First off, thank you to the hosts I have thus far! There are still three dates free, the 29th, the 2nd and the 3rd are still up in the air. I'm putting together posts and prize sets now and in all trying to be as organized as possible while battling a cold? I think it's a cold. I've had four cups of tea today. Black tea. Highly caffeinated, plus one cup of herbal tea that has helped the symptoms to some degree.
I've also been replaying Bioshock 2, as it seemed the thing to do. On Hard mode this time because it was too easy on normal. Anywho....
I just read Vixen's Valor by Charlie Cochet... The North Pole City Tales are a highlight of my Christmas season, they really are. I've just started pre-ordering them whenever I see I new one on the Coming Soon page because I know they're going to be heart-warming, a bit naughty and just all around wonderful. I just wish she'd write something longer in that world. And of course I want to see the boys from Mending Noel again.
In other news, I've got another Night Wars short reverted into my hands, so I'm adding it into what I hope to be a full-blown Anthology of Night Wars short stories. All the old ones plus a few new ones. Right now I'm trying to finish something totally unrelated with brand new characters you've never seen but after that I'm going to work on The Evil Eye which is a book from Jack's perspective and delves more deeply into his family, secrets, and past. As far as The Night Wars go I have Jack's book, then I have a plot for a book for Michael, a novella I think for Bronson and definitely a revisit of Station House Six. Then, however, we'll be moving on. I've got Divisions abroad to look at, as well as New York, New Orleans and St. Louis.
In YA news, the Guidebook series will continue with the addition of two novels I'm working on. How to Breathe Fire deals with the dragon you met in Vampirism and You! but I'm at a standstill plot-wise so no real progress is being made. On the other hand I have Baying at the Moon, which will deal with the supposedly non-existent werewolf (well, vampires do keep secrets after all). That one I am looking forward to quite a bit. I have plans and plots for about five more books in total for that series.
This year did not go the way I wanted it to. I had hoped to publish four books this year and only pulled out two. A lot of this had to do with a mystery illness and a long bout of depression. I'm feeling better now, more focused and more like myself. I don't think I noticed how bad I had gotten until I started to feel better.
For next year, I won't make any battle plans. I'm not going to promise anything because I just want to focus on the writing, on continuing to get better and telling the stories I love.
A Curse on the Mountain is a story I've been trying to tell for a long time. I started it my Freshman year of college and have been fighting with it since. I think it and I came to an understanding, and I hope it's a story that you will all enjoy reading as much as I've enjoyed writing.