First of all, this:
That's right! I'm spending a good bit of time getting these articles written up for the Veiled Rose read-along. I realized, on about chapter 4, that if I continued writing them at the rambling lengths I was, that I would end up with a total word-count about as large as the book itself. So, I've had to cut back a little bit. Nevertheless, I think the articles are interesting, the discussions questions challenging . . . and there will be a giveaway every week!
I think I might host a facebook chat party on the very last day of the read-along too (which is likely to be sometime in January, despite what it says on the poster). Would you all be interested in that?
I am of course getting VERY excited for the official release of Goddess Tithe this coming Tuesday!
Just so you know, the paper back version is already available on Amazon, so if you're interested in getting that, no reason to wait! If you're holding out for the e-book, however, that's still going to be happening on the 12th. I am so pleased to be sharing this first novella with all of you. And I hope, come January, to start writing the next one . . . .
For even more immediate excitement, here's what I'm up to tomorrow:
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I have never been to a ComiCon before, either as a guest or a vendor. So this should be interesting! Rohan and I have been working hard to get everything ready for our table. We set up a practice table in our library last night, just to be certain everything looks cool. I'll try to get pictures of the event itself over this weekend! We're going to be there from dawn till dusk each day . . . so if you live in Raleigh/Durham area, you should stop by.
Also, if you think of it . . . my poor Rohan is suffering from a terrible cold and cough right now. He is so congested, he sounds like a frog with a bronchitis (because that's a thing). Being my hardworking, wonderful man with an ENORMOUS sense of responsibility, he has insisted on going into work every day, then comes home and works with me to get things ready for this ComiCon and other business related details. (Trouble slowing down seems to run in the Rooglewoodian blood.) So please, say a prayer for him, especially for this crazy weekend! He could use it.
Coming up later this month here on my blog are a handful of other exciting things. Aside from the interview with James L. Rubart currently running (enter your name in the giveaway!), I've got two interview/features with giveaways, one on the 18th, one on the 25th. I've also got the cover reveal for my mother's new book! Huzzah!
I finally got to read this novel in full last weekend, and let me tell you, it is a breathtaking ride! My mother is brilliant at taking historical events and making them vivid and real through the eyes of her characters. And the French Revolution is certainly not a time period for the faint of heart. I can hardly wait to share this cover with all of you . . . and then the book itself this next spring!
Sometime this month, I'm hoping to get a chance to sit down and do a few tweaking revisions on Book 7, Golden Daughter (which I just finished drafting last month). Just one day of work should get me where I want to go with that project. But I am so utterly swamped in other projects at the moment, so I'm not certain when I'll get a chance at it. Aside from reading and line editing Until That Distant Day, I have one other large manuscript I'm reading, another not-quite-so-large manuscript that I expect to receive by the end of the month, and dozens upon dozens of Five Glass Slippers stories pouring in!
At this stage in the game, I've got enough stories in that I'm starting to get an inkling of an idea what the final collection might look like. All of the stories have been wonderfully entertaining, but there are those special few that stand out in the crowd. Those special few that shine just a little extra bright . . .
But our Dec. 31st deadline is still a long ways off, and more stories arrive on my desk every week. So the final shape of the selection is still anyone's guess! One thing I do know for certain: it's going to be a beautiful book.
A quick note to all of you readers who may not have noticed it earlier--up in the left-hand corner of this blog page, you'll see a tab that says, "Sign Up for the Goldstone Wood Newsletter." If you haven't done so already, I would urge you to hop on board! I'll be sending out the first newsletter later this month, and will continue to use this as a means to keep my readers informed of book releases, special deals, and giveways. It is called The Haven Chronicler, and you don't want to miss out!
Another exciting event coming up this month is this Spec Fiction Scavenger Hunt!
Sound exciting? More details to come as the event draws nearer . . . but if you don't want to wait for me to get around to explaining the details, writer-friend Jenelle did a lovely job of it on her blog, so I would click this link and go over there to find out more!
In not-writing-related news . . . most of you have probably seen my pictures and updates facebook about this little girl:
This is Mimsy, the sweet little doggy who wandered into my yard one cold, rainy day in October. She was skin and bones, obviously nursing, shivering, cowering, and so, so sad. But she let me pick her right up and bring her inside, sweet darling that she is. We've had her at Rooglewood for nearly a month now, and she has come so far! Her natural state of being is happy and tail-wagging, and she loves to cuddle. If not me, Makoose will do:
Mimsy and Makoose can be found together most evenings in a similar attitude. He loves to wrap her up in his paws and give her a thorough washing. Which she enjoys. Though she ends up with some pretty interesting cowlicks as a result.
She is up for adoption currently, so if you're a Raleigh/Durham resident and are looking for the perfect little companion doggy, write to me! She's seriously as sweet as she can be, not a mean bone in her skinny little body. She's great with the cats (obviously!) and with Milly, our big dog. And boy, I would sure keep her if I could . . . but Rooglewood is pretty swamped in pets at the moment, and we always seem to have new rescues wandering into our yard!
Anyway, other than that, I've been keeping myself occupied with a full house of mentoring students (hello, fabulous students!), who all entertain me with wonderful stories, unique writing voices, and surprising twists and turns in their plots. Someday I will be getting back to regular noveling myself, but probably not until after Christmas. There's just no time at the moment. But, the next story is brewing up to the point of bursting, and I think come the new year, I'll be able to sit down and start pounding it out.
I hope all of you are well and busy with good kinds of busyness. Leave a note and tell me about some of the things you're up to this month!