I know I don’t keep you updated on all of my writing escapades and I apologize. But today, I have a few updates on my next publication.
Do you like the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale? You may know that I have started a series reimagining fairy tales set during the time of Kings Saul, David, and Solomon. Lo, How a Rose is book two in that series. Each book is slightly connected, but each can be read without the other.
Happy August! Summer is almost over. Of course, here in Wisconsin, August is usually the most consistently hot of the summer, but I’m curious to see what this one is like since the other months have been so weird.
How was your July? Mine was pretty busy. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you’ll have seen this picture before, but I thought I would share it with the rest of you, too.
It was a busy, but fun month. And I wrote an average of more than 1,000 words each day! Which means my total for the month went over my goal of 25,000 words by over 6,000 words! It’s been a great month of me trying to be more consistent and intentional in my writing. Doing these blog posts has been a great help to me.
What else did I accomplish? Well, here’s the list I made at the beginning of July and how well I did with each.
Edits #2 and #3 of Lo, How a Rose(Done!)
Finish writing rough draft of Christmas story collection (Done by July 17th)
If those stories don’t reach my 25,000 word goal, start writing The Haven of Rest(Done, and 2/3rd through – as it stands, I think this might be the shortest of the series)
Continue working on Un Sospiro and get past the 4th page (Mostly done, I got past the 4th page, but it’s not polished up yet)
Finish beta-reading Bitter Winter (Done! And it’s really good!)
Continue WWI research (Done, though not as much as I should have)
Stay cool!! (Done! The last week or so, I’ve even had to wear hoodies to stay warm. Like I said, it’s been a weird year weather-wise)
Go through HLM proofreader edits and send to formatters
LHaR edit #4 and send to proofreaders
Edit #1 of Christmas stories, send to beta-readers, and then edit #2
Finish writing The Haven of Rest
Work on book covers with Perry
Work on novella release
Polish up the first 4 pages of Un Sospiro and start working on pages 5 and 6
Exercise at least 3 times per week
I’d love to help encourage you in your goals. Feel free to comment here with them, or email them to me using the contact form. Have a great month!
I have a new book out! And it’s not a western! What?!?! Why would I do that? Well, I’ll share more about how I decided to write this series and what inspired this particular book. But first, here’s a little more about the book. And you also get to see my new author picture!
About the Book
A wicked priestess, a morally corrupt king, and two children stuck in the middle…
Hadassah and Gidal love their parents and will do anything for them. When Priestess Basmat tell Ehud and Jerusha to pay their debt, they cannot and she takes Hadassah and Gidal as her slaves for two years.
The priestess works them hard, but there are two other servants to divide the load with, so they cope as well as they can. Then King Saul comes in disguise requesting the priestess’s other services—as a medium.
Will Hadassah and Gidal trust Adonai to take care of them? What will happen after Priestess Basmat comes face-to-face with the prophet Samuel?
Happy May! A month ago, I said that April in Wisconsin could mean either temperatures of 70 or we could get snow. Well, we got both. Over 30″ of snow this month, including one weekend snowstorm where we got about 20″! Then yesterday, the temps got to 77 degrees! Talk about crazy weather.
My goals for April were:
Finish Lo, How a Rose (Tales of the East #2) Done!
Start and finish Rock of Ages (Tales of the East #3) Almost done!
Finish Trust and Obey edits #2-4 and send to proofreaders Mostly done!
Send Rachel’s blog tour info and promote it Done!
Get audiobooks ready for publication and set publication date Done!
Finish editing Trust and Obey and send to proofreaders
Finish writing Rock of Ages
Start editing Lo, How a Rose and send to beta-readers
Happy April! Spring is just about here. Of course, in Wisconsin, that can mean just about anything. We might have more snow yet sometime this month, or it might get up to 70 degrees (Fahrenheit).
All in all, March was a good month for me. I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would with my goals, but I did do some other things instead. Instead of the HLM and T&O edits, I got the house a bit more organized. There is still some organizing to do, but I feel good about how much I was able to do.
How was your month? What is the weather like where you are?
Continue work on compilations (done!)
Rewrite Tales of the East #2 (the new #2) (Partially done. 13,000+ words have been written; about 2/3rds through)
Finish HLM edits #2 and #3 (Decided not to do this)
Finish T&O edits #2 and #3 (Decided not to do this)
Pick recital pieces and perfect them (done!)
Finish Lo, How a Rose (Tales of the East #2)
Start and finish Rock of Ages (Tales of the East #3)
Finish Trust and Obey edits #2-4 and send to proofreaders
Send Rachel’s blog tour info and promote it
Get audiobooks ready for publication and set publication date
Do you have any goals for April? I’d love to hear them.
Time sure does fly. It seems like only yesterday that January started and now it’s ending already. . I just realized I never posted my January goals. Sorry about that. First, I’ll list my January goals and how I did with them and then I’ll share my February goals. Continue reading →