Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend 2017 Reflections

I know I haven't updated this blog in a month (qu'elle surprise!), mostly because my day job has been laying more boots to me than a nobody getting beaten up by a big-name pro wrestler in the ring. But I believe I should catch you guys and gals up on what's been going on in my writing world as of late.

For those who recall the last time I posted on here, I was in the midst of participating in OctPoWriMo, a writing challenge where participants attempt to write and post 31 poems within the 31 days of October. As someone who has written 140 poems in 5 weeks, one would think it would've been a piece of cake for me. Alas, work got extremely hectic during the last week and a half of the month (Damn you, midterms!) and I abandoned the challenge after 22 days. A disappointing effort from yours truly, I admit; however, the poems, technically, could be used as fodder for a future 5th poetry collection somewhere down the line, provided time and my muse decide to co-operate once again.

The same excuse could be applied to my attempt at National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, as it's known for short) this year. While I had all good intentions to write 50,000 words in a month, I was skeptical as my attempt last year fell short, coming in at 32,000 words for November 2016. This year's effort is fairing even worse. Over the three projects I've worked on this month, I have yet to crack the 10,000 word mark combined. Again, I blame work for zapping all of my creative energy. Admittedly, working full-time since the end of June has done significant damage to it. I'm praying a reversion back to part-time hours in 2018 will kick-start it back up, but I'm doubtful I will be granted my wishes this upcoming holiday season. However, that being said, my writing efforts haven't gone unproductive.

For fans of the romance genre, the long-awaited release of the second book in my Prairie Fire Trilogy has occurred. Back on November 4th, I unleashed The Prairie Fire Rekindled onto the world.

Ain't it purdy?

The book is available in paperback off of Amazon, and in e-book form on all the major retailers: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and Apple iBooks. It continues on from where The Prairie Fire Within left off, but with a special focus on the new relationship of Amanda's best friend, Ashley Washburn, and her new beau, Chuck MacDonald. There's still some steamy scenes in it (including a delicious foray on the side of a deserted highway, but I won't give too much more away), so those who loved the heat in the first book will hopefully delight in this one.

Speaking of romance, the big thing in romance author social media is the new networking site, Book + Main. It's a website that allows romance authors to share snippets, or "bites", of their works and connect with fellow authors and readers. The site is free to join for readers, and authors once verified are given a free trial to explore the website and post their bites. After the trial, authors who wish to maintain their accounts will be asked to pony up a monthly or yearly membership fee. It seems pricey to some, but compared to other promo tools, I think it's somewhat economical. Mind you, I haven't had any hits on my bites yet, so I'm still in the 'wait and see' mode, so far. If you desire to check myself and any of the authors on there, surf on over to: to see what the steamy fuss is all about. I'm listed on there under my C. D. Melley persona.

Save for that, my failed NaNo projects have planted the seeds for the fifth book in my 'Gary Celdom Case Journals' series; also, for some twisted reason, the sixth book in that series. Book 6 looks to be another flashback book akin to how Barbadian Backlash (Book 2) was, but both of these are still in the first draft stages, so it'll be interesting to see how they develop over time.

That's all for now on my end. For those who celebrated Thanksgiving in the U.S. yesterday, I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy with with your family and friends, and I also hope you're not going too nuts with the Black Friday sales today. 

Until next time, loyal readers...


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