Weekly Miscellany, 12/29 Edition

I hope those of you who celebrate had a nice holiday! Things have been busy around here. I cooked a lot, ate too much (ugh…) and had a great time relaxing with my family. I also binge-read most of Charlaine Harris’s “Southern Vampire Mysteries.” I love that series. Love it. Except that I kinda want to smack Sookie. She never should have let Quinn go. (I haven’t read the last 2 books yet. Don’t tell me anything either way if you have.)

Writing-wise, I wrote about 30,000 words of a novel that has been kind of simmering for a while. It’s slowed down now as I focus on finishing the third Hidden book, but the foundation of the story is there and I am looking forward to working more on it later.

Hidden Series Update

So, I’ve been going back and forth about whether the series will end with book three. When I initially started writing it, and through writing most of book three, my intent was that Hidden would be a trilogy.

The thing is, there is so much more of Molly’s story to tell. And even after working on her story for over three years now (from initial crappy manuscript, through two reinventions, to the webserial, to now) I still like writing about her. So there will be more Hidden after book three (which comes out in February). The only difference will be that, after book three, the story will only appear in book form. Readers of the webserial will still have a satisfying ending to this chapter of Molly’s story, so I think everyone will be satisfied. But for those of you who want more Molly, there will be more!

Both books one and two have been receiving really, really good reviews and ratings on Amazon and GoodReads, and thank you to those who have taken the time to review. I really appreciate it!

Okay. Here are some things that caught my eye this week:

1. Posts about indie publishing. Two people who have inspired me A LOT in terms of launching as an indie author have recently written really helpful, interesting posts about indie publishing. Elizabeth Hunter, who is an amazing writer (I’ve reviewed her books here and here) has a post up about ten things she learned about indie publishing in 2013. It’s a great, no-holds-barred read. J.A. Konrath also has a post up, with his predictions about what will happen in publishing in 2014.

2. Eminem/Rhianna’s “The Monster.” Remember how “Survival” was Molly’s theme song during season 2? (And if you didn’t, well, now you know…) Yeah. This is her theme song for this season/book 3. If I’m working on Hidden, there’s a good chance this song is on repeat. I’m not the only one who listens to the same song over and over and over again, am I? (Don’t answer that…)

From the lyrics:

‘Cause I need an interventionist
To intervene between me and this monster
And save me from myself and all this conflict
‘Cause the very thing that I love’s killing me and I can’t conquer it

3. Superior Spider-Man. This is totally not related to writing in any way. My husband bought me a Marvel Digital Unlimited subscription for Christmas. And I’m one of those people who totally fucking refused to buy Superior Spider-Man because Peter Parker is my Spider-Man, damn it. But now I have the digital unlimited thingy, so I read the first twelve issues. I wanted to hate it. I still kind of do, on principle. But the writing is really good and it’s setting up a whole lot of mess for when (yes, WHEN) Peter comes back. I still think Dan Slott is evil. He’s just also a pretty damn good writer.

4. Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis advises that to be a writer, you have to actually write something. Tumblr (being very Tumblr-like) calls him a privileged, elitist bastard. No, I’m not kidding about this.

5. Frozen. Saw it the day after Christmas. LOVED IT. My youngest daughter apparently has inherited my tendency to play songs on repeat (see above), as we’ve heard this song about 593 times since Thursday:

All right, that’s it! New episodes of HIDDEN starting tomorrow! What’s gonna happen to Ares and Dionysus? And how is Molly holding up after everything that happened? We’ll find out this week. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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