That song never gets old!
Well, today’s only the 17th, but I’m going to do a post, anyway.
Tim and I have been up to SO MUCH in the past month. Where to begin? Oh, I know. Let’s start with new releases!
Witchy Wanda launched on the lucky 13th. It’s a Kindle Vella story, which means you get to read the first three episodes for free. After that, it’s a few cents per episode. You pay with tokens. If you enjoy SHORT episodes (think–half the length of a regular book chapter), then you would enjoy Kindle Vella. I’ve been including polls at the end of the episodes, too, so readers can give me feedback on what they think is going to happen next. Reader interaction is freaking awesome.
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What else is new? Oh, geez, so much. Right now I’m typing this blog post while listening to Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever,” from It’s a Kind of Magic. I’m about 25% through my radio show du jour, Bookworm Radio. Yep, I am playing DJ. Today’s theme is Magic & Whimsy. Yesterday’s theme was Harry Potter. Before coming up with Bookworm Radio, I also did a few episodes of a show called I Miss Art Bell, because, hey–I do. So, yeah, I’ve been enjoying this experiment with DJing! If you want to listen along, call in and make requests, or even start your own show, go here: AMP app for iPhone
Yep. It be that way, too.
So, funny story. Trying to sell this house kind of set me into a hyperwork-work-work mode. In between herding cats, writing books, and cleaning, I started looking for jobs. I realized I should probably update my title from “Writer” to “Content Creator.” Wouldn’t you know it? I even landed a few interviews. On second thought, though…I don’t really have time to do all the things I like to do, plus drive my kid to school when the bus driver has Covid (several times this year) AND clear out the house of kids and animals when the realtor has showings (we had six in six days once, and that was exhausting!).
You guessed it, I’m not taking a job outside of Planet Tash. It would take too much time away from recording audiobooks and everything else I’ve been up to…but since I am an unabashed “Content Creator” now, I thought I’d go ahead and share with you my super secret project. Back in May or June I started this channel. Tim was knee deep in side-hustle research, as per usual, and he was thinking of starting a channel, himself. Now, I don’t want to be in front of the camera, so I had never considered starting a YouTube or TikTok channel for anything other than personal videos or book promo. I realized that I could use my graphic design expertise to make little “seek and find the difference” puzzles for YouTube, for eventual monetization. I say “eventual” because I need 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours to qualify for that. I expect it to take about a year or organic growth.
But, you know what? It’s fun. I usually make the puzzles while I’m relaxing for the day. I think of it as my version of counted crosstich or other needlework. It’s just fun for me. Here’s the latest puzzle:
I think that’s all the news that fits.
Oh, speaking of Fitz, don’t forget Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic, a light cozy fantasy mystery paranormally thingie. It’s free to read through Kindle Unlimited or a whole five dollars to buy. It’s set THIS TIME OF YEAR on days JUST LIKE THIS BEAUTIFUL DAY here in Indiana! It’s a kind of magic!
I know, I remember when mid-August was still the height of summer, too. I miss those days. My kids have been back to school for a couple of weeks now, which means even if I beg them to go swimming with me, they’re going to refuse on the basis of “Summer is over, Mom!”
(“But not technically,” Mom replies, her voice falling on deaf ears. “Labor Day’s not ’til September…”)
So, what’s a Mom to do?
Well, this Mom is trying to sell the Treehouse, so chaos rules around here. Tim and I have to drop what we’re doing and herd cats–literally. I wrote about this in the latest newsletter–if you didn’t get it, go look in your spam folder. I’ll wait. Not there? Sign up here.
Now that you’re back, we can “oooh” and “ahhh” over some inspirational artwork I included in that email:
These pieces are for and from a Kindle Vella series I’m working on about a Brown County witch in the 1960s. I shan’t say more.
But I will say this: you may have noticed in the newsletter that I asked for reviewers at NetGalley for the second novel in my Miss Fitz at Midlife series. I’m still taking requests there through the end of August, but I’ve also opened up some review opportunities via BookSprout, as well. In total, I’ve got three novels and one non-fiction audiobook available for free, IF YOU WILL REVIEW IT.
