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So this is my first attempt at an author’s website, so I’ll ask you all to be patient with me.

I have finished the alpha (hopefully, beta) versions of Consequences and have sent them to beta readers to have a look over. I am hoping to send one of them to the editor (the wonderful Jeanne) by the end of the month (I can see Jeanne’s face now!).

Now that I am in waiting mode, I have returned to Dark Reign, the sequel to Dark Dimensions. I have a page exclusively for Dark Reign and will pop some information in it there.

I do hope to have Consequences out soon for all to read. In the meantime, please keep the word going about Dark Dimensions and, just as importantly, KCEditions, my publisher.

Bright Start to the New Year

So, 2020 is over! I pushed it out of our house at 11.55pm on 31 December 2020! Didn’t want to keep it around.

Therefore, 2021 will be better, brighter, smarter for us all!

So, I have some news that reflect that prediction! I have finished editing Consequences 3. I have finally found a name for Consequences 2 and I have signed the publishing contract for Heart of Deception. It is all moving forward this year and it’s about taking control and making sure you do what you have to do to get there and not allow anything to beat you. Keep at what you are planning, keep doing it and keep doing anything that will get you there! Do not succumb to negative actions that will thwart your results. (Thwart, great word, don’t you think?)

And, so no one forgets, Dark Dimensions is available at http://www.amazon.com.au and http://www.amazon.com for pre-order. Oh and there is a trailer/teaser for Dark Dimensions at http://www.corvusquillpress.com.

Enjoy this year – it will be better, I’m sure of it!

That time of year

So it’s that time of year again. The ‘silly season’, ‘mid-summer/winter solstice’, ‘Christmas’ or just plain ‘holidays’. Doesn’t matter what it is, it has also become time to think about loved ones we’ve lost and those we don’t see very often. I normally ring my sister early but she beat me to it this year! That’s okay, I’ll get her back on New Year’s Day!

On to other things. I have, I believe, finished the editing on Consequences 2 – or Legacy of Risks – and am still struggling with Dark Reign. Distractions are chaotic at times like this. I’m hoping things will settle down soon and I’ll be able to focus on it again.

But, of course, this being Australia – and Western Australia at that – we have to talk about the heat! 46 degrees celcius apparently in our suburb on Thursday and Christmas and Boxing Days not much better. So far today seems to be a bit cooler and seems darker than normal, so maybe there are a few clouds around. Either way, it may be cooler than the last couple of days.

And how did your presents go? I got my art stuff I ‘asked’ for and a pair of Samsung ear buds – which were a complete surprise! – what do I do with the others? I know, I’ll use ’em all! Different ones for different reasons! 😀 I hope you all got what you wanted and what you wished for.

Me? I wished for everyone to be safe and well over Christmas and my heart went out to one man whose sister didn’t make it home for Christmas. May the rest of your year be better than Christmas Day was, my friend.

Surprise!

So, I was working on a train crash in Dark Reign and wasn’t quite sure if it was written clearly. So, I shared it to this really large group (yeah, you guessed it, Nanoland) and straight away someone pointed out an issue I hadn’t thought of. The train would not have been travelling as fast as I had it travelling at the place it was. Oh, my! Back to the drawing board!

So if you’re writing something that involves velocity and things like trains, buses, automobiles or planes, it pays to check what speed they might be travelling at at a particular time. Like what happens when you pull a hand brake on in a car? Nothing. It absolutely stops, but you can’t flip it. Doesn’t work. Unless the driver wrenches the steering wheel to the side. Which mine did. Don’t ask me why or how and there’s no way anyone can ask him now, ’cause he died in the crash.

But just do that little bit extra research. I’d been sitting on this train crash thinking the only thing wrong with it might be the way the cars derailed. Didn’t even think about whether the train would be barrelling along or sauntering along. (Couldn’t resist those descriptors!)

On a second note, the teaser for the relaunch of Dark Dimensions is getting closer and I’m getting more excited every time there’s an update! Cannot wait to see the finished teaser and have the opportunity to share it with everyone!

Life after NaNoWriMo

So now comes life after Nano. I’ve had a week off and am now looking at what I have done for Dark Reign. I decided to write a couple of scenes as background to one of the characters in it and posted it in a small group. I got back, essentially, “want more.” So, does this mean Clans In Conflict will be 5 books instead of 4? I haven’t decided, yet. But one of my ideas was to write Dark Reign from this particular character’s point of view. I may still do that, but I am working on the book, have no fear.

Also, news on Dark Dimensions’ relaunch – the pre-order links are almost ready and so is the trailer! We’re on track for the launch in April 2021 and I know that I am excited for it to happen.

Also slightly worried because that means the pressure is on to complete Dark Reign (gosh, it’s been soooooooo long). I do hope, however, that Heart of Deception is published after Dark Reign but that will depend on the publisher. Exciting days are ahead!

End of NaNoWriMo

And it’s over! Mind you, I’m impressed with myself. Even with working 4 days a week, reviewing a number of grant proposals, I managed to go from just shy of 25000 on Wednesday night to 50130 today to finish it.

But of course, it wasn’t new work – well not all of it – and it wasn’t just one project. I wrote a few scenes for Dark Reign that I needed to get done, wrote quite a few more for Consequences 4 that I needed to do and then began a horror story I’ve had in mind for a long time. Thus, Life Is Not Enough was started.

This one brings back a few people’s favourites, Detectives Craig Wilson and Ben Patterson. The other books these two are in are non-published works but I do hope to bring them out in the future, along with this particular book. Because it’s one of my few female MCs, Sam Mitchell. Sort of a cross between Karl Kolchak and Samantha Carter. If you recognise those names, you’ll know what her character’s like.

But now I get back to reviewing other people’s work. I have a chapter for one that’s being written, a few chapters for another that needs a hand to work out the best way to word things and then, of course, comes the entire rewrite of a book a friend has written. I’m looking forward to see what she has done with those characters!

Hard slog

Well, this Nanowrimo is proving to be a hard slog. But it will be worth it. Mind you, I have managed to drop an obligation so that should help. Then again, I got a second obligation, so it cancelled out the one I dropped!

So, this is the first time since working full time (wow, 6 years ago) that I have attempted Nanowrimo whilst working 4 days a week. It is definitely a challenge – along with the project proposals I review for Cancer Council WA. Of course, they have to come in in November! But it’s a yearly thing, so I should be used to it by now.

For an announcement, though, the trailer for Dark Dimensions is currently being worked on, so when I have that link, I will place it here. Talk about excited, though! Things are happening so fast, I can’t wait! But it’s time to get back to Nanowrimo before the time is up. At least I’m over half-way through!

Quick note – after all, November

Okay, so I’m a bit late with this but it is November, so it’s a big juggle.

I am doing okay with NaNoWriMo but it is slow going. I am being the usual rule breaker and working on 2 projects simultaneously but they’re coming along well.

Of course, being November, there’re also the PhD Top-Ups from Cancer Council WA to review. So, really pushing stuff. I will get there, I assure you.

And I actually bought some Lego today to use as props for certain scenes. Not saying which scenes but it’s working a treat!

Now, sorry, but must get back into it – my muse awaits me!