Just wanted to send out an update about what is up! If you haven’t subscribed to my Patreon yet, I highly suggest you do! Even if you can’t spare any money at this time, I have a few free things available for you. I have a short story about porgs, and also a rough draft of a short story about two owners of a snake cafe.
I’ve got a few short stories and poems out on submission to a few different scifi / fantasy magazines. If those do not get acquired, I have plans for publishing some of the short stories as a collection and the poems as a chapbook. I’ve even been in talks with an illustrator to make amazing covers. These collections would be e-book only. Either way, I am excited to get those out soon!
I’ve also been hard at work on my next novel, I am currently calling it “How To Lose A Throne,” and I have done a TON of research and planning for it and I cannot wait to share it with the world. In addition to the novel, I have first drafts of a few short stories and novella’s that would be set in the same world. Some of them involve characters before the novel takes place, others involve some of the lands that are mentioned in the novel but not fully explored. I have not decided yet if I will be self-publishing these stories or if I would seek an agent to try to publish with a traditional house. We will see how I feel about it as I approach my later drafts!
In March, I attended Mapcap Retreats: Writing Cross Culturally Workshop and I HAD A BLAST. I learned so much from so many people and got to hang out with a lot of awesome fellow writers. We stayed in a gorgeous cabin in Tennessee and ate amazing food and traded stories and advice.
I have switched form using Scrivener with Dropbox back ups, to using Novlr. This was a pretty significant decision for me. I’ve been using Scrivener for awhile, but it was starting to feel clunky, and I couldn’t use it on my laptop. I run Ubuntu on my laptop, and I was frustrated with not being able to go to a cafe to write. Also, I couldn’t take my huge desktop with me to Tennessee for the retreat. So I found Novlr, which is browser-based and has awesome offline capabilities. I figured I could use the free trial to test it out while on the retreat. Sure enough, I loved it. I especially love the night-mode it has. It doesn’t have all the planning capabilities of Scrivener, but I’ve found ways around that. Plus, a lot of the features I do miss are already in the Novlr roadmap!
One last note! I’ve over-hauled my website! Please check it out and let me know how you like it!
All the best! Dax