I was looking at some earlier posts, and apparently back in September I thought I was going to write ALL THE BOOKS this winter. I mean, IÂ knew that was unrealistic, so I said I’d probablyÂ not haveÂ the next Renegade X book done until the end of this year. ButÂ what actually happened was I felt super burnt out on writing novels, after working crazy hard to get Phobia and Torment done, so I just didn’t.
Actually, I wrote a radio play. IÂ knew audiobooks were a thing, but I only discovered audio dramas about a year and a half ago (thank you, Home Front), and it turns out I freakingÂ love audio dramas.
I’m also working on aÂ visual novel (it’s like Choose Your Own Adventure, but with pictures, if you’ve never played one). It’s pretty hilarious, if I do say so myself. (Which I do. Obviously.)
And another Dragonbound book and the next Renegade X book are in the works, plus something new I’ve been playing with.
I always thought I’d be the kind of author who could just do whatever was needed at any given time, but it turns out I’m not.Â Not being able to wrangle myself makes me feel like a bad writer, so I try not to think about it, because it’s not how I pictured myself when I dreamed of doing this as a career. But creativity is often hard to wrangle! (AndÂ adding health issues and energy problems into the mixÂ just complicates things.) And the more I think about it, the more I think it probably doesn’t mean anything bad about my abilities as a writer. But it does mean that I don’t always work on the intended projects at the intended times, despite the fact that it feels like every other writer in the world is getting everything done when they say they will no matter what. (Even though I know they’re not. Well, maybe some of them are, but notÂ all of them. Probably.)
So, yes, delays all around. Including a delay on the next audiobook, which I thought would also be out by now, though that one isÂ for a completely different reason. Everyone involved is ready to go, butÂ I have to wait for contracts (read: payment) from another project (one that will make Renegade X fans very happy, though I can’t reveal it yet), andÂ I really thought they’d be done months ago, but they’re taking forever. But once all that gets sorted out, production will begin on the audiobook for book three. And once production begins, it really shouldn’t take very long for everything to get done and for it to come out.
I’ve also got some writing- and publishing-related posts coming up soon, too. People sometimes email me vague writing or publishing questions, and then I write them back with overwhelming emails containingÂ everything I know on the subject.Â So IÂ thought I’d comb through my emails andÂ actually make some posts.