Monday, August 28, 2017

A Long Overdue Update

Sometimes in life things go slant-wise. This seems to be one of those years.

I went on vacation and when I came back I went right into working 13 hrs a day, five days a week. Needless to say, my writing got pushed aside a bit. Okay, maybe a lot.

I am still working on adding those new chapters my editor asked for. At this point, she has even stopped asking me when they will be finished. It's been that bad. And then my best friend got married which made me very happy. Incredibly happy, but that meant some of those few moments of free time were dedicated to helping out with wedding stuff.

So that's been my life. Not much writing, lots of work, lots of things to do, but it hasn't been all that bad.

I am really hoping to get back to writing soon, but in the meantime I took a few minutes to put up a new website. http://www.crystallkirkham.com (Just a note that the redirect to the current site hasn't updated to IE yet. So if that's what you use, this is where it redirects to: https://crystallkirkham.wixsite.com/author).

So, fingers crossed, let's hope I get Feathers and Fae finished this year.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Update on Feathers & Fae

Well my dear readers, you may not get your hands on Feathers & Fae in March like I had been planning. At pressure from my editor I shall be submitting this novel to Tor Publishing withing the next couple of months.

So while I do not have anything brand new to offer you in March, as soon as Feathers & Fae is off my desk, I shall be busting my butt to get another novel up and ready to go! Wish me luck in this new endeavor. I shall keep you all updated.

For all you know, you may be seeing my name in the bookstores by next year. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Editing. Editing. Editing.

Feathers & Fae is into one of the final revision stages. I've been so focused on editing that I nearly forgot to update my blog!

There was so much I had planned to write, but editing has consumed my life! I'm actually posting this from my phone in bed. Sorry guys!

I'll update you more later! For now, I sleep!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

For Updatesake

I have been absolutely consumed with editing Feathers and Fae tonight. It's late. I have to be up in a few hours do you're not getting much.

If ask goes well maybe this book will be available for pre-order prior to the summer. No promises though. I still haven't heard back from my beta readers yet.

I'll keep you updated if course.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy Whatever!

I don't know about all of you, but I had a wonderful few days off from my regular job. I made a beautiful turkey and fixings for myself. That's right. I spent the holidays all on my own with the dogs and cats and bunny. I had plans to get some writing done since I was home alone, but it turned out that I really needed a writing break. So nothing got done.

But I did have a really good holiday. We got a foot of snow by Christmas Eve and my neighbours invited me out to look at the lights in our town. We walked the whole town - which isn't too difficult to do even with a foot of new snow since it is only about 4 blocks in size with a populate of about 113 people.

For a small town there are quite a few people who light up their homes. Of course is could be because there are a lot older retired people here, but it really is a nice little town.

It wasn't until the day after boxing day that  I finally even left my home. My friends and I drove two the city to the south of us to pick up some great deals at the big mall and then to the zoo that lights up their park. It's actually quite pretty.

Then of course it was back to the grind. And today I brushed off the computer and worked on some flash fiction for a contest. I'll let you know how that one goes. Now, that I have my writing groove back a bit hopefully that means I will be able to polish some more stories to get some things out there for you all.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Two Down and Many More to Go

I decided to start my 2017 a bit early by starting the stronger focus on my writing already. I am very proud to announce that this week I completed two full first drafts. I can definitely say that it feels really good to be getting things out of my WIP list and into the Revisions list. I even managed to get my writings folders better organized to make it easier to know where I am on different stories! As for the finished first drafts here are a few summaries for you:

Good Intentions
Book 1 in the Shadowlands Series
In a world that has fallen into darkness and fear, Rubel Sabine dares to not only dream of a better world, but to work for it. All he wants is to create a world where people can be free and unafraid. He's willing to do almost anything to unite the cities under his vision of a single government and that means compromising many of the ideals that he aspired to. How far he will fall is a question only time can answer.

Feathers & Fae
Emmett has one task - to keep Kami safe. Not an easy task with someone as head strong and impulsive as she can be. After being chased by an ominous presence in the shadows, Emmett and Kami find themselves in the realm of Mythos – a place where all the mythological creatures that are a myth to them actually exist. Their goal is to return home which is no easy task - especially now that Kami has learned one very important fact. Almost everything Emmett has ever told her, including his own name, has been a lie.
Can Emmett keep his secret or will he be forced to reveal everything and put them in even more danger? Either way it could mean the end of everything - or maybe not.

I also have other good news, Road to Redemption is now available in PRINT! That’s right. You can order a physical copy of the book on Amazon. So for those of you who do not own a Kindle you can finally get your hands on this incredible book.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A day in the life - Habits

Recently I got persuaded to start using Habitica by a wonderful group of writers that I hang out with online. I've known them all for a couple of years now and after two years of talking about it I finally gave in. Perhaps, I thought to myself, this just might be the thing I need to start getting my life in order.

It's only been three days and I am still doing the 'get-to-know-you' dance with the website and app. I'm still unsure of what I am doing or even why I am doing it. However, it does feel nice to be making this attempt at organizing my hectic life.

Of course, one of the daily tasks I have assigned myself is simply known as "Writing" - something that I should be doing everyday. Should be. However, as any writer who still works a day job to pay the bills will tell you - that isn't how life works.

Between the full time (and then some!) day job, the commute and the fact that there is no one to help me out with what needs to be done around my house that leaves little time for much else in my life. I often get about an hour to myself while eating dinner to get some writing done and by that time I usually just want to not have to think or work.

So what is a girl to do?


No, really - what should I do? What do I do in November where I zip out a new first draft of a possibly salvageable novel?

Well, in November I ignore things for the writing. I make dates with myself on the weekend to write. I stay up late and try desperately not to make mistakes at work because I am so tired. Last thing I want to do is be the reason someone accidentally blows themselves up. Not really an exaggeration with my job - it could happen.

I have multiple WIP's right now and I would love very much to get them out there for you all to read. Of course, I want them to be good when I send them out into the world for others to see. So for now I am hoping trying out Habitica will help to keep me on track. Eventually work will slow down and I will have more time to do things during the week. Perhaps I'll learn what really makes those night owls tick.

Whatever way you cut this, this is my way of letting you all know that I am trying. I am working hard to get a new novel out there for you all. Perhaps more than one if I have my way!