Monday, October 21, 2013

Crunch Time

So much is going on, my head is going to explode.

I'm studying for a big Optometry exam that I will be taking at the end of November. Brain is fried. All that crappy math I thought I'd never have to do again has reared its ugly head!

Also, I'm working on putting the finishing touches on my debut novel, Dragonfly Warrior. Sheesh, I sure hope you bloggers aren't sick of me talking about this project. The road has been bumpy as hell, and now the fears and insecurities are kicking in.

Got my manuscript back from my editor. And she's my THIRD editor that's worked with me on this book. My goal is to get everything squared away by November so I can do any last minute stuff in December in anticipation for my January 6th publication date.

Oh, and NaNo is obviously in November too. I will do my best, but I just love spending time with my local writers here in St. Louis. Even though I probably won't win this year, it will still be good to stay involved with my fellow WriMos here in town.

So yeah, I'm a little overwhelmed.

Thanks to all that signed up for my big cover reveal! Sign up is below if you haven't already. A cool steampunk prize awaits the lucky blogger. I will be emailing the cover and blurb later this week to everybody.

And I've prepared an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Dragonfly Warrior in PDF format. It's not the absolute final draft, of course, but I did want to get some feedback from readers. If you are interested in getting a preview of my awesome Asian-Steampunk novel, just let me know in the comments section.

I wrote the acknowledgments page last night, and it made me reflect on how wonderful all of you are. This blogging community has been my rock during all my ordeals, and many of you were there for me when my heart got broken TWICE. Can't thank you all enough!

Have a great week!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forwarding to seeing the cover! Happy to help with the reveal. And eager to purchase your book when it comes out next year.
And when I wrote the dedication in my third book, this awesome community was a driving force behind the words.

Charmaine Clancy said...

Congrats on being so close to release! Very exciting.

dream... write... publish

Melanie Schulz said...

Can't wait to see it!

Brinda said...

Congrats on seeing the finish line. January 6th will be here before you know it! Let me know if I can do anything to help. I'm decent with graphics if you need something.

Jay Noel said...

Alex: Thanks. And the blogging community IS a driving force for sure.

Charmine: Thank you!

Melanie: Can't wait to show everybody

Brinda: Cool, because I'm terrible with graphics.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm sorry, somehow I missed the cover reveal. I will sign up now.

David P. King said...

Dude! I want in on your reveal! And best of luck on your examine. Steampunk that thing! :)

Jay Noel said...

L. Diane: No problemo. Thanks for signing up

David: I really appreciate it. I had no idea the eyeball was so darn complicated. Just know that your eye doctor HAS to be smart.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I will take an ARC if you are handing them out. I have to say that my curiosity about this project is really high. So GIMME GIMME GIMME

Martin Willoughby said...

I'm happy to help...if you let me. :)

Jay Noel said...

Michael: Alrighty, it'll be on its way very soon.

Martin: Of course I will let you!!!

Cherie Reich said...

Deep breath!

Good luck with everything, Jay!

Hugh said...

Jay, I'd love to be a reader. Congrats on getting this far.

DEZMOND said...

oooh, optometry, one of my best friends has her optometry shop :)

Jay Noel said...

Cherie: I will be reaching out to you VERY soon. This formatting stuff is still a mystery to me.

Hugh: Fantastic! Thanks

Dez: I love the business, especially the science of it. But wow, there's a lot that goes into it.

Christine Rains said...

Good luck with it all! I'm going to do NaNo this year too, but I know I don't have much time for writing next month. I just hate to miss participating.

Robin said...

I read my first steampunk YA trilogy by Scott Westerfield recently. I discovered that I really liked it... a delightful surprise. I don't know if you still want advanced readers, but I would love to read it. My email address is Congrats on being *thisclose* to published.

Dana said...

Wow, you are busy! Best of luck with all you're doing. I'm planning on doing NaNo this year as well—if I can stay awake enough hours in the day to get it done. :)

I hope you had a great Monday.

Samantha May said...

Optometry, eh? I think I need to get my vision checked soon...

Good luck with everything! I might actually attempt NaNo, but I'm not sure if I'm actually going to finish though.

Jay Noel said...

Christine: I'm pretty sure I won't be a winner this year, but it's great getting together for our local write-ins. Love meeting writers in town.

Robin: I have yet to read his books. I think I will love them. Your ARC is on the way!

Dana: We're crazy, aren't we?

Samantha May: Seeing stuff IS pretty important. You know, just give it a try. It's fun, even if you don't make it.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Wow. It's not far now Jay, so I hope you do well. The Doctor's brain is pretty big, so I can imagine it would take a lot to fill it. BTW I'd love your thoughts on my Doctor Who post today!

Mark Noce said...

Sweet, very excited for you with your debute book coming out:) Sounds like you're busy, but it's a good busy:)

Emily R. King said...

So much going on. Hang in there, Jay!

David List said...

Congrats on staying busy and upbeat! Stoked about your cover reveal.
I know what you mean about the uplifting blogging community... They still surprise me with support!

Ainsley Shay said...

The editing process can certainly be daunting - but glad to see you're almost through it.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Glad you stayed the course and can't wait to read your book when it comes out.

The Desert Rocks said...

Good luck Jay. I'm rooting for your success and Nano and the optician thing too. Are you always a multi-tasker or just now?

Anonymous said...

This is so long in coming. Yay!!!!

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