Don’t worry, I’m better
I know the last blog post was a bit of a downer, and I’m sorry about that. I’ve been having a serious problem with knee/hip pain related to an old mattress and the recurrence of hot flashes and night sweats, and the combination has made sleep a little hard to get these days, which makes Nicola a lot cranky.
But I’m trying black cohosh, and that seems to be improving the hot flashes. As for the mattress problem, I’m hoping we can swing a new one in early February, and in the meantime I’ll just continue to pile up bedding in order to overcome the large dips and peaks in our current one.
In short, there are worse problems to have, and a lot of people out there have them right now, so I’m gonna count my blessings and just keep moving forward. At the moment, forward momentum is taking place on Cross Current, and I don’t anticipate a problem getting it out on the 29th this month, at which point I’m taking a whole week off from writing between Christmas and New Year’s. I still need to do bookwork and promotion, but I ain’t gonna write — I’m gonna binge every show I’ve wanted to see, knit, quilt, and bake up a storm, and generally give my brain some well-deserved time off. I’ve very proud of the fact that I’ve managed to put out three full-length novels and a novella in five months, but it’s also taken up a LARGE amount of processing time and I really need to let the creative side recharge for awhile before I start up again in 2021.
Speaking of that, I’m having a huge amount of fun plotting out what I’m going to do for The Crimson and the Black. The Hidden Empire series seems to be where I’m writing character types I’ve never done before — vampires in Shadow of the Swan, dragon shifters in TCatB. Lord knows what I’ll tackle in the third book — maybe Henry and Louisa inadvertently bring back a cursed Ancient Egyptian royal to London in mummy form, then have to deal with the aftermath.
Ooh. OOH. That could be kind of fun, come to think of it, and it could utilize elements from an unfinished novel I already have kicking around here. Gotta cogitate on that some more.
And as I’ve already said in other posts, I plan on finishing off the Olympic Cove series next year to reward everyone who’s been waiting so patiently for the next books, plus I need to do a Two Thrones book and a Pacifica Rising book. There will be reader magnets released for all of those, as well, and I’ve got a handful of novellas that I’d like to tackle as well (for one thing, I have stories for Ewan and Hamish, the younger brothers of the hero of Red Robin and the Huntsman, as well as another entry in the Esposito County Shifters novella series). Plus there are the Hollywood romcoms I want to write under Natasha’s aegis.
*rubs face* Yep, got a lot ahead of me. But that’s all good, because 2021 is going to be a fantastic year for writing, I can feel it.
Posted on December 3, 2020, in Cross Current, The Crimson and the Black, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
Your work has given me the impetus to go back and look at the two manuscripts I’ve let languish for far too long: the mystery/loves story set at a little beach north of San Francisco, and the fantasy with a city of Centaurs. Unfortunately my desktop is so old it won’t run the CreateSpace download, and Lulu may or may not be a bust . . . but you’re inspiring me and that’s another gift you’ve given us this year!
That’s awesome! I really hope you get them done and published!
Ooo, I would love to read those!
She is SUCH a good writer. I highly recommend Crow Foods (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DJBSYGV).
Magnets? *perks up*
Yes, reader magnets — they’re all on the Short Story page with links to Amazon, but subscribers to my newsletter get them for free.
Not swag kind of magnets, J — a reader magnet is a short story, chapter, or extra scene that a writer can give out for free to newsletter subscribers or release as a hook to entice readers to buy a book. It’s basically a promo tool.