The Flu vs The Resurrection of the Phoenix Saga

Every November, It’s National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. That’s when writers from all around the globe strive to write their first drafts of 50,000 words.

For a number of years, like clockwork,  I’d get ill during November–flu season. In the last several years, I’ve been lucky enough to escape that–until now.

And oh, boy, this one was a super whammy. For two and a half days, a severe flu did not allow me to sleep or eat. But the most adorable outcome was my two cats kept me company throughout.

My goal for 2017’s NaNoWriMo was to revise the already written manuscript of The Phoenix Hatchling, book 2 of my Seasons of the Phoenix Saga.  It currently stands at 60k.  This is still my goal.

So, during recovery, I started getting back into the manuscript.  And encountered a plot point that caused a bout of eye-rolling and another sick stomach.  The chapter I was working on before I got sick deals with the plot point of vomiting.

Yes, you heard correctly. Vomiting.  It was a big old cosmic ha-ha.  What character was doing the purging you ask? I’ll just say the one with purple eyes.

And that reminds me. I’ve had people inform me that my characters throw up a lot.  Well, I suppose they do now that I think about it. Better them than me is all I can say.

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August 2017 Update

Author rendition of a Dasheel firebird.

The Dasheel Phoenix (The red firebird)

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Huzzah! Yesterday, I conquered a scene in a chapter of The Demon Lord of California. It was giving me fits for months. With that roadblock behind me, things are picking up speed.

Throwing a teaser out here, that problem chapter deals squarely with cementing the relationship between Calico and Agustin. While this fun urban fantasy novella is so close to being done, it will require some clean up before it’s ready. Hopefully not long!

But right now, I’m drained.  So I thought I would torment my dark fantasy readers and say The Phoenix Hatchling is still very much on the table.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m writing Hatchling in tandem with The Phoenix Fledgling, because it’s pretty much a continuation of a larger sub-storyline. Both books already have solid foundations,  they just need some fleshing out.  That means, once Hatchling finally gets released, Fledgling won’t be too far behind.  Also, a good chunk of the fourth book is also done, but has been gathering dust. Click here to read more about that.

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Dividing Plots: The Phoenix Hatchling

Book 1 of The Seasons of the Phoenix

(Just a reminder: The Phoenix Hatchling is still a work in progress with no release date scheduled.)

Calico from Infinity 8 must have slipped out for donuts, but he could be back any minute. While he’s run off WITHOUT ME (huffs in offense), I’ve turned to The Phoenix Hatchling manuscript.

Over the last few days, I’ve realized how I can flesh out Hatchling since I made the decision to cleave it in half. A few weeks back, I split this story because Plot A and Plot B were:

1) seriously overpowering each other and butting heads
2) really had nothing to do with each other
3) was making the book into a uber doorstopper even longer than Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs
4) Plot A’s abrupt ending would not provide a sense of satisfaction or completion, especially since it slid like a home run into Plot B.
5) the ending of Plot B would have been rushed, crappy and unfulfilling.

Even as I do this, I am still disappointed that I had to sideline a character (Plot B) until book 3. But it works better this way.

Who is this sidelined character for book three? I can’t give away all the secrets just yet, but I’m sure you know if you’ve read The Phoenix Embryo.  As for the title of book 3, that I can tell you. Book 3 is called The Phoenix Fledgling. I also think this title matches Plot B much better.

So, you ask, what’s in store for Hatchling then? Well, I’ll just say Trose was down, but not out.

The Phoenix Embryo – Updated Cover

 The Phoenix Embryo book 1

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Here it is. The long awaited cover revision of The Phoenix Embryo. Book one tells the story of 13-year-old-goddess-devotees seeking redemption during a seven year exile, and the overall series begins with Acanthus Breese searching for his missing goddess. But that quest is far easier compared to the many lifetimes that await him, and what his phoenix heritage requires of him in the future.

The cover and book files should be updated across platforms by Monday or Tuesday, which is around the first of May. Print copies will take a little longer as I need to order proof copies, then approve them for publication.

I also want to give a special thank you and shout out to my new cover artist for this series, Nazanin Nemati, and to Deranged Doctor Design.