I have a few things left to do on Of Relations and Ships, after finally getting back to it this week. :D I’m happy to say that I’m very pleased with it even after being away from it for so long. I have a real soft spot for Kaviere and Blane, and I can’t wait to get it up for everyone to read. I’ll post an update this weekend, because I should have committed to a release date by then!
In the meantime, I’ve also posted a new episode of Mage in Love (episode 10). Writing is going well, I’m happy to report! :D For anyone who doesn’t know, Mage in Love is part of the New Canton universe, but not directly related to the series at the moment. That will eventually change, but not for a while. You definitely don’t have to have read the New Canton series to read it, and vice versa. :-)
I’m going to finish and post a new episode of Mage in Love later today, then look at Of Relations and Shipsand see if I’m ready to restart my proofreading. It’s been super hard to concentrate these last few months but I think I am finally ready. The leaves are turning outside my window, the sun is shining, and there’s a light but gusty breeze. It’s a beautiful day. :)
Update: I did it! I’m so happy that I was able to finish the episode and post it. Episode 9 has been in the making for many months, to be honest, delayed by life events I didn’t expect, but it is done now. :D I’ll post a link when it goes live on Kindle Vella. (It’s live!) But you can get it now through Laterpress if you don’t want to wait.
Tomorrow, I will turn to Of Relations and Ships and see about getting that ready to go. I’ve been away from it for so long, I’m kind of scared to be honest, but I do remember liking it quite a lot so we shall see!
Hopefully, this will be the last post I have to write about delays for a long while. My father did pass away, but I’m doing okay. I just need a little time for things to settle around me before I can tackle all the things that have been put off. I didn’t finish the episode I mentioned in my last update nor get to restart my final proofreading, but I expect I’ll be able to do that soon.
Thank you so much for your patience and well wishes during these tough times. I’ve really appreciated all of it.
6/14 – My aunt passed away this morning (she went into hospice the day before my dad last week), and my dad’s funeral is tomorrow. I am feeling okay, at the moment. It’s been rough this week, but I have a lot of emotional support (I have an awesome sister) and I am doing okay.
Tomorrow will be a lot to handle, especially having the funeral in this record-breaking heat, but I think Dad would want me to get my book out as soon as I can afterward, so I will be turning to that as soon as I can once I have made it through this week. He definitely knew how much writing stories means to me. He was a reader, and although he never read any of my books, I know he was proud of me for writing them.
There’s a whole lot of stress in my life right now, but I’m working on my writing today regardless! First up, I have a half finished episode of Mage in Love so I’m going to go ahead with it first since I figure I can finish it and get it up today. Then, I am going to restart my final proofread for Of Relations and Ships which I bailed on when things got really bad because I just couldn’t concentrate on anything other than my real life at that point.
Unfortunately, I do have to restart that proofread from page one because it will be easy to miss things if I don’t and it’s been so long since I have looked at it, and I always try to put out the best book I can. :) I have to be the last one to go over my books before they go out, always. I can’t let them go out any other way. This will take me a couple of days, probably. I’m not gonna sugar-coat this, my dad is in bad shape and if he passes in the next week or has another incident in the hospital, it will take longer. That’s just the way it is.
I appreciate any and all well-wishes, and if you want to help out in any way, I will be eternally grateful for any Ko-fi or Patreon support or purchases through Laterpress or Smashwords (places where I get more of the money, faster). Google Play is a good third, and Barnes and Noble another good option. Amazon, Kobo, and Apple are fine also, but pay from those sales can take many months to make its way to me. Thank you so much if you do buy my books or support my writing!
At the moment, you can get my Mage in Love story by the chapter/episode on Laterpress (direct link!), but if you want to read on the browser on your phone or a smaller tablet, when you first drop in to a chapter, you might think something is wrong with the text because you can’t scroll.
I hear that’s going to be an option in the near future, but for the moment, the way it works is to swipe the text to the side to turn the page or touch the right side of the screen on the text, like you would an ebook in a lot of e-reading apps.
Not gonna lie, the first time I tried to read a chapter of my own story to test it out, I thought things were broken. They weren’t. It’s just that I’m so used to scrolling on a phone that I didn’t realize reading on Laterpress was more book-like. :)
First, I’d like to say I’m sorry for all the delays this year! I had planned to get things off to a strong start with a few releases and keep up the momentum. Then a bunch of family emergencies happened, and I’ve really just been avoiding anything that causes me any kind of stress at all.
It’s resolving now, for the most part. So tomorrow I’m going to sit down and take stock and see if I can just pick it all back up where I was when I stopped everything and start this year over. I’ll post an update in a few days and hopefully I’ll have good news about a release or two. :)
I got sick after my family’s Christmas party and everything kind of fell to the wayside. I’m finally feeling a bit better, and I’m going to get the book up this week. I’m really sorry for the delay!
I’ve been so careful to avoid getting sick with Covid that I think I forgot for just a little while that Covid isn’t the only thing you can catch at a family gathering around the holidays when children are around. Anyway, I started to feel better last week, but my energy levels have just been the worst and I ended up having to give myself just a bit more time to get enough energy to do anything remotely productive.
I’ll go back and update the release date post with the correct release date after I get the book up, since I’m going to do it as quickly as I can this week, but I’m not sure if that’ll be tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday. I’m running out of energy fairly quickly the last few days so I need to give myself a little leeway.
Of Relations and Ships will be releasing a little later than I wanted, but I’ll be putting it up on December 27th! It’ll be going up on all the usual places.
Because of the holidays, some retailers might have a bit of a delay making it available, but it should be available somewhere on the 27th. Amazon, almost certainly, and I suspect that’s where most of you will pick up the book anyway, so that’s good news. :)
I really wanted to get it out before the holidays started, but I just wasn’t able to get it ready in time. It’s possible it could be early, but with the holidays slowing everything down, it’s really not likely.
I hope this is good news for those of you who’ve been waiting for this book!