As we come down the homestretch of summer, I find myself actually with a set of manageable goals in hand. The trick seems to be giving myself a big enough window of time in which to accomplish each one, so I don't have to stress as much. I've got enough projects lined up to keep me pretty busy for the rest of this year, I think—which include the release of multiple new ebooks! Here's a general idea of the battle plans I've made for fall and winter:
I'm currently working on final proofreading and formatting for The Parting Glass, the second entry in the Mrs. Meade Mysteries. It may hit virtual shelves as soon as next week. It spite of Mrs. Meade's and my best efforts, it's going to end up a bit shorter than The Silver Shawl, but that doesn't really matter, because I have a feeling that the third entry, The Oldest Flame, will turn out a bit longer! I plan to turn my attention to that one, which needs a couple of scenes added and some general revising and editing, as soon as No. 2 is safely launched. Depending on how revision goes, I hope to publish No. 3 sometime this autumn. As you might have noticed if you've browsed all the way to the bottom of the My Books page on the blog lately, I've also got a short Christmas story in the works, which I'm going to proofread and prepare in advance for a release around the holidays. Just a Christmasy little something I couldn't resist writing—I always seem to get the impulse to write a Christmas story when the holidays roll around (this one I began last December, and finished up later in the winter). Perhaps I'll end up making it a yearly tradition!
Next I shall probably type up and edit Corral Nocturne, in preparation for the December 31st deadline of this contest. After that my options are a bit looser—I'm longing to start in on writing my comedy novel, whose outline continues to grow by bits and pieces, but I want to wait until I have a clear slate and can focus happily on it. I haven't yet set myself a date (or, more accurately, a window) for editing and publishing Left-Hand Kelly; I'm still waiting for some feedback and I just don't feel I've been away from it long enough to edit objectively.
Well, that sounds likes rather a lot, doesn't it! I've managed to get a nice jump on the ebook releases already, though, by creating my HTML documents and filling in all the front and back matter in advance. That's a fairly easy and fun exercise for a spare moment. I've actually got the ones for The Oldest Flame and Some Christmas Camouflage all ready and waiting—I did that for The Parting Glass, too, and it's amazing how much time it saves, just being able to paste in the actual text of the story when it's ready.
Meanwhile on the blog, I do intend to keep on with my A-Z series on writing historical fiction...just as soon as I can come up with a topic for G. I'd very much appreciate suggestions! Also looking for topics for the letters I and K—any ideas? To get an idea of what I'm going for, you can find the list of completed topics in my introductory post to the series.