May the Fourth Be With You

Greetings, friend. Wow! April flew by quickly, didn’t it? I hope it was a good month for you. I can’t believe it’s May already. And tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! Time to slice up a lime, crack open a Corona (I mean the beer brand; NOT the virus), and prepare Pico de Gallo and guacamole for nachos. Also, I’ll refresh my memory on the purpose of the holiday. While drinking the aforementioned Corona with lime and munching on chips ‘n’ salsa, of course.

This scene adequately expresses my feelings about revising my book right now… LOL

Update on Wyldling Trials


I have a love/hate relationship with the act of revising my creative work. On one hand, I enjoy going through what I’ve already written, congratulating myself for a well-turned phrase, or characters’ witty banter, and tweaking the text to make everything sound better. On the other hand, I hate revising because then I have to change things, rework entire scenes, add bits of clarification here and there, even – gasp! – cut out entire chapters I spent hours – sometimes days – lovingly drafting.

Naturally, I enlisted the help of various critique partners to help me find the problems in Wyldling Trials. Anything to improve the pacing, make sure character actions sound feasible, and plug up those plot holes before the entire story dribbles right through into the Twilight Zone.

Well, they’re finding the problems, all right. And now I must fix them. Based on my current pace, I won’t get through the entire book until mid-July. That doesn’t include final editing, proof-reading, and formatting.

I’ve also decided to add a brief synopsis of Wyldling Snare, a glossary of Teharan terms, and a dramatis personae (of recurring characters from book one). These should help orient new readers who are picking up book two without having read book one, and remind those who have read book one about the main plot beats. You’re very welcome; you can thank my critique buddies for those additions. When I put out a new edition of Wyldling Snare, I’ll include the glossary and dramatis personae. That probably won’t happen until the entire series is published, though.

Will I have everything done for Wyldling Trials by mid-August? Only God knows. I’ll keep praying for a miracle. However, I may need to push back the publication date by several weeks. It’ll still be published before my absolute deadline in October, but I had hoped to get Wyldling Trials out by my wedding anniversary. It was a stretch goal meant to motivate me, put a torch against my behind, so to speak.

Don’t worry! I relate all this in good humor. My primary concern is putting out a quality book for you, dear reader and friend. And if publication is delayed with that end in mind, then so be it.

You can preorder Wyldling Trials on Amazon.

In the meantime – if you have not yet read it – Wyldling Snare is available as an e-book, paperback, and in Kindle Unlimited on Amazon, and in paperback wherever books are sold. You can even request it at your local library, and they’ll order a copy.

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Obligatory Cat Photo

Graefin is all tuckered out after putting up with kitten antics.

That’s all I have for this week! Back to revising…

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