Okay, I think I may have underestimated my writing speed just a bit. When I set my goal for the Clarion Write-a-Thon, I thought five chapters in five weeks was being overly ambitious, especially during the summer when the kids are home a lot more and camp schedules change from week to week.
But this week, despite recovering from vacation, Independence Day, and both girls being sick, I’ve somehow managed to bang out three new chapters of A Pixie’s Promise! Apparently, I write faster than I thought, which is very good news.
I’ve had some inklings of this. Back during NaNoWriMo, I produced a similar amount of writing in the first three days before getting horribly sick. Just before vacation, I finished up a completely different manuscript (more on that in the next few months) by writing a chapter every two days or so. But I didn’t know whether these were flukes.
Now I’m convinced. Once I get in the groove, I can write like the wind. I’ve finally figured out my work/life balance, and I’m producing at least 2000 words per day. I have some minor chores to do now, and then I may well sit down and try banging out another chapter around bedtime.
Meanwhile, you can read excerpts of all six chapters on my Clarion Write-a-Thon writer page. Enjoy!
Prospective cover for A Pixie’s Promise
Here it is in all its glory! The preliminary cover for A Pixie’s Promise. This morning, I wrote 1175 words of chapter 4, and I think I’m about halfway through the chapter already! I may be on to chapter 5 by Thursday. We shall see.
Sketch of the cover for A Pixie’s Promise, by my daughter, Nora
I’ve been discussing the cover of my next novel with Dreaming Robot Press, and it occurred to me that I’ve never shared with you the fact that I’m working on the sequel to A Witch’s Kitchen. So for all of you who have been nagging me to write one, rest assured. It’s in progress. A Pixie’s Promise features Petunia as the viewpoint character, with her own unique strengths and problems to overcome. I’m under deadline to turn in the manuscript by the end of the year, and if all goes well, A Pixie’s Promise will come out in August 2018!
I know, it seems like the 2017 Young Explorers’ Adventure Guide just came out, and here we are touting the 2018 YEAG. Dreaming Robot Press has put together a fabulous collection of stories from amazingly talented authors, as usual. They are:
The Great Broccolli Wi-Fi Theft, by Nancy Kress
The Sting of the Irukandji, by Kristy Evangelista
Polaris in the Dark, by Jameyanne Fuller
Dance Like You’re Alone in Your Environmental Pod, by Eric Del Carlo
Fluffy Pets are Best, by Holly Schofield
Moth Girl, by Abigail Putnam
Station Run, by Sherry D. Ramsey
On the Lam on Luna, by Morgan Bliss
Nocturnal Noise by L.G. Keltner
Juliet Silver and the Forge of Dreams, by Wendy Nikel
My Mother the Ocean, by Dianna Sanchez!!!!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!
The Altitude Adjustment, by Wendy Lambert
After the End, by Bruce Golden
Abduction Assumption, by Stephen Blake
The Smell of Home, by Anne M. Gibson
Blaise of Luna, by Blake Jessop
No Place Like, by William B. Wolfe
Until We Have Faces, by J.P. Linnartz
Anjali, by Rati Mehrotra
Eyes Wide Open, by Deborah Walker
Clockwork Carabao, by Marilag Angway
Safe in the Dome, by Anne E. Johnson
Far from Home, by Dawn Vogel
The Shepherd’s Way, by Barbara Webb Sinopoli
And when can you read these awesome stories? Well, the Kickstarter is scheduled for mid-June this year, and the anthology will be out in January 2018. Stay tuned for more info on the Kickstarter!
I’m getting emails and tweets from all the folks who contributed to the Kickstarter saying that they’re receiving their copies in the mail today. Thanks again to everyone who helped make the campaign a smashing success!
Now, as they post photos of their new acquisitions, their friends are asking, “How can I get one?” There are oh, so many ways!
- If you live in the Boston area, you can walk into Pandemonium Books and Games in Cambridge and pick one up.
- If you live anywhere else, you can go to your local independent bookstore. As long as they use Ingram, you can order a copy from them. Even chains like Barnes and Noble can do this.
- You can order directly from Dreaming Robot Press.
- You can always order from Amazon.com.
Wherever you buy the book, please share your experience by posting a review on Amazon.com!
Sorry to interrupt my Harry Potter posts. Book launch week has arrived and is mostly eating all my time. To celebrate, Dreaming Robot Press has made the eBook of A Witch’s Kitchen available a few days early on Amazon.com, and they’ve set the price to a mind-boggling 99 cents! But this price won’t last. On September 25th, the official launch date, the price will go up, so grab it while you can! All we ask is that, once you’ve read it, you take a moment to leave a review on Amazon. Thanks!