We’re movie stars! Okay, not so much, but we’ve got an official YouTube channel now. Here’s our “icebreaker” video (watch to the end for our blooper):
We’re working every day to bring our stories to life for you! Here’s a quick project update for you, dear fan.
My project board (photo below) is clogged with chapters for two novels in various beginning and end stages, as our debut novel Fog Over Mandaree is undergoing Test Reader review. I continue working on the follow-up novel, Alora: Playing God and the protagonist, Alora Bayn, is really starting to take shape. I think she’s going to be pretty kick-ass, if I do say so.
RaeLea is meanwhile spearheading the fantasy romance series, “Magic City Chronicles.” She has the Beta Draft for Spark of Justice finished, and is currently outlining the second book in the series, which she’s dubbed Investigator’s Creed.
Our current plan is to release the Alora Bayn series first (hopefully late Spring 2017), while continuing to bank up the Magic City Chronicles books to be released sometime this summer. In this way, we can focus our marketing efforts (and dollars) on one lineup at a time, applying lessons learned to the second series when it launches.
We intend on updating you regularly and sharing some teasers for these stories. As always, let us know what you want, and we will see what we can do to deliver on those expectations!
Now is when many of us set goals for the coming year. Setting goals is easy. Assessing ourselves–really holding that mirror up–is not so easy.
These are five questions I ask myself every year:
- What did I accomplish this past year?
- What do I hope to accomplish this coming year?
- What do I wish to become in five years?
- What am I doing to make that dream a reality?
- What is in my way? (most of the time, it’s my own inaction which proves to be the great hurdle)
I then assign myself specific, measurable goals for each month of the coming year. If a goal can’t be measured, then it is not a goal so much as wishful thinking.
I confess that I have yet to reach more than half of my self-assigned goals for any given year. Maybe that means I am expecting too much of myself, or that I am merely too lazy. I like to think that the real success story is in persisting and not giving up, whatever the outcome.
Don’t let anyone criticize you for being goal-oriented; if you do not set goals for yourself, you will be doomed to live life as an unprepared, aimless wanderer. Maybe that appeals to some folks, but not me!
Being prepared means taking action today to influence what you will be tomorrow.
Best of luck in your own self-assessment. Here’s to a productive new year!
It’s a surreal Saturday morning!
I finished rewriting and editing the final chapters and epilogue of our first novel, Fog Over Mandaree (written in collaboration with RaeLea).
There will be another month-plus of review time for my test readers, follow-up editing, and another 3+ months before it will be ready for publishing.
It’s been a lifelong dream to actually finish writing one of these. Whether or not it’s any good, it’s at least done!
These independent musicians from Iceland created a song that really caught my ear. I sought out the music video they created, and was surprised to see a confusing ending–suggesting something which the artists didn’t intend. A simple edit would have made a huge difference (such as adding a final frame that showed the mother adjusting her rearview mirror to check in on her sleeping child in the back seat).
It’s a reminder of the importance of beta testing what we create before we hit “publish”. It’s so easy to get too close to our work and assume that our intended message is obvious to others.
It’s a beautiful song, check it out: