Monday, October 24, 2016

Status Report - October 2016

It's hard to believe October is almost over! So what are the project priorities?

Priority #1
I sent the master files for Zombie Goddess to my formatter Saturday morning. I'm probably not going to have it out by my arbitrary deadline, which is the third anniversary of the release of Blood Sacrifice, aka the last new release in the Bloodlines series. So I'm shooting for Halloween provided my formatter isn't backlogged.

Priority #2
Finish writing Ravaged by Halloween. This has been a difficult story to complete because it deals with a lot of uncomfortable subjects. It doesn't help that the storyline mirrors some elements of the current U.S. political climate. I can honestly say this story was outlined well before the recent bullshit. I'm hoping to have it edited in time for a Thanksgiving release.

Priority #3
Finishing Sacrificed will be my National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo, NaNo or November) project. Frankly I lost a day when I accidentally deleted Chapter Nine of this book without a backup. *facepalm* If I can stay on schedule, I hoping for a Christmas release.

Priority #4
I'll spend the holidays finishing Resurrected. It won't be out until late January/early February because both my formatter and my cover artist take time off to spend with their children--as they should!

Not a Priority, but You're Going to Hear About It Soon
I started a new project called The Four Soccer Moms of the Apocalypse. As a soccer mom myself, I said the only way I'd ever get a fucking mini-van is when the Four Horsemen arrive to announce the end of the world. Well, my heroine Danielle feels the same way. When a drunk driver totals her beloved pick-up, nearly killing her and her son, what does her hubby bring home as a replacement? Unfortunately in Danielle's case, it really does trigger Armageddon!

Starting the first chapter was my consolation the day I accidentally erased a chapter of Sacrificed because I was out of chocolate. (By the way, my huge order from Lindt arrived last Thursday.)

Sword and Sorceress 31 with my story "Pig-Headed" will be out on November 2nd. In fact, Amazon is already taking pre-orders. So is Barnes & Noble. This is an independent tale and doesn't take place in any of my pre-existing worlds. All I can say is Talis, a sorceress wannabe, is having a very bad day, starting with accidentally turning her brother into a farm animal and ending with an ogre threatening to eat her best friend.

All righty, then! Time for me to get back to work!


  1. Whee, productivity! Sounds like you have your ducks lined up on a ruler and all quacking in perfect harmony. :D

    About formatting, check out Vellum, which costs $200. Depending on what you pay your formatter (and whether you already have a Mac) it could pay for itself pretty quickly.

    I'm on my way home from the Master Class, and one of the instructors gave us a Vellum demo. He saw one at a recent conference (I think it was RWA National), went home and immediately bought a used Mac and Vellum. I saw the demo at the Master Class, wrote to Jim, and I have a used Mac waiting for me at home; as soon as I get there I'll be buying Vellum. Matt said he got a book formatted and uploaded the day after he got the software, which is a pretty damn fast learning curve. With all the books you produce, I suspect you could save yourself a lot of money with this.

    Angie, sitting in a hotel in Portland

  2. I've heard some good things about Vellum. And I've been trying to save up to get a used Mac myself. Right now though, my formatter is worth it because she does Kindle, Epub, and Print for a VERY reasonable price, not to mention she saves my mental health. LOL

    1. Vellum doesn't do print, but it does all the electronic formats with one click. Very slick. :)