ROW 80 2015 Round 1 in review

Fireweed TrailSo, here we are at the end of the first quarter of 2015 already and I have results unlike any quarter I’ve had in a while. It’s been a pretty interesting 80 days, so it’s time to look back before moving ahead.

Here were my goals:

1) Finish off Ripe, the final installment of my Spoiled Rotten trilogy. DONE!

Yup! I finished that one off and it’s done. Nice to have that in my rear view at last.

2) Collect the Spoiled Rotten trilogy together and submit to Write On for feedback. DONE!

I received over 4,200 words of critique from my fellow authors at Write On on Spoiled Rotten that will inform a final polish and revision on this one; I’m repackaging it as a full-length novel with an all-new cover by my cover guru, Victorine E. Lieske!

It’ll probably debut in the second quarter of 2015.

3) Write a KW short for my friend’s set-to-launch-in-April KindleWorld.

Not quite done yet, but closing in on it!

The book, a novella-length-ish book, is called Fireweed Trail and is set in … the forthcoming Lei Crime Series KindleWorld created by talented novelist Toby Neal!

The almost-final cover, by the reliable Victorine, decorates the top of this post!

Aside from all that? My PR impact from being on ENT has been a thrill: I’ve sold about 55 copies and 11 borrows on The Woodsman since that one-day free-day ad ran. I’ll but that for a dollar! (Or $15.00!)

So, that’s all for now, folks. I’ll reveal my big plans for Q2 2015 when we resume in April.

For now, I have to work on getting Fireweed Trail out on time!


First March 2015 ROW80 update

The WoodsmanI’ve had a big week unfold for me.

Today (Sunday, March 1) was a huge day for The Woodsman, the novel I first released back on Friday, October 17, 2014. I ran an ad, for the first time ever, with one of the “big boys,” eReader News Today (ENT). The results were outstanding and beyond my expectations.

First of all, I gave away way more copies globally than I did during my free run in late January. Back then, I gave away 1,629 copies, and my rankings were #4 in horror, #6 in crime thrillers, and #124 overall. That came as a result of three Fivvr ads, a $3 ad from another site, and listings on several “free to list” sites. Total invested: $19.50.

Today, I invested $15 in an ENT ad and let it fly on its own without notices on any other sites. The results? As I write this, I’m at 2,037 copies given away worldwide, and rankings of #3 in horror, # 7 in crime thrillers, and #85 overall. That’s a big step forward and for only $15, instead of $19.50.

This has me thinking that the huge amount asked for by BookBub might not be the best use of approximately $110, by me. Not when I can get these kinds of results for only $15.00. Sure, BookBub is the gold standard… but is it really worth almost ten times the amount invested? I’m not so sure, since in horror BookBub says the over-under for a free book ad is 2,000 to 19,800. Umm, so in other words, I could pay $110 and still only get the same number of downloads I got today for $15? Color me less than enthusiastic about that prospect. At least right now.

The real interesting bit will be to see how paid sales go once the book reverts back. In January, about 26 paid sales followed the giveaway of 1,629 freebies. I wonder how many paid sales I’ll get in the aftermath of another 2,037 given away. Would 30 paid be too optimistic?

The Woodsman aside, I completed the final-final proofing of Ripe, catching 12-16 previously-uncaught typos before the deadline. Now the book is “locked in” until it’s released and I’m confident it’s about as perfect as it’s gonna get for a while.

At some point later this year, I’ll collect all three volumes and do a print edition. I’m gathering feedback on Spoiled Rotten right now on Write On by Kindle, so that I can take some time to reconsider, revise, and maybe even expand the tale before putting out the collection.

As I said in my last update, I was going to go back to Razed after that, but I have a friend who is launching their own Kindle World in early April and invited me to be one of the premiere authors supporting that world. I gladly agreed as I think it’ll be great exposure for me in general, and a chance to get my name noticed among Amazon’s editorial staff, so that when I finish Razed and submit it to Kindle Scout, I won’t be a complete stranger to them.

I now know what the KW story is gonna be about as I spent time today casting the story after coming up with the overall plot setup and such. I’ll be writing it soon.

I know I’m being coy here, but I don’t have a title yet and want to make sure I hit the deadline on the book before announcing it. Otherwise I could end up with egg on my face.

Let’s just say the book should appeal to fans of Shada, and maybe some of my fans from the audience of The Woodsman, too. For now, I’ll stay silent on further details, though.


Latest ROW80 Update

RipeHey all! Time for an update from me, I think.

