Daily Grind Series
You read the headline right and it’s not even a joke. I’m FREE of Ellora’s Cave.
There are no more strings attached to my Daily Grind or High Relief series, which I said were on indefinite hiatus back in October 2014 because of EC’s refusal to cancel my proposal contracts.
I don’t have a date for getting them back out there but they are coming. Look forward to it.
Starting off this week’s writing update right.
19 July (Friday) – Early AM
I’m up late waiting for the start of my Cyber Launch Party to celebrate Favored Dragon’s Release and ended up with a scene idea for the Daily Grind Series. It’s the main character’s birthday, which is a later book that doesn’t have a number yet, but I wanted to get the basics of the scene down before I forgot. So I put 1049 words on it. Just enough to get the flavor of the scene. How I’m going to pump it up to 30K is a matter I’ll figure out later. 😛
Intermission… I got ready for bed and then came right back because I got an idea on how to begin a story I started long ago. I don’t know why it popped into my head but the scene just fit. I came back to my computer and put 1,344 words on that story before heading to bed.
19 July (Friday) – Night
I put 975 words on Selected Lovers finishing it up at 25,324 words. All done. Now I just need to write the tag line and blurb and then it’s off to my editor. The Caveat Emptor series is officially finished.
I haven’t done a writing update since 23 April. There’s a really good reason for that — I went to the mainland on 01 May and didn’t get home to Hawaii until 12 June. In that entire time, I wrote nothing. I had a few ideas that I jotted down in my ipad for future reference (and I’ll get to those soonish) but no actual writing.
For those who keep up with me on FB and my newsletter, I landed in the hospital with an infected kidney stone on 04 June and didn’t get discharged until 10 June. Yup, I was in the hospital for a week. Not fun. Water is your friend. Drink lots because kidney stones REALLY hurt.
I ended up missing the Reader-Author Get Together convention I would have attended the day AFTER the kidney stone hit me. Still not happy about that. But anyway, I’m home and I have been writing LOTS. I just haven’t been updating my blog that I’ve been writing lots. I have been updating FB though.
Unlike previous writing update posts, I’m not going to day by day. That would take too long. I’ll just give word counts of what I’ve been writing since I got off the meds (the side effects kept me from writing or doing much of anything except being a bump on a log). 22 June hit and suddenly I had to write. I’ve been writing ever since.
22 June – 13 July 2013 Writing Progress
* Daily Grind Book 2 – 16,476 words
* Daily Grind Book 3 – 8,585 words
* Daily Grind Book 4 – 27,657 words
* Daily Grind Book 5 – 21,044 words
* Daily Grind Book 7 (…maybe) – 3,432 words
* Daily Grind Book 8 (…possibly) – 1,668 words
* Daily Grind (abandoned idea) – 9,642 words
* Daily Grind (still not sure if I’m using this) – 3,073 words
* Story Idea “Statue” – 9,320 words
* Story Idea “Domme” – 6,678 words
* Pre-Game Show Book 3 – 5,770 words (total 8,912)
* Pre-Game Show Book 4 – 11,690 words
* Selected Lovers (Caveat Emptor 7.5) – 12,525 words
All totaled that’s 137,560 words in about 22 days… give or take since I didn’t write everyday. The only story that was started before this binge was Pre-Game Show Book 3. All the others are brand new. Suffice to say, my muse had some catching up to do and the frenzy isn’t over yet.
For those wondering, Daily Grind is a new series I have at Ellora’s Cave for their Exotika line (erotica). I have one book contracted (Filling the Void) and five other books planned and in various stages of being written — as you can see from the above. I figure Book 2 should be finished soon but first I have a deadline with Changeling Press for the spinoff of the Caveat Emptor series called Selected Lovers. That’s the story about the menage couple mentioned in the epilogue of Eternal Lovers.
My plan is to get Selected Lovers finished and to my editor this coming week (14 – 20 July) and then spend the rest of July putting the final 15K words (or so) on Book 2 of the Daily Grind series.
Once I get all this Erotica out of my system, I’m switching back to DRB mode to finish the next book in the Hidden by Dragons series at Siren-Bookstrand. It was already started from way back when. It has 11,243 words on it already. Likewise, the final book in the series is started as well — 5,356 words currently.
And that catches me up with the writing update. I resume my normal Friday updating schedule on 19 July.