The problem with promising to write a post every Friday is, first, you must remember when it’s Friday. Even when I’m not writing, I work freelance, so days of the week run together. There are good things about this (I don’t dread Mondays, for instance), but it also means I spend much of my life blinking in confusion when people tell me what day it is.
But today, I have remembered! It is Friday, and there is an update!
First up, Elements #5. This is kind of a big one. It’s the last book in the series, and I want to make sure I do justice to the world and the characters. They deserve a good ending. And that means, right now, I need to step away for a couple months. I want to come at the series with a clear mind, and I want to be able to give it my full attention. Right now, I’m the proverbial headless chicken, running around with a gazillion other projects on the go. My writing schedule for 2016 has me starting Elements #5 in March 2016. I’m not setting any release dates, but the goal is to get it out late next year, since that’s pretty much the point of a writing schedule.
About those vague “other projects”—well, I have the new fantasy series I’ve been talking about for TWO FREAKING YEARS. I keep saying I’ll publish it, then I decide to do another draft. Guess what I’ll be doing in 2016? Yep, another draft! So I probably won’t mention it again until I have something concrete to report.
Sometimes it’s frustrating to write these updates. There’s stuff going on, all the time, but there’s not always a lot to show for it. Books take time to write, then a damn long time to publish, and even longer if you decide to send one through the agent circuit—and past experience has taught me that sometimes it’s better to wait till you have specific news rather than post a vague “it’ll be available someday!” You know, like I did above.
But I’ll keep writing, and keep posting whenever there’s news. Which there will be, someday. Just don’t ask me what day it is when that happens.
Very quick recommendations!
I’m not really watching anything new this year, so let’s skip over that and go straight to music, because I found a few things I LOVE.
I think everyone is talking about Alessia Cara, but if somehow you missed “Here,” her ode to the glories of being an introvert, check it out right now. The whole album dropped last week, and it’s definitely worth a listen. It’s young and poppy and R&B, and if you don’t bob your head while listening, you have far more control than I do.
And if you like Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” but have a hard time believing Rob Schneider’s daughter as a bad-ass bitch, check out Gin Wigmore. Gravel & Wine is worth every cent of the $5.99 iTunes is asking. Clearly influenced by Amy Winehouse, but with more of a rock sensibility and the occasional dip into rowdy country. It’s been one of my unexpected discoveries this year and I’m trying to convince everyone I know to give it a try. So go! Try it!
See you the next time I remember it’s Friday.