Let’s first review my goals for this quarter, now that we’re just past the halfway mark:

1) Finish off Ripe, the final installment of my Spoiled Rotten trilogy. DONE!

Last time I blogged, Ripe was completely written. Now it’s been formatted, proofed, and uploaded for pre-order. Not just on Amazon, either: everywhere (except Google Play Books, just yet). There are a few sites that may not be displaying it yet, but they will be. And the big release day is Friday, March 13, 2015, at the low price of only $1.99 USD!

I’m also experimenting with pre-release review requests by sending out galley copies, which hopefully will help the book kick off a bit stronger. There aren’t many places that offer you a PR opportunity on a pre-released book with no reviews, but I’m searching for them.

Hopefully the free galley copies strategy will help boost the book in its race to reach at least five reviews quicker than The Woodsman did. (Though once it did and I invested in some PR, The Woodsman quickly grew to 12 reviews and counting and has become my best-moving book to date. So that’s nice.

If you’re interested in a pre-release galley copy of The Woodsman for free, go here for details.

I still have a few days remaining where I can catch errors, but for this phase, Ripe is pretty much out the door once I finish my “live on my Kindle” page-through.

Which leads me to Goal 3, which I’m now labeling Goal 2…

2) Collect the Spoiled Rotten trilogy together and submit to Write On for feedback. DONE!

The entire three-book trilogy is now getting peer-reviewed at WriteOn by Kindle so that I can start working out any story-kinks and oversights that I’m completely blind to, for the revised edition of Spoiled Rotten I’ll be releasing later this year in one volume.

I’ve really come to trust some of the folks over at WriteOn for their feedback, so any chance I have to strengthen my stories, I’m taking it.

3) Get back to work on, and hopefully finish, Razed, my zombie thriller that will now be novel-length instead of a short novel.

This was originally my second goal, but since I’d already accomplished the other one, I’ve flipped them in terms of priority.

And here’s where I’ve run into a snag:

Razed is my “very popular over at WriteOn” zombie/coming-of-age novel that started out as an attempt at a Halloween 2014 short and now has grown into a novel. My hope, or plan, is to submit it to Kindle Scout, because… exposure!

However, an opportunity recently fell into my lap. A friend of mine is about to launch an all-new KindleWorld, and has invited me to submit a 15K to 20K short to help launch the world. There’s a lot of great perks to that, not the least of which is the chance to get my work exposed to the KW editors.

And that could help me, when I submit Razed to Kindle Scout.

So I may need to change Goal 3 to:

3) Write a KW short for my friend’s set-to-launch-in-April KindleWorld, and have that be my third goal for this quarter. Then I can make Razed my top priority for Q2 (April-June).

I’m thinking it’s a sound strategy. And it adds a high-exposure title to my resume to help build my momentum.


ROW80 2015 Q1 Update: Ripe is complete!

RipeThe good news: I just wrote the final words of Spoiled Rotten, Book 3: Ripe, at around 7 AM Thursday morning, so the authoring part is more or less done.

I need to let it simmer for a couple days, at least, and on Sunday I’ll start going through looking to smooth out the prose, check for inconsistencies and errors, and so forth.

Ripe weighs in at around 30,700+ words.

For comparison, Spoiled was around 10,100+ and Rotten was just under 13,000 words, so Ripe is longer than both previous installments combined!

And man, are those words well-spent: in Ripe, the story I’ve spun will pull readers from Colorado to Australia to Antarctica to Saint Croix of the US Virgin Islands, as well as Hope, Wisconsin. It’s definitely my most global tale, ever.

So, altogether, the Spoiled Rotten trilogy has grown long enough to comprise a nice novel, if a bit on the short side: at around 53,800 words, there will at some point be a print version.

But for now, my goal is this: to get the story edited and up on Amazon… hopefully… in time for Valentine’s Day.

It’s an ambitious goal, but even if I don’t make it, it’s what I’m aiming for.

So, Ripe is coming soon!

And next up will be Razed….


New goals for a new year

RipeWell, after a fairly successful 2014 (I doubled the number of titles I have in print), I am out to make 2015 an even better year for myself as a writer, though not by obvious means through publishing a lot of titles necessarily, but of hopefully better strategy in marketing the new titles I do finish and release.

So, as ROW80 First Round 2015 begins, here are my goals for roughly the next three months:

1) Finish off Ripe, the final installment of my Spoiled Rotten trilogy. I’m currently close to 20,000 words on the title and should be done before I hit 25,000. It’s a thrilling, globe-spanning epic unlike anything I’ve written to date, and has required a lot of research. I’ll immediately edit and publish Ripe, so it should be available before Round 1 2015 is done.

