I've begun to take the first steps to get back into writing after losing my job and moving house at the end of July. For about three weeks I got almost nothing done, mostly because my head wasn't in the right place. Writer's block doesn't exist, but what I do need is routine and concentration. Thankfully the hard part is over now and I can start to get back to it. The good news is that I have two finished, edited novels with finished/almost finished covers just waiting for a last proofread. They should both be out sometime in August.
Overall, writing-wise, the first half of 2014 far exceeded my expectations and I'm extremely excited about the second half. I'm confident I can double what I've achieved already, which of course starts by putting out some more awesome books.
Today my very first audiobook became available. This is one under my pen name of Michael White, and is a collection of cricket-themed short stories read by the brilliant Phillip J Mather. It's now available from audible.com and will soon be available on Amazon and iTunes.
The audiobook for Tube Riders should be following it over the next few days. Very excited to see that one come out.
In other news, it is my last day at my main high school tomorrow. Six great years. I will miss that job dearly, but this is life. I have one more day at my visit school next Tuesday and then I am set loose into the world. If you want to help feed me please buy a few books (obviously mine haha).
At the moment it's just after 11pm and I am lying in bed listening to Tube Riders audio chapters on my iPhone. Did an 8am to 9pm working day, so only a few minutes here and there to get some more pages of Finding My World edited and a few more audio chapters checked.
Today was my last English club at one of the two high schools I work at. We had a great time playing a game and eating snacks, then a few of us got teary as we did the goodbye speeches. Will be very sad to leave that school after five years but such is life. You have to keep looking forward, remember the good times fondly and not dwell on the bad. Positivity and all that.
Just two weeks left at my day job now, before it is on to the unknown. I'm scared and excited at the same time. I have a few part time gigs lined up but nothing major. On the plus side, I will have lots more time to work on the books!
The last couple of days have been pretty busy as well as baking hot, so I've not had much after hours energy left for working through the minor plot knot in the current WIP. Instead I've been doing a little revising on the love story, Finding My World. I'm on page 85 out of 198 of my Word document, and so far I've hardly changed anything. It's going great. Hoping to get it off to the editor this week.
Otherwise it was a long hot day at work. Five classes at high school today. Nothing more irritating than being asked to teach a class after it's already started, but the kids were cool despite the insane heat. Followed up with a kickass band practice before our gig on Sunday. Honestly, not sure when I get time to sleep....
I'm in the process of moving house (and losing my day job, but I don't like to dwell on that), so today was spent doing random fixing things like building a door frame for my doorless garden shed, which of course was a perfect time to listen to some audio files. Fingers crossed the audiobook for Tube Riders will be out by early August. My progress on the WIP stalled a little today, partly because the cat had claimed the only remaining chair in my current house and my back was too painful to write while sitting on the floor (yes, I love cats that much...), but it's passed 74k so I'm pretty pleased. Hoping to get a new novel out in Aug but July is basically the busiest month of my entire life so a July release is unlikely. We'll see...
Today's schedule went something like this:
Get up at 7am, make an audiobook cover, do some house repair, go to the dentist, do some more house repair, teach a class, review some audio files on the way to another class, come back at 5 and spend an hour banging nails, listen to some more audio chapters, write 1561 words, pass out (I'm about to).
I love Saturdays...
Busy days as always. I recently passed 300,000 words for the year (my best in a calendar year and it's only July!) and the sequel to a book I haven't released yet is almost done.
I'm aware that I've not released a new novel since Tube Riders: Revenge in January, but that's going to be rectified very soon. They'll probably come in a flood, two or three over a couple of months. That seems to be the way I operate at least.
Anyway, it's over 30 degrees here, I've got no air con and it's almost nine PM. Trying to get another thousand words or so before I crash and attempt to sleep until the cats start getting up around 2 a.m...