Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


You've probably noticed that all I've been posting here lately are One Word Interviews. I really love those. I hope you do to. I think it's a fun way to introduce you to authors and their books.

My original intent was to post an interview every other week and my own posts every other week. That hasn't worked out so great. I'm keeping up with the interviews, but not with my own posts.

So, I am committing myself to posting on this blog every week, either an interview or some other post. I can do it!

Some important things have happened since I sort of fell of the blogging bandwagon.

I finished the second first draft of my third Defenders novel, Shattered Skies, at the end of June! (I call it the second first draft because I wrote it once, then wrote the whole thing over again from scratch. Sometimes it's just better that way.) I wrote it in only 6.5 months, compared with 15 months for my previous two books, so I felt good about that.

Unfortunately, my publisher decided to pass on my second Defenders novel, The Ransomed Returning. That was a rather hard blow. I have been waffling about what to do with it and Shattered Skies, but in the same sense of commitment I am taking with this blog, I am going to have The Ransomed Returning out by the end of November, and Shattered Skies by next summer. So watch for more information on that!

I published a collection of short stories, Ripped and Other Adventures. It contains nine previously published shorts and one all new novella, Sofie and the Night Eagle. It's gotten some great reviews so far. Check it out!

I also started to work on the first draft of a new LDS science fiction novel, tentatively title The Glory of the Stars.

So my writing goals for the next few months:

  • Publish The Ransomed Returning
  • Read-through and edit Shattered Skies for beta readers
  • Finish first draft of The Glory of the Stars
  • Keep up with blogging

No problem, right?

What have you been up to lately?


Terry W. Ervin II said...

It's good to put out clear goals for yourself.

Don't know why your pubisher passed on your sequel Ransomed Returning, but their loss.

Michelle D. Argyle said...

Awww, you're doing great!!!

Angie said...

Thanks, you guys! Terry, thanks again for your help!

dellgirl said...

I totally understand what you mean about about falling off the blogging boat, it happened to me too. Good luck with committing to posting every week. You can do it. I also set the same goal for myself, POST EVERY WEEK.

I was doing okay for a while, then I missed last week...(siiiiiiigh).

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend.

Angie said...

Thanks, Dellgirl. And good for you! Don't worry if you miss a week. :)

tiffany said...

I'm going to be blunt and say I want to be a Betta reader. You asked what have I been up to lately well I have gotten a new car I have been working and I'm getting more & more excited about being released from one calling and getting a new one on Sunday. I will blog about that after church on Sunday.

Angie said...

Tiff, I will send you the manuscript soon. Can't wait to hear about your new calling!