Today is my day to get my butt back into my studio and work on a long overdue piece of jewelry. It has been a couple of years since I’ve done anything in my jewelry studio and this is not going to be an easy piece because, as usual, I can’t do it the way I already know. I have to do something different. Of course. Because I can’t make things easy. At all. Ever.
I have a book cover! I am just over the top giddy about this. My guy really did an amazing job and was incredibly tolerant of the fact that I really didn’t know what I wanted outside of my photograph I sent him. He tweaked and nudged and reworked several times, but he got me here, which is amazing. So, if you are looking for some great cover work or interior design, check him out at Streetlight Graphics.
Got my page proofs to review from the designers. I knew this was a thing. I was expecting it, but apparently… still not. It really hit me with this that I will be publishing my book soon. And it is going to look like a real book! Seeing these pages formatted as they will be in print makes me giddy as hell. And a little hyperventilatey (yes, I know that isn’t a word). I’m going to go review pages. And take lots of deep breaths. This is happening!
I just sent my files off to my cover designer for them to begin work and thought I’d drop a little hint from one of my original images. I’ll post a full cover reveal once it is finished and I have a release date!
I sent off my manuscript to my editor over the weekend and got confirmation that we are about 3 weeks out from getting started on it. I’m pretty sure I’ve found who I want to work with on my cover design as well after confirming they will work with my photo. It is all kind of terrifying and nerve wracking, but it is forward movement.
When I said that this whole book writing thing had been a wild and crazy experience, I wasn’t joking. People say all the time, “Hey, I had this crazy dream!” Well, that is exactly how this whole thing started. With a dream.
I am currently on a rereading binge. But again, being the occasionally brainless person I am, I completely forgot how many books are in this series. Probably because I only have the first few in print and the rest are digital. I had wanted to get them all read again before the new book came out. I have just started on book 9 of 13 and the new book came out a few days ago so I am way behind.
I FINALLY have some movement on my project. Some still isn’t great and still frustrating as one of the people I’ve asked to help got back to me, but I didn’t get what I needed, had some questions and things are back to radio silence. Continue reading “Forward Progress”
My current creative project is sitting on hold at the moment. Not because I don’t want to work on it, but because I’m at a point where I cannot move forward without help. Help that I cannot stand to ask for, but this is something that I am unable to do on my own. Continue reading “On Hold Frustration”
Until I was asked to work on the LOTR/Hobbit cake, I haven’t really done much creatively or artistically for quite some time. I just haven’t had the push or the drive to do so. The rare times I considered working on something, I found a way to talk myself out of it or to convince myself it wasn’t worth the time or the effort. Continue reading “Finding My Creative Groove Again”
In preparation for the supposed February 2nd release date of the very, very long awaited book 4, Grave Visions, in the Alex Craft series by Kalayna Price, I took the time to reread the first three books in the series. I say supposed because the last book in the series to date was released in 2012. 4 years is a really long time to wait for a book and I’m kind of half expecting this to be yanked before it actually releases. Not for any real reason but that I’m just so excited about his release and can’t believe it is actually finally happening.
If I had to rate the series as a whole, based on the first three books, I’d say this squeaks in around a 4.5. I don’t use a ½ point rating, but I’m using it here more to indicate that it is just missing a 5 star rating from me. Honestly, I love this series. The world and the characters are all pretty vivid and amazing. But there are just a couple of aspects to the overall story line that I’m just not a huge fan of and that is just enough to keep me from giving these my highest rating.
The world this series is set in is based on a modern society where magic and Fae are real. The main character, Alex, is a grave witch who deals mostly with shades and ghosts and can see and interact with them on a level that other grave witches normally can’t because she can interact with and see different planes of existence. There are lots of Fae, other witches with different specialties and soul collectors as some of the other more important characters. How that is all built and written is done in a really excellent way and are the best parts of this series.
The parts that I’m just not a huge fan of are the romantic parts. That is because that entire thread in this series has Alex bouncing back and forth between a soul collector that she calls Death and a Fae in the control of the Winter Queen, Falin. Neither are relationships that she should be in or is even really allowed to have. I’m not a huge fan of impossible relationships that are really pretty hopeless, but I’m even less of a fan of the triangle theme. It makes the character in the middle seem really flaky and fickle. Considering I really love most everything else about Alex’s character, that is frustrating.
Outside of the relationship issues, though, there are tons of great things going on with Alex fighting soul sucking Fae, a crazy witch and soul collector that are in love and a body jumping monster from the depths of the land of the dead. All that while learning more about her history and becoming more than she ever thought she was, and doing her best not to piss of the Fae royalty. It make for some awesome storytelling.
Each book does have a single large story arc that is resolved by the end of the book as well as larger ones that spread across the series, never really leaving the reader hanging. Well, with the exception of book 3. That one left something of a cliffhanger on the larger relationship story arc. So not a good place to end a book when there is a 4 year gap between releases.
I do really love this series, even with the not so great relationship story issues. I’m hoping like crazy that book 4 clears some of that up as it will make it even more frustrating if this is a never ending kind of a back and forth. That kind of thing can kill a series. I’m also hoping that whatever happened to force the gap in releases isn’t something that is a regular occurrence.
How I choose the next book to read often depends on how many books are on my To Read list. The fewer I have available, the more time I have before they are due back (if they are checked out of the library) and I will often just pick the one I’m most looking forward to. The more I have on that list, with some getting close to their due date for return, I will pick up the one with the closest due date.
After finishing a book the other day, I went to look at all the books I had checked out and on my To Read list to decide which one I wanted to start next. I had quite a few on that list and was really torn because the bottom couple just weren’t books I was all that excited about starting because I wasn’t thrilled by the previous book in the series. I ended up just going with one that I was way more excited about, thinking I had a bit more time to get to the others before I had to return them.
After doing this a few times and looking at my Coming Soon list of books that are getting released in the next month, I realized that Michelle Sagara’s next House War book, Oracle, was due out on May 5th. It has been a bit since the last release in this series and I thought it might be a good idea to do some re-reading. IF I could get my To Read list under control enough that I’d be able to have time to do that.
Unfortunately, I had a ton of books on that list and a whole crapton on my hold list that would be coming available at random times along the way. I finally decided that if I kept skipping over those bottom list books, then maybe I should just not bother with them all right now. I ended up returning a bunch of books to the library so I could focus on the ones I was actually really excited about. If I get really bored, then I’ll consider checking them out again at some point in the future. Then again, I may not. Seems I’m having difficulty finding the time to read all the ones I’d really like to at the moment, so why waste that time with the ones I’m just not all that jazzed about?
Besides, a Michelle Sagara book will ALWAYS take precedence over any other book. Well, unless it is an Anne Bishop book. I honestly don’t have a clue what I’d do if those two authors ever released a book at the same time. Fingers crossed that I’m never quite that lucky.
Even after pairing it down, I still seem to have too many on that list. If I truly want to have the time to re-read all the connected books from the House War series (that is an awful lot of reading because it connects with both the Sacred Hunt books and the Sun Sword series), I’m going to have to pair it down quite a bit more. I may have to settle for re-reading just the House War books for now.
No matter what I choose, there is going to be a lot of reading in my future. As if that is any different than any other day. 😉