I belatedly realized that despite the fact that I've been working quite diligently at the Star Mage Series, my website shows no sign of that. So for all you know, dear reader, the series is dead. But it's not. Here's where I'm at: The first two novellas are out. The third is finished, and beautiful, and heartbreaking. It is also naked, and will be until I decide whether I want to continue down my current cover-art path, or change it all, which would mean re-releasing the first two. The fourth one is a problematic first draft. I know what's wrong; I'm on it. Novellas five and six are fantastic, and currently unwritten. They're plotted, though. The end of the series is solid. If you knew how many times I'd stared at my notes, doubting, biting my nails, and silently screaming, you'd have a greater appreciation for that statement. The end of the series is solid. The Imbalance (Star Mage #1)'s one year anniversary is May 18th. To celebrate, I will be releasing a short story about two new characters that are introduced in The Arc (Star Mage #3). Everyone in my email list will be receiving either a digital copy of the short story, or a link to where it can be read for free, whichever ends up being easiest. To all those who have read the first two novellas in the Star Mage Series, you have my love and gratitude. Every time I see a purchase or a borrow, my day gets just a bit better. In other news, my short story The Whale will be a part of the Zombies Need Brains's WERE:-- anthology. If you're tired of werewolves but still have a thing for shapeshifters, this is the anthology for you. The kickstarter edition can be pre-ordered in ebook and paperback. Please join me in admiring the cover-art. For more regular updates on my writing (and sometimes painting) life, you can follow me on Instagram!
Publishing for the second time was just as exhilarating as the first. What wasn't so exhilarating was refreshing my amazon page for the hours it takes the two versions of my book to link. I quickly feel like I've entered hell. But to the point: I made another book! It's so fine. What if you could save a world? But it meant betraying yourself. The stars press from above. The planet pulls from below. Two loves, two magics. Kaush is in agony. And Kausha wants out. The Imbalance has affected the planet Gamore, spreading death through her core, and Kaush fears he's the only one who can stop it. But this is World Magic, and using it breaks every law of balance that defines him. His past looms, in the form of friends and foes, showing an outcome he must avoid at all cost. But with new information comes the horrible truth of the Imbalance, and what Kaush must do to stop it. Torn between the stars he chose and the world that calls to him, Kaush feels each decision he makes taking him to an identity he doesn't know. But if he refuses to act, he risks the life of a planet. Kindle and Paperback! It took literally months longer to publish than it should have, but considering the unforeseen illnesses and broken bones, it's not totally my fault. Typing one handed is NOT FUN. And handwriting? Ha.
I like to think before I commit. Ponder the emotional ramifications, come to terms with them, and then proceed. So when I confirmed with Createspace that yes, I did indeed like this proof copy of my book, and they came back with "your book will appear in stores within three days" I was sent into a panic that really didn't subside until two days had passed. I had intended to publish it. This was my final product. But I sure would have liked to consciously make the choice. Typical of me. It's quite thrilling to see it on Amazon. Some kind soul even gave it a review.
Although I've been posting on my facebook and instagram, it occurs to me that since my last post here was in December, my website is looking rather forgotten. The reason is that things stalled a bit with the start of 2015. The year started out fantastically bad. A pet died, another got sick, and family drama happened. And those are only the worst. I'm pushing through and trying not to expect a new terrible development for March. Progress has been made. I finished the first draft of the second novella, and am working on editing. After complaining vehemently, I finally perfected the print version of The Imbalance, and even got Createspace to accept the upload. After petting a couple cover samples, I decided that I'll go with the matte finish. So. Soft. My current struggle is writing a half-decent blurb for the back cover. Writing about something you've written may be even harder than talking about something you've written. But then my cover will be complete, and I'll be ready to publish the print version! (the ebook isn't quite that close yet).
The trek continues. The first novella in the Star Mage series is complete, and I mostly understand WordPress. That just leaves cover art, (which I'm still hoping will magically appear), formatting, and polishing up my social media profiles (ie, creating them). Right now, I'm wanting to run away and start the second novella, but that doesn't help me publish. It's way more fun though. If anything, going through the technical side of publishing has made me appreciate writing all the more. Because it's not this. On another note, I finally got my bulletin board up. Check out the potential.