The Coven of Steam and Lightning

Kindle Vella Episodes

I have a new project I am working on for you! It has Fae, magic, and a mysterious stranger falling out of the sky to save a woman in distress, all wrapped up in a gaslamp/western backdrop.

Kindle has a new platform called Vella that will be live in July. It is designed for reading on your phone in small bursts. Since I already plot stories episodically, this could be really great! Each installment has an upper word count limit of 5000.

I am still working on what my release schedule will be, but for now I am looking at releasing a new episode of 4000-5000 words every week. My outline so far is twenty episodes, so that should be the equivalent of about a 400+ page novel.

Ideally, this will be just the first installment of a four part series (quartet? quadrilogy? tetralogy?) which is tentatively called The Four Coven of the Fae. This first one will be called (again, tentatively…) The Coven of Steam and Lightning.

As I have updates for episode titles, publishing dates, cover artwork, and anything else, I will share them.

This story has been kicking around in my skull now for about a year. I look forward to finally sharing it with you!

It’s been a year…

It’s been about a year now since my last post here. All those plans I had? Yeah, none of those worked out.

It’s now spring, with gradually warming days that are getting longer and longer, as is the very long list of tasks that MUST BE COMPLETED RIGHT NOW!

I’m trying, I really am. I WILL get some writing done, one way or another. So many stories are rattling around in my noggin that I find it hard to choose which to commit my time and energy to express.

The fantasy serial I currently have up is a bit stalled, but not because I don’t have more story there! I have so much outline and planned with it, but then new projects are also demanding attention.

And I really need to get a regular newsletter kicking…

Alright, back to work now.

Best Laid Plans…

I had all these great plans for March. I was going to get the next episode published for my Empire of Justice serial, and I was going to launch my gaslamp fantasy serial. Ha!

A picture of one of my pups, just for fun!

On March 2nd, my lungs felt like I inhaled a whole campfire. No fever, and no cough (at first), so my doctor didn’t think it was anything to worry about. By March 4th, I was in the ER due to difficulties breathing. The ER doctor thought maybe I was just having an anxiety attack and hyperventilating, but did not ask me anything about my emotional state, nor observe my demeanor.

By that weekend, I was really struggling, but since my oxygen stats were in the normal range, there was really nothing that could be done besides just sit as still as possible to keep my heart rate under 110 bpm. Still no fever, but dang, the cough was awful!

I am just now able to walk around the house without gasping, and if there is a coughing fit in the morning I am worn out all day long. I feel a bit better one day, and then the next I am down again. It is a very slow process to improve. I still do not know if I have the Covid-19, since tests are so few in number, I only had “mild” symptoms, did not travel, and do not know specifically who I might have gotten it from. I guess I have to wait until they have antibody tests to see if that’s what this mess was.

So, I am just now able to focus enough to even begin to re-work my publishing and writing schedule, not to mention day job activities. I am very, very lucky that most of my work can be done remotely. Even if businesses were all open, I do not really have the energy to shower and become presentable for the world.

For those of you who are now so bored you are reading an unknown author and then followed up by checking out my website, Welcome! If you would like to sign up for my newsletter, I swear I won’t spam you. If anything, I do not send out emails often enough. (I really need to get better at that…)

Updating this website is still on the to-do list. Now that I am marginally better, I have so much on that list!

Take it easy on yourselves in this time of crisis, and, hopefully, I will have new stuff for you soon!