2) Get back to work on, and hopefully finish, Razed, my zombie thriller that will now be novel-length instead of a short novel. I’m between 20,000 to 25,000 words into this story, which will at least run 50,000 words and possibly more. After that, I’ll start polishing it up based on the feedback I’ve been receiving from the critique site I’m part of, Write On. Once I have it just right, the plan it so take a shot at getting it published via Kindle Scout.

3) Collect the Spoiled Rotten trilogy together and submit to Write On for feedback. This will ultimately lead to an “expanded and revised” edition that will be released later in 2015, as one volume, and of course, the existing three parts will be updated at the same time.

If I can get most of this either done (or started, in the case of goal 3), I’ll consider it a successful first quarter of 2015.

Beyond Ripe and Razed, my plans for the year include working on Novel Project Codename Texter, otherwise known as Seethe. I also hope to get back to Ember later this year. And then I have Project POTUS Sitcom.

But for this first quarter? These three goals are probably enough work all by themselves.


Final ROW80 Update of 2014

RazedHey all.

It’s been an encouraging and crazy year here at Casa de Hansen.

I started out by launching Nice Girl Like You, a short thriller, early in the year. I was still mostly treading water, though, trying to get past the book formerly known as EyeCU.

Then in August, I got pumped up again, motivated to get productive even if it meant short projects.

So I published Spoiled, the first part of a trilogy, and followed up with Rotten. Both were written as Eight Hour Fiction challenges to force me to be productive and not overthink it all.

Then, in something of a miracle, I finally finished writing EyeCU, though in the process to finalize it, I ended up calling it The Woodsman. That’s been a relief. It’s my longest published work to date, weighing in at 88,000+ words.

So in the first nine months of 2014, I went from a writer with only four books out to now being a writer with eight books out. That’s nice.

So how did I wrap up my year (which is not quite over yet)? Let’s check in on my Q4 ROW80 Goals:

1. Finish and publish Razed, my short zombie thriller. No idea how long it’s gonna run, but I’m already over 4,000 words in, so I’m off to a great start. Technically, this won’t be an 8-Hour Fiction book, but my goal is to keep it in that spirit. I definitely want to get it out there in time for Halloween.

As I said back in November, Razed has turned from a short novelette-length tale to a novel-length project. One I didn’t expect to write, but which is turning into a lot of fun.

At this writing, I’m just under 30,000 words, but I took a break to try and finish goal 2 before the year was out.

2. Finish and publish Ripe, the final book in my Spoiled Rotten trilogy. The series, in book two, introduces some important storytelling elements that will have ripple effects throughout my fictional setting of Veritas County and specifically Hope, Wisconsin. I love when my characters surprise me, and they certainly did in Rotten. That’s why I love being more of a pantser … I’m not tied to a plot that was pre-conceived before I ever set pen to paper.

As I write this blog post, it’s become clear that I’ve spun too many plot threads into this tale to wrap it up as an eight-hour fiction challenge title. I currently am on chapter 11, and have my characters assembled for the major showdown all this has been building toward. I’m over 13,000 words and by the time I write the final showdown and the closing action, I expect to be at around 20K, so Ripe will definitely be the longest installment in the trilogy.

It’s a fun project, and I’m still hoping to get it out before the bell tolls 2015. But we’ll see. If I make it, I make it. If it becomes my first title of 2015, that’s fine, too. The important thing at this point is the serve the needs of the story so it resolves in a satisfying way and keeps readers happy.

In 2015, at some point, I’ll probably do something about collecting all three volumes into an almost-novel-length work. But that won’t be my top priority in early 2015.

My top priority, once Ripe is out, is to turn my attention back to Razed.

First, I’m excited about the story I’m telling with Razed. In a distant way, it’s my version of Carrie by Stephen King, though significantly different. (Kinda like Shada was my version of The Body with four girls instead of four boys. Similar, but very different.)

As for what happens to Razed after I finish? Well, I’ve discovered Amazon’s WriteOn, and I’m getting great feedback there that will make it a stronger story by the time it’s “ready.”

And as for when it’s “ready,” it won’t immediately be up on Amazon, because I’ve decided I’ll likely place it in the Kindle Scout program and see if I can break through that way. If so, wonderful! If not, it’ll only delay my usual method of publication by a couple of months.

