As many of you know, I periodically drop off the map for a couple of weeks at a time. Why? Because I need to fully immerse myself in writing. I turn off my phone, I don't check my email, and I don't check the blog. I just dive right in.
It's a helpful part of the process, but it also results in friends, family, and fans thinking I'm dead. I'm not! I'm writing! ...which is a very similar state, but it smells slightly better, and sometimes a book pops out of the coffin.
Now that I've come up for air, this is a good time to update you on the Blackflame progress!
So...I could have finished Blackflame by now. That's my confession. But I haven't, and I have a good reason why!
A few weeks ago, I was about 75% done, but I wasn't happy with a big chunk of the middle. Normally I would leave that part in and polish it up as much as I could in editing, but this time I chose to rewrite it.
(That's not something I would tell a first-time writer to do, by the way. If you're working on your first novel, and you're not happy with a chunk, finish the story and then go back and fix it afterwards. But I'm working on book number ten at this point, so I'm allowing myself some more leeway.)
On the bright side, the book is now better for it. But it does mean I'm about a month behind my projected schedule. I expect to have the book ready for beta readers very soon, but it isn't there yet.
It'll be a few more weeks, but not too many more.
As you may know, this week includes Valentine's Day, so why not celebrate with a book? This week, for free, you can read the most romantic story on Kindle: the inspiring love story of a white-haired swordsman and his creepy fascination with a bunch of talking dolls.
That's right, House of Blades is once again up for free this week! Foist it on your unsuspecting friends! Pretend it has romance in it! Just kidding, please don't do that, they'll be disappointed.
...but pick up a copy nonetheless! From my isolated writing cave, I will feel your support, and it will fuel me.
"Shera dropped her head on the table once. Twice. And again."
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