What am I doing lately?
Answer: writing. And planning.
Or trying to. Since I won Kindle Scout, I’ve hustled to finish a really crappy first draft of a new cozy mystery series with a curmudgeony protagonist based on my dad. I started working on a New Adult mystery serial set in the 90s. Sort of a Veronica Mars meets My So-Called Life. I’m 10K words into that project and loving it. It’s very freeing to write short episodes. If I’m smart, I’ll write the whole serial in one go and then release it every two weeks. Smart, being the key word.
Since I went on a writing retreat — an overnight at The Inn at Pocono Manor — and wrote 11K words in 30 hours, I have been making a habit to draft every day. I’m averaging 1500 words a day, but I’ll have to increase that output if I’m to compete in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I’m writing Book 2 in the Cayo Hueso Mystery series. If Amazon puts Dead and Breakfast on a promo in the summer, I’d like to have it drive sales to the self-published sequel.
I am quite ambitious this year. I’d like to show my husband that I can turn a profit on my books. At least a small one. He’s very supportive, but money talks. Let’s hope it’s an exceptionally chatty year.
Total aside: If you’re a mystery lover, you must watch Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. It’s crazy good. I wrote a blog post about my devotion to the show on the Mysteristas blog. You can read it here. I’m reading the books (by Kerry Greenwood) now and they’re sooooo good. The books are different from the show, so by all means, watch and read both. It won’t feel redundant.