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Two Novellas for February

February 06, 2016

I've been suffering from a lack of consistency with writing lately. Part of it is I've got quite a few projects going, and they all seem to be a little stuck. This is actually pretty unusual for me. I am not prone to getting stuck. In the rare instances I lose steam on one project, I usually just jump ship to another for a while and get right back into a good zone, then return to the original refreshed and ready to continue.

That's not how it's been working the last few months. Instead I get stuck, change gears, grind along for a little while, get stuck, change gears again, repeat. The result is all my projects are crawling or halted, and I've got no momentum whatsoever.

I've decided the only way to get unstuck is to do something drastic. Like decide to write two novellas by the end of the month. So that's what I'm going to do. The novellas in question are Brinlin Forest and Brinlin Cove. I've started Brinlin Forest. It's currently 15k long. Brinlin Cove is not begun. I'm aiming for them to be about 40,000 words each. 

So, here's the math: 40k x 2 = 80k. 80k - 15k = 65k words I have to write between now and March 1. There are 24 days left in February (including today), which works out to a tidy 2,700 words daily.

This should be totally doable for me. When I'm working on larger projects and I'm in a good groove, 2,000 words is my normal daily output. I'm not in a good groove right now, though. I've been managing closer to 1,000 words a day. So nearly tripling my output is going to feel tough, particularly at first.

I will post a progress bar tomorrow and update it daily as I go along. I figure now's a good time since I'm playing #lastman this year and so am going to be avoiding social media and all news outlets like the plague for a while.

Wish me luck!

Elective Pilistasis (a Superhero Power)

December 08, 2015

After so many years focusing my efforts on longer works, I recently took a stab at writing some flash fiction. I'm pleased to announce two of my speculative fiction stories have been acquired for publication.

First, my piece Elective Pilistasis appeared on the Splickety Publishing Group blog in July. You can read it now for free.

Second, my piece Immolation Puppy will appear in the January issue of Havok magazine. Copies will be available in print as well as digitally. I'll post links when the issue is out, or you can go ahead and subscribe to Havok.

I'll be posting more exciting announcements very soon, so stay tuned! (Hint: Audiobook)

Tessili Revenge - Excerpt

October 13, 2015

First Mage Otha sat in her private greenhouse, chair oriented so the unbroken sunlight poured through the windows onto her face. The day was young. Though the dry wind carried a sharp edge as it blew down from the frosted peaks, here among the brillbane the air was warm.

Still, Otha had a woolen blanket spread across her lap. It seemed she was never quite warm anymore. She supposed such were the consequences of living for over 400 years.

There was a rustling near the entryway, and a murmur of voices. First Mage Otha suppressed a sigh. She had agreed, again, to meet with High Mage Agina, even though they both knew their conversation would doubtless play out in a manner no different from all the times before.

Otha composed herself. She sat a little straighter in her chair, trying to draw optimism and strength from the gentle warmth of the sunbeam. Grip, sensing her anxiety, fluttered over from his favorite brillbane perch to settle on his preferred spot on the back of her right hand. He glanced up, his black eyes shrewd and a little worried.

Tessili Ebooks Launched

August 27, 2015

In spite of all my resolutions to change, it turns out I'm still horrible at the whole "promote your books" thing. I'm not even good at telling people that I write books at all, much less spreading the news around when I have new ones coming out. Case in point, I have not yet mentioned on this blog (which is supposed to be solely about my books) that my new trilogy is officially launched.

Yes! All three Tessili novella ebooks are now available. For the moment they are only on Kindle, but the good news is you can read them for free if you have a Kindle Unlimited account. Paperbacks are also in the works and will be out soon.

So, without further ado, here they are:

In other news, my alter ego, Stefani Wilder (who writes loves stories with lots of horses in them) has a new book out as well.

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current projects

Questionable Company of Sprites (rewrite)

Pegasus Project, Book II

80,000 of 130,000 words

Wyl Maze

Articles of the Wylenovs, Book I

draft complete at 35,000 words

Well of Trades (working title)

standalone novel

draft complete at 92,000 words

A Man Who Heals

Stefani Wilder novel

draft complete 90,000 words

Heir of Iron

standalone novel

55,000 of 120,000 words

Drawchilde Sequel (working title)

Draw Trilogy: Book II

82,000 of 200,000 words

Drawchilde (working title)

Draw Trilogy: Book I

draft complete at 200,000 words

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