It is 11:38 PM (Monday, May 9) as I begin to write this. I can't remember the last time I took a full day off–I think it was two weeks ago. I knew I'd be in for the long haul, then. A week from now, I'll be releasing two new books to the wilds. Releasing one is difficult enough.
Two might break me–more than I'm already broken, that is.
I'm late with my coloring book pages. I'm sorry, I really am. They need to wait until Karma and Shadowed Flame are finished. I wanted to be done sooner, but I needed to fix things. I needed to work on the pictures a bit more so I'm happier with them. I need to add background elements to some.
I need time to do it–time not burdened with an upcoming release.
I'm sorry. They'll be coming sometime during the week following my birthday.
It is now 11:38 AM on Tuesday, May 10. The fact I somehow managed to log back in to complete this blog post twelve hours (exactly) amuses me. I fell asleep between sentences. I'm actually impressed I managed to move the laptop somewhere safe before I passed out.
Welcome to my life.
The first thing I want to discuss in my rambling is the image above. While most of you are aware of four of the titles, two of them are new! License to Kill continues Karma's story, and I'm hoping I'll be able to write it later this year. I've already started the creative thinking process about the book, but I'm not ready to write it yet.
The Case Files of Karma Johnson cover are short stories and novellas about Karma and Jake. Like Tales of the Winter Wolf, the Case Files will follow both characters. Unlike Tales of the Winter Wolf, there is no set order of when the stories appear, so it's more of a ‘proper' anthology, unlike with Tales, which is really a novel broken into many shorter episodes.
I have no idea when I'll release the first Case Files volume. My minimum word count for any short story collection is generally 30,000 words (a little less than a third of a standard novel) but I'm hoping for more than that in each one. In any case, they'll be fun. I've already written the first story. Many of the stories in the Case Files were inspired from backstory I created when writing the main series, so I really recommend you read Balancing the Scales before diving into the Case Files. That said, if you don't mind Karma's motivations and general behavior being ‘spoiled' before you read Karma, then it's not a big issue if you read the Case Files first.
Later volumes of the Case Files will have side stories that happen during the series, too. I am really writing these stories because I enjoy pursuing the little things I can't in standard novel format.
And now it's back to work with me–lots to do, little time to do it in. As a reminder, don't forget to check out the facebook event for the book releases. I'm giving away a lot of really cool prizes.