Hey, folks! I haven’t done a writing update for a while now, so I thought I’d let you all know what I’ve been up to.
A Hidden Fire: The first book in the Elemental Mysteries series is well on the way to publication. It’s going through its last round of edits right now, it has a cover, and my lovely and talented husband has even created a book trailer that I’ll probably release the end of this week or beginning of next! I’m really excited about this book. It’s the culmination of many, many hours of planning, research and writing, more than a few tears, and a lot of encouragement from you guys. Thanks so much for all your excitement and support. Publication is still on track for the end of next month.
Tracing Shadows: I’m still publishing this love story as a serial on the blog right now (four chapters up), and I’m really pleased that some of you seem to be enjoying it so much. I’m keeping with the once a week updates for right now, and I’m really grateful to everyone that has checked it out and left comments. I do plan on releasing it as a bargain e-book when all is said and done for people who prefer to read in that format. Thanks so much for supporting this story which is so close to my heart.
This Same Earth: The second book in the Elemental Mysteries series is just a few chapters from first draft completion! I’ve written over 75K for this book and I’m very excited about finishing the first draft of my third novel. If all goes according to plan (ha!) I’m hoping to have this book out in time for Christmas.
The Blog: I’ve been getting fairly good traffic on my blog and I hope I’ve been posting things that are interesting to you guys. If there is something that you enjoy in particular, or something that kind of annoys you, I hope you’ll let me know in comments. I’m still figuring all of this stuff out.
Fan Fiction: (a very small rant) I know that I haven’t been doing as much fanfiction lately, and some of you probably miss that, but I’m pretty serious about publishing the best original work I can, so I hope you understand where I’m coming from. Fan fiction is a really fun hobby, and something that I love (if for no other reason than connecting with a lot of great people!) but it is just that: a hobby.
I’ve heard about some negative feedback toward authors in our fandom lately who have taken personal time away from stories, or put themselves on a slower posting schedule because of real life and family issues. Not cool. Very not cool. This is something that’s supposed to be a fun hobby, and when it stops being fun and starts being unpaid work, then it’s time to reassess. I’ve had a lot of great, free entertainment from fan fiction writers over the years, but I’ve never had the attitude that those men and women who are publishing for the masses owe me a damn thing.
Fanfiction writers are fans who choose to interact with other fans in a unique way, but they’re not slaves to the masses and they deserve our respect. In fact, anyone that has the guts to put something out on the internet for public perusal and open themselves up to comment about it is deserving of a level of respect, even if you think they’re not a great writer.
I hope you don’t mind my very small rant. I’m not usually one to jump into the fray, but this is something that has affected personal friends of mine and it’s something that I take pretty seriously as a reader and a writer.
Thanks for reading,