It has been a wonderful weekend! And I didn't go anywhere. Nope. No where. I didn't get in my car and I didn't travel long distances to deal with crowds, heat, or noise. I stayed home, watched movies (finally got around to seeing The Shining and Man of Steel -- loved both!!), read books, wrote stories, and I loved every freaking second of it.
I love my new home in Florida but one of the problems I've encountered is that every weekend is filled with go-go-go! As someone who likes to spend a lot of time behind a computer screen writing stories, this is not a good thing, particularly since the majority of my writing is done over weekends. However, I was promised a weekend off from the constant go-go-go of life so I could relax and catch up a little.
What have I done? I'm so glad you asked. I have written about 3,000 words on a historical romance for my alter-ego and I'm very happy with how the story is turning out. There's some things I'm seeing that I'm going to have to tweak when I do revisions, but I like where the book is going.
I spent some of today working on world building. You see, I was trying to figure out what to work n yesterday and it hit me that I was craving something with a male point of view (apparently I've been spoiled after writing three books from Gage's POV and one from Danaus's POV). All the books I've been working on recently are from a female ... except for this fantasy story I've been saving. So, today was a little world building and some plotting. I have a feeling this book will be something I write over the summer into the fall.
Strangely, I've discovered that the bulk of my writing is done during the summer and fall while a lot of my editing is done in the winter into the spring -- though there have been a few exceptions due to deadlines.
If you are wondering, I am nearly done with the Stefan/Dark Days spin-off story (I think I have about 20,000 words or fewer left before I finish the rough draft). I will probably finish that in May or early June and then allow it to sit for a bit so I can come back into edits with fresh eyes.
As you can see, I'm juggling several books at once, which has become the norm for me. I am looking forward to getting the edit letter for Gage's final book and working on that soon. We're still on target for an October e-book release. I sent my editor some titles for the three parts and they weren't rejected. If they are officially accepted by the marketing department, I'll announce them and maybe include a snippet.
In the meantime, I am reading Kerrelyn Sparks' Wild About You and Anthony Bourdain's Medium Raw. I am looking forward to tonight's Once Upon a Time episode and dreading the season finale next week.
Also, to celebrate Star Wars Day, I am posting an old video I made of Darth Vader's trip to the Cincinnati Zoo.
Here is a link to the blog post I wrote about being the Sith Lord's handler for a day. It was a great experience and I hope I get to do it again some day.
May the Fourth be with you. Happy Star Wars Day!