloaked Series.) The revision was requested by an agent I submitted to and really admire, so it was very exciting. I’ve sent that off and am now awaiting responses from that agent and one other.

Meanwhile, I attended the RWA National conference in July, as I mentioned above, and it was AMAZING! I met so many awesome writers, learned a TON, and brought back more free romance novels than I’ll likely be able to read this year (but I’m sure as heck gonna try!)

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Me and writer-friend Lin being silly in the photo booth at the RITA Awards after party during the RWA National conference. It was a good night 😀

This quarter (well, August and September–I’m doing a short quarter so I can get on track with Q4) I’m focusing on sending out all of the material that agents and editors requested from me at the conference, reinvigorating my social media mojo so I can continue to meaningfully connect with more readers, and getting SHIFT and RECAST ready for re-release.

WHAAA?

Yep, that’s right. I will be re-releasing new editions of all 4 books in the Shift Series (SHIFT, RECAST, DRIFT, and STAND) at the end of this year! Newly edited, with new covers, links to new exclusive content, and more. I’ll definitely be posting more about it, so stay tuned in the coming months.

So those are my focuses for Q3. In the spirit of reinvigorating my social media presence,  here are links to find me across the interwebs (including my new Facebook Group, Elle’s Belles!)

Facebook

Elle’s Belles (a safe place to geek out about our favorite paranormal/fantasy beings–from my books or ANYWHERE! It’s brand new and just getting off the ground, but we’re already having a ton of fun. Join us!)

Twitter

Pinterest

Elle's Belles

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Another birthday for Cecelia

Today is Cecelia Brayton’s birthday!

Character Study - Cecelia

 

To celebrate Cecelia’s awesomeness, here is a short list of Cecelia-related stuff:

Your Questions Answered, Part 2 – Where I answer questions about the linking phenomenon, and Tubac AZ.

Cecelia + Felix: Wherein I write about Cecelia’s complex history

Cecelia’s Death:  A past Cici birthday post where I explained what it was like writing Leah’s experience of Cici’s passing.

Linking (A Shift Series Novella) on Amazon, BN.com, and Kobo – this is Cecelia and Felix’s origin story.

Waiting –  Cici’s final days and Ferris’ big decision

What am I working on?

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?