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MCD FAQ: early 2018

January 30, 2018

*Pinning a post here, on Facebook, and on Twitter with answers to some of the most frequent questions I get asked.*

What is MCD currently working on?

I’m currently writing the first draft of Dowser 8, as well as outlining Dowser 9. I’m also writing three short stories that will be combined into Dowser 8.5 and released between Dowser 8 and 9. I’m also brainstorming a new urban fantasy series that takes place in the Adept Universe but features all new characters.

In between writing stints, I’m recording/narrating the audiobooks for the Oracle and the Reconstructionist Series. Once Oracle 1 is ready, I hope to release one audiobook a month. They should be available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

When will Dowser 8 be available?

I just released Dowser 7 on January 18, 2018. I tend to release a book every 4 to 6 months.

What is MCD’s 2018 release schedule?

Dowser 8 – very late Spring 2018

Dowser 8.5 – Summer 2018

Dowser 9 – late Summer 2018

First book in the new urban fantasy series – late-Fall/early-winter 2018

Where else can I find MCD?

New Release Mailing List

Monthly Mailing List

Facebook and/or the Reader Run Facebook Fan Group

Twitter

Instagram (Warning: copious pictures of knitting, cats, and chocolate)

Where can I buy/find …

Dowser/Oracle Series T-shirts

The Dowser Series Cookbook – sign up for either of my newsletters (see the links above or on the top right of this page) to get a free PDF of the cookbook. There is no ebook/paperback currently available and no plans to release one in the near future.

Autographed paperbacks – on rare occasions (usually around November/December) I make paperbacks available for anyone who’d like to buy them directly from me. I usually announce this on my blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Other than that, you have to win one of my giveaways. 🙂

What are MCD’s favourite…

Books

Chocolate (post to come, but generally anything I’ve written into the books is a good bet).

Let me know if I’ve missed anything!!

In Michael’s studio, getting set up to record the audiobook of Oracle 1.

The boss has scheduling privileges.

February 24, 2018

I know, I know, I made this big announcement about how I was going to cut back and refocus, including taking Saturday mornings off. And then I worked all day last Saturday (I really, really just wanted to get the first draft of Dowser 8 done) and now I want to spend more time with Mory (aka the opening novella of Dowser 8.5) this morning.

But being self-employed has to have some benefits, doesn’t it? And tomorrow I’ll reward myself with a chocolate milkshake and buying/planting a pear tree (I’ll try to remember to take a picture. It’s a two combo espalier and I’m planting it in the raised garden bed outside my office window).

And really, the recycling/groceries/mail can totally wait. Ahem, ah, yeah, confession time, if you won a copy of Dowser 7 from me like a long time ago, I still haven’t managed to get it in the mail. Sorry! But the padded envelopes I needed finally showed up yesterday, so the paperbacks will be on their way soon!

Now where did I leave Mory … oh, yes, Mountain View Cemetery. Where else would she be?

It’s a gorgeous morning on Salt Spring Island. The ravens and eagles have been playing in the wind and the snow has all melted (yay!).

Dowser 8: hunting with misfits

February 20, 2018

Okay, this tiny snippet made me laugh out loud yesterday. I thought you might find it fun as well.

Feeling the teenagers behind me becoming restless, I wrapped my hand around the hilt of my knife. Someone was going to have to teach Peggy and Maia to be patient hunters.

Unfortunately, I was concerned that person was supposed to me and I was honestly getting bored myself.

– Dowser 8, chapter one, second draft

Click here for the reading order of the Adept Universe.

Daily writing schedule, 2018 edition

February 19, 2018

So I’ve decided to change up my daily writing schedule in 2018. Normally, I work on one project/novel/screenplay at a time, taking it through three drafts, then story edit, then another draft and polishing pass, then content/line edit, then final read through, then proofreaders, and then the book is released. Meaning that after I write the first draft, I don’t really write any ‘new’ words until the story is with the editor (I add a ton of words, and move them around, but I’m still working within the same main story). So this often results in me struggling to get back into the habit of daily writing when a book is being released – at a time that I often feel a bit tired (if not actually a little burned out).

