So I guess I pretty much blogged myself out during Love & Magic Week (which was tons of fun and I'm planning on doing it again next year, hopefully with some other authors as a group promotion or blog hop). Besides last week's Author Spotlight, I haven't been able to come up with anything to blog about. Mainly I was making a big push to finish the analysis phase of the Daughter of the Wildings revision and writing in major changes on Sarya's Song. I finished both of those last week, so now I'm moving on to the next stages. Sarya's Song is into the line editing stage, basically where I make sure the writing is nice and makes sense and correct any lingering mistakes. This will be followed by a couple of clean-up and proofreading passes, then Sarya's Song will be ready for release. I'm going to say late in March; hopefully sooner. It looks like I'm mostly finished with all the doctor appointments and tests for now, and we're on to just monitoring the condition to see what it does, so that will be a lot less disruption to my writing schedule. The problem isn't just the time spent at doctor's offices and down at the hospital getting all that stuff done; it's also the stress and worrying, and the fatigue. Being out and about for 2 or 3 hours pretty much wipes me out, physically and mentally, for the whole day.
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As for Daughter of the Wildings, it's a bit harder to say when it'll start being released. I was hoping to have the first book out in June, but that might not be realistic. So I'll just say watch for the first book sometime this summer!
I'm also starting to think a little bit about what comes next. There are a lot of different directions I could go. I feel like it's time to start writing more new words. I'd like to write more short stories, both standalones and stories related to my other books. There's a set of stories giving some background to Chosen of Azara churning around in the Idea-O-Tron (aka my brain), and some for Urdaisunia. I'm also thinking more about my very first novel and its sequel, both of which are complete and I think would be pretty good after a thorough revision. And I have ideas and even partially-written chunks of more stories/novellas/novels set in the Estelend world. And I have an idea for a follow-up series to Daughter of the Wildings I want to start planning. And and and...
Anyway, whatever I end up working on next, I'm having way too much fun. I love the freedom of being an independent author and being able to work on whatever I want, although sometimes my brain feels like this (credit goes to Kristine Kathryn Rusch for originally likening this to the writer's brain on indie freedom):