It was a beautiful day in Perth. The sun was out out, the wind was bracing, and it looks like we’re going to get a hot, hot weekend to boot.
I much prefer summers (ahem, birak) in our little apartment. We don’t have air-conditioning, but it’s easy enough to jury rig an evaporative system with a fan and a bucket of water. If we open the front and back door in the afternoons, the Freo doctor pays a visit and cools the place right down. It’s a damn sight better than chilly, chilly winters.
After pretty much a whole 11 months of being balls-to-the-wall (so to speak), I’m looking forward to a more laidback December. I’ve found a good groove with writing again, my appointments and events have calmed down, it looks like we’ll be home for Christmas this year — the calm is nigh.
In the rearview
- I tapered off the gaming a couple weeks ago. It was a lovely break, and it’s put a lot of story ideas in my head, but I missed writing and wanted to get back in the trenches 👾
- The Satine newsletter promo officially ends today. Thank you, everyone, who signed up to receive a free subscriber treat copy. I hope you liked the story and would love a review if you have the time — a good review helps me reach more people, which in turn helps me keep writing more stories 💋
- I really enjoyed not doing Nanowrimo. Like, really, really enjoyed it. Every day, I’d see my writer friends post updates of their huge word counts, look at my own meagre 300 words and think, you know what… I’m OK with this. I learned a lot about self-acceptance this month 💘
What I’m working on
- The December issue of my newsletter. I’m literally working on it right now (when I’m not writing this blog post).
- A new space romance (yet untitled). It won’t be out by Christmas. But I will keep you posted as the days go by.
- A new erotic short for my beloved newsletter subscribers.
- The Dragon’s Den (hint: it’s not fantasy and there are no actual dragons)
Until next time, lovelies!
For the last two weeks, I’ve been preparing for my upcoming blog tour, pulling together thoughts, notes, journal entries, playlists and my worldbuilding inspo from the Chasing Sisyphus creative process.
It’s been an epic flurry of writing, admin and diving back into details I didn’t expect to have to think about again. I remembered my fears about writing that first fight scene, all the insecurities around the motel scene, and the first time I felt sad about doing something other than working on this story. That’s how I know my fictional world has become believable, by the way — the sense of actually wanting to be there.
Well, I’ve just sent off all of this material and can’t wait for you to read it. I’m going through Writer Marketing Services, run by veteran erotica/romance author Lucy Felthouse, and am just thrilled by the help and guidance she’s given me for my first big promo adventure.
What I’m really excited about, though, is getting back to normal life. I didn’t realise how much work I’d be doing for this. I wanted every guest post to be unique and offer some interesting insight into the book or the world. Cue regret about asking for a 10-day tour instead of an easier 5-day one 😬
Today, I’m rewarding myself with a delicious lunch (leftover pasta and chilli con carne), a guilt-free computer game session (Divinity 2!), and some quality time with family (my mother is making dinner).
The tour starts 4th December at Lily Harlem’s blog. More details to come.
pointing, curling, seeking
what will they find
This style of poem is called a cinquain. Here’s how to write one.
I’m still reeling from the weekend just gone. It wasn’t strictly a “beach holiday”, because we hung out for an hour or so in a forest too. But some of the best moments were spent in fresh air with sand wedged in my toes and other crevices.
We got home on Sunday, and it’s been go go go since then. First, to some afternoon sporting commitments, then crashing on the couch. Then work on Monday, meetings, appointments, then pretty much everything in the world except sitting down to write and catch up on Twitter and other things like that.
But it’s now half six on a Wednesday and I’m ready to start my week 😬
In the rearview
- My novel, Chasing Sisyphus, is now on Amazon. I’m very excited about this. I have a Kindle and as a former web designer, I’m so impressed with how easy it is to just get a book. That my novella (not just a hot short) is now part of this ecosystem gives me a warm fuzzy feeling 💖
- Birdwatchers came out a few weeks ago and I haven’t looked at forest hikes the same way since 💋 It’s had some wonderful and encouraging reviews on Goodreads. Check it out?
- I canned my serial novel. Totally canned it. It seems there wasn’t enough science fiction in the story to keep me interested. Now I’m drafting up a romance set in space, and the vibe’s got me.
- Speaking of space, Erotica For All published my guest post on building the world for The Induction of Satine. Want to see?
What I’m working on
- A new space romance (yet untitled). I expected to have it out by Christmas, but now that Divinity: Original Sin 2 is out, I may have to do a Burial. It is coming, though. It is.
- A new novel called The Dragon’s Den. Details later, though I can say upfront that it’s not a fantasy novel. I have been thinking of dabbling in fantasy romance, but not for this one.
- A metric fuckton of guest posts for my blog tour.
- Stay tuned — a new free read is coming up this Friday, right here on this blog.
- Next month’s newsletter will include exclusive subscriber access to a WIP scene from my new, yet untitled, space romance.
- Blog tour for Chasing Sisyphus starts December. Details coming soon.
That’s it for today. Time to go
play some games get some work done I don’t even know anymore.