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I'm probably forgetting something.

October 14, 2015

It's been a little bit since I posted. Hopefully, posting/blogging will be something I can do more frequently in the coming months. Starting after Thanksgiving I'll be writing full-time and—fingers crossed—I'll have more time for these types of things. You know? The stuff that I really love doing, but ranks lower on my priority list? Have any of those? For me it's blogging, and I really miss it. 


Because goals. 

Mr. Mabie and I had a really fun summer. We traveled more than we ever have and met hundreds of readers, authors and new friends. Now that it's fall and things are beginning to slow down, I can get back into a normal writing schedule and set some attainable goals. 


Here are some things that are on my short-list that you may be wondering about.


The Very Second Time. Let's cut the crap here. I had an expected date for release that isn't going to happen. Am I the only one who's noticed? God, I hope not.


Let's talk about why.


First, this book is just plain old harder to write than the Wake Series. Where I'm used to only worrying about two frustrating as hell characters, now I'm dealing with two characters and this little thing called the time-space continuum. Okay, it's not that crazy, but it's definitely different—which is good. I want it to be different than my other books. 


Second, I want it to be DIFFERENT than my other books. This may come as a surprise, but I can't turn off Casey. I mean, in real-life I'd probably have no problem turning a guy like him off, but, figuratively speaking, he's still so damn loud in my head. So I'm trying some things others have suggested to clear my writing palette, if you will. 


And third, I didn't give myself enough time. I was ambitious as hell to set that date knowing I had over eight signings, a full-time job still, the finale of a series to finish and publish, and a little, tiny scrap of a social life. Plus, um...hello... a husband and dog. 


What is it they say? If you don't set goals, then you'll never fail. 


Newsflash: I set goals. I'm going to fail at many of them. I'm okay with that because sometimes I won't. 


Here's a few pictures of what I was doing when I wasn't writing The Very Second Time. I wasn't just watching the Kardashians. My summer doesn't feel like a failure. It was awesome and I don't feel guilty. 

So please don't worry. I'm not pushing TVST back too far, but it isn't going to be ready when I planned. It is still at the top of my priority list. I am still working on it. I just want it to be what I know this story can be, if I give it what it deserves. 


Also, I'm thinking a lot about Reggie and Troy. At the same time you ask? You're damn right—but let's stay focused here. 


I seriously can't wait to get these stories out. I keep falling harder and harder for my new men... er... I mean characters. 


Another project I have in the hopper is audio. You might have seen a post here and there when someone asks about it. Yes, I'm working on it. That said, I'm learning that I'm a picky, picky bitch when it comes to Blake and Casey. It has to be them. I've been listening to many auditions and I think I've found my Blake, but Casey is still eluding me. Anyway, there are many more auditions I need to listen to and hopefully our man is in there.