My first ever goblin story is about a goblin named Bean. I have no idea where his name came from, but it’s clearly his name. 🙂 This kind of story is super fun to work on because it practically writes itself. It’s almost like reading a story even though I’m doing the writing.
“Clyde and the Ghost Cat,” which I wrote for J. A. Campbell‘s Ghost-Hunting Critters anthology, was like that as well. Or at least the first draft was. 🙂 Clyde is a cat who moves to a new house that turns out to be haunted by a ghost cat. I had a lot of fun writing from Clyde’s point of view! The anthology is available for pre-order on Amazon, and will be officially available on September 1st.
I have lots of other projects going on right now – the justice bundle is the next one that will come out. It’s currently scheduled for October, although I’m hoping to pull that date in a little bit. I’m working on planning several bundle series – they’ll all launch in 2018, except for the Faerie series that was inspired by The Faerie Summer, which is now officially the first volume in the series. And while it is August, and is not only hot but dusty at my house because we’re about halfway through our humongous landscaping project, I’m starting to get excited about the Christmas story I’m going to start on soon. I don’t know the plot yet, but I’d like to use some of the characters in “The Least Merry Elf” which I wrote for Rebecca M. Senese‘s Very Merry Christmas Bundle last year.
The biggest issue I have at the moment is that I’m trying to figure out how to improve my time management skills, which are already pretty good so it’s a bit of a challenge to figure out how to get even better. I love being busy, but I’ve not only got a lot of short story deadlines, plus the novel to finish, plus all the bundling planning work, plus a week at a writing workshop coming up…and on top of that is our landscaping project, my busy day job, and of course Jasper and Rosie need a lot of time. (They’re always at the top of the list, don’t worry!) Yesterday I realized I was thinking one of my deadlines was a few weeks further out than it actually is, and that was a great reminder that even my multitasking superpowers only go so far. I set up a weekly event on my calendar to remind me to look at my schedule even if I think I’m remembering everything correctly. I added lots of notifications to the calendar event to annoy me into paying attention! 🙂