There has been actual progress on the latter front this winter–the food poisoning I had in October finally pushed one piece of the puzzle far enough out of line to warrant medication, which is in fact helping. Quite how much it’s helping remains to be seen. I’m hopeful, though, and any improvement is better than none.
My hands have been too swollen lately to do much in the way of thread crochet for new Etsy merchandise, but a timely gift from Enola has put me on the trail of antique shawl patterns from the Antique Pattern Library. So far I’ve tried out two, gotten one to work, and figured out (probably) how to adapt the other for someone who doesn’t wear hoop skirts. I’m hoping to be able to make a few to sell and record YouTube tutorials for anyone else who might be interested, possibly this spring but possibly not until summer. (Patreon support can make it happen sooner, hint hint….) In the meantime, I’ve been posting progress pics on Instagram.
Work on my various Witty Word Press commitments continues more or less apace, and I have not forgotten or given up on Loyal Valley: Diversion. It would be nice to have Diversion done to launch at this year’s West Texas Heritage Days at Fort McKavett, especially since it’s the last year for that event (sadness!), but as busy as I am with everything, I can’t promise.
On Facebook, I’m participating in a page hop to celebrate Litmosphere Editing reaching one thousand likes; Emily edited GR8 Greeks and Of Myths and Men. There are lots of giveaways to be had–I’m giving away three ebook copies of Loyal Valley: Assassination on my own page, and there’s also a Rafflecopter giveaway for two grand prize packages, one of which will include an ebook of Look Behind You! You can find the full hop itinerary here; it runs today through Tuesday.
And that’s about all the news that’s fit to print. Here’s hoping for more good news to share soon, the good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.
There’s a discussion of Look Behind You happening this week and next on Facebook in the Bibliophiles Unite Book Club, run by my dear friend Emily Cargile. Chime in if you’re interested, and watch for giveaways the next two weekends!
FOUR, in which my character suddenly finds herself one of only four people left on Earth;
BC Now, modern adaptations of Bible stories–mine will be based on the Book of Daniel;
The Day Before, differing perspectives on August 5, 1945, the day before the bombing of Hiroshima;
and The Rough, a space Western anthology (YEEHAW!).
I do hope to get Loyal Valley: Diversion finished in there somewhere, but a lot depends on health and other work demands. (Your pledge on Patreon or donation through Ko-fi can help make it happen faster–the less I have to scrape for a living, the more time I have to write!) If you’d like to see some fun Loyal Valley content sooner, however, I’m participating in #WIPJoy on Facebook this month, hosted by Bethany A. Jennings.
To super-spoiled Trojans football star Troy Kingston, the pretty fifteen-year-old is the only thing his perfect life lacks. To her greedy Uncle Pando, she’s a bargaining chip. To her conniving father Cal, she’s a piece of furniture. But to Spartans powerhouse Dio Prince, she’s Cressida Rogers, a beautiful girl with a terrible past that has left her unsure of who she really is. When Cal moves his household from Ilium to Rock Island, forcing Cressida to break off the relationship with Troy that Pando has forced her into, she teeters on the brink of despair—but with Dio’s help, she may be able to recover her sense of self and find true love as more than just a cardboard cutout.
Based on Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and (more loosely) on the Iliad, “The Cipher” is my contribution to GR8 Greeks Anthology, forthcoming (later this summer, I think) from Witty Word Press. The goal of GR8 Greeks is to recast Greek myths and legends in a modern setting and make them accessible to middle-grade and young-adult audiences. So far we’ve also got Perseus saving Medusa from cyberbullying, a couple of kids having epic adventures in their sleep, and Prometheus stealing the Internet to give to humankind, so it looks to be an adventure-filled volume!
Incidentally, in the process of giving the ol’ blog here a bit of a facelift, I added a new page under “My Books” with info on the Witty Word Press anthologies to which I’m contributing. I’ll try to keep it updated with Amazon links, etc., as each volume is released. More on future projects as they get closer to completion!
(And yes, I am going to finish Loyal Valley: Diversion as soon as I’m able–in fact, I’ve passed on one WWP project already because I need to focus my attention this summer on class prep, LVD, and Etsy stuff. Please pray for me, and buy something or drop me some pennies through Ko-fi or Patreon if you want to help!)
Frank Ross might seem like any other young man who’s struggling to care for a disabled sibling on low pay in a bad economy. But Frank’s in a bigger pickle than most: his brother Toby bears the stigmata, the marks of Christ’s Crucifixion, and bleeds in the presence of evil. When white supremacists riot in their neighborhood, Toby lands in the hospital alongside the best friend he’s never met and her three flatmates, all of whom are prophets. Yet this one day of intense suffering may bring all six of them a happy ending none of them have foreseen.
