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Monday, December 2, 2013

December Update

Merry Christmas, Fire Enthusiasts. How have you been? I've missed you.

Well, what can I tell you? Very little has changed. My day job continues to impede all things. There's still hope that it will change, but God knows when. I won't bore you with those details.

So, where have I been? I've been writing. I'm working on Dance on Fire 3. It has a proper name, but I'm going to hold that information until the end. It is the continuing adventures of Nathaniel and the Lopez family.

Once again I found myself outlining more than the book before. I had a 25 page paragraph outline with both general and specific content, outlining the entire book. Once I was pleased with the story, leaving myself enough space to have some unexpected surprises, I began the first draft.

I have been writing mostly in the mornings before work, with extended sessions happening on weekends and any time I can possibly sneak it in. I currently sit at over 20k words and have barely cracked my outline. We'll see whether that means anything or not. My first thought is it could be the longest work I've ever written (something larger than 113k words); however, it may simply even out once I get to the end. What ever happens, you'll be the first to know.

Getting the Seeing Ghosts paperback published has been a bit of a pain, but we're at the end of that process. We had some issues with cover art which caused delays, but I should be receiving the final proof copy this week. This is my first time working with CreateSpace, so I'll let you know how that goes at a later date. Demand will drive how quickly I begin working on producing Dance on Fire and Flash Point. Since my crossover vampire series takes place in my real life home town, I plan to spend a lot of time working the local angle. Stay tuned.

So that's what's been up with me. It's December, and my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, it's way too warm here in central California, and feels strange to be decorating for Christmas. It doesn't get that cold here where we live, but long sleeved shirts is all I've needed so far - and it's really sunny. So weird! I trust it will cool down before the holidays are past. I even grew my beard out. I haven't done that in 2-3 years thanks to that original author photo I started with that had me sporting one. I was so sick of looking at that picture! *laughs*

You should hear from me before Christmas, but just in case, I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. *hugs*

We'll talk soon.


  1. I'm so sorry about those cover woes.

    But how could you tease us about your beard and NOT post a picture? :)

  2. Hey, you want some cold weather, maybe I should box some of ours up and mail it to you. I've got plenty (if only it were that easy, huh?). I can't believe I WANTED cold weather when I lived in Southern California. What was I thinking??? :)

  3. I'll take some of your sunny days! (Though I do love the change of the seasons in the Midwest, though winter I like the least!).
    That is great that you write before work. I've been busy with marketing and life lately that I haven't written a single new word in months! Hope to change that in 2014! Enjoy December, Jimmy!

  4. I hope all the bumps in the road on Seeing Ghosts are over.

    Should I send you some snow. We have extra.

  5. Merry Christmas, Jimmy. Wishing you best of luck in the coming year... and would you like to trade states? We've had below 0 here. Hahahah!


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