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Book 2 - Coming Soon

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I am now putting the final touches on Book 2 - Georgia Moonrise. My goal is to start posting it sometime this weekend. I'll let you know an exact date as soon as I get it. In the meantime you can keep up with everything on my Discord channel or on Patreon.

When Writing Writes Itself

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I've been a writer for a long time, even though Georgia Moonbeams is the first book I've ever put out. Over the 20+ years that I've been writing I have discovered there are essentially two types of writers. Those who plan out everything meticulously and those who seem to write by the seat of their pants (Pantsers as someone on the forum called it). This is not a black and white type deal, it's a spectrum. Both types of writers have pros and cons and there isn't one right style, or even one that is better than another. It's whatever the writer is comfortable with.

I'm a pantser, though I do plan things out. I have plans in place for at least 3 more books in the Georgia Moon series and several companion stories as well. Sometimes though, even my plans are pushed aside when the story simple decides to write itself. That is what is currently happening.

I can't get into details about anything really because it involves a character that you guys have not met as of yet, but I had planned to make a short story (similar to Summer's Dance) to give a little more insight into the character, but we all know what they say about the best laid plans. This story has taken on a life of its own. What was originally going to be a short story is turning into it's own book. Literally, what was supposed to be a story about the size of Allison's will be, at a minimum, just as long as Georgia Moonbeams and could potentially be longer.

That's exciting but it also brings on a new set of challenges. I have to make sure that the way the story is currently developing doesn't clash with things that I've already written or with things that I know I have planned for later books. So you may ask ... what are you complaining about?

Well, nothing. I'm not complaining at all. It's one of the things I love about writing. I love the challenge of taking scene 1 and connecting it to scene 4. I love it when the writing starts to write itself. That, to me, makes the best story! I just wanted to give a heads up to you guys and give you some progress on what's going on.

In the meantime, thank you for all your support! Whether it's been just a kind word in the comments, a message sent to me, supporting me on Patreon, or joining my discord channel, I appreciate all of it! Still lots more stories to tell!

What am I doing?

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Just wanted to give people an update on how things are going. I'm getting things back from the advanced readers for Book 2. That's my main priority at the moment. It shouldn't be too much longer and I'll start posting that. Book 2 is considerably longer than book 1. Book 2 has close to 350k words at the moment before any final changes and rewrites. Book 2 will cover Alex's entire freshman year. I'm really excited about it!

At the moment I'm writing a "short" story that is a companion piece to book 2 and 3. It's for a character that you guys have not met so far. I put the word short in quotations because the story is turning out to be a bit longer than I had originally planned. That's perfectly okay though because TeNderLoin is loving what I've been sending him.

My writing process is a little planning, for plot structure, and a lot of fly by the seat of my pants. I've found I can't plan too much when it comes to writing because if I do my writing suffers. When I plan too much my writing becomes rigid. Whereas when I just let things flow, the story tends to be more organic in nature. Sometimes that means having more than I thought. Thankfully, I've got a great editor who can let me know if I'm rambling.

But I digress! Work is continuing and more will be coming very shortly. I just wanted to let you guys know what's coming up! In the meantime, don't forget you can keep up with me on both Discord and Patreon! If you head over to Discord, don't just be silent. Let me know you're there. Start a conversation! Even if it isn't about my books! Let me know you're there!

Thanks for all your support!

New Discord Channel

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I have created a new Discord channel for those who would like to have a little more access to me and my stories. You don't have to be a patreon to be a part of it! I do encourage you to head on over and join. It's brand new, and it's also the first time that I've had a discord channel of my own, so I'm sure I'll be making lots of changes to it!

Also, I would just like to mention that I do have a Patreon page up for those who like to help support me. It's not necessary, but every little bit helps me to be able to keep putting out new content!

Summer's Dance - Allison's Story

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Summer's Dance is a new short story that I have just finished, and it's now in the queue waiting to be posted. It took a bit longer because I lost a lot of progress last week, but it's now done and I am very happy with it. This story takes place towards the END of book 1.

Georgia Moonbeams is not required but it is highly recommended that you have read it.