It’s that time again! 😀
And wow… February was a busy month. Between Winter Carnival festivities, plumbing issues, various freelance projects, and a couple unexpected deadlines, I didn’t get a whole lot of writing done.
But progress did get made, just not where intended.
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Starless Night: (Book 3 of the Distant Horizon series). Needs new outline and rough draft.
The Glitch Saga (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Testing another cover idea to see how it does before deciding which one to go with– whether to stick with the older design for now or update the series with one of the new designs.
Galina’s Saga – Part Two (Distant Horizon spin-off series): Outline needs revision.
Lily’s Story: (Distant Horizon series spin-off/prequel novel) On hold. (Has outline).
Sky Runner: (Multiverse novel). On hold. (Has outline)
The Multiverse Chronicles: On hold. (Needs edits).
Little One: Needs Isaac’s notes added to manuscript, and then revised.
TWB 4: (Book Four of The Wishing Blade series). Needs rough draft written.
Runes and Ravens (Stone and String 3): Needs revision and rest of rough draft written.
The Secret in the Shadows: (Prequel novella for The Wishing Blade) On hold. Will likely remain on hold until The Wishing Blade series is complete, and possibly integrated with a storyline I have in mind that takes place after that series. (Alternatively, might get integrated as a prequel to Stone and String 3. Not sure yet).
The Legends of Cirena – Collaborative Adventure Facebook Group: Ro’nor-Zynia cross-over in progress. The last two episodes have been delayed due to various outside slow-downs, but will resume once I’ve finally reorganized everything.
The Cursed Halls of Kalecen (Hahven’s Story / A Legends of Cirena short story): Pre-orders are up! Releases March 22nd.
I’m currently in the process of reviewing beta-reader feedback and making revisions.
Alia’s Story (A Legends of Cirena short story): This has a title, and pre-orders are live!
The Scars of Her Past
Still needs a few more chapters to go through the read-aloud process before going out to beta-readers, but that’s the next step.
“MOG”: On hold. (Needs revisions)
Changeling: (Huntress #2) Needs formatted for print.
Huntress 3: Now around 25,000 words into the rough draft. Good news is that I now mostly know where the plot’s going. Bad news is that I have to finish catching up on everything that threw me for a loop in February before I can return to the rough draft.
Game Design: Currently on hold due to Isaac’s classes. We realized we need to take new product shots for Phalanx so we can get the updated Game Crafter version back up for sale.
Space Adventure Comic: Isaac has kit-bashed a few more ships and a character design for this, but it’s mostly on hold while we finish other projects.
Emberverse (Working Title): Made a little progress on revisions for the first short story in this series, but had to put it on hold for other projects. Starting to get ideas for where the next part of the story will go, but probably won’t get to write those for a while yet. Hoping to write the rough draft for that in April for Camp NaNo, but that depends on how much progress I can make on the active series that are currently awaiting completed rough drafts.
(Meet Mallie and Spots… a character who can speak to the various “monsters” in Emberverse, and her stuffed animal who became a lot more real).
(To see more sneak peeks from Emberverse, check out my Instagram account).
Marketing: Weekly promo highlights have been put in place for March! (Having reminders to schedule this in my monthly calendar is proving super useful). I still need to cull the Distant Horizon Universe mailing list for inactive subscribers. I won’t know if it helped the Wishing Blade Universe list for a while yet, since that’s a monthly newsletter with the exception of new release announcements.
One of the unexpected projects for the month ended up being a new website design for our main Infinitas Publishing site.
Long story short, we had planned on revamping it for a while, but then I got wind that Google Chrome has been phasing out how people see sites without a security certificate. Our previous host required a paid plan to get the SSL certificate working, and to have what we wanted (quite a few pages), we would have been paying a lot more than I would have preferred–especially when WordPress is cheaper and, if I’m being completely honest, a lot more user-friendly. (I did try to stick with the old host, but ultimately it was time to say “thanks for the good times” and move on. Hopefully I can use the original free plan as a backup, but I’m not sure how long that free plan will remain.
Anyway, I spent the past couple weeks between the two hosts figuring out what I wanted to do and finally getting everything switched, as well as trying to streamline everything for a sleeker look.
Overall, I’m fairly happy with the change. There’s still a few updates that still need happening–eventually I’d like to create series-specific banners–but it’s mostly complete.
(And it has a shiny security certificate and no ads… sweet!)
Check it out!
LitRPG / GameLit Story: On hold. (Needs revisions and restructuring).
SBibb’s Photographic Illustration: Received notes on a proof for one project (now in finalizing stage) and I’m in the process of compiling proofreading notes for the other project and creating a cover proof.
In other news, I’m thrilled to announce I got first place in the Storytelling Category of the It’s Raining Men contest over on the Daz art forums.
This one uses the Daz 3D studio program for 3D rendering and Daz assets, and the key requirements of the contest were that it needed to feature a man/men as the primary focus, and have a storytelling aspect.
Definitely made my day, and I wasn’t expecting it to place:
Story Concept for the image: The apple grove was technically open land, free for everybody’s use. But when a gnarly goblin made the grove his home, wandering travelers often found trouble if they took a juicy apple from the trees.
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Happy writing and reading! 🙂