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Mell Eight is an author of LGBTQIA original fiction, primarily M/M.
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The Sentinel's Prophesy
April 3, 2019
The Coup and the Prince
May 22, 2019
I have been working with Less Than Three Press since December 2011.
Supernatural Consultant Volume One received this award.
Ground of Insurrection was Nominated
Hadash Aviv was Nominated
I slept ten hours last night and I woke up feeling pretty good, so I'm going to do my best to buckle down on the edits for Ground of Resurrection. I have a lot still to do for that and they're due next week. Next week is also the start of Passover and I'm going to be incredibly busy. Today is my last full day to really get these done and I'm going to do my best.
If I make a lot of progress with Resurrection, I'm hoping to start on Ge-Mi: Part Two today as well. If not, Ge-Mi will have to wait until after Passover. I know I promised I'd get the editing and formatting complete this month, but it's just not going to happen. I will get it done next month.
The response for both If A Butterfly Don't Fly and The Sentinel's Prophesy have both been excellent. The reviews have been positive. Thank you so much to everyone that has read and enjoyed either of those books.
The short answer is, surprisingly I'm doing okay. Everyone I've spoken with is shocked that I'm not spending my days involuntarily sleeping. Honestly, if the doctor hadn't told me I have mono, I would have assumed I had a weird cold for a few days and have now gotten better. My day-to-day schedule has therefore been mostly uninterrupted.
I work a full 40 hour week, eight hours each weekday. Thanks to commute times and excessive traffic, it's actually more like a 10 hour day. By the time I get home I'm wiped and all I want to do is collapse on the couch to recuperate until it's bedtime. This is the only time where having mono has had a visible effect. My need to couch-surf every evening has gotten slightly more prominent. I'm not napping, but my energy in the evenings is definitely lower than I would like.
Obviously, this hasn't been good for my writing. In addition to my 40 hour work week, each week I try to put another 20 to 30 hours into writing or book promotion. I used to be able to spend an hour or two every weeknight trying to get edits done, or working on a tricky bit of plot, or even putting together a blog post to keep my readers updated. I couldn't work on something consuming as that would keep me awake past my bedtime (and therefore hinder my ability to get to work the next day) but I always tried to plug away at something. The bulk of my writing is done over the weekend, in between my errands and chores. Now the bulk of everything is getting done over the weekend and the hours I've been able to spend on writing have dropped significantly.
What this means is I'm woefully behind on the edits for Ground of Resurrection, haven't had a moment to pull out Ge-Mi: Part Two to give it a final edit and get it formatted for submission, and haven't had any time whatsoever to work on my to-do list. I never got around to posting a proper cover reveal for The Sentinel's Prophesy. I never even posted about the excerpt being available (you can find it HERE if you're interested), or about Prophesy going up on Goodreads (for everyone that likes to add books to their shelves).
I can only hope the last vestiges of mono will fade away soon and that I'll be able to catch up on everything quickly. Thanks to everyone that left me comments of support. I really appreciate every single one.
Out Now: The Sentinel's Prophesy
I haven't been feeling wonderful for the last few weeks. Went to the doctor two weeks ago and all they could tell me is it wasn't strep and it wasn't the flu. Today my neck swelled up, so I went back to the doc. Mono. I have frickin mono. All I can think is, where the heck did I pick up mono? I haven't been kissing anyone and I haven't been sharing drinks. I don't have a roommate either. My next thought was, how many people at work have I inadvertently infected? Monday, when I get to warn all my coworkers not to touch anything I've touched, is going to be so much fun...not.
So, today has understandably been a wash. Still, I'm concerned whether the mono will have an effect on my writing. I am still working on the edits for Ground of Resurrection, but (surprise, surprise), I haven't had the energy to really start digging in. If I don't have energy for that, there's no way I'll have energy for working on any of my in-progress stories. Hopefully this will go smoothly and I'll keep to my deadlines. I'll let you all know how goes.
Out Now: If A Butterfly Don't Fly
Ge-Mi is complete! Yes, you read that correctly. Ge-Mi: Part Two is finished! I spent about fourteen hours today getting the last chapter and the epilogue written and I typed the last period just twenty minutes ago. I'm super excited because I love this story and I've been wanting to get it written for so long. I also know a lot of readers will be happy too. You've waited for what feels like forever to get the conclusion of Taylor and Nevada's story. I really hope it meets your expectations.
What's next for the story, now that I've finished writing?
First, there's a rough spot in the middle I need to poke at. It drags and I'm not sure it makes sense outside my own head. Once I get that fixed, I will have to set this story aside for a month. It needs to sit and percolate for at least that long, so when I reopen the document to make edits I'm seeing it with fresher eyes. Only once my edits are complete will I submit it to LT3. After that it's up to LT3.
What's next for the series?
I've actually gotten a lot of variations of that question over the last few years. As much as I love Taylor and Nevada, there isn't anything more for me to write about them. Their story is complete. I am instead turning my focus to a new city and to two new main characters. Kay and Sierra are going to be a lot of fun to write, and I do think you'll like them. Just don't ask me when Di-Na: Part One will be complete. If you haven't noticed, I'm not good with writing quickly or even with staying on task. I will get there, though, just like I did with Ge-Mi: Part Two.
I want to start off by reminding everyone that If A Butterfly Don't Fly will be released next week! If you want to pre-order the book for a 15% discount at LT3, now's your chance: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books... It will be available on Amazon and all other major retailers by March 13th.
I'll give you one guess as to what I'm working on now. If you immediately thought "edits!" you're right. I'm actually on time for all my edits, which is a nice change, but when I really want to be writing instead... Anyway, here's what I'm working on right now:
First were the edits for The Coup and the Prince, which I have completed and returned to LT3. I decided I liked the way the story ended as it was and I didn't want to muddle it up by adding an epilogue. I instead added a couple of paragraphs to the last scene that should hopefully address why the editor was thinking an epilogue would be useful. Next for this story are the copy edits, after which it will be ready for publication.
Speaking of copy edits, I just received those for The Sentinel's Prophesy. I've read through and for the most part they're very straightforward. There are one or two minor tweaks I need to address, but overall I don't think they'll be a heavy lift. Once the copy edits are completed, this story will be ready to go.
The last set of edits I received were the first round for Ground of Resurrection, the second book in my Wizard Wars series. I haven't had a chance to look through them yet, so I don't know how onerous they'll be, but they're going to be interesting either way. I won't be able to get started on this story until Prophesy is back with LT3, so I'll give you an update on it soon.
I have also resubmitted Wounded Alpha to LT3. I think (I hope) I fixed the issue, and I will find out in a few weeks whether LT3 also thinks it's fixed. I'll let you all know whether they accept it this time.