When I checked to make sure “Please Don’t Eat the Penguins” was no longer enrolled in KDP Select so I could republish it on the other sites (it should be available on them this weekend or early next week), I was pleasantly surprised to find a couple of reviews. They were both good reviews (one 5-Star and one 4-Star), and I took the time to reply to both of them instead of commenting on them in my blog.
Installments is also no longer enrolled in KDP Select, and I plan to publish it soon on the other sites. I might do it this weekend, but I’m not sure. I didn’t go visit my family over Thanksgiving, and I’m thinking now would be a good time for a little road trip. If I don’t publish it this weekend, it will be one of the first things I do after I finish grading.
I have my poetry book more-or-less ready to publish for next year, but it won’t be finalized until Dec. 31. (I have to get the cover, but it shouldn’t take too long.) I might write a few poems before the end of the year, since it’s a bit shorter than the last two collections. We’ll see. (Even without writing much poetry this year, I have over 100 poems. Many of them are short ones, though.)
One of these days, I’m going to update the front matter of my books (the list of books I’ve published, etc.), reformat the early print versions of my books to correct a few technical issues, and create a Facebook page for my writing. I still might revise my Angus series a little bit, but I haven’t decided on that yet, either. It might be a good way for me to get back into the feel of writing and the right mindset for writing the Aftermath books. We’ll see. Same with incorporating the poems I’ve written in the past few years into my earlier collections and republishing them as second editions: We’ll see.
As for writing, I’ve jotted down more notes for my Aftermath series, and I think I’ll be ready to write I Will Be King once I get through grading finals and posting my students’ final grades. (I’ll have most of it done by the end of next weekend.) I’m glad I’ve waited to start working on it, since some of the ideas I’ve had recently will make it a better book than it would have been if I had written it sooner.
I’ve thought more about that good vs. evil series I mentioned awhile ago, but I’m a long way from writing it. I have an unreliable narrator that I like (Twig), but I need other characters, a basic plot outline, world-building, etc. I plan to spend A LOT of time mapping out this series before I start working on it. Reading the Harry Potter series helped me to understand better how the plot for a series should be developed. I only had a generally idea of what I was doing when I wrote my Angus the Mage series (it sort of developed on its own), and I want to have a strong idea of what I’m going to do before I start the first book of my next fantasy series. (My Aftermath series doesn’t count, since it is more like four separate-but-connected novels than a series building to a single climactic event. With the exception of the first book, each one should stand fairly well on its own.
One last thing: I bought a second computer to make it easier to write while I am “watching” television programs on my computer (or letting Slotomania run on autopilot). I think it will help, once I figure out how to use Microsoft Edge and adjust to Windows 10. It will also make it easier to work with my students in online classes and manage my prep work from home. Unless, of course, my old computer craps out on me, which it could easily do. (It’s old enough that it has Windows XP….)
That’s enough of an update. The next one should be in a couple of weeks, when I intend to start on I Will Be King.