Of Myths and Men: An Anthology is coming soon (mid-May, tenatively) from Witty Word Press. I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to this project, not only because it gives me a chance to call Enola my writing partner in an official capacity, but also because my dear friend Caitlin is organizing it and her sisters are pitching in with copy-editing and illustration! The rest of the stories in the anthology sound intriguing, too, so don’t buy it just on my account. 😀
Lord have mercy, what a year it’s been. Still sick. Still stressed. Still need new glasses.
The good news is that I have gotten quite a bit accomplished this fall. You may have noticed a couple of new links and social media buttons in the sidebar–I’ve finally launched my new Etsy shop, E. Wolfe Mercantile, mostly to sell the items I’m crocheting but also as an outlet to offer autographed copies of my books online. And since a fair amount of Etsy’s marketing is done on Instagram, I’ve bitten the bullet and gotten an account there. I’ve added a sizeable number of new designs to my CafePress shop as well, including the new “Quotation Corner” and “Doc Wolfe’s Whimsies” sections; I hope to add more designs to both in the coming weeks. On the writing front, I spent most of September compiling my first textbook; it’s very much tailored to my own syllabus and lacks a lot of the study helps that would make it marketable to a broader audience, but it’s an accomplishment nonetheless.
The bad news is that it looks like Loyal Valley: Diversion isn’t getting done this year, either. I have been working on it–if you follow me on Goodreads, you’ve probably noticed some of the research texts I’ve been reading–but with eeeeeverything else that’s been going on and that I still have to do between now and Christmas (including grading five sets of essays!), there’s no way I can finish the book before the holiday sales deadline.
So what I’m hoping right now is that I’ll be able to have Diversion ready to launch in time for West Texas Heritage Days at Fort McKavett the first weekend in May. There’s a slight chance I’ll have an event happening before then, and if so, I might get Diversion finished in time for that–but there’s no guarantee on either score. Once Diversion is out and I’m able to publish the first hardcover omnibus, I’ll start thinking again about the poetry book and the next Order of the Silver Star book.
Want to help out? Buy something! 😄 If nothing I’m selling takes your fancy, you can pledge monthly support through Patreon or send a one-time donation through Ko-fi. Signal boosts are always welcome, too; there’s only so much marketing I can do myself, even on a good day.
The Frontier Calligrapher will be an outlet for selling my calligraphy designs and Celtic knotwork art, along with some other fun stuff. I’m starting small with a selection of journals, note cards, postcards, and framed tiles, but I’ve already got a decent buffer of designs ready to add and more in the draft stage, and of course I can add more products like mugs and T-shirts as I go along. Please come see what I have so far, and check back frequently for new designs!
So, long time no blog, eh wot? Joys of chronic illness….
As frustrating as the latter third of 2015 was for me health-wise, however, I’m determined not to let such things hold me back (at least as far as I can do anything about them) in 2016. I plan to finish at least Loyal Valley: Diversion, release an omnibus collection of the first four volumes in that series, and commission audiobooks of everything that’s out thus far. I still plan to participate in Fort McKavett’s West Texas Heritage days (now in May) and hope to do the same at Fort Martin Scott and possibly some other living history events in the area. And there’s a potential opportunity that I’ll share more about if it gets closer to reality.
And you can help make all these things happen.
I’ve taken the plunge and signed up for Patreon, which allows you to pledge recurring monthly support–as little as $1/mo. or as much as you want to give. Various levels of support will receive a variety of rewards, like exclusive sneak previews of book content and acknowledgement here and in print. The more funds I can raise in this way, the less time I’ll have to spend scraping together a living through freelancing and the more time I can devote to writing and research.
(I don’t currently plan to quit teaching, even if I no longer need the money. Teaching is fun.)
I’ve also got myself a YouTube channel now. Not that I know what I’ll do with it yet–it might be more for Patreon stuff–but it’s there. 😀 I’d like to get back to Literature You Should Know over on Smash Cut Culture, too, assuming I have the time and energy.
So that’s what’s new with me. Alles Gute zum Neuen Jahr!
Murder, especially mass murder, will out. When civilian investigators stumble upon part of Number Seven’s schemes in the summer of 1870, Lt. Col. Clint Donovan and two of his teammates must race halfway across Texas to save their lives and find out what they know. But even that may solve only half of the problem—especially when Clint and his men meet the ladies involved.
Life on the frontier has plenty of risks of its own, however, and not just from the elements. A husband-hunting New York socialite runs away to Loyal Valley, only to discover that dime novels don’t reflect what Texas is really like. And she’s not the only one in danger when an old enemy returns to wreak more havoc of his own accord.
There’s more to war than bullets, wits, and nerve. Who will keep his head and his life, and who will lose his freedom… or his heart?
Yes, Loyal Valley: Captives is now available for ebook pre-orders through Smashwords and KindleDirect! I aim to have paperbacks available by the time the ebooks officially release on Aug. 31.
Also, for new readers, I’m offering the first two books in the series for 99¢ apiece on Smashwords for a limited time! Use coupon code ZB26E for Assassination and DR88E for Bystanders. Please note, however, that these coupons are good only at Smashwords and only through September 9!