My dog is doing well now and I have gotten both the second editions of Indomitable and The Opening Bell published! Both excellent things and only the first steps to a lot more nice things coming down the aisle. Now it’s on towards publishing some sequels, which should come by the end of the month.
In addition, I’ve gotten some nice reviews this week so the support and validation make for a happy writer.
The last big knot of anxiety is my Kickstarter. If it doesn’t succeed, well, it will be a blow to the self-esteem, but not the end of the world. The books will publish and I will undoubtedly open a second Kickstarter with a lower goal, more in line with what I have proven I can raise. Still, if you read this and want to support it, there’s only 68 some hours left to do so. We are so close to the goal, it’s still not out of sight!
On the personal front, today has been pretty much a day of anxious gut-wrench. My nine-year companion, Shelley the border collie, had breathing problems and wouldn’t eat. I saw something nasty stuck in her throat so it was off to the vet. There was a golf-ball size mass of tissue in the back to of Shelley’s mouth, so it was time to immediately operate. After a few hours of going crazy, I got the good news that she came through with no problems. The only lingering issue is the source of the mass: Was it a piece of that chicken bone she ate and that cut her mouth a couple of weeks ago grown over? Or was it cancer? All we can really do now is watch and wait to see if there is any regrowth, but for now, crisis averted.
On the professional front:
Here’s the first cover sketch from my good friend Felipe de Barros for the second edition of The Opening Bell! Pulling inspiration from the old regional wrestling posters in the U.S., it’s looking to be another fantastic piece of art. Expect the finished cover and the release of the second edition sometime this week!
Here it is! From the talented hand of Felipe de Barros, here’s the cover for the second edition of Indomitable, releasing late this week on Smashwords, Amazon, and a ton of other e-book sites. Next up will be the second edition of The Opening Bell, followed by the next book in both series. All titles should be out by the end of September, then it’s on to the finales for both series!
Quick notes, as I’m trying to nurse a headache and spend time with the family.
First: I won’t be hitting my preferred end-of-August release for Indefatigable and The Tale of the Tape, but for a good reason. My work with new cover artist Felipe Barros (check his portfolio out) is involved enough that the project to for all four new covers is going to run into September. Sure, I would love to get the books out sooner but, at the same time, the quality will be so much better. Good things are worth the effort, right? I’m contemplating, though, updating the first books to their second edition content before the covers are ready, just as a service to those who have already bought the books.
Second: I’ve been working the past week on a Kickstarter, both for additional funds to finish out the two series and to fund advertising, convention fees, and an amount of physical publishing. I still need to do a bit of work, mainly finishing financial stuff and doing a project video, but this could happen within the week. You’ll hear about it here first when it happens.
Thanks for reading, thanks for the support, and enjoy your weekend!
– I slept horribly but for a good reason. Back when my friends and I were active in MMORPGs, we started and ran an Internet radio station for a game called The Secret World. Jon was the station manager, and we passed it down when we left the game. When he died, the station and game community put together a tribute show, which aired last night. I would guess 80 to 100 people were there in game with no idea how many total listeners. Very emotional and it stayed with me the rest of the night. So, because it’s just fair to shout it out, here’s a shot out to Radio Free Gaia (www.radiofreegaia.com). Even if you aren’t a player in the game, they play great music in general and are worth a listen.
– I got my first review on any site today. Check it out over on Goodreads:
I am actually really happy I didn’t get a cut and paste 5 star review. It makes me feel like I am doing well, but I have more room to grow and improve as a writer!
– There is a bit more work to be done to recover from Jon’s passing. Mainly the fact that there has been a severe lack of motivation to keep up certain normal day-to-day things, but this weekend is the ‘Get-Your-Act-Together’ weekend. Expect fewer posts until Monday, when I should be caught up.