How are you? I hope you had a wonderful break and a chance to relax and recover* from the rather long year that’s now behind us.** Because, friends and familiars, this year is going to be busy! I’m going to break this up a little more than usually so you can skip the parts you don’t care about, if any.
*And cake. I hope you had cake.
**Thank God that’s over, am I right? I don’t know about you, but a small part of me is still traumatised tired.
Darkened Light is my priority. My critique partners have sent their feedback to me and it’s looking good! My editor is now doing the developmental edit and I’ve started reading over it again, too, so the countdown is on!*
Blood of the Dragon and the trilogy prequel will be published later this year close to each other. I’m not sure what’s best – should I publish Book 3 first, or the prequel novella? It makes sense to publish Blood of the Dragon first, especially because the novella will work as a standalone, too. BUT the prequel novella MIGHT** add an extra sense of dark foreboding.
What would you prefer? Book 3 first, or novella first? They will likely be published within a month of each other, so you won’t have long to wait either way 😉
*Not really, though, since I haven’t set a date.
**Not committing to anything since I haven’t even outlined the thing *ahem*
I’ll write as much as I can of Blood of the Dragon since NaNo didn’t really happen for me*, and then I’ll just need to type the last words next month and the first draft will be done! And then I’ll have written an entire trilogy!
Once that’s done, I can focus on writing the prequel novella. There’s a lot of history I can’t explain in the trilogy without creating paradoxes, so a prequel it is! More on that in a month or two 😉
So, what else is in the works? Quite a bit, actually. Once the draft for the prequel is resting and I’ve begun edits on Blood of the Dragon, there’s a trilogy of novellas I want to write, a sort-of-prequel to Darkened Light, and then there’s NaNo. And the anthology I’m part of. AND the weekly serial coming to this blog in March. Oh, right, and NaNo**. Mustn’t forget about NaNo.
Here’s a bit more info, in case you were wondering:
Trilogy of novellas – These will be set in Midoka and possibly Krymistis, because I don’t know when to say goodbye apparently. I thought it was a shame that I’d created this world and my favourite corners were largely unexplored by my characters, so I’m writing three
dark very dark novellas. Which probably won’t have a happy ending, but we’ll see.
They will be set after the events of the trilogy and explore dark areas of magic.
Darkened Light prequel-anthology-thing – I’m still kinda undecided about this one, to be honest. It’s not a prequel as much as it’s an anthology of stories from the world Darkened Light is set in. I’ve done more world building on Darkened Light than I’ve done before, and naturally most of that work doesn’t find its way into the duology. ’tis the way of things, my dears.
It will work as a standalone and tell magical stories from the different countries in Darkened Light. Some of these will be influenced by myths and urban legends, while others will be completely made up.
Anthology – I’m part of an actual co-authored anthology, too! There are 14 of us, and we’ll all be contributing re-tellings of dark fairy tales, urban legends, and myths. It’s all extremely exciting 😉 No name has been chosen yet, but you can already take a look at my Pinterest board 😉
I’ll talk more about it later this year so I don’t overwhelm this post with info. It’s long enough as it is (my apologies).
All that I Can Be – I’ve already mentioned this a few times here and there, but this small weekly fictional series is going to take over from my bi-weekly writing prompts on Monday. You can peek at the Pinterest board for this one, too 😉
I’ll go into more detail soon, but for now let’s just say it’s about a girl who struggles with her confidence and love and makes a deal with the devil to be better at life.
NaNoWriMo – I know this is early, but I’m hoping if I start thinking about it now I’ll know what I’m doing by the time NaNo comes around. The logical thing to do would be to write Book 2 of the Darkened Light duology (which I named in the same breath as Darkened Light, by the way, and the tension is breaking me), BUT I barely withstood temptation last year and set The End of Stars*** aside AGAIN to write Blood of the Dragon. So, I’m torn this year. And wondering whether I can make it through NaNo with two WIPs on the go. Has anyone done this? Or did you try it and die and are talking to me as a zombie now? Because that seems more probable to me.
