It’s that time again. Time to reflect on the past year.
It’s been a good year for me. Maps and Diamonds were released this year, as well as Lovers & Fighters with DSP. Also, I wrote and released fawn with the MMRG on Goodreads.
Overall, not the most productive year, but I’ll take it.
Writing isn’t my day job, or else I’d starve. But it’s not my secondary job, or even a third. Writing is that really fun thing I wish I had more time to do, but unfortunately don’t right now. My goal for 2016 is to write more.
In 2016 I plan to finish my current WIP, Poison Tongue, which I’ve been working on for far too long. Then I’ll try to find a nice home for it. I also plan to write and release Lane’s (Life According to Maps #3), and, ideally, write and finish another MM Contemporary project I have outlined titled Arrows Through Archer. Anything above that will be icing on the cake.
Edit: I will also get Thrills (sequel to Vices) finished! I will! I’ve been putting it off forever, and I really need to tie that one up. So after my current WIP is complete, onto Thrills re-write! 🙂
I want to thank anyone and everyone who’s read something of mine this year! 🙂 And to my fans, in 2016, I promise to try to write more, and more frequently.
I hope you all had a fantastic 2015, and hope that 2016 is even better! Happy New Year!
Neat! Someone nominated Maps, fawn, and Vices for The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. Thanks to whoever did that! Definitely made my day getting that email a few days back.
If any of you guys would like to vote, it can be done here:
Vote for Maps
Vote for fawn
Vote for Vices
I’m really just happy to be nominated. 🙂
Another note. I have a mailing list that I’ll link to below. I don’t use it too often, but when I do, it’s usually for giveaways, contests, freebies, etc. I’m planning to offer a free copy of Maps (#1) to my mailing list prior to releasing Diamonds (#2). Diamonds still has no release date, but hopefully in the next month or two.
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Which takes me down another path. If anyone out there has read Maps and would be the kindest, best person ever, I’m looking for another beta reader for Diamonds. I would appreciate it very much and will even invite said beta reader to my birthday party.
My new novella, Lovers & Fighters, is being released with Dreamspinner Press on September 9th. I’ll be over at the DSP blog on September 8th, doing some behind the scenes posting, so please stop by so I’m not terribly lonely!
Lovers & Fighters is a novella I wrote about a year and a half ago. It’s not the most recently thing I’ve written. I kind of sat on this story for over a year deciding if I’d ever let it see the light of day. I sometimes do this with stories because I’m a fickle person.
Lovers & Fighters was my own little exploration into two people falling in love for no reason. I didn’t want either of the characters to be able to say, “I love him because _______.” I wanted them to say, “I love him, because.” That’s just the way love works sometimes.
Diamonds (Life According to Maps Series)(Thanks to SRAL for the naming help!) will be my newest work. It’s at 14k currently, and is it ever ridiculous. It’s ripe with teenage angst, immaturity, misunderstandings, and a lot of naivety. I’m going to aim to finish it for end of September and then send it away to my editor. Cross your fingers for me!
I’m also working on a few other things very painfully slowly. I’m easily distracted. I have a southern gothic WIP that’s been planned for ages that I need to write, and another M/M contemporary duology. Working names for said duology are:
Arrows Through Archer (#1)
Mercy in Malory (#2)
I mostly have this series planned and outlined. The series involves a large age difference and reunited lovers. Sort of. I’m anticipating this series to be heart-wrenching, and I’m also anticipating receiving a couple of death threats after book one. No end date in sight for these.
You can visit my southern gothic inspiration board here: https://www.pinterest.com/nashsummers/southern-gothic/
On that note, I’ll leave you with my southern gothic WIP prologue.
If I fell in love with the devil, would I still have a soul?
Gran always told me he’d look like something that clawed its way out of a fantasy I never knew I had. She said his heart would be blacker than the chew in the rusty cans next to my uncle’s rocking chair. She said he’d smell like the freshly plucked peaches she used in her pies, and that he’d be twice as sweet. She said that his voice would cut into my heart and make me weep so deeply that I would forget the sound of my own voice. She said the feeling of his skin would seer my own, that my guts would coil into tight tendrils of desperation and fixation, like those girls I’d seen crying down at the sheriff’s office. She said that when he’d smile at me, it would be a reminder that the wicked creature just beneath the surface of his flesh was waiting—patiently—to eat me whole.
Gran told me that I would fall in love with the devil.
And she told me that he would love me right back.
Well, it’s happening. I wasn’t ever planning on writing any more for Maps and Lane, but I guess I just couldn’t help myself. I like to write stories that are emotionally draining, but every now and again I want to go back to writing something silly, fun, and hopefully, funny.
And that’s where Maps comes in. I’ve started writing Diamonds and I’m really enjoying writing it. Diamonds will be in the same (still unnamed) series as Maps, and will take place right after book one. Working blurb: The one where Maps gets a job. Hilarity ensues.
For this series, there are a few things I can guarantee:
- Diamonds will probably not be the last in the series.
- Maps will never change. I mean this in regards to who Maps is as a character. He’s ridiculous. He’s naive, foolish, very childish, a little (okay, maybe a lot) self-absorbed, and fairly oblivious. In Diamonds, Maps won’t deter from his character. I imagine Maps as an adult being the same version of his younger self.
- This series will be angst-free. Forever! Reader’s of fawn who I’ve made cry are rejoicing.
- There will be teenage melodrama (only the melodrama Maps creates for himself, really), misunderstandings, miscommunication, over-dramatization, ridiculousness, unlikely circumstances, childish shenanigans, and tons of nerdy references.
- Each story will be novella length (my attention span is almost as short as Maps’).
That’s all I’ve got at the moment. I hope you enjoy Diamonds when it comes out!
ps. Maps’ poor parents.
A while ago, on Facebook, I saw a post about real women. Well, it wasn’t about real women exactly, but the title implied something like that. I’m definitely not meaning to offend, or point even a singular finger, but I feel like this is something I need to put my two little cents in to.
The post was about real women in Victoria’s Secret bathing suits. I get it. I’m definitely not a Victoria’s Secret model, and won’t ever have to figure to prove myself wrong.
And this is a big but. But… labeling these women with the implied title of fake, doesn’t make me “more real”, thinner, fitter, or more of a women. And because they are fit, and are models, and are beautiful, that does not mean they aren’t real women. Because they are women, fully and completely, no matter how much their bodies and looks and daily routines differ from my own. And labeling an article something like: Victoria’s Secret Bathing Suits on Real Women, which I believe is meant to be empowering, is doing the opposite. No one is more of a woman by trying to strip that title from someone else. I don’t think the article was trying to push buttons or be rude, but if everyone keeps letting things like this slip through the cracks, it’s only going to be imprinted on younger generations and create a harmful, unhealthy loop.
When I was younger, I learned that calling other girls ugly didn’t make me more beautiful, calling other girls fat didn’t make me skinner, and calling (or implying) that other girls were fake didn’t make me more genuine.
I’ll leave you all with a video I saw years ago that really touched me, and helped me think forwardly about real men and women.
Spoiler alert: real men and women are non-existent. They are only two colors in a huge spectrum.