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Thursday, March 12, 2020

'Curiosities' No Longer a Duology (Yay!) Plus More Good Stuff About 'St. Grimald'

It didn't take me long to go back on my resolution to avoid cramming your reading with random updates here and there. The thing is that with my medical leave only on its third week (time's going so slowly on my end, folks), I'm getting this ongoing barrage of news left and right, plus I'm alone with my thoughts and all other kinds of distractions. So I've been feeling the urge to blabber non-stop over here.

I have been writing consistently, so that's a very good thing. What it's doing, however, is grounding home the fact that I'm not made to write full-time (see physical limitations as one ages). I also get way too antsy just toddling around at home, and with the weather shifting to warmer temps, the restlessness is getting worse. I need to move around a lot. My day job might suck my life essence, but it keeps me on my toes, and I spend my hours moving so much. I miss the constant activity, and I miss my co-workers.

Anyway, I've been keeping track of the current COVID-19 health emergency, especially since my husband works in an urgent care clinic that serves mostly low-income patients who don't have access to resources for much of their immediate and more critical health needs. I'm side-eyeing the man everyday, I'm telling you. And we've stocked up on over-the-counter stuff plus our usual vitamin / mineral supplements and other health-related aids. We're keeping our eyes open and being extra careful in public (following the protocols for preventing the spread of the virus), but we're not panicking.

I hope everyone out there's doing well. Take good care of yourselves, you hear? Anyway, over to some great writing and publishing news...

WORKS-IN-PROGRESS UPDATES:

Why, yes! The post title says it all!

Curiosities, which was a duology for the longest time, now has a third book, which I mentioned a few times before: Eidolon. And I'm here to tell you all that the book now has a solid plot, and it's on my writing queue. The story will take us all back to St. Jude and the Kingdom of Bohemia, and there'll be cameos galore from characters in the first two books. However, the third novel in the series will focus on a new set of characters.

From the Online Etymology Dictionary:

Eidolon: 1801, "a shade, a specter," from Greek eidolon "appearance, reflection in water or a mirror," later "mental image, apparition, phantom," also "material image, statue, image of a god, idol," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid). By 1881 in English as "a likeness, an image."

More on the book once I'm done with my current WIPs, and I'm once again free to play with new stuff.

But wait! There's more!

The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory will keep its original title, but I've worked some of the fantasy / AU elements into the current WIP in order to open the door for future adventures, and my gamble's paying off. The introduction of a character who wasn't originally planned for the story led the the slight tweaking of one of the main characters, and voila - the wide open door to a sequel (or the start of a new series).

There's going to be a bunch of revisions and rewrites of earlier chapters in order to make the latter changes a lot smoother and more subtle (not to mention logical), so I've been cramming my Bob Ross journal with a crap ton of notes pertaining to those changes.* There's definitely going to be more "side activity" from side characters in the sense that I'll be weaving some letters they'll write to non-MCs as well in order to expand the scope of the original plot.

I'm still mulling over the name of the series, but that shouldn't take me too long to figure things out.

SIGNAL BOOST IF YOU'RE READING THIS ON YOUR PHONE AND NOT SEEING MY SIDEBAR:

New / Current Release: Dollhouse (Curiosities #1) is now available in e-book and print formats.
March E-Book Sale: Ambrose (Dolores #1) is now 99 cents from different online stores till the 31st. 

OTHER STUFF:

My uber-bulky splint and bandages have been replaced by a molded splint and the thinner, grippier bandages, which allow me more movement with my right hand (close to normal, at least). The stitches have been taken out already (a surprise for me because I expected that to happen next week), and I've been trying to practice taking up a pen and writing stuff down. Not ideal at the moment because of the added bulk of the molded splint, but I'm trying to get myself used to not being able to bend my thumb anymore. It's tricky as hell, but not impossible. I'll definitely need some adjustments by way of those egg-shaped foam grippers for pens and pencils.

Once the doctor takes away the splint and bandages and gets me going on physical therapy, I'll see if a plain pen will work for me still. Otherwise, I'm okay with the extra help offered by those foam eggs as I already own a few.


* My new Bob Ross journal is my current pride and joy, and it's one of the perks of working in an art store because, yay, massive discount for awesome stuff like this.

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