Can I still say “Happy New Year” 11 days into January?

First of all—the first draft of Celestial Chaos is done. It’s 5,000 words over what I originally figured it would be, and that word count will probably change once I’m finished writing the second draft, but it’s DONE. I’d planned on completing the first draft by New Year’s Eve, but since I’d rather spend December 31st with friends, drinking champagne and watching The Inbetweeners and MuchMoreMusic (the only music I recognize these days), I finished it on January 4th.  Revisions are going very well—I’m about 15,000 words into it—and it’s on track for a spring release.

There will be a third novel after Celestial Chaos to finish the series, but I’m probably going to take a break from The Commons. I wouldn’t say I’m burned out, but the creative side of me has been living and breathing these books for the last year and a half, and I need a rest from it. I doubt it’ll be long—there’s a novella I want to finish and submit to e-pubs, unrelated to The Commons—just a bit of a breather. I don’t know how authors with massive series do it without going batty—Anita Blake must be, what, 647,894,321 books (and counting)?* How many are there in the Psy-Changeling series? Kelley Armstrong wrapped up Women of the Otherworld last year, much to my sadness, after 13 books and even more short stories and novellas. I don’t think I have the stamina to put out at least one full-length novel per year, per series.

As far as other goals go, what with it being a new year and all (also, I turn 30 this year, which is sort of terrifying), the only other ones besides the new books are redesigning my website and engaging a little more on social media. I joined Twitter about a decade after everyone else had, but it’s grown on me. I have a Facebook page I rarely use, and I probably should. Ditto for Google+, where I don’t have any presence yet.

…Just give me about three years, when it stops being cool.


*Obligatory footnote: I copied and pasted LMGTFY myself 😉

2 thoughts on “Can I still say “Happy New Year” 11 days into January?

  1. I finished writing a book right before Christmas and I still haven’t found the energy to start a new project. Isn’t it amazing how some authors seem to be able to move from one project to the next without needing a mental break? I wish I was more like that.

    1. I’m all about moving from one project to the next–I get a little stir-crazy if I’m not working on something. I just never expected to go a little stir-crazy writing the same series! 🙂

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