So! For 2018, I’ve decided to try something new. I’ll write two thousand words a day, every morning, five days a week. And in the afternoon, I’ll work on the 2nd/3rd drafts or edits of the novel that is next to be released. Setting Saturdays aside for audiobook recording.

So this will likely mean that the period of time between Dowser 7 and Dowser 8 releasing will be slightly longer than normal, but it should also mean that Dowser 8.5 and Dowser 9 actually release quicker. If all goes as planned and I can actually write two novels at once (that does remain to be seen).

Anyway, this is long way of saying – YAY! I get to start writing Dowser 8.5 today, as well as the second draft of Dowser 8 this afternoon.

A pile of Kleenex is all that marks the final words of the first draft of Dowser 8. Let the second draft commence!

Oh, FYI. I seriously hope the test prints of the new T-shirt designs from Dowser 7 arrive at Elizabeth’s this week. But they still haven’t shipped. Yes, the ones I ordered on January 12. 🙁 Fingers crossed! I’ll do a couple of giveaways when they’ve been approved! And hopefully Elizabeth will take some modelling shots. 🙂 I will also write up a post about getting a good fit (using your chest measurement, not the size printed on the T-shirt) and how international readers can get their hands on the designs (since the T-shirts themselves still only ship to US addresses).

Dowser 8: Valentine’s Day mini excerpt

February 14, 2018

I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without sharing a glimpse of my (current) favourite couple, Jade and Warner.

Dowser 7: paperback giveaway scavenger hunt

February 9, 2018

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED.

  1. Blog – 74 comments – random number: 17 = Melissa
  2. Facebook – 86 comments – random number: 85 = Venetia
  3. Instagram – 60 comments – random number: 5 = Christina

Okay! I promised I’d post a paperback giveaway on Tuesday, and then I didn’t. So … since it is now Friday, I thought I’d post THREE chances to win an autographed paperback of Champagne, Misfits, and Other Shady Magic (Dowser 7) to make up for my tardiness.

And, to make it even more fun, I’ve scattered the paperbacks about like a scavenger hunt.

There are three steps to play along.

First, comment below on this blog post to enter to win this beauty (paperback #1):

A lovely reader, Billie, made me this tatted dragon!! Isn’t it gorgeous? [But it’s not part of the giveaway].

Second, head over to my Facebook page, then find and comment on photo #2 to enter to win that paperback.

And third, pop over to my Instagram feed, find and comment on photo #3 to enter to win the final paperback!

Fun! Fun!!

Likes and shares are always welcomed and appreciated.

Notes/Rules: OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. One entry per person (on all three platforms). One winner will be selected by random number generator (on each platform). Email addresses are not collected for any purpose other than to contact the winner. No purchase necessary.

Giveaway closes SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2018 at midnight PST.

Are you new to the Adept Universe? Book one is Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser 1).

Click here for the reading order of the Adept Universe.

Ah, the muse …

February 8, 2018

I’ve been working through the first half of Dowser 8 for the last couple of weeks, having gotten derailed writing the first draft by editing Dowser 7, the holidays, and the rather lengthy to-do list that comes with releasing a book. I’ve been only getting 600-800 newish words a day. But the idea is that these ‘easy’ second draft words were supposed to ease me back into the writing.

But the muse is a funny thing … I can write without it, without the words and ideas flowing, but it feels heartless and ungrounded. Eventually the idea that the story will never flow again starts to take hold and erode my sense of how the writing is supposed to be. Yes, there are often a few tough days in a row that I need to weather, but I’ve just gone through the longest period of feeling like I had nothing in my head that I’ve ever experienced. Dowser 8, Dowser 9, Necromancer 1 are all plotted out, with detailed outlines, and before I hit this drought I was also working on a brand new series that will launch this fall.

