So I’ve pretty much decided that January and July and no-blogging months. It’s just too hard when my brain’s in full holiday mode, and I prefer to dedicate my time to writing as much as possible while I can.
That said, work is back this week, and so is blogging! Generic stuff this week, then hopefully I’ll FINALLY finish that series on party hosting, and then I want to dive deep into a topic that seems to intimidate a lot of people: THEME. Yup, you heard it: I’m going to be spending a few weeks writing about the idea of theme in writing. The posts will be tidied up, a bit of bonus content added, and released as an ebook at the end of it all. (If you’re keen to get that bonus content early, sign up for my Patreon – *everyone*, including the $1/month tier, will get the bonuses as soon as I write them, which will be as much as 6 months earlier than the ebook is released.) While the book will be mostly aimed at genre-fiction writers, it will be equally useful for any writer who’s not so sure about theme, AND also for students of all ages who struggled to analyse themes in texts :3
In other news, Sanctuary 3 is going well (regular snippets also on Patreon for $2+) – I’m over 2/3rds of the way through, and at this point we’re looking at a late May/early June release, all going well. I’ll share a blurb etc as soon as I have it. Rest assured: as many of your lingering questions as possible will be wrapped up in this exciting finale! All the goss on Aphros, the Valley, the Shadows, and some shocking revelations about the roads – plus the obligatory break-and-enters into the fairies’ Lodge :’D Fun and shenanigans and saving the world – and Edge’s family.
Also coming this year: the start of a new series, which will seem strangely familiar if you’ve read this series of posts on plotting; a standalone novella in the apparently super popular Witch Blue series (this is the one with personality-based magic clans, where your Myer-Briggs type determines which abilities you have – it’s a sprawling space opera/puzzle mystery with science-based magic/superpowers, and every time I mention it on social media, y’all seem to go nuts for it 😀 (thanks!!)); and more short stories on the Darkness & Good blog in anticipation of a second anthology in 2019 or 2020. And besides all that, there’s a Sekrit Projekt in the works too, a non-writing one which is taking me out of my comfort zone a bit, but which I’m super, SUPER excited about. Very early stages yet, but you’ll hear more about it throughout the year :3
Anyway, happy new year of all varieties. Here’s to 2018!