I’ve found my groove on the Reapers 3 story. Actually, I’ve been completely and totally focused on that book alone for the last week and wow. I’ve gotten some progress on it. I feel like I could finish the rewrite draft this week, like tonight or tomorrow.
So that’s going well. I hit the part of the book where I had to completely change the story, so it’s all new words. I think I’m going to probably go over on my 75k word count goal. Lately, I just haven’t been able to write shorter books. I suppose that could be a good thing? Well, I’m choosing to look at it as a good thing. Writerly growth and all that.
The thing about writing is that you never stop learning. When you learn a new skill or apply it, the style in which you write shifts too. I’ve been pretty stuck where I’m at for a while. But I think writing Bloodlines and dipping my toes into a new genre has broken through that layer of static energy and I’m getting to stretch my wings a little now.
It’s like leveling up in a game. You’ve been working toward a goal all this time, but not really making any traction. Then suddenly, you not only burst through, but you end up fighting the big boss at the end of the level and winning.
Maybe that’s not the right analogy. But I do think that I’m in the leveling up process with my writing. And maybe writing longer books is part of that process as well. Who knows.
I did get the proof of Amethyst Dreams today. It’s gorgeous. I love it. Still waiting for the hardcover version to make its way to me. It’s still in the printing stages. Hardcovers tend to take longer, so I’m not worried yet. But I’m hoping it will ship soon.
So that’s all I got. I wanted to share that with you because we’re getting closer to the release of Amethyst Dreams and it’s been a while since I’ve been excited about a book release. I mean, I’m always excited, but this is different. It feels different.
And honestly, I think it makes me excited about releasing the Reapers books again too. Like, I’ve already started thinking about Reapers 4 and I’m in the middle of Reapers 3, still. Crazy, huh. (I did write the first scene of Reapers 4 the other day, though. It’s going to be so much fun to write. I can’t wait.) I also have ideas for a few novellas in this series. So, I think Amethyst Dreams has been good for me in many more ways than I thought it would be. It was supposed to be a fun break from the norm that I did for my patrons. And it was, but I think it’s become more than that. It’s basically revitalized me as a writer. I’m enjoying it like crazy.
I just need more hours in the day (or you know, stop sleeping) to work on all the things that have been floating through my writerly brain.