I’ve come to a painful realization. I’ve mis-categorized my Souls by the Sea series. I figured, hey, a teen heroine in an urban fantasy setting means Young Adult Urban Fantasy, right? Wrong. Souls by the Sea is a town, a town with a cast list of several crazy characters with a focus on community and family. The tone is light, rated PG13, and there’s humor. Worst of all my heroine has no powers and no great destiny. She has to solve mysteries and win the day with her brain.
And that, my friends, is the genre known as Paranormal Cozy. A COZY?!?!?! Well, slap my ass and call me Agatha Christie. Cozy mysteries require a different type of cover – namely an artistic, almost cartoonish, scene of a place or an event. Time to get rid of my glowing drama-girls. And time to get my covers to reflect a bit of what the story is about.
My budget is nonexistent so I have to do it all myself. Which will lead to even more hilarity. Still, I’m glad the lightbulb came on, at last.
Now it’s a work of fart, by god. I’ve put it aside to let it simmer while I concentrate on something else this week (stripping the awkwardness out of my first kids’ book, B or How the Bogeyman Didn’t Save Christmas) Then I’ll finish SW completely and offer those two plus Smug Slug in a box set. I’ll be finished with it all by August.
If I ain’t DEAD. I had a heart palpitation today (probably brought on by the miserable heat, work-stress, and my hormones) but I’m flipping out anyway. I’m off to the clinic soon to get as many tests done for free as I can, while I still have insurance. Heart disease is in the family but I’m not diabetic, I don’t smoke, I eat well (a little too well, Galaxina) and I don’t drink. Damn, I don’t have any fun at all. Well, I don’t want to keel over before I have a chance to have some so off I go.
Well, bugger, my last chapter of Super Witch was speed-written drivel. I spent the bulk (actually the entirety, sadly) of last weekend and my holiday rewriting it and I’m relieved to be on the right track now. Still a way to go so publication has been pushed back but it won’t be long now.
I can’t BUH-lieve it’s July already. And I just realized I haven’t sent out a July newsletter yet. Oops. Off I go!
Happy Late 4th of July!
It took me two entire months to finish a rough draft of 16k words. But they were the CORRECT words and I didn’t throw my neck out or destroy my eyes. I ain’t fast but I’m thorough. It’s a 4th of July story and I’d love to have it published by then but that’s pretty soon. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, CELEBRATE! The rough draft is FINISHED and that’s the hardest part for me. Editing and the cover and formatting etc is a breeze and takes no time. The hard part is DONE! The hard part is DONE! YAY!
Twitter tells me Harry Potter was hatched 20 years ago. Talk about the series I wish I’d written (Or the money I wish I had, really.) but my own universe pleases all hell out of me.
One good thing that I cling to: From now on the days are getting SHORTER. I just have to survive the rest of June and all of July, August, and half of September. At least I’m not in Louisiana or Mississippi, though, those poor people. I must stay positive. North Carolina, at least, has all four seasons so I get a good long spring, winter, and fall to strengthen me. Would that I had a pool, too.
The upkeep of my writing platform is going to kill me. I decided that my website, covers, and the actual stories needed a little dusting before a couple of good promos take off today. I’m sitting here with a eyestrain and a headache BUT I’m very pleased with the results. See, if I got it right the first time I wouldn’t have to do this but I’m learning as I go on a budget of zero… so screw it. Imagine Daffy Duck shouting “YOIKES AND AWAYYY!” and there’s your visual reference for how I’m approaching my writing career. If you’re curious my website is here: http://jessiegtalbot.weebly.com/ and if it looks funky to you, believe me, it looks better than it did. I used to think a colorful background would clash with my colorful covers so it was a wasteland of grey. Bleah. And, yes, I’ve noticed that there’s odd Bold print in my contact info. I don’t know why the hell not but it just won’t go non-bold for me. *hand wave* Pretend you don’t see it. I’ll nuke it later.
I came home yesterday to men on the ceiling and a terrified cat in the closet. My new bedroom skylight is here! It’s beautiful! So clean, so clear, so not cracked in a hundred places. Just in time for the violent evening thunderstorms that hit NC in the summer. I was really afraid I was going to wake up to a waterfall. But now I’m going to dig out some prisms and hang then up. They’ll be lovely, since the sun can actually get to them.
Meanwhile, one of my poor coworkers had a blockage reamed in one of his arteries so the doctors took him off his all-salt and all-sugar diet. He’s been passing out all the bad snacks he had stored and I just got a big bag of sunflower seeds. MMMMM! I reckon one bag won’t do too much damage.
Super Witch is rolling along. I plotted out the last third and writing it shouldn’t take long. Which I’ve been saying for a month and a half now. In case you haven’t noticed I am NOT the Speedy Gonzales of writers. But I get there eventually.
People are a little doubtful of my dropping a kids’ book in the middle of my Souls series for teens but I intend to make it a stand-alone and include it in a box set. I’ll also give everyone plenty of warning. It’s Souls by the Sea #3 and a half! Now I have to fret about pricing…
North Caroline is having its first major heat. I’m utterly miserable so I bought a short lounger to wear around the house. It’s black with a white swirl pattern. I look like my grandma! Or Mrs. Roper. Well, when I start wearing bedroom slippers and a terry cloth wrap I’ll start to worry but for now I’m cool at last. Whew!