Monday, April 28, 2014

Self-Analysis and a PLAN and a Release

FIRST, today is the release date for my buddy Jade C. Jamison's latest, Be Careful What you Wish For!

Blurb for Be Careful What You Wish For (Wishes, #1)
Jade C. Jamison

Forbidden desire is just the beginning...

Jessica, a college student struggling with day-to-day bills, is given an offer she can’t refuse. A married woman who is convinced that her husband Kage is cheating on her offers Jessica enough money to repair her dying car in exchange for Jessica’s attempt to destroy the woman’s marriage.

Jessica succeeds but discovers something else—she and Kage are soulmates, destined to find each other.

But as they attempt to carve out their places in each other’s lives, Jessica finds herself plagued with doubts, and she begins to suspect that Kage is once a cheater, always a cheater. Can their relationship survive or was it doomed from the start?

And NOW...

*lays back on the couch*

I was supposed to finish all my first drafts for A Shot in the Light in January. Then in February. Then in March. In April. I think my problem is that writing and editing are different things and every time I need to change gears, I lose a couple days (not to mention the day job, which I've already been into ad nauseum).

But THIS MONTH (May, never mind that there are still three days left in April) I will FINALLY finish this and can get going on other efforts.

So what am I doing from here on out?

I STILL have What Ales Me to revise... so that's first.

And then I have enough books and ideas to put out TWO series of YA books. I think it is time to start cleaning those up. ALL my YA books (fit for consumption) are set in the Pacific Northwest.

Barely Paranormal

Kahlotus Disposal Site (narrated by a ghost, but 'real' as I think of ghosts) DONE (thinking about a contest that starts tomorrow for it)
Medium Wrong (seeing and hearing visions of the dead—again, as I think some people really perceive) This is on about draft 5 and needs the most recent revision completed, but it is pretty close to done.

Chatcolet Series

(Lake Chatcolet is a place I spent a lot of time in the summers growing up. It is the southern-most lake of Lake Coeur d'Alene and this series currently looks like several entirely independent stories that share only time spent at this special place. My MCs will LIVE in a variety of near places and though some of them include spooky stuff, all of it is bound in the real world)

Also Appearing (First Draft done)
One about a sacred burial site and 'disturbed bones'--the lake resort is on an Indian Reservation—the real text is actually about teen bullying and inclusion/exclusion stuff
One about girls 'practicing witchcraft' that is really about repressive religion

There are several more for this in my idea file. In fact I could have moved the two paranormal into the area easily, but I like having them separate because they have the paranormal elements.


I mentioned this—it is the one that won't let me go that is NEW adult. A wealthy man is intent on leaving all his wealth to his grandson, but he has a request that goes with it: undoing the very brotherhood that made it all possible.

So my PLAN is:


Enter Kahlotus in this contest this week


Edit What Ales Me


Write first book of UNDOING


Clean up Medium Wrong


Clean up Also Appearing


Query Medium Wrong/Kahlous (yes, both--to different agents)

Write a bit more on UNDOING


Address any feedback /catch up


Write Bones Book


Choose ABNA book and edit for the contest

So there. At this near 3rd of the year mark, what do YOU have planned for the rest of the year? Do you reassess now and again?


JL Stratton said...

Best of luck to you as you hit the edits. It's hard to manage editing a project you are likely attached to on an emotional level. I've been working on editing a project for about six years now. After leaving it alone for more than six months, I picked it up this weekend and had an epiphony. So, I'll be joining you in the mad May month of edits and re-writes!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I can't imagine juggling all of that, Hart! I'm sure you'll manage.

Sarah Ahiers said...

I love how you're just able to plan things out so well

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

This sounds like a very sound plan! Good luck with the edits.

Love your phrase "fit for consumption"...ha! I have some of those, too (that *aren't* fit, I mean).

Ella said...

Best of luck, Hart! YOU can do it-and Congrats on all you have done-be proud!

Helena said...

"November Write Bones Book"

As simple as that? Oh, and in November you'll write YET ANOTHER BOOK! I am so impressed with you.

BTW, I really liked the sound of "Undoing" - great single sentence pitch. And of course Jade's book sounds like it has a great twist in it.