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This month has had me refocus my energy on my writing projects. While I’m still trying to get back to my social life, I’ve found some solace in my virtual scribbles. So what have I been working on?

Redeeming the Demon’s Daughter

This retelling from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, tells the story of a mermaid who falls in love with the monkey god, Hanuman, but must resolve her feelings for him against her loyalty to her father, the demon Ravana.

I’m really excited to share this short story, which allowed me to account for a character forgotten by the epic. We know what happens to Ravana, to Hanuman, to every other character connected to them, but other than their love story, no one knows anything about Suvarnamatsya (sometimes Suvannamaccha). Her voice was so clear in my head, and her story so needed a conclusion.

Right now, the story is done and awaiting cover art: I’ve got an awesome artist painting me a cover, focusing on Suvarnamatsya and the choices that dictate her future. As soon as the cover is finished, I’m going to get the story up on Amazon, free for the first month. If you’re interested, be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get an email once the story is released so you can get it for free.

I’ve got a Saturday Snippet coming up for Redeeming the Demon’s Daughter coming soon too. You can take a look at the difference in the opening scene between the first and final drafts.

Sea Deception

I got editor feedback for Novella 1, Sea Dreams. She was incredibly helpful, offering me suggestions to make sure the transitions are solid and that the main characters equally claim the reader’s attention. There were some opportunities I missed that she identified, and I look forward to making her suggested changes and adding her suggested scenes or feelings to really pack the right punch.

On the bright side, she LOVED the characters and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Luckily for you, you will not have the same problem once you start reading it: I’ll be releasing the entire trilogy back-to-back-to-back, probably with pre-orders.

Which brings me to what else I’ve been writing: Novella 2, Sea Rivals, is getting close to being wrapped up, too. I’m going to take some time off Sea Rivals to polish up Sea Dreams, but I’m getting pretty close to another finished draft for the trilogy.

And in case you missed my tweet, I finally finished naming a major character, “Kai Sterling.”

Blog Stuff

I’ve made a lot of promises for upcoming blog posts and just haven’t finished writing them all yet. The next one might just be a general compilation of “Why Engineers Shouldn’t Watch TV” in combination with what else I’ve been watching.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter!

2017 Writing Resolutions

Keeping myself accountable for my personal writing goals is a resolution I make each year. It helps me put together a plan and then attempt to meet my personal expectations.

This year I’m trying something different: I’m putting these resolutions on the blog so that the Internet becomes my accountability buddy. I’ll also check in throughout the year to see if I hit the goals I set.

And, according to all the recommendations for sticking to resolutions, I’m making them small enough to achieve, measurable, and targeted to specific dates.

Here is my writing plan for 2017:

    1. Blog 2X/month + a regular Writing Resolutions Review
    2. Send out a monthly newsletter
    3. Increase activity on FB, Twitter, and IG by posting something weekly on each platform
    4. Redeeming The Demon’s Daughter (final draft submitted 12/29/2016)

      1. Determine publication status (2/10/2017 response awaited)

        1. Reach out to author FB groups for how to do newsletter giveaways (cover design, how to share, whether to post to Amazon, etc.)
      2. Market publication
    5. Sea Deception

      1. Beta reader feedback for Sea Deception 1: Sea Dreams – submitted and awaiting responses
      2. Finish Sea Deception 2: Sea Rivals by 1/31 (max 10,000 words left to write = 500 words/day)
      3. Submit Sea Deception 2: Sea Rivals to beta readers for feedback
      4. Contact chosen vendor for cover
      5. Sea Deception 3: Sea Treasures(?) Finish plotting out and write 500 words/day to finish by 3/31
      6. Cover design for Sea Deception 3: Sea Treasures
      7. Series release March 1, April 1, June 1 with pre-orders
    6. Free Worvanz

      1. Resume progress on Free Worvanz 2: WR on April 1 at 2000 words/week or 500 words/day to finish draft 1 by 6/30
      2. New covers for both books – need to find a vendor

Of course I have a number of personal resolutions too, ranging from fitness to new skill development to networking.

What resolutions have you set for 2017, and what steps are you taking to make sure that your resolutions don’t become regrets by February?