I’ve been sharing a lot about the second in the NEIGHBOURS Series that is currently releasing in instalments. Keeping Up With the Neighbours is into it’s third ‘episode’, with the release of the complete series in both ebook and paperback set for July 30.
But there has been lots of other writing related activity at my house!
I finally finished editing my novel AND THE BEAT GOES ON – the first book I had published way back in 2009. Once I got the rights back I knew I wanted to revamp it slightly, but I just couldn’t seem to find the time. Good news! it’s ready to go with a brand new cover and even a change in title. CONSPIRACY OF BONES is set to release sometime in the near future. I am waiting for the right time to give it the fanfare I think it deserves.
Also ‘revamped’ is PLAY IT AGAIN and MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER will hopefully not be far behind. Each release will come out when the timing is right.
I also have been submitting several plays that have been languishing on my computer for several years. It’s Your Life, Murder at the Paradise Express, and King William Travels the World have all been submitted to various play publishers so I am just waiting to hear back to see if anyone wants to publish any of them. I also plan to submit my Drama class’s newest play, Snow White and the Dwarf’s Revenge, very soon. If no one picks them up, I may even decide to self publish them…. although I have never done anything like that for any of my plays so far, so that could be a new adventure! (Especially the distribution and performance royalty end of things…)
You could say, I’ve been keeping myself ot of trouble!
NOTE: I wrote and scheduled this post several weeks before it actually went live here. Since then I have had a small heart attack and have had to slow things down a bit. Fortunately, all but the last instalment of NEIGHBOURS II are already in the queue and scheduled for release so that project should move forward with no blips!
If I was in business, I would say that the first quarter of 2017 has come and gone. In fact, we’re two weeks into the second quarter. But wait… I AM in business. I’m a writer, and I set some pretty lofty goals for myself at the beginning of this year. In fact, my ‘word’ for 2017 is ACCOUNTABILITY, so this post is one way of maintaining that focus one quarter in.
While I’m not one hundred percent up to the mark with all of my writing and publishing goals, I feel like I am making very good progress. In fact, you may already know that Volume 1 in the NEIGHBOURS sequel released on Saturday.
NEIGHBOURHOOD TANGLE – Volume 1 – JED is now available on Amazon. It is the first novella length instalment in the continuing series. (There are seven in all) I shared the blurb in a previous post.
Here is how the rest of the series is shaping up:
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – Volume 2 – BO – release date April 30
NEIGHBOURHOOD REBEL – Volume 3 – REBA – release date May 15
NEIGHBOURHOOD UPSTART – Volume 4 – PIP – release date May 30
NEIGHBOURHOOD FREEDOM – Volume 5 – WILL – release date June 15
NEIGHBOURHOOD CUPID – Volume 6 – ZEB – release date June 30
NEIGHBOURHOOD WRAP – Volume 7 – FINALE – July 15
KEEPING UP WITH THE NEIGHBOURS COMPLETE SERIES 2 – release date July 30 (paperback and ebook)
Please stay tuned for more details on the final launch. I am releasing each novella separately, but hope to make the final book launch of the complete series a bit more ‘splashy’.
I couldn’t help the reference to a book I read over the holidays called Telling Lies For Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block. It made me think about amping up my own productivity this year. Not that last year was a total dud. I did manage to republish my NEIGHBOURS Series, and I did a lot in terms of revamping my website. (Attested by the fact that I am posting here in the first place.) Other than that, many of my best laid plans went by the wayside.
I’m a person who enjoys setting goals, and I usually do it a couple of times a year. New year’s is the obvious one, but I also tend to re-strategize before summer hits and then again in the fall. Sometimes my goals are vague, more like ‘suggestions’ than anything specific or measurable. Sometimes they are quite detailed, which often then leads to more restructuring when I don’t meet my deadlines.
This year I’ve decided on the ‘one word’ theme, something I’ve tried in the past with marginal success. However, I have faith that this year will be different. Why? Well, the word I’ve chosen will help answer that question, I think. The word is ACCOUNTABILITY.
I’ve thought about it long and hard and this is the word that keeps cropping up. I want to become more accountable for my time, more accountable for following through with my goals, and more accountable for all the unfinished ‘business’ that I want to move into the finished column this year.
I have found in the past that I work well under pressure or when faced with deadlines. Somehow I manage to get things done. Contrast that with not having deadlines, and I find I can just as easily fritter away the hours watching mindless TV. (A terrible motivation suck!) But its time I became accountable for my own actions,
So, here’s to a year of ACCOUNTABILITY. I’ll let you know how I fare…
Read my review of Telling Lies For Fun and Profit on amazon.