What’s New Wednesday: Progress Update

I’ve been working diligently on my next novella which features Broguean the Bard, and for those of you who have been waiting so patiently, I’m happy to announce that the wait is almost over!

I am down to the very end now, having just written the climax of the book, and I’m on track to finish up within the next couple of weeks. Then I’ll be on to the business of looking for a few beta readers, editing, and polishing everything up for publication.

As you can see, the artwork is finished, provided once again by the very talented Alfredo Pachicano! All I need now is a title so that it can be turned from a single image into an actual book cover. If all goes according to plan, this novella will hit ebook shelves sometime in March. Stay tuned for more specifics as they become available.


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9 thoughts on “What’s New Wednesday: Progress Update

    • weavingword says:

      I’ll probably feel that way big time when I get to the end of the whole series. I expect I’ll be in a bit of a creative crisis then, kind of like empty nest syndrome for writers.

      I won’t really have too much time to feel that way after this book, however, because starting the next series book is on my immediate to-do list. When Camp Nano starts in April, I’d like to be able to hit the ground running with some solid ideas already in place.

      What I typically experience once I finish writing a book is a strange mix of excitement/joy (yay, I did it!) and complete emotional exhaustion. The intimacy of getting beneath the skin of so many different characters, and trying to experience everything they go through as if I’m living it myself, can be quite draining. That’s why I tend to give myself a small break between books if I can afford one.

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      • leeduigon says:

        Because I have to be outdoors when I write fiction–don’t ask me why, it just is–the weather imposes a long break between books. The last book I finished on the last day I could have possibly finished it: nothing but cold and rain since then. So I always hope to be ready to start the next book when it’s spring again.

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      • weavingword says:

        I’ve tried to write outside before, but I tend to get distracted, by noises, glare on my screen…bugs. 🙂 I seem to work best at my desk, or sitting in the sun room where I can enjoy the outdoors without actually being in it. I love walking in the outdoors when I’m trying to generate ideas in my head, though. Somehow that’s totally different.

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      • weavingword says:

        Yikes, I haven’t worked that way since before my college days. I cannot even imagine writing out 100,000+ words long hand then having to go back and type it all in manually. I might have to start drinking! Not to mention every book would take three times as long to finish. Bless you for doing it the old fashioned way, I don’t know how you manage it, and get books out as fast as you do! As for phone calls, I only have a cell these days, so all I have to do is turn it off. Doesn’t keep the family from interrupting though. Unfortunately my kids don’t have an off switch. 🙂

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      • leeduigon says:

        Thing is, if I try to compose a novel on a computer, I write too fast! I have to slow down, otherwise I make artistic mistakes.

        Besides, I love my chair, my cigar, the birds and bees and squirrels, and the sky. They’re good company.

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      • weavingword says:

        That’s a great mental image! You sitting out there enjoying nature and a cigar, writing by hand like the authors of the classics. Your wife should get a picture of that so you can post on your blog–Lee hard at work on his next book. 🙂

        There is so much how-to advice out there for writers, guaranteeing success if you just plug yourself into whatever neat formula they are selling. But really, we all have our own unique ways, and our own pace for doing things. We just need to be at peace with that and enjoy the journey for what it is, struggles and all.

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