But, even with all that story worked out, nothing was flowing.

And between you and me (and poor Michael who was probably getting tired of me yammering on about being in a weird ‘nothing’ headspace), it was starting to freak me out. I needed NEW words, not just rewritten ones. I desperately needed the muse to visit.

So, yesterday I reached the end of what I had written for the first draft of Dowser 8. I wasn’t exactly staring at a blank page (I rarely do because I outline) but I was daunted. So I complained a bit on social media. I fussed around. Yadda, yadda.

Then I wrote. I told myself all I needed was 2000 words. I reminded myself that they didn’t need to be brilliant, because there are many, many stages to writing a novel (at least 5 to 6 drafts on my part alone, not including all the work the editor does) and I just needed words to get me through to the third act – aka the ending that I’ve been running in my head for over a year now.

So I got 2400 words. This number is in no way brilliant in and of itself, and should be easily achievable. But it hasn’t been. And I yet managed it. Satisfied with that solid day, I put the chickies to bed and started a new knitting project.

And this morning?

The muse came rolling back, specifically while I was cleaning out the litter box. But hey, I’m not complaining!

Taking a little tidbit from the new scene I wrote yesterday (a scene I thought was pretty throw away at the time), the muse dropped a bloody, dark deed on me – an idea that expanded a beat set up in Dowser 7 and Dowser 8 but was actually more fully exploitable in one of the short stories that I’ve been muttering about possibly writing.

And the muse wasn’t done, because in order to share this new deviously dark idea with Michael, I needed to explain how it came about and where it fit. And in doing so, I realized that the two short stories were actually two parts of a novella (if not a novel) that fits between Dowser 8 and Dowser 9. And that’s not all … it’s actually THREE parts, not just the two shorts I’ve been toying with writing.

So there you go. You may now make chocolate sacrifices to the muse, she’s just given you Dowser 8.5.

But!

Here’s the twist.

It’s not a Jade book.

Oh, no. *insert evil grin*

It’s Mory, Rochelle, and Jasmine’s tales. All outlined and interconnected, thanks to the muse this very morning.

I will now have a hot chocolate in celebration.

The muse is back and she’s full of wicked ideas!

Monthly Newsletter: Feb 2018 – cancelled

February 6, 2018

Sorry, as you might have noticed already, there is no newsletter from me in your inbox this morning. I was planning to ‘launch’ the new T-shirt designs from Dowser 7 but the final test prints haven’t even shipped (three weeks and counting) so apparently whatever annoying curse I have going with T-shirts is still holding strong. Oh, well. It will eventually sort itself out.

Anyway, I didn’t want to clutter your inboxes without any new or exclusive content, so I’ve decided to skip the February newsletter. I’ll try to get my act together in March … with something that doesn’t hinge on T-shirts being available. Promise.

To make it up to you I’ll be posting a paperback giveaway for Dowser 7 later on today. Yay!

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Dowser 8: the ‘girls’ go hunting

February 5, 2018

Jasmine glanced between us. “You two are a little crazy, you know.”

Kandy shrugged. “You’ll get it, baby girl. When you’re all grown up and never meet your match.”

Jasmine twisted her lips wryly, tugging her phone of out her jacket pocket. “I’ve already met him.”

Kandy laughed huskily, shaking her head. “The nearly immortal are more vulnerable than us three, darling. They’ve forgotten they can die. And it’s the possibility of death than keeps us sharp.” Kandy tapped on her temple.

Jasmine raised one eyebrow at the green-haired werewolf, texting without looking at her screen. “Thanks for the life lesson, wolf.”

Kandy snapped her teeth. “You can owe it to me, vampire.”

I laughed. “Shall we continue?”

– Dowser 8, first draft [unedited and unproofed]

Click here for the reading order of the Adept Universe.

Dowser 8 to be released late-spring 2018.

 

The difficult task of negotiating an itinerary with my significant other …

February 1, 2018

Obviously, that’s my initial request in blue.

 

 

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