A Truant Disposition

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How I Spent My Summer

Written By: Ainy Rainwater - Sep• 14•15

It was a busy summer and I’m moving into an unusually busy fall. So grab hold of something while I run you through the wild ride of everything I’ve been working on — and some interesting personal side projects!

The science fiction novel went through beta readers, revisions, proofreading and a title change! The current title (and I think this will be the final title since we’re getting close to publication) is If Wishes Were Spaceships. Last week I worked on concept cover art, which will soon go to a cover artist. I don’t have a publication date yet, but will post here as soon as it’s nailed down. Stay tuned!

I’m also still working on revisions for Hotel Reverie, the first novel in the chick lit-fantasy series I’m working on. I’d like to have this revision done before the end of the year, but I’m not yet sure if that’s feasible. I’m almost to the halfway point of the rewrite. I would’ve been done if I hadn’t gotten sidetracked by revisions to the science fiction novel. Going back and forth between projects means that forward progress is sometimes slower than you’d expect, but on the other hand, because I devote a good chunk of time (weeks or months) to each project, I can get a bit of distance from the project that’s been set aside, then come back to it with fresh eyes. This may not make sense to readers who are waiting for a book, but my fellow authors reading this will know exactly what I mean! The first four chapters of Hotel Reverie also went out to a handful of readers this summer. The comments I got back were not only helpful, but made me very happy. I’m itching to get back to work on this book!

Besides the miscelleanous blog posts in the usual places (The Mighty Microblog, The Usual Suspects group food blog), I joined Instagram (as if I need another social network to neglect while I’m writing). 😉 Follow me there! 🙂

Yellow rain lily. #dayhike #laborday #wildflowers

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Happy foster dog! Now happy in his new home!

On a more personal note, I fostered a dog for a local rescue group for three months. He was just skin and bones when I got him, had some serious health issues that needed addressing, and was about half-wild. Once I got past the trust issue, training was easy. He’s now healthy and happy in his forever home. 🙂

I kind of love this color-shifted photo I did. It captures the energy of a healthy happy dog, and the bright future! (Please respect my copyright and don’t copy or this image without my permission. Link to this post, please. As an author I need the extra exposure of every link back here.)

We just passed the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I hadn’t intended to post about it, but changed my mind last week and wrote a short piece, The Post Katrina Epoch, on my Gymshoes Music blog. As you may know (assuming you’ve been following me for a while now) I do music, too, and that particular hurricane season hit me hard emotionally and resulted in a little EP of music, A Tropical Depression, a bit different from my usual Gymshoes music. I got my friend Buzz to sing on some of the tracks and proceeds go to the Red Cross, who are first responders on the scene of so many tragedies. Besides the recent blog post, you can read more about my thoughts on Katrina in the liner notes to the album.

Okay, so you’re all caught up now, right? Good for you! Now if I can just get all caught up on projects we’ll all be in good shape. I still need to do acknowledgements and a short afterword on If Wishes Were Spaceships, two to three short paragraphs, total. I haven’t decided whether I’ll post the rough concept cover art here, or just wait until I get the actual cover art. So the next thing you’ll see here may be cover art, or cover art and publication date.

I’m considering whether or not to do NaNoWriMo this year. I’ve got an idea for a short novel, a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships, but haven’t fully brainstormed it to see if it will fly. Doing it would knock back completion of Hotel Reverie, but on the other hand if I don’t knock out a rough draft of a sequel this year I could see it being postponed indefinitely as other things are finished and get into the publication pipeline. So you may get a blog post this fall about a sequel to If Wishes Were Spaceships. 

If I’m not posting here, always assume that I’m working on various novels, getting them drafted, rewritten, finished, and published. Because that’s what I’m doing. 🙂

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