And while I’m waiting on that, I’ll be working on Seethe (aka Project Texter) and on Project POTUS Sitcom, as well as Ember, so I have plenty of irons in the fire. Maybe 2015 will be an even better year than 2014!

See you then.


An Update On My Progress

RipeSo, when I first checked in to ROW80, Round 4, 2014, I set a few realistic goals. Time to check in on how I’m doing against those goals.

1. Finish and publish Razed, my short zombie thriller. No idea how long it’s gonna run, but I’m already over 4,000 words in, so I’m off to a great start. Technically, this won’t be an 8-Hour Fiction book, but my goal is to keep it in that spirit. I definitely want to get it out there in time for Halloween.

As I write this, I’m over 25,000 words into RAZED and it’s obvious to me it’s gonna be a novel, not a short, as I’m only about halfway done. It wasn’t ready, obviously, in time for Halloween, so I’m now refocusing on using it to submit to the Kindle Scout program, in an attempt to get my first book deal with one of Amazon’s labels.

I still hope to be done before the year is out, however.

2. Finish and publish Ripe, the final book in my Spoiled Rotten trilogy. The series, in book two, introduces some important storytelling elements that will have ripple effects throughout my fictional setting of Veritas County and specifically Hope, Wisconsin. I love when my characters surprise me, and they certainly did in Rotten. That’s why I love being more of a pantser … I’m not tied to a plot that was pre-conceived before I ever set pen to paper.

I’ve set Razed aside earlier this past week to get Ripe out. It’s still gonna be an eight-hour challenge book, and that means it should be written before too long here, out in November, and if I find the time, I may do a collection into one novella in time for the holiday season.

That’s all the goals I set, and if I meet those, I’ll have polished off a terrific 2014 and set the stage for an epic 2015.

So, that’s where I’m at.


Late to the ROW80 Q4 2014 Party: Goals

RottenHello there.

I know, I know, I’m late to the ROW80 kickoff for Q4 2014. What else is new, right?

But this time I have an acceptable excuse: I’ve been busy getting things accomplished. As in, published.

In October alone, I’ve already published Rotten, which is Book 2 in the Spoiled Rotten trilogy.

Additionally, while The Woodsman is officially in pre-order for the eBook version, which releases on Friday, October 17, the print version is actually already up on Amazon and available.

And I’m currently working on a zombie thriller, Razed; and the final book in the Spoiled Rotten trilogy, which I decided to name Ripe.

It’s really been a productive few months for me, and I’m hoping that means an upswing in sales soon!

So, now to goals for Q4:

1. Finish and publish Razed, my short zombie thriller. No idea how long it’s gonna run, but I’m already over 4,000 words in, so I’m off to a great start. Technically, this won’t be an 8-Hour Fiction book, but my goal is to keep it in that spirit. I definitely want to get it out there in time for Halloween.

2. Finish and publish Ripe, the final book in my Spoiled Rotten trilogy. The series, in book two, introduces some important storytelling elements that will have ripple effects throughout my fictional setting of Veritas County and specifically Hope, Wisconsin. I love when my characters surprise me, and they certainly did in Rotten. That’s why I love being more of a pantser … I’m not tied to a plot that was pre-conceived before I ever set pen to paper.

If I can simply do those two things, I can call it a hugely successful quarter. However, I may challenge myself to release something in December, too, just to put a holiday-flavored cherry on top.

But even if I don’t do something like that in December, I could still celebrate a lot. I’ve put EyeCU (The Woodsman) into my rear-view mirror at long last, completing a book that took me nearly three years to get done with. And since Nice Girl Like You in late May/early June, I’ve published four new titles (so far) and would finish with six on the year, if I meet goals one and two.

By far, my most productive seven months as a writer, ever.

So, I may celebrate and take some time to dedicate to 2015 projects.

Or I may do a quick couple titles for my secret pen name, to revive that brand for myself.

Or I may do a holiday-themed thing for December.

I might even decide to collect Spoiled Rotten into one volume and put it out in print as well.

So many options… but for now, I’ll stick with those first two goals. Even if that’s all I get done, 2014 will be something I can consider a big success for me, my best year yet as an indie author.


Final ROW80 Check-In of Q3 2014!

TheWoodsman_1600x1000I can honestly say this is the most productive ROW80 quarter I’ve experienced in quite a while. Whee!

Let’s review those goals, though I’m renumbering them:

1. Find time to work on finalizing EyeCU The Woodsman. It’s tiring to even think about this one, but it needs to happen.

And it did! EyeCU is now on Amazon on preorder, retitled as The Woodsman, with the book set to go on live sale on Friday, October 17!

