Last week I started this feature, the Monday coffee break, where I give you a summary of things, then I post a question for you.
In summary, I’ve named my tattoo magician series! Born Of Ink follows Dacian, who usually goes by Dan. I’m going to see how far I get without an outline, because I need to destress and relax. I’ve also officially announced that I hope to be a full-time author this time next year! You can find my plan to do this here.
I haven’t started actually writing Branded In Ink book one of this tattoo magician series yet for two reasons – I haven’t quite figured out the opening scenes yet, so I’m still writing snippets. (You can read some of those here). Reason number two is that I’ve been having a bit of pain in my wrists so I’m limiting my typing for a couple of days to rest them so it doesn’t become anything more severe. I type for a living, I’m an editor and writer, I dread to think how many thousands of words I write every day. I am very careful to do full stretches (neck, shoulders, back, arms and wrists) every 90 minutes but it’s still a lot of strain on the body. Don’t forget to stretch guys and rests your wrists/arms/hands if they start to hurt, you don’t want it to become something serious.
I think that about covers it, I haven’t discovered any new coffees or things. It’s been a very writing focused week really, with that focus being heavily on Born Of Ink. I’m terrified about this going full-time as an author thing, but I feel like I did the right thing announcing it and showing you guys my plan. I will continue to share my progress with you, my plans, what worked, what didn’t, in the hopes that it’ll help you. So you can expect some more posts on writing craft, editing, and marketing. I don’t have any books out under this name, but I was paying my bills for some 5 months under a pseudonym (the change in Amazon killed it) and I have had books in the top 12,000 on Amazon. I’m not a bestseller but I’ve been around the block and can share what I’ve learnt with you guys. 🙂
Oh and in case you missed it, I shared the books I’ve read this month that I recommend fellow readers of urban fantasy have a look at. You can find those here.
Now to the latter half of this feature!
Last week I asked if you have a work in progress you’re not quite ready to write yet. This week I want to know, Which books are you really excited to read this year?
I have to admit that I don’t tend to pay much attention to big releases and the buzz that builds around them, but!
There are a few for me, there’s The Raven King that I’m both really excited about because I love that series. If I were to ever become a proper fan, it would be of that series. At the same time I’m dreading reading it because it’s the last in the series, it’ll be over.
I’m also really excited about And I Darken by Keirsten White. I don’t usually read historical, but this sounds far too good to ignore. A female Vlad the impaler, with historical accuracy, intrigue, twisting plot, and huge conflict? I have to give it a shot!
I need to get my hands on Truth Witch too, it has been released but I need to read more of my TBR pile before I can justify buying it. I’m not really a YA reader but it sounds intriguing and we shouldn’t constrain ourselves to boxes thus limiting our enjoyment of things 😛
How about you? Tell me all!