The "Fall In Love With New England" book conference was a success!
I saw at least 4 people I met at the New England Author's Expo which was nice.
Since I'm new to the convention circuit, I'm still trying to sort everything out. One thing that was brought up is how the more conferences, expos, and conventions you go to, the more you see the same people over and over. It's great for recognition, rapport, and familiarity. In other words, it makes things less awkward when you run into an acquaintance (unless you forget their name... then it's super awful.)
I also appreciated the fan-girl who rushed to be first in line to have me sign my books for her. You were awesome!
Now that the conference is out of the way, and I'm probably not going to another one until late Spring at the earliest, so I can resume working on my Blame The Goth Girl series. As you know, I plan on going to 13 or 14 books (someone at the conference mentioned 13 being a fun number considering the theme of the series) at which point it will be done. If I decide to do any spin offs for some of the other characters, I may do it in a comic format.
Volume 10 is undergoing revisions before I write the next draft. After which, it will be off to the editor. I don't want to rush this book even though I know it's overdue. Now that I have more time on my hands, Volume 11 should be out before Christmas (maybe even sooner, but I don't want to make promises I can't keep should something come up.)
While this current volume wraps up some character stories and is basically the "calm before the storm," volume 11 will kick off the insanity that won't stop until the end of the series; sort of how I did volumes 6-9.
Another reason I don't feel quite so bad about this book being delayed, is that I left volume 9 in a "good place."
For those who might dread the end of the series, fear not... I have another short series right behind it. Though not on Amazon, my first book "Falling Up Hill" is actually the beginning of a trilogy. It's on Smashwords but PLEASE don't read it. It need a serious overhaul before I upload a 2nd edition. The good news with that series is that I finished a 2nd draft of book 2 (which also needs an overhaul) and am about 10k words deep into the 3rd book. If I play my cards right, there will be minimum downtime between books when I eventually release them for the summer.
After those, however, it's up in the air. I've been tempted to write strictly horror (at least one book.) I've also been tempted to dive into dystopian military scifi. My Hill series is borderline erotic, and of those aren't your type of books, I'm not going to force them down anyone's throat.
I'd like to hear from my readers... would you like something different or more of the same? I really don't like the idea of beating the same genre until it becomes tired... there's too much of that already. The most important part of my writing are the characters. Take Onyx, for instance. You can put her in a space suit, exploring a new planet while she's also dealing with a tumultuous relationship back on her spaceship. You'd read that, wouldn't you? Or even Rome... in a similar situation... stirring the pot and what not. I find that when you have a character people love, you can tell any kind of story and it would appeal to them.
If my blog entry seems weird, it's because I may or may not have had a few drinks to mourn "Lahey."
As he would say, "The shit clock's ticking for all of us." I'd like to make the most of my time on this earth telling enjoyable stories with memorable characters.