Things have been a little bit dead over here the past week and a half or so, and I promise I have plenty of good reasons for it. I finally made up my mind and got my vaccine* about two weeks ago now, and it hit me with the approximate force of a dump truck. I got smacked by pretty much every side effect on the list, and between that and the fatigue that ran me over afterward, my entire working and writing schedule got thrown off a good week. Fortunately, I’ve finally caught up on the working part, and now I’m getting situated to take care of the writing that I fell behind on during that period of time.
So, some updates on things going on here:
The Unnaturals Series
Reapers is coming along very well. I’m solidly in the midpoint of the plot, and things are getting very exciting! I’m definitely on track to complete this draft by about mid-October, at which point I’ll do a revision, then get the preorder up and going for all you guys who are interested in reading this one. I’ve really ground down to a lower-level scope on this one, and I’m loving the new direction. So stay tuned for more info on how the writing progress on this one is going!
The Becoming Series
I’m happy to say that, even with all the hectic-ness of the past couple of weeks, I managed to actually finish the outline for Bloodlines, which is the next, never-before-released book in The Becoming Series! I’m really liking the direction of this book, too; you’ll get not only a lower-scale look at the ongoing issues involving the main characters of the series (or, well, what’s left of them), you’ll also meet some new characters, and you’ll get a better look at exactly what was going on in the rest of the world while our intrepid gang was fighting for survival against the infected. We’re entering a whole new world here, guys, and I think you’re going to love it.
Other Stuff on My Radar
Movies: Is anyone else looking forward to the Dune movie? I know I am! I read Frank Herbert’s books waaaay back in the day (ninth grade, during my “I like big books and I cannot lie” phase, where I was churning through everything Tolstoy and anything else longer than three hundred pages as a personal challenge to myself). I plan on watching it as soon as it drops on HBO Max, put my giant television to good use. (Heck, if I’m feeling up to it, I might even set up the screen and projector in the backyard and make an evening of it.)
What movies are you looking forward to coming out later this year? What movies have you seen recently that you really enjoyed?
Books: I’m currently reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. For those of you who don’t know this, I actually have two undergrad degrees, one in English and the other in History, and I’m a total sucker for WWII studies; I took so many elective classes in subjects related to World War II history when I was working on my degree, and I still like to kick back and read a good nonfiction history book, especially one about WWII. This one is really good so far; I don’t know a lot about the Blitz, so it’s been interesting filling in a gap in my knowledge that has been woefully present even with the electives I took in college.
What book are you currently reading?
Music: I’m currently listening to Bring Me the Horizon’s new song “DiE4u” on repeat. Bring Me the Horizon is one of my favorite bands, and I’m really loving this song. I’m seriously excited that this means there might be a new album coming soon.
What’s your current favorite song? What genres do you like to listen to?
Well, I suppose that’s it for the moment! If you haven’t read any of The Becoming Series or The Unnaturals Series and you’re looking for something new to read, you should check out the books! The first two books in each of the series are free to read on the platform of your choice!
* Please note this post is not intended to stir up a vax/anti-vax debate. This is solely for informational purposes. I am not a medical professional. If you are on the fence about whether or not you should take the vaccination, please do not rely on someone like me for advice/guidance on this. Please consult with your primary care physician if you have any questions or concerns, as they are more capable of advising you and your individual health circumstances better than generic posts by strangers on the internet who have never met you.