Sorry for that last post. Had a combination of pure frustration, and despair that most working parents can sympathise with!
If you read my other blog, then you’ll know that I am autistic and, unfortunately, when I have an episode of frustration and despair like that, the longer it goes on for, the more likely I am to have a meltdown.
And that’s what happened.
Of course, what you read isn’t anywhere near as bad as what happened in my house, but at least it didn’t happen at a public event!
So to catch you up with what’s going on, writing wise…
I am currently working on two WIPs.
The book that caused the meltdown is “Where are My Socks?” – I am having trouble with formatting. So having worked out how to do what I want to do, I can now get on with it.
The other book is “Daemon’s Will”. I am determined to get the first draft finished before the end of the year. The story is going really well now, but it’s going to need some serious editing.
I also have to catch up with my podcasts. I need to finish the video for episode two and record episode three. Then I have to organise episode four…
Episode Four is a big one because I am going to be interviewing another author, Sammy H. K. Smith, who wrote “Anna”, the book I reviewed a few posts back. I still haven’t figured out how to do that yet!
So I hope you will stick around and find out how it all goes!!
I know, I know… I’m late with the strip again. Sadly this is the bane of my life; I set myself deadlines and I never manage to hit them precisely on time. I was the same at Uni by the way…
Any way. Instead, I thought that I would do something topical and introduce you to the Easter Bunny… okay, he’s not the real Easter Bunny… we all know who that is:
The Easter Bunny I am talking about, isn’t really a Rabbit. He’s a Hare. Specifically a Moon Hare from The Land Far Away. He is also my Art Muse and is always finding new techniques for me to try. Stardust (my Craft Muse) is alternately relieved that she doesn’t have to over work herself any more and jealous of all the time I have been spending with him recently.
Named after one of my Favourite Artists, he arrived not long after I started doing a proper art project in Art Class:
A New Muse…
Puff: Who is that? Stardust: *sleepily* What are you talking about? There’s no one there… Puff: You can’t see it? That strange shape over by Author, waving her artistic kit at her? Stardust:*Frowning* Oh yes… I can’t quite make it out… Patches: What are you two muttering about? *The other two point* Patches: Oh, that’s the new muse… they haven’t chosen a shape yet. Stardust: I thought I was the Art Muse… Patches: You’re more interested in the Craft side and Author has been doing a lot of drawing recently. Puff: So there’s space for a new muse? Hmm… I wonder what it will be?
Story #43 – “Author & Muse Stories” by Kira Morgana
Stories #43 and #44 won’t be told in visual form for quite a while yet, I need to catch up with myself and all sorts of things get in the way of me working… *glares in the direction of SB & PW* …however, he has appeared in a couple of full page stories – most notably, Matchmaking in the Singletons section with Angerbun.
So as he’d become a bit of a fixture, I started writing his origin story. I usually write the Land Far Away stories in rhyme, but I had serious trouble with this one – none of the words wanted to rhyme and it appeared that he had more story to tell than rhymes would allow. I changed tack and swapped to prose rather than poetry (although there is some poetry in it – Land Far Away wouldn’t be Land Far Away without the awful rhymes) and the words started flowing well.
Then Stardust got involved. I’m not going to explain that one here; I already did it in a video:
So having completed the Ever Spring Tree with Stardust, I found that Salvador’s story was flowing better than ever and thought I ought to introduce him with a Character Page:
Hopefully his whole story should be finished soon and I am hoping that Maria K. will be able to illustrate it and we’ll get it published in time for the next Spring Holiday… but as I said before, deadlines are not my strong point so don’t get your hopes up too soon – a lot has to happen before we get to publication stage!
Being Autistic can cause a great deal of problems, especially when you are trying to organise a career.
In this case, I am trying my hardest to make my writing pay for itself at the very least. I have one lovely patron whose support (as you may recall) has allowed me to take my blogsite up to being a proper website. However, I would need at least twenty-seven more to be able to break even with the money I have paid out for cover art recently…
So writing and publishing more is the way to go.
Now, if you’ve been keeping up with events in The Land Far Away , you’ll know that Maria K. and I published a new book together in December 2018 and that the entire series is now out as Audio books… just click through the link above to find out more.
Next I needed to look at my existing publications, to see what needed updating. A.E. Churchyard came under scrutiny first; I noticed that if you search for the pen name or Heir of The Dragon, it only comes up on the second page. That means that in the couple of years since I gave it a new cover and updated it, there have been a slew of books with similar names and those books have buried my little werewolf / vampire novella. So I decided it needed a title change. The story was originally called The White Tiger, however, a quick search told me that using that wouldn’t be a good idea either.
Finally, after a discussion with the bevy of writers, readers and artists on my facebook list, I came to the conclusion that it needed to be brought in line with the second book in that series… which hasn’t been published yet – no getting excited at the back there… So the new title of “The Heir of The Dragon” is going to be “Curse of The White Tiger” and it has the subtitle of “A Dark Cities Chronicle.”
The cover has already been tweaked, I just have to adjust the listing and content of the book.
I’ve also managed to complete a short story in the Dark Cities world, but as it’s not long enough to publish by itself, I’m going to lay it aside for the Story Collection I am building… so you’ll have to wait a while to read it.
In the meantime, I would like to ask you, if you can do one of two things…