If you've been following this blog at all, then you'll know I like to re-evaluate my goals. I swear sometimes they change by the hour these days. My goals have changed again to some extent. Frankly, I was trying to do too much in too short of a time. Yeah, I have that problem, so I decided to simplify my life.
This month, I'm working on the short stories in Men of Foxwick. Before the end of February, I finished "Dragon Spy" and in January, I wrote "Blind Scribe." That means I have three stories to write before the end of the month: "Sword Master" (done!), "Courting Magic," and "Monster Hunter." Once I finish these stories, I'll do a self-edit and then send them to half my critique partners. Then, once I get them back, I'll do another edit based on their comments and send it to the other half. Another set of edits or two, then proofreading and publishing. If all goes as planned, people might be able to purchase Men of Foxwick in June. *crosses fingers*
As for everything else I had planned to do this month, it's now been shoved off to other months (Part III of The Phoenix Prophetess in April and The Loveless Princess in May).
I think simple will be better, right?
What are you working on?
By the way, there will be no more Friday Flash for a while, so I'll see you on Monday for Bookworm News.
And Susan Kaye Quinn has a new serial series out today! The first episode in The Debt Collector is Delirium.
The Debt Collector by Susan Kaye Quinn
From the author of the bestselling Mindjack series comes a new future-noir serial, The Debt Collector. The first episode, Delirium, launches today (3/20).
What’s your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.
Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He’s just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the people who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of life energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one of Madam Anastazja’s sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane… until he collects again. But when his recovery ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn’t what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal hit for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle alone—a dark pit he’s not sure he’ll be able to climb out of again.
Contains mature content and themes. For YA-appropriate thrills, see Susan’s Mindjack series.
Delirium is approximately 12,000 words or 48 pages and is one of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating. You can find out more about the series at the DebtCollector website and facebookpage. The DebtCollector newsletter is a special list just for episode releases.
“The street-smart science of LOOPER meets the cold, just-the-facts voice of DOUBLE INDEMNITY in this edgy, future-noir thriller that will have you holding your breath, looking over your shoulder, and begging for more.” —Leigh Talbert Moore, author of The Truth About Faking, The Truth About Letting Go, and Rouge
The first three episodes of Debt Collector will be released a week apart, starting Wednesday 3/20. The remaining episodes will release every two weeks. Delirium can be found on Amazon, BarnesandNoble, iTunes, Kobo. Or add it to your TBR on Goodreads.
Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the bestselling YA SF Mindjack series. Debt Collector is her more grown-up SF. Her steampunk fantasy romance is temporarily on hold while she madly writes episodes to keep Lirium happy. Plus she needs to leave time to play on Facebook. Susan has a lot of degrees in engineering, which come in handy when dreaming up dangerous mind powers, future dystopias, and slightly plausible steampunk inventions. Mostly she sits around in her pajamas in awe that she gets make stuff up full-time.