I am hoping to have the hardcover ready in time for the eBook launch, too.

Between ROW80 and the “Fantastic Finish” challenge over on the eight-hour fiction blog, I’ve finally got this book off my table and out there for sale. (Well, almost. Obviously it’s not live for another three weeks or so, but you know what I mean.

2. Write at least one new message for my faith community. (Because it’s coming up and I need to get it done.)

Done. And I wrote three, actually.

3. Complete at least one part of my new WIP, codenamed TEXTER. It’s a horror-crime sort of deal, and no, it’s nothing like Jeff Lindsay’s brilliant Dexter novels. TEXTER is just a codename I came up with to keep from revealing the actual working title until I’m ready to. Get two parts written, if I can.

I’m slowly getting back to TEXTER, which is my next horror/crime fiction-serial killer novel. It’ll make a great follow-up to The Woodsman, and is designed from inception to be delivered in three parts, and probably eventually collected as a single novel. I’m close to having the first part/book done with two more parts/books remaining.

4. Produce one new short for my secret pen name. Just one, but it needs to be done to liven things up with that name. Probably sooner than later.

This one didn’t happen, because I decided midway through Q3 to focus way way more on my own name, and less on my pen name. Counting The Woodsman, I have released three new books in 2014, the other two being Nice Girl Like You and Spoiled. The next two will finish the story I started in Spoiled: Rotten, followed by Renewed. And I’m planning a zombie story for Halloween, too.

That’d bring me to six new releases under my own name in 2014, and I may add a seventh if I find some time in December to do so. But I am kinda-sorta hoping to do a book blog tour to promote The Woodsman and my other new releases, so we’ll see if I can find the time.

Meanwhile, if Q4 goes well, I may eventually find time to do a secret pen-name book, too. Who knows? I’ve been super-productive of late.

See you all in October!


Another Sunday check-in!

TheWoodsman_1600x1000Hey all.

I know: a check-in from me two weeks in a row? Will wonders never cease? Let’s hope not.

My big news for the week is that my acceptance of the Fantastic Finish challenge is paying dividends. I pushed hard this weekend and am now 28 chapters and about 29,000 words away from finishing EyeCU. It’s realistic at this point to believe I’ll have the final revisions done, the book formatted, and available for pre-order by this time next week.

I have invested thirty-three months and countless hours on this book, so it’s almost surreal that it’s about to all come to a conclusion with me hitting Upload in KDP and CreateSpace. But it’s about to happen, and as you can see, I have a wonderful new cover and title for the book: The Woodsman is the new title, and my business-partner, Victorine E. Lieske, is the designer of the cover.

So, almost three years after I started it, the novel once known as EyeCU is now about to be unleashed on the world as The Woodsman. The book will, when I’ve finished formatting it, go on pre-order on Amazon, probably later this week. I’m eyeing mid-October for its official release date, when sales will go live, but a pre-order is certainly as good as an order!

Time to review my original goals:

1. Complete at least one part of my new WIP, codenamed TEXTER. It’s a horror-crime sort of deal, and no, it’s nothing like Jeff Lindsay’s brilliant Dexter novels. TEXTER is just a codename I came up with to keep from revealing the actual working title until I’m ready to. Get two parts written, if I can.

Texter is on hold until I finish up The Woodsman, so I should be getting back to it next week sometime. Only a chapter away from finishing Part 1 of this three-part series.

2. Produce one new short for my secret pen name. Just one, but it needs to be done to liven things up with that name. Probably sooner than later.

Still hasn’t happened. But I’m focusing on building up my own name for the rest of 2014, so this goal is taking a back seat right now.

3. Find time to work on finalizing EyeCU The Woodsman. It’s tiring to even think about this one, but it needs to happen.

And I’m days away from completing this one! I’ve had this as a goal for so many ROW80 sessions, I lost count long ago. THIS IS THE BIG ONE, FOLKS!

4. Write at least one new message for my faith community. (Because it’s coming up and I need to get it done.)

Done. I ended up writing three, actually, because I’m basically available to them on an on-call basis.


An early September check-in

Spoiled_1600It’s that time again, folks: time for me to be a little less lazy and post a ROW80 update. Especially since I have news to report that’s worth reporting.

