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Writing Update – September 24, 2020

It's been a while since I dedicated a full blog post to my writing! Not everyone reads the Monthly Goals or Sunday Updates, so if you're here to find out what I'm writing, this is the post for you. Lol.

Yesterday, I finished up the first draft of a prequel novella for Skylar's Series! The series is tentatively titled the Amagi Series. This novella I wrote is intended as a #0 prequel, and it will be in the Summon the Stars anthology publishing next year. Summon the Stars is an anthology I'm co-editing with my friend and all-around rockstar, Carysa Locke. It features strong heroines in space/sci-fi and each will have a romantic storyline as well. Skylar's novella seemed to be the perfect fit.

Originally, I thought I would write a Vivian novella for this anthology, but I decided against it after writing the first chapter. I realized it would give away pretty much everything that happened in the Flyght Series! Uh, not the best strategic choice. I do plan to write that novella sometime next year and offer it for sale and possibly free to my subscribers. We shall see.

Anyway, the first draft of AN UNFORGIVING DESERT is done! It's just under 32k right now and I feel like it's missing about 2-3k, which will come in revisions when I fix all the broken storylines I introduced. Oops. But it's okay. I love revisions, and I will make it shine there!

So, what's next? I'm so glad you asked! Up next is the Hikoboshi Series! Yes! I have not forgotten about these books. I recently re-read CRASH LAND ON KURAI and gave it a few edits, mostly to highlight Yumi's thoughts and feelings for Rin. Then I read and lightly edited CHAOS IN KADOMA WARD, which gave me some good ideas for continuing on with the series. Starting on Saturday, I will be reading and making edits to FUKUSHA MODEL EIGHT! Then this whole series will be launched with new covers! I have the new covers for these first three books and THEY ARE AWESOME. I'm so excited to show them off.

Once I'm done reading FUKUSHA MODEL EIGHT, I will jump straight into writing Book 4. It has a tentative title of THE RISE OF SHIROI NAMI, so let's see if that sticks! My plan is to write another three books in this series. Yes, THREE. I want six in total, which I think I can do. I've been brainstorming ideas of how to move forward with the story, and I think it's going to be fun to write. I'd like to write Book 4 this fall and launch it this coming winter (early 2021). Then I'd like to write Book 5 right away so I keep the momentum going. I plan to then take a break to write the first two books in Skylar's series, and then come back to write the last book in the Hikoboshi Series. My plan is to be totally done with Hikoboshi by mid-2022.

So, as you can see, I have a lot of writing ahead of me. If things go well, I'll be writing and publishing at least 3 books per year for the next two years, and then hopefully even more after that! (I do plan on continuing with my cozy mysteries too, but I have put that off until late 2021 when I will re-assess the market for those.) If things end up like 2020, then hopefully I'll still be writing, and we'll see how the publishing part goes. If the whole world goes up in flames, I'll be saluting you from my computer while I down a vat of wine and sob quietly in a corner.

2018 and 2019 were turning points for me. I decided to do fewer ads and concentrate more on writing what I love and publishing on my terms. This is now the new world in which I'm living in with my new branding and better division of labor. I hope you'll be around to see all that's to come! If I missed anything you wanted an update on, leave a comment, and I'll try to answer you as soon as possible.

S. J. Pajonas