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Yes, I’ve been quiet. I think I’ll continue to be quiet-ish until the series is over — with maybe a few info posts here and there, plus teasers, etc, but nothing major until I start prepping for the collaboration I have planned with Erica Dakin or the second series I have in mind.
Meanwhile, the Book 4 cover work continues (slowly). This isn’t entirely bad, because I have figured out a few things that need tweaking in the final draft, which I’ll be fixing shortly. I am also halfway done with the rough draft of Book 5 (which is what helped me realize the need for tweaks) and just finished a hopefully-final edit of Book 1 that took into account much of the critique from readers as well as some issues that had always nagged at me. I feel that I did rush publication of Book 1 due to (over)enthusiasm, and that this current version has fixed most of the book’s problems. I hope to roll it out within a month or two, once my beta readers go through it and confirm I haven’t somehow butchered it. >__>
I plan to go through books 2 and 3 eventually, but they don’t have nearly the issues and will probably just get trimmed/error-corrected.
Anyway, that’s it for now!
I know I’ve been scarce this past month — alas! But there hasn’t been much to write about. The Book 4 cover continues to inch along. I’m 11 chapters into the Book 5 rough draft and feeling fairly confident, but with nothing I can show. I’ve started doing another paperdoll, but my wrist isn’t happy with me when I do too much mouse-based art so I haven’t gotten far.
On the plus side, today I started doing something I’d been planning to do for a while: start making character-specific pages. Made one for Firkad Sarovy today — not the main protagonist, I know, but I like him a lot and it was nice to finally get all his backstory down in one place. This version is spoiler-free; I might add one with post-Book 3 info later, but ehh, I don’t know if that’s necessary.
Anyway, I hope to do more soon, to expand on the thumbnail-info in my current Characters page.
Edit 2/24: Added Cobrin today!
Two Steps from Hell — Cannon in D Minor. Orchestral combat music. From the album Battlecry.
I got this album for Xmas and haven’t stopped listening to it in the car. I feel like I should be writing a hardcore military fantasy with this on in the background, but I’ve never been an armies-on-the-field kinda gal, so I just have to adapt it to suit my mindspace.
IT’S BEEN A WHILE!
AND BOOK 4 IS READY.
AND IT’S 2017.
It’s time for my year-end wrap-up! Slightly late, alas, as it is now the new year, but then I tend to be late in most things. As always, these (generally) aren’t books that were published in 2016, since I make no effort to keep up with the times.
My goal for 2016 was to read more SF/F and graphic novels from female authors, since there were only ten women in my top 100 Most Read authors according to Goodreads at the start of the year — and one of them was Ann M. Martin, because I read so many Babysitters’ Club books as a kid. I managed to change the balance to 21 out of 100, but I still have only two women in my top 10 (25+ books read) — though C. J. Cherryh is closing in.
I read 344 books this year, though most were graphic novels or manga, but let’s see what was best!