The List of Stuff

The List of Stuff

People are making up the lists of things they are to do in the new year.  This is my attempt at one.  Here are my tasks for the year in no particular order.

1.  Finish Magic Breaks.

There is a lot of pressure, it being the end of  one story arc and beginning of another.  On one hand, I am excited.  I think Anne Sowards, our editor, put it best.

So much good stuff!

But getting all of the good stuff to line up into the story is a little challenging.  After so long with the characters I have hard time figuring out when things go too dark or too light.  I really like working on the book – I hate the book itself – but I will be glad when we move on to the next one which will be lighter, funnier, and more “every day” rather than saving the world.

2.  Finish the Avon Book.

I really like the Avon Book. I feel like I keep having to stop and work on something else, and it’s driving me a little nuts.  I also worry because when you become this fascinated with something, you lose perspective. But Gordon likes it too, so it can’t completely suck.

3.  Start Innkeeper 2.

We are debating on the format of the Innkeeper 2.  Right now the plan is to post it just like the first book, but use a moderator for the comment section.  It gets a little unruly sometimes and labor intensive.  Gordon will likely oversee the comments as well.

4.  Attend Romantic Times.

It’s almost an annual tradition now.  This year RT is in New Orleans.

5.  Go to one day writing workshop in San Angelo, Texas.

We’ve been invited to run a one day writing workshop in San Angelo.  We are thinking maybe a lecture format, some simple writing lessons, a solid Q&A, and a one-paragraph critique depending on how many people would show up.  We are not sure how much to charge.  We probably would be donating the fee to charity anyway.  Right now we’re are considering maybe February-March for it.  We don’t typically teach, so this will be interesting.

6.  Comicon.

We are considering going to Comicon this year.  It depends on the schedule, but it would be nice to go.  I’ve never been, but Gordon has gone a number of times.

7. Sort out newsletter.

We need to get the monthly newsletter rolling.

8. Write Kate 8.

9. Write Avon 2.

10.  Release a story collection.

This actually really means write a short story and bundle it with the other two.

11. Write a novella for Ace.

OMG, I wish we hadn’t agreed to this.  I have no clue what to write about. Or when. Or how. I just want it off my plate.

12. More Curran POVs.

Gordon says he hopes to work on more.  Speaking of POVs, we probably need to figure how to upload Curran POV Collection to Kindle and Nook.  It will either go up for 99 cents or free, if we can finagle it.

13.  Resolve audio and French editions.

::stares:: Oy. This is something, hopefully, our agency will take off our shoulders and handle themselves.

That’s about it.  On a personal front, both of us hope to move more, sit less, eat better (don’t we all), and be better parents.

I fight back with fiction

Update on Marty: he lasted less than two days downtown.  Apparently it was too much, so he got one of his friends to come and pick him up.  He is hiding out in an apartment complex now and was seen there by several kids. Considering the size of our small suburb town, the law enforcement will find him quickly.

Okay, so the past few days have been stressful for various reasons, and I came out of it with an appreciation of my husband.  He loves me and that makes all the difference in the world.

I am planning on spending the day buried into the novel.  :)  I will have to come up for air to cook something for dinner, but mostly the plan is to work.  I guess, fiction is how I respond to the world.  I was actually going to do a small snippet, but I decided against it.

So instead, I will just mention that Nalini Singh’s new book is out today.

Archangel’s Legion

archangels legion with shadowNalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…

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