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Wow! Looks like I haven’t been back here in almost two months. Sorry to say, nothing much happened writing-wise during that time. And now, I’m pushing the restart button.

Truth to tell, I’d love push restart on this whole year. I imagine most everyone would. But that’s beyond my power.

What I can do is push restart on my writing. Literally.

It’s weird the way one thing will prompt another. I was attending to some mundane tasks–getting my books up on GooglePlay–when something just clicked. The reason I was not making any progress on my current writing project–well, apart from the general background stress and feeling of being overwhelmed–was that I’d started in the wrong place. Way too early. Again. That background might make it into a prequel novella some day, because it is important, but it’s way to far back from when interesting things actually start to happen.

So, restart, quite literally. I wrote the new first chapter yesterday. And it was fun! And at least a partial antidote to being overwhelmed.

The story has a new title, too. Merlin’s Gambit.

Onward.

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Well, I forgot to post on Sunday, didn’t I? All I can say is that time is beginning to feel a little surreal right now. Really weird to see no one on the streets and almost no cars. Trying to maintain something like a regular schedule, but . . . .

In any case, five of my books are now free for others who are also spending way more time at home than usual. We are all Safer at Home, right now.

The Shaman’s Curse is perma-free and has been for a while:

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The next four are free now thru April 12th. (Amazon has price-matched in the US, so far.)

Become: To Catch the Lightning:

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Fire and Earth (with its shiny new cover):

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The Bard’s Gift:

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and Daughter of the Disgraced King:

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Meanwhile, I have mostly been doing a little more research for my work-in-progress, so not much direct progress. But, if you don’t get the foundation right, it’s a lot harder to get the whole book to hang together, so not time wasted.

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I confess to having been knocked a bit off balance last week. A lot of things happened in a short space of time. I know I’m not alone in that. It’s a new reality we’re all trying to cope with.

But this week I am committed to getting myself back up out of that slump and doing things. At least those things I can do. Some work in the yard (I did a little this morning.), some house cleaning, something creative. And figuring out how to manage or work around those that I can’t or shouldn’t do right now. (I fall into the vulnerable group as far as this virus goes.) I’m seriously tempted to restart my vegetable garden (in some other place until I can clean up the old one), even though I know nothing would be ready for harvest for at least two months.

I did manage to get the books and stories I still had in Kindle Select/Kindle Unlimited pulled out and up for wider distribution. So, that’s something. And now that they’re wide–or as soon as the distribution works through the systems of the various retailers, I’ll likely start setting some of them free for a limited time. Everybody needs some form of escape right now and books seem to be one of the only safe ways. And, in times that are just as unsettled financially as they are health-wise, well, it’s something I can do to help out.

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And I swear I am going to get some work done on the new story. Really. I may even start working on cover art.

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I haven’t really gotten any writing done recently. But, as I’m about to have two weeks off (I hope it’s only two weeks) while the schools are closed, hopefully I’ll be able to make the most of the time.

I’ll also use the time to prepare several books/stories that were in Kindle Select/Kindle Unlimited. I’ll be taking all of them wide (Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, etc.) by the end of this month.

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I have actually started writing again on DRAGON AGAINST DRAGON. (I have to think of a better title, but the working title is fine for now.) Unfortunately, I also managed to tweak my back. Not badly, but just enough that I can’t sit for very long without it stiffening up on me. Which is probably good for my weight loss goal. And for cleaning up the back “bedroom”, finally. (It’s probably been about 30 years since anyone actually slept in there, and about 20 since there was even a bed in that room. More of a storage room, now, but in desperate need of organization.) Not quite so good for getting a lot of writing done.

Also a little progress on FIRE AND EARTH–but not complete progress.

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I’ve done my part and updated everything I plan to change, but somehow it didn’t all make it through Amazon’s process. The e-book has the new blurb, but not the new cover. On the other hand, the print version has the new cover, but not the new blurb. I guess I’ll have to contact Amazon tomorrow and see if I can get that straightened out. I want to run a promotion before it comes out of Kindle Unlimited later this month, but not with the old cover.

Good news is that THE BARD’S GIFT may not need anything but a little adjustment to the back matter for its “relaunch”.

