I am really, really, happy with the new art for both books. I think the new covers really snap attention, and with the editing pass and better format for ZS I am calling both books actually finally done. Will be ordering a lot of copies to take to MidSouthCon next month and for possible distribution in local bookstores after that. I’ve decided there will definitely be a third book in the “Other Words” series, but before I do that I gotta do this other thing.
I’ve been working on a steampunk/fantasy thing for a while now, based on the “Heroes and Airships” short story from ZS (also Dreams of Steam II Brass and Bolts, which I recommend) and am now fully involved in the process of taking that from a story to a three book crazy idea. The plan is to get a website up and running that will allow me to regularly update people on the process as I write the first novel, and also to familiarize people with the world and genre, and also hopefully to get ’em hooked into the idea and hot for the book before it’s released.
This is going to be probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done, creatively speaking, in my life. I write in fits and starts, riding the waves of inspiration and then crashing into the rocks of depression and other terrible analogies. I have to learn to overcome this to generate the kind of output that can reasonably publish books in a timely fashion, and that’s going to be really hard because my brain don’t work like that right now. It’s going to take training and motivation and possibly hard drugs. We shall see.
I will be working with my very talented niece Aney Carver and her web design company to get the website up and running properly. There will even be a Patreon set up, in case foolish suck- uh, I mean kind and generous people want to give me money. Worth a shot.
A lot going on, plus this year I’m trying to make myself enter at least one writer contest or publishing contest of some kind each month, which is weird and scary because both success and rejection are hard on my brain. But I’ve done one so far, and I’m entering some poetry in another today, and I have a helmet, so that will help.
And I would like to say to everyone who has bought a book or read a story or just dropped a word of encouragement from time to time, I really appreciate you people and I’m glad you enjoy the words.
(puts on helmet)
I CAN DO IT!