Oh, look, it’s Monday! Well, here in Missouri we had really nice weather all weekend, which is never super helpful when getting stuff done. However:
a) I wrote nine pages for the new chapter I’m inserting into Death’s Lady book 3. I want that to be a short chapter, so I should finish that in the next day or two. Then I’ll be able to drop the ms into the KDP template and check page numbers, which will be good as the cover artist just sent me a draft and, given how fast he works, I expect I will need to give him the page count as soon as possible.
I will also need to give him back cover copy, so please critique the following:
Sometimes the past does not let go.
Tenai is determined that no one will use her to break the fragile peace of her world, even if that means she must support and defend the son of her bitterest enemy. But set against four hundred years of history, that determination may not be enough.
Daniel has come to know far more about Tenai’s enemies than he ever wanted to — and more than she knows herself. Forced into unwilling cooperation with those enemies, Daniel must find a way to defy their plans, protect his daughter, and assist Tenai to overcome the shadows of her past — before it’s too late.
Seriously, all comments on the above are very welcome! Please tear that apart.
While on the subject of Stuff I Did This Weekend:
b) I got distracted by re-reading bits of Tarashana and darned if I didn’t spot like ten new typos that have apparently appeared in the last week. “Because” without the “c” and “along” instead of “a long” and HOW DID THESE TYPOS NOT GET CAUGHT EARLIER? No fewer than, um, five, no six, people, missed those. Unless they literally just appeared, which I guess is conceivable since I tweak a manuscript all the time until it is actually published.
Regardless, that made me read back over a lot of the manuscript. I didn’t catch a lot more actual typos, but catching that many in the first place was honestly a little disconcerting. It also took some time to read a significant fraction of the manuscript. And naturally I tweaked it a little here and there. I won’t be able to really put this away until I hit Publish.
c) I took quick notes on the Black Dog story I have in mind for Tommy, Amira, and Nick so I wouldn’t forget the basic idea for that story, and then I got sucked in and took quick notes on eight more stories. That is twice as many as I planned to write. More than twice, considering I have one already written! In fact, last time I poked at ideas for stories, hardly anything occurred to me and I felt somewhat concerned about that. Lack of inspiration is definitely no longer a problem, though I have a better idea about some of these potential stories than others.
I may not write all the stories I thought of, but it looks like I will probably write more than four. So either the 4th collection will be longish OR there may be a 5th collection set after Silver Circle — oh, look, I’ve decided on a title, btw. Also, I think there may be an epilogue set after Silver Circle. Maybe not a full novel. But a longish story to tie things up and show where some of the characters wind up after a year or two or five.
The Black Dog stories will be the next real project after I get Death’s Lady sorted out. I will be ready to switch to the Black Dog world by the end of the month, hopefully. Surely well before the end of April.