Gentle readers, it feels like this summer has fairly flown by. I kept waiting for the Oklahoma summer heat to hit us, and now that it has, everybody is going back to school. The days have been filled with kiddie pools, treks to the park, dragging the toddlers to the library, and an [un]healthy dose of Braum’s shakes and Sonic slushes. But now that August is more than halfway over and I am wishing for bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils, I look back and realize that I did manage to get a lot of book-ish things done this summer. Maybe not all the things I was planning, but when all’s said and I done, I can’t complain. Behold:
Summer opened with the release of my newest short story, Starcrossed, which you can purchase for your Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader for only 99c!
With that story out of the way, I was able to focus on the second edition of Diving In (Grover Cleveland Academy 2) with its shiny new cover that matches the new cover of Into the Flames!
In June I beta read a novel for a friend and also edited a short story of hers, which is now out in the digi-verse, if you want to check it out. I really like editing and it was good to get some done for someone else, even if it was just for a short story. (Pssst, don’t forget I am available for all your editing needs!)
Somehow I managed to write on a number of different projects, and it’s kept my creative spirits high. Even when I’m not writing, I am thinking about the characters and plot lines. Here’s what’s been on the forefront of my mind the past three months.
- Lightning and Fire, my fourth Tale from Pocatello, is coming along nicely. I’m in part three (of three)!
- Julia v. David will probably never be published, but I like to work on it in my spare time.
- To See Clearly, Grover Cleveland Academy book three, is nearing completion. On this draft, anyway. I’m in chapter nine (of thirteen)!
- Ground Zero, my sixth Tale from Pocatello, is starting to take shape. Last week it was merely a vague concept of a story I wanted to write, and now it’s got a backstory, two main characters, and five thousand words of plot! I’m really excited about this short story. Hopefully I will continue to be excited about it until its publication, which may not be for a couple of years.
In addition to all this writing, editing, and publishing, I’ve also read some stuffs! I’ll go ahead and brag. You can read all my book reviews on my Goodreads profile.
- Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
- Cinder (Lunar Chronicles 1) by Marissa Meyer
- Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles 2) by Marissa Meyer
- Cress (Lunar Chronicles 3) by Marissa Meyer
- Summer Knight (Dresden Files 4) by Jim Butcher
- Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters (It’s a comic, but it totally counts!)
- The Topic of Serpents (Lady Trent Memoir 2) by Marie Brennan
- Only Human (Doctor Who) by Gareth Roberts
- EarthWorld (Doctor Who) by Jacqueline Rayner
And that’s my list of what I’ve done this summer! What did you create? Did you read any good books by the pool? Make a fort and create a new fantastical world? Try a new recipe? Let me know!