Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Reflections on Another Failed Camp

Quite a few things have been happening in my life as of late.  The majority of them have been related to my workplace. As the end of the Spring semester is nigh, I have been swamped with requests at my job. As a result, my attempt to successfully complete the April 2017 session of Camp NaNoWriMo has fallen short once again. That's the funny thing about real life when you're a writer: it always tends to throw a curve ball when you're trying your best to work on a project. That being said, it hasn't been a complete wash.

While my originally intended project for April's Camp was a collection of random ramblings and musings with no real intent on publishing, I quickly lost interest in it after writing 6,000 words on it. I think the fact I wasn't going to release it dampened my muse. Instead, I decided to commence work on the fifth adventure in my Gary Celdom Case Journals series. At the present, I have written 3,600 words on the project. I know I have quite a way to go on it, but at least it's a drop in the bucket. At the same time, I decided to dust off the cobwebs on the (extremely) long-awaited second book of my Prairie Fire Trilogy, and started piecing parts of a prior manuscript together. The reconstructed version is currently sitting at 33,300 words, and I know I have quite a way to go on that, as well.

Otherwise, I'm looking forward to my upcoming signings I have on tap: a local one here on the Gulf Coast of Florida in July, and then my trip to Kansas City, Missouri for a signing taking place in September 2018. As for my latest release, Signed, Stolen, Delivered, I recently held a promotion over Easter weekend where readers could download a copy for free for their Kindle devices and apps. The promotion was a success as 130 copies were downloaded over the 5-day sale. So, I would like to thank the frequenters to the Amazon sites in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and Italy (yes, the last one on that list was a surprise to me, too) who picked up their copy of the first Phil Bennett Mystery. Now, I have to cross my fingers that at least one of them will be generous to leave a review of the book.

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