This year has turned out to be a challenge for everyone. I started with so many plans for projects and I fully intended to have a least one of my longer books out each month. Fast forward to the mid-point of the year and I now am happy to get any of my books out each month, longer or shorter.
Because I like lists (they make me feel accomplished), here is what I’ve managed this year:
- January – The Rebel’s Mate
- February – “Candy Hearts and a Witch’s Ring”
- March – The Not so Little Merman
- April – Released “Zoe’s Happily Ever After” on Amazon, but it was written last year. I also completed “A Mate from the Deep” and published it on Prolific Works during this month.
- May – “A Mate from the Deep” on Amazon AND Convincing the Alpha (I struggled writing this one during April) AND “Fernando’s Marine” (it was part of an anthology).
- June – “Carrot Cake and a Witch’s Surprise” / Sonny and Leo (anthology of completed short stories) AND Death’s Mate
- July – Nothing/Nada/Nichts as C.W. Gray BUT I did release a new novella under the pen name Chloe Gray – Adler and Orrick, book one of A Little Bit of Perfect.
Now that I made that list, I feel a little better actually.
It bothers me that I didn’t put anything out in July as C.W., but I’ve had a hard time focusing on one project at the moment. I have a good chunk of The Sea Witch written (Silver Isles, book three), but I’ve struggled with it. I have a great plot, interesting characters, and a very sweet romance, but for some reason I am moving at the speed of molasses with it. Maybe because it’s one of my longer and more involved books. Maybe because it’s my first MMM book. I don’t know.
I do know that I love the cover:
Last week, I finally set The Sea Witch to the side and worked on a couple of smaller projects. I’ve almost completed a new Hobson Hills short story called “Sam’s BFF Dilemma.” It will release as part of a Prolific Works giveaway in September. I’ve also started Fire’s Mate, book two in Charybdis Station.
After a month of not making a lot of progress, it is amazing to feel like I’m accomplishing something again, but I feel so guilty for pausing Seamus, Marlowe, and Kai’s book. Being a full-time, self-publishing writer, I make my own deadlines, but damn if I’m not the hardest boss I’ve ever had to deal with. Plus, I absolutely hate disappointing readers who have been waiting for certain books for months.
So, my plan is now to follow the advice I see everywhere online at the moment. I’m going to be kind to myself and do what I can every day. That’s not the ideal business plan, but I think with this particular year, that’s the best plan for me.
My writing goals going forward:
- I plan on releasing Fire’s Mate in August, assuming it keeps cooperating like it has been. Then I’ll pick up The Sea Witch again and finish it up.
- Then, the next Hobson Hills Omegas book is calling to me. Sheriff Mckenzie’s book will either be titled The Sheriff’s Omega or Protecting his Omega. I’m still debating between the two. The second title is more fitting, but there is already an excellent omegaverse book out with that title.
- After that, I’m going to focus on some shorter projects: “Muddy Paws and a Fae’s Wings” (book five in Holiday Omegas); Toby and Beau (book two as Chloe Gray); and an untitled short story for an October Prolific Works giveaway.
- I’d still like to finish a few more full length books this year and I’m pretty confident I can. I’m just going to try not to think too hard about it until I finish up with my current projects, lol.
One more thing. Thank you all for being supportive and understanding. I love that you all are eager to read my upcoming books. That more than anything helps me through the hard times when I’m struggling to reach a word count or full of self-doubt. Your messages and e-mails are always welcome and make a hard day much better.