I am very tired and I had a very rough night’s sleep. I’m running on about four hours right now which is not enough for me. It was simply a case of I could not get comfortable, one of those nights when the pillows just wouldn’t line up and the covers felt wonky and every time I turned around it felt like I was encountering another knot in my muscles. Luckily this is more of an abnormality now than a regularity, which it used to be.
So I’m working my way through the copy edits of FLIGHT FROM DEATH, and I’m extremely happy with how they’re going. A good copyeditor is gold and my publisher assigned a great one to me this time. I’m so excited about the start of this series and I’m hoping my readers will be, too.
I’ve been thinking a lot about writers who have long-running series like I do, and about how we can get pigeonholed. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love writing the Otherworld series, but I also love writing other things — and to be honest, readership has dropped off for Otherworld, and it’s time to move my main focus to something else.
It does NOT mean I still won’t be writing in the Otherworld altaverse, and it doesn’t mean that I don’t love it, it just means I have to expand my horizons…
and entice new readers as well as engage those who have been around for a long time. Not every reader will love every book. That’s a given, so it certainly helps to have a wider selection for readers to choose from. Of course all of this is moot if someone doesn’t like your voice at all — and that happens. The way I write puts off some people, and that’s fine. I don’t like vegetables a lot, but give me a steak and I’m happy. Some people can’t stand steak and want a salad. Others just want pasta, or stew, or whatever else might float their boat. If we all ONLY liked the same things, it would be a pretty damn boring planet.
So Apple has settled himself into the household, with the exception of Brighid who is still very talk to the paw. I caught Caly and Apple cuddling today, and Morgan likes to play with him. I think in time they will all get along pretty well. We’re very happy we brought the little guy home and I think he is extremely happy to be here.
We will be making some updates to the website soon in my ever-expanding attempts to make it easy to navigate and still have a design that I like.
And on that note, I am sorry to announce that Marc, my social media assistant, will no longer be continuing in that position. Unfortunately, it’s simply a matter of logistics. However, I hope he will still be hanging around. Yes, we are still good friends. No, I will not be filling that position in the immediate future. Sometimes circumstances just don’t work out for a variety of reasons. So my fan mail assistant Jenn, will be moderating my Facebook page as well as the forums. For now, the wiki and Zazzle store will be in hibernation—there but not updated.
And on that note, I leave you with an Apple picture — I caught him cuddling with Caly today. Have a wonderful weekend and I will most likely be getting the tree picture up on Sunday as per usual. Last week was of course an anomaly and I hope one that does not repeat.
Bright blessings and have a great weekend!