It’s come to my attention that it’s already May >.<. May is the month before June. End of June is the publication date for Cast in Conflict. My brain still thinks it’s April because April is a better month to be stuck in with impending deadlines. But it’s May. So: it’s time for the preview first chapter for the upcoming Cast in Conflict. I believe previews exist elsewhere now — I’m not sure how long they are, though, because the last book I generally check for these things are my own — I mean… I’ve read the book multiple times by the point previews generally go live. One of these days, Kaylin will have a good day. This one even starts with great promise… You can find the sample chapter here: Cast … Continue reading
I mentioned in my previous post that I had the full cover for the upcoming Cast in Conflict. I didn’t forget the cover — I did forget that I work at the store on Saturday (it’s curb-side only, but the books don’t get to the curb on their own yet). But it’s not too late. Here’s the full cover :). (I tend to post the full cover because often the front cover is out in the world before I get copies I can share, so everyone will have seen that already.) I like it. It’s a very different type treatment, and I’m curious to know whether or not people will see and identify it as a Cast novel. The artist is Shane Rebenschied, and the art director, Kathleen Oudit. Kathleen lives in Toronto, as I do, … Continue reading
I’m sorry I’ve been so absent in the past few months, but we are all in good health, and although the covid numbers in my neck of the woods have risen sharply — thanks in large part to the UK strain — we have managed to avoid it so far. My parents, my husband’s parents, and my husband have all received their first vaccination shots, but in Ontario, second shots are months off at the moment. This is probably going to be a bit rambling, so the TL;DR is: still mostly healthy, still writing, still struggling a bit with the West novel, where by a bit I mean: pulling all my hair out. *** Part of the reason I have been otherwise absent on social media is the writing. I’d reached … Continue reading
I have been absent for all of November, in part because of revisions and in part because of general stress and anxiety. I have copy-edits for Cast in Conflict on my computer now. Copy-edits are the part when I realize: Oh, I’m an idiot. Again. (If I made no mistakes, if I were competent the first time, I wouldn’t have to deal with … my mistakes. And neither would anyone else. Paralyzing writer-brain at it’s finest.) Writing has therefore been slow. Well, worse than slow. I realized, with the new West novel, that I had made a critical error (character introduction) and that the book would be much better if I fixed that. Which means, because of my process, losing 110k words of writing and starting again at the … Continue reading
As promised, for those who have already read The Emperor’s Wolves and wish to discuss it, this is the post on which you can do so. It goes without saying that the discussions will involve spoilers, and if you hate spoilers, avoid this particular post. I am behind in absolutely everything T_T. I will be absent in a vain and flailing attempt to catch up. 2020 has not been the year for great focus =/.