Writing Wednesday: Finalizing

I’m in a good place for finishing writing projects right now.  I made the final, final edits to Accompaniment yesterday – my proof copy arrived last week, I did some reading through it, and finished the last few edits I found as a result of that.  That completes the paperback, so now I need to do the Kindle formatting, and set-up the hardback.  It puts everything still on track for the September 4th publishing date!

My next project is final edits to Guardian III, which should be much smaller than the ones I did for Accompaniment, so should be finished very soon.  Nice to be ahead of things on that.

Meanwhile, the Guardian prequel is out with beta-readers.  A couple have already sent feedback, so I’ll probably start implementing revisions for that shortly too, to hopefully put that out some time in August…a possibly ambitious timeline, but we’ll see!

That’s my main writing focus right now – lots of soon-to-be-done revisions.  I also put up a new video about Accompaniment‘s proof copy, if you’d like to check it out!

Belated Writing Wednesday: Multiplicity of Projects

I meant to get this up yesterday, but…it seems to be Thursday.  I’ve been working through a great many writing projects in the last few weeks, which have been keeping me very busy – but I’ve made good progress with them!

I finished final revisions for Guardian II at the beginning of the month, and my paperback proof copy arrived yesterday.  Always exciting!  Stay tuned for a cover reveal soon.  With the book due out at the beginning of September, release date will be here practically before we know it.

I finished revisions for the two short stories I’m contributing to an anthology, due out some time this fall.  It was fun getting feedback from the other writers – among other things, I learned that “long guns” are an actual, specific thing, not just a phrase J. M. Barrie chanced upon in Peter Pan. 🙂

Last weekend I wrote Chapter Fourteen of Pesto, Pirouettes and Potions, the novel (novella?) I and three other authors are writing round-robin style.  We’re actually getting close to the end, so it’s cool to see the story taking its shape.

And currently I’m revising some new Guardian short stories.  I wrote up a few prequel stories earlier in the month, focusing on key characters before the trilogy began, and setting some of the threads that eventually led them to meet.  Right now I’m revising, and stay tuned for those stories releasing very soon!

Perhaps an early peek at that last project?  Enjoy!


He came back to the Opera in darkness.  He had left through the darkness of the tunnels and catacombs beneath the half-built building’s foundations, and he returned through the long shadows of night-time boulevards, to stand at last across the street and look at the great edifice rising against the starlit sky.

He let his gaze linger on the marble pillars, the copper dome, the line of masks already in place decorating the upper edge of the building’s frontispiece.  His mouth twisted in a self-mocking smile at the sight of the masks.  So appropriate.

Mostly he felt a kind of relief mingled with almost incredulous wonder.  Part of him had never thought he would come back.  Many times in the past few years he had given up any hope at all that both he and the building would survive the turmoil around them, enmeshed as they were in separate crises in separate countries, but both surrounded by people who thought they had no right to exist.

Now he was back, and his opera house was still here, waiting for him, silent in these dark hours before dawn.

Video Update: Spoilers about Christine Daae

I’m back today with another video update about my newly-released book, Nocturne.  When I talk about the story, I frequently make veiled references to people not being as they seem, or my portrayal of Christine Daae (heroine of every other version) being unusual…  I’m not generally one to give spoilers, but if you really want to know what I’m talking about and haven’t read the book yet, I made a video that explains it all.

So if you like to read the last page of a book first, this video is for you!

Writing Wednesday: Write ALL the Things!

It’s been a while since I did a Writing Wednesday post, because everything has been very publishing focused!  But my first Guardian book is out now, and I am moving on to focus on…several other projects.

The biggest, highest priority writing project right now is to finish up Guardian II.  I’m making the final, final edits, and currently expect it to launch in September.  More details will, of course, be coming soon.

Project 2 is to revise two longish short stories (shortish novellas?) that I’m contributing to an anthology, about characters magically entering into books.  I’ve mentioned it before.  Revisions are due for everyone contributing by the end of June, so that’s sneaking up on me.

Project 3 is a prequel I’m planning to my Guardian trilogy…a fairly recent idea, this will be much shorter than a full book!  I’m working on three short stories, each one focusing on a different character who becomes significant in the trilogy: Erik, Meg and Christine.  In theory I’d like to have that out before Guardian II, but…we’ll see!

Project 4 – the collaborative novel that I’m writing with a few writing friends came back around to me.  We’re writing chapters round robin style (passing the story along from person to person), and it came back to me a couple days ago.  So that’s another piece to work on!

So, it’s kind of…all the writing right now!  Each project is actually not that big, though, I hope – so hopefully I can make a lot of progress quickly.  It may be a bit of a juggling act for a couple of weeks though!

Writing Wednesday + Reflections on the Phantom’s Name

I’ve been remiss in my Writing Wednesday posts recently, in part because there hasn’t been a lot to say week to week!  I spent all of April reviewing and doing light revisions on The Princess Beyond the Thorns, mostly to the effect of realizing that it is, in fact, probably two books, not one.  This has a way of happening to me…considering my Phantom trilogy was supposed to be one book to begin with too.  Fortunately I figured things out much earlier in the process this time around.  I expect to spend the rest of May continuing on those revision efforts.

My main focus has been shifting over towards getting the word out about my upcoming novel release, The Guardian of the Opera: Nocturne.  Have I mentioned it’s coming out June 5th? 🙂  And videos.  I seem to be making a lot of videos lately.

So today, instead of a writing excerpt, have a video.  It’s Phantom-focused, not surprisingly, discussing not just the (sometimes complicated) background of the Phantom’s name, but also some ways I used (or didn’t use) his name very intentionally in my book.  Enjoy!