Every once in a while I get so discouraged about my publishing journey I seriously consider quitting. It’s a lot of work for not a lot of pay. I see people around me succeeding in their respective fields (and in life), and I wonder what’s wrong with me or think maybe people just don’t like my books. Eventually, after a good, long cry (and prayer), the clouds part, and I can see clearly what seemed so obscure a few moments ago.
I had one of those days this week but then received an email that made me realize that maybe my publishing journey is not going as badly as I think. With that in mind, here’s what’s upcoming in my writing life next year.
Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon releases Feb. 20, 2018
Extinct?, an anthology that contains one of my stories, will release on or before June 30, 2018.
Dogs of War Vol. 2, another anthology containing my work, will release ( I think in January, but I’m not sure).
Planned re-release of Silver Foxes #1 May 2018.
Planned release of Six Weeks (Silver Foxes #7) late 2018.
So you see, I have a lot of things going on. Maybe I should spend more time focusing on what I do have instead of what I don’t.
This morning, I thought I was so smart. I thought to myself, “I’ll leave my house so I can get to the library at 10. That way, I’ll be at the front of the line.” Then I’d get my eclipse glasses, spend the day at the library until the event starts, and see the eclipse. Perfect!
Except people had the same idea as me . . . but better. Some were there at 6 and 7 in the morning. Others had chairs set up waiting to get glasses. Talk about DEDICATION! The line was sooo long, and the library wasn’t handing out glasses until 1pm. But my sister and I stuck it out, and they decided to give out tickets so we didn’t have to stand in line all day. So I got me a ticket for the glasses! YAY!
So my sister and I did some work at the library while we were waiting until we heard the announcement to line up for the glasses. I was so excited I walked out with a bunch of unchecked out library books. But I got them checked out and got in line for the glasses. It was a MADHOUSE! Lots of people were there wanting glasses–most without tickets. My sister and I got ours. It was fantastic.
The eclipse has started now, and as I wait for the moment the moon will cover the sun the most, I want to share with you a little more about my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. I’ve been mentioning the book quite a bit because I’m excited for it. It was inspired by my eldest nephew and my only niece as well as the verse, Joshua 10: 12b-13a (NIV), which goes thusly,
“O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
I’ve always been fascinated by that verse and so many of the themes and royal titles in the story come from this.
As for the inspiration from my niece and nephew: when she was a baby, my niece used to sleep all day and be active at night. My nephew, being older, did the opposite. So that gave rise to the story concept of “day people” (those who get energy from the sun and sleep at night) versus “night people” (those who gets energy from the moon and sleep during the day).
In any case, as I’ve mentioned before, the book contains a solar eclipse which is why I’m thinking about it today. And to celebrate the eclipse here is a book blurb of Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon–the one I originally wrote.I’m still in edits with my publisher, so it may not be the final version, but this is the spirit of the book:
For years the Moon Palace in the Valley of Aijalon and the Sun Tower in the Plains of Jashar has stood as testaments to the power of the sun and the graciousness of the moon. Helio and Lumina, Guardians of the sun and moon, kept watch over them and the Prince and the Princess who ruled them. But the Prince and Princess are missing, and the sun is exhibiting strange behavior.
Now Joshua and his younger sister, Deborah, must untangle a web of lies and deceit to uncover the secret of who they really are and save their world from an imminent disaster brewing in the heavens. And they must hurry. Between the earthquakes, the sun and moon standing still in the sky, and the planet Jants hovering closer than it’s ever been, the planet could be torn apart before they have a chance to do something about it.
So that’s that! I can’t wait to share more with you about this book and its release.
Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. What I have is three potted plants. But you have to start somewhere, right?
I posted on my Facebook page earlier this week about my disgust with the bane of the tomato plant, the hornworm. *shudder* Just thinking about that thing sends chills up my spine. It’s actually a moth larvae that is a beautiful green but chomps relentlessly on my poor tomato plant. What’s worse it can grow up to 5 inches long and has a huge horn on one end.
The stuff of horrors. Thankfully, I’ve never seen one that big.
So I thought that since I’ve rid my plant of them for now, I’ll give a little tour of my “garden.”
This is my tomato plant.
I’ve been cultivating it since last year Mother’s Day with some success. But I’m finding that these plants are pretty particular. Can’t use too little fertilizer or too much. Can’t water too little or too much. Everything stresses them out (or maybe I’m a bad gardener). For example, see my tomatoes?
See those marks? They’ll be perfectly okay to eat, but we had about three or four days of non-stop rain about a week ago, and the tomato plant decided it did not like that. So those tomatoes are scarred and one has split on the side. *sigh* I’ve been plagued by pest infestations, no blooms, and blossom drops since I got the thing. But the tomatoes will ripen soon, so that’s a good thing.
This is my prized Etioti Apple tree—also called a Malay apple or Mountain apple or Rose apple or Jamaican apple. I grew it from a seed I got from someone at my mom’s church. They have a tree so every year we get a couple of those delicious fruits to eat. These apples are the most amazing things you will ever taste! Sort of like a rose and a pear had a baby. Soooo good! This is the inspiration of the BomBase fruit in my Silver Foxes series. I can’t wait 7 years until it bears . . . 7 years . . .
And here is my bougainvillea plant—a little baby I got at Walmart. Not much to say about it yet. It seems to be just coasting along with whatever nature (and me) throws at it. I need more low maintenance plants like this—since I have a black thumb. Well, I suppose it’s a dark green thumb now since I’m having some success at growing.