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In an effort to keep myself from burning out, while WHISPER (finally getting an all caps upgrade!) is with the editor, I’m going to take a small writing break, kind of, and dive into a pile of books. Not head first, of course, because books are hard. 🙂 The “kind of” is because I’m planning on outlining my top secret duology next month!! I cannot wait to talk more about. Soon. 😛

But yes, I finished the first draft of WHISPER, somehow with enough time to do a round of editing! Once I finished the outline, I knew I could get the first draft done by the end of the month, but it’s like so rude to hand over your first draft to anyone, so I was really hoping I’d have time to work some of the kinks out. I think I wrote about 55k in three weeks. No, that’s not a record. And yes, I’m starting to feel a little run down, but I’m really lucky this story has been in my head for so long, or it would be a right mess right now.

All year, in between drafts and rounds of editing and what not, I’ve been flip-flopping projects, and honestly, I’m rather tired of that, so going forward, I’m just going to read, outline, brainstorm, play video games, and binge on Netflix.

Because what’s the best way to juice yourself back up when you’re burning extra creative oil? No, not steroids. BOOKS & television! ^_^ I did read a lot this month, and that certainly helped. I even decided to do the 24 Reading Challenge one Saturday. I read most of the day until I got on the computer for some reason and decided to watch Halloween. Good movie. Original and Rob Zombie remake, if you like slasher films. Or you’re psychotic.

I might do the official blurb unveil for WHISPER next month, along with the release date, and all that fun stuff. The cover is officially done as of Monday! Haha. And I LOVE it. ^_^ I actually originally asked to get in for November so I’d have it by the end of the year, but since the design team was currently booking for October when I contacted them, here I am, which was totally fine for a story I had originally started in March. But since I jumped to this one in June and also had a bunch of editing and crap to do in June, July, and August, I was quite honestly cutting things super close to the turkey neck, or whatever. 😉 (Get it? Because November is Thanksgiving month in the US? ahem)

I’m still wondering if there’s such a thing as writing/other stuff balance. I’m either killing the writing game or I “can’t find time” to sit down, because you know, YouTube. But the official finish date for WHISPER is the end of January, so that leaves me with way too much time to edit in December, which I’ll probably need, because you know, speedy writer is speedy, sometimes.

So before I run off, a couple of exciting news things!!

Firstly: some awesome writing peeps are part of an anthology releasing on Monday, October 30th!! Add on Goodreads HERE or Grab it HERE or Over HERE or check out my review HERE, because I’m special and got to read it early. 😛 I freaking loved it! The theme is darkness. I’m still wigged out by some of them, and it’s been a week. 💜

Official blurb:
What happens in the dark will come to light.

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country’s active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

In other news, WINTER’S SIREN releases next Wednesday, November 1st!! Do stop buy and wish my second book baby a happy birthday!! There’ll be a giveaway going on for some fun stuff, and hopefully an interesting post to go along with it. Haha. 😀

If you haven’t already, you can add it on Goodreads over here. ^_^

And the last bit of news: I set a higher reading goal for myself this year, and it looks like I’m actually going to meet it! I’ll do an official report later, but I wanted to share. 😀

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