Happy Memorial Day, one of the six days every year that are a Real Day Off (and only three of those six days are always guaranteed Real Days Off, so happy One Of The Weekday Holidays!)
I didn't think at first I was going to make my productivity goal for today and that yesterday's Cat Day would bleed into my day off, but then about 8 pm, I had this crazy burst of energy, and I FINISHED IT! I FINISHED the Wild Tides edit*!!
*That is, to be completely accurate, I finished draft 3 of Wild Tides, which is my last major revision draft. From here on out, I'll be working on line- and copy edits, which are a LOT easier for me, since they're all about wording and grammar and no longer about rewrites.
It feels kinda weird, the idea that the White Stone series, the stories that have taken up most of my creative brainpower for, like, 6 years, is now in its final stages of production. I mean, there's still plenty of work to do, of course, since there's 3 full rounds of line edits and another copy edit to do, but the *story* is done.
It just feels a little weird, is all.
Fortunately, I've got my next five stories either fully or partially planned, one in the very early stages of consideration, and hopefully what will be some crazy-exciting opportunities opening up this summer (more on that later).
BUT, the big excitement for today is that I've got back the new covers for White Stone and Wide Horizons, and they're so pretty I can't stand it.
So awesome! Biggest shout out ever to the artist, Yana Yakubchik, who you can find here.
The Wild Tides cover reveal is coming soon, and it's just as gorgeous. :)
June is here! June means summer, and summer means...well, summer. Long days and warm nights.
Wild Tides needs a little bit of cooling off before I get deep into line edits, so I've started tiptoeing into the next book, which will be quite different from the White Stone series in just about every way, being a bit more adult and (hopefully) more funny and satirical. I'm looking forward to writing it, even though (and probably because of) it is going to be so crazy different in tone and setting from what I'm used to working on.
Lots and lots of awesome things are starting to take shape for the summer. More on those as they happen. :)
I did it. I got a ticket for a worldbuilding workshop this July in Austin, TX. I've been waffling and hemming and dancing around the decision for weeks, since the mastermind I've joined first offered it, and tonight I finally just went ahead and bought a ticket to the workshop.
So I'll be spending 2 days in mid-July talking shop with a few of my favorite career indies, coming up with stories for the world that's going to be built and shared at the event, and generally having what sounds like is going to be a fantastic time. So stoked!!
(I feel like I should contact said favorite career indies and preemptively apologize for the inevitable fangirling I'm going to do when I meet them, because I know I'm going to fangirl when I meet them at this event. It'll be kinda like that time I met Seth Andrews, only maybe a little worse, because these said career indies are legitimately everything I want to be, while Seth is more just a cool guy whose podcast and videos I enjoy.)
Over 1,000 words written in the brand new WIP this afternoon, and that's all I've got in me today. Tomorrow will be better (though, honestly, today wasn't bad. 1k new words written in a brand new story isn't bad.)
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