Ready for summer!

I officially have three firm deadlines:

  • June 1st: “The City Trees” (short story) and an accompanying cover are due for the “Fantasy in the City” bundle.
  • July 6th: Deliver Entangled by Midsummer (a novel) to the editor.
  • August 15th: Deliver Bewitchery (a novella) to the editor.

DeAnna Knippling will be editing Entangled by Midsummer. You may remember DeAnna from the guest post she wrote on my blog last October. DeAnna has edited short stories for me in the past; this will be the first time we’ve worked together on the novel. In addition to being a great editor, she is also a very talented writer.

Dayle Dermatis is editing Bewitchery. I have not worked with Dayle before, but know lots of writers who have, and they all rave about her. Dayle is also an accomplished author. She sold all six – yes, six – stories at the anthology workshop I attended a few months ago. On top of that, she’s going to be one of the editors at the 2017 anthology workshop.

I’m thrilled to be working with both DeAnna and Dayle! And on top of that – they will both have stories in the “Fantasy in the City” bundle!

Of course, I have a lot of work to do before editing. Right now I’m focusing on the novel – my goal is to get it to my beta readers within the next few weeks. I’m squeezing in work on the short story. I have the opening written, have known the ending for the past week, and I think I finally worked out the middle this morning. We’ll see when I get back to it.

My first week at my new day job was wonderful. The work is fun, the team is great, and on day 2 I realized I felt happier than I did in the entire 10 months at my last job. Sometimes something is a good fit, and sometimes it’s not – this feels like a great fit! πŸ™‚ I’ve wrapped up two of my writing classes, and have four weeks to go on the remaining two classes.

On top of all that, dog class has started up again, and Jasper and I are getting back in the swing of things. And Rosie, while not yet ready for school (maybe in a year or two), has decided it’s safe to run through the agility tunnel, and has learned three new tricks! πŸ™‚

It’s going to be a busy summer!

2016-05-12 Dakota Ridge

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