When Gods Die

Been A While

Hey, y’all! Remember me?

Busy, busy, busy as a bee. Spent most of July getting ready to launch my pre-buzz campaign for The Moreva of Astoreth. Creating ads, doing test runs on BookBub, stuff like that. I also created ads for The Final Victim and ran those. Picked up about 25 new subscribers to the newsletter. Of course, some did unsubscribe. That’s fine, but it made me wonder–why bother subscribing when all you wanted was a free book, especially since you had the choice to get the book and not subscribe? Just seems like a waste of energy–you choose the book, get my welcome letter, then take the time to unsubscribe. It’s a little thing, yes, but it doesn’t make sense. Then again, a whole lotta stuff in the world doesn’t make sense right now. Like 160,000 Americans dead from COVID-19.

Started work on the 3rd book in The Underground series, Song for Mage. I’m also working on the sequel to The Moreva of Astoreth, When Gods Die. Yeah–2 books at once. The plan is to alternate weekly. If I can pull this off, maybe I’ll have both books ready to launch by next spring. When Gods Die has been sitting on my HD for 3 or 4 years. Got about 10K words into it when life’s bullshit started smacking me around. Still smacking me around, just not quite as much.

Joined a sf/f writers’ group that started on Discord. It’s cool, but I gotta learn… Continue reading

Looking Ahead To 2020

This is the first time I’ve written words like these in my life.

I’ve never planned for the future because I’d always hoped that for me, there wouldn’t be one. Despite all my best efforts, I’m still here so decided to give it a go.

My overarching goal this year is to complete two books, The Final Victim and When Gods Die. I think it’s possible because The Final Victim will likely end up as a novelette, maybe 25-30,000 words. The basic story is already written and all I have to do is flesh it out. It’s a companion piece to The Underground, told from the elves’ point of view. It won’t be a rehash of The Underground’s action–more like parallel. Like “this is what was happening over here while Parker, Melera, Garrett and Kurt were doing their thing over there.” One scene in The Final Victim will intersect with a scene in The Underground, but that’s it. If all goes well, it’ll be out by the end of February. I’m pretty sure that’s doable but I’m also sending it to betas. I used betas once before and it was a really bad experience but after talking to and reading other authors’ advice, I’ll give it another try. I’ve got two who’ve said they’re willing, so here’s hoping they can do a fast turnaround. I want to release When Gods Die in late summer or in the fall. I’ve got like the first three chapters written. It’s a start.

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When Gods Die

Thanksgiving is a day celebrated in America, commemorating the feast the Puritans gave themselves in thanks to their god for his grace in allowing them to survive their first year in the New World. Legend has it that the prior winter had been bitter and many of their number had succumbed. Legend also has it that the Native peoples attended this feast to celebrate their friendship with their new neighbors.

It’s all lies, of course. Just another example of America’s penchant for whitewashing her history. The Puritans murdered the Natives because they were “heathens” and thus an abomination in the eyes of their god.

Today, Thanksgiving is a holiday for people to celebrate their families and friends by breaking bread together and having a grand old time in each other’s company while doing so.

My Thanksgiving holiday sucked, thank you. There were several reasons for that but the main one is my family continues to blithely ignore my physical failings, leaving me out of a yearly ritual that’s supposed to bring a sense of belonging and joy. I have cataracts–not a bad case–but I can’t see well enough to drive at night. In the winter months, when days are short, I have to leave by a certain time to get back to my house before it gets dark. If the food is not on the table by a certain time #2, I can’t partake. This year, my niece had planned to bring a dish that I love, one her father… Continue reading