A Weekend Off and the Creator’s Dilemma

Venting post ahead, you’ve been warned. :)

Despite having a mountain of Things to Do™, I took this weekend off. I haven’t had a completely lazy weekend since… hmm. I don’t remember, but it’s been months.

Mr M was off yesterday, so we had a three-day weekend. We did a little bit of house stuff, but mostly we slept in and played Borderlands 3. We bought the game back in September, but we never got a chance to play because we were too busy. It’s fun! If you liked the previous games in the series, you’ll like this one, too.

But while I took the weekend off, my brain didn’t. All weekend I felt low-level guilt for taking a break and having fun rather than doing something productive. I think this is a creator’s dilemma. There is pressure, both internal and external, to do more, faster.

For a while, that pressure can be harnessed to produce content. But live it too long, and it’s a one-way ticket to burnout city. I’m not there, but there is a certain dread every time I open up Scrivener. I know I’m behind and that gets in the way of writing, which puts me further behind. It’s a vicious cycle.

And I know I’m supposed to be writing a proposal for a new series, which should’ve been done months ago and isn’t. Argh.

So while I’m technically not under deadline anymore, my brain thinks I am, and I can’t relax. But the only way out is through* (for me, something else may be better for you!), so I’m going to turn on some music and make some words for our Rogue Queen. Wish me luck!

And lest you think it’s all doom and gloom in house Mihalik, I have two pieces of good news to end with. :) One, we got an offer on our old house the day we listed it. Yay! And two, my editor just sent me an all-caps squee about the changes I made to Chaos Reigning. She likes it! Huzzah!

*Or become a hermit. But since I like our new house, I’m going to go with through. :)

Chaos Reigning Edits Are Done!

I sent off the edited manuscript to my editor this morning. For those of you who like big books, it grew by about 6k in edits, making it just slightly longer than AB.

Assuming my editor likes all of the changes, it will move to copyediting and then page proofs and then release! It comes out May 19, but you can get a sneak peek and preorder links over on the book page.

Now I have to turn around and start working on the next Rogue Queen novella. I’m still hoping to start posting at the end of the month, but that depends on what happens with CR, because contracted stuff takes priority.

But maybe first, a nap. :)

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope your holidays are filled with joy, delight, and hope.

I spent the day with family, eating too much and enjoying the beautiful weather. We are lucky because Mr M and I grew up in the same small town, and our parents still live close to each other, so we get to see both sets at Christmas. I also got to spend time with my nephews who are super adorable and I don’t get to see often enough. We built this cool Mario gingerbread house:

I hope your holiday was Mario gingerbread house good! :) Best wishes for 2020!

The Next Rogue Queen Serial is Delayed :(

Let’s rip this bandaid off fast: the next Rogue Queen serial is going to be delayed by a month or so. I was hoping to start it by the end of the year, but edits for Chaos Reigning just landed. And while my editor liked the story overall (yay! always a relief), it needs a few fairly big edits and not a lot of time to complete them.

All of the house stuff and moving has put me super behind schedule. Usually, at this point in December, I’d have about 5-10k of the serial written already, because I need to be a little ahead of what is posted due to my writing style (aka go back and change earlier things as I write).

Let’s just say that I am nowhere near that mark. :(

That means if I started posting around Christmas as I planned, the updates would be short, sporadic, and lower quality than I would like. So, delayed it is. I’m so sorry. I know a lot of you are looking forward to the third book—it’s one of the things people email me about the most.

Edits are due mid-January, so depending on how they go, the serial will hopefully start late January.

As a small consolation, and to give you something to look forward to, book three has a title: The Queen’s Triumph. And here’s a peek at Samara:

For those of you who wait for the published ebook, this shouldn’t affect that schedule. Right now, it is tentatively scheduled for late summer.

I won’t be around too much while editing, so I hope you all have a great holiday season! See you in 2020!

(Also, where did this year go? If anyone sees my missing months lying around, please return them.)

Incredible Book Bundle for a Good Cause!

23 Authors. 42 Books. Pay what you can for a good cause.

As some of you may know, I’ve become friends with Bree and Donna (the duo behind Kit Rocha). They’ve been incredibly kind and generous as I learn to navigate this wild world of being an author.

This week, Donna got some bad news and needs emergency surgery, which is awful anytime, but especially awful during the holidays. In order to help defray the costs, Bree put together an INCREDIBLE pay-what-you-can book bundle.

42 Books.

23 Authors.

Starting at just $10.

If you can only give $10, you’re helping out and getting an amazing deal. If you can give more, you’re STILL getting an amazing deal, and you’re helping Donna tell her left boob to fuck off (really). Just don’t wait too long, because this is a limited-time offer.

Some of my very favorite authors are included in this bundle and I’m so happy I could be a tiny part of it. I mean, just look at this list!!

The Queen’s Gambit is included, so if you’ve been meaning to pick it up, now you can get it and 41 other awesome books for one ridiculous price. The hardest part for me is going to be deciding which book to read first.

Thank you for helping out, and please share!