Friday, October 10, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things - 9 October #CTST

It's Friday and time to Celebrate The Small Things (or big things) that happened this week.

If you've commented here in the past couple weeks and haven't received a visit from me, I'm sorry. I'm behind on returning comments. I had a cold which sapped all my energy for a few days, but that bit of badness seems to have gone away.

I have a couple items to celebrate this week. I finished a near-final draft of a long story/novelette and sent it off to a beta-reader. I had expected it to come in around seven to eight thousand words. After adding some scenes and fleshing out others, the final draft came in over ten thousand. I feel better about selling something as a standalone if it's over ten thousand. As soon as I hear back from my beta-reader and do another editing pass over the manuscript, I'll put it up for pre-orders. I already have the cover. The title is Give Me Your Teeth: A Fae Tale.

Here's the cover and a first pass at the blurb.

Like most children, ten-year old Jimmy wonders where the Tooth Fairy keeps all those teeth. It's a silly question to laugh about. He's happy to play along to get some coins, confident there's no such person. As he and his friends know, their mothers play the role of the Tooth Fairy, but in the middle of the night, Jimmy's world turns upside down. He learns there's more to his mother than he ever imagined, and the Tooth Fairy isn't so harmless.

Now I have to decide what to dive into next. Do I start a new project? I have several ideas. Or do I pick an old project and push it to the finish line. I have several of those, too. I also have projects that seem never-ending.

In other news, my narrator for Last Request has made great progress on the recordings, so I'm expecting the audio version to be ready ahead of schedule.

Keep writing and keep hoping. What are you celebrating this week?

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  1. Sorry about the cold; glad you're better now. I love books that twist things, especially about fairies and folk-tale creatures that are evil. (I've never trusted fairies...) Good luck with the audio recording!

  2. Cool cover! And you'll scare some kids with that story.

  3. You've good things to celebrate, Jeff. Keep it up.

  4. Love the cover! The book sounds great.

  5. Glad you're feeling better. Crazy teeth on that girl. Rather frightening, but I love the mix of colors.

  6. Nice cover - looking forward to reading it. As to what's next, do any of those "near the finishing line" ones leap out at you?

    No worries on returning comments - I for one don't keep track!

  7. Love the cover! She's quite fierce/scary lol. Grats on hitting 10K and getting it off to your beta!