A relaxing Weekend
Author Update

The final edits to Kills Like River have been sent to the publisher for inclusion in the anthology, Ghost Hunting Critters! Now I just have to wait for the book to come out, probably some time this fall.

I was told that this anthology is also going to include a story about a gold fish... I'm not sure what that is about but I can't wait to read it.

This week my main goal is going to be finishing up the final editing pass on Admin Hunter so I can get that to The Midnight Writers for editing. I already did the red line edits on paper so it shouldn't take long to copy them over to Scrivener. I'm going to send that story out to my Patreon supporters next month, in July. So those who are wanting another story to read soon will have your wish!

Now that I'm almost done with this story it's time to turn my focus entirely to the new short story and novel. Those projects are related so whatever work is done in one will most likely help the other project along.

For Project Teddy Bear I have the high level outline of the story done. Next up is to come up with the detailed character arcs and backgrounds. Who are these characters, really? And how will they struggle and grow, or fall, during this story? This is an important piece of the outlining process.

The plot, what the characters will be doing, is important because this makes the story interesting and gives them something to work towards. However, figuring out the character arc is what makes the readers care. This is important to making the story hook the reader and what makes the character relatable. The arc doesn't have to be connected to the plot, either. So, I have a lot of thinking to do.

For those who are interested, I created a new page on my website for project tracking . It not only shows the status of each project I'm working on, or have worked on, but also shows a high level overview of the writing process which shows you why it takes so long to move from the first general idea to having a completed, published, project. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Currently Reading

The Rogue Retrieval  by Dan Koboldt (ebook)

Progress: Compelted

I finally finished this book! It only took me a few weeks, but I got a lot of reading time in this weekend. Actually I woke up early just to read. The book ended well, the characters are interesting, and I'm eager to find out more about the world and the magic system. I give this book 4 stars, and will probably be getting the next book before too long. There were a few things that bugged me, though. The main thing was the continuous use of the term "clip" when referring to a magazine, by a character that should have known better. The other issues I had with the book were minor and hopefully I can use that annoyance to help me avoid making those mistakes in my own writing. Good book!

Death Masks  by Jim Butcher (Audio)

Progress: 39%

Once again, I'm rereading this series in between new books. Mainly this is a way to make my audible credits last longer, but the series is also amazing. This book has a lot more of Harry putting himself in danger to help others, and exposes him to some new bad guys that are way above his league. How does Harry survive all of this?

Dinosaur Lords  by Victor Milan (Paperback)

Progress: Chapter 2

Enough people have told me to check out this book that I decided to finally do it. I'm just starting so I don't have too much to say on it yet, besides the fact that they use a lot of big names.

Obsidian Son  by Shayne Silvers (ebook)

Progress: 2%

This is a book that was loaned to me by a coworker. He says if I like Dresden Files, then I'll love this book as well. I'm just getting started, but so far it's interesting. Although it has more swearing that I'd like, but not too bad.

Personal Update

Last weekend was amazing. I did have to leave the house for a little bit, but most of that time was spent at a book store, so it wasn't all that bad. Beyond that I actually got a lot of stuff done for The Midnight Writers, and had plenty of time left over for reading.

Reading, while sitting on the back porch. In the forest. Listening to the wind and birds. It was some much needed rest time after the last few weeks, and the fact that I got most of my to do list done makes it that much more relaxing, because I didn't have the stress of knowing I was leaving things undone sitting over my head.

We ordered an invisible fence for Mishka, our Norwegian Elkhound, so I get to look forward to putting that together this week. I'm not sure how that project will work, but we're looking forward to letting the dog run around the yard more instead of wrapping her chain around trees and rocks and every thing else that she is trying to explore.

I got all of the contracts sent out for the Last Shot Fired anthology, which means, as soon as those are returned, we can start on editing and putting the story together! This is the long tough part, but the attention to detail here really helps make the anthology a professional project.

We have had a lot of complements about the quality of our last anthology, so we hope to move forward and make that even better this year.

Well, that's it for this week. I'll see you next week!