Three months. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve made an update. I could give you all sorts of excuses, but I won’t bother because it’s not important.
I haven’t been idle in that time. I’ve finished my latest WIP, tentatively titled Forgotten Magic. I’m letting the first draft cool off for a while, probably until the end of the summer, and then I’ll take up the edits. I’ve already gotten some great feedback from advisor, so I’m actually pretty jazzed about editing this one. My goal is to have that novel out querying agents by the end of the year. In the meantime, I’ve got some ideas for the third Broods book to flesh out and a project idea blooming that should keep me writing actively over the summer.
I just finished my Master of Fine Arts in Writing last week. I’m excited, but a little lost without my next class to look forward to. I really think I’m going to miss the regular interaction with other writers. To curb that, I’ve decided I’m going to apply for a few writer’s workshops in the area and see what happens. I’ve had few run-ins with rejection so far in my writing career, so I might as well jump in and get used to it, right? Time to thicken up the skin for the agent submission carousel. I’m also planning to devote more time to reading now that classes won’t be occupying my after-work hours. I’ve fallen woefully behind on some of my favorite authors and it really feels like something is missing from my life because of that.
As far as what’s going on here on the blog, I’m going to make a few new content commitments to revitalize this place. I’m going to bring back story fodder Fridays, but widen the topics a bit to keep things interesting. Instead of providing only science news stories I’m going to mix it up, giving out five tidbits of interesting stuff I’ve read the previous week. I’m also going to try to post some creative writing at least once a week. It might be flash fiction, poetry, or just a piece of an idea that’s been mulling around my head. Essentially you’ll be getting a peek at the inside of my writing journal. Let’s go with Wednesday for those, for no particular reason at all. I’ll try to get a few more visiting authors too, just to keep things fresh. If you’re an author looking to do a guest blog or an interview, drop me a line on the About Page. There will also be a blog site revamp coming soonish, so don’t be surprised if you see new and exciting things hereabouts!
First, let me start with an apology for not updating for a long while. Since the New Year I’ve had a whole bunch going on, but that’s really no excuse. Going forward I am going to do my absolute level best to update at least weekly, even if it’s some ridiculous nonsense, which it will likely be about half the time.
Anyway, onwards and upwards. I’m on schedule to graduate from my Master’s program in May. The project I’ve decided to submit is the new novel I’m working on. I’m unsure as I’m writing this if I’ve mentioned what it’s about on here yet, so let’s save it as another update if not. (Look at me, milking this thing already.)
I’ve got another Broods of Fenrir short in the works. It will be another freebie, so it will go up here whenever it’s ready. Watch this space!
The final bit of news I wanted to share was that you will soon be able to buy all my books from right here, on my website via Gumroad. Pretty linkies below.
PS for authors: Gumroad is very user friendly and so far seems an easy way to sell direct to customers. So if you’ve been looking for that like I have, check them out!
I’ve been on this journey for a couple of years now. It started out as a creative outlet and fun hobby for me, and turned into an obsession. I published my first book on November 20th, 2011. Since then I’ve published two more, the latest one the sequel to Broods of Fenrir on November 20th, 2012. I’ve accomplished more in that year than I ever thought I could.
I want to thank all of my readers, and especially those who reviewed my books. It means so much to a writer to have that feedback, to know that someone out there is reading. That’s why we do this, after all, to share our stories with the world. Thanks to all of you lovely people I’ve more than doubled my sales goals for this first year. I am truly and deeply humbled by how wonderful you are. I’m going to try to get something reader appreciation stuff going on the website in the near future, including some giveaways for the trading cards I have left for those of you who asked for them so nicely.
In the year ahead I will finish my MFA and at least one more novel. I’m hoping to finish the third Broods book as well, but we’ll have to see how my current WIP progresses first. I also want to get back to writing short fiction again. I know I promised some for this year, but things just didn’t work out that way. I have a few ideas kicking around that should make good fodder for a few short pieces. Some of them may find a home here, but I hope to send some out for submission as well. My goal for next year is to diversify a bit to get my writing into the hands of more readers.
After killing his sadistic brother, Brand inherits the responsibility for his brother’s brood. Now, he must convince the brood that their barbaric way of life belongs in the past and demand change in order to secure their future.
Crushed by the death of his mate, Gunni believes it’s only a matter of time before he succumbs to the loneliness that plagues his life. He follows Brand out of loyalty, but he secretly craves the peace that death will bring—until he is confronted with the most infuriating human he’s ever met.
Leo is a throwback who has never quite fit in with human society. Drawn into the savage world of the werewolves, not entirely against his will, he discovers that the Broods of Fenrir don’t fear much… except him.
These three conflicting personalities unite in pursuit of an unscrupulous trapper who has taken a member of Brand’s brood captive. They must track him down before he uncovers what they are and their secret is revealed.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 58,000 words or 210 paperback pages
Warnings: Violence, Strong Language and Sexual Content
The final teaser image and the final chance for you to enter the Marked by Odin Release Day Giveaway. Today’s image is Leo. Check out his card after the jump.