Sorry for the hiatus, friends and readers and reader-friends! Life sort of went crazy while I was in England and had to be taken care of when I got home. Plus I had to change hats for a little while from fiction author to fiction editor and book designer, which is some of what I do for Crosshair Press. But now I’m back and ready to start posting again on a regular basis.
I got to help launch Kenan: The Katiller Book 1 for my best friend and her co-author on Sunday, May 31, at a super awesome release party. The whole thing went really well and lots of people came. I did the editing on this title, and let me tell you: I love it.
It’s the story of four Turkish assassins who break away from the organization that is controlling them, but they encounter three American women in the process. And all of them have to escape Europe together. The story is so much fun, and the characters are hilarious. And it’s doubly cool because many of the locations in the book are places my best friend has actually visited in her global travels! She also did the photography on the cover (the model is my cousin’s husband…. serious!).
So that’s the biggest time consumer that’s been going on in life right now.
Also, I leave for a trip to Atlanta and Columbia, South Carolina on Sunday. My brother (previously mentioned in older posts and henceforth code-named Sparky) and I are taking my best friend back to Atlanta so she can catch her flight back to England. It was cheaper than her flying, and it gave me a perfect reason to go visit friends down south!
I also got a new camera. That in itself is pretty exciting. I think I posted a gallery of photos from when I first started playing around with it. I’m so very much in love…. It’s a Nikon D3300. A refurbished model. It’s awesome because it works with my old Nikon D70 lenses, but it has so many more features…. And it has a much more sensitive light meter, so I can get better detail on shots even in dim light. And it does panoramas….. and that’s just cool.
But I think the most exciting news I have is my new air conditioning units in my second floor “apartment”! For years, we’ve been using window units that don’t do a very good job of cooling the upstairs down and cost a lot of money while they do it. But Mom and Dad spotted some name brand units for much less than we expected, and they’re on wheels. So they’re easy to move around.
We got one for my bedroom and one for my office, and they work great. Plus they aren’t horribly noisy. Now we just have to see what kind of energy bill we have this time around.
So what’s on the agenda?
Well, I’ve finished the first draft of Namesake, the sequel to Nameless, and I’ve sent it off to my editor (who is also my best friend).
In the mean time I’ve been working on my YA series with my new editor in Virginia Beach. We had our second official Skype meeting on Wednesday morning, and I’m so incredibly pleased with how we’re working together. I can’t wait to introduce everybody to the people who’ve lived in my brain for 25 years! My editor asked for a document that details the universe I’ve built too, so I’m starting to work on that as well. I’m planning to save all my notes, so when the book comes out everybody will have access to it. It’s so incredibly exciting!! More on that in the months to come.
Additionally, I’ve found some more contests to enter. So we’ll see how I do.
That plus packing for Atlanta/Columbia and my other freelance work that I’m doing is keeping me busy, but I’ll be around more often now. So keep your eyes and ears pealed for new book news, upcoming appearances, fun events, and lots of other stuff that will be going on this year!