It's been a few days, but I wanted to write to you guys and give you an update on some things. First of all, I have finally managed to break through my writers block and I've gotten the first chapter of book 3 done. The rest should start flowing with more a little more ease now. I'm excited about this next book because I think creatively it's going to really stretch me more than book 1 or 2 has done. I won't even begin to try and figure out a date for when book 3 should be done. It's WAY too early in the process for that.
As for book 2, Georgia Moonrise it is still in the editing phase. Tenderloin is hard at work (I'm fairly certain the main doesn't sleep) but he's got several other VERY talented writers on his hands. Book 2 is, at last count, around 340k words which is almost 3.5x longer than book 1. Needless to say he's got his work cut out for him. The cover art has also been commissioned and I'm really excited for that. It could be even better than the last one. Well ... if you didn't like the cover then it may not be lol! (Kidding Emmeran!)
The final thing that I wanted to write about was to ask you guys a simple question. What's YOUR story? I've had SO many people send me messages or leave comments that all hint how they connected with Alex on some level because they too were bullied. Some more so than others. I was bullied too, though Alex's story is NOT mine. However, the feelings and thoughts that Alex had were partly from me because I was an outcast and rather socially awkward.
So if you connected with Alex on that level I'd like to ask you to do me a favor. Tell me YOUR story! You don't have to use real names - I actually suggest you don't use real names - but tell me your story. It can be something short or you can go into more depth, but I'd like to hear it. Sometimes it's good to share your story. Tell me how you have managed to overcome whatever happened, or if you haven't overcome it, then let me know that too. What would it take for you to overcome?
If you send it to me, please let me know if you would mind me sharing part of your story in a future blog. No names will be used if I do. Obviously you don't HAVE to do this. I'm just curious to know what some of you have gone through.
Book 2 is officially done! It's tentatively entitled "Georgia Moonrise" and is now with my editor, Tenderloin, awaiting the final edits. When that's done I'll send out advanced copies to get feedback before releasing it hopefully towards the end of the month. You won't have to wait long!
I've also sent off to have the cover art done and I'm excited for that! I've said before that I absolutely LOVE this artist and I was so happy with what she did for Book 1. If you would (or could) I'd ask that you please stop by her page at DeviantArt and leave an encouraging comment to her and maybe follow her as well.
That being said there is something that I added to the cover AFTER she was done. As noted in Book 1 the semi-colon is a symbol for those who have survived suicide. When you're writing you use a semi-colon when a sentence COULD have ended but DIDN'T. For those of us who have survived suicide, the semi-colon has become a symbol of strength. Our lives COULD have been over but they AREN'T! We are stronger now because of what we have been through.
I went back and added a semi-colon in the cover art that was posted to SOL and also in the ePub. It's not on the DeviantArt site since I didn't get the idea until AFTER she had completed the artwork, but I'm curious to know if anyone found it. Feel free to leave a comment if you did, but don't give it away. Book 2's cover art will also have a semi-colon hidden somewhere on the cover, though I don't know where. I'm kind of excited to see if I can find it when it's done!
Chapter 13 is in the queue to be posted and should be arriving soon. Friday I will post the final 2 chapters of Georgia Moonbeams, as well as a short epilogue. I can't wait for people to read the final 2 chapters, but that just means the pressure is on for me to finish book 2.
Speaking of which, I am trying to finish the final chapter of book 2 now. I've started on it but it's proving to be a challenge for me. I'm the type of writer that doesn't plan too much in advance. I have a rough outline of what I want to happen and a vague idea of when I want them to happen but I'm not the meticulous planner that some other writers are. I have a tremendous respect for writers that have everything outlined and planned like that. I can't write like that. I typically see the story playing out in my head like a movie and I transfer that movie from a mental picture to written words.
Right now I see the movie playing out in my head for this final chapter but for some reason the words just don't fail to capture the emotion that I want to convey. I haven't touched the chapter in several days so today I plan to go back and analyze what I've already done and see if I can't get it done.
Once that is done I have to rewrite the opening chapter(s) and then it's off to final editing and sending out copies to advance readers. Overall I'm really excited about this next book but also the books to come. I have so much planned for Alex and the gang that Tenderloin has to remind that sometimes I just need to write!
Thank God I've got a taskmaster for an editor! I mean ... someone has to keep me focused!
After some feedback I have made a few adjustments to some chapters. I made changes to the prologue and chapter 1 but those are just edits for punctuation and other things, so there's no need for you to reread them unless you absolutely want to.
Chapter 2 has an entirely new scene added and chapter 3 has a little more added to the very first scene. Neither one of these scenes changes the overall narrative of the story, but they do add to the flow. So if you want to reread them that's wonderful, but if not, you won't miss anything life changing.
The updates are in the queue now and should be up shortly. If you purchased the book on Bookapy you can go and download the updated version.
Enjoy! And if you do reread the two chapters let me know what you thought of the additions.
I wanted to say once more how truly humbled I am by those who have supported me in anyway. Whether it's been just a kind word, an email, or by purchasing the book on Bookapy. Whatever you have done to encourage me has been greatly appreciated.
I am currently working on finishing book 2. I am down to the final 2 chapters at which point I will go into the final editing phase, including sending out advanced reader copies. I'm anxious to get it in the hands of readers so that others can enjoy the story that is developing.
That being said, several people have mentioned to me that I should have a patreon page. I have given a lot of thought and I can say that I have decided to open one. I'm not begging for money by any means. If you'd like to support me to help me to be able to continue to write future stories then I would encourage you to head over to Patreon. I've tried to give you some benefits that I think people would enjoy.
Thank you again for all the support!