As I said, I need time to decide which one to write, if not both. Also, this is a post about my publishing and writing goals this year and NaNo happens this year, so here we are.
Now, let’s move on to–Oh, wait… There’s one more…
Super Secret WIP**** – This SSWIP snuck up on me over Christmas. I’d promised myself and my SO that I wouldn’t do any work, and technically I didn’t. I didn’t do any actual writing. I just drew a map, and then the info started filling itself in and wow, suddenly I had a blurb AND a possible title and both just kinda happened and when the muse sings this loud, friends, you have to listen. Do you have any idea how terrible I am at writing blurbs and naming things? IT’S A SIGN.
I’m sad that Paperchase can’t deliver my notebook and refunded me, so I guess I’ll have to go notebook hunting at some point.*****
There, now we’re done.
*cries into ice cream cake*
**The November one, so that’s ages away and I probably don’t need to panic about this already but I like to have a plan.
*** For those of you who are new here or didn’t realise I changed the name – this used to be Immortals (temp. title), my sci-fi WIP which I started a while ago and hit a wall pretty much right away. It’s based on this little short of mine.
****except I just told all of you it’s happening… *fails at secrecy*
*****Oh woe is me
There are a few tiny changes coming to Cookie Break this year. Nothing like that last monster list, though, so no worries.
The Welcome page – my static front page will undergo a small makeover to better reflect everything I do here. Right now, it’s got the cover, buy links, and Goodreads reviews of my latest release, but I do a lot more on this blog than publish books*. Like reviews. And talking about books. And writing. And admiring other authors’ books.
Monthly updates – On the first Friday of every month, I’ll share my goals for the month ahead with you. Don’t worry, they won’t all be as long as this one. It’s just that it’s January so my goals for the whole year are here, too. Also, on the last Friday of every month, I’ll share progress updates with you so you can all see how I’m
struggling along doing.
CookieBreak Copy – Late last year, I founded CookieBreak Copy. You can now hire me as a freelance creative writer for your blog and/or business, or as your editor (and thank you to those of you who have. I love you.) Since both sides of the business deal with copy, the title fits both beautifully. My wonderful author buddy Anna B. Madrise is also a designer and has agreed to design my new shiny logo, so keep an eye out for that next month <3
*This is a big shock to all of us, I’m sure. My apologies. I’ve said on many occasions that I shouldn’t be allowed out unless I’ve had tea but Larry, God of Mischief and Biscuits, had other ideas, clearly. Blame Larry. Definitely his fault.
I’ve set the quite possibly mad goal of 45 books as my Goodreads reading challenge. I read a little more than that last year, but a couple of things are different this year. In December, I took a new position at my library, so while I’m not changing the place of my day job and while the role itself doesn’t change an awful lot, either, the hours have changed. I normally read on my lunch breaks and, as you’re about to see, I won’t have as many of those.
My new role is term-time only, meaning I have Easter, the summer, and Christmas off to work on my WIPs and grow my businesses. While I’ll do both the rest of the year, too, that extra free time is going to be a massive help. It also means that I get paid a fair chunk less, so business growth is going to be a priority because not having any money (and being the girl who pays the bills right now) is no fun. It’ll also be a good indicator of whether I can work as an author, writer, and editor full-time or whether it’ll drive me insane, so send tea and cookies. Or let’s meet for lunch. I’m definitely up for a catch-up over lunch.
It’s going to be stressful, but the new day job/author ratio is exciting and I couldn’t say no. I’m definitely not ready to quit the day job altogether, but I feel like I’ve taken a step in the right direction.
On that note, if you need an editor or someone to write posts about the beautiful craft of writing for you, get in touch <3
But that’s enough from me*! What are your goals for this year? Any new books on the horizon with your name on them I should know about? Make a tea, get a cookie, and tell me your plans!
*I can hear your relieved sighs…
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