It’s August, which means school has begun (for my kids, anyway) and Gen Con is a mere four days away. I admit to not writing much over the summer due to the almost lack of summer. We had only nine weeks. NINE WEEKS of summer camps and swim lessons and play dates with friends. We somehow crammed a family vacation in there, too. It was a busier summer than I had planned, leaving me exhausted and unmotivated to write most days.

My writing group is awesome, however. We met in July, which motivated me to tweak the science fiction novella I’ve been writing since Mother’s Day 2013. After discussing the chapters I shared, my fellow WMDs* suggested I serialize the book, making it available to anyone who might be interested in reading it. There are about six chapters left that need reworking, so once Gen Con is over, I plan on spending my mornings sprawled on the couch (or sipping tea in Panera) finishing it. I’ll send it off to a few beta readers, just to make certain I’ve tarred over any plot holes, and then I’ll post it here, hopefully a chapter at a time. Trust me, it’s a quick read, some of the chapters only a few pages long. If there’s interest, I may publish it as an e-book later, or even create a print version through CreateSpace. Hopefully, the novella will take over my blog for a couple of months as I gear up for National Novel Writing Month in November, which will be spent entirely on the sequel to The Golden Orb. Huzzah!

Speaking of The Golden Orb, a few readers have told me that they’d like to know what happened before Gabby went searching for King Claymore’s magic artifact, like how she became an honorary knight of Ouestfold or how she escaped the clutches of a nasty werewolf outside of Jadetown. While the sci-fi novella is in beta-read mode, I’m hoping to write several short stories detailing Gabby’s adventures throughout the Fae Realms. The ideas have been flowing lately, making me excited to delve back into Ouestfold and the other Fae Realms, some of which are only hinted at in The Golden Orb. Look for those stories as future blog posts or a possible e-book collection–or both.

Before any of that can happen, however, I need to get through this week and Gen Con. As a reminder, I’ll be hanging with my friends from Zombie Orpheus Entertainment/Dead Gentlemen Productions at Booth #114 for about an hour each day of the con. You can find my tentative booth schedule in my last post. If you plan on attending, come by to say hi and pick up a free print copy of The Golden Orb. I’d love to meet you, and I’ll even sign my book for you, if you wish.

Until then, thanks for reading.

A. Cook

*We call ourselves the “Writers with Moxie and Determination”, or “WMDs” for short. We’re cool like that.

Amanda Cook is a writer and stay at home mom who lives in a southern Indiana woods with her spouse, kids, and one clingy dog. In the Before Times (and sometimes even now), she could/can be found helping out with her kids' school, catching up on her toppling TBR pile, playing games with her friends, hanging out at virtual conventions, crying over period dramas, or sewing yet another cosplay. Her second novel, "When We Were Forgotten," was the winner of the 2018 Bronze Medal for Best Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book from the Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards. She writes short speculative fiction and poetry that can be found at various markets and here on her blog.

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