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Progress Update – Bring it on, 2016!!

A Happy New Year, everyone! <3 Time to get stuck in before the year pulls the same trick on me it did last year, and just kind of disappears! As lovely as Christmas was, I’m not ready to do it all again just yet.

You know you’re off to a good start when the first Progress Update of the year falls on the 1st January! Do you think it’s a sign? It’s probably a sign. (or not)

New Year’s greetings from the mascot and me! She’s winking to let you know she’s got this, and will make a real effort to sit on my drafts this year πŸ˜‰

Let me say right now, I didn’t do any editing between my last Progress Update and the new year. Even writers should be allowed to take some time off here and there, and Christmas was mine. Now that the break is over and we’re about to go back to our day jobs I’m desperate to get editing, so I’d expect some impressive progress by next week Friday if I were you! πŸ˜‰ (although I’ve probably jinxed it now)

There are a lot of things happening this year, and I can’t wait to get stuck in. Let me give you a brief overview:

Early next month, the work on Rise of the Sparrows’ book cover will begin and I’m feeling all emotional already.

Around March, I will start looking for beta readers and contact an editor.

Then, Summer this year, my first book will be published and if I felt emotional before I don’t know what this is now! So many emotions!

I love the plotting phase at the very beginning of the story, it’s the most exciting part when everything can happen <3

On top of that, I’m bursting with ideas for Book 2 and Book 3 and a prequel and have started research already and another fantasy series, and possibly something schi-fi as well. Busy times are up ahead, everyone!

Whatever your plans – and feel free to share! – for this year, I wish you all the best of luck and motivation and mountains of inspiration for it.

To kick off the year in the best possible way, let me throw in an excerpt, too πŸ˜‰ Here ya go-

‘I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have-‘

‘No, Rachael, please. You were right,’ Ailis’ said, her voice shaking. ‘Cale asked me to teach Cephy, did you know? He asked me shortly after you had arrived together. I wanted to, I really did, but teaching you seemed more important. Cephy already had a good grip on her magic. I could only have taught her so much, but you- We need you. The prophecy named you. I know this doesn’t excuse the way I treated her, but it’s the only reason I can give.’

They looked at each other, Rachael nodding in understanding. Ailis regretted what she had done, that was all Rachael needed to know. There was more she wanted to say but she didn’t know how. There was nothing else that could be said.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a book to finish! (and another two/three to start)


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  1. Best of luck with all these goals! You have such a talent and I know that you’ll be able to achieve all that you aspire to! Thanks for the excerpt! Consider me greatly intrigued! Can’t wait to find out more πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I’m worried I haven’t left myself enough time for everything but I *think* I’m ahead of schedule right now, so it should all work out. Fingers crossed. Thank you for your confidence, I’ll have to work extra hard to make sure it’s justified πŸ™‚

      • You don’t have to justify anything to anyone. Just keep believing in yourself and have confidence in your talent. That’s all that matters πŸ™‚

  2. Good luck with all the exciting Rise of the Sparrows plans! I’m desperate to read it, especially after that excerpt!!

    I still have notebook envy, by the way…

    • I get it, I get notebook envy every time I see one that doesn’t belong to me.
      Thank you, I just hope it won’t disappoint now that I’ve got you so hyped for it! If you want to read it before everyone else, think about being my beta reader πŸ˜‰

  3. Good luck with your first published novel, I am pretty much in the same boat that you are in. I am revising my first completed manuscript and am in the process of writing the rough draft for a stand alone science fiction story. Are you planning on self-publishing or going the traditional route?

    • Thank you, good luck to you as well. How is your revision going? I’m planning on self-publishing this trilogy and then I’ll see what happens next πŸ™‚ How about you?

      • It is going well, my goal for today is to work on a rough draft for a different project. My goal is to earn an agent by the end of the year for the manuscript in the revision stage.

  4. I love the owl notebook. πŸ˜€ Publishing in the summer- You’re already moving along. Good luck with everything and Happy New Year!

    • Isn’t it adorable? It’ll be my next notebook to catch any stray ideas in once my current one is full up.
      Good luck to you as well – we can do this, Stefani!

  5. Ooh such exciting times! Good luck with all of your plans (even though you won’t need it) and I look forward to reading your novel πŸ™‚

    • Exciting times indeed! Just thinking about everything I want to do this year has me buzzing! Thank you for your confidence, I’ll be working my butt off to make sure it’s justified πŸ™‚
      Look out for the call for beta readers – there’s a free copy in it for you if you read it for me πŸ˜‰

      • The buzz is an amazing force to drive you forward….Oh I will definitely keep an eye out when the call is made πŸ˜‰

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