I know, I know, these uppity upstart authory uppy-ups are always asking for reviews. Who do these authors think they are??
We struggle, dear reader. Even those touched by the golden sceptor of Big Publishing are forced to grovel and beg for the only thing that sells books besides a perfect cover: reviews. The computers that run the internet just don’t recommend your book to new readers until those who have already read it come back and bless it.
So, if you want to read and be part of the blessing/annointing of these latest witchy books, here’s a BookSprout link. The NetGalley link is in the newsletter. This opportunity is slipping by like what’s left of August. Dive in and splash around while you can, y’all. Everything currently free won’t be, come fall.
And do watch for Witchy Wanda. (Say that three times fast.)
Um, this book took forever. LOL. Okay, it didn’t take an entire year, so, honestly, that’s pretty decent as far as novels go, but…
I always have this idea that I’m going to finish a book in a month, edit it the next month, publish it the third…wash, rinse, repeat…end up with a completed trilogy done in under a year.
Insane! I know!
But you would not believe how many authors do it on a tighter schedule than that. I honestly can’t count how many I know. Don’t test me–it’s too hard, comparing myself to their immense productivity.
And that’s the thing, you know? I’m so much like Missy, the star of these books. I have chronic illness–she has chronic illness. I have a zillion kids–she has a zillion kids. One of the main differences between Missy and me, however, is that she doesn’t take on huge, long-term projects other than raising her kids. She does odd jobs, whereas I do gig work sometimes, but only after writing for the day. She spends a lot more time in person with her friends than I do. She has a lot more community support. In many ways, she lives an idealized version of my own life, I can’t lie.
On the other hand, I get to write about Missy and Sin and all their kids, dogs, cats, friends, ghosts, goblins, and so on. Doing that is such a joy, I can’t help but feel like I get the better end of that deal. Missy still freelances–something I haven’t had to do for years. I used to freelance so much, I had no writing energy left to work on fiction. Miss Fitz doesn’t aspire to be a novelist, whereas I have been publishing novels for years. Missy and I both love reading so much. I’ve been bursting to tell stories like this my entire life, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do it now.
I’ve been working on this particular artform for the better part of two decades, and I think I’m getting the hang of it. Still, every book ends up being HARDER than I expected. Wash/rinse/repeat isn’t my way. As the great Chuck Tingle would say, that’s not my trot. It’s okay to admire other authors who can do it. I read their books. I get it! I sometimes finish a book and go, “Awww, you mean the next one in the series isn’t out yet?” And then I’m disappointed. I have to search for something else to read…woe is me, I have to peruse the billions of books out there, lol. And then when the next book comes out in the original series, I sometimes need to reread the first book to get caught up. No worries, though. Being a voracious reader is a trait I’m proud of. It’s inevitable that you eat up a certain line of supply and move onto another. Reading a book a week–heck, even reading a book a month–is the kind of pace no writer should ever have to keep up with.
I can’t do that. I’d never have been able to be proud of this book if I’d released it as-is at the end of the first draft. This one took a lot of extra work, and I’m proud of the results.
Mucho thanks to all who beta read for me, including Emma Jameson, Kat Bradbury, and Chrissy Garrison.
By the way, another difference between Miss Fitz and myself…she doesn’t like patchouli, and I really, really do.
Now that I’ve said all that, I can’t recall what I came here to say, but…the book is out! Get you some HOT PATCHOULI, and get it today!
I hope you heard that headline in the Arby’s announcer voice like it was intended.
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Halloo! I’m taking a quick break from working through editorial feedback on Hot Patchouli, but wanted to let you know that if you need a blank lined journal or a bullet journal, we have three new ones available on Amazon:
All of our Planet Tash journals are available in blank lined format OR bullet journal format. Make sure you select the correct format for your own needs, okay?
Enjoy. Back to work for me!