Discussing The Next Phase

The Book Redesign Project is wrapping up soon. That’s a fact. As soon as the print covers get to me and are uploaded, it’s back to the same old, same old with my writing projects.

But will it really be the same old, same old, now?

I mean, I’ve already gone outside my usual modus operandi by paying a professional cover designer to Cosmetic the crap out of Corona, The Three Safeties, Vessel, and Parallax and they’re turning out great. Why not reevaluate other areas for improvement?

There are two areas that I tend to shy away from:

1) Paying for services that I don’t feel I need.

2) Multitasking, because screwing up 11 different things at the same time is not smart nor efficient. 😉

Of course, I’ve already done a half-gainer with a jack knife into #1, so that’s kind of irrelevant now and the announcement that I’m about to make will also make #2 equally a non-issue.

*Cue ominous yet surprisingly dance worthy music*

After some thought, I have decided to split my time between finishing Lights and Shadows and planning the sequel to Parallax, entitled Parallax: Genesis. I’ve written in the past that changing up projects can help keep things fresh, but that was on a theoretical level. Now, I’m talking about actively working on more than one project at the same time. I’m going to start with these two projects and see where it takes me. Maybe it will work and maybe not. No harm in trying.

I value your inputs, so please feel free to drop a comment or two. Thanks for your time. 🙂

Mega Ebook Cover Reveal: The Three Safeties, Vessel, and Parallax

The new ebook covers just got to me and I just HAD to share them with you. The print covers are still being worked on so I’ll reveal them in a separate posting once I get the promotional materials:

 THE THREE SAFETIES COMPLETE

VESSEL COMPLETE

PARALLAX COMPLETE

I am astounded by the work that my designer put into these and if we were on the same continent, I’d probably buy her a soda.

 

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ Along

Note: I’m taking a break from my usual article format to do regular posts to update you on recent events. I may continue to do things this way for a while because I’m finding it more relaxing.

Man, the past few days have been busy. Corona’s face lift is done and while I wait for developments on The Three Safeties, Vessel, and Parallax to move along, I thought I would take some time to have a chat with you all.

I like where things are going with this new direction I’m taking. Sure, there was some cost involved, but that’s the price we pay to play in the sandbox so I have no regrets on that score. The current situation has been a wake-up call to me that I was growing complacent with my development as a writer and must be open to new techniques and experiences in order to improve my abilities. Old School Habits are hard to break and even harder to leave behind when they don’t serve their original purposes.

In for a penny, in for a pound, I suppose.

Since, I’ve crossed the first boundary (paying for a cover designer), I’ve decided to open myself up the prospect of finding a professional editor and someone to assist me in promoting my work. I’m taking things slow due to limited resources, but I am open to the idea. I still think Beta Readers and Critique Groups are somewhat of a waste of time because I don’t create based on consensus or committee, but that attitude may fall by the wayside yet.

Insane, Yes, but The Bank’s getting a Cashgasm

I finally put in the last of the new book cover orders for The Three Safeties, Vessel, and Parallax, a few minutes ago. Remember what I said about believing in what I’m doing and investing in myself? Well, I still believe it, but next time I’m going to find a more economical way to take my dreams to the next level…hehe.

Seriously though, it feels good to know that I can get my work out there in the best light possible. Every step I take as an independent author is a new learning experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, I’ll keep telling myself that as I pay off the expenses over the next 6-12 months. 😉

Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, I can move that stuff off to the side and get back to finishing Lights and Shadows. I’m not fond of the business side of this affair, but it is what it is. 🙂

If I’m not Careful

This is not intended to be a motivational article. In fact, none of what I put up on the blog is supposed to motivate, inspire, or otherwise. It’s just me with a topic, a little piss and vinegar, and the will to put it all out there.

Truth to tell, my innate introverted tendencies have gotten the better of me lately and when that happens, I tend to pull inside and percolate for a while. Unfortunately, Time tends to slip away from important projects and when I come out of my self-imposed isolation, I have to scramble to make up that lost time.

Introverted by nature, extroverted by necessity. I know that probably reads a little strange, but that’s the nuts and bolts of my existence. I love people, but I also love to be by myself and when I don’t pace myself, I get overwhelmed by this life. I’m also a creature of varying extremes, but that’s a topic for another day. 😉

I’ve been racking my brain for the past few days over Lights and Shadows and where it’s going. This is nothing new. I went through the same thing with Parallax, Corona, The Three Safeties, and Vessel, before I got them finished. It’s not that the writing is hard. In fact, writing the stories is often the easiest part of the process. Losing focus in the middle of a project is often the hardest thing I deal with on a daily basis, but I power through or take a break to play a game or some other diversion. However, I have to be mindful of the time I use up when not writing. Yes, there’s more to Life than writing, but rarely are those things as enjoyable or as satisfying.

This article got kind of depressing, huh? Oh well, I’ll try harder next time. Thanks for your time. 🙂