June was a very busy month, so let’s get to it!
June 1 saw the release of Livi #5, Yampellec’s Idol, at long last.
Reception thus far has been very positive, which is extremely heartening after the lengthy, difficult journey the book had. New readers have been picking up the series as well and some new patrons have joined, pumping a bit more life into Livi. I do hope long-time readers who’ve been waiting since Shiva’s Bow discover this one exists now and end up enjoying it when they find it.
I have paperback copies of both these new books, but I don’t have them in my Etsy shop yet. Hoping to do that in the next week or so.
Elis’s next novel, Witch Hunt, has also started serializing this month. A new part posts the first Friday of every month, and at this point I’ve got them scheduled up to November, with a few more sections to write (probably bringing us to March?).
Um…nothing else scheduled! Other than Witch Hunt, that is.
I’m a little nervous about that, as I try to have some kind of release every six months or so–even a novella–but I’m up to my neck in zero drafts right now, so there’s nothing planned for winter (at this point). So expecting a big hit to my income around January; fingers crossed I come up with something.
What I’m Working On
I’ve got two projects going along with Witch Hunt…neither of which I’m talking about publicly.
But I’ve made some excellent wordage on both during June, which I’m really pleased about. One thing that’s helped is the Saturday Night Write-Ins on my Discord server, where a few of us writer types gather for three forty-five-minute writing sprints (with fifteen-minute breaks between them). That kickstarts my momentum in the rest of the week.
Patreon support, at this point, is now allowing me to take one day a week off of freelancing to devote to writing. I still write on the weekends, and I try to get some words in during the evenings–though I admit, I look at what I used to do before I got sick (ten-hour days in publishing, and another three or four hours a night of writing) and beat myself up a little for just being so goddamn tired at the end of my work day now. But that’s not something I can change, so that one day a week–plus the Saturday night write-ins with patrons–has been amazing for productivity.
Today I’m off to get my second vaccine shot, and some wordage on at least one of the WIPs. Happy Wednesday, and next big update coming in October! (Which may not be “big”, but we’ll see!)