Saturday, August 8, 2015

Oh, Happy Days

I finished 2 mysteries during the first 6 months of this year (Whole and Pried), so I've given myself permission to work on my Endless American Dream series.

It feels like coming home.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy writing my mysteries, but those are temporary. With the Dream series, I know these characters. We've been through 4 books together and we're embarking on the 5th. I have a good sense of where they're going in book 6, and a vague idea for books 7, 8, and 9.

We're in it for the long haul and it's fun. It doesn't get any better than this. Well, yeah, it might if I get a huge contract and boatloads of money so I could quit the Day Job and write full time.

But until then, I'll enjoy what I've got!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

2015 Progress report

First quarter of 2015 is done, and I have one mystery written, am working on another, and hope to finish it by June 1. Then back to the Endless American Dream series.

I'm looking for a publisher for my mystery series, so that may divert me later this year. Who knows? I'm having a good time juggling paranormal/mystery, so will let the chips fall where they may.

I'll report back in later. I hope to finish the 5th book in the Dream series this year, map out book 6, then take a bit of a breather.

Fingers, don't fail me now.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014: progress report

I wrote 3 books (Volume 1) in the Endless American Dream series last year. I originally planned to release them immediately, but now I decided I'm going to wait.

I want to get Volume 2 done and Volume 3 almost done then I'll release Volume 1. I'll do my original plan (one book at a time, or buy the volume and get a deal). Then a year later, I'll release Volume 2. And a year after that, it's Volume 3.

Then it's on to the next set of books, the 2nd generation of this family.

Oh, yes. I have big plans:

9 books for the 1st generation.
3 books for the 2nd generation.
3 books for the 3rd generation.

Maybe a bit ambitious (heck, I may die before I finish!) but I have goals.

Now to clear the decks and get working on Volume 2. I've set a goal of the end of the year for a good draft of all 3 books. I wrote 2 mysteries earlier this year, so that will keep my publisher happy while I work on the Dream books.

Fingers don't fail me now.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013: where am I?

I am making great progress.

I was diverted for a month or so by Legal Bullsh*t (no, I can't discuss it).

But I'm back and on track. Book 1 and 2 of Dream of Life are essentially done. I'm working on Book 3. I hope to release all three this year.

Yes, you heard me. All 3.

What I want to do is release each book individually, perhaps for a lower price (like, 2.99 each). And release it as Volume 1 for a higher price, say 6.99.

It will be a good experiment in marketing as well as a chance for me to get the books out there.

What's next after the first volume? Volume 2 and 3, of course! Oh, I have plans ....

stay tuned.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How I keep track of it all

This is a huge series. I mean, really big.

How do I keep track of many characters, many of whom I will be writing about for their lifetimes (that is, I plan this as a multi-generational series).

A wiki, that's how. I set up a Wiki-Spaces wiki and on it I have all the information about my characters. I have links to pages, I have back story and history and pictures and maps ... it's glorious. It's at my fingertips. And I love it.

After I publish the books, I plan to make the Wiki public, so people can see how all the histories intertwine. For now, here's a look at the landing page for the Wiki. Do you see how there are links to information and a TOC on the side and ...

I have to tell you, this has made all the difference in the world to my writing. Now, right there, are all those scraps of papers that I used to collect to handle the information. It's all right at my fingertips.

Now to get back to the writing! I've been distracted by mysteries this summer, but now fall is around the corner, so I'll be heading back into Dream land.

See you later when I have more to report!