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Yes, I know I missed posting last week. Too many other things happening.

So, I’m finished my Camp Nanowrimo project. I just have to validate my word count at some point today and I’ll be completely finished. One more first draft manuscript done and waiting until I’m ready to revisit it.

Proofing of the trilogy is going slow. It’s hard to read anything out loud with a cold and reading out loud is my favourite (and by far most effective) method of catching typos and larger errors. On the other hand, with a current release date of August 2016, I have plenty of time to get through it.

Currently waiting to get my copies of April’s re-release books. Yes, I get one copy of everything for myself. Having a copy of the most up to date version of the text actually helps a lot when writing sequels and short pieces.

And there are four books currently available to pre-order:

The Price of Devotion and More of Friends & Family are set for release in two weeks.

Experiment Redemption Part One and Experiment Redemption Revisited were just listed today and will be officially released on June 1.

I hope everyone had an awesome Easter long weekend. Wow, Gaia Online Easter events are not conducive to any kind of productivity. The upside being this year’s event is fun instead of grueling.

Working on Camp Nanowrimo and so far I’m 15k words towards my ultimate goal of 55k. (I hate writing funerals.)

My beta readers came back to me with evidence of necessary major edits to two other projects. Both of them probably need to be pulled completely apart and reworked. Since they aren’t slated for publication any time soon, my publisher doesn’t care how long I take.

Proofs are finally ordered for the trilogy I’ve been working on. Still excited to see my work in print. I don’t think the feeling will ever get old.

Currently available for pre-order are The Price of Devotion and More of Friends & Family. The information is up on Howling Wolf Book‘s website.

And, as of today, my very first published novel is now available in its third edition, with fairly extensively revised text. We’re hoping it reads better now. Along with that is the second edition of the short story collection Of Friends & Family.

Being Here and Now

Lexa Cheshire:

From the Archive. Wow is this apt to my current situation.

Originally posted on My Own Little Universe:

I spend a lot of time living in my head. In the worlds my characters inhabit. In the past. In the future. Everywhere and every-when but here and now.

Because it’s easier. A lot easier.

Here and now is hard. Here and now is overwhelming. It’s frustrating. It’s all the issues I really wish someone else would swoop in and deal with for me.

But no one is going to swoop in and fix it all. Honestly, no one else can. I know no one else can live my life for me. That if I don’t live it myself, no one else will.

Except after so many years of living in my head, learning to live in the here and now is… something I’m not even sure I have a word for.

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Gangland CoverMy temporary thrown together cover for April’s Camp Nanowrimo project, which I’m hoping to be able to write around everything else happening in my life. Here’s the description I have to go with it.

When Keith and Beth moved their family into a new home, they were promised a near perfect community. A place seeming almost too good to be true.
A year later, Keith wakes up in a nightmare which drags him down into the secrets behind the seeming perfection. It appears not everyone is happy with life as it is. Keith is asked to aid the investigation and ends up learning far more about the truth of the world he lives in than anyone else would believe.

Yes, it’s another science fiction, set on another human colony world. I’ve actually had the beginning of it, about five thousand words, for several years now. The goal next month is to finish it.

In theory, I should be working on a massive overhaul of Dragonsbane, Kingsbane, but my brain doesn’t want to work on Kelli right now. So back to Cemen I go for more material which may or may not ever see the light of print.

In the meantime, the three books for the trilogy set to be released August 2016 are being formatted for print, so I’m hoping to have the proofs next month. I’m looking forward to seeing them printed.

In the meantime, Hunting the Dephlendar and Of Friends & Family will be officially released in just over a week. As of today, The Price of Devotion and More of Friends & Family are available to pre-order. Links can be found on my publisher’s website, Howling Wolf Books.

Expectations

Lexa Cheshire:

From the Archive

Originally posted on My Own Little Universe:

This is where all those insidious shoulds come from. The the (mostly) unspoken rules we ‘should’ follow in our lives. The roles we ‘should’ fulfill. And the more we allow to rule us, the more they expand to take up every corner of our lives.

There is always someone expecting something of any given person. We can never completely get away from that. But which expectations are truly realistic? Because some are.