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I want to add a sample chapter or two from BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING, rather than the current chapters of DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING. THE BARD’S GIFT has more than a touch of Norse mythology and the BECOME series is inspired by Greek mythology, so that might be a good match for readers.

Not sure yet what, if anything, I’m going to do about a relaunch of DAUGHTER OF THE DISGRACED KING. It’s kind of an odd book out in my back list. I’ll probably go on to do some relaunch on the DUAL MAGICS series before worrying about that one.

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Wow! It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted. Didn’t mean to do that.

Well, I have an excuse for last weekend. Something happened during what should have been an ordinary update and all of a sudden my computer forgot who I was and all the things I have set up to make getting to what I use most easy. Worse, much worse, it wouldn’t let me access any of my files. I spent most of the weekend correcting the problem.

Also, I’m finding Wednesdays just aren’t a convenient day to post right now. For the moment, I think I’ll scale back to Sundays.

Adding to the technology frustration, Amazon still hasn’t updated the new cover of FIRE AND EARTH.

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I updated the new cover about two weeks ago, but it still doesn’t show up on the product page. Well, I still have to finish the new blurb and a couple of other things. Hopefully it will all update after that. So, I’ll try to take care of that next and then get back to writing the new project, working title DRAGON AGAINST DRAGON (though I hope to come up with something better soon).

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So, the compressed work schedule is over, thankfully, but I haven’t actually gotten any new writing done–yet. At least not on the new project.

I have done a bit of rework on the blurb for FIRE AND EARTH, but not finished that yet, either.

However, it does now have a new cover.

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Isn’t it pretty? Much better than the old one. Part of a soft relaunch for that book.

Still to do:

  • Rewrite blurb.
  • Add credit for new cover art
  • Add sample of THE SHAMAN’S CURSE to back matter.
  • Adjust keywords.
  • Arrange some promotion for March, while it’s still in Kindle Unlimited.
  • Remove from Kindle Unlimited and distribute wide.

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I missed posting at all last week. Well, the week sort of got away from me, generally. That tends to happen when the work schedule is squeezed. Only three more days until it goes back to normal, though.

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I didn’t get any new writing done last week, although I had finished the scene I’d started before the madness began. And I know what the next scene will be, so I’m ready to start again just as soon as things settle down.

I have also been working some on trying to refresh and reinvigorate my backlist. It’s pretty much been languishing for some time now and I need to give it a boost. Right now, working on a new cover for FIRE AND EARTH. Boy does it need it.

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I have actually started writing! Okay, so it’s only a couple of paragraphs so far. It’s still a start.

I am still playing around with the . . . um, how to describe this? There’s the plot from the dragon’s perspective, which I think I have a pretty good feel for–as much as a discovery writer needs, anyway. And then there’s the plot from the perspective of the humans who get dragged into (whether they know it or not) the dragons’ purposes. That one is still subject to some change due to my continuing research. But, since the story begins with the dragons, I can take a little time yet.

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It feels good to be writing again!

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Merlin

Merlin doesn’t actually come into the Arthur story until the 12th Century–about 700 years after any actual, historical Arthur would have lived. Geoffrey of Monmouth made him up out of two other Welsh characters. One was a bard and mad prophet named Myrddin Wyllt. The other consists of parts of the story of Emrys Wledig. (Yeah, I don’t know how the Welsh pronounce that last one, either.) Although Emrys Wledig is associated with Ambrosius Aurelianus, who was supposed to be a great warrior, which Merlin isn’t, really. Ambrosius, when he’s mentioned in Arthur stories, usually gets named as Arthur’s uncle. Though Mary Stewart made Ambrosius Merlin’s father in her Arthurian series, starting with THE CRYSTAL CAVE. (I have those books, come to think of it. I may just have to re-read them. I’m confident my story will be completely different from hers.)

This late introduction to the Arthur story is something I am definitely going to ignore–especially since my story idea started with Merlin. Although definitely not Geoffrey’s Merlin. Mine isn’t going to be a wizard (though he will be magical), but he’s also not going to be either a bard or a prophet.

Merlin will be the main protagonist, at least behind the scenes. Arthur–and various other characters–will do most of the heavy lifting, though.

I’m seriously thinking of starting Merlin’s first chapter soon.

 

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