Well, it’s been a very long time. Almost a year, in fact! Quite a lengthy stretch of time for someone who used to blog often for eight years straight. I can’t guarantee I’ll be back to the same amount of posts, but keep an eye on this space for upcoming news. For those who have stayed on as followers, thank you! This is an extraordinarily long post so grab the beverage of your choice and pull up a chair. Feet propped up? Here we go.
First up, Dragon Soul Press. After years of having the Fantasy Writers group on Facebook and publishing anthologies so foundling authors could gain publishing credits to help further their careers, a new traditional publisher was born. This happened shortly before I disappeared from this blog. I threw myself into work and have built DSP into an amazing publisher that currently caters to over 200 authors, growing by the day. You can view all of the titles on the website or follow the Facebook page for the latest.
DSP has been featured in Writing Magazine, UK’s largest and bestselling magazine for authors. DSP also appears on multitudes of other websites, such as Duotrope, The Horror Tree, and The Grinder. There are far more I’m sure we don’t know about yet, but each one is extremely exciting and a testament of how far DSP has come in a short time. Most new publishers find themselves closing their doors within the first few months. Thankfully, due to the amazing writing community and the fantastic team behind the publisher, Dragon Soul Press will be around for many years to come. Dare we say generations?
Second, J.E. Feldman. Though my own writing has slowed down quite a bit due to working two full-time jobs and having a very introverted life, I have still accumulated a whopping thirty-one publications as of this post. Six books a year is still a reality. I’ve been very honored lately to be personally invited to join multiple anthologies. I have also been getting so many co-authoring requests that there is now a carefully managed list of potential authors to team up with. It’s an incredible feeling!
As usual, I’m currently working on several different projects. At the forefront is a novel called Quest of Angels. I snagged the premade cover from Atlantis Book Design and the book immediately began writing itself. It shoehorned its way into my schedule earlier last year and is currently still undergoing a rewrite. Publication is tentatively planned for later this year.
The sixth book of the Witch Hunter Chronicles is coming slowly, but surely! It is still planned as a thirteen-book series and all of the covers have long since been acquired. If you haven’t caught up with this series yet, start the journey here.
I have taken a break from the Cassandra Avocet series because it didn’t gather as much interest as originally hoped and there are many other fantastical things to write. If readers want the third book anytime soon, they are welcome to petition for it sooner.
Considering it has been a long time since the second book of the Arbedenion Trilogy has been published and my writing style has drastically changed, I am seriously considering doing an entire rewrite and rebranding of the first two books. The overall series is outlined for at least twenty-four books and I would have more peace of mind updating books I wrote at fifteen. Since I can’t fit it into my schedule anytime soon, this could almost be considered a trunked project.
Other trunked projects include titles that may not be familiar unless you have been an excellent stalker:
Rogue Princess | Death Gem of Garza | Battle for Nanbet | Deadly Prize | A Second Life Lived | Written with Love | Fallen Skies | Cursed | Queen of the Sea | Ember | the Godmother Diaries series | Veracity | Torn Between | Siren’s Calling | Misery | Once Upon a Dream | Ranger of Death | Blue Moon | Forgotten | Castle of a Thousand Dreams |
Now that depressing bit is over, let’s focus on what will be coming relatively soon:
Quest of Angels | Haven | Beastly | Tempted | Hunted (Witch Hunter Chronicles #6) | SoulGrace | Instinct (featured in Coffins & Dragons anthology) | Reign of Queens (anthology)| Revenge | Legend | Organic Ink: Volume Two (poetry anthology) | Exile | Decadence | Lost Love (anthology) | Lethal Impact (anthology) |
None of the above are in any semblance of order, except I would like to have Quest of Angels wrapped up and ready for release sooner rather than later. It isn’t nearly as old as some of the other projects, but it is the next solo release I am most excited about.
As usual, I could always use some beta readers for my work. If you’re interested, join my street team on Facebook. Believe it or not, The Dragon’s Den has still been active as I seem to spend most of my days on Facebook compared to all other social media. It’s where I interact with the most amazing people and feed my cover art obsession. With other 700 covers (honestly, I lost track shortly after that), my fingers may very well start bleeding from all the writing I am expected to do. With the DSP team growing, I will be reclaiming some time for myself and getting these projects done.
Speaking of which, I need to get back into writing articles for TSR Games and other sources. As you can tell, I have the “squirrel” effect when it comes to new projects. I want to attempt everything at one point or another, especially if it is able to benefit the writing community in the end. Patience is a virtue.
Third, real life. I went from being an IT analyst for Whirlpool to playing secretary again for the family auto body business. Things worked out for the better because their company ended up closing down the location after I left.
We went to Alabama and picked up our beautiful little beagle. We’ve had her a year now and though full grown, she’s just under twenty pounds. She gets along most of the time with my male cat, but my female cat avoids her at all costs. My two hamsters died. Well, one died. The other kept wanting to be Houdini and ended up getting himself lost. Pretty sure he became a cat snack in the end. Lesson learned. No more tiny pets.
On a week-long trip to Alabama, I stayed at a gold camp with my mom. We had an amazing time and were outside the entire time. We chickened out and got a cabin so we had a/c since it was summer, but well worth it because we were well-rested for all the shenanigans. The picture you see is one I took while gallivanting in one of the five creeks. It’s photography worthy, right?
I’m planning on going again because while there are many other amazing places to go (and yes, I’ll get to them eventually), the camp was so calming and most importantly had limited WiFi capabilities so I was genuinely forced to not work. Don’t get me wrong, I still snuck off in town when we went to pick up a handful of groceries, just to make sure nothing had caught fire while I was gone. Everything was handled amazingly by the DSP team and I’ll always be extremely grateful for them!
While I put on a happy face for everyone and work nearly non-stop, it’s been extremely hard after the sudden death of my fiancé. I have PTSD that is going untreated due to lack of insurance and it’s still not possible to enjoy media entertainment that I used to adore (example is Fast and Furious and Transformers). I’m still unable to finish shows we had started watching, at times have anxiety while driving, and find myself catching my breath when I see motorcycles. It has been a little over a year and a half. Everyone handles things differently and should take all the time they need. I now speak from the experienced side of that.
To help cope and keep busy (I’m sure you think I’m crazy by now and can’t possibly have any free time left), I’m planning on joining a huge local Mustang group soon. I bought my second one earlier this year and am a little tired of hydroplaning around (because of all the rain, ha) and hunting down car shows on my own. I think it will be nice to have a bunch of gear-heads to hang out with again.
In the meantime, I have also been crocheting blankets of various sizes: from baby blankets to king-sized. Some people will be getting them for gifts this year (I know, spoiler alert) in time for the “cold” Florida winter.
Have you read any good books lately? I’m finally finishing up the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas since a new friend I met in a record/bookstore helped me out with some spoilers so I wouldn’t have a PTSD episode. Thank goodness for other bookworms, right? Other than the amazing new manuscripts and anthology submissions pouring in for Dragon Soul Press, I haven’t been reading anything new except for technical books so we can expand the business further for plays and television scripts. It’s all very exciting!
I’m also back in college; I originally finished in 2013. Taking three courses simultaneously and loving every minute of it. Yep, I’m one of those weirdos who enjoyed learning and excelled in school. It’s been extremely helpful in the long run!
There are actually more updates, but I feel like readers may be losing interest as this is already so lengthy. As I said before, thank you very much to those who have remained followers and who take the time to read this. Feel free to leave your comments below to be answered by yours truly!
Until the next post. ♫dramatic music♫