The clearest example I can think of is in the relationship between parent and child. In becoming parents (intentionally or accidentally) we are expected to be there to raise our children. Newborn babies are incapable of anything other than complete dependence on their caregiver. (I don’t understand how anyone can even think otherwise.) Failing to live up to that expectation of parents, regardless of the details of any given situation, is going to result in less than pleasant…

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Over and Over

Lexa Cheshire:

From the Archive

Originally posted on My Own Little Universe:

I’ve heard it said that life will keep teaching the same lesson over and over until we finally learn it. I can’t begin to recall where I heard that or who said it. Seems to be true, at least in my life.

Maybe I’m beginning to learn whichever lesson life is trying to teach me right now. Some days I have a hard time telling.

I have learned a lot about myself and my life in the last year. Maybe more than in the previous thirty. Am I anywhere near done? I seriously doubt it. I still feeling like I’m seeing the same things over and over. Rehashing the same issues over and over.

I want to move on to new lessons. I really do. I just feel like I’m struggling to find the right steps. To learn the lesson and make the change which will move me forward.

Growth.

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New week and new month, but due to lack of concentration, my writing has defaulted to a never ending, possibly never to see the light of day project on the colony world my brain spends the most time on. Well, some of it has seen publication, but nowhere near the full extent of what I’ve written. My publisher has a ‘no plot, no publication’ thing going.

I’m mostly set for Camp Nanowrimo next month. I know which project I’m going to attempt to add another fifty thousand words to. Now to see if my concentration returns to a point where I can pull it off.

On the editing front, the trilogy I just finished writing needs some attention. The first book has gone to a beta reader. The second has undergone the first round of edits. Time to take another look at the third book. Again, once I can concentrate better.

The second edition of Beneath the Waves is officially released for sale today. Howling Wolf Books has links to both print and ebook, but it could take a few days for Amazon to list it.

For those who want ebooks, Smashwords is currently hosting a major promotion. For this week, March 1-7, my short stories are free and my longer releases are 50% off. Just follow the link. Smashwords accounts are free and grant you access to thousands of ebooks across all genres.

Aside from some issues with preschooler and cat, I think this year was my best birthday in quite a while. I had my day more or less my way plus some new music. Also, beautiful spring weather instead of the usual February deep freeze and hip deep snow. (Or active blizzard.)

On the writing front, last week I finished the third book in the trilogy I’ve been writing. I also left myself a prologue for a new piece on the same world featuring new characters.

On the editing front, I’m working back through the second book of the trilogy, seeing just what kind of mess I left myself. Hopefully it won’t need the major overhaul the first book did.

There are currently three books available for pre-order:

Only one more week for the second edition of Beneath the Waves. It’s officially out next week.

The third edition of Hunting the Dephlendar is now available along with the second edition for Of Friends & Family. (Now to see how quickly Goodreads fixes whatever issues it’s having with the new book information.)

And, of course, the two books now available for purchase: The Twice Abducted Princess and Kedri Dancer.

For This Week

I know I haven’t blogged about my life recently. Mostly just too many things are up in the air right now. The only thing of note is me trying to figure out how to survive my birthday this year.

On the writing front, I’m almost finished the first draft of the third book of this trilogy. Hopefully, I’ll be finished before the weekend. It’ll be nice to have this one completely written out.

On the book proofing front, my publisher thinks I still have to do something more about A Sprite and Her Dragon. It would help if said sprite were currently speaking to me. Maybe once I’m finished what I’m writing.

Just a reminder, the second edition of Beneath the Waves is available for pre-order for another two weeks.

Kedri Dancer and The Twice Abducted Princess are available to purchase in print and ebook. If you don’t like the links from Howling Wolf Books, they’re available on Amazon in the US, Canada, UK, and Europe.

More Happy Dances

Mostly because of the first review posted for The Twice Abducted Princess, which can be found here.

Also because I’m making progress on the third novel of the trilogy I’m currently working on. As of last night I’m thirteen thousand words in, but also now have the world map so I can actually see where in their world my characters are going.

Not so thrilled with the proofing process right now. My publisher is happy with one piece, but bounced the other for more work. It would be easier if the character in question were speaking to me right now.

Also super happy because one of my favourite authors is finally releasing her pirate novel this month. Princess or Pirate by B. Heather Mantler is set for release February 21st. If you go here, there’s a chance you could win a copy.

Something I’m curious about: What in a book or series makes you (the reader) want to know more about the characters and their world?

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