First and foremost, as you can see to the left, I have a new title released! Spoiled is Book 1 in a planned trilogy, and was a story I completed as part of an 8-hour book challenge in August. It was exhilarating to sit down, write something in a set amount of time, get it up, and then get it out and published. My book took closer to 11 hours than eight, but it also happens to be 10K words instead of considerably shorter, so I’m still happy with it.

It was Joe Konrath’s original eight-hour book challenge that helped me get something new out a year ago: The Devohrah Initiative. That was a much shorter story. The tradition is being kept alive by a writer under the pen name of Donald Rump. His blog can be found here.

Spoiled isn’t a project I’ve had sitting around gathering dust. I just kind of “made it up as I went along,” as they say.

I have two more parts left, and they will both be completed as eight-hour challenge books before the year is out.

In the spirit of the Eight-Hour Fiction Challenge, I’m currently working to get EyeCU done as part of a new category there: fantastic finishes. I’m 23 chapters into a 92-chapter update and final polish of the manuscript, with about four or five hours invested. I can take up to 24 hours and still qualify for a fantastic finish, and that’s my goal this month: to get EyeCU polished, formatted, and up for pre-orders to it can go live in time for Halloween.

In addition to Spoiled and EyeCU, my “before the end of this year” plans include Rotten (Book 2 of Spoiled Rotten), Renewed (Book 3 of Spoiled Rotten), and a zombie novelette to be released on Halloween entitled Razed.

If I have time in December, I may do something then, too, but odds are I’ll be working on Project Texter and Project POTUS Sitcom most of that month, trying to gear up for an aggressive 2015.

Time to review my original goals:

1. Complete at least one part of my new WIP, codenamed TEXTER. It’s a horror-crime sort of deal, and no, it’s nothing like Jeff Lindsay’s brilliant Dexter novels. TEXTER is just a codename I came up with to keep from revealing the actual working title until I’m ready to. Get two parts written, if I can.

I’m a chapter away from completing Part 1 of Project Texter, and the main reason it’s not already done is that I took some time away from it to write and release Spoiled and concentrate on finishing EyeCU.

2. Produce one new short for my secret pen name. Just one, but it needs to be done to liven things up with that name. Probably sooner than later.

Hasn’t happened yet. May do this as an eight-hour challenge at some point. But I’m focusing a LOT on building up my own name for the rest of 2014, so this goal may take a back seat.

3. Find time to work on finalizing EyeCU. It’s tiring to even think about this one, but it needs to happen.

Right in the middle of that effort. Time to get this albatross from around my neck.

4. Write at least one new message for my faith community. (Because it’s coming up and I need to get it done.)

Done. I ended up writing three, actually, because I’m basically available to them on an on-call basis.


Midweek Check-In for July 23

Hey all.

Time for a check-in.

Let’s start by reviewing my original goals.

1. Complete at least one part of my new WIP, codenamed TEXTER. It’s a horror-crime sort of deal, and no, it’s nothing like Jeff Lindsay’s brilliant Dexter novels. TEXTER is just a codename I came up with to keep from revealing the actual working title until I’m ready to. Get two parts written, if I can.

The code-named project TEXTER is well on its way for Part One.

Part One will be written in five or six lengthy chapters. I’m currently in the middle of Chapter Four. That’s about 18,000 words in, so far, with probably in the neighborhood of another 9,000 to 14,000 words before it’s ready for the editor.

There will probably be two additional parts after Part One. Or more. But I’m pleased with my progress.

It’s been a summer of creativity for me, too.

I have two new projects I plan to work on, as soon as I can. One is codenamed POTUS Sitcom. The other is codenamed DN Girl. That’s all I can say about them now, because they’re just ideas.

2. Produce one new short for my secret pen name. Just one, but it needs to be done to liven things up with that name. Probably sooner than later.

Not yet. Too busy with other stuff. But it is needed.

Soon. Maybe.

3. Find time to work on finalizing EyeCU. It’s tiring to even think about this one, but it needs to happen.

Nah, I gotta ride this wave of new creativity. I plan to come back to this, but it isn’t happening in July.

4. Write at least one new message for my faith community. (Because it’s coming up and I need to get it done.)

I’ve written three, actually, and a fourth on the way. I’ve been needed, and that’s a nice feeling, but combined it’s gonna take 20K of word progress away from other things. Fortunately, I love doing these messages, so I don’t mind at all!

And that’s my creative life.

On the personal side, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes about a month ago and got serious about walking to help me lose weight, so I don’t die.

So far I’ve lost over seven pounds in the first month, walking an average of about 7,000 steps a day (my minimum for July has been 6,500 steps).

See y’all soon.