To Spite the Flu

outdoorchallenge-architecture-bridge-959813My whole family spent the majority of January sick. First it was a cold left over from the holidays, and then we all contracted the flu. My youngest and I were hit hardest, delaying the filming of the next book trailer, and everything else along with it.

To spite the flu’s interruption in our lives, I’ve been staying on top of the edits for Seal Breaker (the sequel to The Grasp of Time and second book in the Amakai series) and paying illustrators for coloring pages and cover art for the same. The trailer’s filming is rescheduled for February, but sadly, this also pushes Seal Breaker‘s launch into March or even April.

Speaking of the cover art, @myrielparthenos sent over the sketch for the cover, and I’m absolutely floored. She’s managed to capture Wells and Kinnelith perfectly, and I’m exquisitely excited to share the final with you once it’s complete.

Tomorrow is Imbolc, the beginning of spring, and it’s the beginning of Black History Month 2019. Last year, I offered to put forth 100% of my profits from Cress and the Medicine Show sales during the month toward BLM, and this year, I’ll be rotating donations between NAACP, Alvin Ailey Dance, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and 100 Black Men of America. Not just for Black History Month, but every month of the year. Should I receive sales in 2019, I will post at the end of the year how the money was distributed. If you already own a copy of Cress, please consider donating directly to these non-profits to support justice and equality for black people in America.

 

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Happy New Year!

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It’s been a bumpy year in our home, filled with both amazing accomplishments and heartbreaking experiences. Though I spent a few months there processing grief, I have since been working on the next projects in my queue.

Seal Breaker, the sequel to The Grasp of Time, launches in a couple of months. To celebrate its impending arrival, I shared the first three chapters to Patreon. All subscribers get access to that and a small treat tomorrow night for the New Year: the first two sections of a short story about a pair of unlikely witch’s familiars on a quest I’ve been working on because a dear friend requested someone write the story.

Ellen the Editor is hard at work finishing up the remaining chapters of Seal Breaker, and I’m looking forward to introducing you to THREE new illustrators on the Amakai Series team.

My other writing goals for 2019 include:

  • Completing two short stories
  • Heavily revising the third book in the Amakai series
  • Writing 30 new flash fiction pieces
  • Completing the first draft of Purgatory, the sequel to Perdition
  • Finally deciding on a title for the third book in the Amakai series!

 

Happy New Year and thank you for your support in 2018. May your 2019 bring you lasting success and joyous adventures.

Flash Fiction & Book Trailer

Recently, I went through my flash fiction site (Flash Dash Challenge) and made the following changes:

  • Added excerpt pages for each year, available to be viewed by anyone without a password. (Passwords for full stories are given to $1+ subscribers on Patreon.)
  • A single password has been updated for all stories.
  • The Mildred Pim page is now visible to all.
  • Excerpt pages are linked within the List of Fiction page.

If you’re not already a patron, and you’re curious what stories are available to subscribers, you can view excerpts of each story for the following years: 2014, 2015, and 2016. Please note: all stories are in their raw form, and not edited for publication.

As for The Grasp of Time book trailer that I’ve been hinting at for a while, I’ve finally gotten my act together, and am uploading files TODAY for a video editor, so there might be something to show you in the next couple of weeks! The actors in the video have been super patient with me, as life interrupted our plans.

Given my inexperience directing and filming a trailer, I’m hoping the video editor can do these lovely people justice for all their hard work and skills.